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International Education Week 2017

International Education Week
November 9-17, 2017 

Celebrate International Education Week (IEW)! An opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes initiatives that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. The KSU Office of International Programs partners with both U. S. Departments of State and Education to present a solid week of programming to elevate the level of international awareness on campus.

The "official dates" of International Education Week are November 13-17, however K-State determined that it was appropriate to recognize the honor that our K-State President Myers is receiving from the International Relations Council on November 9th. Our week was extended on the front end to include this  recognition event that kicks off our K-State International Education Week. 

International Education Week Events
November 9-17, 2017 

Thursday, November 9 

International Relations Council Global Honors Evening 

6 to 9 p.m. 
The Gallery Event Space 

61 E 14th Street Kansas City MO 64105 

Each year since the early 1980s, the International Relations Council from Kansas City has recognized individuals or organizations for their international contributions to foreign policy and global affairs. This year, Kansas State University President General Richard Myers will receive the 2017 Global Statesman of the Year Award. The Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City and the University of Missouri–Kansas City will also be recognized with awards. 

KSU will be well represented with faculty, staff and alumni from through the Manhattan and Olathe campus communities to celebrate his distinguished honor. Ticket information

Friday, November 10 (two events!) 

International Coffee Hour featuring TOGO 

4 p.m. International Student Center 

Learn about Togo culture and cuisine from international students. Meet new friends and faces and drink coffee and tea! 

Vernon Larson Lecture (reception immediately following)

4 p.m. 164 Justin Hall

Neuroimaging in Sports Concussion presented by Oz to Oz Fulbright Scholar from Australia, Dr. Peter Stanwell, presented in partnership with The College of Human Ecology.

Learn what euroimaging indicates about the brain following exposure to sports concussion, both acutely and chronically. Dr. Stanwell will give results from on-going studies in Australia and provide an overview of their latest directions in an attempt to address on-going controversies in this area. 

Peter is a medical imaging research scientist with a strong interest in understanding the biochemical and biophysical changes that occur following brain injury. His goal of providing quantitative metrics, via MRI scanning, to inform evidence-based strategies to optimize medical treatment of traumatic brain injuries. expanding his knowledge of implementation science to facilitate translation of his research findings beyond the academic community to deliver positive healthcare, community and societal outcomes following traumatic brain injury.  

Sunday, November 12

International Food Festival

5:30-8:30 p.m. Jardine Frith Center  

Presented by the International Coordinating Council 

Sample scrumptious cuisine! Join students from all over the world as they prepare and share global delicacies representing their country's best gastric delights! 

For ticket information contact meenu@ksu.edu

Monday, November 13

Chinese Early Childhood Educators Collaborative Exchange 

3:30 to 5 p.m. Room 207, K-State Student Union
5:30 tp 7 p.m. reception following in Justin Hall's Hoffman Lounge  

In partnership with The College of Human Ecology and the KSU Confucius Institute, KSU is welcoming 35 Early Childhood Educator (ECE) faculty and directors from South China Normal University from Guangzhou, China. This presentation will provoke thoughtful dialogue on common practices between our two countries regarding ECE policies, instruction and methods. The public is then invited to an informal reception to engage in further conversation in a more casual environment in Hoffman Lounge in Justin Hall. 

Tuesday, November 14

Vernon Larson Lecture: Global Conversation with Kansas State University's First Lady Mary Jo Myers 

6:30 to 8 p.m. Ballroom, K-State Student

in partnership with: 

K-State Alumni Association 

College of Education C2 Speaker Series and Insomnia Cookies 

Join the Office of International Programs for COFFEE and CHOCOLATE and CONVERSATION. Meet KSU First Lady Mary Jo Myers who has a rich international background in public service related to military, educational and humanitarian organizations. 

Mary Jo first traveled to Europe with the People to People organization in college, then once married, the Myers family was stationed in Germany, and several additional countries throughout Asia. She encouraged her husband to explore and accept as many international postings as possible as she couldn't wait to continue being a globe trotter! 

Two their three children were born in Okinawa. While living in Japan, she became most interested in Japanese textiles. She proposed and spearheaded the publication of Obi Ties East and West, a hard cover book that illustrates the multiple uses of OBI in home décor. All the book proceeds were donated to charities. 

She serves on the Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council formed by Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush. A founding member and president emeritus of the Aschiana Foundation she advocates for support of literacy efforts and vocational training for street children in Afghanistan. 

In partnership with her daughter, Mary Jo launched an online business importing handcrafted folk art items from artists in Russia, creating sustainable economies for artists and their families. Products from these Russian artists will be on display and for sale that evening. 

Myers is very active in support of her alma mater Kansas State University and is currently on the Board of Trustees. She served as co-chair of the Inspiration and Innovation Campaign and has served on the Alumni Board. 

She has visited over 90 countries and she hopes to reach 100!  

Join us for this most engaging evening. Insomnia Cookies will be providing cookies for the event and the KSU Japanese Yosakoi Dance Club will provide cultural dancers as attendees are enjoying refreshments. 

Wednesday, November 15 

Peace Corps Education and Environment in Madagascar

1 to 2 p.m. 118 Bluemont Hall  

Co sponsored by the College of Education and Education Student Council 

Join April Mathews, University of Kansas Peace Corps Representative and Art Education faculty in a conversation about Peace Corps opportunities available for students. KSU Peace Corps representative Rebecca Carnes will be visiting the KU campus on the same day to meet with KU students in this unique collaborative Peace Corps exchange. 

Thursday, November 16 

International Education of the Year Awards Ceremony 

4 to 5:30 p.m. Hemisphere Room at the Hale Library 

The International Education Awards Ceremony presented by the Office of International Programs honors and recognizes K-State University and community leaders who provide international opportunities for our faculty, staff and students. 

The highlight of International Education Week is this ceremony where April Mason, K-State Provost and Senior Vice President and Grant Chapman, OIP Interim Associate Provost will recognize and present the awards to the deserving honorees. 

International Educator of the Year 

Outstanding Support for International Initiatives 

Innovative Educator of the Year  

As part of the Awards ceremony, OIP organized an IEW Fair with KSU and OIP departments and units featuring international initiatives and programs. 


Contact Mary K. Pyle at mkpyle@ksu.edu

The K-State College of Education is also presenting international activities to celebrate International Education Week.