International Education Week

November 11-22, 2013

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange by encouraging the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. IEW was first held in 2000 and today it's celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.  Immediately following the 2012 IEW, the IEW website stated the 2013 dates as November 11-15. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a video post in August of this year, stated the dates as November 18-22.

Kansas State University Celebration: The Office of International Programs decided to take advantage of the confusion and celebrate IEW during BOTH weeks to better encourage faculty, staff and students to explore the value of education abroad, experience the rich diversity that is brought into our classrooms, and enjoy the benefits from the international programs presented on campus.

"KSU is excited to celebrate International Education Week,” said Marcelo Sabates, Interim Associate Provost Office of International Programs. He continued, “With over 2,106 international students on campus this fall, there will be many opportunities to engage in global activities. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to participate."

Office of International Programs Collaborative Partnership with the School of Journalism:

During the summer of 2013, the OIP was selected by Dr. Barbara DeSanto as her PR client for her MC280 Public Relations Writing class. The class assignment was to have each student complete a Media Kit for their client (our office). Many of the students selected IEW as the event they desired to promote. (Others submitted Media kits that addressed Study Abroad increased awareness, effective blogging techniques and other Social Media strategy recommendations). Her fall 2013 classes continue with the assignments.

Press releases in K-State Today and other pieces are utilizing copy created by her Journalism students. Students have also served as volunteers to implement our IEW events across the two weeks. This unique partnership allowed OIP to present what our office does, as well as issues and challenges we face in maximizing our presence to students throughout campus. OIP gained professional solutions and suggestions for our programming as well as assistance in utilizing social media platforms to promote our events and the students will gain visibility and exposure by having their names accompany their stories, recommendations and ideas. 


2013 International Education Week Events

As well as announcing the winners of the OIP Study Abroad Scholarships, the Office of International Programs presents the following events:

Monday November 11th

12:00 noon International Display Opens   Willie the Wildcat's Great Study Abroad Adventure and "Hey Dude, where's my Stuff?" Contest Begins in the Student Union Display cases by Cats' Den and Art Gallery

Willie the Wildcat just returned from a fascinating Study Abroad trip collecting international treasures to share with his K-State family. However, he just lost his suitcase loaded with exotic trinkets and souvenirs picked up along his journey! The combined displays will feature ten small  KSU Powercat logos hidden on Willie's missing belongings. Help Willie find his souvenirs by accurately describing the 10 global items displaying a purple Powercat logo. 

Write your answers and include your name and contact information (legibly) on the 3x5 contest entry cards located adjacent to the displays. Submit your  answer card (one per person) to the Union Program Council (UPC) office on the 3rd floor of the Union.  Ten (correct) entry winners will be drawn and announced on Wednesday November 20. Prizes include K-State branded items and Cat's Cash cards. Only one entry per person may be submitted. Winners may pick up their prizes from the UPC office. Contest runs from Monday, November 11 starting at noon and concludes Wednesday morning at noon on November 20.

This contest is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Union Program Council, (UPC), and the KSU Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Watch for additional information and contest details!

Wednesday November 13th

Office of International Programs  International Fair   10:00a.m - 1:30p.m.

The OIP FAIR will feature 13  tables in the Student Union Food Court highlighting KSU departments, organizations and activities that promote and celebrate international awareness across campus. Tables are sponsored by the following:

  • Office of International Programs
  • Athletics Department
  • Graduate School
  • Alumni Association
  • English Language Program
  • Faculty Led Study Abroad
  • PRSSA (International Activity Banner)
  • International Buddies
  • International Coordinating Council
  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Union Program Council
  • Study Abroad Office / Study Abroad Mentors
  • International Service Teams (Leadership Studies)

Friday November 15th

Brown Bag Luncheon at 11:30 in the International Technology Commons at Wildcat Landing (corner of Denison and Claflin) features KSU Foundation Scholarship Award donor: Janet McKinney, Kazakhstan awardee Akmaral Kuralbayeva, and Tracy Robinson from the KSU Foundation. Janet will share her international Peace Corp experience and along with Tracy, discuss their family’s scholarship to Kazakh student Akmaral Kuralbayeva. Akmaral will talk about her experience in the US/and K-State and share a little bit about her home country of Kazakhstan. Bring your lunch and join us for this educational meet and greet!

International Coffee Hour 4:00 presentation by Christian Alvarado Gilis on CHILE in the International Student Center

Tuesday, November 19th

KSU International Education of the Year Awards Reception  4:00-5:30 in the Alumni Center (Provost Mason will make her remarks from 4:30-5:00)

Each year Kansas State University recognizes outstanding programs that have made significant contributions to advancing international education at Kansas State University.

Dr. P. V. Vara Prasad selected as the 2013 International Educator of the Year Winner!

The Office of International Programs announces Dr. P. V. Vara Prasad, Professor – Crop Ecophysiology in the Department of Agronomy as the winner of the 2013 International Educator of the Year Award. This award recognizes one faculty, staff, administrator or other member of the K-State community for his or her major contributions and sustained commitment to advancing international education at K-State.

Dr. Marcellus Caldas, Director of International Research and Faculty Collaborations, served as the chair of the search committee comprised entirely of past award winners. Marcellus indicated, “The committee had a difficult task in selecting this year’s winner as we had a very competitive group of nominees. Each candidate had outstanding professional contributions for international education at K-State.

In his recommendation letter, Dr. Charles W. Rice University Distinguished Professor, Past President, Soil Science Society of America referenced the amount of funding that Dr. Prasad has obtained as a KSU faculty member; over $12 million in extramural funding, $8 million of which he served as Principal Investigators and about $3 million focused on international research and education. Dr. Prasad has also graduated 10 international students with advanced degrees as major advisor and has trained 27 international scholars and faculty in his laboratory from various countries. These include six winners of Borlaug Fellowships and several of these scholars and faculty are now serving their institutes as lead researchers and administrators. 

Marcelo Sabates, interim associate provost of the office of international programs echoed Charles W. Rice recommendation, “Dr. Prasad has made significant contributions to the culture of international engagement, scholarship, and excellence in research and teaching at Kansas State University and is very deserving of the 2013 K-State International Educator of the Year Award.

The ceremony recognizes three categories of exceptional service:

The 2013 Outstanding Support for International Initiatives Award will be presented to Housing and dining services recognizing the professional efforts by Derek Jackson, the director of housing and dining services at K-State. This recognition is given by the office of international programs' leadership team. Sara Thurston-Gonzalez, director international student scholar services, and Jackson created the first international student housing committee on the campus to better serve the increasing number of international students requiring on-campus housing. Said Sara,  “Housing and dining has gone above and beyond in providing service to our international students and supporting our international initiatives.”

The 2013 Innovative Education Program of the Year Award will be presented to the Brazilian government, recognizing its investment and commitment in transforming education in Brazil through the Brazilian Science Mobility Program. Brazil Embassy Official Pedro Saldanha, the embassy adviser for the educational sector will accept the award on the behalf of the Brazilian government and meet with students from the science mobility program.

This award was established by former Provost Duane Nellis. This awardee is recognized each fall during International Education Week and receives a plaque and honorarium at the reception.  The Friends of International Programs is a co-sponsor of the award honorarium along with the Office of International Programs.

Please join us on Tuesday November 19 in the Alumni Center from 4:00 to 5:30 to celebrate with the winners.

Wednesday, November 20th

Brown Bag Luncheon in the International Technology Commons in Wildcat Landing (corner of Denison and Claflin) features Marcelo Sabates, Interim Associate Provost Office of International Programs and the 2013 IEW Educator of the Year awardee Department representative. The two will share how the winner's activities and efforts earned the recognition. Marcelo will also provide an update to internationalization of our campus

Willie the Wildcat's Great Study Abroad Adventure and "Hey Dude, where's my Stuff? Contest concludes at noon


Other KSU Campus Events of an international flavor already scheduled during this two week celebration

Monday November 11 One Hunger Pang Away Arts / Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, Office of Military Affairs

The story of a Soldier and his family's journey post deployment. Based on interviews, this play shows one man's struggle with PTSD and his courage in acknowledging his pain and seeking help.  As he begins to heal, his family also begins to heal, and they overcome the many obstacles that have kept them apart.

Play by Amy Tichy, graduate student in theatre

Little Theatre, K-State Student Union

Wednesday,  November 13, "Beyond Glory," Stephen Lang,(McCain) award-winning playwright and star of stage and screen, carries the personas of eight American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War who recount with bitter pride, pain and wonder the heroic acts for which they received the nation's highest military accolade: the Medal of Honor. The histories of these eight men are brought to life through Lang’s commanding performance with a backdrop of video screens portraying the turmoil of combat. "Beyond Glory," is adapted from Larry Smith's stirring book.

Sunday, November 17

Chinese Scholar Annual “Gathering the Stars” Talent Show at the Student Union

Join  on the 17th of November in the K-State Ballroom and cheer on our fellow students and friends as they sing, dance and show off their talents for the audience!

            If you have a talent and would like to perform at the event, you can find more information and sign up at the table in the union today, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The top three students will also receive an awesome set of headphones, nanos and giftcards to Walmart.

              So come celebrate and perform with the Chinese Scholar Student Union at 1 pm on Sunday the 17th of November  at the K-State Ballroom to see who will take home the grand prize and who will win CSSU’s Got Talent!! 

Wednesday, November 20, Our Journey’s Dispelling the Myths of Women and Islam 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Bldg. Free and presented by the College of Business Administration and coordinated and Sponsored by the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries.

See the KSU Calendar of events on the university welcome page: for more event details.  Check back later for more events to be scheduled!


We invite KSU student organizations to plan and implement events that are international in scope during this two week time period. Student groups interested in presenting or hosting an event educating our campus community about an international culture and country, need to take full responsibility of creating the idea, implementing the details, selecting the location and promoting the event to the campus community through your existing media venues. We will include your activity on our IEW site and in our information.

Faculty/Departments that may be presenting lectures about an international topic that are open to the campus community, please advise OIP so we can also include these events on our IEW site and in our information. 

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