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November 1, 2017



Mark your calendars: Office of International Programs presents 2017 International Education Week

By Mary K. Pyle

Celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide during International Education Week Nov. 9-17.

This joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare American students for a global environment and serves to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

The K-State Office of International Programs partners with U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education and NAFSA to present a week of programming to elevate the level of international awareness on K-state's campus.

International Education Week is recognized Nov. 13-17, however, the Office of International Programs is extending the week to recognize the honor President Richard Myers is receiving from the Kansas City International Relations Council on Nov. 9. This recognition event will kick off K-State's International Education Week.

The following events are part of International Education Week: 

  • Kansas State University President Richard Myers will receive the 2017 Global Statesman of the Year Award from the International Relations Council on Thursday, Nov. 9, at its Global Honors Evening, at the Gallery Event Space, 61 E. 14th St., Kansas City, Missouri. K-State will be well-represented with faculty, staff and alumni from the Manhattan and Olathe campus communities to celebrate his distinguished career.
  • International Coffee Hour featuring Togo is at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the International Student Center. Learn about Togo's culture and cuisine from international students. Meet new friends and faces and drink coffee and tea.
  • Peter Stanwell, Oz to Oz Fulbright scholar from Australia, will present "Neuroimaging in Sports Concussion" as part of the Vernon Larson Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in 164 Justin Hall. A reception will follow. Learn what neuroimaging indicates about the brain following exposure to sports concussion, both acutely and chronically. Stanwell will give results from ongoing studies in Australia and provide an overview of their latest directions in an attempt to address ongoing controversies in this area. The lecture is presented in partnership with the College of Human Ecology.
  • Sample scrumptious cuisine at the International Food Festival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Frith Community Center at Jardine Apartments. Join students from around the world as they prepare and share global delicacies representing their country's best gastric delights. The event is presented by the International Coordinating Council. For tickets and information, email meenu@k-state.edu.
  • The Chinese Early Childhood Educators Collaborative Exchange will be 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in Room 207 of the K-State Student Union. A reception will follow from 5:30-7 p.m. in Justin Hall's Hoffman Lounge. In partnership with the College of Human Ecology and the K-State Confucius Institute, K-State will welcome 35 early childhood education faculty and directors from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China. Join this thoughtful dialogue on common practices between the two countries regarding early childhood education policies, instruction and methods.
  • Vernon Larson Lecture: "Global Conversation with Kansas State University's First Lady Mary Jo Myers" will be 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. Join the Office of International Programs for coffee and chocolate and conversation. Meet K-State first lady Mary Jo Myers, who has a rich international background in public service related to military, educational and humanitarian organizations. She has visited more than 90 countries and she hopes to reach 100. Mary Jo advocates for support of literacy efforts and vocational training for street children in Afghanistan. She proposed and spearheaded the publication of "Obi Ties: East and West," a book illustrating the multiple uses of Obi in home decor. Examples will be on display at the event. 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.
  • Insomnia Cookies will provide cookies for the event and the K-State Japanese Yosakoi Dance Club will perform as attendees enjoy refreshments. The event is presented in partnership with the K-State Alumni Association, College of Education, the C2 Speaker Series and Insomnia Cookies.
  • "Peace Corps Education and Environment in Madagascar" will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in 118 Bluemont Hall. Join April Mathews, Peace Corps representative at the University of Kansas and art education faculty, in a conversation about Peace Corps opportunities available for students. Rebecca Carnes, Peace Corps representative at K-State, will visit the University of Kansas campus Nov. 15 to meet with students in this unique collaborative Peace Corps exchange. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Education and Education Student Council.
  • The International Education Awards Ceremony, presented by the Office of International Programs, will be 4–5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Hemisphere Room at Hale Library. The ceremony honors and recognizes K-State and community leaders who have excelled in providing international opportunities for K-State faculty, staff and students. April Mason, provost and senior vice president, and Grant Chapman, interim associate provost of the Office of International Programs, will recognize and present the awards for International Educator of the Year, Outstanding Support for International Initiatives, and Innovative Educator of the Year. As part of the awards ceremony, the Office of International Programs organized an International Education Week Fair with K-State and Office of International Programs departments and units featuring international initiatives and programs.

For more information about International Education Week events, visit k-state.edu/oip/events/iew.html or contact Mary K. Pyle at mkpyle@k-state.edu 

The College of Education also will host international activities to celebrate International Education Week.