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K-State Today

November 10, 2016

K-State International Education Week begins today

Submitted by Mary K. Pyle

Institutions across the U.S. and around the world are hosting events Nov. 10-17 for International Education Week, an annual celebration recognizing international students, education abroad and internationalization.

K-State International Education Week events are presented by the Office of International Programs:

• Haroon K. Ullah, international scholar, diplomat and field researcher specializing in South Asia and the Middle East, will present "Building Resilient Communities and Countering Violent Extremism in International Relations," as part of the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Series from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. 

Haroon will present an overview of the complex issues in the Middle East and how they are affecting global populations. Haroon also will offer his perspective on the election impact from his global perspective. April Mason, provost and senior vice president, will welcome and introduce Haroon.

The lecture is presented in partnership with the Office of International Programs and the College of Architecture, Planning & Design. 

• Armenia International Coffee Hour will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the International Student Center. Presented by K-State international students, International Coffee Hour is an opportunity to learn about the Armenian culture, coffee and traditional food.  

• International Coordinating Council presents its annual International Food Festival from 5:30-8:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Jardine's Frith Community Center. Eight different countries — India, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Paraguay and South Africa — will be represented with delicious dishes for the food festival. For more information and for tickets about this event email dhruthis@k-state.edu or toticaceres@k-state.edu

• Vernon Larson Lecture panel will discuss "The Galapagos Islands Education Abroad Initiatives" from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 14, in 123 Leadership Studies Building. K-State students have participated in education abroad in record numbers in recent years. Biology and Creative Writing in the Galapagos Islands is a unique class that provides students with new opportunities for international discovery and exploration. 

Panel includes Elizabeth Dodd, university distinguished professor of English; and Martha Caldas, teaching associate professor of biology. Joe Milostan, Office Of International Programs study abroad director, will serve as moderator. 

• Join students, faculty and returned Peace Corps Volunteers for a Pecha Kucha-style storytelling event at noon  Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Berney Family Welcome Center Theatre. 

Panelists include Elizabeth Bittiker, senior in speech therapy-clinical job shadowing in Botswana; Zain Iqbal, instructor, Hale Library user services and Peace Corps volunteer-Uzbekistan; Sara Boro, study abroad adviser and Peace Corps Volunteer-Guatemala; Erica Sponberg, graduate student in curriculum and instruction, Teaching English-Thailand; and Stewart Guderian, Peace Corps recruiter and volunteer-Cambodia. Rebekah Carnes, K-State Peace Corps representative, will moderate the panel. 

• English language program pre-enrollment orientation will be from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the K-State Student Union's Little Theatre. 

• The K-State International Educator Awards Ceremony will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.

The highlight of International Education Week is the Office of International Programs' International Educator Awards Ceremony which recognizes and celebrates those in the K-State community who have elevated international awareness on our campus within the past year. Mason will make remarks and recognize the International Educator of the Year, International Innovative Educator of the Year and Outstanding Support for International Initiatives awardees.