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November 11, 2016

Two seminar presentations for global engagement opportunities part of International Education Week

Submitted by Mary K. Pyle

International Education Week presents two global engagement opportunities for the K-State community to learn more about international initiatives.

• Elizabeth Dodd, university distinguished professor of English, and Martha Caldas, teaching associate professor of biology, will discuss "Galapagos Islands Education Abroad Initiatives" for the Vernon Larson Lecture at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in 123 Leadership Studies Building. Joe Milostan, study abroad director in the Office of International Programs, will serve as moderator. 

"Kansas State University students have been participating in education abroad in record numbers in recent years and the partnership between the Division of Biology and the English department is especially unique," Milostan said. "The Biology and Creative Writing in the Galapagos Islands trip provides students with new opportunities for international discovery, research and exploration. This collaboration demonstrates an excellent example of a truly interdisciplinary program, combining hard sciences and creative writing."

Study Abroad advisors also will be in attendance to visit with students about the summer 2017 trip. 

• A Peace Corps International Service Chat at noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Berney Family Welcome Center Theatre will feature a variety of panelists to share their global experiences abroad. Join students, faculty and Peace Corps volunteers for Pecha Kucha-style, or "chit chat" event. Presenters will have an opportunity to tell stories about their work aborad through a series of 20 images, for 20 seconds each, to evoke the campfire storytelling of the past.

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.

Carnes also will share more about the Peace Corps program.