ETSU to celebrate International Education Week


JOHNSON CITY (November 13, 2013) – East Tennessee State University’s Honors College and Office of International Programs and Services will hold special events in recognition of International Education Week (IEW), which is Nov. 18-22.

The U.S. Department of State and Department of Education initiated IEW in 2000 to acknowledge the benefits of programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. The celebration has become a widespread event, with students, educators and community leaders from around the world participating in a broad range of activities in their local offices and classrooms.

Campus Dining and Catering will host “International Cuisine” highlighting different treats and ethnic delicacies every day in The Market Place on the upper level of the D.P. Culp University Center.

A photo essay contest for returning study abroad students and an essay contest for international students currently enrolled at ETSU will be part of the IEW activities. The “Johnson City Press” and the ETSU Honors College are sponsoring these competitions.

Additionally, the International Student Association, the Model United Nations, Shades of Africa Student Organization, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Christian Student Fellowship’s Campus House, the Global Understanding Conference Center, the ETSU history and music departments, and ARAMARK will offer a series of free events.

On Monday, Nov. 18, the International Embassy Fair will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second floor of the Culp Center. The Embassy Fair includes information stations hosted by International Programs and Services and students from different countries and regions. All guests are welcome to experience and explore the unique traditions and activities of the home countries of ETSU international students.

The Global Understanding Video Conference Center will host a grand opening with a live demonstration at 11:20 a.m. in the Campus Center Building, room 233. Since seating is limited, guests should email Dr. Ardis Nelson at to reserve a seat.

The Model UN will engage in a scrimmage at 5 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Culp Center. Members of the UN team will debate current world events in the style of the United Nations.

The Music Department will present the Greyscale Java and Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Culp Center at Starbucks. Musicians will perform pieces from international composers.

 On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a Lunch Bag Seminar will take place at noon in the Culp Center’s East Tennessee Room to discuss internationalizing ETSU courses.

The Global Understanding Video Conference Center will host another grand opening with a live demonstration at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Building, room 233. Email to reserve a seat.

At 7 p.m., the movie screening “Crossing Borders” will be held in the Culp Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium. This 70-minute documentary follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering “The Other,” discover themselves.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the International Student Association will provide language “mini-lessons” in the Culp Center Cave area from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Students from different countries will be available to teach basic greetings and phrases in a variety of different languages.

A Lunch Bag Seminar will be hosted in the Culp Center’s East Tennessee Room from 12:30-1:30 p.m., as Drs. Tim McDowell and Jasmine Renner will present their international Fulbright program experiences.

The Department of History and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with the Division of Theatre and Dance, will present the “Bouncing Cats” documentary at 7 p.m. in 112 Brown Hall. The documentary discusses the Breakdance Project Uganda and how hip hop has the potential to change lives. A panel discussion will follow and refreshments will be provided.

Winners of the International Student Essay and Study Abroad Photo Essay contests will be notified and posted on the International Programs and Services’ website.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, ETSU Campus Dining and Catering Group’s executive chef Jason Timmons will conduct a cooking demonstration at noon in the Culp Center Cave area.

Also at noon, a screening of “Crossing Borders” will be held in the Culp Center’s East Tennessee Room.

On Friday, Nov. 22, the Shades of Africa Student Organization will host a beauty pageant and other performances in celebration of “Defining the African Beauty.” The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the Brown Hall auditorium.

At 8 p.m. in Christian Student Fellowship’s Campus House, World Café welcomes students from all nations to come enjoy light refreshments and conversation.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Shades of Africa will continue its celebration with a traditional African wedding drama. There will also be African food, cultural dance, music and storytelling beginning at 7 p.m. in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present the Michael Fosberg play “Incognito” at 7 p.m. in the Culp Auditorium. “Incognito” is a true story based on Fosberg’s journey to uncover and discover his newfound identity regarding his father’s heritage.

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