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2006.11.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

International Education Week Celebration Set for Nov. 13-17

Omaha - International education will be showcased at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this month in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned for Monday through Friday, Nov. 13-17, to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the rest of the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public, except where noted.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Thomas Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). "However, one of the most important contributions is the mutual understanding that results among those who participate in international exchanges, and the potential this has for global stability and peace."

This past year, there were more than 1,300 international students at UNO.  The three countries sending the greatest number of students were India, Japan and Saudi Arabia. In all, 116 countries - ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia - are represented on campus.

Below is a listing of the 2006 International Education Week events at UNO, including dates, times and locations.

Nov. 8-17
Photo Contest and Exhibit
Criss Library
The fourth annual "Eyes Into The World" Photo Contest and Exhibit is open to all UNO faculty, staff and students. Entries will be on display in Criss Library, and all students, faculty and staff members will be able to vote for their favorites.  The deadline for submitting an entry has been extended to Friday, Nov. 10. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Café Internationale. 

Nov. 13-17
Ethnic Foods Menu
As part of the International Education Week celebration, the Maverick Buffet and food services on the UNO south campus will serve a variety of ethnic foods according to the schedule below.

- Maverick Buffet, Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Food Court
Monday, Nov. 13 - Tandoori Chicken Masala
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Tacos and Spanish Rice
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Stir Fry and Fried Rice
Thursday, Nov. 16 - Wiener Schnitzel and German Potato Salad
Friday, Nov. 17 - Moroccan Chicken

- The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (south campus)
Monday, Nov. 13 - Pasta Bar
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Taco Bar
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Kung Pao Chicken with Rice

Monday, Nov. 13
International Bake Sale
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBSC south entrance
Students and faculty members will have a chance to purchase a wide variety of baked treats prepared from recipes from around the world. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the International Student Emergency Loan Fund.

Bethsaida Exhibit Tours
9 a.m. to noon; 3 to 5 p.m.
343 ASH
Excavations at Bethsaida, situated on the northeast coast of the Sea of Galilee, began in 1987 under the direction of UNO professor Rami Arav.  The project includes archaeological, geographical and geological surveys aimed at reconstructing the environment and landscapes in ancient times.

Special exhibits during International Education Week include:
- "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
The exhibition of 1st century stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

- "Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
The exhibit - a collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic - was donated by the Museum of Archeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Displays
10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center, south entrance
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables. Stop by to ask questions regarding available study abroad programs, and learn how to incorporate study abroad into your academic plans.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Café Internationale Open House
2 to 4 p.m.
241 ASH
Sample international foods from around the world, and join UNO's international students as they showcase their cultures through displays, presentations and musical performance. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to visit the recently renovated Study Abroad Library during its grand reopening.

International Career Seminar: Preparing for Global Business and International Careers
1 to 2:15 p.m.
206 Roskens Hall
Join students in Rachel Wilson's "Entrepreneurial Foundations" class and learn from the experience of three successful executives who are active in today's global business community. The speakers will share their experience, ideas and advice on entrepreneurship. After the presentation, the speakers will be available to answer questions from members of the audience. The speakers will include Steve Kuhl, CEO, Currency Logix; Sven Jasinski, CEO, Aero-Tec Inc.; and Stephanie Healy, CEO, Vente Inc.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
International Education Week Luncheon
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
Graduating international students, graduating international studies majors and sponsored exchange students will be recognized at this invitation-only event.

Bethsaida Exhibit Tours
9 a.m. to noon; 3 to 5 p.m.
343 ASH
Excavations at Bethsaida, situated on the northeast coast of the Sea of Galilee, began in 1987 under the direction of UNO professor Rami Arav.  The project includes archaeological, geographical and geological surveys aimed at reconstructing the environment and landscapes in ancient times.

Special exhibits during International Education Week include:
- "Silent Spectators of the Sacred"
The exhibition of 1st century stones from Herod's Temple Mount in Jerusalem is on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

- "Ancient Writing in the Mediterranean World"
The exhibit - a collection of ancient writing implements, coins, Egyptian scarabs and figurines, and inscriptions in Mesopotamian cuneiform, Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Coptic - was donated by the Museum of Archeology and Biblical History in Albuquerque, N.M.

Thursday, Nov. 16
Study Abroad Displays
10:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
MBSC south entrance
Information about study abroad opportunities will be available at the display tables. Stop by to ask questions regarding available study abroad programs and learn how to incorporate study abroad into your academic plans.

Friday, Nov. 17
International Outreach
2 to 3:30 p.m.
Crestridge Elementary School
UNO international students will visit UNO's Omaha Public Schools Adopt a School partner, Crestridge Elementary School, to meet students and participate in a school-wide assembly. This performance will feature entertainment from around the globe, including singing, dancing and instrumental music.

For more information, call (402) 554-2293.

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