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2008.11.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO International Education Week Celebration Set for Nov. 17-21

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will showcase international education Monday through Friday, Nov. 17-21, in conjunction with the observance of U.S. International Education Week.

A variety of events are planned to give international students an opportunity to share their heritage with the campus community. Most activities are free and open to the public.

"International education enriches the lives of everyone who becomes involved culturally, academically and socially," said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies and Programs at UNO and 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 participants at UNO. The four countries that provide the greatest number of students are Japan, India, China and Saudi Arabia. In all, 117 countries - ranging from Azerbaijan to Zambia - were represented on campus.

Below is a listing of events, including dates, times and locations.

Monday, Nov. 17
- Global Marketplace
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC), south entrance
International items will be sold, with proceeds and donations going to the UNO International Student Emergency Fund.

- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI), first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- International Outreach
10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
Crestridge Elementary School, 818 Crestridge Rd.
UNO international students will visit Crestridge to meet students and participate in a school-wide assembly.

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
-Bethsaida Tours
9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
343 Arts and Sciences Hall
Artifacts from UNO's excavations in Bethsaida, Israel, will be on display.

- Study Abroad Table
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MBSC, first floor
Individuals can learn more about UNO's study abroad programs.

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
- China's Closeup: The Beijing Olympics
3:30 p.m.
MBSC UMoHo Room
Elizabeth Dahl, assistant professor of political science, will discuss her observations of the events leading up to and during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and how they relate to the current Chinese political, economic, cultural and social situation.

- International Photo Contest Voting
Criss Library
All faculty, staff and students can vote for their favorite photos.

Thursday, Nov. 20
- Cafe Internationale
2 to 4 p.m.
241 Arts and Sciences Hall
The campus community is invited to attend an open house featuring international student presentations and refreshments.  Winners of the international photo contest will be announced.

- Bethsaida Tours
9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.
343 Arts and Sciences Hall
Artifacts from UNO's excavations in Bethsaida, Israel, will be on display.

Friday, Nov. 21
- Day of Service
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Open Door Mission, 2828 N. 23rd Street East
UNO international students will volunteer.

- Honors Luncheon
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
MBSC Dodge Room
This invitation-only event will honor graduating international students, graduating international studies majors, sponsored exchange participants and community volunteers.

- Friday Night Fever Dance
8 p.m. to midnight
William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center
The dance costs $3 for UNO students and $5 for general admission.  Attendees are invited to wear their favorite 1970s fashions.

Each day, Monday through Friday, the Maverick Buffet in the MBSC will serve international cuisine at lunch.  The Scott Dining Hall at PKI will offer an international menu Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 17-19.

Event sponsors include UNO International Studies and Programs, Sigma Iota Rho, the Department of Political Science and International Student Services.

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

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/

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