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Release Date: Nov. 10, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Hosts International Education Week Activities

Angelo State University’s Center for International Studies (CIS), in conjunction with several other campus organizations, will host a wide variety of activities and events to mark International Education Week Nov. 16-20.

The week will officially kick off at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, with a Parade of Nations. International students will walk from the Food Service Center on the east side of campus down the University Mall to the Houston Harte University Center on the west side of campus carrying the flags of their home countries. The parade will be followed by an opening presentation by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo at 10:30 a.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. He will address the campus community and the public on the importance of international education and then present prizes to the winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest. The photos were taken by ASU students on their recent study abroad trips.

Also on Monday morning, ASU’s Department of Teacher Education will host third-graders from Fort Concho Elementary for free sessions on “Learn to Travel, Travel to Learn” in the Davidson Conference Center. At 4 p.m. Monday, Randy Hall, assistant professor of art, will offer a free Thai Chi demonstration in Room 105 of the University Center.

Guest speaker Dr. Aaron Tyler, chair of the Graduate International Relations Department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, will present a talk on “Tolerance Revisited: Finding Community Through Diversity” at noon Monday and again at 6 p.m. Both events are open free to the public and will be in the Davidson Conference Center.

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the ASU University Center Program Council will present its annual Cultural Cullalloo from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the University Center. Native foods and fun facts prepared by international students will be available for sampling and there will be trivia contests and door prizes. At 8 p.m., the public is invited to a free Latin Dance sponsored by the ASU Multicultural Center in Room 110/111 of the University Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, will take on a bit of a Native American feel with a “celebrating traditions” program from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the University Center (UC) and a movie presentation on Native American traditions and values at 6 p.m. in Room 110/111 of the UC. Both events are sponsored by the Multicultural Center and are open free to the public.

Also on Wednesday, the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity will host a mobile blood drive in the University Center parking lot from 12:30-5 p.m. At the same time, Hall will host another Thai Chi demonstration inside the center. From 3-4 p.m., the CIS will host a presentation on Africa and the Food for the Hungry program in Room 203/204 of the University Center with psychology major Ashlee Romines as the featured speaker. She has participated in the Food for the Hungry program in Rwanda and Uganda. The public is invited to attend.

Events on Thursday, Nov. 19, will include another free Latin Dance at 8 p.m. in Room 110/111 of the University Center.

The premier event of the week will take place Friday, Nov. 20, when the CIS hosts the annual International Students Association Banquet and Talent Show at 6 p.m. in the Davidson Conference Center. Activities will include a dinner, featuring foods from around the world, and the student talent show. The event is open free to the public, but only 300 seats are available. For more information or to make reservations, call the CIS at 942-2083.

The final event of the week will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, when the CIS will host Passport Day in Room 101/102 of the ASU Rassman Building, 2222 Dena Drive. The Passport Office will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for anyone who would like to get a passport, passport card or more information on passport regulations.

Additionally, the winning pictures from the Study Abroad Photo Contest will be on display in the University Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the week, and the ASU Food Service Center will serve special meals planned by international students Monday-Wednesday evenings. There will also be special sessions for ASU students to learn more about the university’s study abroad opportunities and the Semester at Sea shipboard study abroad program.

For more information on ASU’s International Education Week activities, call the CIS at 942-2083 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/cis/internatl_edu_week.html.