UIU encourages community to 'Be Your Own Compass'

Be Your Own Compass

Upper Iowa University will host “Be Your Own Compass” festivities at Fayette Campus as part of International Education Week Monday, November 13 – Friday, November 17. Among the students participating in last year’s International Dress Day were (l-r) Janefa James, Des Moines, Iowa; Margaret Solomon, Ghana; Aliou Issa Ba, Cameroon;  Pinima Godpower, Nigeria; Frida Jabea Ngalle, Cameroon; and Baridosia Kumbe, Nigeria. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (October 30, 2017) – Upper Iowa University’s Center for International Education (CIE) is encouraging the entire Peacock community to “Be Your Own Compass” as part of International Education Week Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17. International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, the annual event promotes programs that attract future leaders from the United States and abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

“We appreciate that our international students have this opportunity each year to share their heritage with all of us during the weeklong celebration at Fayette Campus,” said Ismael Betancourt, UIU vice president of student life and international education. “Through a variety of unique activities, many of our students will join UIU faculty and staff in showcasing their home countries. We cordially invite the public to help us celebrate.”

Many of the 2017 UIU International Education Week festivities coincide with Career Development Week activities. The schedule includes the following public events:

  • Daily – A different international student will teach simple phrases from their native language and briefly discuss their culture from noon - 1 p.m. each day in the Student Center cafeteria. An international dish will be among the menu items in the Student Center Servery from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Cheri Lee Charlton Middle Eastern Mural Exhibit will be open at Bing-Davis Memorial Gallery from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, November 13 – UIU World Cup Soccer Tournament begins at 6 p.m. in the Rec Center. The 5-on-5 teams can sign up at the Rec Center or at IMLeagues.com. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. On this same date, TJ Warren will present a self-discovery workshop “How to Answer the Question: What Should I Do with My Life” from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
  • Tuesday, November 14 – Lacrosse, cricket and other sports will be discussed and exhibited during an international sports tutorial from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Rec Center. Participants will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. 

  • Wednesday, November 15 – Guests will participate in international and career development games, while awaiting the opportunity to enter one of three escape rooms. The activities will be located in the lower and upper levels of the Student Center from 6 - 10 p.m. The escape rooms are being hosted by UIU’s Student Life.
  • Thursday, November 16 (International Dress Day) – Venezuelan culture and business practices will be featured during the international coffee and careers activity from 3 - 4 p.m. on the Student Center second floor. UIU students, faculty, staff, and outside universities and organizations will host a cultural exchange event that includes information on study abroad programs, international travel, activities, customs and etiquette.

  • Friday, November 17 – CIE and Office of Career Development staff members will host the International Trivia Night from 6 -7 p.m. in the Student Center ballrooms. Sign up your team at uiu.edu/ITN. A prize will be awarded to the winning team.

The UIU Center for International Education is responsible for all internationalization initiatives at Fayette Campus. The CIE coordinates international admissions, international student and scholar services, education abroad, intensive English programming, and the UIU-Malaysia and UIU-Hong Kong centers.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

Michael Van Sickle
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