A variety of campuswide events are scheduled for International Education Week, to be celebrated Nov. 13-17.

International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions across the United States and around the world host events to recognize international students, promote education abroad, exchange ideas, learn about other countries and cultures, and support internationalization. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us in the celebration.

Events include a daily trivia contest with prizes. (Watch your emails!)

Monday, Nov. 13
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Asian food from our international students’ native countries, supplied by Chartwells.
• International tea time, 3:30 to 5 p.m., International Center (The Heights). Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, Vietnamese coffee, and Arabic coffee and tea.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy European food from our international students’ native countries, supplied by Chartwells.
• International dance lessons, 3:30 to 5 p.m., International Center (The Heights). Learn the Merengue, as well as Bachata and Quebraditas dances.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Nicaraguan food, supplied by Chartwells.
• Study abroad panel, noon to 1 p.m. in Toner Student Center faculty dining room. Hear students’ experiences from studying abroad.

Thursday, Nov. 16
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Saudi Arabian food, supplied by Chartwells.
• Winona natives John and Carolyn Collins will present “So, So Lucky,” about their global experiences, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. John volunteered in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia in the 1960s as a young man. In his early 60s, he journeyed to South Africa, where he carried out action research in chemical dependence. Carolyn also volunteered in the Peace Corps in the mid-1960s in Ethiopia. Working in public schools in Missouri and Minnesota, she has facilitated language development of English language learners from many different parts of the world.

Friday, Nov. 17
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Cameroonian food, supplied by Chartwells.
• International Education Week finale celebration with a piñata, 3 to 4 p.m., International Center.

The event is hosted by the International Center. For more information, contact Vivien Skranka, coordinator of international student services at vskranka@smumn.edu or Vicki McDonald, coordinator of study abroad at  vmcdonal@smumn.edu.

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