International Education Day to feature exotic food

The office of International Programs will celebrate International Education Week by having its first International Education Day today at the LSC mall area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Secretary of State Colin Powell honored Nov.17 – 21 as International Education Week. According to the U.S Department of State and the Department of Education, International week is, “celebrating and promoting international education and exchange.”

The Office of International Programs (OIP) helps the administration in all forms of international activities at the university. It also provides assistance for American students and faculty who wish to study and/or teach abroad. Donna Rogers, international student advisor, DSO, said international students are assisted and supported on and off campus.

“We assist international students by helping them obtain their visas and give them assistance with their English skills,” Rogers said.

There will be 11 tables set up around the fountain where OIP and other international students and clubs will serve finger foods of various ethnic groups. Students from other international organizations such as the Chinese Student Association and the International Student Affairs will be present.

Grettle Payne, continuing education program coordinator, will be presenting a slide show about the “Travel with Sam Houston” programs. Christie Fox, visiting assistant professor of English, will be presenting artworks that she brought from her summer in Ireland. A variety of events will be held as well.

“We will be giving out globe key chains and having a drawing to win a t-shirt,” Rogers said. “Students will be dressed in their ethnic outfits and there will be music playing that represent various countries. We encourage all students to wear their own t-shirt from other countries they have traveled to.”

Rogers said that OIP assists 201 international students this year. Some countries that these students represent are: Japan, China, India, South Korea, Canada and Turkey.

Colin Powell said that International Education Week is an annual celebration for the education of various cultures.

“Through exchange programs, future leaders establish ties with counterparts that increase mutual understanding and result in beneficial working relationships for years to come,” Powell said.

Rogers said that International Week is an important part of the campus and this day will help students be aware of other cultures on campus.

“This is an important week to help students recognize and appreciate various cultures, and it provides a tolerance and understanding among them,” Rogers said.

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