November 13, 2015 10:30AM
Pittsburg State University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 16-20 with a series of events designed to highlight the multiple cultures and countries represented at Pitt State and to encourage students to think about study abroad. The theme for this year’s observance is “Many countries, one Gorilla Nation.”
Stephanie Gonzalez, international programming coordinator in the Office of International Programs and Services, said with 547 international students representing nearly 50 countries, Pitt State has a lot of cultural diversity to share.
“Having so many students from countries all around the world is an important part of what makes this such a culturally rich, vibrant campus,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said she hopes the events planned for International Education Week help American students understand that international educational experiences are for everyone.
Gonzalez said that while there are many study-abroad opportunities for students and faculty, there are also a variety of ways Pitt State students, faculty and staff can enjoy international experiences without leaving Pittsburg.
“One of the best ways to enhance oneself personally and professionally is to interact with people from other cultures and countries,” Gonzalez said. “These kinds of personal connections can be a meaningful way to gather more accurate information and minimize stereotypes. When people are able to really connect on a heart-to-heart level, minds change.”
International Education Week schedule:
MONDAY, Nov. 16
Receive your name written in multiple languages, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the U-Club.
“What Globalization Means for Your Future,” 2-3 p.m., Governor's Room, Student Center, by Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of International Programs
TUESDAY, Nov. 17
Study Abroad Opportunities, 2-3 p.m., Governor's Room, Student Center, Angela Moots, International Programs.
Student Panel: “International Student Perspectives on Family,” 6:30-7:30 p.m. in 307 Whitesitt Hall, Harriet Bachner, Psychology.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18
Student Panel: “International Student Life in Pittsburg,” 10-11 a.m. in the Governor's Room, Student Center.
Krimson Kultuur, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Oval.
“Biking across the United States: A Korean Student Adventure,” 3:30-4:30 p.m., 409 Russ Hall, sudent presenters: Sangnam Ha and Kyeongsang Elon Jeong.
THURSDAY, Nov. 19
International Coffee and Tea Tasting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Oval.
FRIDAY, Nov. 20
“Tastes and Sounds of Nations” celebration, performances 6-7 p.m. in 107 Grubbs, food 7-8 p.m. in Whitesitt Hall.
For information, call the Office of International Programs and Services, 620-235-4607.