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Published 11/12/2003
Northwest Ohio Educators and Students to Discuss International Issues at Owens, Nov. 19

A group of Northwest Ohio's educators and international students will gather at Owens Community College to discuss issues concerning the future of international education on Wednesday, November 19. This event continues the College's on-going celebration of International Education Week, November 17-21.

The forum titled "Our Place in a Global and Interdependent World" will occur from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Rooms 125-128 (AVCC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In conjunction with International Education Week, the panel discussion will feature an array of topics that seek to explain how education plays a role in world affairs. The forum will present issues related to foreign trade, perceptions of the international student and the role of colleges and universities in educating the global citizen. Beginning at 11 a.m., the forum will commence with welcoming remarks by Owens Community College President Christa Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens Vice President of Student Services, will serve as the moderator for the open discussion. Among the five panel members are Dr. Bruce Way, Owens Dean of Arts and Sciences; Jarvis Gamble, Owens Social and Behavioral Sciences Professor; Olga Proseanik, Owens International Student; Dr. Myrna DeAustria, Owens Dean of Business, Information Technologies and Public Service, and Dr. David Meabon, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Toledo.

"Celebrating International Education Week is a great opportunity for Northwest Ohio to expand its global perspective and become more internationally engaged," said Reti Shutina, Owens Presidential Fellow. "Owens Community College is honored to host a variety of international events and activities, which bring to the forefront world issues affecting our future."

As part of the forum, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Owens international students from India, Slovakia, Japan, Jamaica, Indonesia and Venezuela, and learn about their respective homeland.

International Education Week was established as part of a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to support programs dedicated to preparing Americans for a global environment. The weeklong event is celebrated in over 45 countries and 34 states.

In addition to the open forum, Owens' Library will display a variety of international artifacts highlighting different countries in the lobby. Books and videos on international art, culture and politics also will be made available for those interested in learning about a foreign country.

Other activities include a Cookie and Pastry Sale on Thursday, November 20. Sponsored by Owens' International Club, the event will feature cookies and pastries from around the world and occur from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the College Hall Atrium.

The Oscar award-winning film "Z" will be shown on Friday, November 21. The movie is based on true events chronicling the overthrow of the democratic Greek government in 1963. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. The movie will air in College Hall Room 100.

Owens Community College continues to serve as a leader in providing higher education to international students. More than 100 students from over 35 countries are enrolled at Owens for the fall term. Among the countries represented in the College's international student enrollment are Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, China, Iran, Jamaica and England, among others.

For additional information about Owens' International Education Week activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7137 or (567) 661-7137.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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