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Published 11/10/2004

Owens Community College Celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 15-19

Owens Community College will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events and activities highlighting multinational experiences, Monday-Friday, November 15- 19. Admission to all events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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

The College's International Education Week events will commence on Monday, November 15, with César Hernández providing a presentation about "A Day in the Life of Owens International Students." Hernández's discussion will serve as the kick-off event for a variety of Brown Bag Lunch activities that will occur daily from 12-1 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 123 and 124.

Throughout the week, Owens' Brown Bag Lunch series events will focus on various global topics ranging from international education, culture and business to study abroad opportunities. Other highlighted activities will include a world bingo competition on Tuesday, November 16, and former Peace Corps volunteer, Jill Posta sharing information about her Peace Corps experience in the Solomon Islands on Thursday, November 18. Owens Institutional Research Associate, Prashant Aneja will conclude the Brown Bag Lunch series on Friday, November 19, with a discussion on the "Effect of Culture on International Business."

In addition to the Brown Bag Lunch series, Owens international students from El Salvador, Indonesia and Germany will introduce their native traditions, dress and cultural experiences to area children attending the College's Child Care Center. Each child will have the opportunity to learn about the student's respective homeland through a variety of activities. The student presentations will occur, Tuesday-Thursday, November 16-18.

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.

Additionally, the College's Library will display a variety of international artifacts and photographs submitted as part of an international photo contest sponsored by International Student Services. Artifacts and photographs will highlight different countries. Books and videos on international art, culture and politics also will be made available for those interested in learning about a foreign country.

Owens Community College continues to serve as a leader in providing higher education to international students. More than 75 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, Bolivia, El Salvador, Kuwait, Lebanon, Spain, China, Iran, Uzbekistan and Jamaica, among others.

For additional information about Owens' International Education Week activities, call 1-800- GO-OWENS, Ext. 2773 or (567) 661-2773.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 29 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 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, 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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