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Published 11/8/2005

Owens Community College Celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 14-18

Owens Community College will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events and activities highlighting multinational experiences, Monday-Friday, November 14-18. 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 Student Services. "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 week's events will kick off on Monday, November 14, as area residents and Owens employees and students will have the opportunity to view and purchase an array of handcrafts from around the world presented by 10,000 Villages, an organization that promotes international fair trade by marketing products from diverse cultures made by artisans. The display will be located in the College Hall Atrium from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Owens' International Education Week activities will also feature two separate speaking engagements highlighting traditions and cultural experiences of other countries. On Tuesday, November 15, Owens faculty member Dr. Orlando Reyes-Cairo will lecture on the "Hispanic World" at 12 p.m. in College Hall Room 100. Additionally, a representative from the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo will provide insight into the Islamic faith and culture as part of a guest lecture, beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. The speaking engagement will occur in the College Hall Terrace View Café.

The week will conclude on Friday, November 18, with a showing of "Yana's Friends," a film that portrays the sometime hard life of new Russian immigrants and their interactions with society and each other, set against the backdrop of the 1991 Gulf War. This event is offered in conjunction with the College's World Cultures Film Series and will occur in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

In addition, the College's International Student Services is hosting two separate art contests, promoting various countries and their heritage and culture. The second annual International Photography Contest is showcasing photos taken outside the United States that exhibit significance in the areas of culture, landscape and friends without borders, while the World Folk Art Contest is allowing artists the creativity of depicting a scene from one of several world folk tales using their preferred medium. Choice selections from both competitions will be on display within the College's Library.

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.

Owens continues to serve as a leader in providing higher education to international students. More than 70 students from various countries are attending the College for the fall term. Countries represented in Owens' international student enrollment are Japan, El Salvador, Kuwait, Sweden and Korea, among others. An international flag display adorns the Galleria Complex entrance and represents countries in which Owens international students reside.

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

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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