Ferris State University’s Office of International Education is hosting International Education Week 2011, Oct. 3 through Oct. 7.
The week is highlighted by a series of events that involve students, faculty, staff and the local community in activities that focus on learning with respect to international culture. The theme of this year’s week is “Ubuntu” which translates to, “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Ubuntu was selected as this year’s theme because it was a word used by international activist Naomi Tutu during her visit to Ferris on March 2, 2010 in recognition of Women’s History Month activities.
“Ubuntu is a neat term with a true meaning,” said Tara Braun, Study Abroad manager at Ferris. “When Naomi Tutu used the word, it stuck with me because its meaning is true. We all influence each other in ways we don’t realize and we impact the lives of other people.”
The events of International Education Week focus on the international opportunity at Ferris. One of the week’s primary goals is to build a greater sense of community, according to organizers.
The week begins on Monday, Oct. 3 with the Fulbright Board Dedication at 3 p.m. in the IRC Connector. The day includes an open house at OIE, from 3 to 6 p.m. in IRC 134; and a Fulbright Discussion Panel at 7 p.m. in College of Business Room 111.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Study Abroad Fair and International Coffee Hour will be featured in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, Oct. 5, Kids Culture Day is a featured event from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. International Cooking Class SUSHI is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. in the West Commons Building and a presentation from guest speaker Agustin Menjivar highlights the evening from 6 to 9 p.m. in IRC 120. The topic of Menjivar’s presentation is “El Salvador in the Fight for Sovereignty and Social Justice.”
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the week features the video presentation “Globalization in the Classroom” presented by faculty member Tracy Busch.
On Friday, Oct. 7, guest speaker Jennifer Campbell, from the Institute of International Education, is a guest speaker on the Gilman Scholarship and how it can help students interested in opportunities abroad. Finally, the Eve of Nations Dinner caps the week at 7 p.m. in the Rankin Student Center Dome Room. Tickets for the event can be purchased at OIE, in IRC 134, or at the Old Pioneer Store in downtown Big Rapids.
The Office of International Education has collaborated with several university departments and student organizations to create the week of events.
“Our office has been working hard on this week to bring an international feel to campus and create opportunities for students,” Braun said. “We have a lot of great events for Ferris and the Big Rapids community.”
Check the schedule for the photo contest display.
All events for International Education Week can be found on their website: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/administration/academicaffairs/international/events/index.htm
Sept. 29, 2011