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International Education Week

International Education Week

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is celebrating International Education Week September 28 to October 2.  International Education Week, which began as a nation-wide initiative in 2000, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

     Several events have been planned for the week at Pitt-Johnstown.  They include:

MONDAY, September 28
•“All About India”
Pitt-Johnstown student Amy Fascio-Burke will share her experiences studying abroad in Hyderabad, India this summer. (Noon to 12:30 p.m., G-27 Owen Library)

•Study Abroad Essentials
This presentation by staff from the Office of International Services, will provide students with valuable information to guide them in their decisions regarding studying abroad. (4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 240 Krebs Hall)

TUESDAY, September 29
•“The Value of Languages and Appreciating the Culture of Other Countries”
- Dr. Barbara Petrosky, assistant professor of French, will lead a discussion designed to promote global literacy.  (11 a.m. to Noon, 138 Blackington Hall)

•“Service Learning and Life in Rural Tanzania”
Pitt-Johnstown students Anthony Scaletta and Holly Lees will discuss the value of service to families and children in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.  Ms. Lee will share her experiences in working with an orphanage and as a volunteer teacher in Africa. (3 to 4 p.m., 140 Krebs Hall)

•Study Abroad Student Panel Discussion
Students who have recently returned from study abroad trips will share their experiences. Countries represented will include France, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Italy. (4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 240 Krebs Hall)

WEDNESDAY, September 30
•International Education Provider Fair - Vendors will be on hand to help students select a study abroad program.  Vendors at the event will include: Pitt-Johnstown international students and International Services staff, University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad office, and the Vira Heinz Scholarship.  Passport processing will also be available.  Handmade goods from Central America will be available for purchase, with proceeds being used to support relief efforts there.  Donations will also be accepted for Operation Smile.  (11 a.m. to 3 p.m., upper & lower lobbies of the Student Union)

THURSDAY, October 1
•“How to Prepare for an International Career”
Pitt-Johnstown Career Counselors Victoria Biter and Angela Boyd will provide students with important information and considerations for exploring career opportunities in foreign countries.  (1 to 2 p.m., 240 Krebs Hall)

•“Life in a Village: How College Students Can Study, Learn, and Work in Africa.”
Dr. Eric Schwerer, associate professor of writing, will share the joys, challenges, and reflection that both writing about another culture and service-learning can provide.  (2 to 3 p.m., 140 Krebs Hall)

•“Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union—A Student’s Perspective”
Pitt-Johnstown students Consolee Uwizeyimana and Polina Valitova will share their experiences and expectations while growing up abroad, and will discuss what life is like there today.  (3 to 4 p.m., 240 Krebs Hall)

     In addition, the campus will broadcast international travel programming on its cable system Monday through Friday beginning at 3 p.m. 

     Pitt-Johnstown’s involvement in the week ties directly to the school’s goal of internationalization as outlined in its New Dimension of Excellence strategic plan.  In the plan, Pitt-Johnstown has developed goals to ensure that its graduates are globally literate and inter-culturally competent, possessing the skills, dispositions and competencies necessary for successful participation, service, and leadership in an increasingly interdependent world. 

     Through its Office of International Services, Pitt-Johnstown currently enrolls 42 international students from countries including Syria, Hong Kong, Australia, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, and Vietnam.  Additionally, a growing number of Pitt-Johnstown students study abroad during their college career.  Study abroad destinations have included Australia, Italy, India, Germany, Bolivia, Spain, and New Zealand.

     Information on International Education Week is available by contacting the Office of International Services at (814) 269-7980 or by visiting:

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/28/2009 9:00:00 AM