International Education Week Starts Nov. 11

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(November 6, 2013)

The Study Abroad/Study Away office is hosting International Education Week, November 11-15, 2013, to help students explore the value of studying in a distant land.

“The week is an opportunity to highlight all the various opportunities that UNC Asheville students have to experience other cultures,” said Bonnie Parker, director of the Study Abroad/Study Away office. “And to understand how interrelated we all are and how vital it is to prepare for a global environment."

“Nineteen percent of our 2012-13 graduates had an international experience that contributed toward their UNC Asheville degree,” Parker continued. “That’s something to celebrate!”

Join in the week-long celebration through any of the following activities:

African Drum Ensemble: Students in the UNC Asheville African Drum Ensemble, who studied with the internationally renowned Ghana Dance Ensemble during their travels abroad will perform on campus at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Mills Plaza, outside Mills Residence Hall.

Study Abroad Student Panel: Students who have previously studied abroad will share their experiences and answer questions from curious travelers-to-be during a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, in Highsmith University Union, Grotto.

International Trivia Bowl: Assemble a team and test your global awareness at the IEW Trivia Bowl at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Highsmith University Union, Grotto. Categories include “Where in the World” photos, world geography, current events and international flags and symbols.

Around the World Fair: With a whole world to explore, choosing which country to begin in can be challenging. The IEW Around the World Fair allows students to investigate different countries by visiting informational booths. The fair takes place from 12:30-1:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 12, on the first floor of Highsmith University Union.

International Career Panel: Students interested in exploring a career abroad are invited to a “lunch and learn” panel of professionals with experience in international non-profits and NGOs (non-governmental organization). The panel includes representatives from World Camp, Groundswell International and Habitat for Humanity International.

International Dining Luncheon: The university Dining Hall will showcase dishes from around the world during lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Inspiring Action: Bridging the Gap by Chris Bashinelli: Chris Bashinelli is executive producer and host of Bridge the Gap, a program airing on PBS in which Bashinelli travels the globe to experience life in unfamiliar cultures. Recent episodes include journeys to Haiti, Uganda and the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A 26-year-old, Bashinelli also is a National Geographic Young Explorer grantee and TEDx speaker, and has delivered keynotes at global conferences for the United Nations. He will speak at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall.

UNC Asheville Global Opportunities: Global studies don’t necessarily require a plane ticket. This tabling event from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, on the lower level of Highsmith University Union will not only address study abroad opportunities, but opportunities available at UNC Asheville, such as Africana Studies, International Studies, Asian Studies, Classics or Foreign Languages.

Consider Haiti: Representatives from “Consider Haiti,” a local nonprofit with the goal of improving the health and welfare of children in Haiti, will give a lecture at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in Highsmith University Union, room 224.

Afro-Caribbean Dance Party: The Black Student Association will host this year’s fall formal with a variety of Afro-Caribbean music and food. The fun begins at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall.

All IEW events are open to the campus community. For more information, visit the Study Abroad website.