|SOUTHEASTERN TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK NOV. 15-19
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University
is joining the national celebration of International Education Week Nov.
Eric Summers, director of Southeastern’s
Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, said the week’s
events will include a variety of performances, presentations and displays
showcasing the benefits of international education and exchange.
International Education Week is an
initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education. “All of the
programs,” Summers said, “are designed to prepare Americans for a global
environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and
exchange experiences in the United States.” The week is celebrated by schools,
colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses,
associations, and community organizations.
Throughout the week, Sims Memorial
Library will host a display of Oriental art and reading materials. Library
hours are 7:30 a.m-11 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m-4:30 p.m., Friday.
On Monday from 10 a.m. to noon in the
War Memorial Student Union mall, Southeastern’s Office of International
Initiatives will sponsor an informational display on the university’s study
abroad programs conducted during the summer in eight foreign countries.
Each of the programs will then be showcased at noon presentations on Tuesday
and Wednesday in the Student Union, room 227.
Tuesday’s presentation will share information
on the Quebec French study abroad program, the Southeastern-Salzburg International
Summer School, the United Kingdom and European Study Tour, La Douce France
Biology and French study abroad program, the literature program in Tuscany,
and the Rome and Mediterranean Study Cruise. On Wednesday, presentations
will focus on the anthropology and sociology and the medical mission programs
in Honduras, the study abroad program in Brazil, and the business, sociology
and criminal justice, tropical ecology, and Spanish programs in Costa Rica.
Also on Tuesday, the Department of
Foreign Languages and Literatures will host an “International Extravaganza,”
a variety show spotlighting the talents of students in university foreign
The first of 16 acts – from songs of
India performed by Southeastern student Pankaj Kothare to “Little Red Riding
Hood” in French – will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Twelve Oaks. Foreign languages
instructor Aileen Mootoo, who is organizing event, said it promises to
be “a wonderful display of student talent.”
International students, along with
members of the foreign languages faculty, plan to wear authentic dress
of their native countries, while the program’s intermission will feature
a buffet of international foods donated by area restaurants.
The event is a fund-raiser for Southeastern
study abroad scholarships; admission is $5.
Prior to the extravaganza, members
of the campus and community can enjoy the university’s second annual “Celebration
of the Lights.” President Randy Moffett will preside at the festive lighting
of campus holiday decorations at 5 p.m. at the Pottle Performance Circle.
Community members, as well as faculty, staff and students, are invited.
On Wednesday, International Education
Week will team up with the Campus Activity Board’s “Southeastern Star-2”
competition. During intermission of the popular “American Idol” style program,
the Lady Cubs, a student dance group, will perform a program of African
dance. Southeastern Star-2 begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Summers said a “don’t miss” International
Education Week event will be the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’
concert, "Music--The Universal Language," at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Pottle
Music Building Auditorium. The concert, featuring the talents of various
international students, is being coordinated by voice professor Joy Ratliff.
Ratliff said the program will include
two piano solos. Christiana Iheadindu will perform a work by Brahms and
Irina Kunev will present Chopin’s “Waltz in C Sharp Minor.” Iheadindu will
also accompany members of the Women’s Chorale and soprano Jessica Davis,
who will perform selections from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”
The Lyric Quartet – Serban Petrescu
and Emma Lacraru, violin; Simina Renea, viola; and Ioana Velicu, cello
– will perform a Schumann string quartet. Lacraru will be joined by trumpeter
David Delaney and pianist Sandy Blanchard in work by Eric Ewazen.
For more information about International
Education Week events, contact the Office of Multicultural & International
Students Affairs at 549-3850. A schedule of events is also available online