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International Education Week events starts at Owens Community College


Owens Community College will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events and activities highlighting multinational experiences.

The activities, Tuesday through Thursday, are free and open to the public. Presented by the International Programs and Services Office, the events will occur at the Perrysburg Township campus on Oregon Road.

Starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. is an International Flag Ceremony, followed by Owens international students sharing their college experience and then the announcement of the three award recipients of the Seventh/Eighth Grade International Essay Contest and the reading of their award-winning essays.

International students will present their country’s flag at the college’s newly named International Plaza. The event will be in the courtyard adjacent to the Student Health and Activities Center.

From noon to 3 p.m., there will be an International Celebration, with food and music, in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda. Handcrafts will be sold in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, exchange students from Belgium will present information about their country and college Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (HELMO) in Liege, Belgium as part of a lecture presentation at 9 a.m. in the Heritage Hall Atrium. At 11:30 a.m., Fulbright Scholar Farzona Rahimova will talk about her home country of Tajikistan in College Hall Room 100. Part of the afternoon activities include students talking about life in Greece.

On Thursday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies will talk about international career paths in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Room 111. The international documentary film Crossing Borders will be shown from noon to 2 p.m. in College Hall Room 100.

International Education Week was established as part of a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to support programs dedicated to preparing Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment are Kenya, Egypt, China, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Nigeria and South Korea, among others.

For additional information about Owens’ International Education Week activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2773.

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