Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – International Education Week (IEW) will be observed Nov. 12-16 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. First held in 2000, IEW will be celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The UAPB Office of International Programs (OIPS) and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL) are collaborating to provide a week of activities to foster the aims of international education — international understanding and the preparation of U.S. citizens to live, work and compete in the global economy.
Activities include a study abroad forum, an evening of salsa music and dance, a career opportunities session and free admission for students and the Pine Bluff community to a women’s basketball game.
Informal lunch discussions will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the L.A. Davis Student Union Checkers Lounge at noon, Nov. 12, 13 and 15. Students should bring their own lunches and register in advance with the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Lee Rivers, assistant manager, outreach and special projects, for the Institute of International Education, will be the featured speaker at the Study Abroad Forum, at 11 a.m. in the student lounge of the UAPB Student Union. Rivers conducts the outreach for the U.S. Student Exchange Program. He has a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Central Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. He received a Gilman Scholarship to study at the University of Canberra, Australia, and he has participated in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Aboard in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Rivers will be joined by Fulbright Student Program Alumni Ambassador Michelle Williams, a graduate of Florida A&M University. She studied public health issues in Ghana in 2011- 2012 and conducted a qualitative study to identify barriers to cervical cancer screening among Ghanaian women. She also investigated health information needs of Ghanaian men and women. Williams is pursuing a doctorate and graduate certification in global health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also teaches a global studies course at the University of Alabama.
Later that evening at 7 p.m., the International Students Association is sponsoring an evening of salsa music and dance in the student lounge. This is an opportunity to learn to salsa, a dance popular across Latin America.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, a career services session featuring a panel of Peace Corps volunteers and representatives of the Clinton School of Public Service will discuss academic and career experiences and the importance of a global perspective in career planning. Panel members include Lisa Duke, William Orr, Alex Thomas and Kent Broughton. The discussion begins at 2 p.m. in the Caldwell Hall Auditorium
Later that evening at 6 p.m., the community is invited to UAPB verses Philander Smith women’s basketball game in the Kenneth L. Johnson Health, Physical Education & Recreation Complex. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable goods for the Thanksgiving food drive coordinated by the Office of Student Involvement and Learning.
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on UAPB International Week activities, contact Dr. Pamela D. Moore, (870) 575-8545.