International Education Week

International Education Week 2016

November 14-18, 2016

Thursday: November 10th

  • World Fest, 5:30 pm, Turnbow Elementary, Springdale
    Turnbow Elementary has had guest speakers teach about different countries at each grade level.  Tonight in their Multicultural Celebration classes will share what they have learned country activity booths, booths will be provided also by International Culture Team Members.  Food will be sold and a  large line up of performances on stage will be going on throughout the evening.  Sponsor: Turnbow Elementary & International Culture Team Contact - Cynthia Smith, csmith@uark.edu, 575-5003

Friday: November 11th

  • Holcomb Hornets Around the World, 1:45 pm, Holcomb Elementary
    Holcomb Elementary has had guest speakers teach about different countries.  Today in their Multicultural Celebration classes will share what they have learned by presenting on stage performances and presentations, projects, and their annual Parade of Continents.  Sponsor:  Holcomb Elementary & International Culture Team Contact - Cynthia Smith, csmith@uark.edu, 575-5003
  • iFriend Celebration of International Friendship, 5:30pm, Holcombe Hall Living Room.
    iFriend participants and those interested in learning more about the iFriend program are invited to this dessert reception celebrating international friendships. Sponsor: iFriend Program and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact - Karen Beitle;ifriend@uark.edu or 479-575-5003

Monday: November 14th

  • Cultural Pop-up, Korean style! 9:30am - 11:00am Holcombe Hall front entrance
    Come to the Holcombe Hall front entrance and get your picture taken in front of our Korean cultural pop-up. Sponsor: Holcombe Futrall Housing Staff, Morgan Clarke, Maclarke@uark.edu

  • Opening session and International Bazaar, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connection Lounge in the Arkansas Union.
    Kim Needy, Dean of Graduate School and International Education will open the University of Arkansas' International Education Week followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. Sponsor: Graduate School and International Education, and International Students Organization (ISO). Contact – James Flammer: jflammer@uark.edu.

  • Study Abroad Photo Contest Display, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connections Lounge.
    Winners of the 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Contact – Brian Poepsel: bpoepse@uark.edu.

Tuesday: November 15th

  • Cultural Pop Up Peru – Selfie with a Llama, 9:00am - 10:00am, Shollmier Plaza (between Walton, JBHT, and WJWH)
    Drop by and get your picture with a llama! Well, maybe not a real llama, as they would probably spit at you too, but come and see what we have for you! Sponsor: International Culture Team, Contact – Macarena Arce, ict@uark.edu.

  • Cultural Pop Up - Photo with the Russian Matryashka Doll, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Union Mall

  • Have your picture taken with our human size Matryashka doll! Sponsor: International Culture Team and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact - Gabriella Villalobos omedia@uark.edu  479-575-5003.

  • Hogs Abroad 101, 4:00pm–5:00 pm, JB Hunt 207- Center for World Languages.
    Hogs Abroad 101 is a peer-led info session that provides an overview of study abroad options. The meeting gives students the tools to get started with an application and search for funding opportunities. Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Contact – Brian Poepsel: bpoepse@uark.edu.

  • International Coffee and Karaoke Night. 5:00pm, Spring International UPTW
    Join us for coffee and teas and treats from all around the world. Sponsor: Spring International Language Center. Contact: Jimmy Bowie,(479) 575-7600

  • Chancellor's Reception for International Scholars, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Fowler House Conservatory and Gardens 
    Hosted by Chancellor and Mrs. Joseph Steinmetz and International Students and Scholars (ISS). Annual reception honoring University of Arkansas international faculty, staff, and researchers.  The Hoyt Purvis Awards for International Education will also be presented at the reception.  This program is by invitation only. Sponsors: Office of the Chancellor, Graduate School and International Education, and International Students and Scholars.  Contact - Audra Johnston: audra@uark.edu.

Wednesday: November 16th

  • Cultural Pop Up – Writing Demonstrations, 12:00pm -1:00pm, Brough Commons
    Get your name or something else written in a different language! Sponsor: International Culture Team and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact – Chen Wei Wu cxw043@uark.edu or 479-575-5003

  • Caribbean Dominos Cultural Pop Up, 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Outside of Club Red, Union
    Come and learn how dominoes are played in the Caribbean! Be prepared to make some noise, be competitive, and have fun! Sponsor: Caribbean Student Association Contact – Troy-Ann Mott, tamott@email.uark.edu

  • Hogs Abroad 101, 4:00pm–5:00pm, JB Hunt 207- Center for World Languages.
    Hogs Abroad 101 is a peer-led info session that provides an overview of study abroad options. The meeting gives students the tools to get started with an application and search for funding opportunities. Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Contact – Brian Poepsel: bpoepse@uark.edu

  • Fulbright Friendsgiving Forum, 5:30pm-7:30pm, Reynolds Center Auditorium.
    Fulbright Scholars at the University of Arkansas (FSUA) invites all University of Arkansas students to attend "Fulbright Friendsgiving Forum" where there will be a panel discussion with distinguished speakers (Hoyt Purvis, Curt Rom, Samantha Haycock, and Missy Maramara), cultural performances (FSUA skit, ICT band) and UA Fulbrighters' 'telling our story' video. The program will be round up with Thanksgiving dinner with casual poster presentation at the atrium. Our theme this year is "connecting people through international education and cultural exchange for a full-brighter future."  Sponsors: Associated Student Government (ASG), Fulbright Scholars at the University of Arkansas, Contact: fdlestar@uark.edu or 479-799-8791

  • Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation, 5:30pm, Arkansas Union Theater (ARKU 425)
    This meeting is for all students planning to study abroad in Spring 2017.  We will have students who have studied abroad before available to share travel tips and important information about study abroad locations. The meeting will also cover important health & safety reminders and cover some of the most frequently asked questions about your time in your study abroad program! Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange, Contact:Brian Poepsel,bpoepse@uark.edu,

  • Dance Around the World, 7:00pm, Holcombe Living Room.
    This is an annual event in which students will showcase their home cultures in fun, diverse ways. Cultures from all around the world will be showcased by traditional dances and authentic food. All students and faculty are welcome to attend and anyone interested is encouraged to perform! Sponsor: Holcombe Hall, Contact – Eric Peltier: epeltier@uark.edu.

Thursday: November 17th

  • Cultural Pop Up – Experience Panama!, 10:00am - 1:00pm, Union Mall
    Experience Panamanian Culture through craft, dance, food samples.  Sponsor: International Culture Team and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact – Cynthia Ssmith: csmith@uark.edu or 479-575-5003

  • Sponsored Student Programs Fall Recognition Luncheon, 12:00 noon -1:30pm, Arkansas Union Rooms 509-511
    This event is for those sponsored students graduating and visiting students who are departing the University of Arkansas in December.  This luncheon is by invitation only.  Sponsor: Sponsored Student Programs.  Contact: Jacob Hiatt uaspbill@uark.edu or 479-575-6661.

  • Global Food Opportunities - Reducing Food Loss After Harvest: Key to a Sustainable Future, 1:00pm - 2:15pm Poultry Science 133
    Dr. Beth Mitcham is a postharvest physiologist faculty member for the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences and has helped train professionals from more than 40 countries as one of the leaders of the Postharvest Technology Center. In 2015, the American Society for Horticultural Sciences selected Dr. Mitcham as its Outstanding International Horticulturist. In 2016, Dr. Mitcham was elected Vice-President of the International Division of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, beginning her term in 2017.  Student speakers, Kelsey Johnson and Kylee Sigmon, will join Dr. Mitcham on stage and conduct short presentations about their recent international experiences.  Sponsor: Bumpers College International Programs Office and the Department of Horticulture. Contact: Leslie Dawn Edgar: ledgar@uark.edu

  • Cultural Pop Up – Chili tasting, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Union Mall
    Calling all Hot Heads! Taste test different types of chili sauce from Indonesia and the US, which is hotter?  ! Sponsor: International Culture Team and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact – Tri Murniarti  ointern@uark.edu or 479-575-5003

  • Deadline for Student and Scholar sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home, 4:00pm Online at  https://goo.gl/YtZlDi
    International Students and Scholars at the U of A and Spring International Language Center are invited to participate in a program that connects them with American hosts for Thanksgiving Dinner celebrated on November 24th. This program gives our international community the opportunity to celebrate the Thanksgiving meal with local families. Host families will provide food and transportation on Thanksgiving Day. To sign-up please go to https://goo.gl/YtZlDi or contact ifriend@uark.edu.  Sponsor: International Students and Scholars and Spring International Language Center. Contact: Karen Beitle, ifriend@uark.edu or 479 575-6665.

  • Scholars at Risk public lecture, 5:00pm, Poultry Science Building Auditorium 1260 W. Maple A211
    Join the local Scholars at Risk committee in welcoming our guest lecturer who will discuss an international perspective on human rights movements.  After the lecture, there will be a time for questions and comments.
    Contact: Luis Restrepo: lrestr@uark.edu.

Friday: November 18th

  • Bumpers College Melting Pot ,11:30am - 1:30pm come and go as you can, 1120 W. Maple St (AFLS Honors Hall)
    Come and join us with a unique dish from your culture, and experience what American Thanksgiving is all about! There will be games, fellowship, and prizes for the best cuisine! Sponsor: Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food, and Life Sciences, International Programs Office. Contact: Kyre Tognaci: kdtognac@uark.edu or 214.578.8784

  • Community Conversations: Disparity of Voices Within Society.  Drop by between 12 noon - 2:00pm Arkansas Union 403
    All students along with faculty and staff are invited to come together to have an inclusive and broad dialogue about why in general we value perspectives and experiences differently based on race, gender, religion, and more. The hope of each small group circle conversation is to create a better understanding of the complexities and histories of the disparity in weight that the voices of different identities carry in our larger society and work together to forge a more united, kind, and just society by listening to each other’s perspectives and experiences.
    Participants will be placed in a circle of about eight individuals with two lead participants who will guide the conversation. Conversation circles will be formed every thirty minutes starting at 12:00 noon with the last circle coming together at 1:30 pm. If you are unable to attend on November 18th please consider attending a future Community Conversation by sharing your contact information with Lori Lander, Associate Dean of Students, llander@uark.edu.

  • A Taste of Panama, 12:00 noon - 1:00pm, Holcombe Hall Classroom
    We will have easy Panamanian dishes that you can see made in front of your eyes and taste! Bring your own lunch if on a break and try some of our food samples. Sponsor: International Culture Team and International Students and Scholars (ISS), Contact – Cynthia Smith csmith@uark.edu or 479-575-5003.

  • Deadline for Host Sign-up for Thanksgiving Dinner in an American Home, 4:00pm Online at https://goo.gl/qI0WyP
    The iFriend program at the University of Arkansas and Spring International Language Center (SILC) are looking for local families who would like to share their Thanksgiving holiday dinner on Nov 24 with a few students, scholars and their family members. If you have room at your table for a few extra guests (or more than a few), we would appreciate you signing up for Thanksgiving Dinner in American Home. This is a great opportunity for our students & scholars to celebrate a traditional American Holiday! The Deadline to sign-up as a host for this Thanksgiving program is November 18th.  To sign-up please use this link https://goo.gl/qI0WyP or contact ifriend@uark.edu.  Sponsor: Spring International Language Center and the Office of International Students and Scholars. Contact: Karen Beitle ifriend@uark.edu or 479 575-6665

  • Afternoon PositiviTEA: Culture in a Cup, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Holcombe Hall living room
    You Ought to Live Optimistically, along with the International Culture Team, are putting the warmth back into November by hosting our 4th annual Afternoon Positivitea event.  We love instilling warmth in people, and what better way to do it than sipping on hot tea while having awesome conversation and meeting awesome people? (Too many 'awesomes'? Impossible!). We've recruited some tea-enthusiasts from around the world who would love to share their tea and culture with any students who can make it to Holcombe Hall on November 18th at 2 p.m.  Pour yourself a calming cup of tea and learn about the positive philosophies behind tea-drinking cultures from international students at the U of A. Come enjoy an amazing mug of Japanese Matcha tea, Moroccan mint tea, Russian floral tea, Persian Borage tea, Bolivian Cedron tea and many more with us!  This event is super people-friendly and planet-friendly. So if you want to make our planet happy, bring our own mugs and save a disposable cup! This automatically allows you to participate in our Eco-Friendly Mug Contest to get great prizes as well!  Come drink some tea with us! There will also be some amazing pastries from Ozark Natural Foods.  Sponsor: You Ought to Live Optimistically (YOLO), International Culture Team (ICT) and Associated Student Government (ASG). Contact – Behdad Mofarraj, bmofarra@uark.edu, 4797130204.

  • Stammtisch, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Arkansas Union in front of the fireplace.
    Stammtisch is a weekly conversation group. Because we believe it is very important for our students to have the opportunity to practice their language skills in an everyday, conversational setting, the faculty and staff commit to attending Stammtisch every week.  From native speakers to those who are learning German and just want to listen to some conversation, everyone is welcome.  (Off campus visitors can park for free after 5:00 pm in certain spots next to the football stadium: http://parking.uark.edu/parkmap.pdf), Sponsor: German Section of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department.Contact: Dr. Kathleen Condray - condray@uark.edu, 479-575-5938

Saturday: November 19

  • Upward Bound International Studies Class, 12:00pm -2:20pm,  Walton College of Business
    Students from Peru, Bolivia, and India will be presenting to Upward Bound high school students about their country and culture.   Sponsor: International Culture Team.  Contact: Cynthia Smith, csmith@uark.edu (479) 466-1650

  • Tropicalia: Colors and Sounds Take Over Brazil, 4:00pm -6:00pm, Holcombe Hall Living Room
    Join us for a delightful afternoon full of Brazilian culture! Enjoy great music and taste unique dishes while experiening the most disruptive artistic expression of teh Brazilian culture. Sponsor: Brazilian Student Organization.  Contact: Raissa Araujo , raraujob@uark.edu (864)603-4568.

  • M & N Augustine International Festivall, 6:30pm -9:30pm, DeBriyn Center, St. Joseph's School, 1722 StarrRd., Fayetteville
    Enjoy a wonderful night of international food samples, French Creole food, and the Great American Cookout.  $20 for adults & $5 for children.  All proceeds to to the M & N Augustine Foundation to serve those in the community with emergency situations and those experiencing poverty and hunger.  Sponsor: M & N Augustine Foundation.  Contact: Joe Augustine , 479-236-3800 http://www.mnaugustinefoundation.org/

A special Thank You to those who have supported and sponsored IEW events in the past:

  • Office of the Chancellor
  • Graduate School and International Education
  • International Students and Scholars
  • Study Abroad and International Exchange
  • Spring International Language Center
  • International Students Organization
  • Holcombe Hall – University Housing
  • International Culture Team
  • The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies
  • Department of World Languages, Literature, and Cultures
  • German Section of the Department of World Languages, Literature, and Cultures
  • Arkansas Union
  • Scholars at Risk (SAR) Committee
  • Diversity Affairs
  • Sponsored Student Programs
  • African Students Organization
  • Associated Student Government (ASG)
  • Fulbright Scholars at the University of Arkansas
  • Brazilian Student Organization
  • You Ought to Live Optimistically (YOLO)
  • Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food, and Life Sciences, International Programs Office
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • M & N Augustine Foundation
  • Upward Bound