November 8, 2011

Owens Community College to Host Free International Education Week Events, Nov. 15-17

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events and activities highlighting multinational experiences, Nov. 15-17.

Presented by the International Programs and Services Office, Owens’ International Education Week events are free and open to public and will occur on the College’s Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

The week’s events will kick off on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a Multicultural Celebration from 12-2 p.m. in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity sample an array of ethnic food from around the globe as well as experience musical sections from other countries. The Multicultural Celebration is being coordinated by the Student Activities Office.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, area residents will be able to view and purchase various handcrafts as presented by 10,000 Villages, an organization that promotes international fair trade by marketing products from diverse cultures made by artisans. The display will be located in the College Hall hallway near the Bookstore from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 10,000 Villages will also make their handcrafts available for purchase in the same location from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Also on Wednesday, individuals will have the opportunity to gain insight into the Chinese educational system as Owens full-time and part-time faculty members Erika Scheufler, Jamal Salahat, Nathan Ziegler and Dr. Guangzhong Chen share observations and cultural experiences about their recent visit to Hai’an Experimental School in Hai’an, China. During their visit, the group had the chance to meet with several high school teachers and administrators and observe classes in English-as-second-language, calculus and chemistry. The lecture presentation will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. in College Hall Room 099.

International Education Week activities will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 17, as Owens Adjunct Instructor of Business Faustina Asiedu will provide details specific to life in the country of Ghana as part of a lecture presentation titled “Ghana: Culture, History and People”. The presentation will occur from 3-4:30 p.m. in College Hall Room 160. Asiedu will also share details about the country’s origins as well as insight into the culture and history.

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.

Owens continues to serve as a leader in providing higher education to international students. Over 90 students from 26 countries are pursuing a higher education at Owens during the fall term. Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment are Kenya, Egypt, China, South Korea, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Serbia and Saudi Arabia, among others. For additional information about Owens’ International Education Week activities, call (567) 661-2773 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2773.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit