November 8, 2012

Owens Community College to Host Free International Education Week Events, Nov. 13-15

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College will celebrate International Education Week with a series of events and activities highlighting multinational experiences, Nov. 13-15.

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. 13, with an International Flag Ceremony. The kick-off event will commence with welcome remarks by Owens representatives followed by Owens international students sharing their higher educational experience from an international student perspective. The ceremony will continue with the announcement of the three award recipients of the Seventh/Eighth Grade International Essay Contest and the reading of their award-winning essays. The ceremony will conclude with Owens’ international students presenting their country’s flag at the College’s newly named International Plaza. The event will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. in the courtyard adjacent to the Student Health and Activities Center.

Activities will continue from 12-3 p.m. on Tuesday with an International Celebration in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to sample an array of ethnic food from around the globe as well as experience musical sections and dances from other countries as presented by Owens international students.

Also on Tuesday, 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 Center for Fine and Performing Arts from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The 10,000 Villages will also make their handcrafts available for purchase in the College Hall hallway near the Bookstore from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, exchange students from Belgium who are studying at Owens this semester 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. Later that same day at 11:30 a.m., Fulbright Scholar Farzona Rahimova will share insight about her home country of Tajikistan. Attendees will learn about Tajikistan’s geography, culture, food, economy, history and current challenges. The lecture will take place in College Hall Room 100. Wednesday’s lecture presentations will conclude with individuals learning about life in Greece as well as the country’s rich heritage and culture from Owens Honors Program students Andrew Hartke and Amanda Wyatt at 2 p.m. in College Hall Room 100. The students participated in a study abroad experience in Greece last spring.

International Education Week activities will continue on Thursday, Nov. 15, as The Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies provide details specific to different international career paths from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Room 111. Additionally, International Education Week attendees will have the opportunity to view the international documentary film “Crossing Borders” from 12-2 p.m. in College Hall Room 100.  The documentary follows four Moroccan and four American university students on their travels through Morocco. Shared experiences between the student groups are realized during their trip, which contrast sharply with the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. An open discussion will follow the film presentation.

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’ Office of International Programs and Services is committed to providing experiential learning opportunities to international students from around the globe. During the Fall Semester, over 115 students from 35 countries are pursuing higher education at Owens. Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment are Kenya, Egypt, China, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Nigeria and South Korea, among others.

Additionally, in the past several years, the College’s International Programs and Services has established several new study abroad educational opportunities for Owens students in such countries as China, Peru and Greece. Furthermore, eight students are attending Owens this fall term through the Community Colleges for International Development, which is supported through the U.S. Department of State, among many other initiatives.

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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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