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Dalton State College will join thousands of colleges and universities in more than eighty countries around the globe to celebrate the 13th annual International Education Week. This year's theme is International Education: Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide. This is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

International Education Week (IEW) will take place on the third week of November each year. For 2012, the IEW will be between November 12 and 18. The Center for International Education and the Office of Student Life will sponsor a variety of activities to celebrate this event.

Main Events

Monday, November 12 “Study Abroad: Show Me the Money!” 1:15 pm–3:00 pm Eddie Miller Room

Want to do study abroad and have trouble with paying for it? This information session will share with you on various institutional and non-institutional scholarships and financial aids options.

Tuesday, November 13 “Bridge the Cross-cultural Gap,” 12:15–2:00 pm Memorial Auditorium

Keynote speech by Dr. Hassan EI-Najjar, Dr. Hassan Ali El-Najjar was born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1950. In 1967, he left to Jordan, then to Egypt, Libya, and the UAE, before immigrating to the USA, in 1986. He has been teaching sociology and anthropology courses at Dalton State College since 1991. Dr. El-Najjar will use his educational trip to Sweden in 1999 and his 2010 trip to Egypt and Gaza as examples of how direct contact with another culture makes our abstract knowledge more life-like and simpler to understand. He will share some of the photos he took his travel experience.

Wednesday, November 14 “International College Night,” 7:00–9:00 pm, Pope Student Center

Come to sample international food, hear world music performed by Ogya World Music Band and make new friends! The OGYA Band is a world music band based in Chattanooga TN. Founded by Kofi Mawuko from Ghana, West Africa and now living in Chattanooga, OGYA is comprised of well experienced musicians who have played with renowned musicians around the world. OGYA band plays high energy music that will make you dance and dance and dance till you are out of breath and then they slow it down to the sultry rhythms of jazz and soul-soothing reggae rhythms. A door prize will be raffled off for attendees. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend

Thursday, November 15 "Tales from Study Abroad," 12:15–3:00 pm LIA 201

Study abroad students present about their study abroad experiences, including coping with culture shock, dealing with language barriers and travel logistics, and fulfilling academic requirement. Students will be representing various world regions so that attendees can gain insight to the different study abroad options. Light refreshments will be served and a door prize will be raffled off for attendees. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to attend.

Friday, November 16 “How to Internationalize Your Curriculum,” 10:00–12:00 pm Brown 105

A Faculty Workshop designed to facilitate faculty effort to internationalize learning through incorporating international contents. We will discuss challenges, good practices, and action plans. A light lunch will be provided.

Governor Deal Signed Gubernatorial Proclamation honoring International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 12 – 16. 2012

Governor Deal Image

(left to right: Brett Reichert, Clayton State University; Governor Nathan Deal; Amanda
Roshan-Rawaan, Georgia State University; and Rebecca Bacon, Georgia Institute of Technology)

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