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Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

Shawnee State University (SSU) is set to celebrate International Education Week this week — Tuesday through Friday — with a variety of activities.

“We bring world views to our students in a number of ways and through a variety of experiences at Shawnee State University — inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Rita Rice Morris, President of SSU. “Through our Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA), Shawnee State students and our larger community have the opportunity to appreciate different values and cultures from around the world through interaction with exchange students or study abroad.”

The week’s activities begins on on Tuesday with a session on studying abroad from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Center, followed by African Drummers in the University Center lobby from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, from 1 to 3 p.m, there will be an International Talent table featuring henna tattooing, how to use chopsticks, origami, palm reading, Arabic writing, and more. Also that night, from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be international dace instruction, including the salsa, the Uzbekistan National Dance, and belly dancing.

On Thursday, it’s International Meal Day in the Bears Den Cafeteria, and International Student Night at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games,where SSU will face the University of the Cumberlands.

To conclude the week’s events on Friday, Nov. 16 where will be an international poetry reading with Neil Carpathios and students along with a showing of the film, Invisible Children.

“Our campus community is also enriched by the presence of our international students. This fall, more than 37 students from more than 20 countries are taking courses here at Shawnee State University,” Morris said. “These students are engaged in the community and are supported by 20-25 friendship families in our area who have volunteered to include international students in aspects of their family or community life.”

According the university, there are currently SSU students studying in China, Spain, Morocco, and Thailand completing their studies. Shawnee State has six sister universities — Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile; Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco; Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany; South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China; Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China; and Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain.

SSU students also have access to study abroad experiences with over 70 higher education institutions in 30 countries through the International Student Exchange program.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or wallen@heartlandpublications.com.

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