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IEW kicks off during the week of November 12-19, 2014. The Pennsylvania State University joins various colleges, universities, embassies, and community organizations around the world by recognizing International Education Week (IEW). This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is an opportunity to prepare Americans for a global environment and to celebrate the benefits of international exchange.

In conjunction with IEW, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released its annual "Open Doors" report which recognized Penn State as 10th in the nation for international student enrollment. In 2012/13 Penn State attracted a record number 6,693 students at University Park from more than 100 countries. Penn State is also ranked 19th nationally for the number of students studying abroad.

Please see the schedule of events below to celebrate IEW, hosted by colleges, campuses, units, and centers across Penn State as well as local community organizations. 

Global Programs encourages student and community organizations, faculty, and staff from academic and student affairs units - from all races, ethnicities and nationalities - to host any type of event or program that celebrates global education inside and outside the classroom.

Registration forms and information resources are available through Global Programs.

These are some of the great events happening around campus!

Tuesday, November 11th

  • 2:30pm The Center for Global Studies: "The United Nations: An Overview of its Work, its Agencies, and the Hiring Process," 112 Katz Building.

This talk will focus on the composition of the United Nations, its history, and structure as the Headquarters of international diplomacy worldwide. It will also address the current issues faced by the Organization as it thrives to achieve its mission and its role in achieving development and peace. The talk will conclude with an explanation of the hiring process, career opportunities, and the importance of language training within this process.

Fulbright Scholar Said Maalouf graduated from The School of International Affairs at Penn State in 2013. Prior to coming to Penn State, Mr. Maalouf had various experiences working in the private and non-profit sectors in both Beirut and Paris. After his graduation, he was hired at the United Nations' Division for Public Administration and Development Management as a Consultant in Public Administration, contributing to the Division's flagship publication "The 2014 UN e-Government Survey". Mr. Maalouf's current post at the UN is Public Information Assistant, working on outreach programs, addressing public inquiries, and promoting the mission and work of the UN to the people it serves. He speaks fluent English, French, Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the School of International Affairs. Contact Sarah at cgsinfo@psu.edu.

Wednesday, November 12th

  • 12-1pm Come visit Global Programs staff in the HUB to celebrate the official International Education Week kick-off day!

 

  • 1:30pm The Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Lecture: "Edgar Allen Poe, 1845, and the "Invention" of American World Literature," 101 Old Botany Building.

This presentation focuses on the mid-nineteenth-century “invention” of an American world literature by Edgar Allan Poe, Cornelius Mathews, and Evert A. Duyckinck. When Poe, Mathews, and Duyckinck write about U.S. American literature in both local and international terms, they do so from within a country that was experiencing its own rampant internationalization and transformation—economically, politically, and militarily—into an imperial power on a global scale.

Presenter Micah Donohue is an ABD doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature currently finishing a dissertation that explores the intersections of irony, metaphor, translation, monstrosity, and poetic recombination in the literature of the Americas. His work focuses on literary texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries written in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Special Instructions: Students, faculty, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion; coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

  • 5pm Peace Corps, 103 BOA Career Center Services. Come learn about the intersection of Peace Corps service and international education!  Bring your questions and get them answered by a returned Peace Corps volunteer. Contact Liz at peacecorps@psu.edu.

 

  • 6:30-9pm Global Connections: "Women's International Night," Minitab World Headquarters (1829 Pine Hall Road, State College).

    Women’s International Night is a fun evening that brings together community women to enjoy international appetizers, drinks, dessert competition, cultural dances, and crafts from around the world! Contact gc-cc@psu.edu for more information.

Thursday, November 13th

  • 12-1pm Come visit Global Programs staff in the HUB for games, prizes, and international showcases!

Friday, November 14th

  • 12-1pm Come visit Global Programs staff in the HUB for games and prizes!

Monday, November 17th

  • 3pm United States Embassy, Ougadougou: IEW Panel: Large Public Universities, U.S. Embassy Sector 15, Ouaga 2000 Avenue Sembene Ousmane Rue 15.873 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

This year, the U.S. Embassy will once again be organizing special events during International Education Week, November 17-21, 2014.  Part of our planning includes offering panel discussions every afternoon during that week (except Friday) with each day focusing on a particular kind of institution of higher education in the USA. Penn State will be represented by Jessica Ouedraogo, Assistant Director for the 2iE-Penn State Centre for Collaborative Engagement.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of Penn State's background, offerings, and perspective on globalization.  Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the University and environment, as well as learn about the application process.

  • 3:30pm Career Services, 206 Ag Engineering Building

 This is a workshop given by Dr. Richard Rateau of the College of Agricultural Sciences Experiential Learning and Career Services Center.  Advice will be offered on how to incorporate study abroad and other international experiences into your resume and how to talk about global learning experiences in job interviews.

The purpose of the event is to provide practical advice to students on how to best present knowledge, skills and dispositions gained from global learning experiences in order to set themselves apart in the job market. Contact Melanie at mjm727@psu.edu.

  • Early evening, Generation Study Abroad Presentation by Jennifer Connor, 410 Boucke

Fulbright Social Media Program Officer, Jennifer Connor , graduated from Penn State Schreyer Honors College in 2011 with honors in Journalism, Anthropology and International Studies. She began her career as a journalist, then online editor at a local newspaper outside of Philadelphia, but could not ignore her passion for cross-cultural understanding and international education. During her time at Penn State, Jennifer volunteered as a Global Ambassador promoting study abroad opportunities and internationalization on the Penn State campus and received the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for her efforts. Today, Jennifer runs the social media editorial strategy and implementation for the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Programs via the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York City.

Jennifer Connor will give a general study abroad presentation about the Gilman, Boren, Critical Language Scholarships, study abroad funding resources, in addition to student testimonials from PSU students who studied abroad.

This event is co-sponsored by University Fellowship Office and University Office of Global Programs.

  • 5-7pm The Council for Engaged Scholarship (COES) Student Lightning Presentations: 2014 Engaged Scholarship Expo,  Heritage Hall, Hetzel Union Building.

This event brings together faculty, staff and students to share engaged scholarship experiences, opportunities and inspiration. Contact Kristin at KLT16@psu.edu.

Tuesday, November 18th

  • 12pm Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, “Education and Gender in Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan,” Foster Auditorium

Panel discussion about Education and Gender. Contact Leila Bradaschia at lmb36@psu.edu.

  • 12-1pm Fulbright U.S. Student Program Presentation by Jennifer Connor, Grandfather Clock Lounge (Atherton Hall)

Representative from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Jennifer Connor, will present on Tuesday, November 18, at 12 PM in the Grandfather Clock room in Atherton Hall. Fulbright is a post-undergraduate fellowship that provides fully-funded study/research grants, as well as English Teaching Assistantships to over 150 countries. Stop by to learn more about Fulbright opportunities from Jennifer, who also is a Penn State Schreyer Honors College ‘11 graduate with honors in Journalism.

Penn State Alumni panel to follow from 1-2pm to talk about their experiences living and working abroad.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Fellowship Office and University Office of Global Programs.

  • 12:30pm Career Services, “Share the Moment: Get the Job”, 119 Osmond Building

 A workshop given by Dr. Richard Rateau of the College of Agricultural Sciences Experiential Learning and Career Services Center.  Advice will be offered on how to incorporate study abroad and other international experiences into your resume and how to talk about global learning experiences in job interviews.

The purpose of the event is to provide practical advice to students on how to best present knowledge, skills and dispositions gained from global learning experiences in order to set themselves apart in the job market. Contact Melanie at mjm727@psu.edu.

  • 3pm Global Entrepreneurship Week: “I Have an Idea for a Business. Now What?”, Kunkle Lounge (Hammond Building)

Meet with representatives from the Nittany Consulting Group, IST Student Group, and Happy Valley Communications in collaboration with the Penn State Small Business Development Center to chat about a business idea.  Assistance is always free and confidential.  This service is offered every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester and is open to all Penn State students, staff, and faculty.  During Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nittany Consulting Group will have two consultants available in Kunkle Lounge.

  • 4pm Global Entrepreneurship Week: “Immigration and Business,” 117 HUB (Freeman Auditorium)

Learn from a practicing immigration attorney about the following:

        -Options for working in the U.S. after graduation: B-1, EB-2, EB-5, E1 and

E2 visas.

      -What kind of work you can and cannot do while on an F-1 or J-1 visa.

      -What kind or work you can and cannot do while on OPT or an H-1b visa.

      -Establishing companies in your home country in order to partner with U.S.

companies.

      -Consequences for working without authorization by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Contact Leslie at lmd24@psu.edu for more information.

  • 6pm Poetry Without Borders, Foster Auditorium (Paterno Library)

Poetry Without Borders is an annual, university-wide, student-run poetry reading forum where students and faculty expose the audience to different languages and cultures. The event aims to bring together people with different backgrounds and passions. In the past, we had contributions from languages such as German, Chinese, Mongolian, Kazakhs, Norwegian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Turkish, Hebrew, Dutch, Russian, Ukrainian, and Portuguese, and students and faculty from different majors and research fields. This year’s theme is “Tides of Change,” an inspiration for the readers to comment with poems on the current political and social events or to reflect on their own spiritual journey. The event will now go into its second year and has been supported by the Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Penn State, the Max Kade German-American Research Institute, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Penn State University Libraries, and the Center for Global Studies. Contact Lauren at ljb232@psu.edu.

  • 7:30pm Global Entrepreneurship Week: “Take a Risk: Study Abroad,” 113 Carnegie Building (Auditorium)

Shannon Sweeney will moderate a panel of students who chose a path that is similar to starting a business: an experience that cannot be taught or duplicated in a class room and involves risk, challenges and the ability to solve unexpected problems.  The experience of studying, living or working abroad, fits perfectly into the themes of GEW about “…spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections, and learning from both failure and success. It is about… making your mark on the world…doing good while doing well at the same time.” So come with an open mind and meet four students who had very different experiences. Hear how those experiences have influenced their college career path.

  • 8pm Student Programming Association Lecture Series: Ziauddin Yousafzai, Schwab Auditorium

Father of children's education advocate Malala Yousafzai, will speak at Penn State, according to a press release issued by the Student Programming Association. As the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education, and Chair of the Malala Fund, Yousafzai has protested against the Taliban in Pakistan.

Students can receive free tickets on Nov. 4 and the general public on Nov. 11. Tickets will be available at Eisenhower Auditorium, the Bryce Jordan Center, the HUB-Robeson Center Ticket Desk and the Downtown Theatre Center, according to the release.

Co-sponsored by Student Programming Association and the University Office of Global Programs.

Wednesday, November 19th

  • 11am Smeal College of Business Abroad EXPO, Business Building Lobby

The Smeal Abroad EXPO gives study abroad alumni a great opportunity to share their stories, advice and cultural experiences with prospective study abroad students. This event provides an opportunity for targeted peer to peer interaction about study abroad. By providing students a forum to speak about their study abroad experiences, prospective students are able to ask candid questions, learn first-hand about actual experiences, and become generally informed about the resources available to them. Contact Stephanie at smm45@psu.edu.

  • 12-1pm Presentation by Professor Emeritus of Mid-East History, Arthur Goldschmidt: “The Nile and the Egyptians,” Foster Auditorium (Paterno Library)

The Nile Project provides discussions that would normally not occur take place and where ideas that are not usually connected are linked. We hope that in breaking conventional disciplinary barriers, our discussions yield a fresh outlook that results in innovative thinking and new partnerships relevant to the Nile Basin, your local communities and elsewhere. The Nile Project will significantly increase its exposure in 2015 with a tour through 30 universities in the United States reaching and engaging students, leading academics, and the American public.

Co-sponsored by ICIK and PSU Libraries.

  • 6:30pm Global Entrepreneurship Week: “U.S. Banking Basics for International Students”, 158 Willard Building (Pollock Road)

US Banking Basics for International Students:

      -types of banks

      -credit and how it works

      -why to utilize a bank

     - different account that are available and how they work

     - what you need to start a business

Entrepreneurs and international students considering starting a business and need to know more about American banking should attend.

  • 7pm Study Abroad 101, 373 Willard Building

The process of studying abroad can feel overwhelming for many students, with hundreds of program options to consider, several application requirements to complete and deadlines to remember.

Study Abroad 101 is a one-hour presentation designed to give students an overview of studying abroad through Penn State - how to navigate the website and search for programs, how to make an appointment with an adviser and start an application, how to evaluate cost and financial aid opportunities and many other important considerations. Contact Whitney at wjl12@psu.edu.

Thursday, November 20th

  • 3pm Global Entrepreneurship Week: “I have an Idea for a Business. Now What,? Kunkle Lounge (Hammond Building)

Meet with representatives from the Nittany Consulting Group, IST Student Group, and Happy Valley Communications in collaboration with the Penn State Small Business Development Center to chat about a business idea.  Assistance is always free and confidential.  This service is offered every Tuesday and Thursday during the semester and is open to all Penn State students, staff, and faculty.

  • 7-9pm Global Connections: “Found in Translation: World Poetry Read by World People,” Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

The 10th annual event will be held on Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in downtown State College. Selected international members of our community will read a poem in their native language and then provide an English translation. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the voices, sounds and poetry of over 15 different cultures!

Events from 2013:

  • College of Engineering International Engineering Information sessions about engineering opportunities abroad.
  •  Global Brigades Student Panel - an introduction to academic advisers and educational professionals to Global Brigades.
  • College of AgSciences International Programs seminar about the Congressional Hunger Fellowship and issues related to food sovereignty.
  • Penn State Career Services - presentation on changing characteristics of the jobs and job search in global world.
  •  Global Connections' Women's International Night Out
  •  Global Ambassadors Student Organization- Study Abroad 101.
  •  Global Entrepreneurship Week is a weeklong series of events directed at students and community members interested in entrepreneurship.
  • The DUS Leadership Council welcomes international students to an Open House. DUS students will be there to share their experiences exploring majors, getting involved with co-curricular activities, and transitioning to college. 
  • Join Global Programs and Student Affairs screening of "The Dialogue," a movie about intercultural understanding and the communication skills needed for conflict mediation and problem solving.
  • Global Shenanigans in the HUB!  Staff from Global Programs and student volunteers will share lots of ideas about how you can get involved globally!
  •  Global Connections World Affairs Forum at Schlow Centre Region Library.
  •  "Creative Strategies for building a syllabus for travel" with Neil Brown.
  •  CIEE, a leader in international education and exchange, and Global Programs' screening of "Girl Rising." Hear the stories of triumph over pain as girls around the world seek an education to better their lives.
  •  Global Connections  U.N. of Poetry! Enjoy the voices, words, and sounds of poetic language from around the world. From Icelandic to Bengali, Korean to Hebrew, people will read in their native languages and in English translation.

 

Additional information can be found at www.iew.state.gov.