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International Education Week, November 16-20, 2009


International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education was first held in 2000 and today, is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.


International Education Week 2009


International Education Week 2009 Schedule

Weeklong events:

  • Souvenirs
    Nov. 16-Dec. 1
    Kolligian Library, Floors 1 & 3

    This exhibit features the submissions of UC Merced students, faculty, and staff. Postcards, souvenirs, photos, ephemera, and other objects collected while exploring cultures around the world are displayed. A corresponding digital exhibit is displayed on the digital signage screens throughout the library.
    Organized by UC Merced Library
  • Suggested Reading: Three Cups of Tea
    Nov. 16-20
    In Three Cups of Tea: One Man' Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, recount the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan's K2, to establish schools in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • SSHA Foreign Languages Open House
    Nov 16-20
    Students, staff and faculty are invited to sit in on any foreign language course. All are welcome to visit and experience what it is to study a foreign language at UC Merced. Participants will be welcome to come and ask questions. For more information please visit COB 372.
    Organized by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts.
  • Dining Commons International Cuisine
    Nov. 16-20
    Dining Commons

    Come and sample some of the featured international foods available in the UC Merced Dining Commons to recognize International Education Week.
    Organized by Campus Dining
  • International Treasure Hunt
    Nov. 16-19
    Team up with a friend and search around your room, the campus, and Merced for international items to win a prize. Winners will be announced during the International Mixer on Thursday, November 19, at about 5pm.
    Visit the International Treasure Hunt Rules & Instructions for rules and instructions.
    Organized by the International Center


Monday, November 16:

  • Taiko Drumming Presentation
    12:00 noon-1:00pm, Dining Quad
    You’ll feel the rhythm as UCM students perform on traditional Japanese drums in this energetic and artful ensemble.
    Permformed by UCM Yamabuki Taiko
  • Engineering Empire: The Two Thousand Year Story of Dujiangyam, the World's Oldest Working Dam
    3:00pm - 4:00pm, COB 267
    In the third century BC, the government of the Qin Kingdom built a flood control and irrigation system in the foothills at the edge of the Tibetan plateau. To this day, the Dujiangyan waterworks supports one of China's wealthiest provinces. Dujiangyan was the birth place of the Chinese empire and the Daoist religion. This presentation uses artwork, digital maps, and site diagrams to tell the story of Dujiangyan, the world's premier example of sustainable resource management.
    Presented by Ruth Mostern
  • International Folk Dancing
    5:00pm - 6:00pm, Recreation Center
    Come learn a few easy folk dances from various countries like Bulgaria, Israel, France, and Hungary. No partners or experience needed for this free class.
    Taught by Memo Keswick

Tuesday, November 17:

  • Dare 2 Care Global Volunteer Guest Panel
    12:00pm - 1:30pm, COB 282
    Come meet Doctors without Borders and Engineers without Borders volunteers as they share their experiences and insight into the work they have done around the world. A light lunch will be served.
    Hosted by the Career Services Center
  • Living in Antarctica: Making the Dream Come True
    2:00pm - 3:00pm, COB 263
    Sylvain Masclin, a Ph.D. candidate in UC Merced's School of Engineering, offers a rare insider's perspective with his multimedia exploration of his unique winter and summer field research campaigns at stations in the beautiful and stunning isolation of Antarctica.
    Presented by Sylvain Masclin
  • Souvenirs Reception
    4:00pm - 5:30pm, Kolligian Library
    Reception for Souvenirs, the exhibit featuring postcards, souvenirs, photos, ephemera, and other objects collected by UC Merced students, faculty, and staff while exploring cultures around the world. Refreshments will be provided.
    Hosted by the Kolligian Library

Wednesday, November 18:

  • Passport & Travel Fair
    10:00am - 2:00pm, Outside the Lantern
    Come and apply for your U.S. Passport through the Post Office on campus. Information will also be available about EAP, International Opportunities Program (IOP) providers, and STA travel.
    Organized by the International Center
  • The Life and Times of a Dying Breed: A War and Foreign Correspondent's Stories from Vietnam to Iraq
    12:15pm - 1:15pm, KL 362
    Mike Tharp, Executive Editor of the Merced Sun-Star, was a soldier in Vietnam for 13 months and was given a Bronze Star. He served as a foreign correspondent in Japan and Korea for 11 years with the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Far Eastern Economic Review and U.S. News & World Report. He's covered seven wars since 1991, including two tours of Iraq in the past 15 months. He'll talk about foreign and war correspondents becoming a dying breed and why Americans should care about that.
    Presented by Mike Tharp
  • International Center Open House
    3:00pm - 5:00pm, KL 101
    Come and see the new International Center or "Passport 101". Come learn about study abroad, services for international students and faculty, and other international opportunities. Light refreshments will be available.
    Hosted by the International Center

Thursday, November 19:

  • International Graduate Student Tea Party
    11:30am - 1:00pm, Bobcat Lair
    International Graduate Students are invited to a mid-day tea party. Take a moment out of your day to relax by enjoying a variety of teas from around the world. If you have a favorite tea, please bring it to share. Assorted scones and a variety of teacakes and tea sandwiches will be provided.
    Sponsored by Graduate Division
  • The Exploits of a Japanese Peruvian During WWII: The Benefits and Dangers of Global Citizenship
    3:30pm- 4:30pm, KL 209
    An international case study of Seiichi Higashide (1909-1997), a Japanese resident of Peru who was abducted by American officials in order to use him, along with many other Japanese Peruvians, in exchange of war prisoners with Japan.
    Presented by Ignacio Lopez-Calvo

  • International Mixer
    4:00pm - 6:00pm, Bobcat Lair
    International students and scholars, study abroad returnees, and anyone who is interested in learning about the world are welcome! Students can get information about study abroad and ISA (The International Student Association). Food and drinks will be provided.
    Hosted by the International Student Association

Friday, November 20:

  • Ballet Folklorico
    2:00pm - 2:30pm, In front of Kolligian Library
    The Ballet Folklorico de UC Merced dance group will put on colorful and traditional dances of Mexico.
    Performed by Ballet Folklorico de UC Merced


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International Treasure Hunt Rules and Item List


The International Treasure Hunt is a weeklong activity planned for International Education Week with the purpose of helping students, staff, and faculty explore how international the campus and community already is.

Rules & Instructions:

Sign-up: You will need to stop by the International Center (KL 101) to pick up an EAP bag and sign up.

Competition: The International Treasure Hunt is not a race. Winners are determined by who earns the most points rather than who finds all items first. Each item is worth a certain point value.

Submission: The International Treasure Hunt begins with International Education Week and all items must be submitted to the International Center in the by 2pm, Thursday, November 19.

Items: One item collected cannot count for two different items on the International Treasure Hunt list. In the case that a single collected item can count for more than one category, the item will receive the higher point value between the two or more categories.

Miscellaneous: Competitors can compete individually or with a partner and share any potential prize.

Prizes: Several prizes are available such as gift certificates to J & R Tacos and Cold Stones Creamery.

Announcement: Prizes winners will be announced at the International Mixer at about 5pm on Thursday, November 19, in the Bobcat Lair.

Click here to download the Treasure Hunt item list





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