Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 7, 2001

Whitworth Celebrates International Education Week with Guest Speakers, International Fashion Show, Banquet

As Whitworth students representing 26 countries prepare for a week of cultural activities culminating in the college's much-anticipated 16th annual International Banquet, they will be joined by the rest of the country. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell have declared Nov. 12-16 International Education Week in recognition of what Powell described as the strategic role of international education and exchange "in strengthening our nation and our relations with other countries."

Continuing a long tradition of international student programs, Whitworth will celebrate International Education Week with a series of entertainment and learning opportunities including two guest speakers, an international fashion show and the college's annual International Banquet.

"The presence of international students on our campus has the potential for expanding the horizons of every student, faculty and staff member in the Whitworth community," says Judy Lang, director of Whitworth's English Language Program. "In essence, the 80-plus international students on our campus have come a long way to bring the world to us. Because they live in our dorms and sit beside us in our classes, we can be enriched as a community."

Whitworth requires all students to take a cross-cultural studies course as a component of their graduation requirements and offers dozens of international study tours and exchange programs that take students to the far reaches of the globe. And, for one week a year, the college celebrates the many ways in which the world comes to its north-side campus-including the 82 international students representing countries from South Korea and India to France and the Ukraine.

"Our international students enrich all of us by sharing themselves - their perspectives, their cultures, their ideas - with us," says Esther Louie, assistant dean for programming and diversity. "We can learn first-hand about their homelands and how they are similar and different from ours. They bring a wealth of information that we would not have if they did not join us at Whitworth."

Whitworth's International Education Week activities commence on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with an evening lecture by Barbara Schaetti, a consultant with Transition Dynamics in Seattle, which serves families for whom mobility and cultural transitions are part of daily life. The lecture, "Families on the Move in a Global Age," will take place from 6-9 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Whitworth's Hixson Union Building (HUB). Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.

An international fashion show and table displays representing countries from around the world will take place at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the HUB's Lied Square. Admission is free.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., guest speaker Kim Jurmu, director and founding partner of Global Communication Consultants in Mexico City, will speak on "How Culture Affects Business: Mexico as a Case Study." Jurmu's presentation will be held in Whitworth's Hawthorne Hall, Room 107. Admission is free.

International Education Week will culminate on Friday, Nov. 16, with the annual International Banquet hosted by Whitworth's International Club. The banquet will begin at 5 p.m. in the HUB and will be followed by a program of songs, dances and skits at 7 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for the dinner and entertainment program are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Whitworth student ticket prices are $5 for dinner and entertainment. Tickets for the entertainment program only are $4 for general admission or $2 for Whitworth students and will be available to purchase Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium.

Seating for the dinner is limited, so please reserve tickets in advance by calling Lulu Page, international student affairs coordinator, at (509) 777-5409.

Whitworth offers a variety of study tours and exchange programs to enrich its students' education. Students can take semester-long study tours in places such as the British Isles, Central America, France and Spain, or take part in many January Term multicultural course offerings.

Whitworth also recently launched its new School of Global Commerce and Management, reflecting the growing international focus of its undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting, economics and management.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Esther Louie, assistant dean for programming and diversity, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4572, or e-mail elouie@whitworth.edu.

Jennifer Patey, International Club public relations, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3517.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729, or e-mail jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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