Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 6, 2002

Whitworth to Celebrate International Education Week with Displays, Banquet, Entertainment Program

Continuing a long tradition of international student programs, Whitworth will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 11-15 with a series of entertainment and learning opportunities, culminating in the college's much-anticipated 17th annual International Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 16. During the week Whitworth students representing 22 countries will share their native traditions, foods, dress and cultural perspectives with Whitworth and the Spokane community.

The purpose of International Education Week, which is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Education and State, is to build international understanding, to encourage programs that prepare Americans for life in a global environment, and to attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States, says Rachel Banks, coordinator of public policy with the National Association of International Educators.

"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 international students on our campus have come a long way to bring the world to us. Because they live in our residence halls 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 each year, the college celebrates the many ways in which the world, including the 66 international students representing countries from Iran to Vietnam to Malawi and Spain, comes to its north-side campus.

"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 their countries 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 will commence on Monday, Nov. 11, with "Around the World" displays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building's Lied Square. Information tables will highlight different countries and Whitworth's current international students, and will include some world snacks, such as Taiwanese bubble tea, sushi, Japanese snack crackers and international candies.

Whitworth students will share their study-abroad experiences in a program, "Go Away," on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building. Pictures, information and souvenirs will be displayed to showcase locations, including Central America, Spain, England, France and The Netherlands, where students have lived and studied.

International Education Week will culminate on Saturday, Nov. 16, with the annual International Banquet hosted by Whitworth's International Club. The banquet, themed "Got Culture?," will begin at 5 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building and will be followed by an entertainment program at 7 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets for the dinner and entertainment program are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Whitworth student ticket prices are $8 for dinner and entertainment. Seating for the dinner is limited; call (509) 777-4282 for tickets. Tickets are $5 for the entertainment program only and will be available to purchase Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium.

Whitworth offers a variety of study tours and exchange programs to enrich its students' educations. Students can take semester-long study tours in places such as the British Isles, Central America, France and Spain, or they may 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 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Lulu Gonzalez-Page, international student affairs coordinator, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4509 or lpage@whitworth.edu.

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

Pam Oswalt, program assistant, international student affairs, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4284 or poswalt@whitworth.edu.

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