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Una Showcases International Opportunities For Students And Faculty

Nov. 03, 2009

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - The University of North Alabama will host International Education Week Nov. 16-20. The week aims to educate students about different cultures and to showcase the university's international flair.

"We are very please to launch the official celebration of International Education Week at UNA," said Dr. Chungsheng Zhang, vice provost for international affairs. "It provides a good opportunity to showcase UNA's international education programs and international engagement by students, faculty and staff." In addition to students, faculty and staff, Zhang said, some of the week's activities will be important for other local students. "The fun learning activities during the Passport to the World event are specifically designed for the K-12 students in the Shoals schools. We hope to help plant an early seed of global learning among schoolchildren." The week of activities will officially launch with a kick-off event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the GUC Bridge. Other events of the week will include:

Academic Deans on Internationalization at UNA
Nov. 16, noon-1 p.m.; GUC Performance Center
UNA's four academic deans discuss the current and future endeavors to internationalize the university. International pizza will be served.

Global Learners Forum I (International Students) Nov. 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; GUC Loft UNA international students discuss their native countries and cultures.

UNA Internationalization Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-noon; GUC Performance Center The university's president, provost and vice provost for international affairs discuss the vision, mission and implementation of internationalization at UNA.

Global Learners Forum II (Study Abroad Students) Nov. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; GUC Loft UNA students who have studied abroad discuss their international experiences and how those experiences have changed their lives.

Global Scholars Forum Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-noon; GUC Performance Center UNA faculty members discuss their teaching-abroad experiences and other international scholarly activities.

Passport to the World Nov. 20, 5-8 p.m.; GUC Banquet Halls All K-12 students in the Shoals area are invited to participate. Activities include a world music performance and "traveling" with UNA's international students to experience various world cultures. The first 500 students will be presented with a passport to document how many countries they can visit in three hours.

For more information, contact the Office of International Affairs at 256-765-4626 or cdpreslar@una.edu.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/