PSU observes International Education Week with activities 

  Wednesday, November 7, 2018 8:00 AM
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International Education Week


International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, is coast-to-coast celebration of the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide — from a Chinese food tasting at Monmouth University to International Trivia Night at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

At Pittsburg State University, where 315 international students are enrolled from 41 different countries, the week will feature a variety of activities open to not just students, faculty, and staff, but community, as well. 

“As a lifelong community member, I feel fortunate to have exposure to so many different cultures right here in Pittsburg,” said Aaron Hurt, assistant director of International Programs and Services. “And I know our international students feel fortunate to be able to call Pittsburg their second home. We all learn so much from each other.” 

The week — officially observed nationally from Nov. 11-17 — kicks off a day early at PSU with Diwali Night – Festival of Lightan annual event hosted by the Indian Student Association in the Overman Student Center. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. 

The performances prior to the meal are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the mealDetailsAbhirajsinh Thakor, 620-719-6284. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the International Student Association will host Tea Tasting on the Oval from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature samples of a variety of teas and coffees from around the world.  

On Wednesday, Nov. 14the Study Abroad Office will host the Study Abroad Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Gorilla Crossing in the Overman Student Center. The PSU Study Abroad program serves PSU students who would like to study abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year, and PSU faculty who would like to lead short-term programs.  

On Thursday, Nov. 15the International Student Association will host “Hello, My Name Is...” — an activity on the Oval that is free and open to all. Those who stop by can learn to write their name in other languages with help from PSU students from various countries and can take home a personalized bookmark. 

On Friday, Nov. 16the International Student Association will host Taste and Sounds of Nations at 6 p.m. in the lower level of Grubbs Hall.  

The annual event is free and open to the public and enables attendees to travel the world in one night without leaving campus by tasting a variety of food samples from several countries and view cultural music and dance performances.