International Education Week Celebrated
FDU’s New Jersey campuses are holding a variety of activities in celebration of International Education Week through Friday, November 18. Various events and activities — from a photography exhibit to a tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City — have been organized to highlight the importance of global education and to generate a greater appreciation for the diversity of the University community.
Students interested in studying abroad as part of a course or for a semester can attend “Funding Your Study-abroad Experience” with Brian Swanzey, director of study abroad (Flor), on Wednesday, November 16, from 12:30–1:30 p.m., in Room 2245, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, and on Thursday, November 17, from 2:30–3:30 p.m., in the Wroxton Room, Student Center, College at Florham.
Members of the campus community can go on a Guided Tour and Briefing of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Friday, November 18. The shuttle leaves the Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham, at 8:30 a.m., and the bus leaves the Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus, at 9:30 a.m. Those interested can sign up with Christine Montella, secretary, international student services (Flor), at the International Student Services Office in the Chaîne House, College at Florham, or at the Information Booth in the Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus.
A United Nations videoconference on “The Arab Spring” will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., in Room 214, Dreyfuss Building, at the College at Florham, and in Room 1132, Continuing Education Suite, Dickinson Hall, on the Metropolitan Campus. Amb. Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, is the featured speaker. The videoconference is sponsored by FDU’s Office of Global Learning and is presented in conjunction with The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations. For information call 973-443-8876.
College at Florham
The Monninger Center for Learning and Research (College at Florham Library) is holding a photography exhibit titled “My Berlin — Two Halves of My Life,” by German artist Lia Wagner through Sunday, December 18. She also often exhibits abstracts in oils and other paintings, drawings and sculptures as well as photography. Exhibitions of her work have been held in Berlin and throughout Germany, as well as in Eastern Europe and the United States. The exhibit is open to the public and may be viewed from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m. For information call 973-443-8515 or 973-443-8516.
On Wednesday, November 16, the campus community can sample food from different nations and enjoy cultural music at an “Appetizers from Around the World” event from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Mall. The event is hosted by international student services.
On Tuesday, November 15, “Multicultural Showcase,” an evening of ethnic performances, will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall. The free event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and International Student Services.
On Wednesday, November 16, a Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training panel to advise international students who are interested in working in the United States will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Metropolitan Club, Alumni Hall. Nayana Vaidya, career counselor, career development (Metro), will serve as moderator.
In honor of Indigenous American Heritage Month, the U.N. Pathways of FDU and NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations are holding a two-night event in the Auditorium of Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. A video and discussion on Indigenous America — Sacred Water and Human Responsibility will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features Debra White Plume, director, Lakota grandmother and director, Owe Aku Bring Back the Way (affiliated with the Owe Aku International Justice Project). A discussion on “The State of Native Americans Today” will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Panelists will include Chief Darius Two Bears Ross, principal chief of the Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi, and Chief Anthony Jay Van Dunk, principal chief of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation. Comments will be given by Roberto Borrero, chairperson on behalf of the NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples. Both discussions will be moderated by Chief Ronald Yonaguska Holloway, principal chief of the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Lenape and Cherokee Indians. The free event is open to the public. For information contact Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations (Flor), at email@example.com or 973-443-8756. (For more information see “Two Events to Honor Indigenous American Heritage Month” http://inside.fdu.edu/otw/1111/indigenousamerican.html .)
A dinner and community-service event, “Hunger Banquet,” will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 9–11 p.m., in the Rutherford Room, Student Union Building. Attendees are requested to bring canned goods, which will be donated to New Jersey food banks. The event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and International Student Services.
On Friday, November 18, non-English speakers can practice their English-speaking skills at a “Casual Conversation Workshop” on favorite American desserts at 2:30 p.m. in the Metro Writing Studio, Second Floor, Giovatto Library. Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro), will lead the discussion. The event is open only to members of the FDU community. For information call 201-692-2166 or go to http://ucoll.fdu.edu/metro .
“The World at Your Fingertips,” a workshop led by Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro), was held earlier in the week.
For information about International Education Week events, contact Melissa Ortiz, international student adviser, international student services (Metro), at 201-692-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.