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Moravian Celebrates International Education Week

Bethlehem, Pa., November 17, 2005—Moravian College recently celebrated International Education Week with a myriad of events including an international dinner and talent show, a lecture about women in Africa, and a photography exhibition. Since its beginnings in 2000, International Education Week has grown to become a global undertaking, with students, educators, and community leaders involved in many different activities to celebrate the benefits of internationalism in classrooms and educational systems.

This year International Education Week, as recognized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, fell between November 14 and 18. Moravian College began the festivities early. On Saturday morning, November 12, several Moravian students played host to local fourth and fifth grade students as part of the college’s TLC Mentoring Program. Through a variety of activities, the young guests learned about the cultures of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ghana, and Japan.

Also on Saturday were the International Dinner and Talent Show. First, students had the opportunity to enjoy tasty treats from around the world instead of the dining hall’s regular Saturday night fare. After dinner, all were invited to move to Prosser Auditorium, where several students showed off their multicultural talents. Acts ranged from traditional Irish step dancing to a martial arts demonstration.

On Monday, November 14, Gcebile Ndlovu was the featured guest at a question and answer session regarding “The Role of Women in Africa.” Students spent an hour peppering Ndlovu with questions about her work in Swaziland. Ndlovu lives and works there as a nurse trained in public health and a National Programme Officer with UNAIDS.

Students witnessed both sides of the study abroad experience on Wednesday, November 16. In the afternoon, international students studying at Moravian raised the flags of their home countries at the flagpoles outside of Reeves Library. That evening, Moravian students returning from semester, May Term, and summer study abroad experiences shared their stories during a panel discussion. The panel also allowed those students considering study abroad to ask about any stage of the process.

Beginning on November 11 and lasting through December 4, the photographs of students who have studied abroad will be on display as part of Moravian’s annual Hounds Abroad photography exhibition. The pictures are on display at the Paty Eiffe Gallery, located in the Haupert Union Building. From now through November 22, those visiting the exhibit can vote for their favorite photograph at the Haupert Union Building desk. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the show’s conclusion. The Haupert Union Building is located on Monocacy Street in Bethlehem.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.