Week focuses on importance of international education

Posted: Wednesday, 13 November 2013

TROY – Troy University's celebration of International Education Week seeks to focus attention on the benefits of internationalization.

Known as Alabama's international university, TROY is home to 712 international students this fall, and routinely hosts about 900 international students each year on its Troy Campus.

“We want to bring a special focus to global concerns, campus cross-cultural talents and resources, study abroad opportunities, and international academic opportunities," said Darlene Schmurr-Stewart, Dean of International Student Services.

“The week-long series of events provides Troy University an opportunity to share its unique international initiatives with faculty, students, staff and the general community," she said.

Capping off the week, which officially runs from Nov. 16 – 21, is the long-standing “ISCO International Festival" on Nov. 21, arranged by the International Student Cultural Organization. The event features international cuisine directed by international students and cultural entertainment. It begins at 6 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms, and non-student tickets may be purchased for $15 by calling 334-670-5964.

“With the theme, ‘We are Trojans One and All,' this year's festival is a showcase for international unity and awareness on the Troy Campus," said Dr. Joe McCall, a professor of history who serves as one of ISCO's faculty advisers. “In addition the performances by the students and the dinner featuring dishes from four continents, this year's festival will feature exhibition from different countries and a costume show to give attendees a closer look at different cultures."

Preceding the week is a weeklong photo contest of student submitted photos taken abroad. Winning entries will be displayed on Wednesday, Nov. 20 during “Taste of the World" on the Quad. From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., international tea, coffee and cookies will be offered at various country displays. During this time, a TROY Study Abroad Tent will allow students to explore some 63 countries where study abroad opportunities are available.

A soccer tournament begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 to kick off International Week on the intramural fields, and “Experience the World," an international outreach to area elementary students, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms on Monday, Nov. 18.

An “International Thanksgiving" will be hosted by the University's Freshman Forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Collegedale Church of Christ, following a special political science presentation on “Elections in the Country of Georgia" at 2:30 p.m. in the Math and Science Complex.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the College of Education will host the Study Abroad Symposium for faculty members from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. – its focus to aid in planning, course development, orientation and assessment of study abroad programs. The Symposium will be in Hawkins Hall Room 221.

Troy University international students present flags during the annual Troy Rotary Club luncheon given in their honor in November. On Nov. 21, TROY students active in the International Student Cultural Association (ISCO) will host community members at the organization's annual ISCO Festival. (TROY photo/Cass Davis)