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News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

November 9, 2006

NIU celebrates International Education Week

DeKalb, Ill. — A reception recognizing the Outstanding International Educator for 2006 and a presentation on global climate change are among the events that will highlight Northern Illinois University’s celebration of International Education Week.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week will be celebrated on campuses nationwide from Nov. 13 – 17.

“The week gives us a unique opportunity to promote the benefits of international education and exchange and to express appreciation for students and scholars who study and teach here,” said Deborah Pierce, executive director of International Programs at NIU. “We commend all at NIU who build and strengthen bridges of international understanding by organizing and participating in exchange programs.”

The annual International Recognition Reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Vice Provost Frederick Schwantes will speak at the reception.

The Outstanding International Educator Award will be presented to an NIU faculty member who has contributed significantly to international education through his or her teaching, research, public service and student service. International Programs also will honor the department that has made the most significant contribution to the internationalization effort across campus.

Other highlights of International Education Week include:

  • A faculty panel discussion on the topic, “NIU Faculty Building Bridges Around the World.” Distinguished Teaching Professor Gene Roth will moderate as faculty members share valuable insights on their regions of expertise. Panelists will include Moses Mutuku ( Kenya), Kay Forest ( Sri Lanka) and Susan Russell ( Philippines). The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.
  • A reception for international exchange scholars and visitors from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. Professor Jonathan Berg, chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, will deliver a presentation titled, “Global Climate Change.” This reception honors NIU participants in the Exchange Visitor program of the U.S. Department of State and is an integral part of their cultural enrichment during their stay in the United States.
  • A reunion of students who studied abroad during fall 2005, spring 2006 and summer 2006. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the NIU Study Abroad Office, Williston 417.

A full schedule of events for International Education Week is available online at