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

November 6, 2008

Host of activities planned for International Education Week at NIU

DeKalb, Ill. — A reception recognizing the Outstanding International Educator for 2008 and a keynote speech by an executive for Cisco Systems headline International Education Week at NIU.

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. 17 – 21.

At NIU, the week will begin with the annual International Recognition Reception. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center. The event is open to the public.

During 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.

Joe Grush, vice provost for resource planning, and Chris Jones, chair of the Department of Political Science, will speak at the reception. Jones heads a department with strong and diverse international activities; Political Science received the 2007 Outstanding International Department Award.

Later in the week, the College of Business will present an evening keynote lecture by NIU Alumna Sheila Talton, the vice president of globalization strategy for Cisco Systems. Talton will speak on the topic of “Competition in a Globally Integrated Economy” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Barsema Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, will hold its fifth annual induction ceremony, by invitation only, on Tuesday, Nov. 18. NIU’s Zeta Gamma Chapter was honored this year as the 2008 Outstanding Midwest Regional Chapter of the international society, in part due to excellent ongoing support from NIU faculty and staff. Christopher McCord, dean of the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will be inducted into the society and will speak at the event. Megan Spillman, of the Chicago office of the Institute of International Education, will be initiated as an honorary member of the chapter.

Other International Education Week activities include a luncheon (invitation only) for NIU faculty leading study abroad programs; a talk by Catherine Raymond, director of the Center for Burma Studies, on the current Art Museum exhibit on Buddhism, titled “Belief Made Tangible;” a working reception for those interested in strengthening global studies and engagement at NIU; a workshop for students interested in the Student Fulbright Program; an ongoing exhibit in the Anthropology Museum titled “Khmer Spirit;” and the annual reception for international exchange visitors and study abroad alumni.

The week will conclude with a joint presentation from International Programs and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies given by Professor James T. Collins, the center’s new director. It is NIU’s only Title VI-funded National Resource Center on area studies and foreign languages. Collins will speak on “The Role of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Making NIU a Premier International Institution.”

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

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