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Clark College News and Events

November 7 , 2006
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Clark College will welcome the community during International Education Week (November 14-20)

International Education Week poster
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will celebrate International Education Week by hosting several events open to the community from November 14 through November 20.

Clark College welcomes an increasing number of students from around the world each quarter.  Fifty-four international students are enrolled for the fall quarter, the highest number in five years. 

The International Education Week events have been organized and planned by students and are sponsored by Clark College International Programs as well as the college's International Club, Latino Club and the Office of Equity & Diversity.  The week-long celebration will conclude with a dinner event on November 20. 

International Week festivities at Clark College include:

Presentation by Ishag Elmardi, Amnesty International
“Darfur Region”
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Union (PSU) Lounge
Free and open to the public

“Dia de los Muertos” Altars & Demonstration
Ballet Folklorico
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gaiser Hall Student Center Stage
Free and open to the public

World Music:  Latin Beat-Harpist, Kit Stowell
Dramatic Film: Mexican Bus Ride
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Penguin Student Union (PSU) Lounge
Free and open to the public

“Clark College – Our World Today” dinner
Keynote Speaker: Will Hornyak, Storyteller
Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Gaiser Hall Student Center Stage
Cost: $6.00 per person
Reservations required, limited seating, pay at door.
Call 360-992-2495 to RSVP and for information.

International Education Week is designated each November as a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education to recognize and encourage the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries.  During the 2004-05 academic year, more than 565,000 international students studied in the U.S. and more than 10,600 attended colleges and universities in the Washington state (Institute of International Education). 

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings observed, “Education is a shared value around the world and the foundation of our children’s future….Education teaches more than students.  It teaches all of us to see beyond our borders and boundaries, both real and imagined…and appreciate cultures other than our own.”  Spellings added, “International Education Week 2006 is a time to commemorate and celebrate these shared values that transcend borders.”

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stated, “The focus which I found [as an international student] has never failed me….Perhaps it was that experience which set me on the road to where I am now.”


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