Iowa outpacing the nation in student abroad programs

By Brian Morelli, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Iowa’s public universities are in the import-export business when it comes to international studies, and overall, business is good.

The state’s public universities have been sending more and more students to study abroad while nationally there has been a decline, and the number of international students enrolling at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa is increasing at a greater rate than the national average.

UI Senior Named Rhodes Scholar

A senior at the University of Iowa has been named a Rhodes Scholar and will study at the University of Oxford in England next year.

Renugan Raidoo, 20, a senior in chemistry and anthropology from Sioux Falls, S.D., was selected as one of 32 American college students for the award by the Rhodes Trust. A Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford as well as a stipend for living expenses and transportation to and from England, is arguably the “most famous academic award available to American college graduates,” according to a news release.

UI Senior One of 32 Nationwide Named Rhodes Scholar

Renugan Raidoo, 20, a University of Iowa senior known as both a budding scientist and an altruistic activist, was among 32 people announced Sunday as 2011 Rhodes Scholars. The last time a UI student received this distinction was in 1993.

Raidoo, of Sioux Falls, S.D., who emigrated with his family from South Africa, is majoring in chemistry and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is a Presidential Scholar at Iowa and a Goldwater Scholar and has presented research in Germany, California and Iowa. He has also worked as a staff member at the UI Honors Program for several years.

International Studies student wins Pearson Prize

This announcement appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Nov. 19, 2010.

University of Iowa student Evelyn Cardenas has been awarded the $10,000 Pearson Prize for Higher Education.

The award, given by the Pearson Foundation, recognized “exemplary students who are distinguishing themselves through commitment to community service” while continuing their studies, according to a news release.

Environmental campaign in Amazon region is explored in film screening Dec. 1

The UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) will present a screening of the film “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers” Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in 1505 Seamans Center for Engineering Arts and Sciences. This event is free and open to the public.

The film is a unique collaboration between two native Amazonian filmmakers and Laura Graham, an associate professor of anthropology in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It explores an indigenous campaign to protect a river from the devastating effects of uncontrolled Amazonian soy cultivation.

‘From Florida to Coahuila’ Screening Dec. 2

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

This week’s films is:

Student funding expo (photo)

International Programs held its annual Student Funding Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 17, as part of International Education Week. At the open house, students could learn about funding opportunities for international research, language learning and more, and past award recipients were available to share their stories.

The below photo by Ricky Bahner was featured in The Daily Iowan’s “Today’s Photos” Nov. 18.

Confucius Institute to offer free Chinese calligraphy class Dec. 3

UI International Programs’ Confucius Institute will offer a Chinese calligraphy workshop Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 248 Jessup Hall. Participants will learn the art and history of calligraphy while gaining hands-on experience. No prior knowledge of Chinese or of Chinese calligraphy is required and all materials will be provided.

Students learn about people with disabilities at International Day

By Rob Daniel, Iowa City Press-Citizen

CORALVILLE — People with disabilities are able to work in a paying job, run in a marathon and dance, said Scott Gill, president of the Iowa State Association of Independent Living to a group of middle school students.

“Do you think a person who is blind could climb Mount Everest?” he said before switching on a video about Erik Weihenmeyer, a blind man who reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2001.

"The American West of the Imagination" is topic of WorldCanvass on December 10

What do you imagine when you think of the American West, particularly the West of the 19th Century?  Join us at 5:00 p.m. on December 10 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol when WorldCanvass guests explore “The American West of the Imagination.”  The event is free and open to the public.

International Day to educate on human rights

By Josh O’Leary, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Sixth-graders from Iowa City’s Longfellow and Hoover elementary schools and students from North Central Junior High in North Liberty will be among the 300 middle-schoolers thinking globally today during the University of Iowa College of Education’s International Day.

Bus loads of students from 13 schools in Eastern Iowa and Moline, Ill., will participate in the 14th annual event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, where the theme is “The Human Right to Well-Being.”