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posted onJun15, 2011

By Karina Schroeder*

They are the second-to-last act at the Bridging Fiesta cultural talent show at the University of Iowa. Most of the performing acts that night are dancers, and this group is no different. But when they come on stage and begin their performance, the intricacy, strength and gravity-defying angles of their moves makes them instantly a popular hit.

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posted onJun15, 2011

From University News Services

Four University of Iowa students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships to conduct research or teach English internationally in 2011-12, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

This year’s UI recipients are Sangeeta Tandon, Luke Juran, Lia Yoon and Sarah Viren.

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posted onJun13, 2011

While studying abroad in Chile, Samantha Sidwell first connected with people through music.

Sidwell, a 2011 UI graduate, was placed in a host family full of musicians and quickly became involved in music locally by playing cello in an orquestra at her university and taking lessons from a Chilean instructor.

“Music was a great way for me to connect to my family,” Sidwell said. “I couldn’t necessarily speak that well right when I got there, especially because Chilean is very hard to understand at first. So one of the ways for me to connect was just to play.”

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posted onJun9, 2011

Dave Eggers’ book “Zeitoun” is the 2011 selection for “One Community, One Book,” a project sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights (UICHR) that promotes learning about human rights in the United States and the world through literature.

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posted onJun3, 2011

International Programs recognized exceptional faculty mentorship and student achievement at the spring 2011 International Studies Graduation Reception on May 13.

The winner of the 2011 International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This award recognizes outstanding contributions in international education and exceptional mentoring and support of International Studies B.A. students. He was nominated by Kali Feiereisel, a spring 2011 graduate in International Studies and Sustainability.

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posted onJun2, 2011

By Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Iraqi students studying in the United States on a new government-backed scholarship program could be forced to return home if they cannot meet English-proficiency requirements, a prospect that worries international educators.

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posted onMay20, 2011

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Five University of Iowa students have shown they have what it takes to meet The IOWA Challenge, the university’s core expectations for undergraduates.

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posted onMay15, 2011

Activities in India–from faculty partnerships and institutional visits, to study abroad efforts–have increased substantially in the past few years.  Our India “Winterim” study abroad program, which takes place each year from the end of December to the beginning of the spring semester in late January, is a case in point.  In the winter term, 2006-07, there was a single course offered in India, and 17 students enrolled.  By any standard measure, a group of 17 is a healthy start for a first-time study abroad program.  But from 2006-07 to 2010-11, the program has exploded.  This past winter, 16

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posted onMay13, 2011

The International Crossroads Community (ICC), a University of Iowa living and learning community, was recently awarded the April/May Student Organization of the Month Award by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The award recognizes outstanding dedication and work by UI student organizations, and ICC has been specifically acknowledged for its recently successful event, Gusto Latino.

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posted onMay12, 2011

In a recent Q&A session with The Daily Iowan, UI President Sally Mason discussed the importance of studying abroad and diversity on our campus. See the excerpt below:

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posted onMay12, 2011

By Samantha Gentry, The Daily Iowan

Samantha Sidwell wants to push musical boundaries. The University of Iowa senior wants to mix alternative and classical music by mixing her cello with a loop pedal — a device that would allow her to create layers of melody and texture into her live performances.

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posted onMay12, 2011

The following commentary by Matthew Wolf appeared in the Daily Iowan opinion section. Wolf, a UI junior, is in the International Studies B.A. program.

In light of a fierce national debate on immigration, with states cutting services to immigrants in an attempt to make ends meet, it is fitting to share a story of acceptance.

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posted onMay11, 2011

By Emily Hoerner, The Daily Iowan

As relations between the United States and China become more important in the economic world, experts say networking early could be an asset for business students.

And one University of Iowa organization, the Greater China Business Association, aims to do just that by connecting international students from China and domestic students.

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posted onMay10, 2011

Four University of Iowa students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2011. The students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken.

The scholarship recipients are: Jacqueline Cieslak, studying Hindi in India; Rebecca Kreitzer, studying Chinese in China; Addie Leak, studying Arabic in Jordan; and Michelle Quill, studying Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh.

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posted onMay10, 2011

By Kirsten Jacobsen, The Daily Iowan

Sara Manos said her favorite Swahili phrase means, simply, “to sleep deeply.”

“Lala fo fo fo,” Manos scrawled in Swahili on a piece of paper late last month.

The University of Iowa African Studies student, who’s in an intermediate level Swahili class this semester, is one of 64 students in the program.

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