International Accents

E.g., Thursday, July 28, 2016
E.g., Thursday, July 28, 2016

African entrepreneurs learn about business in the US during six-week State Department program at the UI

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My name is Kelsey O’Donnell and I am a fourth year student double majoring in International Studies and Anthropology. For my entire third year, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Cork, Ireland. As a first-generation college student, my sisters and I are the first of our family to attend university, while I am the first of my family to travel abroad. As indicated by my choice in majors, I have always enjoyed learning about other cultures and traveling. As a first year student at Iowa, I was bombarded with information about events and opportunities.

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Sarah Lucas’ life has long revolved around music, but it was by chance that she ended up where she is now — on her way to studying music in Hungary as a Fulbright scholar.

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for African Leaders is making a six-week stop in Iowa.

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Nathalie Halcrow’s parents knew their daughter would excel in school when she finished an entire week’s worth of homework on the first day of the first grade. “We thought she would get a packet every day to play with,” said mother Héléne Halcrow. “Obviously, we were mistaken.” Nathalie Halcrow has yet to slow down. She graduated last spring from the University of Iowa with two degrees, B.A.s in English and French, both with Honors. It took her only three years. Her academic pursuits coupled with her time spent working as a tutor at the UI and volunteering with the Kirkwood Learning Center made her a standout applicant for the Fulbright Scholarship.

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The number of international students and scholars at the University of Iowa has risen every year for the last decade, and there are more than 4,500 international students on campus, according to a recent report by the UI International Student and Scholars Services.In the past, because of logistical challenges, international students have faced the disadvantage of not being able to participate in campus tours as many domestic students do during their summer Orientation.

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Iowa City is a place of milestones for Wu Hao and Wu Ximeng. For the two University of Iowa graduates, the town is where they became enamored of the UI community, pursued their education, found love, and, later, returned to marry.

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A trip to Israel gave triplet siblings a new perspective.

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More robust orientations planned as signs point to a softening of international enrollments

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“At the University of Iowa, we are changing the way we ask for and use students’ names and pronouns of reference. These changes give students the agency to tell us what name and pronouns to use in our communication and interaction with them,” says Jodi Linley, an assistant professor in the College of Education

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Two recent University of Iowa graduates are introducing Iowa City to China, Germany, Switzerland, and France through sweets.

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Competing in the Olympic Trials is a BIG deal, but it is not even the biggest event taking place this summer for Brian Donnatelli.  Brian is an elite sprint distance swimmer, and he will be going to Cambodia as a member of the Peace Corps for over two years right after competing in the Olympic Trials this coming July.

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Amanda Kloser was born and raised in Dubuque, and she had no plans of leaving. It was not until a year and a half ago that the idea of moving away from her friends and family to a foreign country crossed her mind.

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Gillson’s research will focus on how Japanese women use Pure Land Buddhism in their day-to-day lives. Her dissertation is titled “Women Creating the Pure Land: Socially Engaged Buddhism in Japan’s Jodo Sect.” She will be a visiting researcher at Bukkyo University.

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A group of emerging leaders from sub-Saharan Africa has traveled to Iowa City, and the will spend six weeks engaging and participating in entrepreneurial education at University of Iowa.

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Kristina McLaughlin (B.S. political science and B.A. economics ’11), native of Marion, Iowa, is the winner of a Rotary Global Grant scholarship to Dublin.  

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Grilli will depart for Greece this fall and will start teaching English to Greek students at an American-sponsored school through the end of the Greek school year in May.

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Young African leaders will participate in six weeks of business training and get to know more about Iowa

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Muslim students face changes during Ramadan because they’re not with family.

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Named as one of the host cities by the Union Cycliste Internationale, Iowa City will host the cup Sept. 24 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Las Vegas, Iowa City will be the only two cities in the U.S. to host the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup event.

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Dr. Ken Magid Child Advocacy Scholarship expands into Cuba

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Before I left to study abroad, I applied for Iowa’s study abroad scholarships. In one of my short essays that I submitted, I said the following: “I have often found after I visit a place, I remember the people far more than the action or the scenery, and far off down the road, many years from now, I will probably remember the people I met in Lancaster more than any course I take or attraction I visit.”

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Jiang, who graduated from the University of Iowa just last week, said the idea and execution of his new bakery has been months in the making.

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Coming to Italy was a hard adjustment. You are given little video seminars on culture shock and how it feels, but honestly, I don’t think any of us took it seriously. We’re going to be living in Italy, how could it feel anything but great? We were all in for a surprise.

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Iraqi native Kawther Ahmed's presentation on her cancer-vaccine research earned her top honors in the 2016 University of Iowa Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

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