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Eastern Germany saw improvements in living conditions and wages far in excess of those experienced by other countries in the Eastern Bloc. Was it a second Wirtschaftswunder?

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The University of Iowa celebrates International Education Week as an annual opportunity to promote global awareness and engagement and to feature the international opportunities offered on our campus and in our community. Today, as never before, education must be globally oriented to prepare Iowans and students from around the country and around the world to move confidently across borders, to interact effectively with people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to take pleasure in a life filled with inquiry and discovery.

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A study abroad experience during her undergraduate education at the University of Iowa led Cat Gaa back to Spain, where is now thriving post-graduation. Gaa received a B.A. in journalism and international studies from the UI in 2007 and now operates a small language school in Seville, Spain, writes and translates on a freelance basis, and is planning to launch a residency consultation firm.

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Former Hawkeye linebacker Palmer Foster earned a scholarship to Durham University in Durham, England, to work on a master's degree and to play and coach football, or as it is known there, 'American football.'

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Alia Gant, a 2014 University of Iowa M.A. graduate in international studies, has been selected as a diversity scholar for 2014-2016 by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Gant is currently studying for her Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) degree at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information.

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Natalie Gilkison, a UI international studies alumna from Davenport, Iowa, spent time in China and here in Iowa working with international students during her undergraduate education. Natalie’s focus on international issues remained true during her time in law school, and she hopes to work with international students or in international education in her future.

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The University of Iowa has incorporated several new events into Homecoming Week to help students get more involved and give back to the community. Another initiative to keep a larger population of students involved is also being implemented. Virtual Homecoming will allow international and domestic alumni who aren’t able to be there to experience Iowa’s Homecoming in person to be able to experience it online.

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Nicky Fish graduated from the University of Iowa this past spring — but has to wait almost a year to depart on her new journey with the Peace Corps. Fish said one of the most difficult aspects of process was the application. “It probably took me about two months to get through,” Fish said. “Honestly though, the hardest part is all the waiting. By the time I leave, it will have been a little over a year since I first applied, which is a pretty average timeline, but it is hard to work your life around.”

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The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has created a new professorship that will focus on increasing the college’s connection with the international community. While various faculty positions with international priority do exist at the UI, officials said this position is the first on campus to work exclusively on the development of international components. Dan Caplan, the head of the UI Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, will fill the Christiansen Professorship.

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With Labor Day just past, and classes well underway, I want to welcome everyone to the 2014-15 academic year! I always enjoy the expansive feeling at the beginning of the school year, with so many new faces, undergraduates eager to visit the office to explore options abroad; graduate and professional students working with Karen Wachsmuth to apply for grants and fellowships; and faculty across the disciplines contacting me with ideas about how they can enhance their global teaching, research, and engagement activities.

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