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Global Engagement Week Highlights UVU’s International Diversity

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November 8, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

Utah Valley University’s International Student Services and International Student Council, as part of the Center for Global & Intercultural Engagement, will host Global Engagement Week Nov. 12-15 to spotlight the international diversity of the University and the community. The week’s events are open to the public and include a free International Festival on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. that highlights a variety of cultural treats, crafts and performances.

UVU’s international programs prepare students to become more productive in a global society. Global Engagement Week also fosters collaboration and integration among UVU international students, the general student body, faculty and staff.

“Global Engagement Week is a week of awareness. We want to highlight international students and show the diversity on our campus,” said Claudine Kuradusenge, a UVU senior public relations major from Rwanda and manager of Global Engagement Week. “As international students away from home, we enjoy reaching out to the community to share our cultures and demonstrate the different types of beauty our world offers.”

The International Festival will offer authentic food samples, craft displays, cultural artifacts and food samples from around the world, from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.

Japan Game Night is on Nov. 13 from 6-8 p.m. in Centre Stage of the Sorensen Student Center. For 25-cents per ticket, play Japanese carnival games to win treats and prizes. There will be a fishing game called Kingyo Sukui, a hoop toss called Wanage and a beanbag game called Otedama.

The Zumba Dance Festival on Nov. 14 from 7-9 p.m. will help support UNICEF in its campaign against child trafficking. Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout. The cost for this event is $5 and it takes place in the Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center.

One of the week’s more popular events is the Nov. 15 International Food Extravaganza, a competition in which international students prepare and are judged on authentic dishes from their home countries. It begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Grande Ballroom, and for $5 each, the public can help sample and judge the dishes. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

For more information about UVU’s Global Engagement Week and its activities, visit www.uvu.edu/iss/student_life/gew.html.

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Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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