A Message from Stacey Johnson, President of the East and Winter Park Campuses
During the week of November 11 to November 15, Winter Park and East Campus faculty, staff and students celebrated International Education Week 2013. A variety of internationally-themed events, activities and resources were enjoyed by both the Winter Park and East Campus communities.
A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an annual opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide and to prepare students to participate in a global environment.
Highlights from the Winter Park Campus events included:
- A world map of the campus community that spanned every continent. Faculty, staff and students were invited to pin places of birth, previous travels and “bucket list” destinations;
- A special presentation by Winter Park Campus faculty members John Niss, Upasana Santra, Chris Borglum, and Suzette Dohany that included photos and regional food samples from their summer travels;
- A guest lecture by Osceola Campus faculty member Dr. Sunni Witmer on her work on the Maya of Mesoamerica;
- A tabling event presented by students in the Jeffersonian Honors Track on online privacy and digital footprint awareness; and
- A student chalk art contest focused on the collegewide 2013 IEW theme, “Think Globally, Act Locally.” The contest winner was student, Rody Galano, who won a $25 gift card to the campus bookstore and will have his winning artwork displayed on campus.
Highlights from the East Campus events included:
- A peace breakfast hosted by The Peace and Justice Initiative that opened a space for attendees to share their perspectives on interfaith issues;
- Engaging discussions on a variety of topics centered around global awareness, including: “Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” “United Nations Style Dialogue,” “Global Citizen: Florida’s William Bartram,” “Peace Corp Discussion,” “Think Globally, Act Locally,” “The Mayan Ballgame” and “Nazi/Russian Looting During WWII”;
- Collaborative and informative activities, such as the International Food and Dance Festival, provided by International Student Services, International Club and Student Development;
- An international movie night to bring students, faculty and staff together for an internationally themed movie, “Outsourced”; and
- A hunger banquet to get participants involved in an interactive simulation that explored poverty and hunger, hosted by Valencia Volunteers and Wellness Ambassadors.