Southeast to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17


Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17, with several activities, including a Show Me Day Diversity and Inclusion Showcase, an I-Talk, International Fashion Day, SEMO Human Library and the closing ceremony for the Proyecta Program which Mexican students to Southeast over the past month to participate in Southeast’s Intensive English Program.

“Southeast Missouri State University is privileged to have over 800 current international students from more than 50 countries. International students contribute to campus not just with their incredible cultural nights—which are a ‘must’ if you’ve never been to one!— but also with their new ideas and different perspectives,” said Tiffany Comfort, coordinator of International Student Orientation and Activities. “This adds so much value to the education students receive here at Southeast, and we hope that the entire campus takes the opportunity to engage with students who are here from all over the world.”

International Education Week was designated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education in 2000 to celebrate and encourage participation in a worldwide exchange of education and cultures. It is observed in more than 100 countries.

Upcoming activities at Southeast, highlighted by the Office of International Education and Services, include the following:

Show Me Day: Diversity & Inclusion Showcase at the Student Life Fair
ov. 13

The Office of International Education and Services along with select international students from different countries will participate in the Diversity & Inclusion Showcase of the Student Life Fair, as part of Show Me Day, which more than 500 prospective students will attend. International student representatives will talk about and display photos of the many programs and events organized by the cultural student organizations as well as the Office of International Education and Services.

“I-Talk”: Study Abroad Panel
4-5 p.m. Nov. 13, University Center Ballroom A

“I-Talk” is a series of interactive discussions on international topics, with two events scheduled each semester. This installment of “I-Talk” will feature a panel of students who have participated in study abroad programs. They will share their experiences, photos and short videos, and encourage others to study abroad. The panel will include:

  • Sarah Monteiro, who studied in Germany
  • Alex Protzel, who studied in Taiwan
  • Katherin G. Armstrong, who studied in France
  • Ryan C Dorenkamp, who studied for two semesters in the Semester at Sea study abroad program

International Student Visit at Chateau Retirement Community
Nov. 15

International student representatives from five different countries will visit the Chateau Retirement Community in Cape Girardeau to share cultural information and items of interest from their countries.

International Fashion Day
12:15 p.m. Nov. 15, Portico of Kent Library

Everyone is encouraged to dress in clothing that is representative of different countries and cultures from around the world. Please be creative and respectful. Participants are invited to gather on the Portico at Kent Library for a group photo during Common Hour.

“SEMO Human Library”
Noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Kent Library

The “SEMO Human Library” will offer over 10 “human books,” some of whom are students from other countries, that can be “checked out.”  The event will offer the opportunity to learn about unique experiences and hear stories they want to share.

“Swedish Spotlight”: International Business Club
7-8 p.m. Nov. 15, Robert A. Dempster Hall, Room 124

The International Business Club will host guest speaker Anders Tjernlund, a Swedish Southeast alumnus and co-founder and chief operating officer of SwiftStack, Inc., a cloud storage software company based in San Francisco, California. Games and Swedish foods will be available. This will also be the last opportunity for students to receive free membership when joining the International Business Club. Students of all majors are welcome.

Proyecta Program: Closing Ceremony
Nov. 16

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas program participants will conclude their study program with an invitation-only ceremony which will include an address given by Southeast President Carlos Vargas.  The students will spend a day in St. Louis before returning to Mexico Nov. 18.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, also known as the Proyecta program, is being hosted by Southeast’s Intensive English Program (IEP).   It is the first ever cohort with Southeast. In addition to taking IEP classes to improve their English skills, 11 students from various universities throughout Mexico are learning about the U.S. American culture and higher education system during their short-term program at Southeast that began Oct. 21.

Cultural Workshop
2-3 p.m. Nov. 17, University Center Redhawks Room

The Intensive English Programs (IEP) will present “The Education System” as part of its bi-monthly Cultural Workshop series. Ricardo Ashimi will present on the education systems in Brazil and Japan, and Tin Li will discuss the education system in Vietnam, with comparisons to the U.S. educational system. All are welcome.

*Photo Caption: Eleven students from various universities in Mexico have spent the past month participating in Southeast’s Intensive English Program as part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program, also known as the Proyecta program.