Office of International Affairs hosts International Week April 24-May 1, 2017
For one week each year, the faculty, staff, and students at universities across the United States celebrate, explore culture, and experience the benefits of international education and exchange. This year, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) will be hosting International Week April 24- May 1. The week will begin with a special Open House event inviting all faculty and staff to enjoy international cuisine and music as they tour the International Cultural Center and learn more about the services offered by OIA.
Other events include: Fulbright presentations for faculty and students from IIE representative Dr. Andy Riess, Assistant Director of Fulbright Outreach, a reception for the “Adventures in Study Abroad-My Hometown” exhibit and digital stories, an International Student Career Forum and career mixer with local businesses, the Worldwide Showcase- an annual talent show, and the Global Vision Awards. For more information regarding the week’s events, please refer to the OIA’s International Week Website.
The Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech University along with the Center for Global Understanding and The CH Foundation welcomed four distinguished former United States ambassadors for TTU’s Second Annual Ambassadors’ Forum on March 27, 2017, regarding the new US Presidential Administration’s diplomatic challenges. The former ambassadors were Ronald Neumann, Kathleen Stephens, Kurt Volker, and John Beyrle and belong to the American Academy of Diplomacy. The dynamic panel discussion, moderated by Ambassador Beyrle, provided intriguing foreign policy insight gained from more than 100 years of combined Foreign Service experience from the four ambassadors.
On March 8th, the Office of International Affairs hosted a reception for the Kumbh Mela (Festival of the Pot) exhibit at the International Cultural Center. The exhibit included more than twenty photos and an award-winning film by photographer Greg Davis, “Cloth Paper Dreams”. The exhibit and film documented Davis’s journey as he explored India and its culture.
The ancient Kumbh Mela festival occurs every 12 years with millions gathering from across India and around the world to participate. Considered one of the largest gatherings of humanity, this Hindu ritual involves a pilgrimage to the confluence of three sacred rivers in India, the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati. Hindus travel from around the world to bathe in the divine waters of these rivers and wash away their sins believing that this will break the cycle of reincarnation.
Fifth Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium
Sowoon Arts and Heritage and the Museum of TTU held their Fifth Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium at the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court of the Museum of TTU on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The theme of this symposium was “Marriage in Different Cultures.”
Dr. Gary Morgan, Executive Director of the Museum of TTU, Ms. Kyungah Nam, President of Sowoon Arts and Heritage, Dr. Sukant Misra, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at TTU, and Mr. Joe Scarborough, President of The Center for Global Understanding, welcomed all of the guests. Their enthusiasm was contagious.
TTU Chosen to host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for young African leaders.
TTU has been selected as one of 38 host institutions for a six-week academic and leadership institute for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for young African leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Texas Tech will host 25 bright, emerging African leaders, from the ages of 25 to 35, for a six-week institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities. The cohort of fellows hosted by Texas Tech will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington fellows studying at institutions across the U.S. this summer.
K-12 Global Education Outreach takes cultural programs “On the Road”
Students from Slaton, Abernathy, Anton, and Shallowater were among the first to enjoy music, dance, and storytelling programs offered as part of the “On the Road” cultural series provided by K-12 Global Education Outreach (K-12 GEO). Thanks to the generosity of The CH Foundation, the Helen Jones Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, grants received this year provide opportunities for many of our region’s most underserved populations to have interactive global experiences in their local classrooms. The K-12 GEO unit uses these funds to choose artists from the TCA Texas Touring Roster and TTU’s J.T. & Margaret Talkington College School of Visual & Performing Arts and take them directly to the campuses for performances.
The Office of International Affairs hosted its spring Study Abroad Fair at the SUB during the first week of February. Program providers and TTU faculty members were on hand to answer questions for students who were interested in traveling abroad. More than 700 students attended the fair enjoying activities from Australia and Latin America.
The mission of the Study Abroad Office is to provide TTU students with opportunities for “international learning experiences which are academically challenging, professionally relevant, and personally engaging.” These experiences are designed to enhance the development of student’s global competencies in an increasingly interconnected world. For those interested in learning more about study abroad programs, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) hosts daily informational sessions at 4:00 PM. Contact OIA @ (806) 742-3667 for more information.