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Flags raised, essays read to begin International Education Week at Owens

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Naa Johnson, an international student from Ghana, delivered a poetry reading today during the assembly preceding the International Flag Ceremony near the Center for Performing Arts at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township.

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Flags from countries across the globe were unfurled over Owens Community College's newly named International Plaza on its Perrysburg Township campus today.

The flag ceremony in the courtyard next to the Student Health and Activities Center kicked off three days of activities planned by the college's International Programs and Services Office for International Education Week, which are free and open to the public.

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International students at Owens raised the flags after sharing their learning experiences from a global perspective, and the celebration continues from noon to 3 p.m. today in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda with international food, music, and dancing by Owens students.

Also at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 10,000 Villages will have a display of international handcrafts that will be available for sale in the College Hall hallway near the Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. The organization promotes international fair trade by marketing products from diverse cultures made by artisans.

Other events this week include:

WEDNESDAY

Belgium lecture, 9 a.m., Heritage Hall Atrium: Exchange students will present information about their country and college, Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (HELMO) in Liege, Belgium.

Tajikistan presentation, 11:30 a.m., College Hall Room 100: Fulbright Scholar Farzona Rahimova will discuss Tajikistan’s geography, culture, food, economy, history and current challenges.

Greece lecture, 2 p.m. College Hall Room 100: Owens Honors Program students Andrew Hartke and Amanda Wyatt, who studied abroad in Greece last spring, will share their experiences with Greek culture and heritage.

THURSDAY

International career fair, 10-11:30 a.m., CFPA Room 111: Presented by Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies.

"Crossing Borders," noon-2 p.m., College Hall Room 100: The international documentary film follows four Moroccan and four American university students on their travels through Morocco, forming impressions that depart from the media-shaped views Americans and Muslims have of each other. An open discussion will follow the film.

International Education Week was established as part of a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to support programs dedicated to preparing Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States, according to a news release from Owens.

During the fall semester, more than 115 students from 35 countries are studying at Owens, including from Kenya, Egypt, China, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Nigeria, and South Korea.

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