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International education week

Saint Martin's University and the Office of International Programs and Development proudly recognize international education week with a variety of activities and discussions aimed at celebrating the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange.

International education week is a joint initiative by the U.S. state Department of Education and is part of an effort that promotes educational opportunities that provides students with the skills and perspectives that they need to forge solutions to global challenges and develop into global leaders.

Open the Doors to the World: 2013 schedule of events

  • Weeklong programming
    Study Abroad Photo Contest
    O’Grady Library
    Sponsored by OIPD

    Passport and Raffle
    Sponsored by Residence Life
    Passports will be available on Friday, November 15 at the Residence Life Offices, the TUB, the Office of International Programs and Development, and the Rec Center. At each International Education Week event students attend, they can get their passport signed to earn raffle tickets. At Thursday’s Super Epic Trivia and Bingo Night, there will be a raffle to win amazing prizes!

  • Friday, November 15
    Friday Faculty Lunch (for faculty and staff only)
    Inspiring Students to have International Experiences
    Harned Hall 117, 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Sponsored by the Office of the VPAA
    A faculty panel facilitated by Brenda Burns will share their personal stories and experiences from leading study tours, and they will discuss how faculty and staff can support and inspire SMU students to study abroad. This program will focus on short-term programs developed and led by faculty.

    OIPD Open House
    Old Main Rm. 430, 9:00am -11:30am
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Come meet the staff of the Office of International Programs and Development and learn more about all of the exciting international events and activities happening at Saint Martin’s. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Saturday, November 16
    International Sports: Late Night Jam
    Charneski Rec. Center, 8:00pm-10:00pm
    Sponsored by Charneski Rec. Center
    Learn how to play a new sport at the International Sports late night jam! This will be a fun time to get together with friends and enjoy playing sports from different countries. Please contact Dan Parine ( for more details.
  • Monday, November 18
    Faculty Ventures (this event is for students and faculty/staff)
    Harned Hall 115, 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    English professor Dr. Jamie Olson will discuss SMU trips that he has led to Baotou, China, and Petrozavodsk, Russia. His presentation will include plenty of pictures and stories, and he welcomes questions from the audience on travel opportunities for SMU students.

    Storyteller’s Lounge
    TUB, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
    Sponsored by Campus Life
    The storyteller’s lounge is an event for the SMU community to share their stories with one another. All stories will be centered on an international theme. Any students, faculty, and staff from the Saint Martin’s community are welcome to come and listen or take part in the storytelling. If you are interested in telling a story, please email Brittany Reed (, Assistant Director of Campus Life.
  • Tuesday, November 19
    International Student Panel
    Harned Hall 110, 2:30pm-3:30pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    A panel of international students will be sharing on how they have “opened their door to the world” by studying at Saint Martin’s. Listen to the joys and challenges of living in a new culture and how we can help be a welcoming and friendly community to our international students.

    Hunger Banquet
    TUB, 5:00pm - 6:30 pm
    Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Bon Appétit
    The Hunger Banquet is an event where we identify with those in need by gathering together and sharing a simple meal. Hear inspiring stories of what others have done to help alleviate hunger and the opportunities available, both locally and globally. Also, by donating your meal plan credit(s) or making a cash donation, you will be actively helping support local and international hunger relief services.
  • Wednesday, November 20
    Study Abroad Fair TUB, 10:30am-2:30pm Sponsored by OIPD Learn more about the many study abroad opportunities available for Saint Martin’s students. OIPD staff and representatives from partner universities will be available to answer your questions and provide details about the programs.

    The Uprising
    Burton Addition, 8:00pm - 9:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by Campus Ministry
    The Uprising – an ecumenical prayer service – is an evening of praising God through music that everyone is welcome to join. It consists of familiar and energetic songs sung by everybody. In the spirit of International Week, The Uprising will especially include songs and music from around the world as well as familiar songs sung in other languages. A scripture passage will be read in multiple languages as we pray for a greater sense of cultural awareness.
  • Thursday, November 21
    25th Anniversary Taste of Culture
    Marcus Pavilion, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Sponsored by OIPD and Bon Appétit
    Enjoy food and entertainment from around the world! Dishes are donated by SMU students, staff, and faculty as well as local restaurants. Taste of Culture has been an SMU favorite since 1989! You definitely don’t want to miss this fun event!

    Super Epic International Trivia and Bingo
    TUB, 8:00pm-11:00pm
    Sponsored by Residence Life and Campus Life
    Show off your knowledge in various international categories, including language, geography, and current events! The winning teams will have an opportunity to earn extra raffle tickets for the passport prizes. At the end of the Global Trivia Bowl we will raffle off passport prizes, including Bingo cards. Bingo night begin immediately after the raffle. Please contact Janie Sacco ( if you would like to participate in the Global Trivia Bowl!

On international education:

"International education exchanges help students and educators around the world to understand one another better. Together, we must respond to the challenges of poverty and hunger, climate change, public health, and economic revitalization. Education is an engine for change in all countries and for all people, including women and girls, whose potential to contribute to global progress and prosperity is enhanced when they participate in educational opportunities. Through international education exchanges, we can build bridges of respect and understanding that will connect people and enable us to work together, now and in the future, for a better world."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. secretary of state