International Education Week represents global campus cultures
The University of Shippensburg’s International Education Week 2021 was celebrated last week with various events showcasing different cultures.
The International Flag Exhibition, which ran from Monday, October 25 through Saturday, October 30, in the quad was created by Sean Cornell, associate professor of geography / earth sciences. The flag display was a collaboration with the fifth grade class at Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School, who were able to hang the flags every morning.
The flags hung represented all the nations from which the students, staff and professors of the University of Shippensburg came. The display of the flag was sponsored by the Department of International Studies and International Programs.
Another exhibit that ran throughout the week was the Día de los Muertos Altars in the Lower Hall of the Lehman Library. The altars were created by students in the History of Mexico (HIS 360) class taught by Gretchen Pierce, associate professor of history. Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico, parts of the United States, and other Latin American countries from November 1-2.
During this holiday, family members place food, drink, religious symbols and brightly colored skulls on altars to remember deceased loved ones.
Other celebrations included an international flag talk on October 25, which was hosted on Zoom by Cornell. They discussed the meaning of the flags on the quadrangle and how they represent the various nations from which students, staff and faculty come.
On October 26, there was an International Food Lunch Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Reisner Dining Room hosted by Shippensburg University Dining Services. The students were able to taste ethnic foods from Italy, India, Asia, Africa and America.
In addition, the Department of World Languages and Cultures organized an afternoon immersion from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Union Ceddia building where students spent time learning about world cultures, languages and foods of different countries. The event also featured karaoke of world languages and anecdotes.
On October 27, the Department of International Studies and the Center for Career, Mentoring and Professional Development hosted an information presentation on Body Preparation on Zoom where students were able to learn about the process of candidacy for the Peace Corps and the benefits of serving.
On October 28, the Career, Mentorship and Professional Development Center hosted “Going Global; Working internationally ”on Zoom. Students learned about the benefits of working internationally and how to build partnerships as well as personal networks across the world.
The planning for International Education Week has been developed by various departments at the University of Shippensburg, including the Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center (Victoria Buchbauer), the Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Blandine Mitaut, Ana Moraña, Jose Ricardo and David Wildermuth). , the Departments of History / International Studies (Jonathon Skaff), the Department of Political Science (Mark Sachleben), the Department of History (Gretchen Pierce), the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (Sean Cornell) and the international programs office (Mary Burnett).