International Education Week 2013

November 11 - 23, 2013



November 11 - 20 

Photo Contest Gallery & Voting
Student Center Lobby

Entry guidelines: 
  • Submit one JPEG file (more than 1500 x 2100 pixels) relating to the topic. Contestants are encouraged to exercise their creativity and may take photos of people, places, etc. 
  • The photo submitted MUST have been taken by the entrant. 
  • The contest is open to the STU community.
  • Submit image to Adriana Menke to amenke@stu.edu including your name, STU e-mail address, the name of the photo, and the location where the photo was taken. 
  • Submission Deadline: November 7, 2013

The photo exhibition and voting will take place between November 11 - 20 in the Student Center Lobby. 

The winner will be announced and awarded on November 21st at 1:30PM at the SEFLIN Room (Archive & Museum), 2nd floor University Library.



Wednesday, November 13 

International Mass
12:15 - 12:45 p.m., Chapel of Saint Anthony

Join us as we celebrate International Mass in the Chapel of Saint Anthony. We will gather together to offer our prayers for our cultural diversity, as well for our call as people of God to work for peace, hope and justice in the world.
 

Culture Day
12:45 -1:30 p.m. may extend until 2:00 p.m., Plaza Kelly

On Culture Day, members of the STU community showcase the unique features of the culture and customs of different countries which contribute to the international education diversity of St. Thomas University. This event serves to create lasting ties, good will and fond memories among the students of St. Thomas University who chose this university for its commitment to educating leaders for life from across the globe. There will be plenty of music, food, vendors and a lot of fun.

 
International Master Chef Dish Contest
1:00 p.m., Plaza Kelly

Inaugural dish contest which showcases the culinary talents of the STU community. Participants must represent a country, region, or sovereign nation, and serve a dish related to that designation. The dish can be an appetizer, entrée or dessert. 
To be considered as a contestant, please e-mail Adriana Menke to amenke@stu.edu including your name, STU e-mail address, the name of your dish, the type of dish, and which country or city it represents. Deadline for registration: November 11th.



Thursday, November 14

Invisible Children
1:30 p.m., Student Center Lobby
Presenter: Invisible Children Organization

Invisible Children is a worldwide known organization which main objective is to bring a permanent end to LRA atrocities (Joseph Kony’s rebel army). During a brutal and tragic Civil War, millions of child soldiers are being exploited and treated as weapons. Invisible Children tells captives how and where to safely escape from Joseph Kony's rebel army, the LRA. When captives escape, Invisible Children can help them find their families and help them get the trauma counseling they so desperately need.



Friday, November 15

The Dialogue Film Screening
1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Library Atrium

The Dialogue created by Crossing Borders Education (CBE) and co-produced by Michigan State University (MSU), is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. Intrigued by the complex context of Sino-US relations, the characters engage deeply with one another by exploring elements of meaningful dialogue and cultural identity. Their shared travel adventures, emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of the “other” and themselves.


 
Monday, November 18

Olympic Medalist Marianne Kriel: Leadership, Challenges and Success in the time of Apartheid
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Bobcat Hall of Fame
Presenter: Marianne Kriel 

Originally from Bellville, South Africa, Marianne Kriel is a two-time Olympian and served as Co-Captain of the Olympic Team South Africa at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Since the end of apartheid in South Africa, Marianne has worked toward racial conciliation by bringing both black and white swimmers together through swimming camps. 
 

 
Tuesday, November 19

Around the World in 50 minutes!
10:50 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall
Presenter: Marty Essen

Marty Essen’s’ show features interesting facts, humorous stories, and the best of thousands of photos he took while traveling the world for his book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. Marty Essen has won multiple book awards for travel/essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. In addition, he won a first place award at 2009 Green Book Festival in Los Angeles, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named Cool Creatures, Hot Planet a top-10 “Green” book.

 
Cool Writing Careers
1:40 - 2:55 p.m., Bobcat Hall of Fame
Facilitator: Marty Essen

Cool Writing Careers is a 50-minute-long lecture by Marty Essen covering the following topics: 

  • Writing a book 
  • Working with an editor 
  • Finding an agent 
  • Acquiring a publishing deal 
  • Publishing your own book (finding a printer, hiring a book designer, getting an ISBN, etc.) 
  • Getting distribution
  • Promoting your book 
  • Writing-related careers for non-writers (agent, editor, book shepherd, book designer, publicist, etc.)
  • Kindle and other electronic format books

About the facilitator: Marty Essen has won multiple book awards for travel/essay writing, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Best Books Book Award, and the National Indie Excellence Award. In addition, he won a first place award at 2009 Green Book Festival in Los Angeles, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune named Cool Creatures, Hot Planet a top-10 “Green” book.



Thursday, November 21

Photo Contest Award Ceremony
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., SEFLIN Room (Archive and Museum), 2nd floor University Library

Join us during the Photo Contest Award Ceremony in the SEFLIN room (Archive and Museum). We will recognize the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners of this years’ photo contest.  



Saturday, November 23

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Snorkeling Tour

International Students will visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first undersea park in the United States. They will enjoy the beauty of an amazing underwater ecosystem.