Jackson State to celebrate cultural diversity during International Week 2012

Jackson State University’s Division of International Studies will host its annual International Week April 9-13 on the university’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St. in Jackson, Miss. The week promotes global and cultural awareness through educational and entertaining activities. International dignitaries and renowned scholars in the international arena will participate, representing countries including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, China, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Jamaica, Kenya, Germany, and many more.

Activities include:

Opening Day Ceremony
Noon, Tuesday, April 10, Tiger Park (Across from the JSU Student Center)
 A proclamation declaring International Week on the campus of JSU will be read.

International Taste of JSU
1– 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Tiger Park (Across from the JSU Student Center)
Faculty and staff members will prepare international dishes for sampling by the university community.

International Sports
1 – 3 p.m., John A. Peoples Building Greenery and Walter Payton Center
International sports will include Cricket and Table Tennis (Ping Pong).

International Night of Dance
7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, Jacob L. Reddix Building
This event will feature dance groups from around the metro area.

Parade of Flags
9:15 – 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, Gibbs-Green Plaza
K-12 students from central Mississippi schools will march from the Lee. E. Williams Athletics & Assembly Center to Gibbs-Green Plaza to the beat of the percussion section of the JSU marching band.

International Peace Conference and Symposium on International Issues
April 10 – April 13
Faculty, staff and students from JSU and other institutions will present papers throughout the week related to the theme of “Peace through Understanding.”

International Bazaar
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Gibbs-Green Plaza
K-12 students from central Mississippi schools will participate with the entire JSU community. Features include cultural exhibits, international games, door prizes, a fashion show, a talent contest and food

International Scholarship and Awards Banquet
6:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, JSU Student Center Ballroom
The banquet will feature an awards ceremony for people who have supported the JSU Division of International Studies in a very special way. Scholarships will be awarded to American and international students. The guest speaker will be Dr. Rueben E. Brigety, II, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

 For more information about International Week events, visit www.jsums.edu/intweek or call Patricia Jernigan at 601-979-3796


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