WLU celebrates International Education Month

By Dakota Knotts, Contributing Writer
During the first few weeks of November, West Liberty University will be celebrating International Education Month. The event is hosted by SPICES, the campus international club

Most of the events are held in the Alumni Room, located in the College Union. Presentations will be given by a combination of students and faculty and are open to the public. 
Lectures and presentations are not the only thing that International Education Month is offering, as there were fun events such as “Postcards from Poland,” “International Tea Time!” and “Dance with Diversity.”
All events are held Monday through Thursday at various times. Be sure to keep your eye on the calendar for an event that you would like to participate in!
Remaining events include presentations “West Liberty University Study Abroad Opportunities” on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m., “An Introduction to Kyrgyzstan” on Nov. 15 at 3:30 p.m., and “Life in the city as compared to life in the countryside of Mongolia” on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. There will also be a Global Games Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15. On Nov. 29, Megumi Maruta presents “People2People: Empowering communities and youth through cartoons” at 11 a.m.
Coordinator of International Student Activities and Recruiting Heather Kalb excitedly oversees the events and encourages both students and the community to get involved. 
“It all started because we had to have one week in November dedicated to international education. The students liked it so much that we decided to do it for the month!” Kalb said.
International Education Week is from Nov. 12-16 and is an opportunity for students to celebrate their heritage and educate their peers.  
International Education month will conclude on Nov. 29, with “People2People: Empowering communities and youth through the cartoons,” where students will Skype with Mohamed Amin Ahmed, director and founder of the Average Mohamed.
“I hope for the community to learn from events like these. There is so much going on the world around us, and I want to help put things into perspective,” said Kalb.
West Liberty’s campus has over 33 countries represented by 70 international students and hopes to keep growing and host more new and exciting events next year. Those countries include Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel, France, Germany and various others. 
For more information about International Education Month, or about SPICES, contact Heather Kalb at [email protected] The West Liberty International Center is located on the first floor of Shotwell Hall. Students that wish to study abroad should visit this website.

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