International Education Week was Nov. 12-16 this year and its purpose is to celebrate all the benefits of in- ternational education around the world. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education join to pro- mote studying abroad.
COD recognizes this time of year by holding their annual Global Ed- ucation Fair to highlight the many Study Abroad programs and opportuni- ties offered at the college. The event was this past Wednesday in the SRC Library Walkway and people were able to learn about the variety of coun- tries and cultures stud- ied by COD students.
Many of the tables were offering snacks that related to the committee they were representing, such as the France table having chocolate French cook- ies available and the Middle East Commit- tee featuring an array of traditional finger foods eaten in Middle Eastern countries.
All of the tables at the event made it clear that the college has a Study Abroad opportunity for everyone. One group was C.I.A.O. (College of DuPage Italian American Organization). This is a
fairly new club and are welcoming the COD community to participate in their Italian studies. They are picking officers Nov. 26 at their next meeting in 2625 C at noon.
Mirta Pagnucci, Italian and French Pro- fessor at the college is the advisor of C.I.A.O. and also of the France Study Abroad program. She is a full time faculty member and is excited for the first ever trip to France through COD this coming summer.
“It’s going to be life-changing trip to experience the French language and culture while living in Bor- deaux,” she commented.
Another organization featured at the fair was the Community Col- lege Initiative Program (CCIP), which brings students underrepresent- ed countries to commu- nity colleges to further develop their education.
For the 2012-2013 school year, four women and eight men from Bra- zil, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Pa- kistan and South Africa are attending the col- lege. The students’ ages range from 19 to 31 and they are living in apart- ments near the college.
They will be re- turning to their home countries in the middle of May 2013. One student is
Vincentia “Naa” Ad- jetey who is currently studying business at COD through CCIP.
“I am really enjoy- ing my time here,” said Adjetey.
“I am also very pleased with how and nice accepting ev- eryone has been.”
People were also able to vote in the photo con- test at the Global Educa- tion Fair, where twelve students who studied abroad in the 2011-2012 school year submitted their best snapshots of the many places they
traveled. The winner was student Kristen Schlottman who submit- ted a photo of a Costa Rican demonstrating how to transform cacao pads into chocolate.
“I feel this photo-
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graph captures all the beauty of the deep-rooted relationship between ecotourism and preser- vation that I witnessed during my visit,” ex- plained Schlottman.