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Global Education Celebration – COD celebrates International Education Week with annual Global Education Fair

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Global Ed. Fair Photo Contest winner was Kristen Schlottman who submitted
this photo she took in Costa rica, of a man making chocolate. bottom, Lisa Wijayani in an Indonesian student studying business through CCIP.

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.

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Rosalie DeAstis

Rosalie DeAstis is a freshman at the college and going for a degree in marketing. She graduated from Addison Trail High School in Addison, Illinois in June 2012. Rosalie was the columnist and Co-features editor of her high school paper during her junior year. Senior year she earned the spot of Managing Editor and remained the columnist as well. She was a cheerleader all through high school but is now just focusing on her two jobs. Aside from her new position on the Courier she has been working for Claire’s/Icing accessory stores for almost two years. Rosalie also enjoys drawing, hot yoga, and spending time with her big, Italian family. features@cod.edu 630-942-2713

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