MC celebrates International Education Week Nov. 12-16

Nov. 8, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Maryville College will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 12-16.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, International Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year marks the 13th year of its observance throughout the U.S. and in numerous countries.

Maryville College has long stressed international education and experiences for its students, according to Kirsten Sheppard, director of international education.

“The College believes a period of travel and study outside the United States should be a part of one's education whenever possible,” she said. “Approximately 25 percent of recent graduating classes have studied abroad either through a direct exchange program, a program through the International Student Exchange Program, a three-week January Travel-Study Program or a summer program.”

Throughout the week, photos taken by students while studying and traveling abroad will be on exhibit in the entry way of Pearsons Hall, with students having the opportunity to select the best image in the International Photo Contest.

Residence halls will celebrate different countries from around the world with special decorations and events during the weeklong celebration.

Pearsons Hall’s Margaret Ware Dining Room will celebrate international cuisine with an International Food Festival throughout the week. Each day during lunch, the dining hall will serve a dish from a specific country: China, Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan, Sweden and Japan. The international students who supplied the recipes will be on hand to talk about the dish.

On Tues., Nov. 13, a panel discussion titled “Love, Marriage and Sex: An International Perspective” will be held at 6 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, Room 102/103. An international student panel will discuss courtship practices around the world.

A “Capture the Flag World Cup” game will conclude the week’s festivities on Fri., Nov. 16. During the Risk-style game, which starts at 6 p.m. in front of Pearsons Hall, teams will compete as Russia, Canada, South Africa or Brazil. Campus will be divided into four territories, with each country controlling a territory, and teams will compete to help their assigned countries to victory.

International Education Week at Maryville College is sponsored by the Center for International Education, Global Citizenship Organization, Peace & World Concerns, Cultural Ambassadors, Alliance for Youth Achievement, Peace Corps, Sisters in Spirit, Habitat for Humanity and Aramark.

For more information on International Education Week or study abroad opportunities at the College, contact Sheppard at, 865.273.8991, or visit

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.