MC celebrates International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Nov. 13, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Maryville College will celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange during International Education Week Nov. 18-22. A series of fun and educational events will be held throughout the week, concluding with the College’s annual Bompata Benefit Dinner on Nov. 22.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, this year marks the 14th year of its observance throughout the United States 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.

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.

The “Global Chef Series” will allow students to sample traditional dishes prepared by students from the following countries: Nigeria, Rwanda, China, South Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, Honduras, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

“Language Tables,” set up during lunch in Pearsons Hall, will give students the opportunity to informally learn Japanese, Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, French and Swedish.

  • “Report from the Field: India & Thailand,” led by Harper Ganick ‘14 and Kara Loveday ’14, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in Bartlett Hall, Room 101. The students will share their experiences of studying abroad in the two countries. Free and open to the public.
  • A panel discussion titled “Love, Marriage and Sex: An International Perspective” will be held at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 19 in Bartlett Hall, Room 101. An international student panel will discuss courtship practices around the world. Free and open to the public.
  • “International Open Mic,” hosted by MC’s literary magazine, Impressions, will be held at Isaac’s Café at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. Free and open to the public.
  • “Global Citizenship Organization Cultural Presentation: Nigeria” will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 22 in Bartlett Hall, Room 102/103. Free and open to the public.

International Education Week at Maryville College is sponsored by the Center for International Education, Global Citizenship Organization, Peace & World Concerns, Cultural Ambassadors, Impressions, Environmental Action Team, Ghana Travel Study Program, Center for Campus Ministry and Residence Life.

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

Maryville College’s fifth annual Bompata Benefit Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 22 at First Christian Church in Maryville. The Kuumba Khan Unity West African Drummers will perform during the event.

Maryville College has fostered a friendship with the town of Bompata, Ghana, since 2004, when Frank Twum-Barimah, the son of a Presbyterian minister of the small village, graduated from the liberal arts college.

Over the years, MC has contributed to the construction of a clean water well for the local high school, sent academic books and new computers to the local middle school and sent Bonner Scholars to teach in the schools during the summer months.

In January 2009, following a three-week travel-study trip to Bompata, a group of MC students committed to raising enough funds to send 14 village children through primary, middle and secondary schooling. The total cost of tuition for one child per trimester is 35 Ghanaian cedi – the equivalent of $22 in U.S. currency.

“This event provides an opportunity for the Maryville community to learn more about Ghana West Africa and be a part of a larger process that gives back to the families in Bompata, who host us biannually,” said Dr. Frances Henderson, associate professor of political science and one of the coordinators for the event. “The dinner is very much a project driven by MC student organizations and is always a great fundraising success. We invite students and community members to come dine with us and enjoy West African food, music, culture and drumming.”

Tickets for the dinner are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for families and may be purchased by calling the Center for Campus Ministry at 865.981.8299.

Those who are unable to attend the dinner but would like to donate to the scholarship fund can send a check to the Center for Campus Ministry (the check should be made out to Maryville College with “Bompata Scholarship Fund” written on the memo line).

For more information about the Bompata Benefit Dinner, please call 865.981.8299.

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.