MC celebrates International Education Week 2016

MC celebrates International Education Week

International Education Week logoNov. 14, 2016

Maryville College is celebrating International Education Week from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18 with a wide variety of events for both international students attending the College and students seeking to study abroad.

Kirsten Sheppard, director of international education, said International Education Week provides an opportunity to “celebrate cultures from around the world, international education and the power of exchanges.”

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a strong, supportive international community on the Maryville College campus. With each international student we receive and with each U.S. student we send abroad, we build an emotional tie to different cultures and places around the world,” she said.

Campus-wide initiative

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State.

All week long, pictures taken around the world by MC students will be displayed in in the lobby of Pearsons Hall, and community members can vote for their favorite on Instagram (@maryvilleinternational). Outside Pearsons Hall, members of the campus community can have their photo taken with flags of various countries from noon until 1:30 p.m., Nov. 14 and Nov. 16.

For lunches during International Education Week, Metz Culinary Management, the College’s food service provider, will feature international cuisines. Monday’s meal will include dishes from Central/South America; Tuesday, Japan; Wednesday, Africa; Thursday, Southeast Asia; and Friday, Europe.

Events each day

On Monday, a Lunch and Learn session on Hunger and Homelessness will begin at noon in the Proffitt Dining Room of Bartlett Hall. Speakers will include Kathi Parkins with Family Promise of Blount County, Tom Coulter with Trinity Dental Care, Deb Skyler with Maryville City Schools and Wendy Ward with United Way of Blount County.

At 3:30 p.m., a Study Abroad Re-Entry Session will begin in the College’s Career Center in Bartlett Hall.

Also at 3:30 p.m., native Spanish speakers and native English speakers will have the opportunity to practice their second language at the Spanish-English Language Exchange held in Bartlett Hall 102-103.

At 4 p.m., the College’s Peace and World Concerns Committee will host a Refugee Panel. Guest speakers will include representatives from Bridge Refugee Services, an ecumenical, non-profit organization facilitating the resettlement of refugees in East Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the campus community is invited to a presentation/discussion about the life of undocumented immigrants in our community. Facilitated by Dr. Crystal Colter, associate professor of psychology, and current students Alan Miramontes Flores and Anna Avalos, the discussion starts at 12:30 in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall.

The Progressive Student Alliance will facilitate “Current Events Jeopardy!” at 4 p.m. in Bartlett 101.

At 7 p.m., the College’s Food Recovery Network will screen “Just Eat It” in Anderson Hall 140. This award-winning 2014 documentary follows a Canadian couple that lives off food waste for six months.

On Wednesday, the Career Center will host “Exploring Opportunity Abroad,” an overview of the study abroad programs available to Maryville College students. The session begins at noon.

Kysomba dance, a sensual dance with origins in Angola, will be taught at 6 p.m. in Bartlett 102-103.

The Black Student Alliance will host a “My Life Matters” session at 8 p.m. in Bartlett Hall 102-103.

On Thursday, the International Education Week event is a panel discussion titled “Islam in the West.” Current students Manal Abbas and Byjan Kajaei will present and talk about 10 things that everyone should know about their faith. The discussion starts at 12:45 p.m. in Anderson Hall 220.

On Friday, the campus community is invited to the panel discussion “Love, Sex and Marriage,” which will explore the cultural norms surrounding those topics in countries throughout the world. Sponsored by the College’s Global Citizenship Organization, the discussion will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall 102-103.

By Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Executive Director for Marketing & Communications


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 1,197.