International Education Week to highlight the world 

Shippensburg University will raise awareness of international opportunities as part of its celebration of International Education Week beginning Nov. 1.

The university’s Department of International Studies and the Office of International Programs are sponsoring the second annual International Education Week that has events daily as well as two events that continue all week. All events are open to the public and are free, unless a charge is specified.

According to Mary Burnett, associate dean of students and director of international programs, “The educational and cultural events that are taking place throughout the week are to raise awareness of the international opportunities that exist for our students.” The events also highlight achievements of Shippensburg faculty from other countries or faculty who promote the importance of cross cultural awareness and education in their classrooms and research, she said.

Throughout the week in Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is the display  “SHIP Faculty: Truly International.” The exhibit highlights Shippensburg faculty members who are from other nations and will include facts and photos about them and why they decided to come to Ship.

Students all week have the opportunity to sit in on language classes to help decide if a language class is right for them.

The week will launch with the IEW Kick Off Reception at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Grove Hall Forum. The event will focus on Shippensburg’s relationship with Poland. Dr. Tom Verney, professor of marketing and management; alumnus Bill Minsker, ’68-’73M, and undergraduate students Wojtek Jemiolo and Laura Holloway will be featured speaking about their travel experiences to Poland.

At 7 p.m. is a presentation of the international film, L’auberge espagnole (Spanish Apartment) shown in Grove Hall Forum. A man eager to learn Spanish gets an education he wasn't expecting in this award-winning comedy drama.

Other events during the week include:

Nov. 2: Ship World Party: A Taste of the World at Shippensburg, Cora I. Grove Spiritual Center, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., featuring food and music from around the world. The event is coordinated by Dr. Martia Flagler’s social work 370 class and is sponsored by a grant from State Farm Insurance. Guests will have the option to donate to Respite Care, an organization that services families with intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals living in the Shippensburg area.

Nov. 3: International Foods Night, Reisner Dining Hall, 4 to 7 p.m. Experience foods from around the world featured at nine different food stations. Meals must be purchased upon entrance into Reisner at a cost of $ 8.65. SU students may use their meal plans. Food from countries including Italy, Indonesia, and Russia will be featured.

International Studies Travel Series: Focus on China, Grove Forum, 7 p.m. Drs. George and Jennifer Pomeroy of Shippensburg will present information about the course with Shippensburg students they led to China during Summer 2010.

Nov. 4:
Immersion Afternoon, Rowland Hall Rooms 100, 101, 106 and 117 and Shearer Hall Rooms 107, 109 and 202, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Spend an afternoon experiencing another country’s language and culture. The program is hosted by the Department of Modern Languages.
Studying Abroad: Where Did You Go, What Did You Do and Would You Do It Again?, Grove Hall Forum, 7 p.m. Students will discuss their personal overseas study and travel experiences to countries including Argentina, Australia, Ghana, Germany and Korea. The program is moderated by Dr. Mark Sachleben, assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Gretchen Pierce, assistant professor of history.

Nov. 5: PASSHE International Summit, Dixon Center, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (university members only). The summit will allow Shippensburg students, faculty and others to network, share research and travel experiences and learn more about PASSHE’s global initiatives. Information about that event is available by contacting Dr. Jonathan Skaff at

Information about any of the programs is available by contacting Burnett at