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International Education Week (IEW)

Each year, Shippensburg University celebrates initiatives and programs that help bring a multitude of opportunities to learn about international themes to members of our campus and community. However isolated Shippensburg may at times feel, we are truly an international university. Whether it be through our students, through our faculty and staff, or through the study abroad programs and courses that we offer on a regular basis, Shippensburg University is connected to the region, the country, and the rest of the world. So please join us as we celebrate International Education and all of the wonderful opportunities that exist here at Shippensburg University.

Calendar of IEW Events

International Education Week is packed full of events that will give students multiple opportunities to have unique experiences. The events vary in nature and include culture, diversity and a variety of food.

Monday October 25 – Saturday October 30, 2021

All Week

International Flag Display

Monday October 25 – Saturday October 30, 2021

The flag display, created and maintained by Dr. Sean Cornell, Associate Professor of Geography/Earth Science, has been a vibrant and visual part of the celebration.  The tradition has also included a partnership with children from the 5th grade class at Grace B. Luhrs Elementary School.  The flags represent the nations around the world in which members of the Ship family including faculty, staff and students originate from when born outside of the United States. 

Flags have a deep meaning for all of us.  Seeing the flags all in one place at the heart of campus is symbolic of our proudly celebrated diversity and a renewed visual demonstration of how important diversity is to Shippensburg University.  The flags celebrate ALL of us and remind us that we MUST embrace and celebrate each other during IEW and all year round.    

If you have a strong affinity for an international flag, we would love to see you with the flag. 

  • Perhaps you were born outside of the U.S.? 
  • Are you an international student studying at Ship? 
  • Have you spent time traveling, studying or researching abroad? 
  • Do you intend to travel in the future and have a country you want to visit? 

Snap a picture of yourself with the flag and upload it to Smug Mug to help us celebrate during IEW.

Sponsored by the Departments of International Studies and International Programs

Día de los Muertos

Exhibit of Día de los Muertos altars (or visual representations of altars)

Monday October 25 – Saturday October 30, 2021
Lehman Library Lower Lobby.

Alters were created by students from HIS 360: History of Mexico course under the direction of Dr. Gretchen Pierce, Associate Professor of History.  Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico, parts of the United States, and a few other Latin American countries from November 1–2. It honors deceased loved ones with their favorite food, drinks, and personal items.  These objects, plus religious symbols and brightly colored skulls are placed on altars in the home or at gravesites. The tradition merges together pre-Hispanic customs, the Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, and the more secular holiday of Halloween. Hosted by Lehman Library.

Monday October 25, 2021

International Flag Discussion

4:00 p.m.
Virtually on Zoom,

What’s in the meaning of a flag?  The international flag display on the Library Quad represents the diverse nations where students, staff and faculty we have at Ship originate.  Please join us for a discussion with student representatives to learn what their home flag means to them. 

Moderated by Dr. Sean Cornell, Associate Professor of Geography and Earth Science.

Tuesday October 26, 2021

International Foods Lunch Celebration

10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Reisner Dining Hall

Expand your cultural experiences by sampling ethnic foods from all over the world.  Enjoy a lunch at Reisner Dining Hall highlighting Asian, Indian, African, Italian and American dishes.  Students may use their meal plan or you can pay at the door. 

Hosted by Shippensburg University Dining Services. 

Immersion Afternoon

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Ceddia Union Building MPR A and Room 103

Spend time experiencing world cultures. Language, culture, food and fun await you!  Have you ever wanted to learn about various countries in Latin America, Spain, France, China, Germany, and more? Come and interact with faculty and students who are experts on these countries. World Languages Karaoke Jam will take place from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and Trivia from 3:15-4. International food will be served.

Hosted by the Department of Global Languages and Cultures.  Sponsorship by the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center and Department of International Programs.

Wednesday October 27, 2021

Peace Corps Prep Presentation

3:30 p.m.
Virtually on Zoom,

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime.  Join us to learn about the process of applying to the Peace Corps and the benefits of serving. 

Hosted by the Department of International Studies and the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center.   

Thursday October 28, 2021

Going Global; Working Internationally

3:30 p.m.
Virtually on Zoom,

Professionals are no longer confined to a local geography when working in non-profits/ businesses—the world can be their market from day one! Come experience the various stories that highlight different countries, cultures, and traditions. Learn how to identify advantages and liabilities of working internationally, how to manage it locally and globally, and build partnerships and personal networks. 

Hosted by the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center.

IEW Advisory Board

Planning for International Education Week is a year-long process and requires the time and energy of numerous individuals who work together with students to make each week a success.  This year's advisory board includes the following individuals:

  • Buchbauer, Victoria - Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center
  • Burnett, Mary - International Programs Office, Director
  • Cornell, Sean - Geography & Earth Sciences Department
  • Mitaut, Blandine - Department of Global Languages and Cultures
  • Morana, Ana - Department of Global Languages and Cultures
  • Pierce, Gretchen - Department of History
  • Ricardo, Jose - Department of Global Languages and Cultures
  • Sachleben, Mark - Department of Political Science
  • Skaff, Jonathan - Departments of History/International Studies, Director
  • Wildermuth, David - Department of Global Languages and Cultures