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International Education Week events focus on students (and will rock!)

November 11, 2015

The Office of International Programs has created a full schedule of student-focused events – fun, educational and FREE – in recognition of International Education Week 2015, Nov. 16 – 20. Learn to Samba with our Brazilian students in the Living Room of the Towers, or prepare to study abroad; the full schedule is online at go.wayne.edu/iew. Highlights include:

  • A humorous talk by Engineering and Business alum Vivek Sreedhar whose book, “Ketchup & Curry: Your Guide to Life and Success in America” explains the cultural differences encountered by international students when they come to the U.S. to study. He knows what it’s like to have his name butchered and to be called “FOB.” Check him out at noon Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Hilberry A of the Student Center. Bring your questions and get ready for some fun! He’ll be signing copies of his book, too.
  • The week’s keynote presentation by alumnus, philanthropist and Ghafari Residence Hall namesake, Ambassador Yousif B. Ghafari. He will talk about his experiences as an international student at WSU and Fulbright Scholar, and what it was like to serve as U.S. ambassador to Slovenia, a position to which he was appointed by President George W. Bush. His architectural/engineering company, Ghafari, Inc., in Dearborn, also has locations in Chicago and Indianapolis, and the firm’s resume includes refurbishment of Old Main and work on the Danto Engineering Development Center. Learn about one of the university’s most illustrious alums and ask him the secret to his success during a Q & A at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Partrich Auditorium of the Law School. A reception follows.
  • An interactive poster presentation from international students talking about how they celebrate holidays in their homelands. Meet and mingle with our international Warriors at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Greek Room of Manoogian.

International Education Week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education with the goal of preparing American students for a global environment and attracting future leaders to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S.