MC celebrates International Education Week Nov. 14-18

November 11, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Maryville College will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14-18.

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State, International Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

This year marks the 12th year of its observance throughout the U.S. 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. “Approximately 25 percent of recent graduating classes have studied abroad either through a direct exchange program, a program through the International Student Exchange Program, a three-week January Travel-Study Program or a summer program.”

Throughout the week, photos taken by students while studying and traveling abroad will be on exhibit in the Bartlett Hall Atrium, with students having the opportunity to select the best image in the International Photo Contest. Also in the Bartlett Hall Atrium, the College’s student chapter of Habitat for Humanity will display a collection of photos of houses from around the world.

For those who enjoy soccer, students will have an opportunity to participate throughout the week in the Scots International Soccer Tournament, Maryville College’s version of the World Cup. Sponsored by the College’s student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the event allows teams to compete in tournaments and represent a country where Habitat for Humanity builds houses for the homeless or less fortunate. The championship will be held on Thurs., Nov. 17, and all donations will go to the winning team’s country.

Different continents and areas of the world will be celebrated throughout the week:

- “Latin America Day” is Mon., Nov. 14. International Education Week organizers have worked with the College’s food service provider to serve Latin American-inspired dishes in the dining hall for lunch.

At 1 p.m., a representative from the Peace Corps will give a presentation in Thaw Hall, Room 202. An information table will be set up in Pearsons Hall from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

- “Mediterranean and Middle East Day” is set for Tues., Nov. 15, and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food will be offered for lunch. Also on this day, Dr. Scott Henson, MC assistant professor of political science, will present "Traveling without Baggage: How to Explore the World without Wrecking It" at 7 p.m in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. The event is part of the College’s Community Conversations series

- “Europe Day” will be celebrated on Wed., Nov. 16. In addition to European food served at lunchtime in the dining hall, the campus community is invited to join the student organization The Green Team in Proffitt Dining Room from 5-6 p.m. to learn about local environmental efforts.

- “Africa Day” is Thurs., Nov. 17. African food will be served at lunchtime in the dining hall. At 8 a.m. in Thaw Hall, Room 102, a representative from the local organization Alliance for Youth Achievement, a local organization that assists AIDS orphans and street children in Africa, will give a presentation titled “Maryville’s Direct Connection to AIDS Orphans in Africa.” An International and Study Abroad Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in Isaac’s Café, which will showcase great destinations presented by our own international and returned study abroad students. At 1 p.m., the campus community is invited to attend an International Fashion Show in Isaac’s Café.

- “Asia Day” concludes the week-long celebration on Fri., Nov. 18. Asian food will be served at lunchtime in the dining hall. At 5:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Clayton Center for the Arts’ William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, the community is invited to an opening reception for MC junior Emily Julian’s photography show, titled “South Africa 2011.” Julian, who spent the summer volunteering in South Africa through the Bonner Scholars program, will speak about her experience. Proceeds from the sale of her photos will benefit the Mdletshe School of Kwa-Zulu-Natal in South Africa.

International Education Week at Maryville College is sponsored by the Center for International Education, Global Citizenship Organization, Peace & World Concerns, Cultural Ambassadors, Alliance for Youth Achievement, Peace Corps, Sisters in Spirit, Habitat for Humanity and Aramark.

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

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.