Events planned for International Education Week Nov. 13-17

Events planned for International Education Week Nov. 13-17

Nov. 9, 2017 

Maryville College is celebrating International Education Week from Nov. 13-17 with a number of events that provide an opportunity to “celebrate cultures from around the world, international education and the power of exchanges,” said Kirsten Sheppard, Director of International Education.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have a strong, supportive international community on the Maryville College campus,” Sheppard said. “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.”  

Campus-wide initiative

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. The events are free and open to the community.

All week long, pictures taken around the world by MC students, faculty and staff will be displayed in in the lobby of Pearsons Hall, and campus community members can vote for their favorites with the slips provided. Outside of Pearsons Hall, members of the campus community can have their photo taken with flags of various countries every day of the week from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Throughout the week, Metz Culinary Management, the College’s food service provider, will feature international cuisines during lunch at Pearsons Hall. Monday’s meal will include dishes from Central and South America; Tuesday, Asia; Wednesday, Europe; Thursday, Southeast Asia; and Friday, Africa. The lunch cost for members of the public is $8.50 per person, payable at the door.

Events each day

On Monday, Pearsons Hall diners will have the opportunity to sit at one of several “Language Tables” from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Multilingual MC students will be at each table to teach greetings, culinary vocabulary and other phrases. Colorful table markers will show attendees where to sit.  

On Tuesday, the College’s Global Citizenship Organization will host a performance by Indigenous Vibes’ West African drummers and dancers at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym. Attendees will also have an opportunity to try out the drums.

Immediately following the drummers, students Katherine Zacapa and Claudia Pires will host a fun and heart-pumping Zumba and Kizomba dance workshop at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Gym.

On Wednesday, Pearsons Hall diners will have the opportunity to sit at one of several “Language Tables” from noon until 1 p.m. Multilingual MC students will be at each table to teach greetings, culinary vocabulary and other phrases. Colorful table markers will show attendees where to sit.

Also on Wednesday, the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) will show the sports drama “McFarland, USA” at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. The film touches on themes of diversity, adversity and determination.

On Thursday, a game night will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Pearsons Hall’s Proffitt Dining Room. Current students will teach several games from their home countries, including China and Korea. During the event, MC student Kai Wang will also treat guests to a Chinese tea ceremony.

Also on Thursday, the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship will host an International Religions Panel at 7:30 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, room 201.

On Friday, a panel discussion, titled “Love, Sex and Marriage,” will explore the cultural norms surrounding those topics in countries throughout the world. Sponsored by the Global Citizenship Organization, the event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall, room 140.


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 2017 semester is 1,181.