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Friday, March 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington and the International Student Organization (ISO) will present the 31st annual International Week (I-Week) from April 5 to April 11. Approximately 20 different student-led nationality organizations participate in this week-long celebration.

This year’s theme is “Culture Splash,” and will feature a soccer tournament, an Opening Parade led by the widely recognized UTA Samba Band, a Food Fair featuring food from all over the world made by UT Arlington’s international students, an international Fashion Show, a special guest speaker, visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Daramola from Nigeria, intriguing and intricate cultural exhibits created by the students, and a talent show showcasing all the spectacular talents of the many and varied international students who have come to UT Arlington from countries all over the world.

The festival officially begins at noon Monday, April 7, at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Students bearing banners from more than 130 countries will progress from the University Center around campus through the UT Arlington Library Mall. The ceremony will end in the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the University Center with refreshments and student performances.

The remainder of the week’s events is as follows. (Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St.) All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 5
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Soccer Tournament
MAC Indoor Soccer Field
500 W. Nedderman Drive

Monday, April 7
Noon: Parade of Banners
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Grand Opening Ceremony
Noon to 2 p.m.: Nationality/Cultural Exhibits

Tuesday, April 8
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Food Fair, University Center Mall: The community will be able to purchase ethnic food items from the booths of different nationalities.
2 to 4 p.m.: Nationality/Cultural Exhibits

Wednesday, April 9
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Nationality/Cultural Exhibits
Noon to 1 p.m.: “African Musical Traditions”, Concho Room in the University Center: A lecture by visiting Nigerian Scholar Dr. Darmaola. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.
7 to 9 p.m.: Fashion Show: A fun, cultural night of ethnic outfits and costumes.

Thursday, April 10
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Nationality/Cultural Exhibits

Friday, April 11
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Global Extravaganza Talent Show: Provides an array of cultural performances, ranging from song and dance to drama.

More than 5,000 people from the UT Arlington and local community attend this event yearly in celebration of international exchange and multicultural diversity.

For more information, visit www.uta.edu/oie/programs/international_week.php.

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