November 11, 2005

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Sementha Mathews Manager of Public Information and Media Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

International Education Week features sushi making class atValdosta State University

As a part of the 2005 International Education Week activities at Valdosta State University, the Center for International Programs and the Society of International Students will present Sushi Cooking Night on Tuesday, November 15, at 7 p.m., taught by Chef Siang Peng Ling.

Chef Ling, an AFC Corporation certified sushi chef and a native of Myanmar, is privately contracted by Publix on Gornto Road in Valdosta as their sushi chef. Chef Ling will present the art of three different types of sushi making at Centennial Hall, in Classroom 138. Participants may take home a sample plate of internationally known cuisine.

As a bonus, Chef Jodie Carter, also of Publix, will provide a lesson on how to make the Italian appetizer Brushetta Fresca.

The cost is $8 for community members and $5 for VSU students and includes materials, food and instruction. Registration is required by November 11.

A full 2005 International Education Week agenda of activities at VSU, featuring a variety of international experiences, is described briefly below.

Monday, November 14:
7:00 p.m.--International Night of Flavors at Centennial Hall, Classroom 138.
This event provides an opportunity for people to sample international cuisine, free of charge.

Tuesday, November 15:
7:00 p.m.--Sushi Cooking Class at Centennial Hall, Classroom 138.
Participants can learn the art of making sushi. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students. Reservations are necessary.

Wednesday, November 16:
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.�The following variety of events will take place at the Palms Quad.

Talent Show�Enjoy an array of performances from around the globe.

Country Displays�Colorful displays will introduce and educate visitors about various foreign countries.

Bake & Souvenir Sale�Participants can take home an international treat.

Study Abroad Fair�This event provides plenty of information about various study abroad opportunities.

Thursday, November, 17:
7:00 p.m.�International Trivia Night at the Baptist Student Union. Participants can win prizes for their international knowledge, while enjoying free snacks and coffee.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. For the past six years it has provided opportunities to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

"International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide," said Irina McClellan, VSU's International Student Advisor. "It highlights the contributions and diversity that international students and scholars bring to campus, and it brings awareness to the VSU and Valdosta community. We hope that the Valdosta community and VSU students, faculty and staff will be able to take advantage of this opportunity and join in celebrating International Education Week on campus."

According to McClellan, there are 251 international students enrolled at VSU, representing over 60 different countries and including all full-time degree-seeking students, exchange students, Rotary students and English language institute students who are enrolled in the intensive English language program.

All events are open to the general public. For more information on International Education Week, contact McClellan at 333-7410.

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