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Indonesian Student Performs at Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner

Indonesian student Endras Fadhilah performed at the 11th annual Multicultural Student Thanksgiving dinner held Tuesday.

The Multicultural Student Thanksgiving dinner is organized annually as a way to share the American tradition with the University of Kentucky’s multicultural community. The event enables many international students and scholars to experience what could be—and often is— their first American Thanksgiving dinner.

UK Master’s Student Researches HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from The Ohio State University, Angel Algarin had plans to become a veterinarian. He would soon find out that he had to steer himself in another direction. Algarin wanted to study HIV/AIDS, and he knew that he had to find a way to follow this passion. Soon after, he applied for the master’s degree program in public health at the University of Kentucky.

UK Senior Presents at National Women’s Studies Association Conference

A Nigerian native, Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle has found a passion for research in the Big Blue Nation. University of Kentucky English and international studies double-major, Adekunle was motivated by her professor and mentor, Charlie Zang MD, to apply to be a presenter in the National Women’s Studies Association Conference held in Montreal, Quebec, this year. The senior received the good news of her acceptance at the beginning of summer break, which gave her time to prepare for her talk on “Afropolitanism: The Pre and Post Dynamics of Decolonization.”

Euphoria in Learning: UK International Student Ambassador is Dedicated to Academia

Shane D’Souza is more than just a Biology and Chemistry major with an on-campus job. The international student ambassador has discovered a passion for academia that propels him both in his undergraduate studies and in his job as a Teaching Assistant for Chemistry.

D’Souza, who lived in the United Arab Emirates before moving to the U.S., said that being an ambassador made the transition to the United States easier for him.

Kavoori Keynotes for International Education Week

The UK International Center will welcome media and entertainment professor Anandam (Andy) Kavoori as its keynote speaker for International Education Week slated Nov. 14-18. Kavoori’s talk, “The Word and The World: Lessons from South Asia and Beyond,” will be held 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the William T. Young Library Auditorium.

UK Celebrates International Education Week

Every year, the week before Thanksgiving is transformed from just another week in the year to one that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange, known across universities in the United States as “International Education Week.” UK will celebrate cultural diversity, globalization and international education during International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 14-18.

One Year at the University of Kentucky Deepens Japanese Student’s Understanding of Racial and Cultural Diversity

When Ryoko Obayashi first came to the United States on a year-long exchange program, she was simply hoping for an experience that would help her fulfill her international education requirement as well as give her a diverse array of courses not offered at her home university. What she has gained from this year, however, is a valuable cultural experience that has given her way more than what she ever anticipated. What stands out most to Obayashi is her new, broader perception of cultural dynamics that she hopes to take back with her to Japan.

Beyond Classes : UK Senior Prepares for a Successful Career in Data Science

Ashir Amin is a high-achieving University of Kentucky senior from Karachi, Pakistan. A computer science major, he has been involved in various campus organizations including Alphi Phi Omega and the International Student Council. Over the course of his undergraduate studies, Amin has taken advantage of various opportunities outside the classroom to hone his computer science skills and fine-tune his career path. Very recently, he completed an internship in Austin, Texas with Dell; an experience he describes as simply, “amazing.”

Roberts Named Associate Provost for Internationalization

The University of Kentucky International Center welcomes Sue Roberts, professor of geography, as its new Associate Provost for Internationalization.

Sue Roberts has been a faculty member in geography at the University of Kentucky since 1991. In her more than 25 years at UK, she has served in a number of roles including director of the International Studies program and associate dean for internationalization in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Five UK Students Awarded Education Abroad’s Diversity Scholarship

Five students were selected to receive the Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship for the 2015-2016 year. The scholarship is awarded to students who contribute to UK’s diverse community.

Diversity can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Scholarship recipient, Rodney Furman, said, “This world is unbelievably big, and the amount of languages spoken, the customs and beliefs practiced, the beautiful sights to see, illustrate how endless our opportunities are.”

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