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International Fest 2010
November 18, 2010

The University of South Florida celebrated International Education Week 2010 with a week of activities across campus. The highlight of the week was the first annual International Fest hosted by Student Government, Student Affairs, and the office of International Affairs. The festival began with a ‘Parade of Flags’ led by the USF Band. Divided into continents, scores of students joined in the celebration visiting student booths and study abroad tables highlighting programs and cultures from across the globe.  Students collected stamps on their ‘passports’ and were treated to a taste of international cuisine.

The event played host to entertaining cultural performances by USF student organizations and celebrity acrobat, Liang. Among the performances was a moving excerpt by students of the College of the Arts from the theatrical production, “Darfur – What the Heart Remembers”.  View the slide show >>

2010 International Photo Competition Winners Announced
November 16, 2010

Each year International Affairs sponsors the annual International Photo Competition. Open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni the submissions come from destinations around the globe and provide a visual journey like no other. The 2010 competition categories included: Landscape, Portrait, Study Abroad Photograph, USF Favorite, and Grand Prize. USF Favorite was a new category for 2010; this year all photos were put online allowing any member of the USF community with a net id to vote on their favorite.

Thirteen winners were chosen from over 300 entries, making this no easy task for judge, Noel Smith. Smith is Curator of Education/Latin American and Caribbean Art at the Institute for Research in Art/Graphicstudio, Contemporary Art Museum and Public Art. Each year she generously donates her time to determine the winners of the competition. Read more>>

USF Celebrates International Education Week 2010
November 10, 2010

A joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to bring awareness to the significance of international exchange and education between institutions and countries worldwide, International Education Week is part of USF’s charter toward creating a more global university.

From November 15 – 19, International Education Week at USF will showcase activities from academic lectures to theatrical performances. The International Education Week calendar will include events such as an artistic exhibition of Cuban architect Carlos Garaicoa’s work hosted by the Contemporary Arts Museum and the 2010 International Photo Competition Winners Reception.

In celebration of the week, Student Government in collaboration with multiple departments across campus will organize International Fest. USF’s first annual International Festival will take place November 18, 2010 from 11am to 3pm at the USF Quad. The event is modeled to be similar to Epcot’s World showcase at home in the USF quad. Organizations will host booths to represent certain countries from around the world. In addition to the booths, there will be an outdoor art gallery, stage with international performances, and music.

The Arts College presents a theater-dance project that is co-created & co-directed by Professors Fanni Green and Jeanne Travers focusing on the genocide in Darfur. The piece is inspired by the artwork of Darfur children in refugee camps, and the interviews of their mothers and other women, conducted by British journalist, Rebecca Tinsley.

Click here for a complete list of events that will take place during International Education Week.

USF Welcomes His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal
October 28, 2010

USF was pleased to host His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, as he spent the day talking with students, greeting faculty, and discussing global cooperation. Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States (2005 – 2007), His Royal Highness is now being considered for the position of Foreign Minister in Saudi Arabia. He is one of the founders of the King Faisal Foundation and is the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.

Dr. Ralph Wilcox, USF Provost served as host for the day’s events which included; a serenade from the USF marching band, a student parade of flags, an open address to the USF community, a private luncheon, and special performances by the USF Saudi  Student Association.

To read more about the Prince’s visit, click here>>

View slideshow of photos from the Prince’s visit>>

Voting begins today for the USF Favorite in the International Photo Competition!
October 1, 2010

International Affairs is proud to sponsor the annual International Photo Competition. The contest is designed to offer USF students, professors, staff, and alumni an opportunity to share their international experiences. New in 2010 is the USF Favorite category; the winner of this category is chosen by the USF community. Students, faculty, and staff can go online with their net id and vote for their favorite! Make sure to cast your vote for your favorite photo before the end of the month, voting closes October 31st. Entries for this category will be accepted and put online until October 15th.

Don’t forget the deadline to enter the competition is October 15, 2010! A total of thirteen winners and honorable mentions will be announced in five categories at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the USF Bookstore. Click here to read more>>