University to celebrate International Education Week

September 17, 2015
Confucius Institute
International Programs

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Confucius Institute and International Programs have partnered to provide a week of diverse cultural activities and events to celebrate Confucius Institute Day and International Education Week, Sept. 21-25.

International Education Week is a nationwide initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to recognize the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Confucius Institute Day, celebrated on Sept. 26 this year, honors Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, teacher, scholar and politician.

“The week is part of UW-Platteville’s efforts to promote programs that prepare our students for a global environment and attract students and scholars from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences on our campus,” said Donna Anderson, director of International Programs at UW-Platteville. 

“UW-Platteville currently has inter-institutional agreements with 22 universities in 18 countries worldwide with more being developed,” said Anderson. “Each year, more than 100 UW-Platteville students participate in education abroad programs around the world and, this fall, nearly 150 international students and scholars are studying or teaching on our campus. This fall semester represents the largest class of new degree-seeking international students UW-Platteville has received in one semester, and we are excited to see our international student numbers growing on campus.”

“The Confucius Institute strives to serve the university community with materials and resources to aid the academic departments in educating students on and off campus,” said Mei Reeder, director of the Confucius Institute at UW-Platteville. “The Institute represents the unremitting efforts for global education and international cooperation that link the Chinese culture and language and UW-Platteville.”

“We are happy to collaborate with International Programs by providing cultural activities for this event,” said Reeder. “The Confucius Institute provides outstanding education; part of its mission matches the university’s strategic plan to deliver an education with a global perspective and to cultivate critical thinking in our students.”

International Education Week and Confucius Day activities are free and open to all. They will include:

All week:

  • Education Abroad Photo Contest Voting: Go to the UW-Platteville Education Abroad’s Facebook page,, and vote for your favorite international photos in the different categories by “liking” them. Winners will receive prizes.
  • Bridgeway Commons will serve international cuisine from all over the world.

Monday, Sept. 21:

11 a.m.–noon: Women and Policing in Bahrain with Dr. Staci Strobl
Platteville East, Markee Pioneer Student Center

Strobl, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at UW-Platteville, will discuss stereotypes of Muslim and Middle Eastern women and how some do not perceive them to be in positions of authority when they are.

4-5 p.m.: Beginning Mandarin (non-credit)
110 Royce Hall

Learn day-to-day Mandarin phrases and basic conversation skills.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Student Experiences Abroad
Mississippi Room, Markee Pioneer Student Center

Listen to students talk about their experiences abroad as students, volunteers and interns. Engineers Without Borders (4:30 p.m.). Internships Abroad (5 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 22:

11 a.m.-noon: Making Connections in Eastern Europe: Incorporating a PACCE Project while Studying Abroad in Romania with Dr. Tera Montgomery
Mississippi Room, Markee Pioneer Student Center

Montgomery, associate professor of dairy and animal science at UW-Platteville, and ten students who completed a PACCE project while studying agricultural practices in Romania will share stories about their experiences.

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Bread from Around the World with International Student Club
Robert I. Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall

Sample breads from around the world. From French baguettes to Indian Naan, there will be a variety of baked goods to taste.

5:30-7:30 p.m.: Movie Night - Touching the Tigers
103 Doudna Hall

This documentary shows the experience of Glen Beneda, a downed “Flying Tigers” pilot on the Chinese battlefield during World War II, revealing a friendship between the Chinese and Americans that has transcended time, space and ideology.

Wednesday, Sept. 23:

5-6 p.m.: Intercultural Competence Workshop with Dr. Jen Collins and Justine Chien
University South, Markee Pioneer Student Center

Why do we do things the way we do? Learn important skill sets that can help you build relationships with people from different cultures.

5:30-7 p.m.: Tai-Chi Workshop
Between Royce and Gardner halls (if rain, 110 Royce Hall)

Learn about Tai-Chi, a branch of the Chinese traditional martial arts that is often referred to as “meditation in movement.”

Thursday, Sept. 24:

10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Education Abroad Fair
University Rooms, Markee Pioneer Student Center

This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to explore the international opportunities offered at UW-Platteville. Speak with study abroad alumni, program representatives and program leaders.

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Mid-Autumn Festival
Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery

Learn about Chinese culture at this free family event. Participate in activities including lantern and mask making, paper folding and games.

Friday, Sept. 25:

11a.m.-1 p.m.: Global Lunch Hour with International Student Club
Pioneer Room, Markee Pioneer Student Center

Meet international students over lunch. This is an opportunity to meet students from around the world and talk to them about their experiences here at UW-Platteville. Must provide own lunch.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Learn Basic Chinese Greetings
110 Royce Hall

Learn some basic Mandarin, such as “ni hao” (hello) and “xie xie” (thank you). Must provide own lunch.

The Confucius Institute is a part of an international network of more than 1,060 Confucius Institutes and classrooms dedicated to enhancing the understanding of Chinese language and culture. Students seeking study opportunities in China after graduation should go to the Confucius Institute office, 107 Royce Hall, to inquire about short- and long-term study opportunities.

International Programs, comprised of Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, English Language Program and International Student Marketing and Recruitment, serves as a resource for United States and international students, faculty and staff seeking international educational opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. UW-Platteville, through its international programs, seeks to ensure access to quality international study experiences that strengthen academic learning and promote cultural understanding.

For more information or to register for an event, contact the Confucius Institute at 608-342-1310 or International Programs at 608-342-1726.

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. The International Education Week and Confucius Institute Day align with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-states.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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