By Jackson Booth, Reporter
UNO has 1,700 foreign students from nearly 131 countries. This diversity is unique to UNO and was highlighted during the annual International Education Week from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16.
UNO’s International Studies program has continued this tradition as part of the annual, nationwide celebration organized by the U.S. Departments of State and Education. The week consisted of many activities including an international photo contest, study abroad fair, international cuisine, and a global marketplace bake sale.
In conjunction with the events held at UNO, international students took part in outreach at the Open Door Mission where they served food and sorted through donations. They also took part in various intercultural activities at Beveridge Magnet Middle School for Global Studies and the Arts.
There was also the Batchelder Biblical Archaeology Conference that took place at the Thompson Alumni Center, which brought many acclaimed Israeli professors to discuss various topics in Biblical Archaeology.
One discussion was a lecture on Photogrammetry by Sagi Filin, a professor of transportation and geo-information engineering at Technion Israel, in Israel. Avraham Faust, director of the Institute of Archaeology and associate professor at the Martin Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University also gave a compelling lecture called “Israel’s Ethnogenesis – How Israel Became a Nation.”
Students could attend various seminars, including a special lecture given by journalism professor Chris Allen, who spent last semester as a Fulbright instructor in Oman.
The Andy Award for Journalism was also a highlight from the week’s events. The award is given by UNO and was chosen by the International Studies Department. This year, the award was given to Julie Cornell from KETV NewsWatch 7 and Joseph Dumba.
Cornell and Dumba will be traveling to South Sudan where Dumba travels once a year with other Omaha doctors to provide medical care for those who do not have access to it.
The award provides a $5,000 grant for Cornell and Dumba to take their trip to South Sudan.
Given the vast amount of intercultural activities offered during the week, many students attended, like graphic design major Jordyn Krueger.
Krueger attended a welcome speech given by an individual from Oman and also went to the International CafÃ©. While at the conference, Krueger was asked to help set up a table for Omani exchange students.
“I was really surprised at everyone’s willingness to explain even the simplest questions and how friendly they were,” Krueger said. “I made a whole bunch of friends on Facebook that day.”
One of the greatest lessons Krueger learned from the week’s events was that sometimes Americans forget that there are many other unique cultures in the world, not just the main countries you hear about like China and Egypt.
“Every country, whether we hear about them are not, have really proud people and love their way of life as much as we love our own,” Krueger said. “In that sense, we’re no different from anyone else.”