International studies-5911Jackson State University will host International Week April 7-11 to honor the growing diverse culture on JSU’s campus. The week will start with an opening ceremony that kicks off all the events that are associated with International Week.

Every year, JSU hosts International Week to promote global awareness of the world’s many cultures through educational and entertaining activities. These events include a film festival, peace conference, parade of flags, ice cream social and the International Scholarship Banquet to name a few.

During the banquet, winners of the International Student of the Year Award will be recognized. This award acknowledges exceptional personal contributions of international students in bringing cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity on JSU campus and the Jackson community. The following information is a list of all the events.




Johnson Hall – Art Center

Contact Person – Hyun Kim (601) 979-2395 *

Description: This year the exhibit will consist of My Jackson State University photography, highlighting original work of students enrolled at Jackson State University. The winning pieces should have artistic and visual appeal; express the beauty, fun, and camaraderie of life at Jackson State University. The winner will receive a gift card that can be used towards the purchase of textbooks in the University bookstore.



JSU Student Center – Theater Room

Contact Person: Sunny Fridge (601) 979-3601 *

Description: A variety of films that depict countries from around the world and the United States will be featured. Many are based on biographies of individuals and entities that have made a significant impact such as L’Enfant prodigue, Defence of Sevastopol, and With Our King and Queen Through India.



Contact Person: Benjamin Ngwudike (601) 979-3405 *

Description:  A call for papers from interested faculty, researchers, educators, staff, and student participants for the 2014 conference. Topics may include, but not limited to, Cultural Sensitivity, International Peace, Race Relations, Climate Change, Alternative Energy, Gender, Health, Political, Educational, Environmental, and Technological Issues.


OPENING CEREMONY – Monday, April 7, 2014

12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. – Tiger Park (Across from JSU Student Center)

Contact Person: Shirley Harrison (601) 979-2043 *

Description:  The Opening Ceremony officially opens all events that are associated with International Week with the Proclamation, signed by President Meyers and congratulator remarks from local and state elected officials.

INTERNATIONAL TASTE – Monday, April 7, 2014

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Tiger Park (across from JSU Student Center)

Contact Person: Noel Didla (601) 979-5864 *

Description: An array of cuisine featuring not just restaurants, but stable dishes prepared by JSU’s faculty, staff and students.


ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – JSU Student Center Pedestrian Walkway

Contact Person: Shirley Harrison (601) 979-2043 *

Description:  An afternoon of celebration of all things ice cream and having fun with students, administration, faculty, and friends. Enjoy ice cream your way from your favorite local and national ice cream companies while enjoying music. This event will allow students to gather information on Study and Education Abroad.


PARADE OF FLAGS – Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Lee E. Williams Athletic & Assembly Center to Pedestrian Mall

Contact Person: Oksana Mahecha (601) 979-3793 *

Description: Flags from around the world are presented by local elementary and middle school students, along with JSU Sonic Boom Percussion Session, Cheerleaders and Mascot.


INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR – Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Pedestrian Mall

Contact Person: Kathy Sims (601) 979-3794 *

Description:  Area elementary and middle school students display their international presentations for judging.  Winners receive an award and recognition at the International Scholarship Banquet. Other festivities include fashion show, tasty treats, music and cultural dance.



INTERNATIONAL SPORTS – Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Intramural Track & Field

Contact Person: Umesh R. Remata (601) 979-7012 *

Description:  Students learn and enjoy a game of Cricket or badminton all while engaging in cross cultural awareness and forming friendships.


MODEL UNITED NATIONS – Thursday, April 10 2014

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Jacob L. Reddix Hall – General Purpose Room

Contact Person:  Farah Christmas (601) 979-2191*

Description: Model United Nations is an informal discussion similar to the United Nations in which students, faculty and staff attend and participate while sharing research and formulate political positions based on the actual policies of the countries represented and discussed.


INTERNATIONAL NIGHT OF DANCE – Thursday, April 10, 2014

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Rose McCoy Auditorium

Contact Person: Kimberly Ward (601) 979-1755 *

Description: Performers from around the University community showcase their interpretive dance and song.



6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – JSU Student Center – Ballroom

Contact Person: Adrienne Graham (601) 979-1146 *

Description: The International Week Committee awards scholarships annually to international and American students.  Scholarships are awarded to international students studying at Jackson State University and Americans participating in an Education Abroad program.



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