Abington celebrates International Education Week

Penn State Abington, the home to a growing population of international and immigrant students, is joining educational institutions, embassies and community organizations worldwide to mark International Education Week (IEW), running through Friday, Nov. 16.

IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Dolores Rafter-Arevalo, coordinator of International Affairs at Abington, said one of the goals of IEW is to reinforce the importance of preparing students to live and work in a global environment.

IEW events at Abington this week include:

-- Passport Day, Nov. 14, all day, Lares Building: The Philadelphia Passport Agency will be on campus to accept applications for new passports or for renewals. Visit http://www.travel.state.gov/ for details on the application process. Bring proper identification, a check and photos.

-- Study Abroad, Service Learning and Internship Fair, Nov. 15, Common Break, Lares: Faculty, staff and students are invited to gather information about Penn State Study Abroad options including those in Korea, Japan, Spain and the SAP World Headquarters Internship. Domestic opportunities for service learning include Abington's Alternative Spring Break in Washington, D.C.

-- International Photo Contest Reception, Nov. 16, Common Break, Woodland Commons: Abington Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler announces the student, faculty and staff winners of the 2012 International Photo Contest. Honorees will discuss their trips and the images they captured.

-- International Film Night, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, 112 Woodland Building: Moylan C. Mills, professor emeritus of integrative arts, moderates "The Double Hour" (Italy, 2009). This mind-bending thriller was heavily influenced both by Alfred Hitchcock and "The Wizard of Oz." It won several prizes at the Venice International Film Festival. Admission is $10 for the public; free for faculty, staff and students with ID. Sponsored by Abington Cultural and Community Events.

For more information on IEW, go to http:/iew.state.gov/.