November 16, 2012

Events with international flavor held at Penn

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Learning about life beyond U.S. borders was in focus this week at William Penn University.

In a series of events held throughout the week, International Education Week gained recognition at the University.

Karolyn Wojtowic, international student advisor and United World Club advisor, said the week began with an educational poster display centered around some of the nations represented by Penn students originally from other nations. They included Myanmar, also known as Burma, Mexico, Rwanda, China and Slovakia. A poster representing those from the United States, as well as the Penn’s United World Club were also among the eight posters on display in the Student Union Lobby.

Wojtowic noted that the posters covered many topics about the countries they were meant to educate viewers on including history, politics and cultural traditions.

On Tuesday night, guest speaker Arlen Daleske was on hand to discuss his time in the Middle East during a talk given in the Chief Mahaska Room with about 30 students attending. Wojtowic said Daleske related some of his experiences teaching in a school in the Palestinian territories. She also noted that Daleske brought out a bit of humor when discussing his experiences with the International Club and campus ministry at Penn in the 1960s. Wojtowic called the story of his life “inspirational.”

Daleske’s visit also included the singing of songs in Swahili, French, English and Spanish.

Wojtowic said Penn plans to hold International Education Week next year, as well.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.