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FGCU welcomes international students, scholars and showcase international initiatives

September 26, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Florida Gulf Coast University invites the community to attend a showcase of international initiatives and formal welcoming of international students, scholars and study abroad participants during the 15th Annual International Reception in the Student Union Ballroom on Friday, Sept. 30, at 5:30 p.m.

"To date, we have had over 75 countries represented by our international students," said Elaine Hozdik, International Services director. "Additionally, a number of our students have studied abroad as part of their educational experience to places such as Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, China, Dominican Republican, Germany, Ghana, Sweden, Costa Rica, Italy, New Zealand, Peru and Spain. Our faculty host several colleagues from abroad each year and engage them in teaching and collaborative research."

Co-sponsored by FGCU International Services and the Student Government, the event is an opportunity to become acquainted with FGCU students and scholars from other countries or students who have studied abroad.

"FGCU will highlight its international and domestic students, staff and faculty to fellowship together with community members, and develop a deeper interest and understanding of various cultures and study abroad opportunities." said Timothy Gjini, associate director for International Services.

A sampling of foods and flags from the students' homelands will be part of the reception. Several local cultural or international community organizations will also participate.

For more information, contact Elaine Hozdik at 590-7925 at



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