Participants of the opening reception of International Week pose for a group photo on April 14 in Baker University Center. Titled "Discover the World in Athens," the opening celebration aimed to focus on unique experiences created by International students. The event featured a panel of four students who have traveled abroad or moved away from their homeland to attend Ohio University. "One of the best things about International Week is it brings people together to talk," said Krista McCallum Beatty, director of International Student Services. (Photos by Jonathan Adams/Ohio University)
Adobea Niiowoo of Ghana, left, has her picture taken with her friend Tshepang Mogwera of Botswana, while wearing an ima, a traditional hat from the Hejaz region of Saudia Arabia.
Maninder Singh of India talks about his experience as an international student at Ohio University during the panel discussion. Singh said his hometown is always busy, so being surrounded with an abundance of nature in Athens is a welcome change. Everyone also is friendly, he noted. "My phone died once I got on a GoBus from an airport in Columbus. A girl was kind enough to lend me her cell phone and that moment will stay with me forever," he said. Behind the panelists was a TwitterFall display which allowed members of the audience to tweet a question or comment about International Week.
Sana Mahmud of Pakistan asks a question of the panelists. Questions ranged from their experiences in the United States compared to other countries, including cultural differences and stereotypes, to overall diversity at OHIO.
Clothing associated with countries of origin were worn by international students as part of a fashion show during the opening event. During the fashion show, music was played as students walked across the stage in single file. Speakers explained how each outfit symbolized their country's heritage.