Each year the U.S. State Department and Department of Education designates a week in November to celebrate international education. The UNM Global Education Office (GEO) embraces this tradition, Monday, Nov. 11 through Monday, Nov. 18 with a Lobo World Cup soccer tournament, education abroad presentations in the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium, presentations on the millennial generation as first globals, and the International Cook-Off in which a study abroad scholarship of up to $1,500 will be awarded to a student as a door prize.

“International Education Week offers us an opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of preparing our students for the global environment they will be entering,” said Mary Anne Saunders, special assistant to the president for global initiatives. “It is also a way to showcase the contributions of the international students who are with us at UNM studying, conducting research, living and interacting with us on a daily basis.”

Highlights include:

** Voting on an “International Experience” photo contest all week in the SUB. Photos submitted by UNM international and domestic students.

** Presentations on study abroad and financial aid for study abroad on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and presentations on international careers, Fulbright information and faculty-led programs on Thursday, Nov. 14.

** A student personnel workshop with Dr. John Zogby on “The First Globals: Understanding, Managing and Unleashing our Millennial Generation” on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10a.m. in SUB Lobo Room A & B (RSVP to studyabd@unm.edu). An afternoon presentation and book signing with Dr. Zogby at 4p.m. is in the Anderson School of Management Jackson Student Center (RSVP to karenjean44@gmail.com).

** The Lobo World Cup soccer tournament finals on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. on Johnson Field. Students assembled international teams in this first annual intramural sporting event. Games each week lead up to the finals. See the event schedule for details.

** First-ever International Cook-Off on Monday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in SUB Ballrooms B & C. The International Cook-Off is an “Iron-Chef” style competition in which six teams of international students will prepare a traditional dish.

“The Cook-Off is a fun and exciting way to learn more about our international community on campus and encourage our students to get international experience through study abroad,” Saunders said.

The six teams of students represent cuisine from China, Ecuador/Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Russia. They will be judged by a panel of five judges on taste, presentation and authenticity. The five judges are Larry Abraham, Janet Frank, John Garcia, Jennifer James and Dorothy Rainosek.

All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend and students enrolled in a degree-seeking program will be eligible for the study abroad door prize of up to $1,500. GEO Education Abroad will have information on studying abroad and El Centro De La Raza and American Indian Student Services will also participate in the festivities. The International Cook-Off in sponsored by GEO Education Abroad, Chartwells, The SUB, and Enrollment Management.

For a full schedule of events visit: International Education Week.