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Isabella Cannon International Center Campus Box 2375 Elon, NC 27244 Contact: Evangeline See Day Phone: 336-278-6700 Night Phone: 347-527-8880 September 19, 2011 Natalie Allison Senior Reporter Pendulum Campus Box 7012 Elon, NC 27244 Dear Ms. Allison, On December 27, Elon University’s very first international fair will take place on campus outside Moseley Center. Organized by the Isabella Cannon International Center (ICIC), it will be a three-day event featuring 150 authentic food and games stalls by students and faculty from around the world. The fair will be open to all Elon students, faculty and staff as well as their friends and family. I would like to invite you to be part of this event as well. The ICIC is an organization on Elon University campus dedicated to create a culturally cohesive and globally aware community by initiating programs and events to facilitate the sharing and appreciation of different cultures as well as the development and advocating of study abroad programs. The ICIC hopes to encourage intercultural awareness, integration as well as study abroad programs through this initiative. Student and faculty who participate as vendors will keep a percentage of revenue and the rest of the proceeds will go towards funding of further programs and scholarships. In response to your recent articles on discrimination and diversity on campus in the Pendulum, we believe that your readers would be interested in learning and participating in this event. We are also offering you exclusive interviews with Dean of International Programs and Director of the Isabella Cannon Centre, Woody Pelton. If you have any further questions, please contact me at esee@elon.edu or 347-527-8880. For more information on the ICIC and the event, please visit the official website at www.elon.edu/internationalfair. I will follow up with you soon about this event. Sincerely, Evangeline See Public relations Coordinator


Isabella Cannon International Center Campus Box 2375 Elon, NC 27244 Contact: Evangeline See Day Phone: 336-278-6700 Email: esee@elon.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 15, 2011)

AROUND THE WORLD IN JUST THREE DAYS International fair featuring authentic food and games to be held at Elon Campus ELON, N.C. - A three-day international fair will take place from Dec. 27-29, 2011 at Elon University, as part of Isabella Cannon International Center’s (ICIC) initiative to encourage intercultural awareness and appreciation and increase interest in study abroad. Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs and Director of the Isabella Cannon Centre, explains more: “Through this event we hope that the Elon community can interact to learn more about the diverse cultures and explore possibilities of studying abroad. It is a good opportunity for us to provide information in an enjoyable manner.” The event will be held outside Moseley Center and will be open to all Elon students, faculty and staff as well as friends and family. Over 100 food stations and 50 entertainment booths will be available for participants to enjoy. In addition, booths displaying cultural artifacts and histories of various countries will be set up. Staff and --more--


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students will be present at booths to provide information and advice to students interested in studying abroad. “This is definitely an event that I participate in, since I get to share my culture with others and earn some revenue for myself,” says Rebekah Brown, a sophomore from Jamaica. “It would be exciting to try different food and meet new people.” Coupons that will be used in lieu of cash at the event will be sold online at www.elon.edu/internationalfair as well as dining halls and main buildings in campus from the Dec. 1 till the last day of the event. Students and faculty members will work closely with licensed food vendors to prepare authentic food from different cultures. Vendors will keep a percentage of revenue for their efforts and remaining funds will go towards furthering ICIC’s international initiatives and scholarship programs.

About the Isabella Cannon International Center The Isabella Cannon International Center is headquartered in Elon University. Endowed by Isabella Cannon in 1999, the center initiates and executes international activity, from the recruitment of international students to the planning of intercultural events to create an environment of global awareness, integrating both local and international members of the Elon community. Additional information about the ICIC can be found at www.elon.edu/international.

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Stepping out of your comfort zone, into a new educational experience Studying abroad is becoming increasingly popular with American students nationwide, with less traditional places increasing in popularity rankings. Elon University is a good example of this trend, with a strong study abroad program in partnership with many overseas universities. Trends in study abroad participation Statistics show growth in overall study abroad participation. According to The Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Survey, 84,403 students studied abroad for academic credit in 1994/95. In the last decade, this number increased by 144 percent, becoming 205,983 in 2004/20051. In addition, Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of international knowledge and exposure, as seen by a poll by American Council on Education in 2002 showing that 90 percent of respondents felt that knowledge of international affairs would be important to the careers of the youths. Another notable trend would be that less traditional places are becoming increasingly popular as study abroad choices. According to Open Doors survey, 60 percent of students chose to study abroad in Europe, with the top most popular choices being in Western Europe. However, as of 2004/2005, 11 out of the top 20 popular destinations were in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. There was also a 35 percent increase in students going to China to study abroad. Numbers heading to developing countries have also increased2. A possible reason for these trends might be the type of funding programs available. U.S. government-funded study abroad scholarship programs have shown to influence students’ destinations for study abroad. For example, Gilman and Boren scholarship recipients going to non-traditional countries and regions exceed those of the overall U.S. study abroad population. Research also suggests that U.S. students are increasingly selecting study abroad destinations that might offer linguistic, cultural, and professional experience in emerging global markets. --more-1

Bhandari, R., Obst,, D., & Witherell, S. (2007). Meeting america's global education challenge. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 1(1), 2 Bhandari, R., Obst,, D., & Witherell, S. (2007). Meeting america's global education challenge. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 1(1),


Elon aims to stay head of the trend With this trend in the education system, Elon understands the importance of study abroad programs for a holistic education for students and hence is dedicated to achieve 100 percent accessibility for students to study abroad. In the year 2002, Elon was named first in the nation for number and percentage of students who have an international study experience by The Institute of International Education’s 2002 Open Doors report. As of 2009, 71 percent of undergraduate seniors have studied abroad at least once3. Elon aims to increase this number by looking at barriers. “We are working to identify those factors that keep students from studying abroad," said International Programs Advisor Bill Burress. "Some factors that we have identified include finances, academic requirements and involvement in campus activities including athletics. Elon is also working to expand choices for students. One of the newest affiliations was finalized in July 2011 with Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, 17 new summer programs will be available from Summer 2012 in places such as Tanzania, Costa Rica, Bhutan, China and Jordan. Elon will hence provide students with more than 55 semester programs and 20 summer programs to choose from4. Benefits of Studying Abroad One of the practical benefits of studying abroad would be its positive influence on career development. Research has shown that the amount of international experiences is positively correlated with the probability of developing a globally oriented career. Approximately 84 percent of alumni who worked internationally have also attested that their study abroad experience enabled them to acquire a skill set that influenced their career path5. A second important benefit of studying abroad is its relation to employment opportunities. A survey of employers (Employer Attitudes toward Study Abroad) states that Human Resource professionals and others responsible for hiring value all types of study abroad --more--

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Everett, C. (2010, Dec 1). With no. 1 rank, study abroad aims to expand. The Pendulum, Retrieved from http://www.elon.edu/pendulum/Story.aspx?id=4641 4 Dunn, A. (n.d.). ICIC to offer new affiliate study abroad programs. Isabella Cannon International Center Newsletter, 3(1), 5 Gillespie, J., & Norris, E. M. (2007). How study abroad shapes global careers : evidence from the united states. Journal of Studies in International Education, 13(3), Retrieved from http://jsi.sagepub.com/content/13/3/382


are likely to believe that study abroad enhances desired qualities and skills6. This implies that study abroad experience would be advantageous for the students in the workplace. Last but not least, personal growth is an important benefit of studying abroad as well. Students are likely to grow and gain international knowledge, intercultural communications skills, and global perspectives. Barriers to Studying Abroad Despite many benefits of studying abroad, students commonly face barriers. One of the most prevalent obstacles would be the financial burden. Studying abroad may be costly to majority of students, as they already have to deal with hefty college tuition fees7. Possible solutions to alleviate this situation would be more initiatives by colleges, organizations and the government such as scholarships, loans and financial aid programs to make studying abroad more affordable. Also, participation in clubs, organizations and sports might cause students to be unwilling to travel abroad, fearing that missing practice might result in getting replaced. Seasons and competitions may also conflict with opportunities. For this case, it is important that athletic groups work closely with the school to encourage athletes to study abroad without penalty. Implications for students Students can expect more opportunities to experience new cultures. For Elon students, the ranking and school’s emphasis on studying abroad would mean increasing ease in applying and participating in study abroad programs, as well as the increasing ease to obtain financial aid. Elon students can also look forward to even more options in terms of places, from Europe to the Middle East and Asia. In conclusion, studying abroad would be a good advantage for students entering into the workplace, as it provides them the opportunity for personal growth as well as the chance to gain invaluable knowledge, skills and experience. Potential employers will have increasing expectations from graduates, since studying abroad has become a factor in their consideration for employment. ###

Rayman, R., Trooboff, S. & Vande Berg , M. (2007). Employer attitudes toward study abroad. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Retrieved from http://www.frontiersjournal.com 7 Merrill, J. B. (2011, Feb 15). Studying abroad: Is it worth leaving campus for?. USA TODAY College, Retrieved from http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/blog/studying-abroad-is-it-worthleaving-campus


Overview Isabella Cannon International Center (ICIC) is an organization on Elon University campus dedicated to create a culturally cohesive and globally aware community. The ICIC aims to do so through initiating programs and events to facilitate the sharing and appreciation of different cultures as well as the development and advocating of study abroad programs.

Achievements Elon was one of four institutions to receive the prestigious 2007 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, with students coming from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 49 countries. #1 in the country for the number of students who study abroad – over 70 percent of Elon’s 2010 graduating seniors studied abroad at least once. Study Abroad Programs More than 50 semester programs and 20 summer programs including: ♦ England, Brighton: University of Sussex ♦ Ghana, Accra: University of Ghana ♦ Ireland, Dublin: Trinity College Dublin (FIE) ♦ Singapore: Nanyang Technological University ♦ Turkey, Istanbul: Koç University

Staff ♦ Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs ♦ Francois Masuka, Director of International Student & Faculty Scholar Services ♦ Heidi White, Director of Study Abroad

History Dr. Isabella Walton Cannon endowed the Isabella Cannon International Center in 1999. Born May 12, 1904 in Scotland, Cannon made history when she became the first woman elected mayor of Raleigh at age 73. She was affectionately known as “the little old lady in tennis shoes” and was highly respected for her commitment and service to both Elon University and her country. She went on to give a generous sum of $1 million to build the ICIC, to create opportunities for Elon University to be connected to the world.

Contact For more information, please contact the ICIC at: Website: www.elon.edu/international

Email: esee@elon.edu


Introductory Writing Assignment    This
media
kit
is
created
for
the
Isabella
Cannon
International
Center
(ICIC),
which
is
 an
organization
in
Elon
University.

They
focus
on
initiating
and
executing
international
 activity,
to
increase
global
awareness
and
integration.

 The
specific
purpose
of
this
media
kit
is
to
announce
the
upcoming
international
fair
 hosted
by
the
ICIC
on
campus,
and
also
to
increase
awareness
about
the
importance
of
 cultural
diversity
and
studying
abroad.
The
primary
public
for
the
media
kit
would
be
the
 students
at
Elon
and
the
secondary
public
would
be
the
parents,
as
well
as
the
staff
and
 faculty
at
Elon.
This
is
because
they
form
the
Elon
community,
and
influence
the
cultural
 diversity
and
integration.

 The
journalist
that
I
will
be
sending
the
kit
out
to
is
Ms.
Natalie
Allison,
who
is
a
senior
 reporter
at
The
Pendulum,
a
campus
publication.
She
has
written
past
articles
on
 international
diversity
hence
I
feel
that
this
media
kit
would
be
relevant
to
her
and
her
 audience.
 Since
the
audience
is
primarily
college
students
at
Elon,
I
had
to
format
it
according
to
 their
interests
and
needs.
In
this
case,
students
are
interested
by
creative
and
more
informal
 presentation,
and
while
writing
the
content
of
the
documents;
I
considered
the
students’
 interest
in
terms
of
relevance
to
their
academics
and
career
prospects
(especially
in
the
 backgrounder).
The
event
is
also
catered
to
what
Elon
students
would
enjoy,
including
food
 and
entertainment.



Reflective Writing Assignment The
first
source
was
journal
papers,
including
one
titled
Meeting
America’s
Global
 Education
Challenge,
found
in
The
Interdisciplinary
Journal
of
Study
Abroad.
Journal
papers
 provided
the
statistical
background
for
my
documents,
including
information
like
current
 trends
in
study
abroad
for
American
students.
 The
second
source
I
used
was
the
ICIC
website,
which
included
their
online
 newsletters.
They
provided
information
of
what
the
center
has
achieved,
as
well
as
the
 programs
and
events
they
have
organized.
 


Another
source
that
I
have
used
for
environmental
scanning
would
be
personal


interviews,
both
of
Elon
students
and
faculty.
Especially
from
talking
to
several
Elon
 students,
I
have
obtained
feedback
and
opinions
on
the
event.
 From
this
assignment
of
creating
a
media
kit,
I
have
gained
valuable
experience
in
 writing
the
various
documents
and
putting
the
kit
together.
Since
it
was
my
first
time
 actually
creating
the
documents,
I
feel
that
I
have
learnt
a
lot,
in
terms
of
layout,
formatting,
 how
to
write
and
what
should
be
included.
Improvements
for
the
next
media
kit
would
be
 just
general
ones,
such
as
more
succinct
writing
and
better
designing.

 I
found
the
PSA
to
be
especially
exciting,
as
I
had
expected
it
to
be
extremely
 challenging
but
really
enjoyed
the
process
and
outcome.
The
brochure
to
me
was
the
most
 challenging
(although
I
decided
to
not
include
it
in
the
kit)
as
I
had
to
focus
a
lot
on
 condensing
information,
layout
and
design
at
the
same
time.



Media Kit (ICIC)  

For Isabella Cannon International Center, as part of a course module, 2011

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