International Market Highlights Week of Activities at the U of M, Crookston During International Week, November 16-20, 2009; International Market in Bede Ballroom, Wednesday, November 18, 2-7 p.m.

international market.jpgThe sights and sounds of an open-air market will fill Bede Ballroom on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, when it is transformed into an international marketplace. The second annual International Market, open from 2-7 p.m., is part of a week of activities scheduled during International Education Week, November 16-20. The public is invited to visit the market and shop the many booths available.

International students from the Crookston campus will be selling treats and items from their home countries along with a number of campus clubs who also will have items for sale. Visitors can taste treats from all over the world and purchase many things that are not available locally during this second annual international market. The market is sponsored by the Learning Abroad office and Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE).

Learning Abroad Advisor Rae French encourages the campus and community to participate in the market. "The International Market is so unique," French says. "Visitors will have an opportunity to share with our students the experience and excitement of the marketplace. We want to welcome everyone to campus for the International Market and for the many events taking place during the week."

The public is invited to the Global Experiences Panel Discussion on Thursday, November 19. The discussion, also in Bede Ballroom, will feature faculty and students who have gone abroad for study or research. Beginning at 12:25 p.m., the Global Experiences Panel Discussion is part of the Thursday Commons series on the Crookston campus.

Also on Thursday everyone is invited to attend the Study Abroad Club (SAC) Norwegian Dinner Fundraiser at the American Legion in Crookston. The dinner will take place from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Study Abroad Club members in advance for $5 or they will be available at the door for $7. The menu includes meatballs, potatoes, klub, lefse and more.

On Friday, November 20, members of the Multicultural and International Club will host an International Kids Fair. Games and activities will take place form 5-7:30 p,n. in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Children and their families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the fun during this event designed just for them.

Other events taking place during the week for students and the community include a world lunch on Monday, November 16, from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Brown dining room and a cultural showcase taking place on Tuesday, November 17, from 12-2 p.m. in the International Lounge. Students and guests can learn more about studying in another country during the showcase.

For more information on International Week events, contact French at 218-281-8339.

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Contact: Rae French, study abroad coordinator, 218-281-8339 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (