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Razorbacks Recognize International Education Week

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Razorbacks Recognize International Education Week

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics will take time this week to celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 10-17.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, according to the Department of State. The joint initiative of both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

"We are pleased to recognize our international Razorback student-athletes and celebrate all they contribute to campus and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas community,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "By employing programming specifically designed to meet the needs of our international student-athletes, we are helping them with their transition to the University of Arkansas and equipping them with the skills to help them succeed throughout their lives.”

"We are excited to recognize and celebrate our international Razorback student-athletes and all they contribute to campus and the surrounding Northwest Arkansas community," Associate AD of Student Athlete Services Eric Wood said. "Under the direction of Marcus Sedberry, Director of Student-Athlete Development, we have initiated programming specific to their needs to facilitate their transition to the University of Arkansas, but more specifically, to life as a student-athlete."

The Razorback Athletic Department has approximately 40 international student-athletes on teams this semester. This year’s rosters include student-athletes from Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia and Trinadad & Tobago.

International students and student-athletes often encounter challenges that their American teammates do not. Language barriers, cultural differences and the distance from family and friends can each prove to be challenges. Through the camaraderie of athletics, however, individuals can join and emerge as teams, regardless of country or background.

Arkansas women’s tennis student-athlete Flavia Araujo is one Razorback who has become heavily involved in the university’s international programs. One of the new programs this year, the International Mixer, is one Araujo said allows international student-athletes to get together and connect by talking with one another about their lives.

"It was a big deal for us and it motivated me to take my own steps as well," Araujo said of the new program. "As internationals, we have similar struggles when adapting to a whole different culture, summed up with a demanding schedule. It can get quite overwhelming sometimes, so my goal is to make sure that international student-athletes feel good about going through this process by making them feel at home.

"Having International Student Week is an opportunity to realize that we are not alone, and that we are appreciated. For International student-athletes, it is the chance of showing people that we are more than athletes, but also hard-working students trying our best to fit in."

Join the University of Arkansas this week in recognizing the special challenges our international student-athletes face while celebrating the unique differences they bring to our programs. A table will be set up for international student-athletes at the International Bazaar, which takes place Monday at the Union Connections Lounge. More than 40 athletes will be on hand, including Araujo, representing 24 different countries and sharing their experiences with fellow students.

"The goal is to bring student-athletes and students together, letting everybody know the stories behind our jerseys," said Araujo.

For more information about on-campus events celebrating International Education Week, log on to http://iss.uark.edu/1385.php.

For more information on Arkansas athletics, follow @ArkRazorbacks on Twitter.

First NameLast NameSport ClassificationMajorCountry
SamIrwin-HillFootballJRMarketingBendingo, Australia
MosesKingsleyMen’s BasketballFRARSC UndeclaredAbuja, Nigeria
SebastianCappelenMen’s GolfSRBusiness EconomicsOdense, Denmark
NicolasEchavarriaMen’s GolfSOInternational RelationsMedellin, Colombia
ThomasSorensenMen’s GolfJRRecreation & Sports ManagementHjorring, Denmark
Johanden ToomMen’s TennisFRFinanceNetherlands
ManfredJeskeMen’s TennisSRChemical EngineeringPretoria, Rep. of South Africa
ChristianLeeMen’s TennisSRRecreation & Sports ManagementKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
JuanMarinoMen’s TennisFREngineeringBaranquilla, Colombia
SantiagoMunozMen’s TennisSOWCOB UndeclaredMexico City, Mexico
MikeNottMen’s TennisSRSupply Chain ManagementChorley, England
JovanParlicMen’s TennisJRPhysical TherapyServia
KemoyCampbellMen’s Track & FieldSRCommunicationManchester, Jamaica
TraeCareyMen’s Track & FieldFRComputer ScienceNassau, Bahamas
DavidFlynnMen’s Track & FieldSRSociologyDublin, Ireland
RaymondHiggsMen’s Track & FieldSRSociologyFreeport, Bahamas
StanleyKebeneiMen’s Track & FieldJRPsychologyNakura, Kenya
OmarMcLeodMen’s Track & FieldFRUndeclared Undergraduate(WCOB)Kingston, Jamaica
ClivePullenMen’s Track & FieldFREngineeringKingston, Jamaica
ArchRobertsonMen’s Track & FieldRFRBiologyMildenhall, England
TomasSquellaMen’s Track & FieldSOGeologySantiago, Chile
YuliyaBanachSwimming & DivingJRArtEliat, Israel
NinaDrolcSwimming & DivingSOEngineeringVelenje, Slovenia
ShanaLimSwimming & DivingJRPolitical ScienceSingapore
KeshaNaylorSwimming & DivingSRKinesiologySaskatchewan, Canada
BarbaraDapicVolleyballFRARSC UndeclaredSplit, Croatia
Ana SofiaJusinoVolleyballRFRARSC UndeclaredToa Baja, Puerto Rico
RaymarielySantosVolleyballSRKinesiologyPonce, Puerto Rico
AshleyVazquezVolleyballSRCommunicationGurabo, Puerto Rico
Ana-CarlotaFaussurierWomen’s BasketballRFRPsychologyYecla, Spain
GabyLopezWomen’s GolfSOCommunicationMexico City, Mexico
ReginaPlasenciaWomen’s GolfSOInternational RelationsGuadalajara, Mexico
FlaviaAraujoWomen’s TennisSOBusiness EconomicsSao Paulo, Brazil
BrittanyHuxleyWomen’s TennisSOPre-Childhood EducationGrafton, Australia
YangPangWomen’s TennisSORecreation & Sports ManagementNanjing, China
Kimberley AnnSurinWomen’s TennisSOJournalismMontreal, Canada
SparkleMcKnightWomen’s Track & FieldJRPsychologyChaguana, Trinidad & Tobago
TamaraMyersWomen’s Track & FieldSRAccountingNorth Andros, Bahamas
DominiqueScottWomen’s Track & FieldRSOMarketingCapetown, Rep. of South Africa
KatarinaSmithWomen’s Track & FieldJRCommunicationFreeport, Bahamas


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