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Razorbacks Recognize International Education Week

BY ANDRES FOCIL
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 Name Last Name Sport Classification Major Country
Sam Irwin-Hill Football JR Marketing Bendingo, Australia
Moses Kingsley Men’s Basketball FR ARSC Undeclared Abuja, Nigeria
Sebastian Cappelen Men’s Golf SR Business Economics Odense, Denmark
Nicolas Echavarria Men’s Golf SO International Relations Medellin, Colombia
Thomas Sorensen Men’s Golf JR Recreation & Sports Management Hjorring, Denmark
Johan den Toom Men’s Tennis FR Finance Netherlands
Manfred Jeske Men’s Tennis SR Chemical Engineering Pretoria, Rep. of South Africa
Christian Lee Men’s Tennis SR Recreation & Sports Management Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Juan Marino Men’s Tennis FR Engineering Baranquilla, Colombia
Santiago Munoz Men’s Tennis SO WCOB Undeclared Mexico City, Mexico
Mike Nott Men’s Tennis SR Supply Chain Management Chorley, England
Jovan Parlic Men’s Tennis JR Physical Therapy Servia
Kemoy Campbell Men’s Track & Field SR Communication Manchester, Jamaica
Trae Carey Men’s Track & Field FR Computer Science Nassau, Bahamas
David Flynn Men’s Track & Field SR Sociology Dublin, Ireland
Raymond Higgs Men’s Track & Field SR Sociology Freeport, Bahamas
Stanley Kebenei Men’s Track & Field JR Psychology Nakura, Kenya
Omar McLeod Men’s Track & Field FR Undeclared Undergraduate(WCOB) Kingston, Jamaica
Clive Pullen Men’s Track & Field FR Engineering Kingston, Jamaica
Arch Robertson Men’s Track & Field RFR Biology Mildenhall, England
Tomas Squella Men’s Track & Field SO Geology Santiago, Chile
Yuliya Banach Swimming & Diving JR Art Eliat, Israel
Nina Drolc Swimming & Diving SO Engineering Velenje, Slovenia
Shana Lim Swimming & Diving JR Political Science Singapore
Kesha Naylor Swimming & Diving SR Kinesiology Saskatchewan, Canada
Barbara Dapic Volleyball FR ARSC Undeclared Split, Croatia
Ana Sofia Jusino Volleyball RFR ARSC Undeclared Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Raymariely Santos Volleyball SR Kinesiology Ponce, Puerto Rico
Ashley Vazquez Volleyball SR Communication Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Ana-Carlota Faussurier Women’s Basketball RFR Psychology Yecla, Spain
Gaby Lopez Women’s Golf SO Communication Mexico City, Mexico
Regina Plasencia Women’s Golf SO International Relations Guadalajara, Mexico
Flavia Araujo Women’s Tennis SO Business Economics Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brittany Huxley Women’s Tennis SO Pre-Childhood Education Grafton, Australia
Yang Pang Women’s Tennis SO Recreation & Sports Management Nanjing, China
Kimberley Ann Surin Women’s Tennis SO Journalism Montreal, Canada
Sparkle McKnight Women’s Track & Field JR Psychology Chaguana, Trinidad & Tobago
Tamara Myers Women’s Track & Field SR Accounting North Andros, Bahamas
Dominique Scott Women’s Track & Field RSO Marketing Capetown, Rep. of South Africa
Katarina Smith Women’s Track & Field JR Communication Freeport, Bahamas


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