UNT to observe Celebrating Great Global Citizens Month

Thursday, March 22, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- April has been designated as Celebrating Great Global Citizens Month at the University of North Texas. The university will offer events every week to educate students, faculty and staff members and community members about diversity, internationalism and sustainability.

Mary Beth Butler, director of communications for UNT-International, which is sponsoring the month with the Office of Sustainability and the Division of Equity and Diversity, said the month's goal "is to reflect the university's goal of helping to nurture and create excellence in students who can be leaders in a global society."

"That includes teaching them about sustainability and diversity," she said.

One of the month's main events is the Celebrating Great Global Citizens banquet April 16 (Monday). Harriet Elam-Thomas, U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999 to 2002 and currently a faculty member at the University of Central Florida, is the keynote speaker for the banquet, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Club Room of UNT's Apogee Stadium.

Other events for Celebrating Great Global Citizens Month, which are free unless otherwise indicated, include:

April 2-April 19 (Monday-Thursday) -- The International/Sustainability Art Show, which includes work from some of UNT's international students as well as art focusing on the environment. Union Art Gallery on the third floor of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets at 1155 Union Circle. Opening reception begins at 3 p.m. April 2.

April 3 (Tuesday), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- International Food Fair, featuring dishes prepared by UNT's international students. Food coupons will be sold for 25 cents each. Baptist Student Ministry on the east side of the University Union.

April 14 (Saturday), 8 p.m. -- African Cultural Festival, featuring the Afrikania Cultural Troupe of Ghana. Voertman Hall in the Music Building. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at www.theMPAC.com.

April 20 (Friday), 10:45 a.m. -- University Day and Flag Parade. International students, student athletes and representatives from student organizations will process from the east side of Sycamore Hall and through the Willis Library Mall to Shrader Pavilion on the west side of the University Union. Led by the UNT Mariachi Band and other groups, the students will carry flags and banners celebrating their native countries, teams and organizations. A presentation by UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Denton Mayor Pro Tem Pete Kamp will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the pavilion.

April 26 (Thursday), 7-9 p.m. -- EarthFest and International Fair and Market. Local businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies will have booths with information on how to live green on and off campus, and UNT's international students and some vendors will display and sell clothing, decorative items, jewelry and music from different nations. Mall outside the Willis Library.

A schedule of events for Celebrating Great Global Citizens month, which includes other UNT events in April, is available here. For more information, contact the Welcome Center at UNT-International at 940-369-8625.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108