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International Education Week Activities Planned

November 9, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will be taking part in International Education Week, Nov. 12-16, with activities and a celebration honoring the 20th anniversary of the Kemp Hall/International House on campus.

It was in 1987 that Kemp Hall was first named the Kemp Hall/International House, dedicated to IWU international students who chose to live with other students from foreign countries. In honor of the anniversary, Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton has issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Nov. 13, Kemp Hall Day. A reception and open house will be held at Kemp Hall (1207 N. Main St.) at 4 p.m. See the schedule for International Education Week events at Illinois Wesleyan below.

Built in 1907, the original owner A.E. DeMange sold the house to the University in 1910. Kemp has served IWU in many capacities over its long history. Named for Theodore Kemp, Illinois Wesleyan president from 1908-1922, the building has been a dining hall, a men’s and women’s residence hall, administrative offices and the headquarters of the Student Army Training Corps during World War I.

When the house was designated as Kemp Hall/International House, it was remodeled as living quarters for 30 students for both domestic and international students. “The I-House is a place where students from the international community can meet,” said Stefan Stoev, an IWU student from Bulgaria, who resides at Kemp. “I have made a lot of friends here.”

International Education Week Schedule of events:

Sunday, Nov. 11
7 p.m., African Culture Night, Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington)

Tuesday, Nov. 13
12:10 p.m., Asian Studies Colloquium, Center for Natural Sciences (201 Beecher St., Bloomington)
4 p.m., I-House reception/Open house with proclamation of Kemp House Day
6-8 p.m., IWU Internship Fair/International Opportunities,
Main and Eckley Lounges, Memorial Center (104 E. University, Bloomington)

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Cities of the World Quiz, Bertholf Commons and DugOut, Memorial Center

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960