Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Augustus Cooley shares his passion for international studies, planning a series of "Go Global" events for February at Indiana University Kokomo.

Men's Basketball vs. IU EastStudents visiting from South Korea.

For his international studies minor, and as part of an internship with the program, he's taken numerous international and cultural classes, which he says "have really opened my eyes and given me a better understanding of humanity, and how to relate to other people and cultures."

He urged students to visit with the speakers and learn about opportunities for travel or employment overseas.

"This will not only enlighten them to global issues, but help ready them for our globalized and competitive job market," he said.

"Go Global" kicked off Tuesday, February 4, with a visit from a Peace Corps representative, who talked to students about opportunities to work and volunteer overseas.

Ian C. Kelly, diplomat in residence for the Midwest, will speak to students about his experiences working for the State Department from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Donna McLean, associate professor of communication arts, has seen student interest in these kinds of programs grow in recent years, as there have been more opportunities for them to travel overseas as part of their college experience. As director of the international studies minor, she encourages all students to participate in at least one of the trips.

"Traveling overseas changes their perspectives on the world," she said. "Before this kind of experience, students tend to assume all people operate the same way we do. Traveling allows us to see the many ways people view the world. They find this new realization helpful in understanding our world."

In the last year, IU Kokomo classes have gone to Turkey, Scotland, England, Italy, Guatemala, and South Korea. Nursing students and faculty from South Korea arrived for an annual campus exchange Sunday, and will be in Kokomo for two weeks.

Cooley, from Peru, has not yet traveled, but hopes to go to China. He has taken classes in international studies, international relations, and diplomacy.

International programs will host "Go Global Days" with faculty members and students with international experiences, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, and Thursday, February 13, in the Kelley Student Center, Room 130.

Friday, February 21, students from Kokomo's International School at Central Middle School will participate in their annual International Festival, on campus.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.