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KIIS 40th anniversary event April 10; orientation session April 11

The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) will mark its 40th anniversary by hosting an appreciation reception at Bowling Green’s Sloan Convention Center on the evening of April 10 for faculty and professional staff who have been involved with KIIS between 1975-2015. Guest speakers include Dr. David Earnest from Murray State University and Dr. Thomas Baldwin from WKU who were some of the first faculty members to teach and direct with KIIS in the 1980s.

Banner_KIISOn April 11, KIIS will host its annual summer faculty and student orientation at WKU’s Diddle Arena. About 700 students, faculty, and family members are expected. KIIS will award one student a KIIS program scholarship at the orientation. KIIS also provides $600 scholarships for each of its 22 summer programs and $100 scholarships for every student who applied early.

KIIS, which has been housed at WKU since 2009, began by offering foreign-language programs. While it still strongly promotes the study of foreign languages, today KIIS faculty teach more than 100 English-language courses abroad in the Arts and Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, Business and Economics, and Nursing and Public Health. KIIS also offers students internship and service-learning opportunities.

Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to participate in a KIIS program. The winter program application deadline for students is Oct. 1. For information, visit www.kiis.org.

The KIIS faculty-led consortium includes colleges and universities in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia: Ball State University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Bryan College (affiliate member), Campbellsville University, Carson-Newman University (affiliate member), Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), Marshall University, Middle Tennessee State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, St. Catharine College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Pikeville and WKU.

Contact: Rebekah Golla, (270) 745-4416

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