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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 26, 2010

Group seeks individuals, families to assist international students

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Making the adjustment to college life can be tough on any student, especially if you're an international student. But Friends of International Students is working to make sure those students have the support they need during their college years at Northwest.

Friends of International Students pairs Northwest students from outside the United States with local families and individuals who offer information, assistance, hospitality and home-cooked meals.

Families interested in assisting international students during the fall trimester should sign up by 5 p.m. Aug. 20. Simply e-mail or call FIS President Kathleen Baudino at 660.562.1395.

First-time friends are asked to attend one of two orientation sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Meeting Room D of the J.W. Jones Student Union. Both meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Friends of International Students is a community-based organization that seeks members living throughout Nodaway County. Members do not have to be University faculty or staff.

Once enrolled in the program, friends are expected to have some kind of contact with their student at least once a month and to attend group events twice a year. The friends and families also can serve as contact people when the students have questions or need help.

"For the students, it's a person or a family away from home who can offer a bit more information about American culture - what is American food really like or how do people celebrate holidays," Baudino said. "For the Americans, it's a chance to learn about other cultures."

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468