May the Force be with you during International Education Week

Calling all Jedi Knights. Informatics major Houcem Mejri had you in mind when he put together his home-country display for Ivy Tech Northeast’s Global Village event in the Student Life Center on Nov. 16.

A resident of the northern African nation of Tunisia, Houcem chose to dedicate space on his display for a photo of the Sahara Desert, and then he manipulated a black Star Wars logo on top of it. His intent? To encourage more interest and questions from passersby about the connection.

From left, informatics major Houcem Mejri and software development major Ayman Boughammi represent Tunisia.

Tunisia’s Sahara is the long-standing filming location for Tatooine—a harsh desert planet that serves as a key location throughout the Star Wars saga. Luke Skywalker calls it home.

“There are many people who are surprised to find out where Tatooine was created and filmed,” Houcem says.

According to Director of International Programs Sarah Rodriquez, Houcem’s table represented one of 12 countries on display during the Global Village, an annual information and food-tasting fair to celebrate the College’s international students and their cultures. The event is a part of a broader International Education Week promotion that includes free lectures and movies with global themes.

Business administration major Brayan Castillo displays Guatemalan dolls and a skirt appropriate for religious ceremonies. A video on the laptop computer shows Latino musicians playing a marimba, a percussion instrument similar to a zylophone.

Nearly 300 nonresident students are attending Ivy Tech Northeast this academic year, Rodriquez says.

Nursing major Mary Jane Kneubuhler receives a henna tattoo from Troy Ganser, the director of The TAG Art Company.

There is still time for interested parties to attend two final International Education Week activities: a Nov. 18 Global Student Celebration in partnership with IPFW, beginning in the university’s Walb Student Union at 5 p.m., and a Nov. 19 futsal tournament in Ivy Tech Northeast’s Student Life Center gym, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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