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Botswana Embassy Officials to Visit WIU

April 9, 2013

MACOMB, IL -- One country's commitment to Western Illinois University ... and vice versa ... is worth the 8,500+ mile one-way trip for a WIU administrator.

On April 12, Rick Carter, executive director of Western's School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach, will venture for the second time to Botswana as part of a 10-day educational mission. Carter, and LEJA Professor John "Jack" Schafer spent 10 days in Botswana in March 2012. Carter and President Jack Thomas visited with Republic of Botswana Embassy officials in Washington, D.C. in November 2012.

In return for Western's commitment to establishing educational partnerships with the country, Her Excellency Ambassador Ms. Tebelelo Seretse of the Republic of Botswana and other dignitaries will visit the WIU-Macomb campus Monday, April 29 to meet with University and community leaders, and participate in two cultural programs.

Ms. Beatrice Selotlegeng, originally from Botswana, will present "A Cultural Experience of Botswana," from noon-1 p.m. in the University Union Heritage Room as part of the University's Cultural Cafe Series. Selotlegeng is the director of Cardinal Health Junior Executive Business Programs for Minorities, an the assistant director of diversity and outreach at Ohio University in Athens.

Seretse, Mr. Barongwa Master Baipidi, training attache of the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, and Selotlegeng will present a panel presentation on Botswana from 2-3:30 p.m. in the University Union Sandburg Theatre.

The presentations are sponsored by the WIU Center for International Studies, and are supported by the University Theme Committee, the WIU Visiting Lectures Committee and the United States Institute for Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support.

Posted By: WIU News, University Relations
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