When: 9:00 a.m., Friday, April 18
Where: Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Contacts: Elizabeth Giorgi, University News Service, (612) 624-0214
Kate Sophia, China Center, (612) 624-5075

In its sixth year, China Day will bring nearly 900 middle - and high-school students to the University of Minnesota to discuss the upcoming summer Olympics in Beijing and encourage the study of the Chinese language. The China Center, which hosts the event, will bring more students than any year previous for the event.

The event is at 9 a.m., Friday, April 18 at Northrop auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, and will include a variety of presentations ranging from Chinese culture to the athletes competing in Beijing.

Students from Blake School, Breck School, Minneapolis South High School, Minnetonka High School, St. Paul Central High School, Wayzata High School, Saint John's Preparatory School, Highland Park and Patrick Henry High School will be in attendance.

The Office of the President and the Institute of Global Studies sponsors the event.

The Program is as follows:

* 9:00 - 9:20 a.m.: Slide show of area school in Chinese classes

* 9:20 - 10:20 a.m.: Speakers Welcoming, Meredith McQuaid, dean, Office of International Programs; Dr. Yongwei Zhang, director, China Center

Keynote: Professor Chris Isett and Professor Doug Hartmann will discuss the upcoming Olympics in China.

* 10:25 - 11:05 a.m.: Jeopardy, Olympics themed game with five categories: facts, sports, athletes, culture and venues.

* 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.: Lunch with prize drawing and photo exhibit of Chinese cities.

* 12:20 - 12:40 p.m.: Student representatives from each school discuss their Chinese projects

* 1:00 p.m.: Return to buses

Courtesy U of M press release