Janet with Batik group Over the course of two years, the Sister State program was formalized and in 1987 then Governor Branstad led an official Sister State Committee to Terengganu, Malaysia to inaugurate the official Sister State program. One of the highlights of the trip was the dinner reception by the Iowa Malaysian Alumni Student Association, with nearly 300 Malaysian Iowa graduates attending along with representatives from the U.S. Embassy and friends of the U.S.A. Since then, a number of exchanges have occurred spanning art, religion, education, and culture. Students from Malaysia, including Terengganu, attend Iowa universities every year. A conference highlighting the Muslim faith took place as well as courses on Batik art. Although the relationship has slowed down in recent years, it is a relationship that remains special and very much a part of the heart of Iowa Sister States. To get involved with this relationship please connect with Iowa Sister States on Facebook and Twitter at @ IASisterStates, on Instagram at @IowaSisterStates or visit their website at www.iowasisterstates.org. Web Resources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terengganu Kass(ISS), Speaker Noripah, her husband, Danial Shafri (Malaysian Student Association planner) and Del Christenson (IRIS (1)

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