Duane Cyrus Visits Dance Schools in Japan
From December 6-26, 2009, Duane Cyrus, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance, traveled to Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo, Japan to visit several dance schools and studies. Cyrus set and performed in his choreographic work, “Untitled,” with the Noriko Hara Ballet School, and taught dance workshops for Japan Women's College of Physical Education, Gekki Danshiki Musical Theatre School, and several other dance studios in the cities he visited. Additionally, Cyrus brought recruitment materials from the International Programs office, which were shared with the students at the schools.
Duane Cyrus with group of Japanese dancers
Approximately 150 dance students were involved in all the workshops in addition to the audience for the performance.
Cyrus with another group of dancers
Duane's travels were partially funded by the International Travel Fund (ITF) and Kohler awards. ITF awards afford faculty members the opportunity to present their work at a conference to an international audience and to network with colleagues from other countries. IPC has granted awards across several disciplines in the past few months. Congratulations go to the faculty listed here.
Gerontology in South Korea by Dr. Janice Wassel
Dr. Janice I. Wassel, Director of the UNCG Gerontology Program, was the curator’s guest this September at the 2009 Gwangju Design Biennale, in Gwangju, South Korea. Exhibits focused on five themes, bringing design into the experiences of everyday life: ‘Clothing’, ‘Eating’, ’Living’, ‘Enlightening’ and ‘Enjoying’ (expressed with the Korean words of ‘옷 [Ot]’, ‘맛 [Mat]’, ‘집Jip], ‘글 [Geul]’ and ‘소리 [Sori]” visit this link for more details).
New to the Biennale and South Korea was the project “Design to Care,” introducing Universal Design. Upon entering the “Design to Care” exhibition, attendees were invited to use a wheelchair to experience some of the challenges faced by those who have to maneuver into a typical Korean building. Other exhibits included powered kitchen cabinets and sinks which could be simply raised and lowered using levers, jewelry designed to assist those with memory impairment, and other items for improving the lives of older adults and others with disabilities.
Description of a piece of jewelry at the exhibition
Returning to Seoul, Dr. Wassel visited the Samsung Noble County CCRC, an impressive state of the art community with 540 apartments. Noble County CCRC was the vision of Mr. Samsung, the founder of Samsung electronics. Noble County’s CCRC intergenerational sports and cultural center is open to the community and hosts over 1,000 classes monthly. Those participating in the classes aged from preschool upward.
Dr. Janice Wassel is welcomed by a South Korean organization
While in Seoul, Dr. Wassel gave presentations to the Kyobo Life Insurance Company, the Korea Association of Senior Welfare Centers, the Senior Citizens’ Welfare Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and the Silver Industries Department at Kangnam University, which has an established relationship with UNCG. The Silver Industries department and the UNCG Gerontology Program are exploring ways to enhance both programs through internships and research.
20 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall-- Germany, a Sustainable Democracy? by Susanne Rinner
On November 6, 2009, UNCG commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Department of Geography and the Department of German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese Studies hosted an interdisciplinary symposium featuring a number of invited speakers, including Chancellor Linda Brady who shared her experiences of working on arms control and reduction in the State Department during the eighties.
While all presenters celebrated the fall of the Wall as a symbol for the end of the Cold War, the long-term effects of these events await further analysis. Dean Timothy Johnston opened the event with a reminder of the many walls that existed throughout history and that continue to exist even today. Dr. Christian Moraru of the English Department shared his personal experiences of living on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain and provided an overall optimistic outlook on the increasingly globalized world after its fall. Drs. Deborah Janson (German Studies, West Virginia University) and Jill Twark (German, Eastern Carolina University) confirmed the important role fiction and fiction writers play in the public discourse in Germany.
Drs. Andreas Lixl and Corey Johnson (who, together with Drs. Arndt Niebisch and Susanne Rinner, organized the event) provided insights into the effects of migration to and within Germany and into the economic development efforts after 1989. Dr. Karl Schleunes discussed European responses to the German attempt to find a solution for the question of unification and national sovereignty in the years 1989/90, and Dr. Jerry Pubantz highlighted the importance of Mikhail Gorbachev for German unification. Associate Provost for International Programs Dr. Penelope Pynes outlined the reforms that have changed higher education in Germany and Europe after 1989.
The German Honor Society, students of German, and German lecturer Anita Campitelli marked the anniversary by building a wall of posters and cardboard boxes. In a symbolic event, this wall was torn down, and everybody enjoyed a piece of the Brandenburg Gate cake served at the reception following the symposium. Speakers and members of the audience enjoyed this opportunity to exchange their personal memories of their whereabouts on the day the wall fell.
The symbolic Berlin Wall... and the fall
The conversation continued at the second part of this event, on November 20, 2009 when renowned German author Peter Schneider visited UNCG. In his famous novel The Walljumper, published in 1982, Schneider predicted that it will take longer to dismantle the wall in people’s heads than to tear down the physical structure of the wall that once divided Germany. History seems to agree with Schneider: While tourists visiting Berlin today need the help of tour guides and guide books to find the wall, it is surprisingly difficult to alter persistent convictions in Germany about the East and the West, respectively.
Global Work with Immigrant Kids by Cathryne Schmitz
The University of North Carolina Greensboro and North Carolina A&T are honored to be part of a EU-U.S. consortium with the University of Maine, Orono, that received a EU-U.S. Atlantis Program grant for The Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) Project. Other members of the consortium include the Providence College, and three EU institutions: Plantjin (Antwerp, Belgium), Peter Sabroe (Aarhus, Denmark), and Ramom Llull (Barcelona, Spain). This four year grant ($205,964) will support student and faculty exchanges between the European and U.S. universities and colleges. The process was highly competitive and this consortium was the only recipient to receive funding for social work education.
The GWIK Project is designed to educate new social service practitioners in direct care settings with immigrant and refugee children. Social work students will compete for the opportunity to participate in semester-long exchanges, intensive language instruction, 15-week field internships, and five courses (four classroom and one web-based). Agency field internships will utilize new web-based materials including a supervision manual and a multi-lingual glossary of key knowledge related to immigrant and refugee children.
The UNCG Coordinator for the Project, Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, recently went to Boston to meet with other recipients of the TRANSPAC grants. There she spent time with our EU-U.S. partners exploring the opportunities for student and faculty exchanges. Joël Verjans, the consortium coordinator for Plantjin in Belgium, then visited Greensboro to learn about our community and engage in conversations about the opportunities provided by the grant.
Evelyn Pauwels in front of the Newcomers School
During that visit, he also spent time with Evelyn Pauwels, our first grant recipient, who joined us for fall semester 2009 from Belgium. She is attending UNCG with a field practicum through the Center for New North Carolinians, which includes involvement with families in the community and children and youth at the Newcomers School.
* The U.S. side of the EU—U.S. Atlantis grant is funded by The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education.
Service Learning in Zambia by Dr. Sharon D. Morrison
This summer, I led a group of seven undergraduate and three graduate students in a service-learning course in Livingstone, Zambia. This was a partnership with Bridge Volunteers (located in Colorado) and their NGO partner, African Impact. Our team came from the Public Health Education Department and Biochemistry and Environmental Studies. We spent 21 days working as volunteers in local clinics, home-based care in urban and rural households, and community development projects. We were also involved in field data collection and participated in weekly reflection sessions.
Each day we came "face to face" with the ravaging effects of poverty, HIV, and TB on the well-being of Zambians, but we rose to the occasion in terms of lending "the helping hand". In fact, many of us quickly became allies with African Impact coordinators, clinic staff, nursing students and home-based caregivers as we worked side-by-side to meet community needs. UNCG was represented well and (as was my hope), several of the team members have expressed an interest in continuing this kind of experience beyond their time at UNCG.
This was a powerful "short term" study abroad experience for all, and we hope others will have the opportunity and support they need to do this in the future.
We invite you to visit our Blog at: http://zambiacourseblog.blogspot.com and view our service-learning activities and reflections. (Be sure to scroll down to the end of each page and click on "older posts" in the bottom right hand corner. This will takes you back to previous entries).
International Travel Fund
The International Travel Fund afford faculty members the opportunity to present their work at a conference to an international audience and to network with colleagues from other countries. IPC has granted awards across several disciplines in the past few months. Congratulations go to the faculty listed here.
Dr. Andrew Willis and Dr. Elizabeth Keathley from the School of Music received an award this summer, where UNCG was well represented at the International Meeting of the College Music Society in Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 30 – July 7, 2009, where the presenters included these two UNCG faculty members, one graduate student, and one alumna. Dr. Elizabeth Keathley read “The Schoenbergs’ Post-Feminist Zeitoper, Von heute auf morgen (1929),” and Dr. Andrew Willis presented a lecture-recital “Generational Shift: A 1991 Snapshot of Chinese Piano Music.” A 2009 masters graduate and current doctoral student, Richard Auvil, gave a lecture-recital, “Piano Miniatures of Dora Pejacevic: Art and Politics in Miniature,” that earned praise from the local hosts. Finally, Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada of the University of St. Thomas (DMA, UNCG ‘04) read a paper on “Melodic Quotation and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Art Music.” Other recent International Meetings of the College Music Society, which occur biennially, have taken place in Costa Rica, Canada, Spain, and Thailand.
Andrew Willis and colleagues following session at Zagreb Music Academy (Willis on right)
Elizabeth Keathley and Richard Auvil at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
For more information on applying for an ITF award, visit the IPC website here.
Nursing and Anthropology students study abroad in China by Dr. Jie Hu
On April 1, 2009, twelve students from the departments of Nursing and Anthropology traveled to China for a short term study abroad program. Led by Dr. Jie Hu (Nursing) and Dr. Susan Andreatta (Anthropology), these students participated in various activities in Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai, China, as part of their academic and professional development.
Dr. Jie Hu and Dr. Susan Andreatta holding an article written about their program in a Chinese newspaper
A welcome luncheon for UNCG faculty and students was hosted by Dr. Shen and Professor Yu Liping, the director of SON. In return, at the end of the eleven days, UNCG hosted a farewell luncheon for the five team leaders and for the Chinese students and faculty.
At Wuhan University’s HOPE School of Nursing, Dr. Hu gave an introduction of UNCG, SON programs, and community health nursing to the faculty and Chinese senior nursing students. Dr. Andreatta gave a lecture on Medical Anthropology to 50 undergraduate nursing students and our 12 students.
The UNCG students visited two major teaching hospitals affiliated with the university: People’s Hospital and Zhongnan Hospital. Hospital units visited include the emergency room, pulmonary unit, and cardiovascular unit and dialysis center. Students also visited a traditional Chinese hospital where physicians demonstrated acupuncture and cupping treatment to patients with stroke, arthritis pain, and back pain.
A health fair was organized by the Community Health Service Centers and Wuhan University at five community centers. Our students partnered with Chinese students and physicians to provide health screening for blood pressure, glucose, height, weight, and waist circumference for 595 local residents at these five centers. The health fair was reported through media in Wuhan in two local newspapers and a local TV news station.
UNCG students participating in health fair
Our students also partnered with Chinese nursing students in groups to present projects to residents at five community health centers in Wuhan. They presented information on diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, nutrition, stroke, fall prevention, and an introduction of nursing homes and assisted living found in the U.S. Approximately 40-50 residents in each center attended the health education programs provided by our students, which were interpreted by the Chinese students.
The group was accompanied by Chinese physicians from the Community Health Service Centers, Chinese nursing students, and faculty members to make a total of seven home visits. Our students tested blood pressure and glucose levels, and made assessments of families with chronic diseases using family assessment and the Instrumental Daily Activities of Living and Environmental Safety Assessment tools. Health education was also provided to the family members.
After all these activities, UNCG students shared their clinical experiences with Chinese students and the Chinese students did the same. Both groups learned of each other’s health care systems and language. Friendships were made and now a number of students have joined on Facebook.
The UNCG students had a great time working with Chinese students, providing wellness checkups to Chinese residents, visiting both western and Chinese traditional hospitals and experiencing Chinese culture. The China experience helped our students understand Chinese cultural and healthcare systems and the concept of globalization. It is a program that should be continued in the future. The benefits to UNCG students and Chinese students are non-quantifiable, but definitely life transforming.
The students who participated in the program this year are: Ryan Banks, Elisabeth Chinlund, Patricia Chipman, Catherine Crandell, Lindsay Devers, Joelle Gary, Stephanie Hodges, Sarah Post, Katie Riegel, Rebekah Sanders, Caitlin Walter, and Stacey Wright.