27th Annual International Festival – Passport to the World!
--By Michael Elliott
This year International Festival participants enjoyed 50 country and organization booths, cultural performances, tastes of the world, and plenty of sunshine! On April 18, 2009, international students from 35 different countries—from Argentina and China to Turkey and Venezuela—shared their cultures through arts and crafts, games, demonstrations, food, and international conversation during our 27th Annual International Festival.
Attendees collected passports at the IPC booth and asked country specific questions as they received “entry” stickers from country booth representatives. Several different international student organizations participated, including the Chinese Student Association, the Korean Student Association, the Taiwanese Student Association, Saudi Student Club, the African Student Union and the Yuva Indian Student Organization.
New for the 2009 International Festival was a collaboration with the Dining Hall on campus. As part of the Festival offerings, the Caf provided international lunch selections for Festival participants, students, and Alumni Reunion Weekend visitors. Attendees enjoyed a meal of Chilean Seabass or Chinese Stir-fry, among other things.
Other highlights of the Festival included the mid-afternoon Japanese Taiko drumming performance, by Jim Sink’s students from Asheboro, and the involvement of students from Guilford County Newcomers School. The Newcomers School welcomes new immigrants and refugees, grades 3-12, for language training and cultural adjustment. Not only did the Newcomers School host its own organization booth, as well as a booth representing Myanmar, Karen and Chin States, but high school level Newcomers students also opened on the Festival stage. One Newcomers student performed a song he wrote about his school while other Newcomers students followed with African drumming and singing.
Grimsley High School student volunteers, coordinated by fellow students Gray Lamb and Jocelyn Daily, contributed toward making I-Fest a success. Grimsley volunteers arrived to the site first thing Saturday morning to assist with set up and were integral in the smooth running of the Festival, as they helped managed crowd control, maintained garbage and recycling efforts, and assisted with break down and clean up.
Grimsley volunteers also coordinated the I-Fest passport project, including creating, printing and compiling 800 individual passport books. International Festival attendees collected passports as they entered the Festival and visited the booths along the Fountain area. The International Festival could not have happened without the dedication and hard work of Grimsley volunteers.
The International Student Association (ISA), with assistance from the IPC, organizes the International Festival event every year. ISA board members plan several other cultural and social events for international students and scholars throughout the year, including the Friday Fest Program, Semi-Formal, International Education Week activities, and the beginning and end of year international student picnics.
Please join us in recognizing ISA board members Nicole Wright, Blane Stanaland, Yingjie Ou, Katie Von Peterffy, Joey Green, Margie Wiggins, and Hao-Shen Cheng, for all their efforts and commitment throughout the 2008-09 academic year.To read more about how ISA organized I-Fest, please continue on to the next article.
Sara Landreth Join Department of State
--By Tom Keller
A week after finishing the first year of her Bryan MBA coursework, Sara Landreth will be off to Spain for an internship with the Department of State. Sara will be working for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. While the majority of internships with bureaus are not international, Sara’s position will have her stationed in Madrid for the entire summer.
Sara started the application process last October and was one of only four selected to work in Madrid from a pool of over 6,000 applications.
This will be the second international experience of Sara’s collegiate career. During her junior year, Sara participated in a study abroad program in Cuernavaca, Mexico, that included a consulting experience.
Sara earned her Bachelor’s degree from UNCG, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in International Business and Economics and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and during her undergraduate studies, she served on the Bryan School’s Student Advisory Council and as a Study Abroad Peer Ambassador.
Sara made the Dean’s List every semester and was named to the Chancellor’s List for seven semesters. Other academic accolades include the Bryan Achievement and Leadership Award, the Bryan School Medal for Academic Excellence, the Wall Street Journal Award, and the UNCG Student Excellence Award.
Sara volunteered for eight years as a teacher at Iglesia Luz del Evangelio in Winston-Salem and she has worked as a private Spanish tutor for nearly five years. As an undergraduate, Sara worked in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Bryan School and continued working there as a Graduate Assistant during the first year of her MBA.
Sara plans to pursue a career in international business after completing her Bryan MBA and is looking forward to taking several specialized elective courses in international business during her second year.
Regarding her education, Sara stated: “What I like most about the Bryan MBA is that we have students from all over the world in the program. Classes are small and that allows us to engage in open discussions. I learned so much about business in other cultures during my first year because of the interaction with my international classmates.”Congratulations to Sara for her wonderful achievements and international internship!
Shanghai Huai Opera Troupe Come to UNCG
On March 27, UNCG proudly welcomed the Shanghai Huai Opera troupe, along with members of the Shanghai Media Group. Thirty-one performers took to the stage to present five scenes from operas in the Huai tradition to perform before a full house in the Elliot University Center Auditorium. Huai is a traditional style of Chinese opera from Shanghai and Nanjing that is over 140 years old. It was originally a form of story-telling which developed to include singing before becoming an operatic art form.
Members of the Shanghai Huai Opera performed moments from “Stopping the Horse,” “Legend of White Snake – Broken Bridge,” “A Mute Girl at Trial – Going to the Capital,” “The Oil Merchant and Miss Hua Kueinu,” and “Journey to the West – The Leopard.”
The performance was the culmination of a three day visit to UNCG. The group arrived Wednesday, March 25, at Greensboro airport, where they were met by Dr. Gavin Douglas, Associate Professor with the School of Music at UNCG, Dr. Roberto Campo, Director of International and Global Studies, Dr. Ruth King, Department of Information Systems and Operation Management, and Stanley Gajda, Assistant Director for Student Organization Development, along with some representatives from the Chinese Student Association from UNCG.
On Thursday, the group participated in a demonstration/discussion in the Recital Hall at the School of Music, which was free and open to the public. The group demonstrated some traditional instruments, singing, and dancing, and there was an opportunity for students to ask questions of the performers.
On Friday, a small number of the performers gave a short presentation during the Ethnomusicology Conference. The Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEMSEC) held its annual meeting March 27-28 at UNCG’s School of Music. The Shanghai Huai Opera was sponsored by the UNCG School of Music, the Southeast Regional Ethnomusicology Society, the International Programs Center, and the International and Global Studies program (with the aid of their US Department of Education Title VI (A) grant to develop the Asian Studies concentration).
After performing at UNCG, the Shanghai Huai Opera carried on their tour to Raleigh and Wilmington.
Lloyd International Honors College to Open Dorms
On March 25, 2009, Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) announced their plans to open its dedicated residence hall in the fall of 2010. Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Director of LIHC, hopes to “make the Residence Hall the hub of the College's social and intellectual life. We are very excited about this opportunity. We hope that you will visit us regularly at North Spencer Hall and will join in the many academic, aesthetic, and cultural events that will be regular occurrences in our Honors home.”
North Spencer Hall will become the home to Lloyd International Honors College students in the fall of 2010. UNCG’s press release states that the newly renovated space will “provide an extraordinary space for student activities on campus, combining modern convenience with distinctive historic design.” There will be space for 250 LIHC students to live, study, and play. There will also be space for a classroom, an office for residence hall and LIHC staff, and a common room.
North Spencer Hall was originally built in 1904, and is named after Cornelia Phillips Spencer (1826-1908), poet, social historian, and journalist.
The new LIHC residence halls will aim to promote “an atmosphere that allows students to balance their social and academic life and to provide vibrant, thought-provoking programming—from weekly “Food for Thought” lunches with faculty, to the Honors Film Series, to student recitals and guest lectures.”
International Students Transitioning to American University
-- By Charlotte Ingles
Belinda Walzer, a T.A. and Ph.D. candidate with the department of English at UNCG, taught a Freshman Seminar class, fall 2008, which was originally designed as a class for non-native speaking students to introduce them to American class structure and, in this case, to the subject of human rights. Belinda Walzer knew that she wanted to teach FMS 116-04-N: The Rhetoric of Rights: the Politics of Human Rights Discourse because she is dedicated to both human rights and international student instruction. Belinda herself was born in South Africa before moving to the United Arab Emirates. When she was seven years old she came to the United States. Belinda said, “Teaching is informed by what you are studying and there is a lot of overlap between what I try to teach my students and what they teach me.” Belinda believes that it is important for incoming international students to undergo as smooth a transition as possible into the U.S. school system, and believes that freshman seminar classes are a great place to do it. The classes afford students a chance to improve their English as well as an opportunity to understand how U.S. classes are taught.
In the process of students signing up, however, the non-native speaker class designation was altered, and so the class ended up with five U.S. students along with five non-native speaking students, and one native English speaking international student.
Together, the class studied the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979). Equality was very much the focus of the class and it was interesting to have such a varied group of students, all with individual experiences to bring to the class discussion. I was allowed the opportunity to meet with the class and Belinda Walzer, and to observe one of their many discussions.
The students worked together happily in the classroom that provided a reassuring and safe place for them to participate. The conversation was fluid and interesting as students shared their own experiences and understandings of the woman’s role in different cultures. Understanding and respect are vitally important in being a global citizen. Non-native speaking international students were provided with a smooth transition class into the U.S. school system, and U.S. students were awarded a broader perspective to their studies. It was an illuminating class for all involved.
Students in the class are asked to give one presentation, and one narration, during the semester, to ease students into participating in U.S. classes. Belinda hoped, “Most importantly, to encourage students to hone their critical thinking skills in relation to their position in this world.” Belinda also explained that, “dealing with international issues benefits both international students and American students, because they become experts on their subjects. We’re not in an isolated world.”
Pamela Harrod, Director of International Admissions, says: "Belinda Walzer's course is just one example of UNCG's effort to create a special transition year for new international students on campus. This transition year model has been successful in the U.K. and Australia. I am sure that the transition will evolve as we move forward with additional course offerings to support new international students!"
Pamela Harrod is advising new international students to take ENG-101-N and ENG-102-N, as well as Pam’s own UNS class. Pam says that helping international students transition, through UNCG classes, is a work in progress. “We want them to acclimate to the U.S. school system as quickly and smoothly as possible. My UNS class is a place where international students can vocalize their experiences and ask any questions they want about cultural differences in school.” As a former exchange student at UNCG, I can attest to the fact that trying to acclimate to a new school system is very intimidating. There are small changes that you wouldn’t even think about that can become a real challenge. Test-taking was very different here (from buying blue books, to multiple choice tests, to the existence of midterms!) and I am sure that students who took FMS-116-04-N with Belinda Walzer, and students who take ENG-101-N, or ENG-102-N, or Pam’s UNS class, will be provided with an excellent transition into the U.S. higher education system.
Global Leadership Program Update
Our Global Leadership Program students have been very active this semester working towards completing the seven colloquia, two speaker events per semester, and 200 experiential points before they graduate.
We offered several colloquia last semester such as the Intercultural Development Inventory: Seeing through Other Eyes with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Denise Bellamy and Tom Martinek Jr.; Leadership in a Global Context with Dr. Cathy Hamilton and Preston Yarborough; and Intercultural Observation by Dr. Kathleen Ahern. Dr. Jerry Pubantz will be offering his core colloquia on February 4th about the responsibilities of the global citizen. Other colloquia are currently being organized and arranged for this semester.
Our students also took advantage of the North Carolina International Student Leadership Conference which was hosted by UNCG this year. The second annual International Human Rights Film Festival also provided our students with many opportunities to see important films and discuss their relevancy in the global world today. Last semester was also a great opportunity for GLP participants to attend lectures by world famous authors and human rights activists.
Award-winning Cuban-American children’s book author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy; UNCG’s Conflict Resolution Program presented “The U.S. in Conflict” by Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies Founder, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo; Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, came to speak; Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali, a Rwandan law professor who focuses on human rights and international law, discussed “Back Together Again: the Challenge of Post-Conflict and Post Dictatorship; Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, discussed “Children at War”; Armando Valladares, a former Cuban political prisoner and Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience, who was U.S. Ambassador before the United Nations Human Rights Commission 1987-1992, came to give a presentation during Human Rights week at UNCG; and Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi gave a talk on “The Woman-Girl Child in/at War in African Women's Writing." Many other speakers were on campus over the semester to deliver talks on all subjects.
We were also proud to send a number of GLP participants abroad this semester as study abroad exchange students.
Argentina: University of Del Salvador: Lindsay Armistead (International & Global Affairs & Development);
Estonia: University of Tartu: Kelsey Maher (Elementary Education);
France: University Jean Moulin Lyon 3: Laura Hancox (Human Resources), and Suja Sawafta (International Business);
Italy: Sacro Cuore: Katie Dolan (Religious Studies);
United Kingdom: University of Strathclyde: Heather Sit (African American Studies).
We wish them well on their adventures and look forward to hearing their updates as they progress!
Enrollment in the Global leadership Program has been steadily growing and our current numbers show 94 GLP participants. We look forward to welcoming even more students into the program this semester and creating a dynamic environment where they can explore their interests and hobbies in a global, intercultural way.
For more information on the Global Leadership Program please visit our website (www.uncg.edu/ipg/glp) or email Charlotte Ingles at email@example.com
North Carolina International Student Leadership Conference Report
On November 1-2, UNCG hosted the 2008 International Student Leadership Conference. IPC staff members Ajaya Francis, Charlotte Ingles, and Brittany Atkinson led a workshop titled “Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Experience,” which focused on inspiring all students to think about how to get the most out of time at university, not just UNCG.
Ajaya introduced the workshop by speaking about her personal experience studying abroad in England and then returning to UNCG and becoming actively involved with the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) and Leadershape. Charlotte spoke about her experiences being an international undergraduate student at UNCG and ways that all students can get more involved on campus. She drew particular attention to programs at UNCG such as becoming a Peer Advisor and Liason (PAL), Bryan School’s Study Abroad Peer Ambassador Program (SAPA), the Global Leadership Program, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Diversity Peer Education program. Brittany focused on her experience of being an intern for IPC and also interning at the United Nations in New York where she implemented a plan to help schools in third world countries get computers in every classroom.
UNCG’s OLSL utilize the eight leadership competencies: Self-Awareness, Relationship Development, Task Management, Creative Visioning, Effective Communication, Diversity, Community Engagement and Ethics. Ajaya, Charlotte and Brittany used these competencies as a framework for their workshop to emphasize the benefits of studying abroad, ways to use these experiences on campus, and then how to use them when you leave academic life.
The conference was a great success with many students and professors congregating at UNCG to discuss international leadership. Other highlights from the conference included workshops such as Rotaract--Leadership and Professional Development through Community Service (Bennett College), International Experiences without Leaving Home (UNCG), Leadership opportunities after returning from study abroad (UNCG), Cooperation and Collaboration in a Global Environment (Bennett College), How to Lead Among Dragons, Emperors, & Gentlemen: An Orientation to Chinese Leadership & Management Philosophies (UNCG), How Community Service Can Enrich Your Experience Abroad (Katie Krueger), and Organizational Networking Challenges (and Solutions) in Launching New International Research Partnerships (ECU).
We would like to thank everyone who worked hard to make the conference the success that it was. Special thanks go to Director of International Student & Scholar Services, Michael Elliott, for his hard work and dedication.
Visit the North Carolina International Student Leadership Conference website here.
UNCG Joins Scholars at Risk Network
UNCG is proud to announce its joining with the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR). Scholars At Risk is an international network of colleges and universities dedicated to helping scholars continue their work when their ideas are attacked because of their beliefs and their place in their society.
Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali, a scholar of SAR visiting UNCG, recently spoke at UNCG’s 2008 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, leading a lecture titled: “Back Together Again: The Challenge of Post-Conflict and Post-Dictatorship Societies.” On October 29, 2008, Dr. Kamatali spoke at the inaugural address of UNCG's Scholars at Risk program—a talk titled "Human Rights Lawyers and Activists in Conflict Societies: When Humans Monitor Human Rights."
Provost David Perrin with Clare Robinson and Dr. Jerry Pubantz
Scholars are provided with the opportunity of temporary academic positions through which they can continue their work and research. Scholars, in return, lecture on campus, teach conduct, research and other activities. SAR’s website states that “SAR promotes academic freedom and defends the human rights of scholars and their communities worldwide. … The world benefits from solidarity among universities, greater awareness of current threats to academic freedom, and deeper appreciation of the vital role of higher education and scholarship in free societies” (http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu).
Dr. Don McCrickard with Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali
The Scholars at Risk Program was started in 1999 at the University of Chicago in the Human Rights Program. SAR is now a worldwide program with partner networks throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“I see academic freedom as a basic human right,” said Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Professor of Political Science at UNCG, who suggested the university join SAR. “If you can’t exercise it, that’s a real loss, and a real violation of rights.”
Dr. Kamatali is a law professor focusing on human rights, international law and comparative constitutional law. He is a survivor of Rwanda's 1994 genocide and was dean of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda from 1998-2002. Dr. Kamatali is currently teaching human rights and accountability at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
UNCG Joins Phi Beta Delta International Honors Society
IPC celebrated at UNCG’s founding induction of the Eta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Roberto Campo, the ceremony was held on October 22, 2008, in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium with a reception to recognize their founding inductees, including faculty and students, and to celebrate the beginning of the Eta Delta Chapter at UNC-Greensboro.
Congratulations go to the honorary founding inductees: Chancellor Brady, Dean Johnston, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia, Dr. Aldona Wos.
We would also like to recognize the founding members: Drs. Roberto Campo, Romance Languages and Director of International and Global Studies; Susan Andreatta, Anthropology; Kathleen Ahern, Russian Studies; James Anderson, History; Fabric Lehoucq, Political Science; Samuel Miller, Curriculum & Instruction; Sharon Morrison, Public Health; Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center; Stephen Sills, Sociology; and Susan Walcott, Geography.
Phi Beta Delta is a nationally and internationally active honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international studies. The Society was founded in California, at California State University (Long Beach), in 1986 and became a national organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters. It has grown in the last twenty years and has become an international society with over 168 chapters.
The goals of Phi Beta Delta include highlighting scholarly achievement of international student and scholars, U.S. students who have studies abroad, and faculty and staff who are actively involved in international activities. Phi Beta Delta also seeks to provide a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors, and to advance the development of academic international programming.
Induction into the Eta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta was sponsored by UNCG’s International and Global Studies Program, in the College of Arts and Sciences. Special thanks go to Dr. Roberto Campo for all of his hard work.
TeamQUESt Challenges for International Students
Katie Ostrowka, International Programs Center Coordinator, spent the day with Pamela Harrod and her UNS class of international students, watching the TeamQUESt exercise and the progress they made.
This month, I had the opportunity to witness the power of Team Quest in fostering new relationships and team-building skills in the international UNS class. I attended with Pam Harrod’s class on this hot, humid day, and I saw before me a small community grow. The activities that the students did allowed them to get to know each other better, both directly and indirectly. The experience was certainly a positive one for all.
The student’s activities were varied and encouraged them to use different skills to achieve their goals. From balancing on a large teeter totter, to arranging various pictures in a story, to passing a hula hoop around a circle of students joining hands--each task required the students to work together. They brainstormed different tactics to use and were ultimately successful in attaining their goals. My favorite activity was watching them give directions to a blind folded teammate looking for an object in a field—but the catch was that the one shouting directions was facing away from the field and relied on the nonverbal gestures of a third teammate to lead the blind-folded person to their object. Although frustrating for the students at times, it was also extremely entertaining! Overall, all teams succeeded and had fun with each activity.
Tshering Tobgay (Tobey), Peer Academic Leader working for Pamela Harrod and her UNS class for international degree-seeking students, was also present at the TeamQUESt exercise. The UNS class is designed to help provide students with information about the American university system, cultural differences, and most important be a place where they can seek help. The great thing about TeamQUESt, Tobey says, is that, "it not only builds good teamwork but also gives them the opportunity to know themselves. The best part of TeamQUESt is that it ends with students bonding with each other."
For each student, I think the most rewarding aspect of TeamQuest was getting to know their fellow classmates and learning about what they like, what they stand for, and how they solve problems. All the students were from various cultural backgrounds and brought to light different perspectives about how to approach their given tasks. I observed them getting progressively closer to each other throughout, and at the end of the day they were more comfortable and relaxed around their classmates. They all came away from TeamQuest tired, hungry, and proud of their team’s success.
Students are introduced to leadership styles and have the opportunity to practice their new knowledge at the UNCG TeamQUESt. Students afforded the opportunity to participate in TeamQUESt will also begin to recognize group differences and it is important to understand these differences and work with them.
By Katie Ostrowka
Human Rights Week at UNCG begins October 27, 2008, and will coincide with the 2008 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series. UNCG hosts the lecture series annually and it is free and open to the public. This year is the 60th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and we are proud to welcome Ishmael Beah, Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali, Reverend Canon Samir Habiby, and Dr. Micheline Ishay as guest speakers.The lectures are coordinated by the Department of History at UNCG. For more information on Human Rights Week please visit the History Department website at http://www.uncg.edu/his/
Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, will offer the keynote address “Children at War,” Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm in Aycock Auditorium. Ishmael Beah was enlisted as a child soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war and fought for several years before he was rescued by UNICEF. Beah moved to New York City where he attended school and university. He currently works for the Human Rights Watch Children’s Division Advisory Committee.
Other lectures on offer are:
“Back to the Future? The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by Dr. Micheline Ishay, author of A History of Human Rights from Ancient Times to the Era of Globalization. Ishay is a professor and director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Denver.
“Back Together Again: The Challenge of Post-Conflict and Post-Dictatorship Societies” by Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali. Kamatali was a member of the human rights community in Rwanda before, during and after the notorious 1994 genocide.
Dr. Jean-Marie Kamatali
“The U.N. as an Agent of International Human Rights: Problems, Pitfalls and Potential” by Reverend Canon Samir Habiby. Habiby was originally born in Haifa but became a United States citizen in 1964. He has served as a church liaison on humanitarian affairs with several United States government departments and agencies. Habiby was also a military chaplain in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart and two Bronze Star medals.
“Human Rights and the African-American Freedom Struggle” by Dr. Thomas F. Jackson, associate professor of history at UNCG. Jackson’s book Martin Luther King: From Civil Rights to Human Rights earned the prestigious Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for the year’s best book on any aspect of the civil rights struggle since the nation’s founding.
Autumn Moon Festival to Celebrate New Asian Studies Major
On September 13, 2008, Dr. Roberto Campo, Director of International and Global Studies at UNCG welcomed campus and community participants to the Autumn Moon Festival gathering celebrating the start of an Asian Studies major at UNCG.
Drs. Susan Walcott, James Anderson and Roberto Campo
opening the event
Asian Studies is intended for undergraduate students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary study of regions of East, Southeast and South Asia. The new major allows for an extensive study of Asia and can include classes from an eclectic mix of departments: Japanese studies, History (Civilization of Asia), Hospitality Management Program (Cross-Cultural Study Tour in Hospitality and Tourism in Shanghei, China), Music (Ethnomusicology and Music in Southeast Asia), Religion (Religions of China--Daoism & Chinese Buddhism), Business (Global Business, Markets, and Society), Dance (Dance History and World Dance Traditions), Economics (The International Economy), and English (Non-Western Literary Classics).
Traditional Mooncakes being served at the festival
The Autumn Moon Festival is a popular East Asian tradition of Chinese origin, dating back over 3,000 years. Food served at the festival included the traditional mooncake along with other regional foods. It is custom during the Moon Festival for Chinese family members and friends to gather so it was fitting that so many members of the Greensboro community had gathered with faculty and students of UNCG to celebrate the new Asian Studies major. Xiaoyang Wu, President of UNCG’s Chinese Student Association, spoke of how important the Autumn Moon Festival was to Chinese students and how, even though they couldn’t be with their families, they were going to spend the day together, as a new family, and have a cook out to celebrate the festival.
To get the festival off to a swinging start, the Greensboro Chinese Association presented to the audience four traditional Chinese Dances: the ehnic Tibetan “Ya-La-Suo”, “Drum Kids”, “Jasmine Flower” and “Yellow River” girls.
The Drum Kids performing traditional Chinese dance
Dr. James Anderson, Associate Professor of History at UNCG, continued the festival by presenting the legend of Chang E and the jade hare on the moon, and Kevin Yu-Kai Chang, a Doctoral student in Exercise and Sports Science, led a Martial Arts demonstration. Rick Zui-Chih Li, a doctoral student in Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies, spoke about the Moon festival in Taiwan followed by Tony Lin‘s introduction of the Taiwanese Student Association. Yongchul Chung, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies at A&T State University spoke of the Korean holiday of Chuseok (or Chusock).
Dr. Susan Walcott, Associate Professor of Geography, spoke to the audience about the tradition of Moon Cakes and the new Asian Studies major. Sang-mi Kang and Hyong-Yun Chu presented the audience with traditional Korean instruments and then performed. Dr. Wei Jia, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Co-director of UNCG’s Center for Research Excellence in Bioactive Food Components, spoke of traditional Chinese medicines. And while all of that was happening in the auditorium, Ms. Hui-Jung Hsieh, owner of Asian Brush & Art Graphic Design, demonstrated Chinese calligraphy in the foyer. The festival drew to a close as the Hmong Students and Alumni Association of UNCG presented a troupe of Hmong Dancers.
We are excited by the commencement of the new Asian Studies major and we wish every student participating in it a very successful first semester!
The event was sponsored by the UNCG International and Global Studies Program with funding from a US Department of Education Title VI (A) UISFL grant. UISFL provides funds to plan, develop and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Creating the Asian Studies major was the work of a number of people over several years. IPC would like to congratulate Dr. Campo and the entire International and Global Studies (IGS) council on their hard work and future success. We look forward to working with IGS to promote study abroad and exchange programs in Asia to provide Asian Studies majors with the study abroad experience.
To view more photos from the event click here.
International Service Learning Grants Available!
The Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL) would like to announce a call for proposals! Every year OLSL provides grants for faculty who have experience and/or are interested in leading a student trip to another country. Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Director of the Office of Leadership and Service Learning, believes in the importance of "global possibilities for discovery, inquiry, and learning through service." The stipend award must result in an undergraduate course for academic credit that includes an international community service component. Course proposals must be submitted to the appropriate university committees, including the service-learning designation committee (http://olsl.uncg.edu/engage/service/svl.html) for review and approval.
OLSL's International Service-Learning Program combines academic study with service opportunities in other countries while encouraging students to develop global perspectives, explore multiple concepts of community, and make significant contributions around the world. Through cultural immersion, guided classroom study, service, and personal reflection, students experience the reciprocity of shared learning while increasing their understanding of a global society.
Important information about International Service-Learning Course Development Grants:
Program Stipend: $2500
Application deadline: November 1, 2008
Notification of awards: December 8, 2008
To access the grant applications, and for more detailed information, visit OLSL’s website here: http://olsl.uncg.edu/engage/service/CBR or download the grant information packet (including FAQs and Application form) now: International Service-Learning Grant 2008 Doc.