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August 2011 Page 1 PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION August 2011 PaCIE News Inside This Issue 1 — August 2011 Newsle er Highlights 2 — PaCIE President’s Post 3 — PaCIE Le er to the PDE Secretary 4 — Sustainable Development Studies in China by Penn State and Jiangnan University Students 5 — Lock Haven University Students visit N. Ireland — Interna onal Perspec ves from a Temple Student 6 — World Aﬀairs Council of Pi sburgh June Events 7 — Tutorial Services for English — World Aﬀairs Council (con nued from p 6) Noel Aragon holds up an example of Ebru—the 8 — Community College of Philadelphia Student-Faculty Fellowship in Istanbul art of marbling paper — see p 7 9 — Interna onal Perspec ves from a Temple Student (con nued from p 5) 10 — Temple University’s President Hart Receives Interna onal Leadership Award 11 — Southwest PA Teachers Learn Portuguese 12 — Community College of Allegheny County Students in Jamaica 13 — Temple Students in South Africa 14 — Elizabethtown Seniors Conduct Overseas Markets Research 15 — Connec ng Our World Grassroots Leadership 16 — Elizabethtown Seniors (con nued from p 14) — NAFSA Region VIII Conference 17 — Children’s Theatre Educa on led by Indian Director 18 — Temple Students in South Africa (cont from p 13) Sustainable Development Studies in China—see p 3 — Children’s Theatre Educa on (cont from p 17) 19 —World Aﬀairs Council of Pi sburgh Sends Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Eighteen Students Overseas 22- September 22-24, 2011 20 — Arcadia University MBA Students Visit Brazil 2011 PaCIE Conference Our Students, Our Communities, Our Future: Global Education in Pennsylvania visit PaCIE’s website, www.pacie.org August 2011 Page 2 PaCIE News President’s Post Carrying the Banner The current ﬁscal reali es facing K-20 school organiza ons are drama c and in many places unprecedented. En re programs are being eliminated, while others are being signiﬁcantly curtailed and all of us are expected to do more with less. No doubt, each one of you who reads this brief address can quickly iden fy a few or even many tasks recently added to your already over-ﬂowing proverbial plate. These are diﬃcult and unpredictable mes. It is, however, in such mes that “heroes” emerge, focus intensiﬁes and innova on thrives. With your con nued investment, I believe this will be true for PaCIE. The advocacy and inexpensive valued-added service that PaCIE provides members and others aﬃliated with us, is unmatched by any other organiza on. It is, in my opinion, that our mission and work could not be any more important than at this moment. Through all the “noise” and distrac on there is an opportunity to be the hero; to make global competence a fundamental element of learning organiza ons throughout the Commonwealth…to be a leader. Therefore, despite the increased work-loads we all face, I humbly beseech each and every one of you to con nue to make a li le room on your plate for the work of PaCIE. While heroes do indeed emerge from crisis sit- ua ons, heroic eﬀorts are o en the result of many individual smaller eﬀorts that are collec ve in nature. While few of us understandably posses unlimited amounts of me to commit PaCIE, all of us can contribute to our mission in small but signiﬁcant ways. This is my hope for our organiza on. Our purpose is noble, our produc vity as PaCIE members is essen al to the future success of our students and our country. As you “manage” the current reali es in your immediate world, I ask you to con nue to lead eﬀorts, large and small, toward enabling global competency skills –a end our fall conference, contact your local legislator to inform him or her of PaCIE’s vision, share a success story through our newsle er, complete our soon to be launched comprehensive survey. Together our unique K-20 coali- on will con nue naviga ng this cri cal course. Robert M. Hollister, Ed.D. President PaCIE Eastern Lancaster County School District Superintendent August 2011 Page 3 Mr. Ron Tomalis July 2011 Secretary of Educa on Pennsylvania Department of Educa on Dear Mr. Secretary: This le er, authorized by the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council for Interna onal Educa on (PaCIE), is to protest, in the strongest possible terms, the elimina on of the posi on of Foreign Language Advisor from the Pennsylvania Department of Educa on’s professional staﬀ. It is inconceivable, at a me when the human family is being knit together more closely than ever in the face of environmental threats, economic integra on, and inter-cultural sharing, that the Department would eliminate the professional posi on most helpful to school districts, intermediate units, and postsecondary ins tu ons in preparing people for the global crea ve economy and, more profoundly, the shared des ny of the human race. Foreign languages and cultures have been undervalued in the Commonwealth for some me, despite the robust and growing body of research that indicates that the study of foreign languages and cultures is essen al not only to preparing the globally-competent work- force of today and tomorrow, but to helping students acquire skills in other subjects, including English and mathema cs. Learning to speak another language also provides students with the self-conﬁdence that comes with public performance, and the business world perennially ranks such communica on skills at the very top of its list of desired characteris cs in graduates. PaCIE is a statewide non-proﬁt organiza on involving both K12 and post secondary ins tu ons and interested private ci zens. Our mission is to create a coali on of all organiza ons and individuals in the Commonwealth who are interested in preparing Pennsylvania for the global crea ve economy through enhanced inter-cultural and interna onal learning. We are, candidly, red of the Commonwealth being regarded – indeed, ridiculed-- as a backward state in terms of support for foreign languages and cultures, and we intend to correct this regressive scenario. Regre ably, the Department’s elimina on of this posi on will be taken by most, if not all, of our members as further evidence of a dangerous lack of vision and understanding of the needs of students and employers in a rapidly globalizing environment. We appreciate that the Department must work within the constraints of the budget provided by the General Assembly, but we are simply at a loss to understand the ra onale for this decision. PaCIE has worked with the Department on cordial terms in the past, but, frankly, we are now at sea in terms of bureaucra c liaison: with whom do we discuss such ma ers in the Department? Who from the Department will bring global perspec ves into the state’s policy counsels? Will the Department con nue its interna onal educa on advisory council? Should we go directly to legislators with our concerns? The Department should be PaCIE’s natural ally in its eﬀorts to build a coali on of future-facing educators and business people and globally-sophis cated ci zens. We invite you to meet with us about this decision at our Board mee ng in Harrisburg this fall, and would greatly appreciate a mely reply to this communica on. We are eager and able to assist you in correc ng a prac ce of isola on that is the Commonwealth’s current legacy. You may contact me directly at (717) 354-1502 or mail your response to 598 Millcross Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601. Respec ully, Robert M. Hollister President, Pennsylvania Council for Interna onal Educa on August 2011 Page 4 PaCIE News Chinese and American Students Join Forces to Foster Sustainable Development and Water Quality at Lake Taihu The reality of urbaniza on and industrializa on is leaving a mark on an important life-sustaining re- source, water—especially in China. Students from Penn State University and China’s Jiangnan University recently addressed the problem head-on, undertaking ﬁeld research on the shores of Lake Taihu, China’s third largest fresh water lake, from May 14-31. While there they studied the eﬀects of industrial, munici- pal and urban development within Jiangsu Province—one of the most industrialized regions in China— and oﬀered strategic sugges ons for the lake’s restora on. The hands-on research adventure was part of Penn State Lehigh Valley’s 2011 ﬁeld course, Biology 497C, "Global Environmental Sustainability: A Field Study in China" (h p://www2.lv.psu.edu/jxm57/explore/ china2011/) and its larger interna onal program, CHANCE (Connec ng Humans And Nature through Conserva on Experiences). “Working with Chinese students and faculty to collect ﬁeld data, run laboratory tests, and present results really made me feel like a global ci zen as we worked together to combat a problem that threatens the en re Earth. The work we did also opened my eyes as to how important the prac ce of sustainable environmental policies are, especially in a world where one country can be directly aﬀected by the ac ons of another. Although the condi on of Lake Taihu is improving, numerous years of careless pollu on are responsible for previous and current eutrophica on problems.” said Penn State student Michael Nell. To gain understanding of the issues, the interdisciplinary group of students, many from the Lehigh Valley campus, and 10 faculty a ended a day-long workshop, carried out ﬁeld-based research at northern and southern sites along the shores and in the lake, visited water treatment plants and factories, and met with local residents and leaders. The course prac cum began with a day-long workshop, The Water Environment and the Ecological Resto- ra on of Taihu Lake, which featured speakers such as renown scien st and Nobel Laureate Richard Alley, Ph.D. of Penn State’s Earth and Mineral Sciences Ins tute, and Zhejiang University’s Chen Yingxu, Ph.D. Next, they conducted coopera ve experiments on the water quality of, and land use around, Lake Taihu to improve their awareness of environmental problems and learn sampling and analysis methods used to diagnose aqua c ecosystem health and stability. The good news is that restora on eﬀorts presently in place (blue-green algae salvage ships, dredging lake bo om, factory reloca on, ar ﬁcial ﬂoa ng beds, introduc on of algae ea ng ﬁsh, water transferring via Yangtze River tributaries, restora on of riparian buﬀers) are cumula vely ac ng to lessen the eutrophica on process. At the conclusion of the prac cum, students, faculty members, technical experts, government leaders, business leaders, and noted American and Chinese scien sts met and ﬁelded ques ons about the economic and environmental health of the area studied. Students delivered group re- search projects on the water quality and sus- tainability of Lake Taihu, including experimental design, implementa on, and data interpreta on. For more informa on on this course and other CHANCE programs, contact Jacqueline McLaughlin, Founding Director of CHANCE, at JShea@psu.edu or visit www.chance.psu.edu. August 2011 Page 5 PaCIE News Lock Haven University Students Visit Northern Ireland Lock Haven University students enrolled in a Social Science seminar en tled “The Troubles in Northern Ireland” recently had the opportunity to meet and ques on Mayor Maurice Devenney of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The students, who were taking the class with Professor Sandra L. Barney of the LHU History Department, are spent three weeks living on the campus of the University of Ulster and studying the history and poli cal developments that led to decades of conﬂict in Northern Ireland. The MacGee campus of the University of Ulster is located in Derry/Londonderry, a town which bears two names because, as Dr. Barney stated, “There are two compe ng iden es here and their diﬀerences are reﬂected in the name they use for the town. Roman Catholic na onalists call the city Derry, a name which dates back to the me of Saint Columba in the sixth century, while Protestant unionists use the term Londonderry to remember the development of the town in the seventeenth century by English investors ac ng under the authority of the Stuart kings who sought to expand their inﬂuence in Northern Ireland.” While studying in Northern Ireland, the students had the opportunity to meet with representa ves from a variety of poli cal perspec ves and from groups seeking to advance the ongoing peace process. In Belfast, for example, they sat down with former members of the paramilitary forces and learned about the reconcilia on movement. Their study of the historical origins of the Troubles took them to archives and historical sites across Northern Ireland where they explored how the history the conﬂict is being interpreted today. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Educa on (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher educa on in the commonwealth. Its 14 universi es oﬀer more than 250 degree and cer ﬁcate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania. Please contact Mary White at Mary White, 570-484-2253 or email@example.com. International Perspectives: A View from a Temple University Student Born and raised outside of Northeast Philadelphia in Rockledge, Pa., Edward Lieber is a Philly guy with global aspira ons. Since his freshman year at Roman Catholic High School, Lieber had his heart set on a ending Temple, and his decision hinged on one important feature: the university’s Rome campus. During his Fall 2010 semester, the senior interna onal business and economics double-major (who is also pursuing minors in Italian, French and management informa on systems) fulﬁlled his dream to live and study in the Eternal City. At the same me, Lieber completed an internship with a small Internet startup called freestyle.com and a ained a 3.79 GPA – his highest GPA ever. Temple University Student Edward Lieber (con nued on p 9…) August 2011 Page 6 World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh June Events In June the World Aﬀairs Council of Pi sburgh held two exci ng events for local students and teachers, both of which were hosted at Duquesne University. At the 36th Annual Summer Seminar on World Aﬀairs, rising high school juniors and seniors had the opportunity to examine many of the interna onal issues facing the United States in its poli cal, economic and security rela ons with the rest of the world. The seminar lasted ﬁve days, with each day focusing on a diﬀerent topic or geographical area, led by a guest speaker who is an expert on that day’s subject. Students then broke oﬀ into six groups to discuss a related policy scenario. A erwards, they presented their policy proposals to the other par cipants. The ﬁrst day’s topic was “Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy” led Dr. Michael Goodhart, Associate Professor of Poli cal Science at the University of Pi sburgh. On the second day, the seminar welcomed Dr. Ray Raymond, Professor at the United States Military Academy and the State University of New York, who focused on the Euro crisis and European security. Next, Dr. Chris na Michelmore, Professor and Chair of Chatham University’s History Department, spoke on the mely topic of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Jean-Jacques Ngor Sène, Assistant Professor of History and Global Focus Coordinator at Chatham University, spoke about good governance in Africa on the fourth day. Finally, Dennis Unkovic, Esq., a partner at Meyer, Unkovic and Sco , LLP, and a member of the World Aﬀairs Council of Pi sburgh’s Board of Directors, spoke on U.S. rela ons with Asia and some of the key challenges facing that con nent today. The Summer Seminar on World Aﬀairs provided students with an excellent opportunity to learn more about many of the interna onal issues that the U.S. faces today, as well as what considera ons must be taken in the forma on of foreign policy and the challenges policymakers face. The students were engaged in the daily discussions, asking many though ul ques ons throughout the week. By the end of the week, the students not only had a more thorough understanding of foreign policy, but also were able to think cri cally about the challenges the U.S. must assess and balance as it responds to interna onal issues. The following week, the Council hosted the 15th Annual Summer Ins tute for Teachers. The teachers were provided with informa on and resources about contemporary global issues which could be incorporated into their lesson plans and curricula. Each day of the three-day event featured a guest speaker lecture on a relevant interna onal topic, a Lunch and Learn Session, and a Resource Development Session. On the ﬁrst day, Dr. Edwin Gragert spoke on the topic of global educa on, focusing especially on how technology can be used to connect students from around the world. Dr. Gragert is the Execu ve Director of iEARN-USA, a non-proﬁt network that facilitates collabora ve, interna onal educa on projects. To talk about the second day’s topic, Europe, the Ins tute welcomed Dr. Patricia Craig, Execu ve Direc- tor of Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. She explained Europe’s principal challenges in foreign policy, economics, poli cs, demographics and educa on, and also highlighted some of its strengths. Finally, Dr. Anouar Boukhars, an assistant professor of interna onal rela ons at McDaniel College, spoke about the Arab Spring uprisings, and how they have demonstrated an alterna ve to using violence as a means to bring about change as well as the fatal ﬂaws of U.S. policy in the region. Following each speaker’s presenta on, teachers a ended the daily Lunch and Learn session, where three Pi sburgh-based organiza ons with an interna onal focus presented on the educa onal resources they can provide to teachers and students. They also par cipated in Resource Development Sessions led by representa ves from Global Solu ons Pi sburgh, which focused on “How to Teach Current Global Issues in 45 Minutes” and how simula on exercises can be a valuable learning tool for understanding ther perspec ves. (con nued on p 7….) August 2011 Page 7 WRITE AND WRONG Tutorial Services for Wri ng and Speaking English Pi sburgh has spawned any number of high tech start-ups, but a recent one gets back to basics – teaching interna onal students how to write and speak English. Led by a Mandarin-speaking a orney and a former network television news producer, Write and Wrong is designed to pick up where overseas language acquisi on leaves oﬀ – when interna onal students matriculate as undergraduates or graduate students at U.S. universi es. “We discovered as part- me instructors at Carnegie Mellon University that many of our interna- onal students struggled migh ly with their wri en assignments,” said founder and A orney Louis B. Schwartz, who holds a Master’s degree in East Asian studies at Harvard. “They needed much more help than we could give them in the classroom,” added co-founder Gregg Ramshaw, a former producer of The PBS NewsHour. Write and Wrong plans to oﬀer tutorial assistance to students on their class wri ng assign- ments. The focus ﬁrst is on grammar, punctua on, spelling, sentence construc on and vocabu- lary. As students succeed, they will learn more about style, concision, persuasion and other components of good wri ng. Schwartz and Ramshaw will lead the edi ng eﬀorts with the support of re red and part me colleagues in various wri ng professions. “In me, a web-based na onal or even interna onal network can be developed to assist students anywhere who need our help,” said Schwartz. “We believe our eﬀorts will relieve the frustra on of interna onal students who strive, o en with limited success, to func on well in English. In addi on, it will help their professors, who currently face the Hobson’s choice of teaching English, in addi on to their ﬁelds of exper se, or struggling to understand accurately what their students are trying to say.” For more informa on, contact Gregg Ramshaw, 412-621-0702 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (...con nued from p 6) World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh June Events Throughout the course of the week, the teachers received a wealth of informa on and resources which can be incorporated into their lesson plans and curricula to enhance their students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues. As many of the speakers emphasized, the current era of globaliza on is signiﬁcant for this genera on of students who will have to be globally competent to succeed. Unlike in the past, the world is more integrated than ever, thanks to new technology. At the same me, the world is changing at an astonishing pace, making it increasingly diﬃcult for teachers to keep their lessons up to speed. This year’s Ins tute provided many interes ng resources to help educators transform their students into global ci zens and prepare them for the world they will face as adults. PaCIE http://www.pacie.org/ PENNSYLVANIA COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION August 2011 Page 8 Community College of Philadelphia Celebrates Five Years of a Student-Faculty Fellowship Program in Istanbul In a me of budget cuts to interna onal programs at the U. S. Department of Educa on, it is important to share examples of sustainable programs ini ated through federal grants. Community College of Philadel- phia is celebra ng the ﬁ h year of a Turkey study-abroad program, originally the product of a federal Title VI A grant, but with student scholarships supported each year by the College, Turkish-American organiza ons, and private contributors. In May 2011 six students led by two professors, Cynthia Giddle, currently English Department Chair, and John Joyce, Associate Professor in English, engaged in an inten- sive explora on of the diversity within Istanbul through a twelve-day study-abroad program. Study within Istanbul extends students’ knowledge gained through new courses developed through a U. S. Department of Educa on Title VI A grant, “The Middle East and Cross-Regional Connec ons” 2003-2006. For example, students take Introduc on to Middle East Cultures and Civiliza ons or Religions of the Middle East and then apply for the study abroad program. Selected students must enroll in an addi onal one-credit course with readings and assignments focused solely on Turkey. Fundraising coordinated by the College’s Center for Interna onal Understanding has raised scholarships of approximately $1200 per student, so selec on is based on inter- est and merit rather than ability to pay the All six of this year’s par cipants at the Ebristan atelier in the total cost of $2000. old suburban neighborhood of Uskudar along the Bosphorus. Study of Turkey and Turkish at Community From Le to Right those holding cer ﬁcates from the Ebristan College of Philadelphia has been supported atelier in the neighborhood of Uskudar:: Noel Aragon, Ryan Hall, Samiyrah Fisher; Alexandria Gibson (in front), Tarisseby the Middle East Na onal Resource Cen- Iriarte, Ayyana Burvick. ter at the University of Pennsylvania since 2003. The program in Istanbul was piloted in 2006 by a group of 22 Community College of Philadelphia faculty who were U. S. Department of Educa- on Title VI A par cipants. The 2011 study abroad program to Turkey was supported by the Turkish Co- ali on of America, the Turkish-American Friendship Society-US (TAFSUS), the Turkish Cultural Founda on (which hosted students at their oﬃces in Istanbul), and the Ambrose Monell Founda on, as well as Com- munity College of Philadelphia funding. Please contact Fay Beauchamp, email@example.com. 2011 PaCIE Conference 22- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania September 22 -24, 2011 Our Students, Our Communities, Our Future: Global Education in Pennsylvania Special features include a Forum-run preconference workshop on assessing and improving short-term education abroad programs and a plenary workshop ad- dressing effective safety and liability management in study abroad programs. Visit PaCIE’s website, www.pacie.org, for conference and registration information. Note that hotel rooms are held for the conference only until August 23. August 2011 Page 9 (...con nued from p 5) International Perspectives: A View from a Temple University Student With help from Gloria Angel, the assistant director of Fox’s Ins tute of Global Management Studies and Temple CIBER, Lieber documented his trip in a series of 14 video blogs. h p://www.fox.temple.edu/blog/ rome2010/ At the same me, Lieber completed an internship with a small Internet startup called free- style.com and a ained a 3.79 GPA – his highest GPA ever. Q: Was this your ﬁrst me in Italy? A: I visited Rome before with my mom during the summer of my sophomore year of high school. I just remembered a couple of things here and there because we really saw way too much in that short two weeks. Q: To what do you credit your GPA achievement while you were away? Did you adjust your study habits? A: I did a home stay. So all my friends were in the dorms or apartments, and they would constantly go out with each other, but I spent a lot of me in my apartment, speaking with my home-stay mother, you know, just li le bits. I didn’t have TV, I didn’t have Internet in my apartment at my home stay, so the majority of my me I was at home, I was either read- ing or studying. It got me into this mindset where I – I don’t want to say I was so bored that I did my work -– but all the normal stuﬀ that can distract me when I’m at home, I couldn’t do. So I kind of became this an -procras nator guy. Q: Were you able to travel outside of Rome during your semester there? A: I went to Florence. I went to a couple small towns in Italy, a lot of towns in this region – it’s called Um- bria. And it’s right to the north of Lazio, which is the region Rome is in. Outside of Italy, I went London, I went to Lyon in France. I traveled all up and down Tunisia, I spent a week in Tunisia. (Pauses) Where else did I go? Oh, and I went to Brussels on a class trip. We saw a lot of European Union stuﬀ, and NATO. Q: How did the video blog help shape your study-abroad experience? A: I loved doing it for the sole fact that I can look back on it and watch the blogs and actually relive my en re experience. I know what was going on in between the weeks I did those blogs, what was going on when I actually did the blogs themselves. Q: Where did you record the blogs? A: Gloria Angel supplied a Flip cam, and it was so cool because it was so small and so portable, I could just take it anywhere. I did one blog in the Va can Museum. I did another one literally riding on a camel. Q: What kind of las ng impact has the study-abroad experience made on your life? A: While I was there, I ended up losing 40 pounds. It was a combina on of walking everywhere because I didn’t have a car, and the food they had there was a lot be er than here. A lot smaller por ons, a lot more vegetables, a lot healthier. So I’ve taken that and put that into my life today. I’m trying a lot of diﬀerent things – not just foods, but just a lot of experiences. I’m more open-minded. Q: Where do you see yourself heading a er you graduate next year? A: I would love to be some kind of economic analyst for either a macro-economy or just for certain busi- nesses. But, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it’s interna onal-related. The United States is a real- ly cool place, but I think it’s more interes ng dealing between borders and trying to make diﬀerent cul- tures mesh with each other. Contributed by – Chelsea Calhoun For more informa on contact, Gloria Angel, 215-204-8132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. August 2011 Page 10 Temple University’s President Ann Weaver Hart Receives Award for International Leadership Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart has been named a 2011 recipient of the Michael P. Malone Interna onal Leadership Award by the Associa on of Public and Land-grant Universi es (APLU). Established in 2000, the Malone awards recognize those who have made signiﬁcant contribu ons to interna onal educa on at public and land-grant ins tu ons. Hart received the award in the Presiden al Leadership category, which recognizes excep onal contribu ons toward interna onaliza on of state and land-grant ins tu ons by university chief execu ve oﬃcers. “I am deeply honored to be selected to receive the 2011 Michael P. Malone Interna onal Leadership Award,” said Hart. “Globaliza on has changed everything. If our ins tu ons do not interna onalize teaching, research and outreach, our students will be increasingly le behind in a dynamic and changing world and increasingly unaware of the true nature of that world.” Under President Hart’s leadership, Temple has become progressively more interna onalized, with global commitment emphasized as one of the university’s four top priori es iden ﬁed in its strategic plan, the Academic Compass. Several key ini a ves put in place during Hart’s presidency have helped students recognize their poten al as ci zens of the world and as collaborators and compe tors in a global market- place. She and her husband have personally established and funded the Ann and Randy Hart Passport Program, which covers the applica on fee for a U.S. Passport for students who have not previously trav- eled out of the country. Over the past ﬁve years, more than 200 undergraduate students have beneﬁ ed from the program. Hart's interna onal programma c accomplishments include the development of the Diamond Ambassa- dor Scholarship program, which provides $2,500 grants to up to 25 students each year to help support a for-credit study abroad experience. In addi on, the university’s general educa on program for all undergraduates, begun in 2008, includes a selec on of courses designed to teach students to understand the many inﬂuences on world socie es, analyze materials related to global cultures and become informed observers of world events. Another of Hart's priori es has been the crea on of new agreements with ins tu ons abroad to increase the number of interna onal students and scholars at Temple. Since 2006, 60 new interna onal partner- ships have been established. Other ini a ves at Temple have included the crea on of a comprehensive Oﬃce of Interna onal Aﬀairs to spearhead the university’s global eﬀorts and the development of an Interna onal Educator's Academy cer ﬁcate program for full- me faculty and administrators interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in the area of interna onal educa on, research and programming. The Malone awards are named in honor of Michael P. Malone, president of Montana State University (MSU) from 1991 un l his death in 1999. Malone made many contribu ons to MSU and U.S. higher edu- ca on through his work as chair of APLU’s Commission on Interna onal Programs, where he focused the group’s eﬀorts on issues cri cal to interna onal programs and increased its stature within APLU and else- where. “This year’s Malone Award recipients exemplify the true spirit of Michael’s legacy with their amazing eﬀorts in interna onal educa on and development,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Their focus on interna onal problems speaks well of America’s highly regarded university system and the willingness of our scholars to promote higher educa on at home and across the globe.” Please contact Vaughn Shinkus, 215-204-1889 or email@example.com. August 2011 Page 11 Pittsburgh Teachers Agree: PORTUGUESE is the LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE! President Obama’s recent visit to Brazil and Rio de Janeiro's selec on as the site of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics conﬁrms the country’s rapid rise as a global power. Portuguese is now the seventh-most spoken language in the world, and the only European language designated as a cri cal language by the U.S. Government. Modern Language Associa on sta s cs indicate that Portuguese enrollments on U.S. college campuses have swelled by nearly 60 percent since 1998, and con nue to increase every year. Yet few K-12 schools in the U.S. oﬀer Portuguese as part of their curriculum. In order to begin the process of introducing Portuguese into the K-12 school curricula, this past summer the Center for La n American Studies at the University of Pi sburgh (CLAS) launched its new Portuguese/Brazilian Studies ini a ve en tled: “Portuguese: Language of the Future!” The ini a ve reaches out to Spanish and other romance language teachers in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, with the goal of preparing them to incorporate Portuguese and/or Brazilian studies into their school curriculum in the future. The program seeks to take advantage of the fact that speakers of romance languages can o en gain competency in another romance language quickly and with far less eﬀort than when trying to learn a new non-romance language. Portuguese for Spanish speakers and vice-versa is par cularly learner-friendly due to the similarity in the two languages’ grammar and vocabulary. The program began with a four-week intensive Portuguese language course on the Pi Campus. The nine par cipants will con nue their Portuguese learning in weekly classes over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year. In addi on, CLAS will begin a Portuguese class for a new beginner group of teachers in the fall. As a follow-up, Pi ’s Center for La n American Studies will Portuguese Instructor Lilly Abreu demonstrates ar cles of clothing be submi ng a proposal for funding for a Fulbright-Hays Group on Allderdice High School teacher Projects Abroad Grant, which would allow the full group to Isabel de Valdivia con nue their intensive studies of Portuguese through a study-abroad immersion experience in Brazil in summer 2012. At the University of Pi sburgh’s Center for La n Ameri- can Studies, Portuguese is indeed the Language of the Future! Please contact Karen Goldman for more in- forma on, 412-648-7397 or kgoldman@pi .edu. Portuguese learners enjoy an outdoor bate-papo (conversa on) August 2011 Page 12 Community College of Allegheny County Students in Jamaica This November eleven students from the Community College of Allegheny County will par cipate in an eight week service-learning course in Jamaica through Amizade Global Service-Learning. Amizade is a Pi sburgh-based, non-proﬁt organiza on that has been provid- ing global service-learning opportuni es for students and volunteers for 17 years to places such as Ghana, Tanzania, Brazil, Poland, Bolivia, Mexico, and the Navajo Na on in Tuba City, Arizona. The course, The Ethnic Rela ons: Service-Learning in Jamaica, will introduce the students to the ideas of global service-learning, cultural competency and immersion as well as Jamaican histo- ry, global ci zenship, civic engagement and other topics. The students will live with host fami- lies during their stay, giving them an even greater insight into the lives and culture of the peo- ple of Petersﬁeld, Jamaica. While in Jamaica, the students will par cipate ﬁrst-hand in the life of a rural community. The program includes a one week prac cum in Petersﬁeld where students will perform service at the Associa on of Clubs, one of Amizade’s community partners in Jamaica. Working with a local community organiza on gives volunteers a chance to contribute their skills while absorb- ing the stories and strength of people working to build a be er future for their community. Because tourism dominates the Jamaican economy, tradi onal sugar-farming communi es such as Petersﬁeld must prepare their ci zens to act to ensure the economic sustainability of the community. The AOC was founded with this goal of individual and community empowerment in mind. Amizade ﬁrst partnered with the AOC in 2003 and has con nued to work with the grassroots organiza on on a number of community projects including a Youth Empowerment Summer Camp, building revitaliza on projects and the building of a local community park. Even though the course will not take place un l the fall, prepara ons have already begun. Dr. Barbara Evans, Associate Dean of Academic Aﬀairs and faculty for the course has been mee ng with the students every week since June to assist them with researching the region and with fundraising eﬀorts. “These students are already engaged with the course objec ves and the class has not even started yet”, said Dr. Evans. “The students are so excited about this opportunity. Their dedica on and passion is so wonderful to see that it mo vates me.” As part of their fundraising eﬀorts and prepara on for the course the students have formed a student organiza on called Student Organiza on Uni ng Leaders. With the Jamaican ﬂag as a back drop, the student organiza on has been selling and distribu ng bu ons and t-shirts read- ing, “Got SOUL” or “I donated to Jamaica,” to individuals who support their eﬀorts. Some of the upcoming fundraising eﬀorts include carwashes, 50/50 raﬄes and one student has even de- signed jewelry to help fund her trip. The biggest event is a SOUL Beneﬁt Dinner that will be held on the Allegheny Campus and targeted at faculty and administrators. The students are designing hand-made invita ons that they will deliver to faculty to invite them to a end the dinner and support their trip. “My hope for the students is that they will be transformed by this experience and return home with a greater apprecia on of a culture diﬀerent from their own along with a strong desire to serve others while they develop into true leaders in their communi es.” said Dr. Evans. For more informa on about Amizade Global Service-Learning, and CCAC’s trip to Jamaica, visit Amizade’s website, www.amizade.org. August 2011 Page 13 Temple University School of Communication and Theater Students in South Africa Eleven Temple University students and their journalism professor embarked on a journey of a life me July 8 on the School of Communica ons and Theater Summer 2011 program in South Africa. This unique program oﬀers students an opportunity to produce journalis c and documentary narra ve or to conduct research on contemporary issues in South Africa. The SCT students had the opportunity to get to know one another, and a bit about their des na- on, as they spent four days in Philadelphia preparing for their trip. They watched a series of ﬁlms and documentaries about South Africa, read about the history of the country, and became familiar with current events in order to generate story ideas and research topics. Students also prepared academically for their experience by selec ng a track: pro- duc on or research. The produc on op on allows students to experience what it would be like to work as a foreign correspondent in South Africa. The research op on pro- vides students an opportunity to conduct research on a range of topics related to mass media, communica on technologies, poli cs, culture and economics in post- Apartheid South Africa. Students who selected the produc on op on are researching, producing, and edi ng weekly stories in various formats – wri en text, audio, video, and mul media web. Students also work in small teams on longer documentary projects. Produc on mee ngs are held each morning and students then go into the ﬁeld to work on stories. Students who selected the research op on research and write weekly research papers on topics ranging from mass media, social media, and the rapidly changing poli cal, social, cultural and economic issues in post-Apartheid South Africa. Research students par cipate fully in the daily produc on mee ngs as well as weekly research and discussion seminars. Weekly guest speakers include documentary makers, journalists, poli cians, civil society ac vists, and academics. During their four weeks in South Africa, students live in bed and breakfast accommoda ons in the Melville neighborhood in the northwest of Johannesburg. Melville is within walking distance of the University of Johannesburg campus, the South African Broadcas ng Corpora on, and numerous media produc on facili es and newsrooms of media organiza ons. Journalists, ar sts, musicians and students from UJ frequent the many sidewalk cafes, restaurants and bars in the area. There are several shopping centers within walking distance and two shopping malls are a short drive away. (con nued on p 18….) August 2011 Page 14 Elizabethtown College Seniors Research Overseas Markets for Regional Businesses Elizabethtown College seniors had the opportunity this spring for some real- me experience in the area of interna onal business as they researched overseas markets for regional companies through the Collabora ve Industry Partnership (CIP) program at the College. Hossein Varamini, professor of Finance and Inter- na onal Business at Elizabethtown, and Mar n Brill, program manager of Interna onal Trade at Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in Harrisburg, worked together last year to devise a new course project for the Elizabethtown College Interna onal Business (IB) Senior Seminar class for spring semester, 2011. Brill and Varamini iden ﬁed ﬁve regional companies -- Automated Systems Interconnect; C.L. Sturkey; Trega Corp.; Z-Band Inc.; and Zeigler Brothers Inc. – for the partnership projects. The objec ve of the partnership, Varamini said, is "to give our students prac cal experience in the ﬁeld of interna onal business by researching target markets or resolving export-related problems for regional companies, and making these organiza ons more compe ve in the global marketplace. I told each team to approach the assignment as a professional consul ng ﬁrm, hired by a company to assess an interna onal business challenge." In January, Varamini formed ﬁve teams of four senior IB majors to work on the projects. Early in the semester, Varamini and Brill visited each company with the student teams to learn about the businesses, meet the principal decision makers and learn about the speciﬁc needs of each company. Each team took on a speciﬁc assignment to assist a regional business to expand overseas sales or to enter a new foreign market. Students were challenged to search beyond the internet by contac ng poten al distributors, clients, government agencies, banks and NGOs to iden fy appropriate solu ons for their as- signed company. Throughout the spring semester, the student teams read through hundreds of pages of government regula ons, trade documents, export compliance rules and Country Com- mercial Guides to provide prac cal and ac onable recommenda ons to each company. "The CIP project has encouraged the students to locate and contact several primary sources for research," noted Bryan Metz '11. "The experience of reaching out to government organiza ons, poten al distributors to partner with, and other highly specialized groups has developed a depth of understanding that no classroom experience alone can provide." Each CIP team completed its research and prepared a set of recommenda ons for its respec ve company. Recommenda ons include developing export strategies speciﬁc to an overseas market, establishing distributor networks in other countries, mee ng documentary and export compliance requirements and exploring licensing and consul ng agreements with organiza ons in developing countries via the U.S. Agency for Interna onal Development contacts. (con nued on p 15...) August 2011 Page 15 New Grassroots Organizing Initiative Launched to Support International Education In May 2011 – NAFSA: Associa on of Interna onal Educators, the world’s largest nonproﬁt professional associa on dedicat- ed to interna onal educa on, announced the inaugural elev- en trainees of the Connec ng Our World Grassroots Leader- ship Program, a grassroots organizing ini a ve designed to give interna onal educators na onwide the tools to advocate for the importance of global learning and engagement in their own communi es. Jennifer Ellis Fritz of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania was chosen to par cipate in the Connec ng Our World Grassroots Leadership Program (GLP). Fritz iden ﬁed advocacy for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathema cs (STEM) students as an area of need for the under-represented popula on of students that study abroad. According to the most recent Open Doors Report 2008/09 in the category of ﬁelds of study only 7.3% of physical and life sciences, 4.5% of health professions, 1.6% of math/computer science, and 3.2% engineering students study abroad. Fritz proposed to create a Pennsylvania/Region VIII Educa on Abroad STEM Coali on. “As a study abroad advisor of STEM students I have the opportunity to view the impact a study abroad experience has on a stu- dents’ daily. Although Bucknell University sends above the na onal average of engineering students abroad it is an uneven amount within the engineering speciﬁc disciplines and we are rela vity within the na onal average for other STEM ﬁelds. I feel that increasing the amount of STEM students that study abroad is a challenge I face daily and know many of my of colleagues also face.” “I believe a coali on of every university in Pennsylvania that oﬀers STEM majors should have a representa ve a end a yearly mee ng to discuss the challenges and triumphs they have experienced when advising these students to study abroad. I would be interested in learning the level/type of university support each study abroad oﬃce receives.” If you are an educa on abroad STEM study abroad advisor, administrator, faculty member and/or would be interested in par cipa ng in the Educa on Abroad STEM Coali on please send your contact informa on to firstname.lastname@example.org. When wri ng, please share a note about your current ins tu on and your role in working with STEM students. Each of the GLP program par cipants will work on an issue of concern in his or her local community that re- lates to interna onal educa on. Each par cipant will implement a tailored grassroots leadership plan to address the issue by reaching out to the local community, building support, and bringing about posi ve change. The group will also develop resources and toolkits from their experiences that will be published on www.Connec ngOurWorld.org for other advocates to draw from in tackling issues of concern in their own communi es. The Grassroots Leadership Program will provide tailored training as well as a forum for discussing and sharing ideas as the par cipants do their work. To learn more about the program, visit the Grassroots Leadership Program on www.Connec ngOurWorld.org. August 2011 Page 16 (...con nued from p 14) Elizabethtown College Seniors Research Overseas Markets for Regional Businesses Depending on the problem and recommenda ons, IB majors at Elizabethtown College explored markets for the par cipa ng businesses in Canada, Mexico, Africa, Brazil, India and Southeast Asia. Each CIP team completed its assigned project, presented its recommenda ons to company representa ves in late April and submi ed a complete wri en report to each company with speciﬁc recommenda ons in early May, 2011. "In a way, we have grown exponen ally together from working in a team and from where we began," said Thomas Kropp '11. "CIP has proven to be a big commitment of me, energy, and intellect, which has undoubtedly be er prepared us for our future careers." Before the beginning of the project, Varamini and the students signed a conﬁden ality agree- ment and, therefore, cannot reveal speciﬁc informa on about the project without the wri en approval of the company. "We are very excited about this partnership among regional interna onal businesses, Elizabeth- town College and the SBDC in Harrisburg," Varamini said. "I expect these projects to beneﬁt all par es. If the resul ng research is valuable to the individual companies, we will undertake a new series of collabora ve projects next spring." Comments from company execu ves were also very posi ve. Christopher Stock, Global Brand Manager at Zeigler Brothers, for instance, said that he was “very impressed with the insight which the students brought to the project. I an cipate Zeigler will pursue their recommenda- ons.” Howard Minnick, President, ASI, stated “The project assigned to the team was somewhat complex and in the limited amount of me with the informa on that they were given they did a very good job. We will certainly further inves gate some of the shipping sugges ons and contact the distributors.” Mike Tarsa, Vice President at C.L. Sturkey had a similar comment: “They sug- gested that I pursue distributors and I am already corresponding with poten al distributors in the markets that were recommended in the report.” Companies interested in par cipa ng in the CIP program should contact Mar n Brill at 717-213- 5027 or email@example.com for further informa on. NAFSA Region VIII Fall Conference Philadelphia November 2-5, 2011 NAFSA Region VIII, which represents Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Vir- ginia and West Virginia, will hold its fall regional conference at the historic Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia on November 2-5, 2011. The conference brings together interna onal educa on professionals for four packed days of training workshops, educa onal sessions, net- working opportuni es, and special events. Conference registra on will open in early August with early-bird registra on closing October 21. Visit the Region VIII website for more infor- ma on on conference Exhibi ng/Adver zing/Sponsorship opportuni es, or for conference details in general. We look forward to seeing you in Philly this November! August 2011 Page 17 Teach Their Own Theatre Education Nurtures Children There’s an exercise Ranjan Kamath likes to undertake when he conducts children’s theatre workshops. He retells the story of “The Hare and The Tortoise” and gets his young actors to interpret the fable from the viewpoints of the tular characters. Thrown into the midst of a situa on that is normally simply nar- rated at them, the students start thinking about the point of the story, and, without being preached to, arrive at conclusions about human quali es like arrogance, pride, simplicity and humility. “It’s limi ng to think of theatre experience as just another qualiﬁca on in the performing arts, without considering the prac cal relevance of it,” said Kamath. A trained ﬁlmmaker and cinematographer, he began his work in theatre in Kolkata, and now conducts workshops both independently and in aﬃlia on with various ins - tu ons. In the course of his work he has found that performing scenarios in workshops prepares children to deal with similar situa ons in life, and encourages sensi vity and empathy in them. “Theatre excites the imagina on,” said Kamath, “It gets children to think laterally and ideate. It can be used as an excel- lent training method to various ends.” “Performing on stage provides the soil for nurturing true freedom,” said Padmavathi Rao, a Bangalore- based teacher and children’s theatre prac oner. “Not reckless freedom, but an aesthe c freedom. The child actually experiences the joy of being herself. That is something that I feel is not created in a classroom very o en.” Rao’s workshop exercises en- courage children to explore their own restric ons and strengths. “This is a huge pro- cess in learning, as it takes a large amount of clarity and courage to admit a limita on”, she said. According to Kirtana Kumar, a documentary ﬁlmmaker who runs Theatre Lab for children, there are aspects to learning stagecra that simply cannot be replicated in a school. “It’s hard to teach the lessons of life in a classroom. Lessons that have to do with trust, improvi- sa on, seeing new opportunity and even beauty in failure,” she said. “The world of theatre oﬀers a microcosmic laborato- ry in which to experiment and play. Children are a racted to the possibility of a space that is free, non-hierarchical and crea ve.” Introducing children to theatre also plays the vital func on of cul va ng future discerning audiences, which allows for the growth of theatre spaces and prac ces. As Kumar pointed out, “A cursory survey around Bangalore will reveal that children are joining theatre classes with much more frequency than in the past. This could be because they think it’s a conduit to becoming a reality star. But that bubble will soon burst and perhaps they will stay on because they have discovered something new – about them- selves, about literature, about the imagina on”. While most people involved in children’s theatre believe theatre educa on should to be introduced in school curricula, Kumar views the issue diﬀerently. “I totally oppose the idea of the arts coming within the tes ng framework of our schools,” she said. “Imagine the homogeniza on and boredom that will fol- low. I like that theatre remains outside the gamut and purview of any sort of board. I like that it is varied, anarchic and s ll somewhat rebellious.” Kumutha Muraleetharan, parent of six-year-old Hansika, agreed with Kumar. She felt that schools have ﬁxed curricula that cannot be altered, whereas theatre allows her daughter Hansika to “voice her opin- ion, visualise and ideate freely, thus bringing out the inner teacher in her”. (con nued on p 18…) August 2011 Page 18 (...con nued from p 13) Temple University School of Communication and Theater Students in South Africa Students have the opportunity to visit historic and cultural sites, including the Apartheid Museum, the Cons tu onal Court (a notorious former prison where thousands of poli cal ac vists, including Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, were detained and punished), the Hector Petersen Museum in Soweto (a memorial of the 566 people who died in the June 1976 student uprisings), the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site (a museum containing three million-year-old hominid fossils, including the skull of “Mrs. Ples”), as well as the newsrooms of media organiza ons based in Johannesburg. Upon their return to Philadelphia during the second week of August, the group will spend seven days comple ng their documentary post-produc on work or comple ng the ﬁnal stages of their research pa- pers. The documentary will be shown in the School of Communica ons and Theater during the week of September 12, which is Study Abroad Week at Temple University. The School of Communica ons and Theater Summer 2011 program in South Africa was developed by Shenid Bhayroo, assistant professor in the Department of Journalism in the School of Communica ons and Theater at Temple University. His research interests include: the poli cal economy of media; immi- grant, ethnic and alterna ve media; and media culture and technology. He teaches courses in audiovisual newsgathering, ethnic media, and news wri ng and repor ng. Professor Bhayroo, a South African na on- al, has worked as a documentary producer and a reporter for the South African Broadcas ng Corpora on and as a freelance videographer for foreign media based in South Africa. Follow the Temple SCT students as they discover South Africa and blog along the way: h p:// sites.temple.edu/shenid/category/travelogue/. For more informa on on the South Africa program and other SCT Study Away programs open to qualiﬁed students from any college or university, check out our website: h p://sct.temple.edu/studyaway. (...con nued from p 17) Teach Their Own Nevertheless, there’s certainly a case for theatre educa on in ac ve curricula. “It’s important to get peo- ple to believe that theatre will not really compete with the curriculum, but will enhance it,” said Kamath. This way of thinking could be a start, although the logis cs involving parents’ me and their support in children’s interest will s ll have to be contended with. Policy reinven on and its implementa on are paramount. Having just returned from a fes val of Theatre for Children and Youth – Schone Aussicht – in Germany, Kumar had this insight about her experience, “In Germany, there is a deep poli cal will towards children and the arts. There exists a willingness to consid- er it to be of na onal importance, and to invest heart, mind and pocket in children’s theatre. This helps ensure that the quality of their theatre is on par with ‘regular’ theatre”. The situa on back home is by no means en rely dire and there have been improvements, she added. “Last year, Ranga Shankara organized two ﬁrsts in India – a Na onal Symposium on Theatre Pedagogy for Children, and a ten-day workshop on theatre pedagogy for very early learners that was facilitated by people who are greatly invested in this movement,” Kumar said. For more informa on contact Urmi Sen , 512-659-4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org. August 2011 Page 19 WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF PITTSBURGH SENDS A RECORD OF 18 STUDENTS OVERSEAS The lives of eighteen area students got a lot more exci ng this summer. These high school juniors – selected as Global Travel Scholars by the World Aﬀairs Council of Pi sburgh – le behind friends, family, and the familiar comforts of Western Pennsylvania to discover ﬁrst-hand the joys and challenges of living in a foreign country. This marks the eighth year that the Council, in partnership with The Experiment in Interna onal Living, has provided this unique opportunity to local students. Through the generous ﬁnancial support of regional founda ons, corpora ons, and others, the Council sent its largest and most diverse group of Scholars in the program’s history. Maston Casto, a junior at Pi sburgh Carrick High School, is spending four weeks in Chile exploring some of the country’s most picturesque and culturally-varied regions. He was excited about the opportunity to put his high school Spanish to the test. “The idea of prac cing the knowledge and vocabulary I have accumulated with na- ve speakers thrills me,” enthused Casto. “The fact that I won’t be able to slip into English when I experience problems communica ng should make each day more interes ng and memorable,” he noted. Shay Park was excited about seeing for herself what life is really like in another country. “I have only had the chance to see, learn, and understand about other countries through books I read and classes I have taken in school,” says Park, who will be exploring Japan for the month of July. “Mee ng other kids my age and seeing the diﬀerences and similari es will be of great interest to me.” Giving students like Casto and Park an opportunity to expand their horizons is the guiding principle behind the Council’s Global Travel Scholarship Program. “We live in an environment which is mul cultural, mul ethnic, and mul lingual,” notes Steven E. Sokol, President and CEO of the Council. “Providing teenagers with an op- portunity to develop intercultural skills at such a young age is one of the key beneﬁts of our Program,” says Sokol. “Our Scholars return to Pi sburgh as true ‘global ci zens,’ with a much greater capacity to understand and think cri cally about their world,” he notes. If past experience is any guide, the Scholars will also learn quite a bit about themselves this summer. David A. Murdoch, current Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors and Chair Emeritus of World Learning (the parent organiza on of The Experiment in Interna onal Living), was instrumental in implemen ng the Global Travel Scholarship Program in Pi sburgh. “Not only does The Experiment provide a real understanding of the world in which we live,” notes Mr. Murdoch, “but it equips a person on how to cope with diﬀerence and adversity and builds conﬁdence and courage in its par cipants.” Teireik Williams, a junior at Pi sburgh CAPA, who is learning about the history and culture of Italy for ﬁve weeks, was eager to step out of his comfort zone and grow as a person. “I know that it will challenge me to learn more about myself; challenge me to think about the things I take for granted; the things that I do with so much ease, not really thinking that someone somewhere else might not have that same capability.” Sarah Amick, a junior at Northgate High School, could barely contain her excitement about all the new experiences that await her in China. “I want to see what I’m made of. I want to see what the rest of the world is made of,” she says. “The challenge will be to make this experience an integral part of my growth and my life,” noted Amick. “I want it to change the way I view and ﬁt into the world.” Perhaps no aspect of their me abroad will challenge the Scholars more – and have a greater impact on their personal and intercultural growth – than the me they will spend living with a local host family, many of whom speak li le or no English. “The homestay is the one feature of the Program that most concerns the Scholars each year,” explains Murdoch. “They are worried about being able to communicate with their host parents; about ﬁ ng in with the family’s daily rou ne; about not causing oﬀense to the family. And every year, when they return, the Scholars single out the homestay as the best part of the en re summer,” he says with a smile. Reﬂec ng on her trip to South Africa, Breean Gilbert, a junior at Ambridge High School, displayed wisdom be- yond her years when she said: “This en re program shows young adults that the best opportuni es in life come when you are willing to take risks and live life to its fullest poten al.” Contact Allyce Pinchback, 412-224-4092 or allyce@worldpi sburgh.org. August 2011 Page 20 Arcadia University M.B.A. Students Visit Rio de Janeiro Twenty-seven students in the Arcadia University M.B.A. with a Global Perspec ve program departed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 24 to par cipate in their ﬁrst interna onal business experience in the program. The weeklong experience allowed the students to visit businesses in an emerging economy for a ﬁrsthand perspec ve of the global marketplace. During their stay in Rio de Janeiro, stu- dents met with professionals at Cen- tral Bank of Brazil, where they learned about the economic agenda of the bank and its impact on the overall development of the Brazilian economy. They visited Visagio, a business consul ng and informa on technology ﬁrm, and Globo T.V. Interna onal, a Brazilian television network and the fourth largest com- mercial network in the world. At Petrobras, a mul na onal energy company, students discussed the role of mul na onal companies and sustainability. The group also met with professionals at Vale, the second largest mining company in the world with major businesses in logis cs and power genera on, to learn about the company’s global opera ons and investment in global corporate social responsibility. Carlos Eduardo Mendes de Castro Alves, owner of BeesOﬃce, a co-working space in Rio de Janeiro, spoke to the students on June 28 about entrepreneurship and co-working space. On osdir.com, Mendes de Castro Alves shares his experience presen ng to the students and his opportunity speak about his company: h p://bit.ly/oG6hRI. While in Brazil, the students also had the oppor- tunity to tour Rio de Janeiro, including Sugarloaf Mountain, and to par cipate in an open jeep tour and hike at Tijuca Rain Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. The next interna onal business experience in the M.B.A. with a Global Perspec ve program will allow a group of students to visit Lima, Peru, in September. Contact Diana Jones, 215-517-2606 or email@example.com.
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