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 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 mwhite4@lhup.edu.

    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 gwramshaw@aol.com.

 (...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, beaufay@voicenet.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 gloria.angel@temple.edu.
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 vaughn.shinkus@temple.edu.
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
jef025@bucknell.edu. 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 brill@kutztown.edu 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 urmisen2003@gmail.com.
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
jonesdi@arcadia.edu.

								
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