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                               The George R. Muirhead Center for International Education

                                  CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
SAVE THE DATE!                              WWW.CCSU.EDU/CIE
      CCSU’s Annual

 International Festival         Bridging Cultural Identities: CCSU Hosts Conference for Language Teachers
                                The Third Annual Conference         French, German, Italian, Portu-      Peggy Schuberth and Richard
                                for Language Teachers was           guese and Spanish.                   Cheney from Continuing Educa-
 “Global Voyage”                held at CCSU Student Center                                              tion, and with Christie Ward,
                                on Saturday, March 7, 2009          Welcoming remarks by Lilián          Director of the Intensive English
                                from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. This       Uribe, Chair of the Modern Lan-      Language Program, to success-
                                year’s theme ―Bridging Cultural     guage Department, and Jaya           fully coordinate the event.
     Sunday, April 19           Identities‖ contributed to the      Vijayasekar, CT COLT President,
                                collaborative spirit of the con-    were followed by key-note             Co-sponsoring organizations
          12 - 4 pm             ference, attracting about 200       speaker Dr. Timothy Reagan,          were: CCSU Modern Language
                                participants, including language    Professor of Educational Leader-     Department, Center for Interna-
        Alumni Hall,            teachers, students, and repre-      ship at CCSU. At lunch time,         tional Education, Intensive Eng-
                                sentatives from school districts    additional remarks by Mary Ann       lish Language Program, Chinese
     Student Center,            and language organizations.         Hansen from the State Depart-        Culture Center, CT Association
                                                                    ment of Education, followed by a     of Teachers of Spanish and Por-
             CCSU                The main objective of the con-     second plenary session by Prof.      tuguese, CT Council of Lan-
                                ference was to promote under-       Anthony Tamburri, AATI Presi-        guages Teachers, Connecticut
                                standing of cultural differences    dent. Brief informal meetings        Italian Teachers Association,
                                and to offer current and pro-       provided information on TESOL,       Italian American Committee on
                                spective teachers an opportu-       CT COLT, and Summer Insti-           Education, Italian Resource Cen-
                                nity for stimulating conversa-      tutes for Teachers of Chinese,       ter, Latin American and Carib-
                                tion on the subject. A total of     Italian and Spanish. The Orga-       bean Center, Summer Institute
                                27 presentations and 14 work-       nizing Committee from the Mod-       for Teachers of Spanish. CEU
                                shops were offered in four          ern Language Department              credits were generously offered
                                rounds of parallel sessions,        (Carmela Pesca, Jimia                to language teachers by Con-
                                held in seven different lan-        Boutouba, Paloma Lapuerta and        tinuing Education.
Inside this issue:              guages: Chinese, English,           Tina Wu) collaborated with

Unreal London           2       Conference for Language Teachers Keynote Speaker, Dr. Timothy Reagan, delivered
International Student   3        a strong argument in favor of supporting World Language Education in Connecti-
News                            cut’s public schools. A copy of his Presentation is available at http://www.ccsu.edu/
Visiting Scholar        4
Experiential Learning   5—6
in Peru
                               CCSU Signs Partnership Agreement with Oldest University in Spain
Studying Abroad in      7
Three Countries                Building upon a successful           University employs over 2,100       Established as a one-way study
                               graduate-level partnership that      faculty and enrolls over 38,000     abroad program, participating
China; Meet the Staff   8      has been in place for nearly ten     students and enjoys full accredi-   CCSU students pay all tuition and
                               years, CCSU recently signed an       tation by the Spanish Ministry of   fees to the host university and
Faculty Updates         9—10   agreement with the University of     Education.                          arrange room and board locally at
                               Salamanca (Spain) expanding                                              the host site. Credits earned
Course Abroad News      11                                          Through Cursos Internaction-
                               study abroad opportunities to                                            abroad are transferred back to
                                                                    ales, a unit of the University
                               CCSU undergraduate students.                                             CCSU as residency credits. Stu-
Staff Contact Info      12                                          dedicated to teaching Spanish as
                               The University, founded in 1218,                                         dents may study full time for a
                                                                    a foreign language, CCSU stu-
                               is Spain's oldest university and                                         single semester or full academic
                                                                    dents will take courses in Span-
                               one of the oldest and most pres-                                         year, beginning in Fall 2009.
                                                                    ish language and culture along-
                               tigious universities in Europe. It
                                                                    side students from around the       The CCSU Faculty Liaison to the
                               was once among a group of four
                                                                    world. is intended to offer         University of Salamanca is Dr.
                               universities – also including
                                                                    CCSU students an opportunity to     Lilián Uribe, Chair and Professor
                               those in Oxford, Bologne, and
                               Paris – known collectively as the
                                                                    enhance their knowledge of the      of Modern Languages.
                                                                    Spanish language and culture.
                               "four leading lights of the
                               world." Today, the
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   Unreal City: London in January                         by Jason Jones and Aimee Pozorski, Dept of English
                                                              city of London itself. This over-    most as highly as their awe at
                                                              arching framework was enriched       standing on the graves of some
                                                              considerably by our students’        of the most famous British intel-
                                                              varying backgrounds: One is a        lectuals buried at Westminster
                                                              citizen of Greece, another lived     Abbey. While the changing of
                                                              for a time in France, several had    the guard, at first glance, does
                                                              never traveled internationally,      not appear likely to advance
                                                              and some had never been on a         students’ knowledge of ―Anglo
                                                              plane. Most were English ma-         American Literary London,‖ this
                                                              jors, but not all, and some had      morning carried with it the lucky
                                                              only been majors for a semes-        circumstance of standing right
                                                              ter.                                 beside a former British soldier –
                                                                                                   one who, for a ½ hour on a gray
                                                                                                   morning, regaled the students
                                                              Recognition of the students’         with stories of his experiences
                                                              diverse backgrounds emerged          fighting abroad, in a decaying
                                                              every time we left our flats. On     empire, for the Queen--as well
                                                              the penultimate night of the         as performing in this well-known
      The group enjoys a ride on The London Eye.              trip, we visited Tate Modern.        and highly scripted daily ritual.
                                                              While viewing the deliberately       He left after giving us a bag of
                                                              uninviting later works of Mark       British candies; we accepted,
                                                              Rothko, one student proclaimed       happy, in this case, to take
                                                              she couldn’t really appreciate art   candy from a stranger.
                          About 35 hours after leaving        that she apparently could create
                          Vance Academic Center, nine         herself. Another student bal-

     Unreal City,         CCSU students sat down at the
                          Royal National Theatre to see
                          the rarely-performed Every
                                                              anced this perspective by point-
                                                              ing out the philosophical motive
                                                                                                   The trip that began in the Unre-
                                                                                                   ality of postmodern Stoppard
                                                              behind the work – that Rothko,       theatre ended in something
                          Good Boy Deserves Favour, by        at the very least, believed in       apparently more grounded:
                          Tom Stoppard. Although excite-      what he was creating, citing his     walking over London Bridge with
       Under the          ment was high, it competed also
                          with jet lag, and with the rigors
                                                              dictum that anything worth do-
                                                              ing is worth doing over and over
                                                                                                   countless others on their way
                                                                                                   into the City’s financial district.

    brown fog of          of the first day’s combination of
                          archival research and a multi-
                                                              and over again.                      But that walk also reproduces
                                                                                                   the movement of T. S. Eliot’s
                          hour walking tour. The students                                          The Waste Land, and as we
    winter dawn,          could easily have been forgiven
                          the thought that Eliot was right:
                                                              That repetition probably also
                                                              contributed to the students’
                                                                                                   walked, we paused to note all
                                                                                                   the aspects of early 20thC Lon-
                          London is an Unreal City.                                                don that are still visible today,
                                                              experience of London as Unreal.
                                                              Every day, we were out of the        as well as to fill in those de-

 A crowd flowed           But then the former music ma-
                                                              flat by 9am, ready to walk the
                                                              city and negotiate the Tube,
                                                                                                   stroyed by the Blitz. Eliot was
                                                                                                   the source of good-natured
                          jor perked up as the orchestra                                           sparring on the trip: Pozorski
    over London           was seated. (That’s why it’s
                          rarely performed: the play re-
                                                              ferociously combining sights and
                                                              scholarship. The first two morn-
                                                              ings were spent in the archives
                                                                                                   claims him as American, due to
                                                                                                   the accident of his birth; Jones

      Bridge, so          quires a full orchestra, with
                          some members capable of act-
                                                              of the British Library, looking at
                                                              unpublished manuscripts of the
                                                                                                   as British, since the poet turned
                                                                                                   his back on the United States in
                          ing.) As the lights were starting                                        the 1910s, living for the remain-
         many...          to dim, she made a connection
                          to John Cage, who, like Stop-
                                                              authors they had, until that
                                                              point, only studied in the class-
                                                              room: Charles Dickens, Alfred
                                                                                                   der of his life in England.

                          pard, is an exemplary postmod-      Tennyson, and Ezra Pound, to
                          ern artist who builds on the        name a few. Though the shop-         During this walk, we envisioned
                          innovations of the modernist        ping districts of Leicester Square   ourselves as Americans and
         —T. S. Eliot,    poets and novelists she’d been      and Oxford Street were but a         Londoners; we envisioned our-
                          studying for nearly a month.        few tube stops away, the stu-        selves as living in the present
     The Waste Land                                           dents dutifully studied the
                                                              manuscripts and the other
                                                                                                   moment, but also in the past;
                                                                                                   we saw in the crowd faces of
                          The voices of CCSU undergradu-      treasures on display there, be-      modern-day London, but also
                          ates rang out across London this    fore turning their attention to      the faces of those who lived and
                          winter. Our program, Anglo-         the ―other‖ side of London life –    walked one hundred years ago,
                          American Literary London, fea-      double-decker buses, high-end        and the faces of the war dead,
                          tured two classes: Aimee L.         (and low-end) shopping, and the      as did Eliot as he walked to work
                          Pozorski’s ―American Expatriates    changing of the guard.               every morning, thinking about
                          in London,‖ focused on the re-                                           the Unreal City of London, but
                          birth of American poetry on the                                          also the unreal movement of
     PAGE 2               far side of the Atlantic, and Ja-   The moments the students ran         history carried within the faces
                          son B. Jones’s ―Victorian and       after the foot guard, pounding       in the crowds.
                          Modernist London‖ focused on        their bass drums on the way to
                          canonical representations of the    Buckingham Palace, rated al-
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    CIE Initiates Undergraduate Student International Research Grants
 Matriculated CCSU undergradu-        overseas learning experiences,       man rights, the education of          Upon return, the study abroad
 ates who have been admitted          such as community engage-            women and children, indige-           experience may form the basis
 to or recently completed study       ment projects, service learning,     nous cultures, ethnic rituals and     for a credit-bearing CCSU thesis,
 abroad on a Central-                 or internships abroad, with          festivals, famine and the envi-       research project, internship, or
 administered Course Abroad or        CCSU degree requirements.            ronment, community expres-            capstone experience in the ma-
 Partner University program are       They can support internation-        sions of art and music, etc.          jor.
 eligible to apply for a student      ally-focused learning projects       Opportunities might also in-
 research grant for $300 to $700      that are begun overseas and          clude engagement with local           Student research grant propos-
 to support projects that engage      completed post return in local       museums, galleries, archives,         als must be complete and should
 diverse communities overseas         or area neighborhoods. The           libraries, or art projects such as    be submitted to the Center for
 or in the U. S. The grant op-        funds can also be used for pro-      murals; they could encompass          International Education (CIE) in
 portunity is also open to groups     jects that connect what is           digitally-based projects; or          hard-copy format and sent elec-
 of students who apply together       learned or initiated abroad in       involve interactions with gov-        tronically by email to Lisa Marie
 for funding for a collaborative      the arts, sciences, business,        ernment agencies, non-profit          Bigelow (bigelow@ccsu.edu).
 project. In all cases the funded     education, engineering, and          organizations, or local small         The CIE will accept applications
 project must be for work that        technology with research that is     businesses. They might consist        on a rolling basis. Students with
 will eventually receive credit       completed upon return to cam-        of the interview of local citi-       questions may direct them to
 and that has CCSU faculty            pus.                                 zens, the compilation of oral         Lisa Marie Bigelow, CIE Associ-
 sponsorship.                                                              histories or digital records, the     ate Director, (860) 832-2042.
                                      Examples of community-based          pursuit of science-based inves-
 In general, preference will be       projects include those that ad-      tigations, or field study con-
 given to projects that connect       dress world health issues, hu-       ducted in international settings.

   Kansai Gaidai University Sends English Language Students to IELP
 In 2008, Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Japan, selected the Intensive English
 Language Program (IELP) at Central Connecticut State University to be one of its affiliated
 partners for Kansai Gaidai’s ESL/Regular Course Program. Under this program, the Center
 for International Education at Kansai Gaidai University selects 160 Japanese students to
 study at an affiliated Intensive English program in the United States during the fall semes-
 ter. These students return to Kansai Gaidai to take regular undergraduate classes in the
 spring semester.

 During the Fall 2008 semester, IELP welcomed its first group of 8 Japanese students from
 Kansai Gaidai. They were fully integrated into the regular IELP program, lived on campus,
 and became actively involved in the international student community at CCSU.                         Kansai Gaidai University in Japan is a popular
 Recruitment for Fall 2009 ESL/Regular Course Program has recently begun, and the IELP                study abroad destination for CCSU students
 looks forward to welcoming another group of students from our Japanese partner school.

                                       International Students at Central
                                                making their experience as memorable and             For this reason, international students jour-
                                                pleasurable as possible.                             ney to the United States of America ill pre-
                                                                                                     pared to deal with the culture in America and
                                                      Most international students will experience
                                                                                                     have no cultural reference point to function
                                                      ―Culture Shock‖ at some point during their
                                                                                                     effectively in this new environment. For these
                                                      academic experience in America. Culture
                                                                                                     new incoming international students, intro-
                                                      Shock is the feeling of anxiety experienced by
                                                                                                     duction to and experience of the culture in
                                                      an individual when operating within a differ-
                                                                                                     the states, comes as a total Culture Shock.
                                                      ent culture (Wikipedia).
                                                                                                     As you walk by, interact with or teach an
                                                      Culture is learned and very particular to each
 From Left to Right: Kamolrat Changngam, Wael Al-                                                    international student in class, actively learn
                                                      group of people. It has been in existence
 turkistani, Ali Alanazi, Allison Stephens & Bachiter                                                about their unique cultural background as
                                                      from time immemorial and will continue to be
                                                                                                     they are an essential part of internationaliz-
                                                      that way. It serves as a guideline for human
 New incoming international students arrive behavior and existence, which is embedded                ing the campus.
 on campus for the experience of a life time, and ingrained in the conscious and subcon-
 consciously having made the decision to              scious of individuals that belong to that com-
 study in an environment and culture for-             munity or that have bought into those values.
 eign to their known cultural background.             This can help create some normalcy and rules                             PAGE 3
 As these students settle into their new              for existence and, at the same time, it cre-
 environment at CCSU and in the United                ates a bond by which a group of individuals
 States, we at CCSU need to play a part in            can co-exist.
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                                                       My Days at CCSU:
                     Gao, Yan, a visiting scholar from Northwest University in China

                                                                      attended the three courses         parties in celebration of the
                                                                      related to my research interest    holiday of Thanksgiving and
                                                                      in the School of Business at       Christmas. I visited Yale Uni-
                                                                      CCSU last semester. Through        versity in New Haven, Stan-
                                                                      attending these classes, I not     ford University in California
                                                                      only obtained the information of   and Wall Street in New York.
                                                                      these courses, but also the        On January 20, 2009, like
                                                                      differences in teaching ideas      most Americans I watched the
                                                                      and teaching methods between       inauguration of President
                                                                      CCSU and my university. I          Barack Obama on TV. These
                                                                      found that CCSU’s teachers pay     activities gave me a chance to
                                                                      more attention to teaching and     understand the USA better
                                                                      training students in analyzing     and enriched my life as a
                                                                      and problem solving. For exam-     result. I am beginning to real-
                                                                      ple, the teachers encourage the    ize that the USA has advan-
                                                                      students to ask questions and      tages in many areas.
                                                                      give their different opinions in
                                                                      the classrooms. Teachers’ pro-     Here are some of the impor-
                                                                      fessional spirits and the ad-      tant experiences that have
   Management & Organization Chair Margaret Mitchell, Visiting        vanced teaching facilities made    left the most positive impres-
                                                                      a deep impression on me.           sion on me. For example,
   Scholar Yan Gao, and School of Business Dean Siamack Shojai.                                          Internet and the use of Inter-
                                                                      Besides attending classes, I       net for different businesses
 Time is flying. I have been at    and doing research in the field    also read some papers and          and purposes are very popular
 CCSU as a visiting scholar for    of human resources and to get      books related to my field of       in the USA. People can pay for
 three months. CCSU’s teaching     rich research achievements.        research in the university li-     everything on the Internet
 and academics, as well as its     Learning the latest develop-       brary and on the internet on       including air ticket, hotel,
 beautiful and quiet campus,       ments in the field of my re-       campus, which help me a lot in     insurance, phone card and so
 impress me so much. I am an       search interest and the theories   choosing my research topics.       on. There is free water to
 associate professor at North-     and the teaching methods re-       Now I am preparing a paper         drink in many public areas.
 west University in China, where   lated to human resource man-       regarding international human      There are gate buttons for
 I teach courses and do research   agement encouraged me to go        resource management in Chi-        handicaps in the entrance of
 in the field of human resource    abroad and choose CCSU. It         nese small and medium busi-        every building, which embod-
 management. Studying and          also gives me a good chance to     nesses for the CSU academic        ies human-oriented spirit.
 doing research abroad will be     tell the American people what      conference in 2009, in coopera-    Pedestrian and car drivers
 greatly helpful to me when I go   the Chinese people have            tion with my advisor. Also some    give respect to each other.
 back to my university to teach    achieved and what has hap-         teachers at CCSU and I have        People abide traffic rules con-
 and do research. Last year I      pened in China in the past         the desire to cooperate for our    scientiously; car drivers stop
 was awarded financial support     years. Meanwhile, it gives me a    common interests in the future.    and wait for people to cross
 funded by the China Scholar-      good opportunity to exchange       I also met and discussed differ-   the road. People are very
 ship Council (CSC) to pursue      and discuss some topics and        ent issues with many teachers      polite to greet on the road, no
 my study in the USA as a visit-   issues with the teachers at        at CCSU like Margret E.            matter if they know you or
 ing scholar for one year.         CCSU and set up a close con-       Mitchell, Anne J. Rich, George     not. I often heard people say
                                   nection and future cooperation     Kawecki, Leslie Leone, Jose        ―How are you?‖, ―Excuse
 Before I came to the USA I        with each other. Doing research    Oak, David Freeman, Chester        me.‖, ―I am sorry.‖ ―Thank
 learned that CCSU is a sister     and studying at CCSU will en-      Labedz, Michael Raphael, Daniel    you.‖, ―You are welcome‖.
 university to my university and   hance my research level and        J. Miller, Brian Osoba, Khoon Y.
 that its School of Business is    enrich my academic acknowl-        Koh and Min Fang etc. I learned    To sum up, the past three
 excellent in business manage-     edge, making me more com-          a lot about the U.S not only in    months have been busy but
 ment. In addition, Professor      petitive in getting project sup-   aspects of economy, manage-        happy because I have learned
 Margaret Mitchell at the School   port for my research at my         ment, law, education, science      a lot and made many new
 of Business has outstanding       university.                        and technology but also in the     friends. Now I feel that I have
 research achievements in hu-                                         differences between China and      made significant progress in
 man resource management. So       During the past three months       the U.S in these areas.            both my English language
 I think it is one of the best     at CCSU I have received lots of                                       ability and my academic re-
 study places for me abroad.       help and support from CCSU,        In addition, I took part in some   search. I would like to express
 Thus, it was my great honor to    especially from teachers of CIE    academic seminars and social       my sincere thanks to CCSU
 be invited to CCSU’s School of    and the School of Business.        activities. For example, I at-     for giving me the opportunity
 Business to do study and re-      After I arrived at CCSU I was      tended the Seventeenth Annual      to have this great experience.
 search as a visiting scholar      provided with a nice office and    Japan/Korea/China Week at
 under the guidance of Professor   a laptop with the help of Dean     CCSU, CCSU Homecoming                       Gao, Yan, Visiting Scholar
 Margaret Mitchell.                Siamack Shojai and Secretary       2008, the School of Business             Northwest University in China
                                   Joanne Carroll. With the guid-     Presentation, the Ceremony
 My career goal is to enhance      ance and arrangement of my         Honoring the 2008 Merit Award
 my academic level in teaching     advisor Margaret Mitchell, I       Recipients, and the various                    PAGE 4
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       Social Work Majors Enjoy Experiential Learning Trip to Peru by Dr. Catherine Baratta, Social Work

                                                                         and dislikes. Every meal was         Tuesdays and Thursdays,
                                                                         ―out of this world‖ and that is      home visits are made to check
                                                                         not an exaggeration. The             on the well-being of those
                                                                         kitchen was fully stocked and        who were not at the program
                                                                         available to us whenever we          the day before, or who have
                                                                         felt the need to eat. The Lima       been experiencing difficulties.
                                                                         staff was led by the magnificent     Our principle role was to lis-
                                                                         and passionate Kique Bossio,         ten, and ―just be‖ with each of
                                                                         the Lima program director, who       them, much like we would do
                                                                         has assembled the most im-           as we visit with senior citizens
                                                                         pressive, dedicated and suppor-      in the United States. Stories
                                                                         tive staff who attended to our       were told, photographs were
                                                                         every need.                          shared, but most told us that
                                                                                                              they had encountered a prob-
                                                                         We woke up Monday-Friday             lem, i.e. not coming to the
                                                                         between 6:30 and 7:30 to eat,        program because of a fear of
                                                                         dress, and get in the vans to        falling or running out of
                                                                         depart to our jobs at 7:45. All      money to be able to keep
                                                                         the job sites were no more than      their husband in the hospital,
                                                                         15 minutes away from our             that needed the assistance of
                                                                         home base, and each trip was         program staff to resolve.
                                                                         full of laughs and excitement as
It was an extraordinary and          mit themselves to an intense        our experienced drivers took         Ben Chaback, Kristy
serendipitous opportunity to         and often uncomfortable ex-         great care to deliver us to our      Fredrickson, Tim ―Timetao‖
bring nine of our social work        perience (this was the first two    sites in one piece. (Driving         Huff, and Lauren Vitale were
majors (and one psychology           weeks of summer and it was          through Lima is one cultural         assigned the National Insti-
major from Southern Connecti-        hot and dirty in the middle of a    experience that none of us will      tute for the Welfare of Infants
cut State University) to partici-    desert) working with people         soon forget). Approximately          and the Family, referred to as
pate in an experiential learning     living in extreme poverty, each     four and ½ hours were spent at       INABIF. The state supported
opportunity with the people of       student, in his or her own          each site which proved to be         agency assists the poorest
Villa El Salvador in Lima, Peru      unique ways, was challenged to      the perfect length of time to be     children and families in Peru.
this past January. In partner-       the core. I am delighted that       working. We were placed at           During the school year it func-
ship with Cross Cultural Solu-       this course abroad opportunity      three different sites based on a     tions as a public school, but
tions (CCS), the premier inter-      was able to extend the contin-      detailed inventory of skills and     now that it was summer, it
national volunteer organization,     uum of social work experiences      interests, and discussion with       became a day care center for
we spent two weeks volunteer-        and knowledge that students         CCS staff prior to our depar-        a lot of children ranging in
ing in this desert shanty town       have had at CCSU, into the          ture.                                age from infancy to 16 years.
of approximately 600,000 of          global community and, most                                               While Lauren was primarily in
the most resilient, hospitable       importantly, the experience of      Los Matincitos, is a community-      the room for three year olds,
and gracious people any of us        the everyday lives of people.       based initiative sponsored by        Ben, Kristy and Tim spent the
have ever met not only in Villa                                          the Catholic Church in Villa El      majority of their time devel-
El Salvador, but Lima, as well.      We stayed together in a large       Salvador, where Kim Sprong,          oping and implementing ac-
                                     beautiful home in a residential     Kyle Robbins and I assisted.         tivities for the 5 -16 year olds.
Begun as a ―land grab‖ by im-        neighborhood (near to every-        Three times a week approxi-
poverished families in 1971,         thing we would need—a gro-          mately 160 of the poorest sen-       Like Los Martincitos, the pro-
Villa El Salvador, a newer dis-      cery store, internet café, pastry   ior citizens or abuleos come         vision of hot meals was a
trict of Lima that is located on     shop, laundry, photo shop and       together to enjoy each other’s       centerpiece of the program.
the southern cone, is ―a self-       banks, parks etc.) in Santiago      company and receive basic            For many of the children this
organized, self-managed com-         de Surcco, staffed by dedicated     services (two hot meals, medi-       was the only place where they
munity‖ which is entirely de-        and caring people. During the       cal care, personal hygiene as-       were fed. The students’ re-
pendent upon citizen participa-      first week it was just us, with     sistance, social work assis-         sponsibility during breakfast
tion for its existence. Like all     one other volunteer from Aus-       tance, recreation, etc.) For         and lunch was to make sure
the volunteers before them, our      tralia. The second Saturday, 11     many of the abuelos, Los Matin-      and encourage children to eat
students had the opportunity to      volunteers from around the          citos is their only source of food   everything. This was very
partner ―shoulder to shoulder‖       world, ranging in age from 75       (or contact) in Villa El Salvador.   difficult for some children who
with the residents as they build     to 22 years spent the second        Enough food is served to each,       were physically unable to eat
and live community. On the           week with us. It was very in-       so that there would be enough        because of a lack of food, and
other hand, despite the suc-         teresting to learn about the        food to last the next day.           as the students would attest,
cesses and accolades (even           various reasons why each was        (Everyone arrives with contain-      it wasn’t very appetizing.
being nominated for a Nobel          volunteering, why Lima, and,        ers to fill with the leftovers of
Peace Prize), it is a community      for some, why they keep com-        their meal.) Some of our re-         Some of the other activities
of extreme poverty, character-       ing back.                           sponsibilities included assisting    included teaching English to
ized by a lack of food, access to                                        in the preparation of food and       (continued on page 6)
water, electricity, adequate         We ate authentic homemade           serving the meal, cleaning up,
shelter and toilet facilities, and   Peruvian food for every meal,       participating in the recreation
with streets lined with garbage.     served family style in a large      activities, and always offering
                                     dining room and prepared by         an arm to help an abuleo walk                     PAGE 5
By selecting this opportunity,       fantastic cooks, who took into      to the nurse’s office.
not only did our students com-       consideration everyone's’ likes
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      Social Work Students on Experiential Learning Program in Peru (continued from page 5)
 the children who were curious       three months.                       the women’s movement, a U.S.        to the legal rights afforded to
 and eager to learn and in ex-                                           journalist for The Economist, on    domestic servants, and are
 change, the children assisted       Lunch, the largest meal of the      the politics of Peru, and an        allowed to participate in La
 the students in learning Span-      day, was served at 1:30 every       activist who discussed race and     Casa programming. Despite
 ish. The students also initiated    day and everyone including our      discrimination, which all pro-      being deemed ―the lucky
 and participated in sporting        cooks, housekeepers, drivers,       vided lively discussion topics      ones‖ it shook each of us to
 events such as volleyball and       security and office staff all ate   during dinner that began 7:30.      our core. It remains difficult
 basketball, arts and crafts, and    at this time. We chatted about                                          to reconcile our expectations
 singing and dancing (the chil-      the days’ events, and brain-        One of the most provocative         of childhood and the reality
 dren’s favorite activity).          stormed about the activities to     and poignant moments oc-            for the girls we met enjoying
                                     be implemented the next day.        curred when we had visited La       their day off. To date, about
 The Anjo Gabriel School, an                                             Casa de Panchita, ―a meeting        125 girls have been identified
 educational program for chil-    The time period following lunch        place for domestic workers‖ of      and 50 are currently partici-
 dren primarily diagnosed with    (2:30 – 5:30) was set aside for        Lima on a Sunday afternoon.         pating.
 Autism, Down ’s syndrome ,       cultural events and feedback           We had come to meet with the
 and Cerebral Palsy was the site  meetings. For example, we              director and founder of this        Friday, January 16th was a
 for Jessica Velerdi, Samantha    had a tour of downtown Lima,           organization established to         day that none of us wanted to
 Russell, Maria Millburg and      which included a tour Cathedral        ―defend the rights of all persons   come—the last day of work.
 Stephanie Zarnetske. This was    of San Francisco, and the cata-        over the legal age in domestic      As much as we wanted to see
 the first time CCS placed volun- combs, which provided a won-           service and prevent minors…         family members, it was ex-
 teers here because of our stu-   derful orientation for our future      from entering the profes-           tremely difficult to leave all
 dents’ level of knowledge, ex-   excursions downtown. Pre-              sion‖(see www.gruporedes.org        our new found friends. As
 perience and interest in working Columbian ruins located in the         for more information.) As we        expected, when the vans
 with children diagnosed with     middle of a residential                toured the agency, we walked        came to each site to pick us
 disabilities. While this was veryneighborhood, provided the             into what resembled a second        up, a LOT OF TEARS were
 exciting to hear, it did not     opportunity to be introduced to        grade classroom (one of two         shed by everyone--students,
 match the groups’ exhilaration   the rich and lengthy history of        rooms), filled with the sound of    the abuleos and children we
 during a discussion we all had   Peru and its people. We also           chatter and giggling, to meet       assisted, and staff of each
 with Anibal Yilesca, the founder spent an afternoon at the Na-          girls, the youngest about 7         agency. While students have
 and director of the school. He   tional Museum to see the Photo         years old, which had been re-       been a bit hard on themselves
 proceeded to tell us that be-    Exhibit: Yuyanapaq. To Re-             cruited into domestic service.      -- stating in their journals and
 cause of our students’ willing-  member produced by the Com-                                                learning contracts, that they
 ness to volunteer, a two week    mission for Truth and Recon-           The girls had been bought from      must not be good profession-
 summer program was devel-        ciliation of the 1980-2000 vio-        families in the Highlands           als, because they cried -- I
 oped specifically for families   lent campaign of the Shining           (Andes) with not only money,        disagree. I believe each of
 who had little, if any economic  Path which targeted the indige-        but the promise of an education     them are the best kind of
 resources, so that their childrennous populations of the Andes          and better life. Contrary to        social work professional—the
 could receive services for the   and urban poor in Lima. This           what is promised, the reality is    ones who passionately take
 first time ever.                 assisted in the students’ under-       that exploitation and abuse of      risks to develop authentic
                                  standing of the experiences of         all types occurs, and Lima is       relationships with people who
 In Peru, there is no governmen- abuleos who were victims of             not immune. Our students are        are different than themselves,
 tal support for persons with     the horrific violence and fled         well aware of modern day slav-      while never losing a sense of
 disabilities. Parents must pay   from the Highlands to Villa El         ery, all having read Dispos-        themselves, and the mission
 ―out of pocket‖ for any assis-   Salvador, only to be attacked          able People: New Slavery in         of social work. I believe that
 tance. With the exception of     again.                                 the Global Economy by Kevin         this should be the essence of
 two children, who had briefly                                           Bales that included information     study abroad opportunities for
 attended public school, this was Before dinner, 6:30-7:30 we            on the practice of selling girls    our students.
 the first time any of the chil-  had discussions with a variety         into domestic service, in one of
 dren (ages 4 to 10 years) ever   of guests, from both the work          our foundation courses. Ironi-                   Dr. Catherine Baratta
 participated in a program. Two sites, and community. We met             cally, the girls we saw on this                     Associate Professor
 of our students are planning to with an activist who discussed          day are deemed the ―lucky                                  Social Work
 return here upon graduation for the role of NGOs in Peru, and           ones;‖ their employers adhere

                                        Are you working with the United Nations?
                         If you currently have contacts at the United Nations or are already working with UN Information
                         Centers/Services or other parts of the UN System on collaborative educational programs for CCSU
                         students and/or the broader campus community, the CIE would like to know about it, since your
                         work might help us with a U. N. affiliation initiative. Please send the details of your UN-related pro-
                         gram to Lisa Marie Bigelow, Associate Director, CIE at Bigelow@ccsu.edu.

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   CCSU Student Reflects on Studies Abroad in Three Asian Countries by Casey Casserino
This past year, I was fortunate      pressed with the selection of         example, I would often find            the various on campus activi-
enough to study abroad in not        courses in English, the intensive     myself discussing the 2008 elec-       ties and excursions to the
one country, but three. My           Japanese language program,            tion with taxi drivers or tea ven-     Demilitarized Zone, and Seoul
journey, which started as a          and the faculty. The Japanese         dors who were anxious to get an        Tourism Festival. The high-
course abroad in China in sum-       language program was chal-            American perspective on the            light of my time at Kyung Hee
mer 2007, had finally come to        lenging, and I found myself           different candidates. I was be-        was the final assignment for
an end this past summer.             soon able to communicate with         coming more comfortable with           my Civil Society class, which
Though generally, students           the local people, which gave me       my Chinese, and as a result,           was to create an NGO. I was
tend to spend a year in the          a great sense of accomplish-          made many friends. Unfortu-            put in a group with four other
same university, through the         ment, whether it was asking for       nately, my time in Xi’an was cut       students from Kyrgyzstan,
CIE I was able to travel and         directions, or ordering ramen at      short after the May 12th earth-        Uzbekistan, China, and Korea.
study in China, Japan, and Ko-       a restaurant. I was also able to      quake in Sichuan. Luckily, no          Together we had to create a
rea. The result was a year of        visit several other cities in the     major damage had been re-              realistic NGO, and a presenta-
experiences that have made it        region including Nara and Kobe.       ported in Xi’an; however we            tion that would cover aspects
the most exciting and fulfilling     I also took a trip to Tokyo when      were advised to spend the night        such as budgeting, fundrais-
year of my life. From traveling      the semester had ended.               outside rather than risk going         ing, management, programs,
                                                                           inside the building in case of
to Tokyo, climbing Mount Tai,        Though my time in Japan was                                                  and advertising. The outcome
                                                                           aftershocks. Two weeks later,
experiencing earthquakes and         amazing, and I was thrilled to                                               was an NGO focused on sus-
                                                                           after several aftershocks, an-
creating an NGO, my experi-          be improving my Japanese, at                                                 tainable development of the
                                                                           other strong earthquake hit, and
ences studying abroad this past      the same time I realized that                                                Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan.
                                                                           it was then I realized that it was
year have tested me in ways          my Chinese was suffering after                                               Our group was very satisfied
                                                                           time to return home.
that no class ever could.            not having practiced for so                                                  with the final product, and our
                                     long. It was this realization         I spent the next month at home,        professor encouraged us to
My year abroad started with a        that led me to make the deci-         preparing for a one-month sum-         continue developing our NGO
course in Shandong China,            sion to spend my spring semes-        mer program in South Korea, at         and perhaps, someday, make
where I traveled with several        ter in China, instead of Japan        the beautiful Kyung Hee Univer-        our project a reality.
CCSU students and professors         as I had previously planned.          sity. The Global Collaborative
to study Asian literature. We                                              Program was something I had            I feel unbelievably privileged
traveled throughout Shandong,        After a long winter break I set       been looking forward to for            to have had these experi-
visiting important cultural sites    out for Northwest University, in      months. The program brought            ences. I never believed that I
such as Confucius’ birthplace,       Xi’an China. I was excited to be      scholars and experts from pres-        would have been able to learn
Baotu springs, and Weifang. I        going back to China and to            tigious universities, the United       as much, or meet as many
was simply taken with the            have a chance to go some-             Nations, and non-government            wonderful people as I have in
beauty of China’s historic archi-    where I had never been before.        organizations to teach about           the span of a year. And,
tecture, and the kindness of the     Xi’an, an ancient capitol, is an      global governance, civil society,      though my journey wasn’t an
Chinese people. This course          amazing city, and though the          international relations, and Asian     easy one, I am grateful for
abroad also allowed me to im-        pollution definitely took some        Studies. I chose to study UN           every step of it. There is an
prove my Chinese speaking            getting used to, the architec-        and Global Governance as well          old Chinese proverb that
skills I had learned while study-    ture of the ancient city and the      as Civil Society Capacity and          says: ―Walking ten thousand
ing in Taiwan a year before. I       rich combination of cultures          Management. Both courses               miles of the world is better
left this trip with a better un-     made the city one of my favor-        were taught by UN and NGO              than reading ten thousand
derstanding of Chinese culture       ites in China. Studying in Xi’an      past presidents and were ex-           scrolls‖. Now I feel that I can
through literature and through       helped me improve my Chinese          tremely challenging. The               truly appreciate the meaning
meeting with poets and writers.      dramatically; since the local         classes were three hours long,         of that, and I hope that those
                                     population has little interaction     and since I decided to take two,       of you who have the opportu-
Directly from China, I set off for   with English speakers, the peo-       I didn’t have much time to ex-         nity to study abroad will too.
a semester at CCSU’s sister          ple of Xi’an were always very         plore the city of Seoul as much
school Kansai Gaidai, in Osaka,      friendly and eager to speak           as I would have liked. I was,                       Casey Casserino, Junior
Japan. I was immediately im-         with a foreigner in Chinese. For      however, able to participate in                    Psychology Major, CCSU

Kyung Hee University’s Global Collaborative Summer Program in Global Governance and East Asian Civili-
zation gives students the opportunity to study under faculty members from prestigious universities in Asia
and the United States, including Peking University, Ritsumeikan University, Moscow State University, and
the University of Pennsylvania. Students can choose from two tracks of courses: Track I is titled UN and
INGOs while Track II is titled Global Governance and East Asian Civilization. The program is one month
long, and students can earn up to six credit hours.

Central Connecticut State University students are invited to apply, and financial support is available
through the Center for International Education, including two full tuition scholarships. This program is
open to all students but would be particularly of interest to International Studies, Business, Political           Future leaders from around the world
Science, East Asian Studies, and Peace Studies majors. Students are asked to inform the Center for
International Education of their interest, and apply directly to Kyung Hee via their online application proc-   attend the Global Collaborative Program at
ess.                                                                                                                  Kyung Hee University in Seoul
If you would like to recommend a student for this exciting program, please contact Christie Ward at                               PAGE 7
wardc@ccsu.edu for more information. Details about last year’s program and a link to the online applica-
tion available on the Kyung Hee website at : http://gc.khu.ac.kr/main.html
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                     CCSU University Singers Conduct Concert Tour in China
  During the recent Spring Break,     classes at the elementary           Center and the Center for International Education made the concert
  the 18-member University            school level, and visiting Confu-   tour possible.
  Singers ensemble, directed by       cius’s Temple, the Great Wall,
  Dr. Pamela J. Perry, Professor      and other World Heritage Sites
  of Music, conducted a concert       in China. The Singers’ concert
  tour in China. Adjunct Professor    tour program included three
  Tina Wu served as the delega-       Chinese folk songs, sung in
  tion’s cultural expert. The         Chinese. Dr. Wu coached the
  group’s official in-country host    students in pronunciation and
  for the tour was Shandong Nor-      dialect, and created a Blog to
  mal University, CCSU’s newest       help students prepare for their
  university partner in Asia.         international experience. Fund-
                                      raising efforts, which included a
  Highlights of the group’s per-
                                      benefit concert held recently at
  formance tour included giving a
                                      the Trinity on Main Performance
  joint performance with the Stu-
                                      Center in New Britain, dona-
  dent Choir of Shandong Normal
                                      tions, and grants from the
  University, performing at the
                                      CCSU’s U.S. China Business
  Shandong University of the
  Arts, observing music education

            Chinese Scholar Chooses CCSU as                                             US Department of State Issues
                 Host Site for Research                                                   Travel Alert for Mexico
Prof. Ling ―Jane‖ Zhang, Vice Dean of the School of Education Sci-        On February 20th, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert
ence at Ningxian University (People’s Republic of China) is currently     suggesting that all travelers to Mexico exercise great caution (see
in residence in the CCSU Department of Engineering and Technol-           http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html).
ogy Education, under the supervision of Dr. James DeLaura and Dr.
                                                                          Other relevant State Department documents include information
Michele Dischino. While at CCSU, Prof. Zhang is observing class-          and guidelines aimed specifically at U.S. college students planning
room instruction, conducting research in the area of curriculum           to travel to Mexico for Spring Break (see http://travel.state.gov/
design and blended learning approaches, and learning about best           travel/cis_pa_tw/spring_break_mexico/
practices in the area of online teaching. Prof. Zhang’s visit to CCSU     spring_break_mexico_2812.html) and the Consular Information
was made possible by a research grant from the Chinese govern-            Sheet on Mexico (see http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/
ment. Prof. Zhang will return to Ningxia University in June, follow-      cis_970.html).
ing the completion of her research. Prof. Zhang may be reached at         If your plans include travel to Mexico, we strongly recommend that
zhanglin@ccsu.edu.                                                        you read the State Department information noted above and that
                                                                          you continue to monitor what seems to be worsening conditions in
                                                                          order to determine whether your travel plans should be altered alto-

                    Meet the CIE Staff: Erin Beecher                                                                 You’re Invited
                   I n t e r n a t i o n a l E d u c at i o n A s s i s t a n t
                                                                                                                           to the
                                     Erin Beecher is the assistant to     and yearlong study abroad pro-
                                     the international education coor-    grams. She assists students with
                                     dinator and has been at the          all aspects of studying in a for-
                                                                                                                International Festival
                                     Center for International Educa-      eign country and offers them
                                     tion since 2007. Prior to working    support while away and upon                   at CCSU
                                     at the CIE, Erin taught English in   returning to CCSU.
                                     public high schools in France for
                                                                          Erin loves working with CCSU            Sunday, April 19
                                     two years. Erin has a Bachelor
                                     degree in French from CCSU and       students. Knowing they are go-
                                     was a participant in the study       ing to learn so much about them-        12:00—4:00 p.m.
                                                                          selves while they’re away and
                                     abroad program at the Univer-
                                                                          seeing the changes in them when
                                                                                                                    Alumni Hall,
                                     sity of Caen while she was an
                                     undergraduate student.               they return is her favorite part of      Student Center
                                                                          the job.
                                     Erin recruits CCSU students for
                                     University sponsored semester                                                        PAGE 8
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   Note of Caution about Outside Study                                               VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IELP CON-
                                                                                      VERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM
       Abroad Program Providers
                                                                                     Would you like to help your students have an interna-
  There are hundreds of outside study      education experiences abroad, the         tional experience at CCSU without leaving the campus? If
  abroad program providers (OPPs)          Center for International Education        so, then you might consider encouraging them to volun-
  vying for the attention (and money)      requests that all inquiries for spon-     teer to become a Conversation Partner for the Intensive
  of American college students. Many       sorship of an on-campus visit by an       English Language Program (IELP).
  of these programs are of high quality    outside study abroad program pro-         Being a Conversation Partner offers American students an
  and offer excellent educational ex-      vider be directed to the Center for       opportunity to share their ideas and interests with a peer
  periences for our students at afford-    review and, when appropriate, spon-       from another part of the world. CCSU faculty and staff
  able rates. Some of them, however,       sorship. Accordingly, we have asked       members and their families are also welcome to volun-
  are poorly organized and adminis-        the Office of Events Management to        teer.
  tered, place students in unsafe situa-   refer all facilities requests for study   The IELP staff pairs volunteers with IELP students who
  tions, and offer very little academic    abroad events to the Center as well.      are interested in improving their English conversation
  substance for premium prices.                                                      skills and learning more about life in the United States.
                                           Individual faculty members who mar-
                                                                                     Volunteers and partners usually meet for just one hour
  OPP representatives commonly ap-         ket and promote outside study             per week, but the connections they make can be long
  proach individual faculty members        abroad programs which have not            lasting.
  seeking sponsorship for on-campus        been vetted by the Center for Inter-
  visits, purposefully sidestepping the    national Education assume personal        Working with IELP can be an easy way to add an interna-
  campus’s international education         liability for making such referrals,      tional dimension to your class; you might choose to offer
                                                                                     extra credit to students who volunteer, or you can take
  office, which has access to valuable     and may not be indemnified by the
                                                                                     the relationship a step further by partnering with an IELP
  information about the quality of their   State, should an unfortunate incident     class for a shared group activity.
  offerings.                               occur.
                                                                                     For more information, please contact:
  In order to safeguard the continued
  safety and well-being of our students                                              William Toftness * st_toftnessw@ccsu.edu
  and ensure that they have quality                                                  Christie Ward * wardc@ccsu.edu

         Enhanced CIE Website Launched—Special Section “For Faculty Use”
The Center for International Education’s website has been enhanced to include more information and resources for CCSU faculty. Inter-
ested in developing a Course Abroad? Wondering what faculty exchange is all about? Seeking (limited!) funding for an on-campus event
with an international focus? Want to learn more about internationalization at CCSU? Thinking about hosting a visiting scholar in your de-
partment? Check out the CIE website at www.ccsu.edu/cie and click on For Faculty Use (user authentication required; instructions pro-

   Faculty Curriculum Development Grants for Courses Abroad                                                     Internationalization
                                                                                                                 Survey for Faculty
The CIE is also pleased to an-     indigenous peoples, including       CoursesAbroadHome.htm or
nounce the availability of funds   national heritages of art, music,   contact me.                          Beginning in March and continuing
to support faculty who develop     literature, and historical arti-                                         throughout April, the 20 members
                                                                       All faculty submitting 2010          of the Internationalization
2010 Courses Abroad that           facts; activities related to the
                                                                       Course Abroad proposals – in-        Laboratory will be attending more
meet certain criteria and pro-     environment and local ecology;
                                                                       cluding veteran Course Abroad        than 40 departmental meetings to
mote increased student inter-      issues that pertain to the work     program directors – are strongly     discuss and distribute the Faculty
est in learning about our          of local NGOs in areas such as      encouraged to read the revised       Survey on Internationalization at
world. Sponsored by the            human rights, the education of      Guidelines and Course Abroad         CCSU. The survey, which focuses
CCSU Foundation, the Grants        women, and the welfare of chil-     Proposal Form carefully and well     primarily on course content and
will offer $500 - $1,000 to        dren; projects that involve the     in advance of the Deans’ May 1st     desired student competencies, will,
faculty who develop Courses        study and recording of commu-       submission deadline.                 for the first time, provide
Abroad that 1) target the          nity spaces, cultures, and insti-                                        information about the international
                                                                       If you have questions about the
countries and concerns of Af-      tutions, etc. To learn more                                              content of our curriculum as a
                                                                       Course Abroad program, or
rica or Latin America and 2)       about the Faculty Curriculum                                             whole. If you have questions
                                                                       would like to arrange a meeting
engage students in the issues      Development Grants for Course                                            about the Survey or its scheduling,
                                                                       to discuss the development of a
                                                                                                            please contact Nancy Birch Wagner
of local communities in those      Abroad, visit the CIE website at    new Course Abroad program,
                                                                                                            (CIE) or Lilian Uribe (Modern
countries. Examples of such        http://www.ccsu.edu/cie/            please contact Lisa Marie Bige-
engagement might include           faculty/                            low, CIE Associate Director, at
opportunities for students to      FacultyUseWebpages_new/             extension 22042.
come to know the cultures of       CourseAbroad/
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               CIE Welcomes 2010 Course Abroad Proposals
                                                                                                 CCSU’s 22 overseas institutional partners
The Center for International Education wel-     http://www.ccsu.edu/cie/faculty/
                                                                                                 (see http://www.ccsu.edu/cie/Studyabroad/
comes proposals for 2010 Course Abroad          FacultyUseWebpages_new/CourseAbroad/
                                                                                                 Partners.htm to learn more about our partner
programs. Faculty who wish to propose a         GuidelinesHome.htm. The Guidelines are
Course Abroad program for Winter Session,       designed to inform faculty of the regulations
Spring, or Summer 2010 must submit their        that apply to all Courses Abroad, outline the    (2) Course Abroad proposals for programs
completed proposal to their Dean’s office no    Center for International Education require-      offered in Latin America and Africa, two geo-
later than May 1st; proposals are due in the    ments and resources available to support         graphic regions that are educationally impor-
Center for International Education (hard        these programs, and articulate the relevant      tant yet under-represented by our interna-
copy and electronic version) by Friday, May     University policies and CIE procedures that      tional education programs; and
29, 2009. Late submissions cannot be ac-        guide the University’s short-term educational
cepted.                                         programs abroad.                                 (3) Course Abroad proposals that evidence
                                                                                                 clear opportunities for increasing students’
The 2010 Course Abroad Proposal Form,           This year, the CIE is pleased to announce        awareness of cultural diversity and provide
which contains a condensed version of the       several priorities for 2010 Courses Abroad       meaningful engagement with local communi-
Faculty Guidelines for Courses Taught           and the availability of a Course Abroad Cur-     ties while abroad.
Abroad, is available on the CIE’s website       riculum Development Grant program de-
(www.ccsu.edu/cie) in the section titled For    signed to complement one of the priorities.      In addition to the priorities stated above,
Faculty Use (user authentication required).     The priorities are:                              faculty are encouraged to develop collabora-
The full Faculty Guidelines for Courses                                                          tive, interdisciplinary programs, involving
Taught Abroad are available online at           (1) Course Abroad proposals that utilize the     faculty from other CCSU departments or CSU
                                                academic facilities (classrooms, guest faculty   campuses.
                                                lecturers and accommodations) of any of

                            CCSU Partner Universities Abroad
Study abroad through one of CCSU’s over- Asia                                                    University of Salamanca (Spain)
seas partner universities is one of the most
                                                                                                 Växjö University (Sweden)
affordable ways for CCSU students to study Northwest University (China)
abroad for a semester or a year.                                                                 University of Bolton (United Kingdom)
                                             Shandong Normal University (China)
Most partnership agreements allow full-                                                          University of Central Lancashire (United King-
                                                Kansai Gaidai University (Japan)
time CCSU students to pay tuition and fees                                                           dom)
to CCSU and room and board expenses             Kyung Hee University (Korea)
locally; students at the partner universities                                                    University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
pay tuition and fees to their home univer-      Africa
                                                                                                 Queen Margaret University College (United
sity and room and board to CCSU, and the        University of Cape Coast (Ghana)                     Kingdom)
students ―exchange‖ places, each taking a
full-time course load for the duration of       Europe                                           Middle East
their studies abroad. There have recently
been additions and deletions to the list of     Université de Caen (France)                      Eastern Mediterranean University (Cyprus)
CCSU’s official overseas partnerships.          Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program (9            University of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Our current partnerships, now seeking               universities in Germany)
                                                                                                 South America
applications for the 2009-2010 academic         University of Pécs (Hungary)
year, are listed on the right and presented                                                      University of Santa Catarina (Brazil)
in detail on the CIE’s website at http://       University of Foreigners, Perugia (Italy)
www.ccsu.edu/cie/Studyabroad/                                                                    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
                                                Wrocław University of Technology (Poland)            (Brazil)
                                                University of León (Spain)                       Universidad de Concepción (Chile)

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                                    (previously published in the Hartford Courant’s iTowns Section)
Central Connecticut State University’s President Jack Miller knows the value of a global education. Because international education can
have positive influences on career paths, world views, and self-confidence, President Miller championed international education programs
this year by initiating and subsidizing a new program, Passport to Global Citizenship, a non-credit seminar offered only to first-year stu-
This program afforded 70 first-year students the opportunity to spend a week in January in England, studying its history and culture and
perhaps acquiring an appetite for further international study. ―By requiring the students to obtain their first passports, the program also
strengthens the possibility of their continued international education,‖ states Dr. Nancy Birch Wagner, Director of The George R. Muirhead
Center for International Education (CIE) at CCSU.

Last year Central identified international education as one of its distinctive core identities, and President Miller’s support helps advance the
University’s effort to internationalize its educational programming by introducing students to opportunities early in their freshman year.

Two other well-established CIE programs include: a course abroad program and a partnership program.
―The course abroad program is one of the cornerstones of the CIE,‖ says Lisa Marie Bigelow, CIE Associate Director. ―Due to growing
popularity with both faculty and students, we have seen exponential growth in the course abroad program over the past ten years.‖

The course abroad program has grown to 37 courses with 50 faculty members representing 19 academic departments and over 400 stu-
dent participants.
Courses abroad can run from 10 days to one month and can be conveniently taken during Winter Session, Spring Break, or the summer.
Winter Session destinations and courses this year included: Anglo-American Literary London; and Community Resiliency: Villa El Salvador
in Lima, Peru. Students may earn three, four, or six credits for the courses. Tuition assistance, travel assistance, and scholarships are

Many of the Passport students traveled outside the US for their first time. Since these short courses are led by CCSU faculty, students
receive support that enriches their international experience. Generally, faculty members who teach the courses are very familiar with the
destination countries. New destinations this year included Egypt, India, Nicaragua, and the United Arab Emirates.

 According to Nancy Weissmann, CIE International Education Coordinator, students enrolled in the study abroad program make longer
commitments of six months to one year and attend classes in partner universities such as Shandong Normal University in China, the Uni-
versity of Pécs in Hungary, or Kung Hee University in Korea. CCSU has formal affiliations with 25 universities in 18 countries around the

This year 85 students are enrolled in the study abroad program, up from 42 students five years ago. ―Without exception, students who
return from studying abroad say that they have had a life altering experience,‖ says Weissmann. ―Plus, graduates with unique interna-
tional study or internship experience are set apart and have distinct appeal to employers.‖ And it can begin as early as their first year.

                                              MAY we come to your class?
Classroom announcements have proven to be the most effective way of recruiting students to study abroad. If you would like a member
of the CIE staff to come to your class(es) to make a 10-15 minute presentation about study abroad opportunities, let us know. Please
contact Nancy Weissmann, International Education Coordinator, at x22217.

 CCSU international students at the 2008                          Faculty Course Abroad Workshops
 annual International Festival. The 2009
 Festival will be held on Sunday, April 19.   Faculty who are considering – or are in the process of preparing – Course Abroad proposals
                                              for 2010 (Winter Session, Spring Break, or Summer) are cordially invited to attend one of two
                                              Faculty Course Abroad Workshops offered by the Center for International Education (CIE).

                                              Each Workshop will provide advice regarding the preparation of the proposal, answers to the
                                              most frequently asked questions, guidelines for pricing and structuring your Course, sugges-
                                              tions for student recruitment and funding opportunities, as well as important information
                                              about risk management and the policies and procedures that pertain to emergencies and inci-
                                              dent reporting abroad. Veteran Course Abroad faculty will also participate in the Workshop
                                              and share their experiences and offer tips regarding best practices.

                                              By April 14, please contact Carol Lummis in the CIE (ext. 2-2040) or lummiscaj@ccsu.edu to
                                              sign up for one of the Workshop dates below. Dinner will be provided.

                                                  Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Nutmeg Room, Memorial Hall

                                                 Wednesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Nutmeg Room, Memorial Hall

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                                                                     CIE FULL-TIME STAFF
                                                       CONTACT INFO AND RESPONSIBILITIES
                                                   Dr. Nancy Birch-Wagner, Director
                                                   (832-2050 / wagnernab@ccsu.edu)

                                                      Overall Center planning, management, budget, staffing, and
                                                   Ms. Lisa Marie Bigelow, Associate Director
            CENTRAL CONNECTICUT                    (832-2042 / bigelow@ccsu.edu)
              STATE UNIVERSITY
              WWW.CCSU.EDU/CIE                        Course Abroad Program administration, bilateral partnership
                                                       negotiations and renewals, CCSU employment-based immigra-
              Center for International Education       tion, Special Initiatives, and CIE webmaster
               Henry Barnard Hall, Room 123
                      1615 Stanley Street          Ms. Christie L. Ward, Associate Director, CIE and Coordinator,
                 New Britain, CT 06050 USA         IELP (832-2703 / wardc@ccsu.edu)

                     Phone: 860-832-2040              Curriculum design, instructor hiring and supervision, student
                      Fax: 860-832-2047                testing and placement, marketing and student recruitment for
                                                       the Intensive English Language Program
                                                   Ms. Toyin Ayeni, Coordinator, International Student and
                                                   Scholar Services (832-2052 / ayeni_olu@ccsu.edu)

                                                      Immigration advising, programming, and orientation for F-1 and
                                                       J-1 international students
                                                   Ms. Nancy Weissmann, International Education Coordinator
                                                   (832-2217 / weissmannn@ccsu.edu)

                                                      Marketing, recruitment, placement and administration of study
                                                       abroad program
                                                   Ms. Carol Lummis, Secretary II, CIE
                                                   (832-2044 / lummiscaj@ccsu.edu)
                                                   Ms. Carmetta Williams, Secretary II, IELP
                                                   (832-3376 / williamsc@ccsu.edu)

                                                   Comments or questions about the CIE Newsletter? Contact the co-editors:
                                                              Lisa Marie Bigelow (bigelow@ccsu.edu)
                                                                  Christie Ward (wardc@ccsu.edu)

Center for International Education
Central Connecticut State University
Henry Barnard Hall, Room 123
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050 USA

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