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					      Community Colleges for international Development, inC.                                                       Winter   2011

        Seminole State College of Florida Students Attend Nuclear Studies
        Institute in Japan                                by loraine o’Connell
   “Amazing – a life-changing experience.”
   That’s how Seminole State College of Florida student
   Stephanie Schlaf describes her July 30-Aug. 11 trip to
   Japan. Schlaf, 26, and Justine Schrauwen, 20, traveled
   with Seminole State History Professor Dr. Vincent Intondi
   and English Professor Janelle Wells as part of an annual
   summer program sponsored by the American University
   Nuclear Studies Institute.
   Intondi, director of research for the Nuclear Studies
   Institute, was invited to join the summer program as a
   lecturer for the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombings.
   Led by Dr. Peter Kuznick, director of the Nuclear Studies          Nuclear Studies Institute participants met with Hiroshima Mayor
                                                                       Tadatoshi Akiba (second row, third from right) during their trip.
   Institute, the curriculum explores Japanese wartime
   aggression, the human devastation wrought by the atomic        The moment that stands out for her happened at the
   bombings, current Japanese and international efforts to        Aug. 6 Hiroshima commemoration. Visitors placed paper
   eliminate nuclear weapons, and the building of closer ties     lanterns in the Motayasu River to represent the Japanese
   between the people of the United States and Japan.             who died as well as those who jumped into the river to get
                                                                  away from the heat of the nuclear explosion but perished
                                                                  in the superheated water.
                                                                  “I was crying and walking away,” recalls Schrauwen, who
                                                                  graduated from Seminole State in December and now
                                                                  studies accounting at the University of Central Florida.
                                                                  “One of the Japanese students came up to me. I could
                                                                  tell she was crying, too. She said, ‘Are you OK?’ I was
                                                                  just really sad, and she said, ‘Never again.’ It pretty much
                                                                  summed up the whole trip for me.”
                                                                  Intondi plans to continue inviting Seminole State students
                                                                  on the annual trip as well as students from other Central
                                                                  Florida schools. “My goal is to … take a whole contingent
                                                                  of students from Florida,” he says.
                                                                  Schlaf, who will graduate in April and pursue a degree
                                                                  as a physical therapist, says she wants to be among
                                                                  the students on the 2011 trip. “There’s so much you
From left: Stephanie Schlaf, Dr. Vincent Intondi and
                                                                  experience,” she says. “It’s like watching a complicated
Justine Schrauwen visit the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.
The building was one of the few structures still standing after
                                                                  movie – you never get it all the first time you go.”
the 1945 explosions.
                                                                   Good News for CCID and the Republic
   Schlaf and Schrauwen joined about 40 students from
   American University, China, Canada and Japan. The
                                                                   of Georgia              by John Halder
   students’ days were filled with lectures, museum visits,
   a little sightseeing, and most memorably, stories of the       Beginning late this fall, CCID will sharply expand its higher
   bombings told by survivors, or Hibakusha, and the 65th         education activities in Georgia as part of the consortium chosen
                                                                  by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – Tbilisi,
   anniversary ceremonies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
                                                                  to run the Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI). This will expand
   Intondi told the students they would experience “little
                                                                  economic and workforce development opportunities across
   moments that would make the trip,” Schrauwen says,
                                                                  the Republic of Georgia during the next four years. CCID’s
   “and it was really true.”
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                                        Calendar of CCID Events

                                        Invitation to Attend
                                        CCID 35th Annual Conference
                                        “Workforce Training in Higher Education: A Catalyst for
       Executive Committee              Development”
       Dr. Jack Birmingham              The Community College Model Goes Global
    Highline Community College          February 26 – March 1, 2011
         Chairperson Elect              The Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida
       Dr. Richard Carpenter            The community college model has never been more in demand. It is
     Lone Star College System
                                        recognized by the highest levels of governments as a key resource in
          Past Chairperson              providing open access to workforce development. We invite you to join us
           Dr. Patricia Keir            for in-depth discussions on this and other topics, as well as for an excellent
  Eastern Iowa Community College
                                        learning and networking opportunity.
         Member At Large
                                        The conference opens on Monday, February 28th with an international plenary panel
          Dr. Lori Weyers
   Northcentral Technical College       “Community College Systems Around the World”
        Secretary/Treasurer             hosted by:
        Dr. Mick Starcevich,
                                        Dr. Leonél Fernández, President of the Dominican Republic.
   Kirkwood Community College
                                        He will be joined by:
         Interim President/
         Executive Director             Dr. Sumate Yamnoon, Secretary General, Office of Higher Education
             Ed Stossel                 Commission, Thailand
                                        Dr. Lali Gogeliani, Coordinator of Reforms in Education and Science, Georgian
             Published by               Technical University, the Republic of Georgia
     Sinclair Community College
        444 West Third Street           Pablo Zardini, Director of International Education, Carlos Rios & Associates,
      Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460           Argentina
                                        During the Seymour Fersh Memorial Forum after Monday Awards Luncheon,
         Executive Offices
      6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW            Mr. David Levin from the U.S. Department of State and colleagues from
     Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406           community colleges will discuss opportunities from the various grants and
                                        scholar programs offered by the Department.
    Phone: (319) 398-5653/1257
        Fax: (319) 398-7113             This year, we are offering three (3) high quality, globally oriented
     E-mail:          Pre-Conference Workshops! All will take place on Sunday, February 27th.
    Web site:
                                        Please visit the Conference web site for registration and workshop
    CCID was founded in 1976            details. Do not miss out on this wonderful learning opportunity!
 CCID is an Affiliate Council of AACC

Breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday will                     Plan to Attend
feature around 80 presenters discussing the latest in
                                                                 CCID 36th Annual Conference 2012
global workforce training, professional development
opportunities, student and faculty mobility, global              New Orleans, Louisiana
partnerships, and many more topics. Please review the            February 24 – 27, 2012*
latest conference schedule posted on the CCID web site.
                                                                 At the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
Conference registration, hotel reservation (by January
30th) and program details can all be found by visiting           (*The dates reflect a new conference schedule beginning
CCID web site                                        on Friday and ending Monday evening)

Conference Host: Daytona State College, Daytona                  Conference Host: Hinds Community College, Raymond,
Beach, Florida                                                   Mississippi

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
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Calendar of CCID Events                                                                                  —continued from page 2

  Other Events
  CCID Professional Development Program:                         CCID Troika Study Abroad programs in 2011:
  Brazil                                                         May 7 – 22: Denmark : Global Perspectives on Event
  April 30 – May 7, 2011                                         Management
  CCID will visit Brasilia and Sao Paulo to meet with            May 18 – June 1: China: China’s Economic, Business,
  various governmental officials and to visit educational        Social and Cultural Globalization Impact
  institutions. If you are interested in participating, or       May 23 – June 6: Ecuador: Transcultural Nursing (we are
  receiving more information, please email your contact          looking for interested colleges to begin a new cycle in 2012)
  information to: with Brazil                  June 5 – 18: Costa Rica: Peace Studies & Conflict
  2011 in the subject line, or call the CCID office at           Resolution
  319.398.1257.                                                  June 13 – 27: Ecuador: Transcultural Nursing (we are
                                                                 looking for interested colleges to begin a new cycle in 2012)
  CCID Professional Development Program:
                                                                 For questions on how to participate, please contact
  Turkey                                                         Andrea Siebenmann at the CCID Office at 319.398.7183.
  May 30 – June 9, 2011
  “Understanding Education in the Context of the                 CCID Summer Institute, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  Ancient Ottoman Empire”                                        July 23 – 25, 2011
  Participants from any discipline will gain an                  We invite staff, faculty and administrators of the CCID
  understanding of the history of the country, Turkish           member institutions in the U.S. and abroad to participate in
  higher education and the position of modern Turkey             the next Summer Institute to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  in the 21st century. Turkey is also one of the countries       (home of the CCID Executive Office). Our host, Kirkwood
  sending students to the United States as part of               Community College, can’t wait to show you their facilities,
  the CCI Program. Please visit our website for more             including the famous Hotel Kirkwood, and hospitality at its
  information or email your contact information to: ccid@        best! More information on the training program during the with Turkey 2011 in the subject line or           Institute can be found on CCID web site in April-May: www.
  call the CCID Office at 319.398.1257.                 We look forward to seeing you in Cedar Rapids!

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 Good News for CCID and the Republic of Georgia                                                            by John Halder
$1 million subcontract (not yet awarded) will enable the        In addition, project managers Lali Gogeliani and Ardith
organization to design and develop new vocational and           Maney will update representatives of CCID member
higher education curricula, conduct teacher re-training,        colleges at the annual meeting in Orlando in February 2011
develop educational partnerships, and establish advisory        about the activities included in the first year work plan.
committees in order to provide 21st century workforce           Much of the reason for CCID’s success in this competition
knowledge and skills appropriate to agriculture and the         – which drew submissions from numerous national and
needs of business and industry.                                 international consulting companies – is due to the hard work
Some of these efforts will go to updating skills of             and expertise of Dr. Gogeliani, who heads up the CCID
nongovernmental and private sector training providers. It is    office in Georgia, and Dr. Maney, both of whom have worked
also expected that at least three vocational education and/     tirelessly to set up and sustain the first community college in
or colleges will become regional training and outreach hubs.    that country which first opened its doors in 2008.
All of these workforce development efforts, which will be       Thanks also go to the many CCID member colleges who
undertaken in partnership with Georgian higher education        have supported the nearly $500,000 in grant funding
and private sector training providers, the Georgian Ministry    since 2006. The subcontract with Deloitte will allow for
of Education, nongovernmental organizations and local           the continuation of this work. It is expected that CCID will
community stakeholders, will take place in the context of the   come back to member colleges in the coming months to
broader project activities organized and coordinated by the     announce additional grant opportunities and to advise our
prime contractor, Deloitte Consulting.                          Georgia partners on disseminating our experience there to
CCID’s John Halder, working in collaboration with               more of that country’s regions.
President Ed Stoessel, will send out regular requests to        For more information please contact CCID’s Global
CCID members focusing on opportunities for community            Outreach Consultant, John Halder (John.Halder@kirkwood.
college faculty and staff to serve as short-term experts for    edu), Ardith Maney (, or Lali
curriculum and other work in the project’s priority areas.      Gogeliani (
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Celebration At IRSC Promotes Global Understanding                                           My Life Has
                                                            by michelle abaldo
                                                                                            Changed Forever
International Education Week at Indian        event breaks down barriers in an                             by Darline Guelce
River State College began with a              informal, inclusive manner and
“Parade of Nations” representing over         sets the tone of enhanced global
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20 countries. About 70 IRSC students,         understanding that is emphasized
dressed in the clothing of their heritage,    throughout the week.”                        Darlene Guelce
paraded throughout the IRSC main                                                           is a student
                                              On Tuesday eight veterans, ranging
campus carrying flags and joining                                                          from Haiti who
                                              in age from 83 to 21, shared their
in the singing of national anthems.                                                        arrived in the
                                              perspective on serving overseas
Activities continued with entertainment                                                    Central Valley
                                              in conflicts from World War II to
from students and community groups,                                                        in March 2010.
                                              Afghanistan. Over 120 students
including Middle Eastern dancers                                                           She is currently
                                              and veterans from the surrounding
garbed in swirling veils, Colombian                                                        a student in
                                              community attended the panel
Cumbia and Mapale dances, a                                                                Debbie Ockey’s
                                              discussion asking thoughtful
                                                                                           and Patti Van
                                                                  questions about
                                                                                           Vleet’s Learning
                                                                  each veteran’s
                                                                                           Darlene is                       Darlene Guelce
                                                                  experience of
                                                                                           gradually becoming accustomed to her
                                                                  military service
                                                                                           new life in the US, and is very grateful
                                                                  around the
                                                                                           for all the help and friendship she has
                                                                                           received. She wrote a moving and heart
                                                                       The IRSC            wrenching essay about living through
                                                                       Olympics were       the devastating Haitian earthquake.
                                                                       the highlight on
                                                                                           It was a festive day, the second week of the
                                                                                           New Year. People were still making wishes.
                                                                                           Everyone was happy either to go back
                                                                                           to work or to school. It was a day without
                                                                       in games
                                                                                           any incident until 4:53 p.m. when the earth
                                                                       from various
                                                                                           suddenly began to shake. This apparently
               Ballet Folklorico de Guadalajara was a highlight of the countries from      happy day became the most terrifying in
multi-cultural entertainment launching International Education Week chess to soccer.
                                                                                           my lifetime. It was a harrowing experience.
                                      at Indian River State College
                                                                   On Friday,              For the first time, I thought that I was going
rhythmic Palestinian dance performed          Captain Aleksandar Jakovlevski               to die. I felt like one of the actors in a scary
in a shimmering beaded gown, and              addressed students and faculty               movie that portrays the end of the world.
melodic song from Bangladesh. A well          on the political, social and                 That terrible experience changed my
known local singer from Ecuador got           economic issues of his native                family’s life forever, but helped me learn their
everyone up and dancing followed              country of Macedonia. Captain                importance in my life.
by the colorful Ballet Folklorico de          Jakovlevski, of the Macedonian
                                                                                           Tuesday, January 12, 2010, was the
Guadalajara. Cultural Diversity Day           Department of Counter Intelligence,
                                                                                           most horrible day in my life because
culminated with recognition of the            has been appointed a Fulbright
                                                                                           of all the horror I saw. A powerful
winners of the International Photo            Scholar in Residence at IRSC
                                                                                           earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on the
Competition, which attracted over 30          for this academic year. The
                                                                                           Richter scale devastated Port-au-Prince,
stunning photographs taken throughout         counterintelligence expert is
                                                                                           the national capital of Haiti. It started
the world. The photos were displayed in       working closely with the college’s
                                                                                           when I was driving as usual to go back
the Student Union throughout the week         Disaster Relief and Humanitarian
                                                                                           home. Suddenly another car hit mine
of celebration from Nov. 8 through 12.        Assistance program, which
                                                                                           from behind. My first reaction was to
“Students and employees are proud to          sponsors an international mock
                                                                                           park and talk to the driver, but just then
share their heritage during International     disaster field experience in
                                                                                           I lost control of the car. When I took a
Education Week,” said Michelle                Macedonia each summer.
                                                                                           look at the left lane, it was the same
Abaldo, Chair of the International            International Education Week is              scenario. The cars were jerking back
Education Week Sub-Committee. “The            coordinated by the IRSC Global               and forth, left to right. On the radio, I
singing and dancing of the opening            Initiatives Committee.                       heard the journalist yell, “Jesus, Jesus,
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 My Life Has Changed Forever                                                                      by Darline Guelce
Jesus help me!” People were trying to hold onto trees to avoid falling down. In front of me, a supermarket of five floors
had literally been swallowed by the earth. Instantly, the place occupied by this building became empty. All the customers
and workers in that building were buried alive. The quake lasted between 35 to 40 seconds, but it appeared to be an
eternity. People were running everywhere to find their way to go home. However, it was not easy to move because a thick
dust cloud was expanding in the air. That dust came from the buildings which were collapsing everywhere. In addition,
the traffic became more and more chaotic.
Later, I learned many historic buildings I had known since I was kid didn’t resist the shocks. They had fallen down like
a house of cards. The National Palace, the Ministry of Justice, the Parliament, and the main Cathedral were completely
destroyed. When I arrived home, everyone in my family was traumatized and desperate about all those lost.
In the days after, I felt that things would never be the same for my family, or for the entire country. I went to the capital
to find out how I could help. Although things were horrible and scary, some people came to help by removing bodies
trapped under rubble. Thousands of dead bodies, including kids, were on both sides of the streets. My heart palpitated
so fast I thought it was going to come out of my chest. My whole body was quaking with fear, like a leaf on a windy day. I
thought that the world had come to an end. I have never seen so many dead people in my lifetime. One minute became
as long as ten years. I started thinking about my family, my friends, all those dead and the entire country.
For many years, Haiti has been considered one of the poorest countries in the world. After that day, the poverty became
more visible. As basic necessities became rare, people were fighting for food, water, clothes, and tents. Grocery stores
that were still standing could not open because of the aftershocks. Even if you had money, you didn’t find anything to
buy. All offices, businesses, banks, and gas stations were closed. There was not any food, any water; nothing at all.
Many families, including mine, were obliged to live in the street or in tents. People who wanted to find places to sleep
because their houses had been destroyed invaded all the parks and public spaces with large yards. I was scared and
exhausted to live this kind of life. I knew I had to do something.
A while later, I decided to go to the U.S. to forget all the sadness I have carried in my heart since that day. The
separation from my family, especially my dad was not easy. When I talked to my dad about my decision, he looked
stunned. We were crying, each one for our own reasons. For only the second time in my life time I saw my dad cry. I
promised him to come back soon because at that time, I didn’t know I would stay in the U.S. for a long time. I felt very
bad when I decided to stay to study because I broke the promise I made to my father to come back.
I was happy to finally be in the US. It was good to sleep in a true, warm bed, inside a house without any quakes to scare
me, or jolt me awake all the time. I tried to forget all the horrors I had confronted. However, I missed my country, my
friends, especially my family a lot. I cried every day. I was so alone. Everywhere I went, people felt sorry for me because
I was both a witness and a survivor of a terrible tragedy.
Seven months after this tragic experience, I took the time
to analyze my life in depth and think how much I missed
my family. That separation has had a big impact on my life
and made me understand the importance of family. I also
learned, when you experience a crisis, the most important
thing is to find a way to get through it because at the
end, believe it or not, you will become more determined
to reach your future goals. I am definitely sure that things
happen for a reason. Through the distance, my family still
supports me and we have become closer and stronger.
Editor’s comment: Darline writes a very moving story
about her Haiti earthquake experiences. In early February
she came to the U.S. to live with her brother in Fresno
and began attending Fresno City College. Her goal is to
work with one of the international organizations that are
working in Haiti, and she would like to become a physical
therapist and assist the victims of the earthquake.
Darline, on behalf of all of us who have read of your
                                                                                                          Palais de Justice in ruins
recent experiences, we wish you well as you pursue your
academic endeavors.
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Study Abroad Program Development Opportunities for CCID Colleges
                                                                                                   by geoffrey Bradshaw
CCID colleges have a unique              information on health, safety, and           This program will train cohorts of
opportunity to receive training          liability mitigation for study abroad        eight faculty each year of the three-
in study abroad program                  and will work in teams to develop            year award. All costs of travel, meals
development, including expense-          new curriculum.                              and lodging are paid for these
paid travel to Costa Rica, as part of    “We are delighted to use this                participants. In turn, these faculty and
an exciting new program through          award to expand the number of                their supporting institutions agree to
Madison Area Technical College.          colleges offering service learning           develop a new study abroad program
Madison College has been selected        programs in renewable energy                 that builds upon and supports the
to administer a Capacity Building        and sustainable development,”                themes of renewable energy and
in Study Abroad grant from the           says Madison College International           sustainable development. Participating
U.S. Department of State. This           Education Director, Geoff Bradshaw.          institutions will jointly market and cross-
award is designed to                                                                           enroll students from partner
support the creation of new                                                                    institutions. The end result
study abroad programs at                                                                       will be a network of colleges
community and technical                                                                        offering new programs in the
colleges. This program is                                                                      areas of renewable energy and
designed specifically to                                                                       sustainable development.
expand the capacity of                                                                         Participating institutions agree
community and technical                                                                        to release or otherwise allow the
colleges that do not already                                                                   faculty member to devote 10%
have strong programs                                                                           of their workload for one year
of study abroad on their                                                                       to participation in this project;
campuses.                                                                                      commit to the development of a
This program builds                                                                            new credit-bearing study abroad
upon the success of                                                                            program (either by themselves
Madison College’s existing                                                                     or in partnership with other
Renewable Energy for                                                                           institutions) that serves the goals
International Development                                                                      of new programs in areas of
study abroad program,                                                                          engineering, renewable energy,
which sends students to                                                                        or sustainable development;
rural Costa Rica to install                                                                    and commit to membership
solar panels, build solar                                                                      in a consortium that will allow
ovens, and construct other                                                                     the enrollment of students and
small scale technologies                                                                       articulation of credits among
that are appropriate for the                                                                   a network of other colleges
needs of developing world                                                                      participating in this capacity
communities.                                                                                   building program.

Faculty can apply to                                                                           The first cohort for this program
receive funding and                                                                            has been selected and will travel
training to develop new                 Students in Madison College’s Renewable Energy         to Costa Rica in January 2011.
short-term, faculty led                     for International Development program test a       Applications for participation
study abroad programs in                                     PV panels before installation.    in 2012 will be available in May
areas of engineering, renewable                                                                2011.
                                         “Through this effort, we hope to
energy, sustainable development,         create a network of colleges offering        For more information, individuals may
and related fields. Training             short-term study abroad programs             contact:
begins with participation in the         that both provide students with              Geoff Bradshaw, Ph.D.
Renewable Energy for International       critical global experiences and              International Education Director
Development program in Costa             help developing world communities  
Rica, followed by mentoring, best        expand their use of renewable                608 246-6165
practice workshops, and curriculum       energy and green technologies.”
development. Faculty will receive

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Pellissippi State Receives Prestigious                            Award Winning Slovenian Artists
Grant for Confucius Classroom                                     Debut Touring Exhibit at
       by Marketing & Communications Office                       Pellissippi State
Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville,                         by Marketing & Communications Office
Tennessee, has been awarded a grant through the
                                                                  Walk past the painting of Napoleon and you’ll swear that
Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis,
                                                                  his eyes are following you. Seated airplane passengers
enabling the school to offer classes in Chinese
                                                                  appear to pitch back and forth on another canvas. No,
language and culture beginning in January 2011.
                                                                  these are not images from a scary movie, but rather
Pellissippi State is the only community college
                                                                  two of thirteen works recently exhibited at Pellissippi
in Tennessee to receive a grant for a Confucius
                                                                  State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. All
                                                                  of the paintings on exhibit were printed on lenticular
The Confucius Institute, under the leadership of the              panels, a technique that gives the illusion of animation
Chinese Ministry of Education, is a non-governmental              to otherwise static images.
public institution that provides Chinese teaching
                                                                  Fw: Re: Zek, an exhibit featuring the paintings of nine
resources and services for all countries. Confucius
                                                                  artists based in Slovenia, opened November 10 at
Institutes are established by the China National
                                                                  Pellissippi State. After two weeks there the artwork
Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language,
                                                                  began a tour to a variety of other college campuses
headquartered in Beijing. The first Confucius Institute
                                                                  in Tennessee that are members of the Tennessee
opened in 2004 in Seoul, Korea.
                                                                  Consortium for International Studies. Headquartered
The major award to Pellissippi State provides not only            at Pellissippi State, TnCIS is a statewide program that
general financial support for start-up costs, but it also         makes available international cultural and educational
supplies computer hardware and software for Chinese               opportunities to college students.
language instruction. As part of the grant, the Confucius
                                                                  Attendees of the touring debut at Pellissippi State found
Institute will provide 1,000 books to the Pellissippi
                                                                  that the paintings and the artists are unique. The young
State library. Perhaps even more important, the grant
                                                                  painters are all former graffiti and street artists who are
provides funding for a professor from China to teach
                                                                  part of a creative collective known as the Zek Crew.
classes at Pellissippi State.
                                                                  Formed in Slovenia in 2001, the Zek Crew members
Beginning with spring 2011 semester, Qiao Gui-qiang               turned their talents for street graffiti into a design
(who goes by “Freeman”) will live in Knoxville and serve          cooperative. The group now counts among its members
as the instructor for “Beginning Chinese I” and “Peoples          graphic and industrial designers, typographers,
and Culture of China.” He also will be available to teach         illustrators, an architect and a VJ.
non-credit classes through Pellissippi State’s Business
                                                                  The Zek Crew is best known for its award winning
and Community Services, as well as to speak to local
                                                                  internet comic generator, the Stripgenerator. In 2009
groups about Chinese culture and history.
                                                                  the collective was recognized for its custom made
As part of the grant Pellissippi State is able to offer           billboards, winning the prestigious Grand Brumen
“Beginning Chinese II” during the fall 2011 semester,             Award at the Fourth Biennial of Slovene Visual
a definite advantage for students who seek to lay the             Communication. The members have been the focus
foundation for their Chinese language instruction prior           of numerous exhibitions and graffiti events across
to transferring to a four-year institution. Chinese is the        Europe, including Italy’s Biennale of Young Artists in
most widely spoken language in the world and the                  2008 and Belgrade Design Week in 2009. Fwd: Re: Zek
third most widely spoken in America. An estimated 100             was housed during the spring of 2010 at the Slovenian
million people worldwide are learning Chinese.                    Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Pellissippi State places a special emphasis on                    Instrumental in bringing the event to Pellissippi
international education including study abroad                    State was Dr. Lydia Pulsipher, a retired University of
experiences. This past summer Pellissippi State                   Tennessee geography professor who now serves as
students got the chance to study abroad in China for              honorary consul for the Slovenian Embassy. Pulsipher
the first time through the Tennessee Consortium for               worked closely with TnCIS at Pellissippi State to
International Studies, which is based at Pellissippi              ensure that the exhibit not only offered unique art to
State. A TnCIS study abroad experience in China is                the community, but also provided a chance for deeper
again being offered to students from Pellissippi State            cultural understanding of Slovenia.
and 18 other Tennessee educational institutions. The
next dates are May 8-28, 2011.

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     Pellissippi State International                                            Pellissippi State, TnCIS Host
     Speaker Series Shows ‘Sons of                                              International Film Festival
     Lwala’ Documentary                                                                 by Marketing & Communications Office
              by Marketing & Communications Office                              Films were shown from around the world at the Fifth
                                                                                Annual Southern Appalachian International Film Festival
     Milton and Fred Ochieng’ knew their tiny village of                        at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville,
     Lwala in Western Kenya needed better access to                             Tennessee. The free event occurred November 1-5 and
     medical care. The call to action came while the brothers                   all four of the college’s campuses took part.
     were in college in the U.S. and lost their parents to
     HIV. The brothers’ struggle to raise $150,000 for the                      Sponsored by Pellissippi State and the Tennessee
     clinic and establish the Lwala Community Alliance is                       Consortium of International Studies, SOAPIFF
     the subject of the award winning documentary “Sons                         showcased the work of filmmakers from the U.S.—
     of Lwala.” Pellissippi State Community College in                          including Southern Appalachia, where Knoxville is
     Knoxville, Tennessee, showed the film on November 9                        located—and countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. This
     as part of the Tennessee Consortium of International                       year SOAPIFF added 20 new films from China. TnCIS
     Studies International Speaker Series. TnCIS is a                           and the college showed about 95 films in all.
     statewide organization that provides opportunities                         The film festival’s broad range of award winning
     for college students to broaden their appreciation                         features, animated films and documentaries fit well
     and knowledge of other countries. TnCIS is based at                        with the Pellissippi State’s commitment to international
     Pellissippi State’s main campus.                                           education. The event also supported the mission of
     James Nardella, executive director of the Lwala Community                  TnCIS, which is based at the college’s main campus.
     Alliance’s U.S. staff, introduced the documentary,                         TnCIS represents 19 state colleges and universities
     hosted a question-and-answer session afterward and                         devoted to making international education and cultural
     gave a presentation on the alliance’s recent work.                         understanding a central goal of higher education
                                                                                throughout Tennessee. TnCIS sponsors an annual
     Milton and Fred Ochieng’ are currently medical residents                   conference on international education and offers 15
     at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They raised                       summer study abroad programs in 2011. For details
     money for the clinic while going to school full time. In                   on TnCIS, visit To learn more about
     April 2007, after three years of fundraising, the Lwala                    Pellissippi State, go to
     Community Health Center opened. With a staff of more
     than 25 Kenyans the center treats an average of 1,200
     patients a month, 55 percent of whom are under 5.
     To learn more about the Lwala Community Alliance, view
                                                                                Check Us Out Online at For more information                      
     about TnCIS, visit the consortium’s Web site: www.tncis.
     org. For more on Pellissippi State, go to                               for Past Newsletters!
    Community Education with a Worldwide Reach                                                                   by Carlos Barrezueta
                                                                 As the role and visibility of community colleges expands to national and
                                                                 global proportions, so too should the desire to promote international
                                                                 literacy among the students who attend these fine institutions.
                                                                 Traditionally viewed as small, regional players, community colleges have
                                                                 in the past left issues of international magnitude to larger universities that
                                                                 were considered to be the major actors on the worldwide stage. But the
                                                                 reality today is that promoting higher education without an international
                                                                 perspective is much like obtaining a college degree in the 21st century
                                                                 without the basics of computer literacy – an antiquated idea for a bygone
                                                                 Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education,
                                                                 has always been an international institution. Our students come from
                                                                 179 different countries. Many of our students are recent immigrants
            Miami Dade College President Eduardo J Padrón,
                                                                 with strong cultural, social, intellectual and financial ties to their home
         Confucius Institute Director Xuejun Yu and Confucius
                                                                 countries. Capitalizing on this international constituency, Miami Dade
  Institute staff meet with representatives from the Education
Office of the Chinese Consulate General (Houston) during a       College has streamlined its international operations. We embrace the
recent visit to the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College.                                                          —continued on page 9
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                                                                                                                 —continued from page 8
   Community Education with a Worldwide Reach                                                                by Carlos Barrezueta
   imperative need of regional centers to serve as a cornerstone of global understanding for our students. Miami Dade College
   today houses the only Confucius Institute in South Florida, which is introducing our community to the rising power of China in
   this new millennium. Since its inception earlier this year, the Confucius Institute has proactively encouraged students to look
   much deeper into a culture quite different from their own. From launching MDC’s first-ever Harvest Moon Festival, which is
   a tradition that has been celebrated in China for thousands of years, to generating interest in Chinese culture by creating a
   Chinese culture group that meets weekly, the college continues its mission of promoting global awareness.
   Expanding our students’ focus from East to West by leading
   MDC’s new Center for Latin American and Caribbean
   Initiatives, I help Miami Dade College promote a greater
   understanding of this vast region of the world, with its
   incredible cultural diversity, rich heritage and rising
   geopolitical importance. With the collaboration of the diplomat
   in residence, the Center recently organized an event where
   we discussed U.S. diplomacy in Latin America as well as
   careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. For the spring, we have a
   full calendar of events on a wide variety of topics of regional
   interest ranging from a seminar exploring the connections
   between France and Latin America to an event where                  Former Ambassador Patrick Duddy, Diplomat in Residence Jeff Olesen
   two seasoned Hispanic issues journalists will discuss the           and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives Director Carlos
                                                                       Barrezeuta discuss U.S. - Latin American policy and careers in the U.S.
   coverage of Hispanic, Latin American and Caribbean matters
                                                                      Foreign Service with Honors College students from Miami Dade College.
   in the American media. All of these efforts are supported by
   MDC’s Office for International Education, a vibrant umbrella organization that strives to make connections with the rest of the
   world, while pursuing regional grants, promoting international partnerships, developing specialized training opportunities for
   professionals and fostering study-abroad interests in our diverse students
   Why a global education at a local college? Why regional centers? In the brave new world of Twitter, Facebook, transnational
   corporations, international online newspapers, Skype and frequent business travel, neither students nor professionals may claim
   to have a 21st century education without a strong foundation in global awareness, international exposure and regional study.
   Our regional centers are essential instruments for global inquiry, guaranteeing that our college community’s understanding of
   the world around us is explored critically and frequently and ensuring that our students and the public at large are encouraged
   to use a transnational mind-set to better solve problems both at home and around the world. Such comparative, global thinking
   is not esoteric or intangible. Professionals today will find that speaking languages besides their mother tongue, be it Spanish
   or Portuguese or Chinese, will be a vital skill serving as the key to their future career success. From journalism to politics and
   diplomacy to business, people working in all fields will profit from a basic understanding of life outside the small communities in
   which they reside. Those entering the workforce now will often find that useful ideas for civic regeneration at home may be better
                                                                     found in a place such as Bogotá, with its avant-garde urban revival,
                                                                     than in any city closer to home.
                                                                     Today, institutions of higher education like Miami Dade College are
                                                                     seizing the opportunity to expose their students to international
                                                                     experiences. Some community colleges are expanding abroad,
                                                                     particularly in Asia and Latin America, to share the American model
                                                                     of post-secondary education with those living in the developing
                                                                     world. And foreign leaders have begun commending these initiatives.
                                                                     Leonel Fernández, president of the Dominican Republic, has praised
                                                                     U.S. community colleges, stating that they are a useful model that can
                                                                     help the Dominican Republic build its system of higher education.
Confucius Institute Director Xuejun Yu and Confucius Institute staff Reaffirming his commitment to this type of education, he will lead a
     celebrate Chinese culture with Miami Dade College students plenary panel on building community college systems around the
                                    at the Inter-American Campus. world at the 35th CCID Conference.

   The future of community colleges will be built upon powerful regional centers that stimulate and connect the various
   immigrant cultural heritages of these institutions’ diverse student bodies with the cultures of the communities in which they
   are now studying. Community colleges also will serve as interpreters between U.S. culture and the cultures of other regions.
   Through international faculty exchanges and dynamic study abroad programs, community colleges will complement local
   education by offering global perspectives. I am certain community colleges will enhance the future of our diverse regions,
   our nation and our world by offering us new ways to seamlessly connect with one another, creating a vast repository of
   transnational knowledge.

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“Showcasing                                     Highline CCI Women Attend Women in the World
International Students                          Breakfast—“Women Can Be Leaders” by yuliana sari
                                                Note: The following reflection was written by Community College Imitative
and International                               student, Yuliana Sari from Indonesia. The Women in the World Breakfast
Community Members’                              was sponsored by the Seattle International Foundation and took place at the
                                                Four Seasons hotel in Seattle, Washington, on November 16, 2010. The CCI
Countries: International                        program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education
Education Week 2010”                            and Cultural Affairs and administered by CCID.
                  by michelle lindell           I had never
                                                attended a
The eighth annual International                 special event
Education Week Open House at                    for women
Northcentral Technical College                  before. And I
celebrates “Sustaining Our World.”              was surprised to
With participation from students                attend Women
and community members from                      in the World
twenty-five different countries, NTC            Breakfast. It was a
opened its doors to the world with              cool event!
education booths, ethnic food, a                Together with my
parade of nations, world crafts,                fellow CCI women
and entertainment. Camaraderie                  students and our
was the focus of the evening as                                         Highline Community College women meet Ambassador Verveer.
                                                Project Coordinator
the campus café morphed into a                  (Jennifer Granger de Huerta), I went to the Four Seasons hotel in Seattle.
veritable world scene welcoming                 We started our journey early in the morning at 5:45 AM because we didn’t
over 500 community onlookers to                 want to be late. When we arrived it was still so early but we were excited. We
share in the activities.                        volunteered to greet the guest who came to that event.
                                                   I was amazed with the numbers of women who came to the event and
                                                   more amazed when the event started. There was a musical performance
                                                   by the Seattle University Chorale to open the event before Phyllis
                                                   Campbell, a great woman who is the chair of JP Morgan Chase Pacific
                                                   Northwest shared her wisdom. Then we had a video greeting from
                                                   the Governor of Washington State, Christine Gregoire, and a talk from
                                                   Agueda Ordenana from iLeap International Fellowship, an international
                                                   organization that focuses on educational training.
                                                   We also listened to Paula Clapp, co-founder of the Seattle International
                                                   Foundation & Global partnerships. She introduced and talked about the
                                                   work of this foundation and its global programs.
Three CCI students from India showcase              During the day, speakers talked about women’s issues not only in
sustainability in India during International        America, but also in the world in general. One of the talks that impressed
Education Week.                                     me very much was the one from U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global
                                                    Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer. Her stories about girls around the
The Multicultural and International             world and their perseverance touched the audience. She cares about
Education Office co-sponsored the               women’s issues including underage marriage and the struggle women
event with a local medical provider,            make to influence the regulations regarding that issue. From her I learned
Marshfield Clinic. The clinic’s                 that women should not be afraid to make a move because women can be
recruitment and retention committee             leaders.
invites doctors and their families to           After the event, we got an opportunity to talk with Ambassador Verveer. She
showcase their nationalities, adding            knew about the Community College Initiative Program sponsored by the
Nigeria, Sweden, India, Turkey and              U.S. Department of State. We also met other speakers including Agueda
China to the festivities. Doctors and           Ordenana and Paula Clapp. They encouraged us to study and to become
students from Latin America, Haiti,             women leaders. It was so great to meet them in person.
Mexico, Tajikistan, Russia, to name
a few, work together to create this             There is just so much to learn and we as women should never give up.
event, allowing the community to
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                                                                                                    —continued from page 10
 St. Clair County Community College Alumni
 Association Names Three Former International                                      “Showcasing
 Students as Distinguished Alumni of the Year                                      International Students
                                                    by shawn m. starkey            and International
                                                                                   Community Members’
During its annual meeting November 18, the St. Clair County Community
College Alumni Association named three former students from Qatar as
                                                                                   Countries: International
Distinguished Alumni of the Year.                                                  Education Week 2010”
The alumni of the year are:                                                                        by michelle lindell
•   His Excellency Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, who is minister of energy
    and industry, chairman of Qatar Petroleum and five-time president of the       witness a true example of international
    Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).                          partnerships through education.

•   His Excellency Abdullah Khalid Al-Attiya, governor of Qatar Central            The focus of the education tables was
    Bank.                                                                          on sustaining our world, garnering
                                                                                   the theme from the declaration of
•   His Excellency Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, secretary-general of          U.S. Secretary of Education Arne
    the Gulf Cooperation Council, minister of state for Qatar and a delegate       Duncan that the theme of this year’s
    from Qatar to the United Nations General Assembly.                             celebrations was International
The men attended the college during the 1960s.                                     Education: Striving for a Sustainable
                                                                                   Future. Each of the 25 countries
Qatar is a country in the Arabian Gulf and is one of the wealthiest nations in
                                                                                   displayed chose to highlight their
the Gulf Cooperation Council region because of its vast reserves of natural
                                                                                   countries’ sustenance: education,
gas. Several high ranking Qatari officials are St. Clair County Community
                                                                                   tradition, health, environment, etc.
College alumni. The college has welcomed visits from these former students
on several occasions.
His Excellency Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah visited campus in 2003 and
spoke to college and community leaders.
In 2010, the college strengthened its relationship with Qatar and the
college’s former students.
A college delegation visited Qatar in January 2010. On the visit were
college Board of Trustees Chair John D. Adair, Trustee Dr. Nicholas
J. DeGrazia, President Dr. Kevin A. Pollock, Professor Robert Tansky
and Professor Emeritus Dr. Thomas Mooney. The delegation discussed
educational opportunities with Qatari leaders.
The college hosted His Excellency Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
for a presentation in September. His Excellency spoke to more than 280           NTC’s Guatemalan students (SEED and CCI
                                                                                    programs) during the Parade of Nations.
college faculty, staff, students and community leaders during the economic
                                                                                   President Obama has stated, “All
                                                                                   of us share this world for but a brief
                                                                                   moment in time. The question is
                                                                                   whether we spend that time focused
                                                                                   on what pushes us apart, or whether
                                                                                   we commit ourselves to an effort -- a
                                                                                   sustained effort -- to find common
                                                                                   ground, to focus on the future we
                                                                                   seek for our children, and to respect
                                                                                   the dignity of all human beings.”
                                                                                   It was with this focus in mind that
                                                                                   Northcentral Technical College made
                                                                                   that sustained effort to offer our small
                                                                                   rural community a truly international

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Roane State International Education Program Hosts Special Events
                                                                                                              by owen Driskill
Roane State Community College’s International Education Program
hosted a couple of fun and informative events during the fall semester.
A lecture and performance titled “Hands Across the Sea - Jazz
Explosion” featured Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a talented and extraordinary
flutist. Galen discussed jazz’s influence across the world. “This music
has been revered,” he said. “Sometimes we have our treasures and our
jewels right in our backyard. Some of us take that for granted. We do not
understand that they are jewels.
This music comes from the very roots and souls of people of color, and
this music has been played by people who were from Germany and
Japan and other places. They played this music well and with a lot of
reverence. All places have their own musical flavors. People came from
these places and brought their culture and their rhythms with them. You
see, in music, it does not matter what is played on top. It’s the rhythms                Flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq performed and
that are very distinctive and serve as the demarcation as to what country          lectured as part of an event organized by Roane
a person is from. …This is what is so beautiful about music. Music is an                    State’s International Education Program.
international language.”
The International Education Program also hosted a day long forum featuring presentations by the college’s new class
of international students. The students delivered engaging, informative and sometimes humorous presentations about
their home countries. The 15 students represent 11 different countries: South Africa, China, South Korea, Japan,
Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia and Ghana.
Six students are visiting through Community College Initiative (CCI), eight through Youth for Understanding (YFU) and
one through Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX).
CCID administers Community College Initiative programs with funding from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
The forum also included presentations by Roane State students and faculty who had studied abroad as part of the
International Education Program.
For more information about Roane State’s International Education Program, contact the International Education Office
at (865) 882-4643 or e-mail Dr. Adolf King at

 Gadsden State Community College Celebrates IEW 2010 with International Tea
                                                                                                     by paula ross Derrick
Gadsden State Community                                                                            The tea afforded Gadsden
College in Gadsden,                                                                                State international students
Alabama, promoted several                                                                          the opportunity to interact
activities for International                                                                       with the local community
Education Week 2010,                                                                               and American students, and
including a tea. For the                                                                           to share their cultures and
third year Gadsden State                                                                           languages.
activities included an                                                                             At least one student speaking
international tea with                                                                             each language was at a table
language tables. This year                                                                         serving tea or coffee from the
thirteen languages were                                                                            country represented. While
represented: Spanish,                                                                              visitors sampled the tea or
French, Portuguese, Arabic,                                                                        coffee, they were also able
Chinese, Japanese, Korean,                                                                         to learn words and phrases
Hindi, Indonesian, Thai,                                                                           in the student’s language.
Swahili, Urdu, and Zulu.                                                                           Students gave visitors slips
                               CCI Egypt students teach the College Liaison how to speak Arabic.
                                                                                                             —continued on page 13
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 Sharing Cultures is FUN!                                             by susan short and Joy garling prud’homme

 Parkland international students share folk tales with
 Dr. Howard Elementary School students
 As part of International Education Week (http://iew. a group of Parkland College international
 scholarship students recently shared folk tales with
 second grade students at Dr. Howard Elementary
 School, 1117 West Park Avenue, Champaign. The
 students are from two different international scholarship
 groups, awardees of Parkland’s International Student
 Award (Alliance of International Students, AIS), and the
 Community College Initiative (CCI) program.
 The Alliance of International Students (AIS) is a small
 group of international students chosen on the basis                  Second graders practice their penmanship in thank you letters.
 of academic achievement at Parkland and leadership
 skills; they represent Parkland by volunteering as                    their countries’ economies and societies. During their
 international student ambassadors to the Parkland                     year in the U.S. these students also volunteer in the
 student body, and to the community at large.                          community and help to educate us about their cultures.
                                                                       Parkland currently has 13 CCI students representing
 The Community College Initiative (CCI) is a U.S. State
                                                                       Brazil, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua,
 Department scholarship project which brings students
                                                                       Pakistan and Panama.
 from less affluent areas of the world to community
 colleges in this country. Its purpose is to give these                Prior to this visit, the second grade class had been
 students skills and experiences they can take back                    studying the characteristics of folk tales. They also
 and contribute to the growth and development of                       practiced their thank you letter writing skills after.

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 Gadsden State Community College Celebrates IEW 2010 with International Tea
                                                                                                      by paula ross Derrick
of paper with the words or phrases,          Brazil, as well as speak to the Brazilian      Other activities for the week included
the pronunciation, and the meaning           students at the table.                         a panel discussion of the subject
printed on them and helped the               Visitors included students and faculty         “Education Around the World,” an art
visitors pronounce the words. The            from Gadsden State, members of the             poster contest, and an International
interaction gave students a chance to        local community, and high school               Programs Office open house. Next
meet people and practice English.            students. More than 150 people                 year Gadsden State hopes to
Attendees were also able to talk to          attended the event, and for some of            expand activities, engaging more
people overseas. Students from Brazil        the local high school students, it was         of the local schools and community
used a laptop logged into Skype to           the first time they had interacted with        organizations.
allow visitors to speak with friends in      people from other countries.
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Delaware Tech Counts on Local Fashion to Support Study Abroad
                                                                    by lisa Hastings-sheppard & taryn gassner
For many community college                 The planning and execution of the          and other accessories at a shopping
students who are considering               event drew Delaware Tech students          bazaar made up of local stores who
study abroad, finding the money            from the United States, South Korea,       donated 15 percent of all sales to the
to participate is a challenge. Many        Russia, Vietnam, the Ukraine, and          scholarships.
community colleges help students           Cameroon and many members                  Funds were also raised through an
bridge the financial gap between on-       of the local community who were            online and live auction. Prior to the
campus courses and study abroad            deeply committed to the cause. “To         event, the college hosted an online
programs by offering scholarships,         see their commitment to helping            auction of items including times
and Delaware Technical &                                                                             hares, resort vacations
Community College is no                                                                              and other unique
different. But the college’s                                                                         experiences all of
most recent fundraising                                                                              which were donated by
effort to support                                                                                    college employees or
international education                                                                              friends in the community.
was quite unique.                                                                                    During the event a local
On Saturday November                                                                                 auctioneer called for final
20, 2010, Delaware Tech                                                                              bids for the items which
sponsored a glamour                                                                                  helped raise additional
and glitz event that                                                                                 funds for the cause.
showcased the latest                                                                                  By the end of the day
fashions from local                                                                                   the college had raised
boutiques while raising                                                                               over $21,000. “It is very
funds for international                                                                               gratifying to see our
education scholarships                                                                                community’s passion
for its students to study              Models sport the latest styles from local boutiques as part of
in countries as diverse as              Delaware Tech’s fashion show fund-raiser for study abroad. for building global
                                                                                                      understanding being
Russia, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Turkey,                                                    realized through this benefit that will
China and Italy. The fashion show          students see the world was truly
                                           inspiring,” remarked Taryn Gassner,          fund study abroad scholarships and
was also about raising awareness                                                        on-campus programming,” remarked
according to Sue Saliba, a native          International Education Director at
                                           Delaware Tech. “Their enthusiasm             Delaware Tech’s Vice President and
of Senegal, college trustee, and                                                        Campus Director, Dr. Ileana Smith. We
chair of the 22 member planning            was the foundation of our success.”
                                                                                        are already planning for next year!
committee. “It is critical that students And succeed they did. The show
and members of the community who sold out days before the event.                        For more information on Delaware
are passionate about international         Tickets were $35 per person which            Tech’s recent fashion show, check
understanding have an outlet to            included a sit-down lunch. Before            out
participate and make connections. It and after the show, attendees                      fashionshow
raises awareness between people of purchased clothing, makeup, jewelry
different backgrounds.”

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 International Education Week @ Humber                                                                     by matthew Keefe

                                                                       Campus staff and students enjoyed food from India,
                                                                       Mexico and South Africa. The South African food was a
                                                                       special treat for many who have never had the opportunity
                                                                       to taste food from Africa and although everything was
                                                                       fantastic, the biggest fan favorite was definitely the mini
                                                                       melkterts (a custard type dessert).
                                                                       The Humber community also got to view majestic pictures
                                                                       from each country that highlighted the unique cultural
                                                                       differences between them and Canada. For example the
                                                                       picture from India where people ride the trains just a little
                                                                       differently then we are used to seeing. Also included within
                                                                       the pictures were ‘did you know’ facts about each country,
                                                                       something that the average Canadian wouldn’t know. For
                                                                       instance did you know that Jamaica was the first country
                                                                       in the Western World to construct a railway?
                                                                       As the amount of international students continue to
                                     Riding the train in India.
                                                                       increase both in Canada and here at Humber, events
During the week of November 15-19th Humber College                     like this will be important to help spread the awareness
Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning joined                   of where our students are coming from and to ease the
with thousands of other institutions in over 100 countries             transition from one culture to the next. We as a society, or
around the world to celebrate International Education                  in this case as an institution, are more educated through
Week (IEW). A week designated to showcase how                          the types of events hosted during International Education
international education is on the rise and how it is                   Week. It helps to help many realize just how diverse our
effectively preparing Canadians and other students                     community is. As
around the world for the interactive global world we are               Diane Simpson,
now living in.                                                         Director of
Here at Humber we celebrated by showcasing a                           International
different country each day of the week with help from our              states, “the
International Student Ambassadors representing a variety               events of
of countries. “It gave me a chance to showcase what                    International
Korea has to offer, and show the other staff and students              Education Week
around Humber just how beautiful Korea is,” Namki Kang,                provide an
an International Korean student said while hosting Korea               opportunity for
day on Wednesday November 17th at Humber’s North                       our international
Campus.                                                                student
Throughout the week the Humber community was invited                   to showcase
to the International Centre at two of Humber’s campuses                themselves.
to taste traditional food, view pictures, learn from a ‘did            Students learn
you know’ fact board, and interact with students from                  about event
the featured culture. Damien Murray, an international                  management,
student from South Africa spent the time indulging his                 staff learn about
professors with stories and pictures from his childhood                different cultures
and the experiences he has gone through since becoming                 and together we
a Canadian student in Film and Broadcasting at our                     appreciate the
Lakeshore Campus. “It was great to reverse roles and                   richness of our
teach my professors,” Damien boasted.                                                          Namki Kang hosting the Korean cultural event.
The main draw for each country was always the food,
and no country disappointed. At the North Campus every
Humber staff member who came to experience the event
was treated to a sampling of dishes such as ackee and
saltfish from Jamaica, bulkoggi and job chae from Korea,
plof from Russia, tandoori chicken from India, and chicken
and pork taco’s from Mexico. At Humber’s Lakeshore

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Kirkwood Community College United Nations Association Student Alliance Panel
Discusses Climate Change                      by Jeremy Brigham and Dawn Wood
One major motivation for efforts           and by what year should this be             season this past summer, surpassing
to internationalize our community          accomplished – 2020, 2050 or some           any flood known in human memory
college campuses is to create              other year. Brigham acknowledged            in the Indus River Valley. Millions
real opportunities for students of         that major results are not expected,        of people were displaced. In the
diverse backgrounds, including             but groundwork could be laid for next       mountains of the north, highways
U.S. students and students of other        year’s conference.                          and bridges were washed out
cultural backgrounds to share              Divine from Cameroon spoke of               disrupting trade routes to China that
perspectives, to discuss, analyze          the growing decertification in the          were essential for many supplies
and learn together, creating                                                                        needed throughout the
synergies that impact the                                                                           country. These routes will
learning experience. What                                                                           take many years, even a
better way to do this than                                                                          decade or more to rebuild,
to structure a discussion                                                                           as they are in remote
about a world issue, such                                                                           places difficult to access
as climate change, and                                                                              with the heavy equipment
set up a panel including                                                                            needed for that work. The
both international and                                                                              floods can be linked to
U.S. students? As part                                                                              climate change as the
of Kirkwood’s week-long                                                                             warming of the earth and
activities for International                                                                        melting of glaciers has
Week, a student panel                                                                               increased the amount of
was formed on November                                                                              moisture in the air. Many
18th where four people                                                                              glaciers in Pakistan’s high
from various international                                                                          mountains have receded
backgrounds spoke about                                                                             dramatically in the past
issues the Climate Change                                                                           fifteen years.
Conference in Cancun          Members of the Climate Change Panel: NDE Divine Nju from
                              Cameroon and Abeedullah Nazar from Pakistan.                          Steven Dalnodar, from the
(11/29-12/10) should                                                                                United States, spoke of
address. The speakers                      northern part of the country. This          the devastation caused by Hurricane
were Nde Divine Nju from Cameroon,         causes people there to live in              Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. He
Abeedullah Nazar from Pakistan,            truly desperate conditions as they          noted that the Boy Scouts were on
Stephen Dalnodar from the USA, and         lack water for essential farming or         the scene within days providing relief,
Jeremy Brigham, Kirkwood United            personal use and have a difficult           long before the federal government
Nations Association Student Alliance       time finding firewood, often spending       was able to respond effectively. He
club advisor. Both Nde Divine Nju          hours seeking either water or wood.         emphasized the value of non-profit
and Abeedullah Nazar are students          This is contributing to migration to        organizations able to move quickly in
attending Kirkwood as part of the          the south producing overcrowding            times of disaster.
Community College Initiative program       in cities. He talked of the need for
administered by CCID.                                                                  The climate change panel was a great
                                           reforestation in these areas as people      example of pulling U.S. students and
Brigham addressed the major issues         seeking firewood are tearing down           international students together to delve
to be discussed at the Climate             the trees. This, however, is a minor        into an international topic of concern
Change Conference. Essentially, the        problem in comparison to the logging        from a variety of cultural and global
concern has to do with the human           of Cameroon forests by international        perspectives. It is important in our
contribution to the climate. Questions     lumbering countries. Cameroon               internationalization efforts to facilitate
that are not yet resolved include how      needs the income provided by the            events like this one where international
to measure the contribution, which         logging, but it is contributing to          education learning occurs right here on
countries are participating in the         decertification. Cameroon needs to          our own campus without setting foot on
conference and in agreements, what         develop other sources of income.            an airplane or travelling far from home.
year should we compare the goals           Abeed from Pakistan spoke of                This international learning objective
to – back to 1990 or 2000 or some          the devastating floods Pakistan             for Kirkwood’s International Week was
other year, what percentage of that        experienced during the monsoon              achieved!
year should be adopted as a goal,

             C o m m u n i t y       C o l l e g e s      f o r   i n t e r n a t i o n a l       D e v e l o p m e n t ,       i n C .

 LSC-CyFair Accounting Students Gain Perspective in SriLanka. Study Abroad
 Program Adds Cultural Experience to Financial Course            by Kelly norton
 When are elephants, coconuts and three-wheeled taxis                  managerial accounting from a global perspective, and learn
 part of an accounting class at Lone Star College-CyFair?              the unique aspects of accounting for a developing country.
 When it’s Shawn Miller’s Principles of Accounting II and it’s         Outside classroom study, this group participated in
 taught as the first study abroad program in Sri Lanka. In             a Service Learning Project that helped automate the
 this unique summer program, Miller gave eight students                accounting records of a Sri Lanka beauty salon. Students
 the opportunity to explore their business and accounting              were able to transfer the accounting for the salon from
 majors from a global perspective as they experienced a                paper and pencil to an access database.
 completely different culture some 9,000 miles from home.
                                                                       “This project enabled an assessment of the students’ ability to
 “Immersed in the Sri Lanka culture for two weeks, students            utilize the concepts discussed in class in a real and tangible
 traveled in a three-wheeled taxi service known as Trishaws,           manner,” Miller said. “Students were able to create an access
 drank coconut juice, tried new food and picked up a few               database and teach the owner how to use the application to
 words in a new language,” said Miller. Students even                  figure out how much profit she made and track it.”
 learned how to buy groceries from a Sri Lanka market and
 made dinner the last night on the island.                             Having gained his own fresh perspective on accounting
                                                                       while in Sri Lanka, Miller integrated the study abroad
 Among the cultural excursions were visits to the Elephant             experiences into his new International Accounting fall
 Orphanage, Lion’s Rock mountain made out of granite,                  course. He also plans to return to Sri Lanka with another
 the botanical gardens, the central business district and              group of students in May 2011.
 beautiful beaches.
                                                                       The study abroad program to Sri Lanka was only one of
 One student, Morgan Ybanez, mentioned seeing many                     many to multiple countries that were offered and
 people outside and children playing cricket in a field when           conducted through Lone Star College.
 describing her study abroad experience. “During the drive
 from the airport, I couldn’t close my eyes because I was                  For More information contact:
 afraid I might miss something amazing,” she said. “Several                Media Relations Coordinator
 things about visiting Sri Lanka changed my outlook on                     Lone Star College-CyFair
 life, but also travelling and living closely with new people              Lone Star College-Fairbanks Center
 caused me to learn a lot about myself ….”                                 281-290-3969
 Carl Love said he learned a lot from his study abroad
 experience as well. In addition to overcoming his fear of
 heights at Lion’s Rock, he said his views of foreigners in
 the U.S. changed. “I have new respect for those who leave
 their home country and start all over here,” said Love.
 He said the people in Sri Lanka were welcoming. “They
 were happier and with less than what we have. We often
 complain about what we don’t have when we should be
 thankful for our freedoms and opportunities. It made me
 realize how fortunate and thankful I am for what I do have.”
 Miller said he had several learning objectives for this four-
 credit course. In addition to using the accounting cycle to
 analyze financial statements, students would understand
 financial accounting for corporations, learn management                              Instructor Sean Miller (center) pets an elephant
 accounting and uses to make internal decisions, learn                                  while the students pose with the college flag.

International Education Initiatives Flourish and Expand at Davidson County
Community College                                                by myra thompson
Almost 2,000 students, staff, faculty and community members participated in various campus events held November 15-
19 to celebrate International Education Week at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina.
Due to its popularity both on and off campus, what had been a one-day event for the past few years was expanded for
the first time to a full week with positive feedback from students and the community. The international events are among
the most popular on campus brightening everyone’s spirits with global music, dancing, and food, informative speakers
and films, and interesting displays of culture, art, artifacts, costumes, and history.
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             C o m m u n i t y    C o l l e g e s   f o r   i n t e r n a t i o n a l     D e v e l o p m e n t ,      i n C .

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First Cameroonian Student                 International Education Initiatives Flourish and
at NCC Discovers Health                   Expand at Davidson County Community College
Care, American Style                                                                                 by myra thompson
                   by myra saturen        This year, students and visitors
                                          carried a specially designed
  Bilinda Akwi Asanga was already         passport facsimile on which
  an experienced registered nurse         they received stamps from each
  in her native Cameroon when she         international event they attended.
  applied for a CCID scholarship          The week-long event expansion
  to study abroad. When her               was noted in a favorable editorial in
  scholarship packet arrived, she         the Davidson County newspaper,
  read “Northampton Community             “The Dispatch.”
  College (NCC)” in the United States,
  a school she had never heard of,        “Davidson County Community
  in a country she had never visited.     College officials were wise to
  Excited, though apprehensive,           expand an international awareness
  she arrived at NCC in August            program from a single day to a
                      2010, the first     week,” wrote The Dispatch’s editor.
                      Cameroonian to      “Thursday, the college held ‘A Taste           Dr. Irina Petrovska, Fulbright Scholar from
                      enroll here.        of International,’ which showcased        Macedonia, dances with Katyuska Blanco, CID
                                          more than 30 countries. It marked                                 student from Nicaragua.
                       Asanga             one of the high points of a week long
                       comes from         series of events. The college sets an example for the community in embracing
                       a family that      other cultures and celebrating what they have to offer,” the editor continued.
                       education. The     Indeed, international education initiatives and learning opportunities across
                       third of five      the curriculum continue to grow for students, faculty, and staff who seek to
                       daughters of       broaden their knowledge, awareness, understanding and appreciation of
                       an elementary      other countries, cultures and issues.
  Bilinda Akwi Asanga
                       school teacher     Interest and participation have never been higher in international travel and study
                       and his wife,      trips and opportunities at DCCC, including repeat trips to China planned for May
  she and her sisters understood their    2011 and London and Paris during the same month. In 2010, DCCC students and
  parents’ expectations for academic      faculty participated in study trips to Eastern Europe and China through DCCC’s
  success. “We were never allowed to      Troika arrangement with Community Colleges for International Development.
  stay home from school,” she says.
  In Bamenda, a provincial capital of
  450,000 people, Asanga learned           of practice is the same.” She              She is enjoying her NCC classroom
  to speak seven languages—the             has observed, however, that the            experience, as well. She particularly
  national tongues, English and            manner of approach to patients             likes the way NCC professors teach,
  French, and five regional ones--and      differs. She notes that American           highlighting a subject and expecting
  completed a nursing diploma.             nurses interact more with their            students to deepen their knowledge
                                           patients, a mode she believes              through homework. She also learned
  After completing her nursing             promotes patients’ confidence in           at NCC that nurses can continue
  diploma, the married mother of one       the nurse.                                 their educations online exploring new
  worked in the nursing field for many                                                topics and discoveries.
  years in a hospital, and as the main     Asanga also admires the way
  nurse in an elementary school with       patients receive information before        Similarly, she has a favorable
  1,200 students.                          and during procedures. She feels           impression of the United States.
                                           that this practice is comforting to        “This is a very blessed country,”
  Now, about midway through                the patient. Organized, universal          she says. She sees the country as
  her yearlong stay, she is taking         sets of guidelines appeal to               being safe and clean, and admires
  classes, touring local hospitals and     her, too. “At every step, hospital         environmental preservation efforts.
  storing knowledge to bring back          staff members follow the same
  to Cameroon. In her hospital visits                                                 When she returns to Cameroon in
                                           standards, checking the same               May, Asanga’s primary goal is to
  she has noticed similarities and         things,” she says. On her tours she
  differences in health care. “Nursing                                                teach. “Education is important,”
                                           has found the professionals she’s          she says.
  is nursing,” she says. “The scope        met with to be well prepared.

            C o m m u n i t y        C o l l e g e s      f o r      i n t e r n a t i o n a l      D e v e l o p m e n t ,     i n C .

International Students Bring the World to DCCC’s Campuses                                                      by myra thompson
For the past two years, Davidson County Community College                 kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan, and he survived a
students, staff and faculty have experienced one-on-one                   firefight between Afghan warlords.
international education, gaining intensive understanding of               Scarboro described the Mortenson appearance as a once-
various cultures of the world, all without leaving the North              in-a-lifetime experience for DCCC’s three Pakistani students,
Carolina campus.                                                          who sat transfixed as they listened to him speak. She said
This year, six visiting international students from Ghana,                the Pakistani students, Lal Bano, Younas Rustamani, and
Pakistan, and Nicaragua are sharing their cultures, customs               Faiz Rasool, agreed with many of the author’s statements
and languages as they study alongside DCCC students;                      about the interdependence of ignorance and prejudice.
last year, four Egyptian students studied heating and air                 When Mortenson finished his speech to a packed audience
conditioning, with three earning program certificates and                 of about 1,000, Bano, Rustamani and Rasool quickly ran
now working in their home country.                                        down the steps from their balcony seats, disappearing in the
DCCC’s immersion in                                                                                   crowd who waited for the author
international cultures is made                                                                        to come out and autograph their
possible by the U.S. Department                                                                       books. Scarboro later found
of Educational and Cultural                                                                           them backstage with Mortenson,
Affairs and Community Colleges                                                                        where he insisted they chat with
for International Development                                                                         him for about 15 minutes while
(CCID). DCCC students, staff                                                                          hundreds waited in line for him
and faculty also benefited                                                                            to sign their books.
from their interaction with Dr.                                                                    It turns out Mortenson stayed
Irina Petrovska of Macedonia,                                                                      with Bano’s niece and her family
DCCC’s third Fulbright Scholar-                                                                    while in Pakistan, and he now
in-Residence. She enriched                                                                         considers them his adopted
campus and community                                                                               relatives. Mortenson spoke to
life while serving as a guest                                                                      all three students in their native
faculty member during the fall                                                                     language of Urdu, and he gave
2010 semester, following in                                                                        them autographed books as well
the footsteps of two Fulbright
                                      Author Greg Mortenson, second from left, warmly greeted as his personal email address.
Scholars from China.                  three CID Pakistani students studying at Davidson County Rustamani, a business
The college and its service areas Community College following his speaking appearance at administration student, said
of Davidson and Davie counties                                          Wake Forest University. he wants to use his time in the
warmly embrace the international students and faculty,              United States to “learn about U.S. culture and build mutual
who provide a unique and rare glimpse of other countries            understanding between American people and people of
and continents as part of the Community College Initiative          Pakistan so that global misconceptions and conflicts may
Programs of CCID. There has been no lack of off-campus              decrease.” Rustamani has studied public administration and
enrichment trips for the visiting students, three of whom are       has four years of experience in the development sector. He
from Pakistan, two from Ghana and one from Nicaragua.               plans to continue in this area of work after returning to Pakistan.
“We welcome the diversity these students bring to our                     “I am really happy and hopeful to learn a lot from this
campus and communities,” said Elaine Sill, project                        opportunity and will try my level best to create a good
coordinator for International Education at DCCC. “Their                   understanding between the people of Pakistan and the
presence reinforces the ongoing efforts of community                      people of USA, “ he continued. “When I return home, I will
colleges such as ours to build international ties and allow               try through my work position to present a good image of the
our students to understand the importance of understanding                USA government and people, explaining how they provide
other cultures in an increasingly global society.”                        many development sector funds for the betterment of our
Susan Scarboro, a DCCC English instructor, is one of three                education, health, and socioeconomic condition.”
International Club advisors who took five of the six international        Rasool, also a business administration student, works as
students to nearby Wake Forest University in November to hear             a task force officer for an international pharmaceutical
New York Times best-selling author Greg Mortenson speak.                  company in Pakistan.
Mortenson, who co-wrote the best-seller book “Three Cups                  Akua Achiaa of Ghana is enrolled in electronics engineering
of Tea,” is a hero to many in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan,             technology courses at DCCC, a field in which she previously
where he has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to                   studied at a technical school in Ghana. “I have the hope and
improving and promoting education. Since the mid 1990’s,                  dream of becoming a professional electrical engineer in the
he raised money to establish or support over 130 schools,                 field of automation so I can contribute to my country’s dream
including those for girls. During his challenging humanitarian            of developing industrially,” she said.
work, his life has been threatened many times; he was
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 International Students Bring the World to DCCC’s Campuses                                                by myra thompson
 Forster Agbobadan, also of Ghana, studies automotive              Bano, who is married and the mother of four daughters,
 technology at DCCC and hopes to establish an automotive           studies business administration at DCCC. In her home
 dealership and service company in Ghana someday.                  country, she has worked as a bank manager and is involved
 Katyuska Blanco of Nicaragua is enrolled in engineering           in promoting social issues such as women’s rights.
 technology classes. She said she hopes to use her experience      She praised her experience at DCCC. “Davidson County
 to help improve her family’s economic standing and to use her     Community College is the college of my dreams, where
 new skills to help better her country. “I am really proud to be   everyone is ready to support us. I never feel that I’m away
 a Nicaraguan girl because this is the land that saw me born,      from my home. College faculty members, management, CCI
 the land of lakes and volcanoes and Masaya, the city of the       staff and mentor families, are all so kind and generous that
 Nicaraguan folklore. My country has beautiful nature, but also    I’m sure my stay here will enable me to better understand the
 hard workers and nice people who are ready to share with you      diverse cultures and some of the social problems that exist. This
 their humble houses and food whenever you need it,” she said.     experience has already made an everlasting presence in my life.”

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