Ramadan Iftar Dinner Program
Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, 7:30-9:00 pm, UVU SC Centre Stage
- You are cordially invited to join us for a short evening of Islamic cultural understanding during the presentation of the Ramadan Iftar Dinner.
- Iftar is a special fast breaking meal during the holy month of Ramadan. This activity is designed to increase understanding of the culture and religious traditions of our Muslim faculty and students here at Utah Valley University.
- Tickets may be purchased before the 20th at Campus Connection for $5.00 | (801) 863-8337 We look forward to sharing this special evening with you. For more information please go
International Internship Seminar/Panel Discussion
Thursday, 9 September, 2010, 11:00 - 12:00 noon, UVU SC 213b
The International Internship philosophy is that students gain real-world experience in the globalizing workplace while gaining language and cross-cultural skills that contribute to academic learning and a UVU degree. Come learn how to explore and complete an International Internship!
Panel Discussion includes Dr. Danny Damron, Director of the International Center
Dr. Raquel Cook, Assistant Professor of Education
Jesse Gray, UVU Student Intern at the Scottish Parliament in Summer 2010(photo featured left)
Ernesto Escobar, UVU Student Interning with the United Nations in Spring 2011
Lunch will be provided to all participants.
International Education Opportunities
Thursday, 9 September, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, UVU SC 213b
This information meeting is to show you how many opportunities that are available to students from all disciplines to have an international experience. Many of the programs to present have grants and financial aid available. Don't miss the opportunity to learn what these programs can do to help you succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
Panel Discussion includes UVU's campus representative for Fulbright: John MacFarlane
UVU's campus representative for the Boren/Marshall Programs: Keith White
UVU Study Abroad Programs: Grant Skabelund
Woodbury School of Business Exchanges: Dr. Mikki O'Connor
Lunch will be provided to all participants.
Global Spotlight China
UVU students will have a competitive advantage in a global workplace to the extent that they understand different cultural traditions and institutional frameworks and acquire necessary analytical skills grounded in their academic disciplines. To better prepare globally competent citizens, the International Center sponsors an annual Global Spotlight Country program. This year the Global Spotlight will be China. Programming will cross disciplinary lines and may include coverage of education, science, technology, art, health, politics, business, environmental issues, human rights, etc. Through participation in program events, faculty, students, and community guests will break down stereotypes, connect across cultures, and develop the habits of mind appropriate for global understanding.
China's Future Economic Place in the World
Tuesday, 14 September, 2010, 11:00 - 12:15 pm, LI 120
Brett Heimburger, Regional Director- Asia, State of Utah, Governors Office of Economic Development
Art through the Cultural Revolution
Tuesday, 14 September, 2010, 7:00 pm, Woodbury Museum of Art
Opening reception, includes the work of several artists known as the Cave Artist Group (Yaodong Huapai).
New York Times Global Review back in September
The International Center sponsors a New York Times Global Review which will be held every Thursday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm in WB 147. It will begin Thursday, 16 September, 2010.
UVU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend to participate in lively and critical discussion about events covered in the New York Times. A different faculty or staff member will lead the discussions each week. Attendees are asked to bring along a copy of the daily edition of the New York Times. Pizza and water will be provided.
Who: Students, faculty, and staff
What: New York Times Global Review
When: Every Thursday this Fall Semester from 12:00 - 1:00 pm starting 16 September
Where: WB 147 International Center
Why: An engaging participation in a lively and critical discussion about events covered in the New York Times.
Sponsored by: UVU International Center, Student Government, and the Utah Democracy Project.
International Dignataries to Visit UVU
The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is pleased to announce upcoming visits from International Dignataries. For more information please contact Dr. Rusty Butler, Associate VP of International Affairs & Diplomacy.
Monday, 9 August, 2010: Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations
Wednesday, 25 August, 2010: Prime Minister of Samoa
Thursday, 2 September, 2010: Wives of 6 Consuls General to attend a conference, LI-120
Wednesday, 8 September - Saturday, 11 September, 2010: Uganda MP
Monday, 18 October, 2010: Israeli Consul General to lecture on campus by invitation of Pres. Holland
Plan for 2011 UVU Study Abroad Programs
You probably didn't take classes this summer at the Globe where Shakespeare once was...but you can next summer! Start planning for a UVU Study Abroad program next summer!!! Come by the International Center, WB 147 for more information. Some financial aid is available.
Projected 2011 Programs:
Costa Rica: Biology & Geology|
France: French - Visit the 2010 Program Blog
Ghana: Community Health
Italy: Art History
Namibia: Digital Media
Theatre - Visit the 2010 Program Blog
Spanish Language Program: Spanish
International Internships: Interested in expanding your education globally?
The International Center encourages you to explore the possibilities of an International Internship. An international experience could make all the difference in obtaining the career position you desire in the future. Start exploring the opportunities and make a plan for an international internship.
The International Center maintains strong connections with international internship host offices around the world, but there are also many UVU faculty and staff and community members who have international connections. In preparing for an international internship be sure to explore possibilities with campus or community contacts.
If you would like information about prospective internship placements please click here. Follow UVU students as they intern abroad at the UVU International Study Programs Blog. Scholarships and other funding options here.
U.S. Mission to NATO is looking for qualified students to intern with a few areas of their organization. Please contact Dr. Danny Damron, Director of the UVU International Center for more information.
Traditional Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Agency: Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Sends nearly 800 scholars and professionals each year to 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Applicants must have current U.S. citizenship; hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their field; have university teaching experience; and have foreign language proficiency for country where project will take place. Awards vary from two months to a full academic year. Single deadline exists for grants to all world regions. See http://www.cies.org for details. E-mail: email@example.com. You can also visit this site for more information. Contact: Contacts Vary by Region, 3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009, 202/686-4000. Fulbright Canada has more information here as well.
Application deadline: Monday, 9 August 2010
This is a paid fall internship program that offers valuable experience living and working in Washington, D.C. during the fall of 2010. The Koch Internship Program is designed to develop young professionals by placing them into a position designed to give real, hands-on experience with a free-market public policy organization. Upcoming graduates who are looking to get their start in a policy organization can also apply for this opportunity, so please pass this information on to your graduating seniors.
The application deadline for the fall program is August 9th, 2010; the internship will run from September 13th - December 3rd, and pays $12.00/hr. Interested candidates can apply directly through our website (www.cgkfoundation.org/internship-program/application-requirements/) or contact Thomas Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Latino Scholarship Opportunity
Applicaiton deadline: Wednesday, 15 September, 2010
The Utah Hispanic Business Leadership Foundation is a non-profit organization established to develop business leaders and improve business education and opportunities for Hispanic/Latino students and professionals. The award is in recognition of academic and vocational achievement, demonstrated leadership in school, community or other service activities. Applicants must also demonstrate a financial need. To obtain a Utah Hispanic Business Leadership Foundation Scholarship application, please visit the link: http://utahhcc.com. For more information: http://utahhcc.com/
Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistanships - Special Opportunity
We are pleased to announce that the current competition for the Fulbright U.S. Student ETA Program to Brazil has a SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for an additional 20 ETA Awards for grants beginning in MARCH 2011. In addition, the number of ETA grants for Brazil for March 2012 has increased to 30.
Applicants who are available to begin a grant in March 2011 (e.g., spring 2011 graduating seniors will not be eligible) and wish to be considered for the Brazil ETA March 2011 awards must select this option from the dropdown menu in Question 3, Special Opportunity, in the Online Application. Candidates recommended for the Brazil ETA March 2011 Award will be notified by mid- December 2010, with final grant offers made in January 2011.
Applicants who do not wish to be considered and those not recommended for the March 2011 Award will be considered in the current competition for the 30 Fulbright ETA Awards for grants beginning in March 2012. Click here for more information on the Brazil ETA Program.
Please encourage students and recent graduates of teaching and TESOL programs, in particular, to consider this program. For the former group (non- TESOL), if they have good second language skills, they may be good candidates, especially if they have teaching or tutoring experience with ESL populations.
Refer to the website ETA Table in the Program Overview/Types of Grants section and the country summaries for the most up- to- date information on all ETA opportunities. ETAs for 2011- 2012 which do not appear in the brochure are available to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama.
International Education News
Helping Students Articulate the Value of Study Abroad
Colleges and universities are developing programming designed to help students articulate the value of their international education experiences, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article features initiatives at Clemson University and Michigan State University. Read more here.
Optimizing the University President's Role in International Partnerships
There are seven important areas in which university presidents must play a leadership role if international partnerships are to succeed, according to an opinion article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more here.
Harvard President Discusses Global Role of Universities
Harvard University President Drew Faust recently addressed the Royal Irish Academy at Trinity College in Dublin, speaking about "The Role of the University in a Changing World." In her address, Faust touches on such topics as the expansion of higher education around the world and the growth in numbers of students studying outside their home countries, arguing that "universities nurture the hopes of the world: in solving challenges that cross borders; in unlocking and harnessing new knowledge; in building cultural and political understanding; and in modeling environments that promote dialogue and debate." Read her speech.
President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Reform, Stresses Support for DREAM Act
President Obama made a major address on the need for comprehensive immigration reform at American University on July 1. He recommitted his administration to the effort, saying the United States has a "broken and dangerous system that offends our most basic values." The president spoke specifically about his support for the DREAM Act, saying that "we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents." Join the conversation about the DREAM Act and the president's speech on the NAFSA blog.
House Committee Passes Cuba Bill
Thanks in part to the letters sent by Connecting Our World members, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, last week. This legislation will lift all U.S. restrictions on travel to Cuba and expand agricultural exports to the island nation. For more information on next steps, visit the Cuba campaign page on Connecting Our World. Read more here.
Book: Staff Pick
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China by Leslie T. Chang
“China has more than 114 million migrant workers, which represents the largest migration in human history. But while these workers, who leave their rural towns to find jobs in China’s cities, are the driving force behind China’s growing economy, little is known about their day-to-day lives or the sociological significance of this massive movement.
In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women whom she follows over the course of three years. Chang also interweaves the story of her own family’s migrations, within China and to the West, providing a historical frame of reference for her investigation.
Factory Girls offers a previously untold story about the immense population of unknown women who work countless hours, often in hazardous conditions, to provide us with the material goods we take for granted. A book of global significance, it demonstrates howthe movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and the fates of families, transforming our world much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own society a century ago.”
By reading this book, you will learn about the actual individual lives in the factories in China and you may change your view of brand goods. – Junko Watabe. More info here.