First Annual International Education Essay Contest Winner Announced
Career Counselor Amber Collins has won UVU’s First Annual International Education Essay Contest. Runner up is Lisa Williamson, Academic Advisor for ESL and Basic Composition. The winner receives an opportunity to travel with one of UVU’s International Study Programs.
For this year’s contest, full-time UVU advisors composed essays in response to the theme of “Why an International Education Experience Is an Essential Component of a UVU Education.” Essays were judged anonymously. The goal of the contest was to give one advisor an amazing international education experience and to help advisors assist students to discover the international education opportunities offered by UVU. Read full UVU Press Release here. Read Amber Collin's Essay here. Read Lisa Williamson's Essay here.
Utah Educators Sign Agreement with France
Teacher Elisabeth Wignacourt admits the first week she tried to teach French to first graders in Kaysville, it was a bit rough. But after a short time, her young students at Morgan Elementary School caught on. Wignacourt is one of three teachers from France that the French government is paying to work in Utah schools as part of the state's dual-immersion program this year. And Monday, Utah education leaders signed an agreement with French officials to continue the cooperation in hopes of bringing more French teachers here from France and eventually sending Utah teachers there to teach English. Read more here.
Job Opportunities in a Global Economy
Those who speak a foreign language, have an interest in international business or finance and enjoy a challenge may possibly consider job searching outside of the United States. What may have seemed a daunting task 10 or 15 years ago is now achievable in light of the global economy and interdependency of nations which exists in the world today. Read more here.
Interest in Overseas Internships Spikes
More Americans are seeking overseas internships to strengthen their resumes, given the state of the job market in the United States, reports the Chicago Tribune. Read more here.
New York Times Global Review
The International Center sponsors a New York Times Global Review every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in WB 147 through April 16. 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 drinks will be provided. See flyer.
• Who: Faculty, staff, and students
• What: New York Times Global Review
• When: Every Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
• Where: WB 147
• 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.
February 4-5, 7:30 pm, Kingsbury Hall, SLC
This troupe is so adored, we keep bringing them back for sold-out performances. The Peking Acrobats do it all, fire, knives, acrobatics, and balance. Whether dangling high above the stage or simultaneously spinning 100 plates on bamboo sticks, the performers know how to make the impossible appear effortless.
6th Annual CREF Chinese New Year's Gala Fundraiser for the China Rural Education Foundation (CREF)
You are invited to attend the 6th Annual CREF Chinese New Year's Gala Fundraiser for the China Rural Education Foundation (CREF)
Saturday, February 6, 6:00 pm, "Center Stage" Room in the Sorensen Student Center , Utah Valley University.
New Menu Provided by UVU Culinary Arts Institute. Deductible Tax Contributions. CREF Market - Raffle
$30.00/Adults; $15.00 /Children under 12 (Advance Purchase) $35.00/Adults; $20.00/ Children under 12 (At the Door)
$250.00/Table of 10 (Advance Purchase only, contact firstname.lastname@example.org )
Pay online at www.thecref.org or by check to:
731 Sunburst Lane, Alpine UT, 84004
(Payment to be received by January 30, 2010)
Free Parking Available. UVU Campus Map and Parking Information at www.uvu.edu/visitors/visit/index.html. Use parking lot "L" or LDS Institute parking.
For more information about the CREF or to make donations,
please visit the website at www.thecref.org
Climate Change & Economic Development
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 pm
Bruce McKenzie Everett, PhD, Professor of Business, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Georgetown's School of Foreign Policy
In a world of accelerating technological and social change, we face unprecedented complexity regarding the global economy and the environmental challenges it poses. To what extent do we really understand the science of climate change? Can we address climate change through modest lifestyle changes or are the trade-offs between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions simply too severe? Can technology save us? With over three decades of experience in the energy business as a government official, oil industry executive, teacher and commentator on energy policy, Dr. Everett will interpret the relationship between economic growth and climate change.
Born and bred in the Boston area, and still a die-hard Red Sox fan, Dr. Everett graduated from Princeton University in 1969 and earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1980. Anxious to see the world outside the Beltway, he joined ExxonMobil Corporation in 1980, traveled the world and worked across the spectrum of the energy industry, including oil, coal, natural gas, electricity. He retired in 2002.
Part of the 2009/2010 Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series presented by the UCCD and Westminster College. The lecture is free and open to the public, and held in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory at Westminster College.
Wheatley Institution Distinguished Lecture in International Affairs: "Facing Old and New Defense Challenges"
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-9:00 pm, BYU Joseph Smith Building Auditorium. Speaking will be Dr. James Schlesinger, former United States Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy.
African Film Festival: National Traveling Series
February 9-18, Various Times & Locations
The African Film Festival: National Traveling Series is sponsored by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) in conjunction with the exhibition Africa: Arts of a Continent, which highlights African art objects drawn from UMFA's permanent collection. For more information and a complete schedule, please call (801) 581-7332 or visit UMFA's calendar.
UVU Chinese New Year Party
Friday, February 12, 6:00 pm, International Center WB 147
It will be a potluck dinner...so bring a dish to share. After the potluck the International Students will go Snow Tubing at Soldier Hollow. More information available in the International Center.
UVU International Night: Help for Haiti
Friday, February 19, 6:00 pm, SC Ballroom (Dance starts at (9:00pm) Sponsored by the International Student Council and the Black Student Union. More information available in the International Center.
UVU Japanese Club Sushi Night
Saturday, February 20, 5:00 pm, International Center
More information available in the International Center.
UVU African Club Cultural Night & Dinner
Saturday, February 20, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, SC Ballroom
Dinner will be served from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Come enjoy African food and culture. More information available in the International Center.
Chinese New Year Festival
February 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Salt Lake City Library (Main)
The Chinese New Year Festival is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with music, dance, and more. The Festival will bring the Chinese community in Utah together and promote mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans.
For more information, please call (801) 524-8200 or visit the slcpl.lib.ut.us
Climate Change and Environmental Responsibility
Thursday, February 25, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Ragan Theatre
Tom Zeller Jr is an editor and writer for the New York Times covering alternatiave energry and green business. Sponsored by UVUSA, VP of Academic Affairs, the Center for the Study of Ethics and the International Center.
February 26, 7:30 pm, Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City
Is it martial arts, or is it dance? Forbidden to learn formal combat, 16th century Brazilian slaves disguised self-defense with traditional African dances. It's modern incarnation: Capoeira. And nobody has mastered the movement and music of Capoeira better than DanceBrazil.
Tickets: $29.50-$39.50. For more information, please call (801) 581-7100.
English Conversation Club for ESL
The English Conversation Club for ESL department needs volunteers to pair with ESL students to improve their English skills. They will meet once a week to practice conversational English and learn about each other’s cultures.
Why should I join? - Because it is fun and interesting! You will have the opportunity to make a fascinating friend from a foreign country and learn all about his/her customs, culture, history, values, etc. You can learn a foreign language not just from a textbook or computer, but from a native speaker. It is also a great resume builder, and you can feel good knowing you are helping someone achieve his/her goal of learning English.
How do I sign up? - Sign up at the ESL office WB 145 or LA 234b -there will be a membership form on the door that you can fill out.
If you have questions or want more info, please call Isabel Gomes or Maria Jose Velasco, or come by the ESL office at LA 234b. Office phone: 863-7249 and 801-863-6402 / email: Englishconversationclub@uvu.edu
2010 International Photo Calendar
The International Center’s striking 2010 Photo Calendar is now available for purchase. UVU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to order the desktop calendars for only $3.00 each. Here is a preview.
With the calendar, the International Center proudly shares the photographic talent of the UVU community. The photos chosen for this calendar were taken by faculty and students competing in the Sixth Annual International Photo Contest.
ESL English - Community Education Classes
The Community Education program will be offering ESL classes for resident immigrants living in the Utah Valley community. Please see the attached flyer for registration requirements and class selection. Flyer available in Spanish and English.
UVU Study Abroad Taking Applications for 2010 Summer Programs
UVU Study Abroad is taking applications for the following study abroad programs due to travel in the summer of 2010.
Costa Rica: Biology and Geology
London: Literature and Cinema
Start planning for these programs in 2011:
Ghana: Community Health
Italy: Art History
If students ask for more information, tell them to visit or contact the International Center (WB 147) at 801.863.8709 or email@example.com. To access additional program materials, tell them to check out www.uvu.edu/international/isp.
Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program
Summer 2010 Application Deadline: February 15, 2010*
*Please note that we must also receive online adviser nominations by this date.
The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education, aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.
The 9- week experience, from June 15 to August 17, 2010, arranged by IIE's partner organization, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), will take place in three cities: Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. All program- related costs will be covered.
Interested American sophomores and juniors and Indonesian freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are encouraged to apply.
For more information, eligibility requirements, and the online application, please visit:http://www.iie.org/programs/finip
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Application deadlines: Summer—March 1
Fall Semester/Academic Year Program—April 1
ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Summer 2010 Eurasian Regional Language Program for language study in Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus, Ukraine, and Moldova.
Fellowships are available through American Councils from U.S. Department of State (Title VIII) and U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays) grant support. Recent program participants have also received substantial fellowship support from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI (FLAS).
Recent Eurasian Regional Language Program participants have studied: Azeri in Baku; Georgian and Chechen in Tbilisi; Kazakh in Almaty; Kyrgyz in Bishkek; Persian (Dari/Farsi/Tajiki) in Dushanbe; Ukrainian in Kyiv; and Uzbek in Dushanbe.
Programs also available for the study of Armenian, Buryat, Chechen, Romanian, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvan, and Yakut. Please note that some languages are offered in more than one country.
The Eurasian Regional Language Program provides graduate students, advanced undergraduates, scholars, and working professionals intensive instruction in the languages of Eurasia. Participants may enroll in semester, academic year, or summer programs. All courses are conducted by expert faculty from leading local universities and educational institutions. Students with at least two years of college-level instruction in the target language, Russian, or a language related to the target language are eligible to apply to the program.
Courses are designed to strengthen participants oral, listening, reading and writing proficiency in the language of study. Participants receive approximately fifteen hours per week of in-class instruction in the target language. Courses in history, literature, and politics are also available for advanced speakers. Other program features include peer tutoring, housing with local host families, and graduate- or undergraduate-level academic
credit through Bryn Mawr College.
For more information, please contact:
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 833-7522
Applications are now available for download from the American Councils website.