In Memory: Mary D. Nelson
The International Center wishes to express heartfelt thanks in loving memory of Mary D. Nelson, a compassionate donor of French Studies for many years here at UVU. Our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends touched by her passion and love for life and giving.
Many UVU students have benefited from Mary D. Nelson's generosity. Those students have been financially assisted in following the same dream as Mary D.: to pursue their passion for the French language by immersing themselves in the culture and language in France.
Grant Skabelund, Director of International Study Programs here at UVU was present at her funeral service on Saturday, May 22, 2010. He had the opportunity to share some remarks at the service. More information available here.
New York Times Global Review will be back in the Fall
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. See flyer.
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.
World Refugee Day 2010
Utah has a rich culture. And some who live in our neighborhoods have made it richer. Twenty-five thousand undaunted refugees have survived the worst this world can offer and have re-planted their lives—and their dreams—among us. Riding on hope, they come to us with a wealth of traditions, talents, and ambition for their future. Salt Lake City is joining the globe to honor World Refugee Day. Take this opportunity to acknowledge the courage, resilience, and strength of people who were once refugees and who are now members of our community. Please invite your friends and family to enjoy any of the following FREE events:
Monday, 14 June—Kick-off Reception, Day-Riverside Library, 7:00–9:00 pm
Tuesday, 15 June—Why Hire a Refugee?, Gore School of Business Auditorium, Westminster College, 7:00–9:00 pm
Wednesday, 16 June—Refugee Community Dialogue, Room 155 New Social Work Bld., University of Utah, 7:00–9:00 pm
Thursday, 17 June—Congolese Restoration Film, Downtown Library, 7:00–9:00 pm
Friday, 18 June—Art Gallery Stroll, Green Ant/Misc. Boutique/Columbus Art Celebration, Downtown/Columbus Center, 7:00–9:00 pm
Saturday, 19 June—World Refugee Day Celebration!, Granite High School, noon–8:00 pm
Bring family and friends to celebrate the beauty and unique cultures of countries from around the world, and recognize the contributions refugees make in the Utah community. Activities include food, dance, music, arts, children activities, and a display of community resources. Cost: Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Felecia Maxfield at (801) 550-0922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information please visit our website or contact: Emily Smoot at 801-897-1299 or Felecia Maxfield at 801 550-0922, or e-mail.
India Cultural Center Benefit Concert
Saturday, 19 June 2010, 7:30 pm, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah
This event benefits the India Cultural Center of Utah, and features one of the greatest musicians from India, Aashish Khan. Aashish Kahn will be performing with The Inner Voyage World Consort musician group from Salt Lake City. This fusion of Eastern and Western music will provide a rich voyage into Indian culture. Cost: $20 for general admission tickets, $11 for students. For more information, contact Lavanya Mahate at (801) 509-1205 or purchase tickets at www.kingtix.com.
Springville World Folkfest
Monday, 26 July 2010
The Springville World Folkfest will bring the color and excitement of traditional folk dance and music from around the world to Springville during the 23rd annual World Folkfest planned for July 26th through July 31st, 2010, in Springville, Utah, USA.
Folk dancers and musicians travel from countries around the world to attend the Springville Folkfest, which has grown to become one of the largest festivals of folk dance and music in the United States. Five outdoor evening performances are scheduled during the 2010 Folkfest on the outdoor stage at the Spring Acres Arts Park, located just north of Springville High School at 620 South 1350 East. The stage was designed specifically to accommodate Folkfest performances. For more information please visit here.
Global Spotlight China: Coming this Fall
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.
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.
Associate Analyst, Northeast Asia/Asia
Application deadline: Wednesday, 9 June 2010
The successful candidate will play an important role in researching, formulating, and delivering analysis of political, security, operational, and economic risks in Asia, focusing primarily on northeast Asia (greater China, the Koreas, Japan). The role will involve rapid expansion of existing knowledge, understanding, and skills to provide expert support to some of the world’s leading businesses operating in some of the world’s most important markets.
Control Risks is an independent, specialist risk consultancy with twenty-seven offices on five continents. Control Risks enables its clients to succeed in complex or hostile business environments. Full job posting here.
Arabic Language Camps for Middle and Highschool Students
First session: Monday, 21 June–Wednesday, 14 July
Second session: Monday, 19 July–Wednesday, 11 August
The National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC), with headquarters at BYU, was again awarded a STARTALK grant to sponsor intensive-Arabic-language summer camps for high school students (as well as a teacher training component). These camps consist of hands-on learning through immersion in the language and culture. Students are housed in BYU on-campus facilities. Following these camps, students may continue studying Arabic through BYU Independent Study’s award-winning Arabic without Walls. There will also be a sampler camp experience for middle school and high school non-residential students who already have some background in Arabic. There is no set deadline for application, but students should apply soon as there are a limited numbers of places for the residential camps. See website.
BYU French Camp for Highschool Students
The Department of French and Italian at Brigham Young University will offer a three-week-long French camp (days only) for high school students. The camp aims to help students prepare for college-level French or for travel abroad. Students will also be eligible to earn high school credit. In addition to language instruction each morning, the program will provide students with opportunities to practice the language while engaging in various culture-based activities. Sport, photography, journalism, history, cuisine, and film will all figure into the schedule. The cost will be $379 for three weeks and will include lunch. More information (including the online application) may be found online.
Student Internship Program, Spring 2011
Application deadline: Thursday, 1 July 2010
At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say we’re the face of America to the world. As an intern, you will be, too. Some of our students work in Washington, D.C., and others have the opportunity to work at an embassy overseas. Positions are both paid and unpaid; you must be a U.S. citizen and a student (a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student—including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school) to be eligible.
Please read the program description and vacancy announcement for more information and to start the online application process.
UVU students may contact the International Center for more information, insider tips, and alumni network connections.
Glimpse Correspondents Fall Program
Application deadline: Thursday, 15 July 2010
Finalists announced: Sunday, 15 August
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is for talented writers and photographers with a passion for storytelling and a knack for finding truly unique stories. The program is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 36 who will be working, volunteering, or studying outside of their home country for at least ten weeks. Correspondents receive the following benefits:
* $600 stipend
* Support from a team of professional editors
* Career training in writing and photography
* Guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org and The Matador Network
For more information, see the website.
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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
International Education News
First Lady Encourages Graduates to "Take It Global"
Michelle Obama gave a commencement speech this past month for George Washington University's (GW) class of 2010. Noting that nearly half of GW's graduates study abroad, she encouraged those students to reach out to those behind them and encourage them to study abroad, "especially students from communities and backgrounds who might not normally consider it."
The NAFSA blog reports on her address. Read more here.
Cultural Exchange for Women the Key to Success in Iraq
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the importance of educational exchanges, especially those involving women, to ensuring success in Iraq. The article highlights the importance of gender inclusion and the promotion of the rights of women and girls in the country, stating it is the best investment the United States could make.Read more here.
A Campus Where Unlearning Is First
An interesting article from the New York Times found here.
Book: Staff Pick
Gardens of the Moon: A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
In this sprawling fantasy epic of the Malazan empire at war with its enemies and itself, the first of a 10-volume series. Erikson's mass of characters seem to shrink to fit the story. Perhaps they need to stay small enough for the reader to keep them all in mind. Jumping often between plot lines, the novel follows Ganoes Paran from his boyhood dreaming of soldiers to his escape from imperial service. Paran travels on journeys of body and soul, going from innocent to hardened rebel against gods and empire without losing his moral core. Other characters go further, to death and back even. The book features a plethora of princes and paupers, powers and principalities, with much inventive detail to dazzle and impart a patina of mystery and ages past. The first book in the series sets up the depth of Erickson's world which only gets more profound as the series goes on.
Book chosen by Jason Grotegut. More info here.