Global Education News
2010 Faculty Study Abroad Photo Contest
Associate Professor Linda Lyons is this year's winner of the 2010 faculty study abroad photo contest. Linda took several students to Chacraseca, Nicaragua (and other surrounding communities). Linda's students were afforded the opportunity to visit a variety of health care settings including large and small hospitals, university classrooms, rural clinics and birthing centers.
Resolution Passes Supporting Study Abroad in Oklahoma
On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 several International Education Directors from around the state of Oklahoma met in the House Lounge at the Oklahoma State Capitol to celebrate the passing of the Study Abroad Resolution and Urging Congress to Pass the Simon Act Resolution. Diana Klinghagen, International Student Counselor and Dr. Doug Price, Dean of Global Education, were able to attend and share in the significance of this event. Essentially, the Resolution communicates the House of Representatives' acknowledgement for the increased need for student abroad among our student population as one means to better prepare students for the global workplace of today and tomorrow. Kudos was given to Representative Shane Jett for championing the Resolution and arguing on the House Floor for its passing. Some may not know that study abroad in Oklahoma ranks 49th in the United States in sending domestic students abroad to receive an education. Resolutions of this nature will help to send a message to Congress to pass the Simon Study Abroad Act making international education a cornerstone of USA education and give opportunities to students who could never afford or dream of attending study abroad programs (especially community colleges) an opportunity and to visit new destinations such as emerging countries to broaden America’s understanding of the world.
From left to right: Dr. Doug Price, Representative Shane Jett, and Diana Klinghagen.
TCC Student Accepted to Attend Westminster University in London England
TCC student Sara Goswick was recently accepted to attend Westminster University in London England. She will be participating in this study abroad program for one full academic year. Sara will focus on English studies full-time and then transfer back to TCC next summer. This opportunity is made possible through cooperative efforts of International Studies Abroad (ISA) and TCC's Office of global Education. ISA is a study abroad provider with 18 destination countries that encompass 35 distinct and exciting cities. ISA works closely with colleges and universities abroad to help provide students with a study abroad experience that is academically challenging and culturally rewarding.
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Interview with Study Abroad Faculty Dr. David Ruskoski
The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy
Over Spring break, Dr. David Ruskoski, Assistant Professor of History at NEC, took TCC students to Europe. The Office of Global Education (OGE) sat down with Dave and asked a few questions. Please read below to find Dave's answers.
OGE: Where all did you go and what were some specific cities that you (and your students really enjoyed)
DAVID: We visited London, Paris, Florence and Rome. Each day of our trip had the "Wow" factor. From seeing the British Parliament and Big Ben one day, to the next day seeing the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum that has the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The students really enjoyed everything, but seeing Notre Dame and the St. Peter's Basilica that has the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo was very special.
OGE: What eye opening experiences did your students have .... any "a ha" moments?
DAVID: When we visited the Eiffel Tower on a cool evening in Paris, the view was so spectacular that everyone seemed to be overwhelmed by the experience.
OGE: Would you repeat the spring break study abroad experience or attempt it in May?
DAVID: International travel is very important to me, so I would definitely repeat the spring break trip. This allows me to go like a student on one of the trips planned by one of my fellow professors. I even plan on going on a trip to Japan this year.
OGE.: How would you encourage other faculty to go. What are the advantages, etc.?
DAVID:This is my second year teaching full-time at TCC and I just completed second study abroad trip. Both trips have been the best travel experiences of my life. It has enhanced my understanding of other cultures and made me a better professor. I include images of myself at historical sites in my lectures. This year I gave a campus-wide presentation about my trip last year to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic and I already have plans for giving another presentation next year about the trip I just completed. I would encourage all my colleagues to either lead a trip or go on one like a student. It is a tremendous learning experience and on both trips I have made very good friends with instructors from other institutions.
OGE:Anything else you would like to add.........
DAVID:I have used EF Tours on both of my trips and I have been very satisfied. The trips have been very well planned and the professional tour guides have exceptional.
David and students in front of the Colosseum in Rome
International Scholarship Program Recipient Announced
TCC now has its first Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program award recipient. Since the inception of the Gilman Scholarship Program in 2001, 18,960 applications have been received and 4,728 scholarships have been awarded to students participating in study abroad programs. The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Christopher Cooper is our first TCC award winner and has won a $5,000 scholarship to help defray the costs of his continued studies of the Japanese language in Nagoya, Aichi Japan.
For more information about study abroad (1-2 semesters) please contact the Office of Global Education at 595-7851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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OGEC Essay Contest Winner
TCC student Megan Mackey recently won the Dr. Bill Brown Student Essay Contest at the 12th annual OGEC* conference. To qualify for the competition, students were requested to write about incorporating global aspects of today's society. In her essay, "The Great Global Experience", Megan writes about her first trip to Japan, where she learned about different cultures as well as her relationship to the global community. Megan currently works at West campus Library while taking classes toward her degree. (To read Megan's essay click here)
*Oklahoma Global Education Consortium - Its mission is to foster collaboration between institutions to achieve the goal of preparing individuals and communities to participate in the global society and economy. TCC has been one of the fourteen member colleges since OGEC was established in 1997.
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