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East Side Elementary School Triple A Students On December 11 East Side Elementary School Triple A Students along with Enrichment Students took a field trip to the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. At the Pink Palace the students visited the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees, Lichterman Nature Center, Coon Creek Science Center, and the IMAX Theater to watch Santa vs. Snowman. Also, the students dined at Cici Pizza and played arcade games. The students wrote about the visit to the museum. Some made postcards and others made booklets with illustrations. The Triple A staff includes Minnie Reed, Lee Ann Garrett, Shalondria Hardin, Samantha Davis, Tanesha Walker, Catherine Lester Site Coordinator and Sandra Humphreys Principal.

UofM Confucius Institute Selected as One of the Top in the World The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) has been named one of the top six Confucius Institutes in the United States and one of the top 30 Confucius Institutes in the world. The honor was announced by the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban) in China. Hanban is the corporate headquarters for 322 Confucius Institutes and 369 Confucius Classrooms in 96 countries in the world. Hanban serves as the hub for all activity surrounding the promotion and teaching of Chinese language and culture for Confucius Institutes across the globe. The selection for this designation was based on key components such as school partnerships, community involvement, leadership, development of key partners, enrichment programs involving the teaching and promotion of the Chinese language, cultural programs, innovative use of teaching methodologies, etc. The U of M’s Confucius Institute was founded on August 13, 2007, under the direction of Dr. Hsiang-

te Kung, a 75th generation descendant of Confucius. The CIUM opened its doors with two full-time employees in borrowed space at the University of Memphis. Today, the Institute has 26 employees in a spacious office on the 11th floor of Wilder Tower at the University of Memphis. “It is an honor to be selected for such a prestigious award from among so many worthy candidates,” said Dr. Kung. “Currently, the CIUM is working with 24 partner schools teaching Chinese language and culture to over 3,000 students in public, private, and parochial schools in Tennessee. “In addition, the CIUM annually offers Chinese summer immersion camps in Memphis, Chinese Summer Bridge camps for high school students to travel to China, Chinese Winter Bridge programs for school administrators to China, community programs, cultural programs, teaching workshops, and serves as a research center for SinoU.S. relations, teaching, and cultural initiatives.” The CIUM is a partner with the University of

Memphis and Hubei University in Wuhan, China. “The leadership provided by Dr. Shirley Raines, University of Memphis president, and Dr. Chuanxi Wu, Hubei University president, has been instrumental in creating a successful foundation for the CIUM,” Kung added. “Our program also includes an undergraduate program for students majoring in Asian Studies and International Trade (ASIT),” he said. “The ASIT program includes classes in international business, the humanities, and Asian languages, specifically Chinese and Japanese. One semester to study abroad in China is also a part of the ASIT program.” “We have much to be proud of at the CIUM. We have a great team, wonderful students, and amazing partner schools across Tennessee. The future looks very bright for the CIUM.” Additional information about the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis is available by phone at 901-678-2595 or online at www.memphis. edu/cium <http://www.memphis.edu/cium>

Curlin completes experiential learning to enhance college degree Casey Curlin completed an internship at The Washington Times during her senior year, and said it’s that type of experiential learning that enhances a college education. The University of Tennessee at Martin communications major from Fulton graduated Dec. 18 and also received the Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Award, the only award presented during commencement. In addition to the internship, Curlin combined her college coursework with experience serving as executive editor of The Pacer, the UT Martin student newspaper, and other roles on campus to maximize her career opportunities. “I decided to become a communications major after my freshman year when I took Frank Leach’s English III course,” said Curlin. “With his instruction and support I learned that I had a

talent for writing and that I enjoyed it. I realized I wanted to pursue a career that involved writing and found that communications was a perfect fit.” In addition to her communications professors and coursework, Curlin thinks that courses and professors outside her major helped her become well rounded. “My English, philosophy and political science professors, in particular, have greatly broadened my scope on different world views. This new level of understanding and way of thinking have not only opened my mind to the endless possibilities of learning, but ... also helped me become more of an unbiased thinker. Unbiased thinking is an important part of a career in journalism.” The Pacer editor’s position also contributed to her preparation for a career. “At the Pacer, we really get the skills we need to enter the workplace, and

actually The Times was really impressed with my resume because I’ve had so much experience.” Curlin said the thing about the Pacer is that the staff gets to learn and practice all the aspects of newspaper production, such as writing and reporting, layout and design, photos and posting content online. “Those are the skills you have to have to really get a job in this field.” One of the high points of her college career was winning the featurewriting contest at the Southeast Journalism Conference in 2008, but she really considers all the time spent at the Pacer as a bonus. “I just can’t describe how much I appreciate the opportunities it has offered me … .” Capping her college journalism career with The Times internship cemented the fact that a career that focuses on writing was the best choice. She was accepted into an internship

program called the “Fund for American Studies.” As part of the program, Curlin got to choose from a list of internships. “The Washington Times was a national newspaper so I thought that would give me some good experience.” Curlin was treated as a staffer, not an intern. “I wrote mainly for the nation section and a few politics and culture stories,” she said. “I was in the office a lot, mostly on the phone constantly. It’s really hectic sometimes. I might have three or four hours to get a story done, and so I was immediately on the phone getting sources, trying to get in touch with people.” Among her stories was one on police brutality and how the more commonplace existence of video recorders today, particularly on cell phones, is changing the playing field in regard to police conduct. “That was a really interesting one.” Another was a story

about Blockbuster, how it was having financial problems and how brick and mortar video stores are not able to keep up with companies such as Netflix and downloadable movies on the Internet. Living and working in Washington also offers the possibility of meeting and interviewing some interesting people, she said. “One that I thought was really cool was Ron Steinman. He’s a documentary filmmaker. He was nominated for five Emmys, written and produced documentaries for A&E, Discovery Channel, History Channel and TLC.” She also met Christo, an artist, and interviewed the 2009 Miss Black USA Shayna Rudd. “I did a story on a book series that she’s working on, and that was really cool.” As a recent graduate, Curlin is keeping her options open. She’d like to enter the workforce, but also is interested in other

internship opportunities and graduate school. “I can see myself staying in the journalism business. I wouldn’t mind trying out magazines, but I’m keeping an open mind for positions that I feel could use my skills to contribute to the betterment of society in some way.” She added, “I think the people skills and writing skills I have developed could be assets across a variety of platforms.” What’s her advice for communications students? “Don’t let all your education come from the classroom.” She added that courses provide a base of the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. “You have to develop this knowledge yourself by practicing in real-world environments. Communications simply has to be learned through experience. The opportunities to gain that experience are available; you just have to work for them.”

Castellaw tells UT Martin graduates to take up baton and run Retired Lt. Gen. John Castellaw told graduates at Saturday’s commencement at the University of Tennessee at Martin that they have begun running a race. “That diploma is a baton,” he said. “Those of us that have already run the race are passing the diploma – the baton – to you. Now it’s your time to pick it up and face the challenges that face us.” He added, “You know, each generation has all its challenges. And sometimes we may look a little bit inward and forget about how history has shown us that there are always better times ahead.” Citing challenges, he noted being at war for 10 years and the economic situation. Paraphrasing a Winston Churchill quote, Castellaw said, “Democracy is the

worst form of government except for everything else.” He added, “It’s the best opportunity for us as citizens to make sure our voices are heard.” The speaker told graduates that they are going to have some responsibilities. Castellaw urged them to reflect on others who have gone before them as examples. He told graduates that Americans have great character, are a courageous people, they believe in having opportunity for all to improve their lives, in fairness and generosity and they value the differences in people. “We are a nation of so many diverse cultures, religions, peoples and views, and we’re able to bring it all together and create such a tremendous environment. You as

graduates are going to be able to take advantage of that environment.” He added, “We still stand on that hill as a beacon to the entire world.” Speaking to graduates’ families and friends, he said, “Thank you for the sacrifices that you have made. You, by that support of these graduates, are going to ensure that we continue to have leadership, we continue to have the talent that will bring America, again, out of this discomfort that we’re in now and put us back to where we all want to be economically and otherwise. “UT Martin has truly become a world-class institution, and we should take a moment to really thank those that have

been responsible for that.” Reminding them that they have received a worldclass education, “It’s preparing you to go out and be leaders in industry, in the military and in government.” He closed his remarks saying, “May God bless this nation, and thank you all for what you have done.” Castellaw, a Crockett County native, played freshman basketball at UT Martin, and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). In 1972, he received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, he first served in Marine tank and amphibian tractor

units before becoming a helicopter pilot. He flew more than two dozen different aircraft and was Marine Aviator of the Year in 1990. His last assignments on active duty were at the Pentagon. University of Tennessee President-elect Dr. Joseph DiPietro attended the ceremony and extended congratulations to graduates who represented 45 different Tennessee counties and 16 states including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Graduates also represented the countries of France, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor, presided over the exercises and conferred degrees. He congratulated graduates and asked them to maintain contact with UT Martin, offer advice and support and be supportive of higher education. “You are joining over 38,000 graduates of UT Martin located throughout the world.” He added, “Education is not what is received, but rather what is achieved. As graduates of UT Martin, your diploma is a symbol of a significant achievement— your resume now contains another tool, a body of knowledge and problemsolving skill-set that, if used wisely, can help ensure a wonderful future for you and those around you.”

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