The Center for International Education
Global Beat Fall 2006 Table of Contents
Y Message from President Braveman Y
Dear students, colleagues, and community members, We’ve come a long way since the 1970s, when Nazareth’s academic year abroad program first gave our students the opportunity to live, study, and practice their language skills in international locations. Today, our students have the opportunity to live, study, and practice their language skills with a network of international partners on five continents as well as short‐term overseas programs with Nazareth faculty across the globe. We are proud of our partnerships with schools in Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech Produced by: Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Peru, Korea, Spain, Ukraine, and the The Center for International United Kingdom. We operate residential programs in Rennes, France, Pescara, Italy, Education Berlin, Germany, and Valencia, Italy. This past summer we had a record number of international students attend our American Language Institute, a summer program for Youness Tihm ’07 international students, business people, and others who need assistance with their Project Manager English language skills. The State Department’s PLUS and IREX programs have brought an outstanding group of students from predominantly Muslim countries to our campus, Melissa Kotas ’07 Designer where they are studying, learning, and interacting with our own communities. All contents and images copyright We also have been promoting international research and teaching opportunities for our ©2006 by Nazareth College or their faculty—through faculty Fulbrights, IREX, and other well‐supported programs that offer respective creators. our professors the chance to explore their own intellectual interests even as they connect with others in their field working in diverse locations. These international experiences are an essential ingredient of our mission to prepare students to live and work in the world around them. Too often we see that ethnic and cultural differences are used to divide peoples. Our goal is to enable students to understand that such differences are instead a source of great strength. Best wishes for a happy and productive semester, President Daan Braveman President’s message ..........1 New PLUS students ..........2 Int. Circle of Friends .........3 MSA at Nazareth ...............4 U.S./Muslim Relations ......5 Faculty Collaborations ...6‐7 Citizen Diplomats..............8 Fulbright Visit ....................9 A Letter Home .................10 CIE Ambassadors ............11 International Education Week..................................12
Nazareth Welcomes Six New PLUS Students By Youness Tihm ‘07 The
Undergraduate Studies Program (PLUS) was created by the Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to bring a diverse group of accomplished youth from the Middle East, North
Africa, and South Asia to the United States to complete their undergraduate degrees at a U.S. institution. The goal is to promote educational exchange and cultural understanding between young people from America and Muslim majority regions. Hopefully, the program will reinforce common
values and provide a platform for positive dialogue. Due to its reputation for excellence in academics, Nazareth was chosen to host the PLUS students. Last year, five students joined the College,
and this year, six additional PLUS students from six different countries are enrolled. They are citizens of Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Jordan, Morocco, and Palestine. The PLUS scholars are chosen based on their academic achievement, leadership potential, and
diversity of experience. They spend two years completing their bachelor degrees at Nazareth. The scholarship also includes a pre‐academic English language training component. The PLUS program is designed to reach a broad sector of college‐age youth from diverse backgrounds and provide them with a greater
understanding of U.S. institutions, society, and culture. Students are encouraged to complement their academic work with extracurricular activities on campus and in the local community. In this respect, the new PLUS group is committed to enhancing diversity and multiculturalism on‐campus and off‐
campus. These students are already involved in a activities such as campus clubs and presentations on their respective countries and cultures.
International Circle of Friends
The International Circle of Friends was
formed to encourage the Nazareth community
to become more aware of and to interact with
our ever‐growing and year‐round population of
RIT and U of R campuses. They would love to
international students, faculty, and visitors.
include the Nazareth students in their social
Opportunities to participate abound! Please
activities – and transportation is always needed!
consider adding your name to a list for the fol‐
Please visit their website to see the list of fall
lowing options: offering to drive for outings,
inviting one or two students to your home for
A list of volunteers willing to help is being
an “American‐cooked” meal, offering holiday
compiled. Please call or email Joanie Fitzgerald
accommodations to students otherwise alone in
(x2070 or email@example.com) if you would like to
the dorms, or even proposing outings for some
or the entire group.
We have the opportunity to reach out to our
A local organization, the Rochester Interna‐
guests. It only takes that first step. Please con‐
tional Council, provides services to interna‐
tribute to making their visit to Nazareth College
tional students and visitors and is active on both
a fond memory when they return home.
International Trivia: Did you Know ...? China’s Bei jing Duck Restaurant can seat 9,000 people at one sitting. You share your birthday with at least nine million other people around the world. Canada is an Indian word meaning “Bi g Vi llage.” Australia is the only country that is also a continent. Woodrow Wi lson was the only U.S. presi dent to earn a doctorate. The international telephone di aling code for Antarcti ca i s 672. It i s forbidden for ai rcraft to fly over the Taj Mahal. Europe is the only continent with no deserts. The only active diamond mine in the United States is in Arkansas.
Building Peace The New Muslim Student Association at Nazareth College by Youness Tihm ’07 In the last few years, Nazareth has focused on becoming more global and open to different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. These goals are supported by the departments of the college, spanning from the president’s office to the student body. The number of Muslim students on campus has significantly grown in the last two years. This is due to the phenomenal efforts of the Center for International Education and other campus organizations to bring more diversity to the college. Currently there are about 15 Muslim students on campus. Now, these Muslim students have organized themselves in an officially recognized group on campus. The newly‐organized Muslim Students Association (MSA) met for the first time on September 20 to discuss future activities and events. The MSA is committed to refuting misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding Islam through active involvement in the community and fostering a sense of tolerance between all faiths and belief systems. The MSA will support Muslim students on‐campus and help them observe their practices in the best way possible. The group will also help strengthen the interfaith dialogue already taking place at the college. As founder of the group, I would personally like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for the people who made this possible, and who helped either directly or showed readiness to help this newly formed student body. These people include Ms. Lynne Staropoli Boucher, Director of Campus Ministry, Dr. Mohamed Shafiq, Director of the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and Dr. George Eisen, Executive Director of the Center for International Education. 4
Cultivating U.S.-Muslim Relations
Youness Tihm is a PLUS (Partnership for Learning Undergraduate Studies) student at Nazareth. He will graduate in 2007 with a major in Inter‐ national Studies. This article is adapted from an op‐ed piece he wrote for Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.
Tihm in Washington
Five years after September 11, 2001, students from around the world join musicians, policymakers, scholars, and journalists to develop a blueprint for promoting U.S.-Islamic understanding.
By Youness Tihm ’07 As a student leader at Nazareth College, I attended a summit in September in Washington, D.C. The topic was U.S.‐Muslim Relations five years after 9/11 and was hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy, The Elliott School of International Affairs, and The Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in conjunction with The Families of 9‐11. Five years after the terrorist attacks, U.S.‐Islamic relations continue to deteriorate. Recent polls reveal that 90 percent of residents in predominantly Muslim countries view the U.S. as the primary threat to their country. To examine this relationship, 300 student leaders from around the Muslim world and the U.S. came together at this summit to develop a blueprint for long‐term engagement between the U.S. and the Muslim world. We looked back at the lessons and changes over the past five years. We looked forward to ways in which U.S.‐Islamic world relations could be improved in the years ahead. This noble goal brought these young people together regardless of their ethnic or religious differences. The time has come for world leaders to listen to what the people in their countries have to say. Over the three days, we heard from the relatives of Sept. 11 victims, Sept. 11 commission members, ambassadors from the U.S. and the Muslim world, leading scholars of Islam, news correspondents, and even a Pakistani rock star who is a U.N. goodwill ambassador famous for his humanitarian efforts. Organizers say the summit could not come at a more critical time. One of the greatest challenges in global politics is the dangerous tension that has grown between the United States and the Muslim world. A Gallup poll earlier this month found that four in ten Americans asked to “honestly” assess themselves said they have “at least some feelings of prejudice against Muslims.” Although this saddened me, it made me more determined to do my best to bring more and more people together and start the movement of change from bottom‐to‐top. Nazareth College has always encouraged and supported me to achieve this goal.
Faculty collaboration A Meeting of Minds:
Nazareth Faculty Member Forges Scientific Collaboration with his Semmelweis Counterpart By Dr. Matthew Temple At the end of July, Nazareth College welcomed Dr. Tibor Deutsch, Head of Informatics and Medical Technology at Sem‐ melweis University in Budapest, for a week‐ long visit to the campus. He and I first met last November in Budapest at Semmelweis, where I presented lectures and computer workshops on bioinformatics. It was now my privilege to host Dr. Deutsch for discussions and computer sessions in Nazareth’s Biology Department, since our work in informatics is complementary. Dr. Deutsch’s work addresses how clinical information is obtained, used, and distributed in health education and hospitals, where I focus on biological information sharing and analysis from databases and laboratory instruments in undergraduate education. His visit this summer was an opportunity to continue our conversations from last November, and to draft a plan for further collaboration.
After exploring medical and biological databases on the Web, examining clinical simulation and biological laboratory software, comparing notes on how and what we teach, and enjoying several hearty dinners, Dr. Deutsch and I drafted a five‐ point plan outlining greater collaboration. We envisioned a joint informatics course at Semmelweis; a shared Web‐based catalog of health informatics resources for use by health care and science programs at both Nazareth and Semmelweis; informatics modules in areas such as genetics, physiology and
nutrition for health care and science courses at both institutions; a program to train health information managers at Semmelweis; and continuing development of a health care student database project as a shared resource for both institutions.
Drs. Temple and Deutsch at Nazareth College
Dr. Deutsch’s visit was notable both for its scientific substance and its spirit of international collaboration. We brought the best out of each other, learned from each other, and imagined how we could combine resources to make our own work more effective while creating new opportunities for students and faculty at both Nazareth and Semmelweis. Best of all, we thoroughly enjoyed the exchange and look forward to greater cooperation in the future.
A Report from the Last European Dictatorship
By Patrick Kurtz Patrick Kurtz, an adjunct professor in the department of business and management, recently returned from leading a global marketing seminar for the MBA
information about the disaster. Also, the Orthodox Church celebrated Easter Sunday on April 23, a week after the celebrations in western churches. All these events added to what would have been a very special visit, even without the anniversaries.
program of the State Economic University in Minsk, Belarus. The seminar focused on the ability of marketing promotions to drive the world economy. Kurtz was invited to Belarus by IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board), supported by the International Dialogue organization in Minsk.
An emotional afternoon included a visit to the memorial at was once the village of Katyn. During World War II the Germans drove the 150 villagers, men, women, and children of Katyn into a barn and burned them alive. The large statue at the entrance to the memorial is of the only father who survived (he was visiting a neighboring village at the time) holding the burnt body of his son. At the site there are memorials where each home was located and an additional 193 separate memorials for the other villages burned or destroyed by the Germans.
The master of business administration program at the university celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and has 110 students enrolled. Most courses are taught in English, so Kurtz was not required to learn Belarusian and Russian! At least half of the students have business and career experience, so the questions were many and the interaction lively. Their access to outside business information and experiences is somewhat limited by the authoritarian government, and the list of requests for additional information will keep Kurtz busy for weeks. For centuries, Belarus has stood at the crossroads of the major European trade routes, at the center of many of the European and World Wars. During the Second World War the city of Minsk was leveled, and the new city has many monuments to those who suffered and those who fought for their country. Minsk is a vibrant, active city with many major universities, and students are a significant percentage of the population. The students seem to be all energy, walking everywhere, well‐dressed, well‐educated, and friendly. Belarus is one of the few remaining communistic dictatorships, but at the time of the seminar the police and military presence did not seem oppressive. To oversimplify, President Lukashenka has convinced the older population that “stability” is good, but the student population is demonstrating for change, with resulting confrontations with the police. These demonstrations have been well covered by the international press and news networks.
Kurtz in front of a bust of Vladimir Lenin in a Minsk subway The student hosts, the International Dialogue representatives, and the administration of the MBA Program couldn’t have been more helpful and hospitable. Kurtz certainly recommends taking advantage of any similar educational and cultural opportunities that arise for the Nazareth faculty.
Not only was it the anniversary of the MBA program during the visit, but April 26 was the 20th anniversary of the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl. More than 50 percent of the fallout from the explosion blew west over the southern third of Belarus. Many public buildings featured displays, pictures, and
By Youness Tihm ’07 More than 100 people attended the Rochester Summit on Citizen Diplomacy on April 28 at Rochester Institute of Technology. The summit planning committee included representatives of Nazareth’s Center for International Education, Rochester International Council, United Nations Association of Rochester, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, and other organizations and institutions. Thus, the planning of the summit achieved one of the summit goals: cooperation among the various organizations in the Rochester area engaged in citizen diplomacy. The summit was preceded by a reception the previous evening for the Honorable Harriet Mayor Fulbright, the summit keynote speaker, where she met with Fulbrighters and PLUS students from at Nazareth College. The reception was hosted by Nazareth’s Center for International Education (see article on following page). The summit began with remarks by Dr. Paul Burgett, University of Rochester’s vice president and general secretary, senior advisor to the president, and university dean. Dr. Burgett’s presentation encouraged attendees to embrace the world. After Dean Burgett’s remarks, people discussed cooperation among the organizations involved in citizen diplomacy in the Rochester area and then reported to the summit. Each group then discussed one of four topics: steps our community can take to increase
awareness and interest in citizen diplomacy; youth in citizen diplomacy; building awareness among diverse groups; and fostering international education at all levels. After the discussions, the findings were reported to the summit. Lunch — an international buffet — was followed by a speech by the Honorable Harriet Mayor Fulbright, chairman of the Fulbright International Center. Mrs. Fulbright spoke about the importance of reaching out internationally. She provided a beautiful image in her answer to her own question of why, in this day of mass communication, we need to take the time and money to move people across borders to achieve an understanding of the values and attitudes of others. “Communication – visual and verbal – has passed through the filter of the producer,” she said. “Seeing and hearing through the eyes and ears of another means learning one point of view. It is the difference between looking through a keyhole and walking through an open door for whole view and even a dialogue.” The Nazareth CIE was represented by Dr. George Eisen, executive director of the Center, Youness Tihm ’07, project assistant at the center, and Masami Ichikawa ’06G, study abroad coordinator graduate assistant. The meeting ended with participants eager to continue the collaboration of the day and to get more people in the Rochester area involved in citizen diplomacy.
Welcoming Mrs. Fulbright to Nazareth College The visit of the Honorable Harriet Mayor Fulbright, chairman of the Fulbright International Center, was a chance to showcase Nazareth campus and community at its best. Mrs. Fulbright was delighted by Nazareth’s “Fulbright Wall” in Smyth Hall (photo below), enjoyed a tour of the campus with (left to right in photo at right) Dr. George Eisen, President Daan Bravemen, and Dr. Joseph Kelly, former direc‐ tor of Nazareth’s Fulbright program.
Later, at a reception in her honor, Mrs. Fulbright had the chance to talk to a number of individuals who have been involved in international activi‐ ties. (clockwise from far left): Mrs. Fulbright chats with Charles Good‐ win of the Rochester International De‐ velopment Corporation, Youness Tihm, a senior PLUS student at Naz‐ areth College, and Lee Johnson of Rochester’s Sister City Committee; Dr. Walter Cooper, Regent Emeritus of NYS and a member of the Nazareth Board of Trustees talks to Mrs. Ful‐ bright; and Mrs. Fulbright poses with President Braveman and two of Naz‐ areth’s Fulbrighters: the College’s first Fulbright winner Helen Bauer Gugel ’55, and one of this year’s winners, Natasa Racic ’06.
A Letter Home The following are excerpts from an e-mail received by Dr. George Eisen, the executive director of the Center for International Education, from 2006 Fulbright Scholarship winner Natasa Racic â€˜06, a native of Bosnia who is currently living and teaching in Germany.
There is a small river here, Hase, and if you run along the river you have a chance to greet and pat the sheep, horses, and cows. If you ride the bike through the forest, you will discover many different trees and small animals, which I've never seen before.
are visiting Rhodesia for a month. They had to write a letter to their friends in New York and tell them about Rhodesia. At first, they were complaining and mumbling. But by the end of the period, I could see how their perspectives had changed.
Many of you asked me about my teaching experiences. The kids here are motivated to learn, but I did find myself in hot water couple of times. I was shocked at how many kids in the 9th grade donâ€™t care about world issues. We read a story about a little girl from Rhodesia. Nobody cared about the fact that this girl could not attend school, worked in the field, and had health problems. I showed them pictures of N.Y.C. and wrote facts about the city on one side of the board. They were so glad that we didn't read "boring stuff." Then I surprised them by showing them pictures from Africa, and wrote facts about Rhodesia on the other side of the board. I asked them to imagine that they are from N.Y.C. and
Cologne was so much fun too! It was nice to meet all the other Fulbrighters (there are 180 of them!). I was chosen among other 19 Fulbrighters to be part of the FTA Diversity Program. My task is to observe migrant students, write reports about the integration, and give suggestions of how to motivate these students to be more academically involved. On the weekends, I usually visit other cities. I was in Muenster, Oldenburg, and Kloppenburg. I look forward to hearing from all of you! Love, Natasa :) 10
The Center for International Education has established a new International Ambassador Program to assist the College’s efforts to reach out to the local community. Through this program, international students, scholars, and artists will visit schools, business groups, service clubs, and others to share their expertise, culture, and international knowledge. The CIE has already placed ambassadors at Fairport School District, where groups of students will be offered visits, lectures, and seminars by these new ambassadors.
Interested in getting involved?
Call program coordinator Youness Tihm at the Center for International Education, 309-2697, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alum Featured in British Magazine Amanda Frederick, 2006 graduate of Nazareth College in Social Work, was
featured in Newsroom magazine for overseas work in her field (see article at right). Frederick is the interim secretary for the Center for International Education.
ALI Success! Nazareth’s American Language Institute (ALI), a division of the Center for International Education, completed another successful program. Each summer, ALI conducts an intensive four‐week English language program for international students and faculty, and this past summer was the largest in the institute’s history. Thw dramatic growth was not only in the number of participants, but the vast geography the students represent. Fifty‐ four students and faculty from Hungary, Italy, Chile, South Korea, and Taiwan. We look forward to another promising summer in 2007!
November 13‐17 T Thhee R Roollee ooff IInntteerrnnaattiioonnaalliizzaattiioonn iinn H Hiigghheerr EEdduuccaattiioonn Monday, November 13 Lecture by Dr. Elspeth Jones from Leeds Metropolitan University Noon Shults Center, International Room
SSttuuddyy A Abbrrooaadd FFaaiirr Tuesday, November 14 9 a.m.‐1 p.m. Golisano Academic Center, ground floor
FFiillm m:: W Whhaallee R Riiddeerr Tuesday, November 14 8 p.m. Lourdes Lounge Sponsored by CIE and International Club
T Arrtt ooff C Thhee A Chhooppssttiicckkss Wednesday, November 15 Chinese Meal and Global Quiz Dining Halls
FFiillm m:: W Waatteerr Wednesday, November 15 Followed by discussion with Dr. Poonam Dev 8 p.m. Lourdes Lounge Sponsored by CIE and International Club
R Reecceeppttiioonn iinn A Apppprreecciiaattiioonn ooff IInntteerrnnaattiioonnaall EEdduuccaattiioonn Thursday, November 16 4 p.m. Medaille Formal Lounge