Minutes of Meeting
The spring meeting of the Asia Council was held at Macon
State College on
1. SCIE† Update. Ryan Thorton drew attention to the success of the continuing on-line language courses in Japanese, Chinese and Russian. He also noted that any news of international programs or projects may be sent to Carrie Sloan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion on the USOIE events calendar.
2. Nominations/Elections for Officers.† This spring meeting marked elections of officers according to the Council by-laws. Nominations were solicited but not forthcoming.† A motion was offered to re-elect the current slate of officers (Dan Paracka, as Chair, T. Chris Jespersen as Vice-Chair and Marc Gilbert as Secretary) and passed without a negative vote.††
3. Budget Update. As of
4. The itinerary for the Faculty Development Seminar in India June-July, 2005 was presented by Marc Gilbert and Salli Vargis. Due to a late very large rise in airfare from $1000 to over $1750 per person (out of advertised total cost of $2900), this program had to retrenched by a variety of stratagems, though without sacrificing quality.† However, the directors expressed concern that the budget was too lean to provide for any unexpected contingencies, such as the need to book airfares in case of monsoon rains upset train schedules or the need to provide honorariums to take advantage of unexpectedly available speakers.† As a result, they asked the Council to approve of a pledge of $2000 against such contingencies, which was granted.
5. Faculty Development proposals for Summer
2007 were announced as due
6. Study Abroad Updates. The
8. An early announcement was made regarding the upcoming
Year of China Program at
9. Other Business/Next Meeting The
Council considered arriving early for meetings and having lunch together at
nearby Asian buffet restaurants. Marc Gilbert drew attention to the Korea
Societyís fall fellowship program for American faculty (see http://www.koreasociety.org/).
The next meeting of the Council will be at