The meeting was called to
order by Dan Paracka shortly after . Also
present were Jonathan Leightner (
The minutes of the
B. UPDATE FROM SCIE
Dierdre Williams, representing the Board of Regents, discussed some recent developments:
1) On-line language programs from Georgia Tech. These are being offered in Chinese, Japanese and Russian. There are four levels for each language, and the intention is to offer all four in each semester, and in the summer. “Bridge” scholarships of up to $1000 are available after the second level, and “immersion” scholarships of up to $2500 are available after the completion of all four levels.
(There followed a discussion of the problems and prospects of the on-line language program, with general agreement that not enough students were aware of it, and that it the process of enrolling in it should be made less cumbersome.)
2) STARS (STudents Abroad with Regents’ Support) program. This is funded jointly by the Board of Regents and participating USG institutions, and provides three ways students can defray the costs of a study-abroad experience. Deirdre Williams passed around copies of a leaflet outlining the essentials of the program. It was noted that the Asia Council has voted to use money from its own budget to match STARS funds.
(This developed into a general discussion of short-stay programs as an introduction to further study-abroad experience.)
3) Mini-grants to facilitate collaboration between USG institutions that want to merge study-abroad programs. These can range up to a maximum of $250 per institutions to cover such expenses as travel and conference calls by program directors. A program description and application form was passed around.
C. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
1) Japan-- Eric Kendrick and Yuko Ito, both at Georgia Perimeter, are organizing a program for this coming May 11 - 29. Details are available at www.gpc.edu/~ekendrick
2) China -- Baogang Guo passed out flyers and discussed two China programs: (a) the general studies program led by himself and Wilson Huang, scheduled for this coming May 9 - June5, and (b) a language program led by May Hongmei Gao of Kennesaw, scheduled form June 5 - July 13. Though the two programs are separate and distinct, the timing has been coordinated to make it possible for a student to participate in both on a single round-trip plane fare. Last year one student was able to do this on a Freeman Asia Fellowship. Detailed information about the two programs is available at www.daltonstate.edu/china and www.kennesaw.edu/globalinstitute/summerstudychina.htm
other programs -- leaflets were passed around for four
other study-abroad programs,
D. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
Baogang Guo presented a proposal that he and Eric
Kendrick have prepared,
titled “Change and Continuity: The Impact of Modernization and
E. FURTHER CONTACT
Dinesh Himatsinghani’s CV was passed around. He is at
F. POSSIBLE FACULTY
Jonathan Leightner presented the idea. He has taught there for two summers and reports that it is a strong institution with excellent students. Their economics department would like to develop an exchange relationship with a USG institution.
Paracka reported that the Asia Council now has about
$16,000 in assets and proposed to use $2000 of it in student assistance in 2006
for the two
Next meeting date was set for March 31.
The meeting was adjourned at .