MINUTES FOR ASIA COUNCIL MEETING

December 2, 2005

Macon State College

 

A.  HOUSEKEEPING

 

The meeting was called to order by Dan Paracka shortly after 1 PM.    Also present were Jonathan Leightner (Augusta State University), Tom Dolan (Columbus State University), Baogang Guo (Dalton State College), Sheila Phillips (Darton College), Dierdre Williams (Board of Regents Office of International Education), Dale Crandall (Gainesville State College), Gerry Merritt (Gainesville State College), Tom Preston (Gainesville State College), and Tom Howard (Armstrong Atlantic State University). 

 

The minutes of the September 9, 2005 meeting were approved, with the addition of Tom Howard (Armstrong Atlantic State University), and Wilson Huang (Valdosta State University) to the list of those present.

 

 

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

 

3) other programs -- leaflets were passed around for four other study-abroad programs, China: Health and Wellness; India: Knowledge Capitalism & Technology Management; India: Biotechnology;  and Thailand: Criminal Justice.  All are offered through Kennesaw State University.

 

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 Globalization on South Korea and China.”  This is a merger of two preliminary proposals that each presented separately at the September meeting.  The merged proposal envisions one week in Korea and two in China, probably in the last three weeks of May 2006.  Chancellor’s Awards may be available, especially for younger professors and first-time participants in faculty development seminars abroad.

 

E. FURTHER CONTACT WITH HYDERABAD SIND CONSORTIUM

 

 Dinesh Himatsinghani’s CV was passed around.  He is at R. D. National College in Mumbai, part of the Hyderabad Sind consortium and is being recommended as a visiting professor in computer science by Prof. Shibu Anand, president of R. D. National College and previously a visiting professor at USG campuses.

 

F. POSSIBLE FACULTY EXCHANGE WITH CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY IN THAILAND

 

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.

 

G. BUDGET

 

Dan 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 China programs and the Japan program mentioned in item C above, plus the India study-abroad program run by Salli Vargas and Farley Richmond.  The Council would try to double this amount by getting matching funds from the Board of Regents.  The proposal was discussed and approved by voice vote.

 

 

Next meeting date was set for March 31.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 3 PM.