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Annual Summer Conference

July 24-26, 2008

Social Sciences Building and Willingham Hall
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144


Conference Program:

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Wednesday, July 23, 3008

All day through evening
Belizean delegates arrive; check-in hotel.
Spring Hill Suites, Kennesaw

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops

9:00 am to 12 noon
Willingham Hall (WH) 217
Workshop #1 – Accreditation

This workshop examines how to comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges in order to gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges; specifically the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Dr. Ed Rugg, SACS Liaison, KSU
Dr. Tom Pusateri, Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, KSU.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Willingham Hall (WH) 217
Workshop #2 – Grant Writing

This workshop examines funding opportunities for international higher education (in which the international school is the applicant), funding opportunities for faculty and students from Belize to come to the U.S., funding opportunities for partnerships between US and Belize schools, and what makes a good grant proposal in general.

Ms. Laura Letbetter, Proposal Development Specialist, KSU
Ms. Deborah Smith, Proposal & Contract Specialist, College of HSS, KSU

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Jolley Lodge

All day through evening: Other delegates arrive and check in at SpringHill Suites, Kennesaw

Friday, July 25, 2008

8:30 am to 9:30 am
Willingham Hall (WH) 217
Conference Registration (US$125 non-Belizeans or US $62.50 Belizeans)
Two Registration/Payment Options
1. Participants may pre-register and pay the registration fee on line (using credit cards) at

2. Pre-Register via fax or email; and pay registration fee on site:
**In advance: Complete and send Pre-Registration form (see cobecconfreg.doc) so that the host institution can plan meals, etc. By fax (770-499-3430). By e-mail to Vivian Bonilla (
** On site: Pay in CASH or CHECK (make checks payable to Kennesaw State University).

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Opening Ceremonies (SO 1021)
** National Anthems
** Member and Guest Self-Introductions
** Kennesaw State University and COBEC Conference Overview, Daniel J. Paracka, Ph.D. Director, KSU International Services & Programs

10:30 am to 11:00 am
Refreshment Break

11:00 am to 12:15 pm
SO 1021
KSU & Belize: Student Teaching, Maya Heritage, Anthropology and Marine Biology
** Sandy Bryan, Alan Lebaron. Terry Powis, Joe Dirnberger and students

12:15 pm to 1:45 pm

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
SO 1021
Belize Delegation Reports
** Debriefing re: Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops
** Update re: Association of Tertiary Level Institutions in Belize (ATLIB)
** Eve Aird and Brenda Armstrong

2:45 pm to 3:15 pm
Refreshment Break

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
SO 1021
Strengthening Education in Belize through Partnerships
**The Honorable Patrick Jason Faber, Minister of Education, Belize

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Program Committee Meetings
**CAFÉ Workshop Committee, Jane Zahner, Chair (SO 1021)
**CFACT Committee, Jose Mai & Beth Moore, Co-Chairs (SO 1019)
** Study Abroad Committee: Dwight Call, Chair (WH 217)

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
COBEC Steering Committee Meeting (SO 1021)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

9:00 am to 10:30 am
Willingham Hall (WH) 217
COBEC Business Meeting
Co-Chairs: Eve Aird and Michael Brennan
Co-Treasurers: Brenda Armstrong and Paul Huntsberger
Secretary: Brenda Armstrong
Documentarian: Jane Zahner

**Call to Order
**Acceptance of the Agenda
**Reports by Officers
**Secretary’s Report: Acceptance February 2008 Minutes (and Summer 2007 if recovered)
**Treasurers’ Reports
**Membership Roster/Alumni Database
**CAFÉ Workshop Committee Report: Jane Zahner
**CFACT Committee Report: Jose Mai & Beth Moore
**Study Abroad Committee Report: Dwight Call
** COBEC Honor Awards: Adrian Leiva

10:30 am to 11 am
Refreshment Break

11:am to 12:15 pm
Willingham Hall (WH) 217
COBEC Business Meeting (continued)
**Membership Applications
**Other Matters Arising
**New COBEC Logo
**Status Report on Access to Belize & U.S. Bank Accounts
**Future Conferences
**February 4-6, 2009 – University of Belize (tentative)
**July 29-31, 2009 – Armstrong Atlantic State University (tentative)

12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
Evaluation and Closing

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Cultural Enrichment

Etowah Indian Mounds, Booth Museum and Lake Alatoona

Important Notes:
1. At the July 2005 COBEC Conference, the consortium reorganized its committee structure to include three program and six operational committees. The active Program Committees are CAFÉ, CFACT, and Study Abroad.
2. If anyone wishes to suggest an Agenda Item for the Business Meeting, including reports by the operational committees (Web site, Honors, Small Grants, Archives, External Funding, Summer Institute), please email one of the Co-Chairs.




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