A S I A C O U N C I L
University System of Georgia – Council on International
MINUTES of the Meeting held September 12, 2003
Macon State College
The Council Chair, Dan Paracka (Kennesaw
State University), called the meeting to order at 1:00
pm. Other schools represented/Council members present
were: Tom Howard (Armstrong Atlantic State University),
Suresh Gopalan (Columbus state University); Baogang
Guo (Dalton State College); Sheila Phillips (Darton
College); Thomas Dolan (Columbus State University);
Dwight Call (Georgia College and State University);
Paul Foster (Georgia Institute of Technology); Thomas
Graham, and Salli Vargis (Georgia Perimeter College);
Belen Calingacion (Kennesaw State University); Farley
Richmond (University of Georgia, Athens); Wilson Huang
(Valdosta State University); Susan Leisure (USG/OIE)
and Council Secretary, Marc Jason Gilbert (North Georgia
College & State University).
After introductions, the circulation of the contact
sheet and approval of the Minutes, the Council discussed
a flyer detailing the availability of Freeman Fellowships,
their amount and conditions ($3,000-$5,000; 8 weeks
of study in Asia).
Susan Leisure supplied the SCIE update regarding on-line
courses (Japanese and Russian) and Global Partnerships
(proposals due in April).
STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Dwight Call reported on the successful conduct of the
USG Faculty Development Seminar in Japan, which involved
14 USG faculty members from 10 different institutions
for two weeks.
The Council received reports from Dan Paracka (Language
Study Abroad Program in Yangzhou) and from Wilson Huang
and Baogang Guo (General Studies Abroad Program in Yangzhou)
on the projected content and progress in the development
of both programs. Dan Paracka also reported on the Student
Teacher Program for China and the related visit of Chinese
faculty October 10-19th to Georgia to visit campuses
to examine USG teaching evaluation procedures and meet
possible future teachers.
Farley Richmond and Salli Vargas presented an impressive
draft brochure and curricula for the projected Student
Study Abroad Program in India and discussed the possibility
of students choosing one-half or the whole program,
depending on their interest.
Reminders were issued regarding the Middle East Workshop
(October 17-19, 2003) under the direction of Tom Keene.
Tom Graham introduced his idea for a Faculty Development
Seminar in Thailand and Malaysia. This led to a discussion
of the need to prioritize the academic connections as
well as content of Faculty Development Programs. Susan
Leisure informed the Council that programs lacking such
definition initiated by other Councils have led to cut-backs
in funding for Faculty Development Programs.
Belen Calingacion, a Fulbright Scholar at Kennesaw
State University, announced her plans to bring Philippine
culture to Georgia. She subsequently brought a famous
Philippine Dance Troop to Georgia (they performed in
October, 2003 to packed audiences at University, Georgia
State University, and Kennesaw State University).
Meeting Adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
Next SCIE Asia Council Meeting is at 1:00 p.m. at Macon
state college December 5, 2003.