SCIE ASIA COUNCIL MINUTES AT MACON COLLEGE
DECEMBER 5, 2003
The Council Chair, Dan Paracka (Kennesaw State University)
called the meeting to order at 1:00 p. m. Other Council
members present were: Tom Howard (Armstrong Atlantic
State University); Lois Poss (Clayton College and State
University); Tom Dolan (Columbus State University);
Dwight Call and Sunita Manian (Georgia College and State
University); Eric Kendrick, George Vargis and Salli
Vargis (Georgia Perimeter College); Susan Sugarman (USGOIE);
Bill Shaniel (State University of West Georgia); Farley
Richmond (University of Georgia, Athens); and the Council
Secretary, Marc Jason Gilbert (North Georgia College
& State University).
The meeting opened with introductions of members in
attendance and approval of the minutes of the previous
meeting. Difficulties regarding members being accidentally
dropped from the Listserv were addressed and resolved.
The Council Secretary asked Council members to send
him electronic versions of their program announcements
so that they can be appended to the Minutes.
Susan Sugarman announced the most recent
STARS award allocations, and upcoming Global Partnership
and Best Practices Awards. She also announced job vacancies
at the USG OIE, including assistant director of special
projects. She reminded the Council that the deadline
for the Regents Scholarships would be February 27, 2004.
The visit of the Vietnamese Ambassador to Atlanta and
the luncheon to be held in his honor was discussed,
but due to the illness of his son in Japan, that visit
was ultimately rescheduled for a later date. He had
planned to return to Atlanta on February 26. 2004, but
this visit, too, was cancelled.
The Budget was circulated via a handout
and discussed with no Student Study Abroad and Related
- Dwight Call announced that 4 students had enrolled
in the Student Study Abroad Program in Japan, which
he viewed as adequate for this stage of recruitment.
- Farley Richmond and Salli Vargis reported that they
already had 10 students enrolled in the Student Study
Abroad Program in India for 2004.
- Three students have enrolled in the China Student
Study Abroad Language Program in Yangzhou and 3 students
had enrolled in the combined Language and Culture
program there, but this program has since been cancelled.
- Dan Paracka reported that for a second year the
Teaching English in China program was well–supported
by students from Georgia State University and Kennesaw
Faculty Development Seminars and Related Activities
- Lois Poss reported that the status of China Medical
Group program was uncertain due to the lack of a health
professional to coordinate the program.
- Thomas Graham not being present, there was no report
on his proposed “Bangkok to Singapore”
Faculty Development program.
- Out of a concern that the Council might not have
a Faculty Development proposal for the year 2005,
Marc Gilbert proposed a “Culture and Technology
of India” Faculty Development Seminar program
which Farley Richmond and Tom Howard offered to help
- Dan Paracka pledged to circulate a complete set
of criteria for the submission of Faculty Development
Proposals. A deadline of March 1, 2004 for such submissions
was set. These criteria were published on the Listserv
ASIA COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS
- URL for the Council’s web site is:
- The ASIA-L Listserv is Asia-L@sphinx.gsu.edu
BRIEF ITEMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
- The Sino-American Commission will hold its next
conference on June 5-7, 2004. Those interested should
contact Wang I Ping, Dean of Education at Kennesaw
- Those interested in joining the proposed Middle
East Council should contact Prof. Tom Keene at tkenne@Kennesaw.edu
- The next Council meeting will be held at Clayton
College and State University, on March 26, 2004.
There being no further business, Dan Paracka adjourned
the meeting at 4:00 p.m.
Marc J. Gilbert