COUNCIL MINUTES AT MACON COLLEGE
DECEMBER 6, 2002
Asia Council Chair Tom Keene called to
the meeting to order at 12:02pm.
Present were: Tom Keene, David Jones, Christopher
Jespersen, Bob Wilder, Neal McCrillis, Dan Paracka,
Clifton Pannell, Susan Leisure, Baogang Guo, Thomas
Howard, Sheila Phillips, David Starling, George Vargis,
Thomas Graham, Bob Welborn, Eric Kendrick, and Bill
Minutes: Neal McCrillis moved to adopt the minutes.
Sheila Phillips seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
SCIE Update: Susan Leisure provided the SCIE update.
She provided a breakdown by country of study abroad.
She also indicated that other information is available.
Mission Statement: Neal McCrillis moved to adopt the
mission statement provided by Tom Keene. Clifton Pannell
seconded, and it passed unanimously.
By-laws: Sheila Phillips moved to adopt; Clifton Pannell
seconded, and the by-laws were approved.
Asia Council Chair: Tom Keene mentioned that nominations
were needed for the next Asia Council Chair. He indicated
that those nominations would be posted by March 1,
2003, in time for consideration at the March 28th meeting.
Budget: Tom Keene discussed the philosophy behind
the budget and how the current amounts had been arrived
at. Discussion followed.
India Program: Tom Keene discussed the merits of the
program. Bob Welborn asked about how payments were
to be made. Students participating will have to register
at Kennesaw State as transient students. The program
needs 10-11 students as a minimum.
Dlynn Armstrong-Williams asked about the size of the
Thailand program. That number is 15 students maximum.
Tom Keene told the group that Shibu Anand is interested
in teaching at a USG institution for the fall 2003
China Program: Dan Paracka gave details on this program.
He indicated that it was for 6 weeks, included tuition,
and was tied to teaching English in China. He and Tom
Keene gave a brief overview of the program’s
Wilson Huang explained the details for his proposed
program to Yangzhou. He is asking for Asia Council
money to help with payment for site visits. The director’s
costs would have to come from the home institution.
Discussion ensued. Sheila Phillips asked what courses
would be taught? Others raised the need for the program
to have a strong focus and rigorous content. The program
will need to have a strong identity and coherence.
David Jones indicated that he did not think finding
faculty to participate would be a problem. Neal McCrillis
mentioned that politics could be the focus. A committee
of Tom Keene, Wilson Huang, David Starling, and Baogang
Guo would look into the proposal more carefully and
bring it back before the Asia Council.
Japan Program: Dwight Call arrived to report on the
Japan Program. It will be only two weeks in duration
because of high costs. One week will be spent in Tokyo,
with the rest of the time in Kyoto, Hiroshima, and
a trip to Mt. Fuji. The Hawai’i portion of the
trip proved too expensive to include. Additional discussion
On a related item, Susan Leisure reported that two
faculty will be allowed to audit the on-line Japanese
Brief items: Neal McCrillis reported on a Middle East
seminar at Emory University. It will be an introduction
to the Middle East scheduled for October 24-25. Total
length will be 1.5 days using Emory and Georgia State
A seminar on Turkey was mentioned, and it was decided
that something would have to be done in conjunction
with the European Council.
Announcements: The annual meeting of the Association
for Asian Studies, Southeast Regional conference will
be held January 17-19, 2003, on Jekyll Island. In June
there will be a Japan Studies conference. Asian Studies
Development Program materials on the Korea Foundation
are available. And the Oglethorpe University Art Museum
will feature an exhibit on Asian art all next year.
The meeting adjourned at 2:01pm.
Secretary: Christopher Jespersen.