think: international CWRU Newsletter, October 9, 2015


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2015-2016 

International Student Success Series: Fall 2015 Schedule 

Summer Study Abroad Faculty-Led Course Information Due: Oct 15

West Virginia State University and the University of Sharjah announce "Solutions for a Better LIfe: Future Leadership Conference." Call for papers; Due Nov 20

Russia-USA University Partnership Program Funding Opportunity

Competition OPEN: Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars:
  • The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.  Grant Duration is two weeks.
  • Japan and Korea:    November 2, 2015
  • France and Germany: February 1, 2016
Call for Reviewers: Core Fulbright Scholar Program and Fulbright Specialist Program -
CIES is currently seeking Fulbright Scholar alumni across different disciplines for review committees.



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The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


Expanding think[box] Abroad

Daniel Ducoff and Dean Jeffrey Duerk meet with CWRU alumni Anuar Taib '89, Archie Co '64, and Michael Zink '81 in Singapore

 Case School of Engineering (CSE) opened the first global satellite of think[box] at the University of the Philippines in Manila. This satellite project will collaborate on endeavors with think[box] members in the new Richey Mixon Building. think[box], part of the the University’s Institute for Collaboration and Innovation, provides space for everyone—especially students, faculty, and alumni—to research and creatively invent.
“This inaugural expansion of think[box] in Manila opens many possibilities to bring innovation and entrepreneurship into engineering education in the Philippines," explains Gary Wnek, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. "With our transformational thinking and doing philosophy, the opportunities are exciting.”
This international think[box] is just one of the many benefits of the multidimensional relationships that CSE has formed in the developing nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN).*  CSE is also engaging partners in developing 3+2 relationships, enabling students to earn a Bachelor’s degree from their home institution and a Master’s degree from CWRU in a five year period.
"It has made a tremendous impact for students studying at CWRU and continues to expand the global recognition of the CWRU brand, which is built with each graduate," remarks Daniel M. Ducoff, Associate Dean for Global Relations & Development and Associate Vice President for Strategic Development Partnerships.

* ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.

First Annual Asian Mid Autumn Festival a Success

Students decorate lanterns; families and students connect; students wait in line before the festival (clockwise from top left) 

Over 1,000 CWRU community members lined up to attend the first university-wide Asian Mid Autumn Festival on September 28th, 2015.  This holiday, which can go by many names like Tet Trung Thu, Tsukimi, Mid-Autumn, and Chuseok, and is about bringing families together in much of eastern Asia.   Traditions vary, but often family and friends join to celebrate the harvest of rice and wheat, eat special desserts, share traditional stories, hang lanterns, and appreciate the moon in the sky.

President Barbara R. Snyder as well as Deputy Provost Lynn Singer, Chair of Civil Engineering and Chinese Student and Scholar Association faculty advisor David Zeng and School of Medicine professor and co-chair of the Asian Women's Faculty group Michiko Watanabe spoke at the Thwing Center event, acknowledging faculty, staff and students underneath a full moon.  A variety of authentic Asian cuisine, as well as mooncakes and song-pyeon were offered as typical pastries associated with the festival.

There were 26 student organizations, university departments and community groups that each offered an array of information and fun activities to engage the crowd.  Student participation was prevalent, with booths offering home-made rabbit charms, riddle games, Origami, lantern making and more. 

Ruiyao Wei, a graduate student at Weatherhead, said she was “excited to introduce the traditional Chinese festival to students on campus.”  

The Cleveland community also got involved, with groups such as
 Asian Services in Action, Global Cleveland and MotivAsians providing information and activities.  The huge success of the event centered not only on the wide varieties of food and activities but on building community as a whole.

This festival was organized as a collaboration between The International Multicultural Exchange (TIME) student organization, the Office of the Provost, the Center for International Affairs, First Year Experience and Family Services and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  Having whole families come to Thwing to join in both fun and educational activities was a wonderful way for CWRU to be part of a holiday less known outside of East Asia.


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