October 2001: vol. 11, no. 2

California Colleges For International Education

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International Education Updates

Nov. 15: CCIE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Riverside Convention Center (at the CCLC Convention) 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.. Special Guest Speakers will be Dr. Victoria Morrow, State Chancellor's Office, Dr. Salvatore Rotella, President Riverside College and Past-President, CCIE and Dr. Edward Valeau, President Hartnell College and Current CCIE President. PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING.

CCIE MEMBERS SUPPORT CCIE

Considerable thanks are given to two CCIE members in their on-going assistance to support CCIE.

Jose Mercade, Glendale College and the Glendale graphic department have created official business cards for CCIE with the new CCIE logo. We thank you Jose, form the bottom of our hearts.

Ken Fawson, San Diego District and the S.D. graphic department have re-designed and printed the 2001-2002 CCIE flyers. Ken's office has also graciously picked up the costs for the quarterly CCIE Board of Officer's phone conferences. Thank you Ken for your on-going and invaluable support.

SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS THANK CCIE

Student recipients of the 2000-2001 CCIE Student Scholarships have written CCIE thank-you notes for their awards. Cynthia Forsblad of Santa Rosa College writes: "Thank you so much for your generous donation towards my trip to Costa Rica. I look forward to my time there and hope to learn much about the culture and the language."

John Roach of Long Beach City College writes: "Thank you very much for the CCIE student scholarship. The extra money will make this experience a lot easier for me. This organization is an admirable one. This scholarship proved to me that if I work hard and commit to something, someone may be willing to help."

CCIE is please to have been able to assist these and other students in their study abroad programs.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK

Last year, the Clinton Administration officially launched the 1st annual "U.S. International Week." Several CCIE member colleges had unique ways of celebrating this week which culminated in the Annual CCIE Business Meeting. The State Department has now endorsed the 2nd Annual International Education Week - November 12 - 16, 2001. UNESCO and the European Union will be arranging a series of activities. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell stated, "international education prepares our citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy, and promotes tolerance and the reduction of conflict . . . I encourage schools, businesses and communities to join with us in commemorating International Education Week."

The International Education Week Initiative is part of an effort to encourage policies and programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study in the United States. We welcome the participation of all individuals and institutions, including embassies, businesses, international organizations, and colleges.

The following are some CCIE ideas for your college's International Education Week Activities:

  • Attend the CCIE Annual Business Meeting - Nov. 15
  • Declare International Education Week at your college
  • Contact local media (TV, radio, print, electronic) to highlightyour college's activities during the week.
  • Ask local Fulbright, or other exchange alumni to share their experiences with faculty/staff.
  • Visit local schools to speak about community college study abroad programs.
  • Conduct workshops and brown-bag lunch sessions to examine international educationand its impact on your college.
  • Invite foreign students to share their language and culture in school classrooms.
  • Build classroom-to-classroom connections between your localschools and an international school Via the Internet.
  • Partner with local business institutions and the Chamber of Commerce to highlight global economic connections.
  • Find a sister town/city and carry out a joint activity during the week.
  • Recruit local professionals with overseas experience to give career talks and serve as mentors to students and other professionals.

Please let Rosalind know how your campus celebrated International Week. All descriptions will be included in the December CCIE Newsletter. Please share your International Week Activities with other CCIE members. For the latest regarding this year's IEW, visit: NAFSA: IEW.

GILMAN AWARDS UPDATES

Gilman Scholarships program - 1st cycle had 2,232 student applications for 139 awards. If any of your students have applied for this award, please let CCIE know so that we can share your success with others.

2nd Cycle Winter/Spring 2002

Awards of up to $5,000 are open ONLY to undergraduates who satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Applicant is a citizen of the United States. Permanent Residents are not eligible.
  2. Applicant is in good standing (community colleges ARE eligible)
  3. Applicant is receiving federal Pell Grant funding during theacademic term of his/her application
  4. Applicant is applying to OR has been accepted to a credit-granted study abroad program that begins January 1 - April 30, 2002. Proof of program acceptance is required for the FINAL award disbursement.
  5. Applicant will not study in a country which is currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State.
  6. Applicant must comply with the Fly America Act, which stipulates that recipients of federal funds fly on US Flagged Carriers.

For more information contact: gilman@iie.org

CCIE SPECIAL ISSUE: SAFETY, HEALTH, LEGAL, & ETHICAL ISSUES

In light of recent events, the CCIE Newsletter will now include a monthly section on Safety, Legal, Ethical and Health Issues regarding all international educational programs. For this Newsletter, however, considerable space will be allocated to the on-going discussions AND responses from our members.

SECUSSA HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS The SECUSSA Health and Safety Committee recommends that all international educators remember the following general principles as they make program decisions during these uncertain times. The following was supplied by David Larsen, Chair, Arcadia University; Barbara Lindeman, Vice-Chair, University of Missouri-Columbia; and William Nolting, SECUSSA Chair, University of Michigan

* There is no single "right" answer to any of the big health and safety issues. The decision about what is the best thing to do should be based on knowledge of one's campus, students, and administrative policies.The right policy for one institution might not work for another.
* Don't set up policies that you aren't willing to enforce.
* Communication is the key ingredient to healthy, safe experiences. Know how you will communicate effectively with students, parents, overseas partners or staff, campus administrators, and with colleagues in education abroad.
* When you are not sure what to do, do the right thing. This can be defined in terms of what is best for the student. Do whatever will ensure student health and safety, and what makes moral and ethical sense to you as a professional.
* Do something. Think about what a rational person would do and carry that out.
* Keep everyone as fully informed as possible.
* Involve others in making important decisions.
* As professionals, we should help study abroad participants take responsibility for their own health and safety by providing them with informational resources that will allow them to make appropriate decisions.

Additional resources:

Promoting Health and Safety in Study Abroad - SECUSSA Website
Health & Safety Guidelines - by the Interorganizational Task Force on Safety & Responsibility in Study Abroad
Safety-monitoring Websites - compiled by Les McCabe of Semester at Sea
Crisis Management in a Cross-Cultural Setting - NAFSA 2001, Patricia A. Burak and William W. Hoffa, Editors
Internet Resources for Education Abroad - by William Nolting
SECUSSA Website - NAFSA's Section on U.S. Students Abroad

SECUSSA

New links have been added to the SECUSSA "Safety and Security" section and NAFSA has dedicated a section of its website to "Coping with the events of September 11", including a subsection on Education Abroad, at: NAFSA: Education Abroad.

SAFETI ARTICLES

Spring 2001 SAFETI Newsletter has articles on:

  • FAQ for Parents of Study Abroad Students
  • Creating a Safe Environment for Students With Learning Disabilities
  • A Trial Attorney's Perspective on Health and Safety
  • How WPI Has Responded to the Task Force Guidelines
  • A Students Response to Injury and Evacuation from Abroad
  • A Copy of the Congressional Testimony re: Study Abroad Health and Safety

FEINSTEIN PROPOSES NEW LEGISLATION

Several repercussions have resulted from the September 11 Tragedy that will have significant impact on the California community college international student programs. On September 27, Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced that she will introduce legislation on October 2 to reform the U.S. student visa program, including full funding for implementation of a foreign student electronic tracking system.

Senator Feinstein believes reforms to the system are necessary after learning that a number of the suspected hijackers in the September 11th attack are now under investigation by authorities for enrolling in U.S. schools but never attending. Additionally, one of the terrorists in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was here in the United States on an expired student visa. "Today, there is little scrutiny given to those who claim to be foreign students seeking to study in the United States," Senator Feinstein said. "In fact, the foreign student visa program is one of the most unregulated and exploited visa categories...I believe that we need a temporary 6-month moratorium on the student visa program to give the INS time to remedy the many problems in the system," said Feinstein. "This may be controversial, but there has to be recognition that this is an unprecedented time in the country and our national security depends on our system functioning to ensure that terrorists do not take advantage of the vulnerabilities in the student visa program."

Many officials at educational institutions have said there are serious monitoring gaps in the student visa system and describe a process in which people enter the country with a student visa, yet fail to enroll in school -- which is a violation of federal immigration law. As the system stands now, the INS is unaware of these types of warning signs until it is too late to track down the visa violators. "Congress enacted a law in 1996 to require INS to collect important data on foreign students following the first World Trade Center bombing when it was found that one of the terrorists was here on an expired student visa," said Feinstein. "But to date, this critical system has not been put into place. Put simply, I do not believe the INS has moved vigorously enough to implement that system. And while INS has a responsibility in this regard, I believe that schools also have a responsibility within this system."

The legislation from Senator Feinstein will include the following provisions to restore integrity to the foreign student visa process:

  • Six-month Moratorium on Foreign Student Visas: Impose a six-month moratorium on the issuance of foreign student visas to give the INS time to fully develop its foreign student tracking systemand to put into place the necessary infrastructure to detect foreign students who have violated the terms of their visas (e.g., not enrollingin school, dropping out of school, committing a deportable offense, etc.) once they have entered the U.S.
  • Full Funding Authorization for the INS Foreign Student Electronic Tracking System: Authorize $32.3 million in appropriations to the INS to begin the implementation of the electronic foreign student tracking system.
  • New INS Admission Procedures: Require all foreign students to submit visa applications to the INS for approval before the State Department issues a visa.
  • Modify existing law by requiring the INS to conduct comprehensive background checks before the State Department may approve a foreignstudent visa application.New Requirements for Schools Enrolling Foreign Students
  • Require schools to sign an affidavit certifying their agreement to comply with the terms of the foreign student program and acknowledging theschool's responsibility for the student's compliance with the terms of the visa.
  • Require schools to report to the INS on a quarterly basis on the student's academic status of the foreign student (e.g., full-time, etc.); type of courses taken; date of visa issuance and date of expiration; and any disciplinary action taken by the school as a result of a crime committed by the alien. (In cases in which the student fails to enroll at school.) Enhancing INS Data Collection and Integration
  • Require the INS to upgrade its electronic data system to include biometric data (i.e., fingerprints, photographs) on all foreign studentsapplying to enter the U.S.
  • Require the INS to fully integrate data on foreign students so that such data can be instantaneously retrieved at inspections stations at the U.S. ports of entry, State Department consular offices and the FBI.
  • Require the INS Foreign Student Tracking System to be integrated with the following electronic "lookout" and enforcement databases: the INS' IDENT system; Interagency Border Inspection System, used by the INS and U.S. Customs Service; the FBI's IAFIS system; and the State Department's Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS).
  • Upgrade and expand the INS electronic tracking system to include spouses and children of foreign students and non-immigrants holding tourist andtemporary business visas.
Enhancing Security at the U.S. Ports of Entry
  • Deploy additional INS and Customs inspectors at vulnerable land, air, and sea ports of entry to conduct secondary inspection of incoming foreign students.

One of the suicide pilots of American Airlines Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had enrolled at an Oakland, California college in November 2000 for an English language course -- but never showed up. Investigators are also examining whether Hanjour and Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhamzi, also believed to be involved in the hijacking of Flight 77, attended community college in San Diego. Officials estimate that 245,000 foreign students have entered the U.S. this year to pursue a course of study. Between 1999 and 2000, the State Department issued 3,370 visas to students from nations on the United States' terrorism watch list. In 1996, Congress approved a federal law to require the INS to electronically collect data on all international students by 2003, but to date this system has not yet been set up. Without this data, the INS does not have the capacity to share vital information to the State Department, which issueS visas, and federal law enforcement agencies, when warranted.

CCIE RESPONDS TO FEINSTEIN

CCIE President, Edward Valeau sent Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Kennedy this following letter in response to Senator Feinstein's proposal. He also sent copies to Governor Davis and George Boggs, President AACC.

Thank you for your continued leadership in the Senate on matters of importance to higher education and the community in general.

As the President of the California College for International Education (CCIE) representing 108 community colleges, we recognize your leadership at a time of crisis in our country. We also understand the importance of new legislation for our protection and that of the international student.

Thus, the following comments are intended to give you additional information as you move forward with your bill.

  1. A six-month moratorium on admitting new international students would severely impact the number of international students attending our colleges and would result in the loss of millions of dollars that help support our community colleges.
  2. Establishing new requirements for colleges enrolling international students, although extremely important, will severely impact community colleges as there are not enough trained full-time educators to enable the colleges to fulfill such a requirement.
  3. While these are of great concern to us, we
    1. Fully support tracking foreign students once they are in this country, including a properly funded electronic CIPRIS database at the INS, especially as it relates to their active college status.
    2. Support increased funding for the hiring of additional consular affairs officials to serve our community college international education students/program.

International students help ensure the diversity within the college community, broaden our horizons and expand our friendships. They provide academic and cultural richness and broaden domestic students' perceptions and understanding of the world. Additionally, they return to their home countries as ambassadors for personal freedom and democracy. They often work for American companies abroad and create a market for American goods and services in foreign countries. Thus, we support legislation that is sensitive and supportive of these facts.

In the meantime we are available for further consultation and on behalf of CCIE and the 106 community colleges, we thank you for your continued support and leadership in these trying times. Also, we encourage you to take the above stated facts into consideration when bringing your bill before the Senate.

SECUSSA HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE CONTINGENCY PLANS

College contingency plans can now be found on SECUSSA web-page. University of Missouri- Columbia, Kalamazoo College and IES program provider.

Sample Contigency Plans

NAFSA has posted sample contingency plans that outline decision-making criteria and procedures for handling emergency situations:

  • For those working in Study Abroad: NAFSA Resources
  • For those working with international students: A practice advisory reviewing laws and regulations about disclosure of information to government officials.

A list of (FAQs) frequently-asked-questions regarding federal policies and procedures that affect foreign students and scholars will be soon be posted as well.

Contingency Plans Shared by Others

Michael Basile, Murray State University asks:

  1. What counsel and support has your office been giving to international students in general and students from the Middle East in particular?
  2. What has your Study Abroad office been communicating to study abroad students and program personnel about personal safety, communication with families, plans for local travel or return home?

Peter Gitau, Manchester College

My office has assured all international students of their safety on campus. The campus has increased security presence 24 hours a day. We have advised our students to be cautious when discussing the national events to avoid provoking domestic students. We have asked our students not to unnecessarily venture out into the community until this thing cools off. We have also established a response protocol for any hate e-mail, phone calls or actual threats just in case. Those students who have felt a need to call their parents or relatives to assure them of their safety have been allowed to use a campus phone for free to make a limited phone call. My office is also sending faxes to all international parents/guardians to assure them of the safety of their children.

Adelaide Parsons, Southeast Missouri State University

Our news bureau has advised the local press that we do not release the names of students for interviews. We have instead directed them to faculty who are Muslims. When the local press tried to stir the pot, the University approached the media and requested that they refrain from stirring the pot.

International Student Advisory Guide: Show care when . . .

  1. Responding to questions posed by news reporters and other people
  2. Questions about what country you are from, many Americans do not understand the differences between various countries, and often have the sense, during times like this, that "everyone" is against the U.S.
  3. Signing petitions, or placing your name on any lists that are not being collected for educational purposes by a known instructor employed by the University.
  4. Responding to phone calls or e-mail messages from people who you do not know.
  5. Displaying flags of any nation.
  6. Do not travel around the campus or the city unaccompanied. Do your best to go anywhere accompanied by at least one friend or classmate.

NAFSA POSITION ON CIPRIS/SEVIS

Another repercussion of events has been the revision of the NAFSA Position Statement for its sub-committee CIPRIS/SEVIS. NAFSA has had to take quick action to respond to this new environment. In an emergency conference call, NAFSA's Executive Committee decided that in view of the events of September 11, the association would cease its opposition to the foreign student tracking system known as CIPRIS (more recently named SEVIS) that is being implemented by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). NAFSA will continue to work with INS to develop the most workable and reasonable tracking system possible. On September 20, NAFSA issued a statement announcing and explaining this decision. To view the statement, access: http://www.nafsa.org/content/PublicPolicy/FortheMedia/sept20stmt.htm

ACE LETTER ON SAFETY IN STUDY ABROAD

A copy of the ACE Letter on Safety in Study Abroad that was sent to all college and university presidents from the American Council on Education in support of the education abroad community's efforts to promote safe and responsible study abroad is included in this package. The letter was sent in mid-February 2001, and is a part of renewed attention within the higher education community on international education matters. This letter underscores concerns about the importance of responsible practices in education abroad. It furthermore encourages CEOs to assure that their international education practitioners are informed about how to address these issues. Representatives of the Interorganizational Task Force and SECUSSA's Health and Safety Committee were involved in encouraging ACE to issue this letter from its president to its member institutions. For information, visit: http://www.oldsite.nafsa.org/safetyabroad/

If your school has a significant minority enrollment and you want to participate, contact Dr. Lorraine Mulfinger at: (814) 641-3718 or Mulfinger@juanita.edu.

RESPONSE TO CCIE E-MAIL UPDATES

Several of you have written regarding the health, safety, legal and ethical postings I have sent to you over the e-mail. Here is one example of the responses that I have received in return. Thank you all for your continued support of CCIE.

COLLEGE OF THE SISKIYOUS

Roz: thanks for this important notice. It's already printed for my office door. We're having an all-campus Open Forum as I write, and more on Monday, here at College of the Siskiyous in Weed. Our residence halls and all counselors and programs are especially alert for our few Middle Eastern students and one faculty member, new this fall to us. Our Intercultural Club voted unanimously yesterday to postpone our multicultural all-campus celebration next week, entitled "Welcome to the Islands of Siskiyous."We already have had blood drives on campus, and in the community, where tonight at 7:00 pm, the city of Weed will hold a candlelight vigil, exactly where last weekend they celebrated the 100th anniversary of our little town. It is ironic that an arsonist tried to burn down the statue of our town's founder, two-three days before the event, but it was repaired and ready for last Saturday's celebration, which concluded with "God Bless America" sung by all faiths and participants!! You may share any of this. Hold the Light......shalom, shalom, to our challenging world....

~Kathi Williams M.A. International Student Advisor and the students of the Intercultural Club

MISSION COLLEGE

  1. Intercultural understanding: In spite of the overwhelming and terrorizing events, we seem even more committed to the importance of international exchange and study abroad. In the face of our worries and fears, I've seen renewed commitments to sending our US students out intothe world. If we believe it's critical for our national security that ourstudents learn from others around the globe, it is equally important to think about the well-being of those we host.
  2. Campus Climate & Study Abroad: It is not simply where and how we send our US students abroad; what are our ethical and professional obligations to our students on our own campuses--both our US and international students? Our students make decisions about studying abroad--where, why, how--within the context of experiences here at home. How do we respond to rising fear of 'foreigners' as a united field of international educators?
  3. INS is complex and confusing for the most experienced among our international student advisors, let alone the poor layperson. If we--secussans-- are not informed and thoughtful about the issuesconfronting our international students and scholars--and the impact on campus climate and global understanding, then we're not able to be intelligent on these issues.
  4. Reciprocity: The message below has ramifications for us all:
    1. those hosting students on reciprocal exchanges (we can send our students out but none can come in?);
    2. 'good' countries vs. 'bad' countries--ramifications for our whole world approach;
    3. rising intolerance; fear of 'other' and isolation within a community perpetuates intolerance.
  5. Safety and Security: Do these measures really address the most pressing issue--how do we identify those bent on destruction? The vast majority of international students are simply not a part of these networks and this sort of approach feeds all our worst xenophobic fears--and is a destructive force we will feel on our campuses.

Carol Qazi, Mission College

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

Dear SMC F-1 Student:

The world changed for all of us last Tuesday, September 11, 2001. All who value freedom and education join together to meet the challenges that await us. Regrettably, the future is more uncertain than we ever imagined it could be. However, we now have an opportunity to work together to build a better future centered on the principles of liberty.

In these uncertain times we at International Education at SMC want to assure you that we are making every effort for your safety on a campus that is committed to a culture of respect and tolerance.

We are here to assist you by answering your questions and providing academic and psychological counseling to those of you who request it at our International Counseling House on Pearl Street.

If you have questions about your F-1 visa status, please come to the International Education Center at the Amphitheater Building.

We trust that you will continue to carry your SMC ID Card and your I-94. You may also wish to carry a copy of your passport and F-1 Visa.

In addition to the services provided by International Education, you may wish to contact you local consulate. Contact details are available through the SMC web site . We have every intention of meeting the challenges set before us and overcoming the obstacles, no matter how difficult this might be. Join all of us at SMC in the pursuit of freedom throughout the world.

Sincerely,

Elena M. Garate, Ph.D.. Dean, International Education



Dear CCIE Members:

In light of the recent tragedy, the International Education Center has taken the following steps to assist our students.

  1. Established contact with Psychological Services for possible referrals.
  2. Refer students to campus psychologist.
  3. Refer students to our International support group, which meets weekly.
  4. Allow students to utilize two of our office computers designated for housing research to get in touch with relatives via e-mail.
  5. Have readily available a list of Consulates in Los Angeles andEmbassies in the U.S. for appropriate student referrals.
  6. Suggested each Human Development 11 instructor open up a discussion on the issue to inform students of appropriate resources and identify any overriding concerns.
  7. Instructed International Education staff to inform students that they should take the following precautions. (Elena Garate, Dean of International Education will send a formal letter to all students with these reminders.)
    1. Keep a copy of their I-20, I-94 and passport with themat all times
    2. Make sure they are in compliance in regards to their visa status - mainly concerned with students being in 12 units
    3. Report any problems or incidences of discrimination or harassment to Campus Police
    4. Questions about students requests to leave California because of fear are being referred to Darryl Ogata in International Education
    5. Contact the International Education Center for guidance on any questions students may have.

According to the IE counseling staff, international students voiced the following fears and concerns over the past week. Most of the concerns were about what would happen to them should the U.S. go to war.

  1. Should the U.S. go to war, will they be asked to leave the U.S.? If so, will they receive a refund for their classes?
  2. What will happen to them if their country of origin refuses to join the U.S. alliance against Afghanistan?
  3. What should they do if the U.S. begins their attacks? Where should they go and whom should they talk to?
  4. If students are asked to leave, and they feel unsafe returning to their home country, can they stay? Will the U.S. put them in concentration camps?
  5. If their Consulate or Embassy tells them to return, do they have to obey? Whom do they have to listen to, the U.S. or their Consulate or Embassy?
  6. If there is a war and students are stuck here for a prolonged period of time, will they be able to get money for their living expenses from their countries?
  7. If students feel instructors are treating them differently because of their ethnicity, whom should they report this to?

CCIE THANKS MISSION, SANTA MONICA AND SISKIYOUS COLLEGES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS

NAFSA REGION XII CONFERENCE

Please plan to attend the CCIE workshops at NAFSA Region XII conference in Palm Springs.

Nov. 6 - 4:00 p.m. "Sharing Best Practices: International Student Orientation Programs"

Nov. 7 - 8:15 a.m. "Building Advocacy for International Educational Programs"

In light of recent events, open communication has never been needed as much. We hope that many of our CCIE members will be able to participate in these sessions.

AUSTRALIA RESTRICTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VISAS

Geoffrey Maslen in the July 20, 2001 Chronicle (page A 36) reports that Australia tighten visa restrictions on students form China, India and Pakistan. Students from Hong Kong, who have a good record of visa compliance, are now ranked separately and will not face new scrutiny, but students from Taiwan will face slightly elevated scrutiny. Under the new regulations, students from countries with a record of high "overstay rates" will find it more difficult to obtain visas. Students now must provide evidence that they have money to support themselves and that their knowledge of English and their educational backgrounds are sufficient to succeed in the country*s universities.

CCIE COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT & HIGHLIGHTS

Due to the length of this special issue - the October Highlights and College Spotlights sections will not appear. Look for College highlights on Hartnell, Lake Tahoe, & Long Beach Colleges in the November issue. Please continue to share highlights on your college activities.

FREEMAN-ASIA AWARDS

Institute of International Education is implementing awards to increase the number of American undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia. Grant awards range from $3,000-$7,000 depending on the length of the program. Students must demonstrate financial need in order to participate and priority will be given to students with no previous experience in Asia. Upon return to U.S., students must agree to promote study in Asia by sharing experiences upon their return to their home campuses. Spring 2002 deadline is OCTOBER 12. For more information, click here.

FULBRIGHT DEADLINE

This year, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad RFP contains a special invitationalpriority for undergraduate study abroad projects. Applications are due by October 22, 2001. See the program description or obtain the full application package. Questions can be directed to the Program Officer, Lungching Chiao at (202) 502-7624 or lungching.chiao@ed.gov.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LANGUAGE FACULTY

International Education Consortium (IEC) announces the 2001 scholarships for world language instructors to study the language and culture that they teach in a country where the language is spoken. 16 two-week scholarships to Spain, Peru, Mexico, Germany, and France have been secured. Scholarships cover tuition and lodging. For Applications view: http//www.ltcconline.net/barclay/IEC/index.htm. Application due date is October 20. Contact Nancy Zarenda for more information.

CIEE CONFERENCE

The CIEE Annual Conference will be held in Portland from Oct. 31 - Nov. 3. The program has been modified to provide opportunities to address how the current situation will affect the field, review safety and security procedures, voice questions and concerns, and strategies for the future during this volatile time for the international education field. Three all-session events (with no other conflicting events) are scheduled: "International Education After 9/11: Open Discussion"; Annual Luncheon: Speaker Peter Greenberg will be speaking on "Travel in Times of Uncertainty." On-line registration at www.ciee.org/conference.

STUDY ABROAD BROCHURE

The CCIE Study Abroad Brochure details programs, including brief description, location, dates, prices, contact and phone numbers. For inclusion in the Winter 2002 Edition, (which lists programs from Winter 2002 - 2004), and in the CCIE Web-page, please mail updates to Rosalind by November 15.

SOCCIS SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC EVENTS

SOCCIS, the Southern California Consortium on International Studies supports various Public Events. All CCIE members are welcome to attend. Obtain on-line information at: www.isop.ucla.edu/bcir/seminar_series.htm

Asian, East-Asian and Japanese Studies Events Calendar

  • Through November 11 Shi-tro Mandala: San Diego Museum of Art
  • October 12-14 Annual Meeting of Western Branch of American Oriental Society at UCLA
  • October 14 9th Annual Thai Culture Day at L.A. Community College

UCLA Brown Bag Meetings

  • Oct 15: Ronald A. Morse, Paul I. Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations, UCLA CJS
  • Oct 29: Leith Morton, Japanese Literature, University of New Castle, Australia
  • Dec 3: Samuel Yamashita, History, Pomona College
  • Jan 26: Nikkei Bruin Symposium on Religion in Japanese American Communities
  • Feb 11: Nam-lin Hur, University, British Columbia
  • Mar 4: Yoko Arisaka, Philosophy, University of San Francisco
  • Apr 19-20: Two-day Conference on Sensibilities of Transformation: Linguistic Turn and Contemporary Japanese Literary Criticism
  • June 3: Gregory Phlugfelder, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia Univ.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following are upcoming events of interest to CCIE members:

Nov. 5 - 8: "NAFSA Region XII Conference" in Palm Springs

Nov. 6: CCIE Panel: International Student Orientation Programs - Sharing Best Practice" 4:00

Nov. 7: CCIE Panel: Building Advocacy for International Educational Programs at 8:15 a.m.

Nov. 9-10: "CIES Western Regional International and Comparative Education Conference" at Stanford. For information contact Rosalind

NOV. 15: CCIE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: Riverside Convention Center: 8:30 - 12:30

Nov. 16: CCIE sponsored panel at CCLC "New Directions Panel"

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1: INMP (International Negotiations Modules Project) Faculty Training Workshop. Whittier College. For information contact Rosalind.

Dec. 7: Safety and Legal Issues Workshop on Study Abroad at Santa Barbara City College.

BENEFITS OF CCIE MEMBERSHIP

  • allows college faculty, staff and students, to participate in CCIE sponsored meetings and thematic workshop, and receive a monthly newsletter that serves to advance these efforts.
  • participation in annual faculty grant & student scholarship competition
  • provides members with the ability to share information on programs that can lead to collaborative ventures through CCIE clearinghouse webpage and brochures.

CCIE DUES UPDATE

As a way to thank our member colleges, we will list colleges who are current with their 2001-2002 Dues. To be included in our next list, we ask that you process your CCIE invoice as soon as possible.

87% of our members paid their 2000-2001 dues by June 30, 2001.

CCIE Supporting Members as of Sept. 1, 2001: Cabrillo; Citrus; Hartnell; San Diego CCD; San Francisco; Santa Monica


Please Support CCIE With Your Active Participation!

Editor Rosalind Raby, Ph.D. Director of Communications