It was a busy week as IBP helped NMSU observe International Education Week for the third year in a row. Activities this year included:
- For the first time, a banner hung across the International Mall announcing International Education Week
- Information tables on Peace Corps, study abroad, the Center for Latin American and Border Studies.
- Menking gave his annual State of internationalization presentation (PowerPoint available http://ibp.nmsu.edu/2014-annual-state-of-internationalization-presentation/ ).
- Phil Lewis premiered his film, Painting My Miracle: The story and conservation of the NMSU Retablo collection.
- The Confucius Institute, in collaboration with Taos and Sodexo, hosted Taste of China Day. Chinese food was complemented with a dance by a dance by Ting Ting, a Confucius Institute teacher working at Vado Elementary School.
- The Center for Latin American border studies hosted Dr. Tamara Falicov, an Assoc. Professor from the University of Kansas, who presented at two events: The showing of “Maestra”, a film about the eradication of a literacy in Cuba, and a talk about how international film festivals shape and circulate Latin American cinema.
- The US State Department presented on careers in the foreign and civil service, Iliana look Peed presented as part of her global connection series documentary filmmaking in 1 million village in Belize.
- Dr Festus Addo-Yobo of black programs collaborated with IBP to bring the week’s featured speaker, Dr. Alphine Jefferson, professor of history and director of black studies at Randolph Macon College. He presented on Diversity in Leadership: global education’s role in preparing the next generation.
During the week Menking, Dr. Imelda Olague from Engineering, met with the region’s Diplomat in Residence from the US State Department, Ms. Anne Callaghan, and Ms. Jennifer Archibeque, Customer Service Manager at the Bureau of Consular Affairs in El Paso, TX. Over lunch they discussed ways to strengthen international internship and career options at NMSU. Another outcome was a commitment by IBP to open a passport office in Garcia Annex. The general public will then be able to come on campus and apply for passports.
This week NMSU also hosted visitors from the Hebei Bureau of Science and Technology in China. They came on an investigative visit that complements continued efforts to develop deeper ties between institutions in Hebei Province and NMSU. Provost Howard, Dean Lowell Catlett, Associate Deans Jim Libbin and Dave Thompson, Steve Loring, Confucius Institute Co-Directors Elvira Masson and Qiang Ren, and Dr. Jinfa Zhang all met with the visitors, which included Mr. Wang, Director of International Cooperation Division of Hebei Bureau of Science & Technology, as well as other important administrators and researchers interested in collaborating in agricultural sciences.
On November 20 Dr. Menking received a Research Achievement Award at the Millionaire Researchers event hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The award recognizes IBP’s success in bringing external funding in excess of $1 million to the university.