It’s been a busy fall in our office. Some highlights of what has been happening:
New Mexico Global Education Consortium
IBP successfully hosted the “NMGEC” on October 1-2, 2014 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum. Eight New Mexico colleges and universities were represented, along with numerous individuals from NMSU. Talks about the importance of the internationalization of higher education were given by President pro tempore of the Senate Mary Kay Papen, NM Senator Cisco McSorley, President Carruthers, Provost Howard, Associate Provost Menking, Jerry Pacheco of the NM International Business Accelerator, Vice President for Economic Development Boberg, VP for Advancement Cheryl Harrelson, Nigel Holman, and Deborah Widger. Lots of discussion by the delegates from around the state resulted in a commitment to NM working together to improve student access to global education. One outcome of the event was to continue collaborating and seek funding to increase opportunities for New Mexicans to travel abroad as part of their academic programs of studies.
Annual Cultural Bazaar at the Branigan Cultural Center
The 4th Annual Cultural Bazaar was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in front of the Branigan Cultural Center during the weekly farmer’s market. Co-organized by IBP and the Cultural Center, the event was very well attended, with tables and performances by China, Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA), Iran, Jordan, Belize, Indonesia, Center for English Language Programs (CELP), Saudi Arabia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Morocco, and The Confucius Institute.
Good Networking with Partners and Friends – Old and New
October offered opportunities to network with important NMSU international partners. IBP hosted a visit by Giovanni Anzola Pardo, Director of the Office of International and Institutional Relations at Universidad de La Salle in Bogota Colombia. Meetings with numerous faculty and administrators were held to discuss upcoming projects and the execution of the Partners in the America grant that NMSU won with that university. Menking also attended the 20th annual Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) meeting held in Tucson, AZ. Networking about many avenues for expanded collaboration with Mexican partners occurred.
IBP also received a visit by Andres Venegas Beltran, Director General of the Instituto de Capacitación para el Trabajo del Estado de Chihuahua, which was organized by Eduardo Medina. The state of Chihuahua is seeking professional training in various areas and Dr. Menking is working with ACES to accommodate their needs.
Rubén I. Zamora, Ambassador Permanent Representative to Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations also visited NMSU. Mr. Zamora, guided by ACES’ Paul Gutierrez, is seeking technical assistance in agricultural sector in the country of El Salvador.
- Cornell Menking attended the European Association of International Education conference in Prague, Czech Republic from Sept. 15-19.
For the first time, NMSU had a booth where Menking met with existing partners and developed new collaborative possibilities for NMSU.
- From Sept 8-12 Menking also was part of a delegation led by Provost Howard to the Agriculture University of Hebei where possible collaborations were discussed and a general MOU signed.
- Last week IBP units hosted visitors from Hebei Normal University in China and discussed opportunities to develop deeper collaborations between NMSU and HNU leading to an increased number of HNU students at NMSU studying Spanish, English, Education and ESL.
IBP Retreat Day
In September the entire Office of International and Border Programs took a day out to focus inward. The day started with a workshop given by VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Bernadette Montoya, who also brought her guitar to make her very uplifting leadership messages stick. The rest of the day was spent discussing IBP’s Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Campus Internationalization.
Office of Education Abroad Busy at Doña Ana Community College
For the first time, with the enthusiastic commitment of new DACC President Renay Scott, OEA hosted its first Study Abroad Fair at DACC on Tuesday, September 2. The event was held at the East campus, Student Resource Center and included lunch. OEA also hosted a first-of-its-kind presentation on leading Faculty Led International Programs (“FLiP’s”) at DACC’s All-faculty Professional Development Day. OEA also hosted its regular Fall Study Abroad Fair at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union on Wednesday, September 3.