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 Hammond 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.
As part of the 2014 International Education Week, Cornell H. Menking, Associate Provost for International and Border Programs, gave his annual presentation on the “State of Internationalization at NMSU”. The message was very positive as Menking explained he believed that in the last two years IBP has been developing the infrastructure and organizational structure necessary to seriously advance NMSU’s international goals. Nevertheless, despite impressive success – particularly in the growth of the Center for English Language Programs – plenty of work lies ahead. A PowerPoint offering some of the latest numbers and areas of focus in the year ahead are available in this IEW 2014 State of Internationalization PowerPoint.
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.
NMSU will host the New Mexico Global Education Consortium summit on Oct. 1-2, 2014.
This two-day summit is designed to bring together New Mexico institutions of higher education from across the state to further conversations regarding campus internationalization as well as its impact to the State of New Mexico. Specifically, the intention is to: Deepen collaboration regarding international efforts and activities among NM colleges and universities.
- Renew a commitment to reconstituting and renaming the “New Mexico Public Universities Global Consortium” to better reflect the needs of New Mexico’s institutions of higher education and share resources that enhance comprehensive internationalization efforts.
- Addressing the importance of internationalizing our campuses and our state.
- Define Comprehensive internationalization.
- More deeply understand the implications of graduating a globally competent workforce on economic development.
- Learn about funding internationalization.
- Marketing NM – best practices in recruiting and serving international students.
- Overview of education abroad programs (study, scholarship, service and internship–credit and non-credit options).
Working Group Topics
- Reviewing and renaming the original 1999 New Mexico Public Universities Global Consortium MOU and determining what aspects of the agreement we want to focus on for the future.
- Leveraging existing education abroad opportunities (especially at NMSU and UNM who have the most established programs) and creating pathways across the state to greater participation on these programs.
- Establishing a system to train/consult consortium institutions that are interested in establishing their own international offices.
- Discussing options to fund these initiatives.
Historical Events Leading Up to the NMGEC 2014 Summit
1999: The New Mexico Public Universities Global Consortium was Created In 1999, The six public universities within the State of New Mexico (Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico) established an MOU titled the Public Universities Globalization Consortium (NMPUGC) designed to increase collaboration among our institutions in order to facilitate and enhance the globalization of our university systems. Furthermore, the MOU articulates a desire to facilitate joint participation in current and new programs that leverage and enhance financial and human resources. Specific activities proposed to pursue were:
- Facilitate participation of students from across the state in existing international exchange and study abroad programs at each campus;
- Develop and jointly coordinate new international opportunities for students, faculty and staff;
- Encourage the involvement of faculty members and other staff in international programs;
- Jointly seek additional resources of funding for international program expansions and increased opportunities for students.
Fall 2013: NM HED International Meeting Facilitated by Secretary Jose Garcia
Under the direction of Secretary Jose Garcia, institutions of higher education from across New Mexico were summoned to Santa Fe to discuss the state of internationalization within higher education. Dr. Cornell Menking represented NMSU at this meeting. One of the primary results of this meeting was a collaborative effort across the state to author and submit a FY2015 RPSP request titled the New Mexico Global Education Consortium.
October 2013: New Mexico Global Education Consortium RPSP is Authored and Submitted
A FY2015 RPSP proposal whereby all of New Mexico’s public and tribal 2-year and 4-year institutions came together to support a funding request that would provide scholarship support for a greater number of New Mexicans to participate in study abroad programs. The RPSP also proposed the establishment of an International Study Center in Quito, Ecuador. It is important to note that the name NMGEC was coined during this process. This RPSP was not approved by the 2014 legislature.
June 2014: NAFSA State-wide Meeting
In a recent State of New Mexico NAFSA meeting in June, it was decided that NMSU would host the next state-wide gathering to continue the dialog to increase international activity across our state. The NMGEC 2014 Summit on October 1-2 is testament of our commitment to host and further this dialog.
NMSU’s partner at Donghua University, located in Shanghai, is interested in offering NMSU faculty opportunities to teach in China.
1. NMSU faculty coming to DHU during their sabbatical and staying for 5 months or longer can apply for Elite Foreign Expert funding of 270,000RMB (45,000USD)
2. NMSU faculty coming to DHU for more than a month can apply for 50,000RMB (8,300USD)
3. NMSU faculty coming to DHU for more than a month for three consecutive years can apply for Elite Foreign Expert funding of 80,000RMB per year (13,300USD)
4. NMSU faculty coming to DHU to teach a course can apply for various amounts of funding depending on the time span
5. A group of related faculty members coming to DHU in a roll or as a group in 3 consecutive years can apply for Special Funding of 200,000RMB per year (33,300USD)
6. Very well-known experts in certain field coming to DHU in 3 consecutive years can apply for Special Funding of 200,000RMB per year (33,300USD)
7. NMSU doctorate grads are welcome to work full time at DHU
8. Faculty-led groups are welcome at DHU at anytime for any length of time
9. Collaboration in various fields, related to the above faculty exchange
(A wide array of student opportunities also exist. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you are a student interested in Donghua University.)
Doctor of Philosophy, Associate Professor,
Vice Director of International Cooperation Office,
2999 North Renmin Rd., Songjiang District
Shanghai, China 201620
On August 18 and 19, 2014, for the first time, IBP combined the orientation of the different international students arriving on campus simultaneously – exchange students (59 new), international students (212 new), and intensive English students (60 new). Despite their different needs, it proved to be a more efficient way to orient them, as well as an exciting opportunity for the students from 49 different countries to meet one another. It was a dramatic sight to see the standing-room-only crowd in Corbett Auditorium.
International Student and Scholar Services
- ISSS completed arrival paperwork for 212 new students – 116 graduates and 96 undergraduates. This is down slightly from a final count of 226 last year.
- Of notable mention:
– Over 50 Brazilians now study at NMSU as part of a non-degree undergraduate program known as the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program.
– One new Fulbright scholar – Manzamasso Hodjo from Togo, W. Africa, a Masters student studying Ag Economics.
– Two new Organization of American States scholars – Martin Pertab from Guyana, a Masters student studying Economics, and Beverly Supersaad, from Student. Kitts and Nevis, a Masters student in Education.
Office of Education Abroad
- OEA welcomed a record number 59 new exchange students.
- 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 will also host its regular Fall Study Abroad Fair at the NMSU Corbett Center Student Union on Wednesday, September 3 from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.
- OEA hosted its first ever “Welcome Back” event for students returning to NMSU after having studied abroad last year. Multiple students, faculty members, and international clubs made presentations, including an excellent reverse culture shock presentation by Dr. Eric Morgan.
Center for English Language Programs
- Current total CELP enrollment is 157 – 89 of them studying intensive English (60 new students from 8 countries, and 29 returning students) and 68 of them enrolled in SPCD 110/470, which includes some Brazilians and exchange students. Note that SPCD 110/470 is the only for-credit course CELP continues to teach.
- CELP tested 60 new students from 8 countries for placement into its intensive English program on August 19th. An additional 49 admitted students were tested for placement into for-credit courses — SPCD 110 or SPCD 111G (undergraduate) and SPCD 110 or SPCD 470 (graduate).
- The Confucius Institute received three additional teachers this week. Classes begin in Albuquerque next week, including the institute’s first off-campus dual enrollment program with Cottonwood Preparatory Academy.
Fourteen Aggies participating in the NMSU Engineering Without Boundaries project (formerly Engineers Without Borders) returned from a summer project in Querétaro, Mexico on August 14, 2014.
Kenny Stevens, associate professor of engineering technology, and adviser to the group, said, “[They] did amazing things and finished the community center in Rancho Nuevo in twenty three days. Community members were involved throughout the process and were thrilled to have the scrap wood and cardboard shack replaced by something that they can use for years to come. Tears and hugs were many as the group left on the 14th of August for a day’s R and R in Queretaro City before flying back to El Paso. A local Huapango band even showed up for the send-off. As of now the new center will be used as a school, community gathering place, church and doctor’s office. The construction site was visited by the municipal president of Pinal de Amoles, and high ranking members of the Comision Nacional de Aguas de Queretaro. Radio Queretaro (state radio) broadcast a report on the project and even got our name right (Universidad Estatal de Nuevo Mexico). A massive thank you goes out to the two student project managers, Tiffany Turner and Isaias Corona, as well as the municipal architect of Pinal de Amoles, Fernando Torres, who went above and beyond by providing technical advice, material acquisition assistance and transportation.”
Elvira Hammond sends out the link to the Cathedral High School (El Paso, TX) Confucius Classroom group now in China for the Hanban-sponsored Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School students.
The Confucius Institute’s own Pam Herron is one of the chaperones and will be reporting back soon about our first students to attend. We hope to send students from Alma and Cotttonwood Prep next year as well.
From the NMSU Office of Education Abroad
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduate students. Sponsored through the Department of Education and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the scholarship is aimed towards Pell Grant receiving students with special emphasis towards increasing the diversity of students studying abroad. According to the IIE, this includes “Students in underrepresented fields of study such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities”. For each student, a top tier essay and a plan to circulate learned knowledge upon re-entry at their home university is required.
For the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 study sessions, the Office of Education Abroad has great pleasure to announce the following recipients:
- Anais Gomez is a recipient of a $4,500 Gilman scholarship for her study in South Korea. She will be studying at Anjou University for the Summer 2014, with a focus in media, development, and cultures, all in contrast to our Paso del Norte border region. Anais is currently studying Film Production at NMSU’s Creative Media Institute.
- Maia Porras is the recipient of a $2,500 Gilman scholarship for a Spanish immersion program in Sevilla, Spain in conjunction with Texas Tech University. With the help of the language immersion, Maia plans to apply her Spanish to both her career in Nursing, and an internship delivering babies in Peru.
- Desiree Gomez received a $3,000 scholarship for her summer Japanese studies under the KCP International Japanese Language School. A student of Creative Writing, Spanish, and Japanese, Desiree will be completing her individualized Japanese study program with the assistance of the Gilman, and her own dedication.
- Rebecca Urquidi has been granted a $4,000 Gilman scholarship, participating in a Moroccan summer program which is part internship and part language studies of French and Arabic. On route to becoming a United Nations communications specialist, Rebecca will soon be completing her degree in French Languages and Literature.
- Christina Solaequi is one of 50 beneficiaries in the US of an $8,000 Critical Language Gilman scholarship. Stemming from her fascination of the Korean language, Christina will be studying Economics and Korean at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for a full year.
- Maya Guillen is the beneficiary of a $4,500 Gilman scholarship. Maya, being inspired in part by her studies in the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management program and in part by her intrinsic entrepreneur spirit, desires to bring a piece of France home to the border region and open a French restaurant in her home of El Paso.
For the 2014-2015 school year’s selection process the Office of Education Abroad has begun concentrated efforts to increases the number of NMSU students receiving the Gilman scholarship. Promoting the scholarship, better utilization of Gilman alumni, and Gilman scholarship workshops are all avenues of expansion and creation.
Since the Office of Education Abroad began these efforts, Gilman scholarships have increased from 10 to 14 recipients in the 2013 and 2014 academic school years while the total amount awarded has increased from $35,000 to $57,500 in that same time period. This implying both the quantity of recipients and the awarded scholarship have both increased. These successes would, of course, be impossible without the willingness to achieve and the hard efforts by NMSU students, personified by the ones above.
In preparation of the Spring 2015 Gilman scholarship application cycle, two “Gilman Scholarship Workshops” are already planned to take place with the assistance of NMSU’s Honor’s College and the English department’s Writing Center. Those workshops will take place on September 17th and September 23rd, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00pm in the Honor’s College common room.