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Mavis Meng

Siqian (Mavis) Meng

Visiting Scholar in School of Education and Volunteer

As a visiting scholar with the IU School of Education, Mavis Meng is an active volunteer with the East Asian Studies Center. She is a regular instructor with the Cultural Immersion Project, teaching Chinese language and culture to 5th and 6th graders at University Elementary School. “It is a very satisfying feeling to have kids tell me numbers and colors in Chinese,” she said. “I also enjoy learning about the different culture and customs of America.”

Mavis also volunteered through the EASC at the Sterling House, a residence for adults with limited mobility, and at the 2014 Lotus Blossom World Bazaar, an annual event for 4th graders in the Bloomington school district. “No matter where I am, volunteering will play a very important role in my life,” Mavis told us recently. “The staff in EASC is so nice and patient. They are very kind and offer me information about the events,” she also noted. We are grateful for her commitment and her great work with us at the EASC!

Society of Friends of Korean Studies

The Society of Friends of Korean Studies (SOFOKS), a private fundraising organization, is a committed union between community and higher education ensuring continued support for Korean studies and young Korean studies scholars at Indiana University.

History

In 1983 under the leadership of Heun Y. Yune, M.D., now Professor Emeritus of Radiology at the IU School of Medicine, a group of business professionals and IU faculty in Indianapolis formed SOFOKS to encourage the development of Korean studies at IU. Since its founding, SOFOKS members have donated more than $190,000 to support students and faculty engaged in studying Korean language and culture, providing for, among other things, an annual fellowship for graduate students and an annual Excellence in Korean Studies award for undergraduates.

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of SOFOKS in 2008, founder Dr. Yune wrote a fable expressing the longstanding commitment between the once fledgling Korean studies program and its supporting community of SOFOKS members. Read the fable (PDF or Word), and view a timeline (PDF) of the development of Korean studies at IU.

To join the Society of Friends of Korean Studies, easc [at] indiana [dot] edu (contact us).

Make a gift to the Korean Program Fund.

2011-12 Donors:

Mr. & Mrs. William T. Jackson
Dr. & Mrs. Heun Young Yune
Mr. & Mrs. Heung Chul Moon
Dr. & Mrs. Hee-Myung Park
Dr. In Sook Seo
Mr. & Mrs. Jaeyon Lee
Dr. & Mrs. Han Won Paik
Dr. & Mrs. Young Soo Suh
Dr. & Mrs. Moo Nahm Yum
Dr. Hwi Yul Suh
Dr. & Mrs. Bong Hyun Chang
Mr. & Mrs. Dal Soo Kwon
Dr. & Mrs. Hyo Sang Lee
Mr. & Mrs. Sung Jae Park
Dr. & Mrs. Kun Hong Kim
Mr. & Mrs. JaeYun Kim
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Lee