from the Director
The first official review of the program was only slightly less than glowing. We received not only "pats on the back" for good work, but also a number of very helpful suggestions from alumni and current students on what we can improve - improvements that we will make to ensure that our program is the one people turn to when they want to see best practice. As part of the review, I agreed to continue as director until July 2009.
I continue to be excited and amazed by what our students are doing - the quality of senior theses and creative projects remains high. The topics continue to be vital and fascinating. My biggest regret is that with graduating classes of 60-70, I can no longer read them all!
Our alumni literally span the globe. They teach in Europe, build irrigation systems in Africa, help run businesses in South America, are entrepreneurs in Asia and work in most of the major cities of the U.S. Many more are in graduate school or are heading back to school after working for a while.
As always, if you have any suggestions about how we can improve the program, or have concerns please pass them along. We continue to be grateful for your support, and you will find those who have contributed to our program listed elsewhere in our newsletter. If you'd like to contribute to International Studies with your time or money, I'd be eager to talk with you. Most of all, I hope that each of you can take a few seconds to periodically drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you are doing and how life is treating you. I'll try to do the same.
Message from Tracy Bee, Academic Advisor
But, we in International Studies do try to keep up. In an effort to reward and recognize excellence, INTL established two awards for graduating seniors in 2007. As so often happens, someone in the office has an idea and Office Manager Linda Day makes it happen. I am grateful to Linda, who worked with the College for approval, to our generous contributors who provided money for the awards, and to the committee members who determined the 2007 winner of both awards: Amy Herman. We are currently accepting applications and nominations for awards for May, August and December 2008 graduates. With so many outstanding students in our 2008 graduating class, I'm sure it will be a difficult decision for the committee.
Not a week goes by that I am not inspired by the projects, ideals or ideas of a student in the major. We lack the space and the time to document everything, but this newsletter covers a few of the great things that INTL students are doing.
Two New Awards Created to Honor INTL Seniors
Spring 2007 saw the creation of the first International Studies awards. Both awards recognize graduating seniors.
The awards are given to a student or students who are active in campus and community activities and will graduate in the upcoming spring, summer or fall. The Achievement Award is given to senior who has excelled academically in International Studies. The Graduating Senior Award acknowledges that students make their mark on the International Studies community in a variety of ways, and that every year the program improves because of their efforts. Nominees may distinguish themselves through scholarship, community service, or engagement with the world, but above all nominees should be students who impacted their peers and played a positive role in their lives.
Any student with a 3.5 GPA or higher can apply for the Achievement Award. The Graduating Senior Award is awarded to a student who is nominated by faculty, staff or students. A committee of faculty and administrators from our Internal Board volunteer to determine the winners from the pool of applicants and nominees.
INTL faculty, staff and students recognized in 2006-2007
Christiane Gruber and Sue Tuohy were awarded the International Studies Outstanding Teacher Awards in Spring 2007. Christiane Gruber's award was for outstanding teaching in I201: Culture and the Arts in Fall 2006, while Sue Tuohy's was for outstanding teaching in I100: Introduction to International Studies in Spring 2007. Dr. Tuohy previously won the award for her teaching in Fall 2005. Two awards for outstanding teaching are given each year based on student class evaluations.
International Studies advisor Tracy Bee was recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences as 2007's Advisor of the Year.
Amy Herman was awarded the first International Studies Achievement Award and the International Studies Graduating Senior Award. These awards will be given annually to a graduating senior.
The following International Studies students were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in a ceremony at Alumni Hall in early December.
INTL Events Honor Faculty and Students
INTL continues to celebrate the successes and transitions of faculty and staff. For the second year in a row, December graduates and their families recently joined Director Dan Knudsen and Tracy Bee at Le Petit Cafe.
INTL held four events during the 2006-2007 year to honor faculty and students. INTL faculty members were honored at a reception in April. The event recognized the founders of the INTL program as well as current core and affiliated faculty. Our April pizza lunch was a time for all of the current students to get together and talk. While 2006 December graduates were treated to dinner at Le Petit Cafe, May and August 2007 graduates and their families enjoyed brunch in the Indiana Memorial Union's Georgian Room on the day of graduation.
The INTL staff hope to make these events traditions. A lunch and graduation brunch are planned for Spring 2008.
INTL Students Take Action on Campus and Around the World
International Studies students take their knowledge of the world seriously. Lain Heringman, Maggie Konstanski and Paul Commons are three International Studies majors who are taking their studies out of the classroom and into social action on a global level.
The Campus Coalition Against Trafficking (CCAT)
"Maggie was starting this internationally based organization," Lain said, "I had the idea to start a campus organization dedicated to raising awareness, and Maggie was interested in getting it off the ground with me."
"Approximately 27 million people are currently enslaved," Lain said. "Slavery does not discriminate; whether one is five years old or fifty years old, male or female, from the highlands of Nepal or the cities of Europe, these 27 million people are commodities in the second largest and fastest growing multi-billion dollar criminal industry."
IU's campus may seem far away from the frontlines of this fight against slavery, Lain conceded, but members of CCAT see this as one of the most important issues of their generation and believe they can play a vital role in ending slavery.
For more information, contact Lain Heringman or Maggie Konstanski at email@example.com.
Spoon in Hand
"We believe that what has been labeled as apathy stems from a lack of knowledge about world crises and what can be done to combat them," Maggie said. "We believe that awareness and education will turn apathy into action. We are committed to a twofold purpose—education about crises and possible solutions, as well as transformation in the countries and regions where we work." The group will take trips to various crisis zones where they will live, serve, document and ultimately film in order to tell the story of the crisis. "Our hope is to give a crisis a name, a face, a voice," Maggie said. The plan is to take the films into schools, universities, religious centers and other areas of influence in order to educate.
"We want to help people re-imagine how their skills and daily lives can make a difference, not just their checkbook," Maggie said. The group's tentative plan is to spend the next two years laying the groundwork so that by, at latest, January of 2010 members can undertake their first long-term project. During the next two years the group will research, fundraise, network and take short-term trips. The group is seeking new members. See www.spooninthehand.org or contact Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pictured: INTL major Maggie Konstanski poses with her young friend Geraldo at the Casa Hogar Douglas orphanage in Monterrey, Mexico.
One Here ... One There
"My education costs well over $12,000," Paul said. "What's another $20 on top of that?" Paul contacted the president of the organization and discussed the idea of implementing a chapter it at IU.
Pictured: In Honduras, Paul (far right) takes a break from a shift working a booth for UNAIDS at the World Food Programme's fair in Tegucigalpa.
New Career Services Initiative Introduces Global Graduates
In a pro-active bid to recruit the job recruiters, International Studies Director Dan Knudsen worked with Arts and Sciences Career Services to bring a new slant to the job placement of International Studies and area studies students. A brochure touting IU's Global Graduates will be presented to prospective employers of IU graduates.
The Global Graduates brochure highlights IU's strengths in foreign language, study abroad and area studies. The brochure notes that over 50 languages are taught on a regular basis including traditional languages such as French, German, Spanish, Italian and less-commonly taught languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, and Pashto. IU also hosts more than 20 area studies centers.
Global Graduates are students who have foreign language skills, an international orientation, cross-cultural competence, knowledge of a region of the world, specialized disciplinary knowledge and cultural immersion experience.
The College of Arts and Sciences generously provided funding for the first year's printing of the Global Graduate brochures. If you or your organization would like some of these brochures, contact Arts and Sciences Career Services at (812) 855-5234.
News from INTL Graduates
Giancarlo Casareto (2004) works for LAN Airlines in Lima, Peru.
Kim Stoltz (2005) graduated from Georgetown University with a Master's degree in Arab Studies in May. She is now a research assistant at the Brookings Institution where she works on the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement. In September, Kim was named as the first alumni member of the External Council.
Megan Alvarez (2006) is in her second year of law school at IU-Indianapolis. She spent the summer working for Indiana Legal Services in the Migrant Farmworker Division. She traveled around the state educating migrant workers about their legal rights.
Katie Crank (2006) was recently hired as a Retention Specialist at Metropolitan Employment Rehabilitation Service in St. Louis. Katie helps people who have severe disabilities retain their jobs. She plans to apply for a dual Master's in Social Work and Law at Washington University-St. Louis. On the international front, Katie will travel to Spain in summer 2008 and Japan in December 2008. “I just can't get rid of that itch to travel!” Katie wrote.
Deborah Kogut (2006) recently moved to France, where she studies Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political Education of Science Po in Aix-en-Provence.
Jeff Lightfoot (2006) is in his second and final year as graduate student at the George Washington University Eliot School of International Affairs. He recently returned from a “really challenging but extraordinarily useful” exchange semester at Sciences-Po Paris. He spent the summer working at Competitive Futures, a management consulting firm, and began a full-time fall internship with the International Security program at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He plans to take the United States Foreign Service exam soon.
INTL External Council
The INTL External Council's role is to advise the director. They point out areas where we can improve and ensure that our curriculum prepares students for the real world. External Council members serve staggered three-year terms. The members of the current INTL External Council are:
James Farnsworth received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Geophysics from University of Western Michigan. Mr. Farnsworth is President and Chief Operating Officer of Cobalt International Energy, a private equity funded limited partnership engaged in the international oil and gas exploration. Previously he worked for over 20 years for BP, where most recently, he was V.P. Exploration and Technology, responsible for world-wide exploration and technology and based in London. He previously served as Vice President, BP North American. He also has held positions of responsibility in Deep Water Development and Production, Alaska Exploration and Development, and Managerial and Commercial positions in Scotland and BP's Headquarters in London.
Robert Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from Indiana University in 1988. He recently accepted a position as Senior Customer Business Manager for Kraft Foods, Inc. in San Francisco. He was previously the Region Director (Retail) of the Pizza Direct Store Delivery division of Kraft Foods, Inc. Chicago region (75% Illinois and 30% Indiana). Throughout his 16 year career at Kraft, he has chosen cutting edge and non-traditional opportunities ranging from field assignments to national accounts to corporate headquarters. Over the last decade he has managed multiple assignments well over $100 million in revenue.
Swadesh Kalsi is a graduate of London School of Economics and George Washington University Law School. He has certificates from the Academy of American and International Law, Texas and The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands. Previously a Barrister-at-Law in the Offices of S. Gautama, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Kalsi is a partner at Krieg DeVault LLP in Indianapolis. His practice is concentrated in international business and corporate law. Mr. Kalsi is currently an Adjunct Professor of International Trade Law with the Indiana University School of Law. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Kalsi is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
Janet Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a “heavy” minor in psychology from Indiana University. She also met state certification requirements for teaching. She currently serves as President of JSSMITH Consulting L.L.C. which provides consulting services on railroad transportation technology and business processes. The majority of her firm's work has been for the Union Internationale des Chemin de Fer (UIC) based in Paris, France. Prior to starting her own company, Ms. Smith spent 30 years in the North American railroad industry furnishing planning, consultation, re-engineering and advisory services on railroad business rules, software application development, data requirements and future system direction to RAILINC (the industry data processing organization), Association of American Railroads, industry-wide committees, individual railroads, groups of railroads and other organizations.
Nicholas L. Strout holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. He was a DAAD post-graduate research fellow at the University of Hamburg. Currently, Mr. Strout is Senior Vice President - New Business Development at Minntech. Prior to joining their Minneapolis headquarters in 2001, he worked for Minntech B.V., a subsidiary in Heerlen, the Netherlands, where he was responsible for Minntech's European and Asian sales. He has held management positions in sales and marketing with German medical device manufacturers Drägerwerk AG and B. Braun Melsungen AG and with the German offices of US-based Medtronic prior to joining Minntech.
Steven Tuchman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Indiana University; studied International Law at City of London College and holds a J.D. from Indiana University Indianapolis Law School. He is currently Director, Lewis & Kappes, P.C. where he practices immigration and nationality law, real estate law, and handles business representation, and trusts, estates and guardianships. He was named Indiana “Super Lawyer” in 2004, '05 and '06. He also serves as Consul for the Royal Danish Consulate, located in Indianapolis, serving the interests of Denmark and Danish citizens in the lower Midwest. Prior to joining Lewis & Kappes, he worked for Melvin Simon & Associates, Den Danske Bank and was in private practice. In addition to his legal work, he is a Commissioner of the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission and Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Cabaret Theater and the Indianapolis Committee on Foreign Relations. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004.
The INTL Internal Board
Every program and department at IU is governed by its faculty. The director and staff simply administer programs at the behest of the program faculty. Because International Studies is an inter-disciplinary major with no faculty, our program is governed by our Internal Advisory Board. The members of the 2007-2008 Board are:
James Biles is assistant professor of Geography. He completed his Ph.D. in Economic Geography at Michigan State University in 2001. His research interests focus on the confluence of globalization, livelihoods and informality, particularly in southern Mexico. In addition to I203: Global Integration and Development, he teaches undergraduate courses on development and economic geography and a graduate research problems class in the Department of Geography.
Kirstine Lindemann is Senior Assistant Dean and Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. She earned her Ph.D. in Germanic Studies from IU, and she teaches in that department when time allows. Currently she focuses her attention on undergraduate students and the education they (need to) receive. Her most recent international travels were to a workshop in Copenhagen and a middle school in Manisa.
Patricia McManus is associate professor of Sociology and serves as Interim Director of West European Studies and Co-Director of the European Center of Excellence. Her research addresses social inequality and material well-being over the life-course in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Current projects center on work-family balance in comparative perspective and processes of integration for new immigrants. She teaches courses on family, the welfare state, and social statistics.
Samuel G. Obeng is professor of Linguistics and Director of the African Studies Program. Professor Obeng earned his Ph.D. from the University of York in England in 1988 in Language and Linguistic Science. His research interests are in African political and juridical discourse, ethnopragmatics, Pidgins and Creoles, and General Linguistics. Obeng is the Editor-in-Chief of "Africa Today," and founding Co-editor of "Issues in Political Discourse Analysis" and "Issues in Intercultural Communication." He has published a dozen books and over seventy refereed journal and encyclopedic articles.
Angela Pao is an associate professor of Comparative Literature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her fields of interest are theatre and performance theory, intercultural theatre, and literatures of ethnic minorities and diasporic communities. She is the author of The Orient of the Boulevards: Exoticism, Empire and 19th-Century French Theatre (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998) and is working on a second book which examines non-traditional casting practices in relation to theories of individual and collective cultural identity.
Ron Sela is assistant professor of Central Asian History. He holds the Ph.D. in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University. His research interests are in the history of Muslim peoples, and in political and cultural self-representation in the Islamic world, focusing on Central Asia. He teaches I206: Nations, States and Boundaries, as well as courses on history, historiography and travel literature in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.
Kathleen Sideli is Associate Vice President for Overseas Study at Indiana University. Her active career includes contributions to three editions of NAFSA's Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, chair of NAFSA's Section on U.S. Students Abroad (1999-00), chair of the IIE/SECUSSA Data Collection Committee (1999-2003) and former chair of the Board of Directors and founding president of the Forum on Education Abroad (2001-present).
Herbert A. Terry is an associate professor in Telecommunications at IU Bloomington. His Ph.D. is from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. His main international interests are in comparative media (especially electronic media) law and in the systems and institutions needed to promote non-governmental electronic media in emerging democracies. Toward that end, he's worked in recent years with university-level communications educators, NGO's and government officials in the Russian Federation , Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Indonesia and the People's Republic of China. He was also the founding director of the Global Village Living-Learning Center, a College of Arts and Sciences supported undergraduate living community supportive of the International Studies Program aimed at preparing IU undergraduates for 21st century global living.
Leah Van Wey is Assistant Professor of Sociology. She is a social demographer who studies migration, remittances and population and environment. Her most recent research examines the effects of settler households on the social and environmental landscape in the Brazilian Amazon, and intergenerational exchanges of monetary and other forms of support in the Brazilian Amazon and the United States. In addition to I202: Global Environment, she teaches undergraduate courses on Global Environment, Population and Environment, and Social Statistics. She teaches graduate courses on Migration and Transnationalism, and on Population and Environment.
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