International Education Activities Archive

The International Initiatives Committee
at Lorain County Community College

Accomplishments and Activities: 1996-2006

Fall 2006:

  • LCCC welcomed its first German exchange student, Lars Borman, through the Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.  Through this exchange, participants study for a semester and then complete an internship for a semester.
      
  • LCCC sent its first student to Changsha University as part of the agreement between the two institutions.  Harrison Fuerst left for a year to study Chinese culture and language.
     
  • The Foundation Office approved and granted the International Initiatives Program a scholarship of $10,000 for LCCC students to study abroad and international students from our partner schools to study at LCCC.   Harrison Fuerst was our first student to benefit from this scholarship.
     
  • Work began on preparing a customized program of ESL training for a group of Chinese students scheduled to come to LCCC in the Spring.  The students would be coming from Number 1 Middle School and Number 1 High School in Changsha, China.  
     
  • Annouska Remmert and Robert Young began exploring the possibility of a dual-degree program with Yeungjin College, our new partner in South Korea.
      
  • In November LCCC participated in the video conference “World Languages in the Community College: The Presidential Challenge.”
      
  • Dr. Remmert met with Robert Young and Fran McCaffrey to help prepare a proposal for a new Title VI-B Grant.
      
  • Mr. Phil Wanyerka, an internationally renowned expert on the Mayan culture, gave the presentation “Classic Mayan Writing: The Gateway to History.”
      
  • The Fifth Annual International Student Appreciation Dinner was held and was followed by dancing and the LCCC theater production of “Peter Pan.”
      
  • For the ninth year, international students participated in an International Student Night as part of the etc. series.  

Summer 2006

  • Dr. Remmert attended the Annual NAFSA Conference in Montreal in May.   As a result of this conference, LCCC became involved with the Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.  This is an exchange between the United States Congress and the German Bundestag (Parliament).  
     
  • Dr. Remmert traveled to Changsha, China in July to work on organizing the English Language Summer Camp at Hunan University of International Economics.  She also conducted teacher-training workshops  for Changsha University.  While in China, partnerships with the Hunan Vocational College of Science and Technology and Qingzhuhu Foreign Language School were signed.
     
  • Dr. Remmert also traveled to Seoul, South Korea where an agreement was signed with Yeungjin College and Taiwan, where partnerships were signed with the Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health and the Meiho Institute of Technology.  An additional trip to Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City discussed the possibility of a partnership in the future.
     
  • In August Sharon Van Houte oversaw a Chinese Youth Summer Camp on the LCCC campus that brought 4 children, ages 10-12, a teacher and a principal from Qingzhuhu Foreign Language School in Changsha, China to participate in activities and daytrips with American children.

Spring 2006

  • Hung Ju (Jason) Lee was chosen to the 2006 the New Century Scholar for the State of Ohio and was named a first-team member for the 2006 All-USA Academic Team for his academic record and campus and community service.  He was honored (and gave an address) at the State House in Columbus and later  was honored in Long Beach, California.
     
  • In an effort to develop more collaborative programs, Jason Lee and Annouska Remmert worked together to identify 15 community colleges in South Korea and send them information packets about LCCC.  
     
  • The Business Division was awarded a Title VI-B Grant for International Business in the amount of $55,000.  This will be a 1-year grant project.
     
  • In February LCCC welcomed ten students and two faculty from the Université de Savoie in France.  This partnership, which has flourished, was begun in 1998.  It is expected that 6 students will come from France for the 2006-2007 academic year.
     
  • Six LCCC students and one professor went to the Université de Savoie in France as part of our partnership. 
     
  • The International Initiatives Event Series welcomed Mr. Wat Cluverius, of the Cleveland Council of World Affairs, to the LCCC campus to speak on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
     
  • Karen Parker, from the Division of Allied Health, went to Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand to teach for two months.
     
  • LCCC welcomed its first J-1 visa student from Rangsit University, its partner school in Bangkok, Thailand.
     
  • Dr. Remmert and Sharon Van Houte participated in a study abroad program to India organized through St. Louis Community College.  While in Mumbai Dr. Remmert visited three schools to explore the possibility of establishing partnerships with LCCC.  Of particular interest to the Indian schools was having LCCC send faculty there to teach.
     
  • Efforts were begun to bring a visiting scholar from Rangsit University in Bangkok to teach a course at LCCC on “Doing Business in Asia.”  The scholar will also offer workshops and seminars to local businessmen.
     
  • Dr. Remmert and Sharon Van Houte have met and are in communication with the Westlake Chinese School to partner with LCCC regarding a Chinese Youth Summer Camp in August 2006.  The Westlake school will provide host families and some instructors for this endeavor. 
     
  • For the sixth year, LCCC sent students to the Dominican Republic as part of the “Surgical Technology in Developing Countries” course.  The students were accompanied by professor Pat Sedlak.  This program has expanded to two locations in the Dominican Republic and now sends a group of students each semester.
     
  • A full-color poster was created to advertise Study Abroad options.  These posters have been hung around campus.  In addition, an 8” x 10” version was created for easy distribution to students and advisors.
     
  • Five faculty, including Ed Karshner, Jeff Koleno, Annouska Remmert, Marilyn Valentino and Sharon Van Houte attended the Midwest Institute (MIIIE) Annual Conference in Livonia, Michigan in April.  Ed Karshner presented on studies he conducted while on a Fulbright trip to China the previous summer. 

Fall 2005

  • LCCC was granted permission to issue J-1 Exchange Visitor visas.
     
  • The Business Division submitted a Title VI-B Grant for International Business proposal.
     
  • The International Initiatives Event Series welcomed Mr. Hady Amr, from Washington DC, to the LCCC campus to speak on why Arab/Western negotiations are failing.
     
  • The Fourth Annual International Student Appreciation Dinner was held and was followed by dancing and a movie at the Friday night film series.
     
  • For the eighth year, international students participated in an International Student Night as part of the etc. series. 
     
  • As part of this year’s International Education Awareness Week, Sharon Van Houte coordinated an exhibit of world currencies and handicrafts and a series of ethnic poetry readings in the library.
     
  • Six students came from the Université de Savoie to spend an academic year at LCCC. 

Summer 2005

  • Dr. Remmert traveled to Florence, Italy and arranged for an expansion of an educational partnership with Kent State University. 
     
  • Dr. Remmert also traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece and signed an educational partnership with the American College of Thessaloniki.  
     
  • International student Hung Ju (Jason) Lee worked on student recruitment and developing more ties for LCCC in South Korea.
     
  • Ed Karshner represented LCCC in a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to China.
     
  • Dr. Kwaku Obosu-Mensah traveled to Ghana to meet with university officials and complete planning of a trip to Ghana that will be offered in Spring 2006 in conjunction with the new Introduction to African Studies course.
     
  • Pat Sedlak attended the Midwest Summer Institute to develop additional internationalized modules for her courses.
     
  • Dr. Remmert, Ralph Bishop and David Richardson went to Tompkins-Cortland Community College to meet with their President, Dean of International Education and Director of International Education to study the way they conduct summer academic short-term programs for international students and how they conduct business with overseas partners (ie: tuition).  This meeting was a follow-up to a video-conference held earlier.
     
  • Dr. Remmert attended the Annual NAFSA Conference in Seattle.  At the conference she participated in a professional development workshop on short-term projects for study abroad.
     
  • While at the NAFSA Conference Dr. Remmert had conversations geared at initiating ties with:
    • Denmark – study abroad for nurses
    • Taiwan – bringing Taiwanese students to the LCCC campus
    • Italy – a partnership with Kent State University that would allow LCCC students to study in Italy and provide an opportunity for LCCC faculty to run a course there.
       
  • Sharon Van Houte conducted a two-week cultural experience in Mexico.  Eight students participated in this trip.

Spring 2005

  • A video conference was held with Tompkins-Cortland Community College to discuss the way they conduct summer academic short-term programs for international students and how they conduct business with overseas partners.
     
  • Talks were initiated with Ohio University to explore transfer of our International Studies degree into their International Studies Bachelor degree.
     
  • A workshop was held to educate LCCC faculty and staff on the application process for the J-1 visa.  The workshop was conducted by Dr. Charles Nieman and Ms. Debra Lyons, both of Kent State University.  Dr. Nieman regularly does visa training workshops for NAFSA.  Seven faculty and staff attended the workshop.
     
  • A committee was formed and the application process was begun for LCCC to become licensed to issue J-1 visas for student and faculty exchanges.
     
  • Dr. Remmert gave a presentation to the Rotary Club about “Internationalization of the LCCC Campus”.
     
  • Both Dr. Annouska Remmert and Dr. Kwaku Obosu-Mensah gave presentations at the Midwest Institute for International/ Intercultural Education (MIIIE) Annual Conference in Oglesby, Illinois.
     
  • The International Initiatives Event Series welcomed Dr. Vahe Sahakyan, a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, to the LCCC campus to speak on his native Armenia.
     
  • Dr. Remmert and Sharon Van Houte wrote and received a Foundation grant that will provide funding to continue the International Initiatives Event Series.
     
  • Generosa López-Molina and Dr. Remmert attended the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Conference in San Diego.  Dr. Remmert participated in a workshop on leadership.
     
  • LCCC welcomed a group of fifteen students and two professors from the Université de Savoie in France for a week and a half cultural exchange.
     
  • Meetings were held with Robert Young of the Business Division to encourage increased involvement of this division in international affairs at LCCC.  Additionally, presentations were made by the visiting French students to several business classes to raise awareness of LCCC’s study opportunities in France.
     
  • Work began between Dr. Remmert and Barbara Howell to create online English as a Second Language courses.
     
  • For the fifth year, LCCC sent a group of students to the Dominican Republic as part of the “Surgical Technology in Developing Countries” course. Pat Sedlak accompanied the students.  This program has expanded to two locations in the Dominican Republic and will now send groups of students each semester.
     
  • Lucy Liu, one of Dr. Remmert’s assistants in China, received her visa approval and will come to LCCC in Fall 2005 as part of LCCC’s faculty exchange with our sister college in China.
     
  • At the Honors and Awards Convocation Hung Ju (Jason) Lee was honored as International Student of the Year for his involvement in creating ties between LCCC and South Korea as well as for his campus and community service.  Sharon Van Houte was honored as Advisor of the Year for her work with the Multicultural Club.

    Fall 2004 

    • The International Studies Advisory Committee was established to oversee the progress of the International Studies degree program and to work on continuing LCCC’s thrust forward in all issues related to international studies.
       
    • Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Hung Ju Lee, Nicole Rabe and Lucja Sobón for their efforts in promoting LCCC through international partnerships and local radio advertisements.
       
    • Both Dr. Annouska Remmert and Dr. Iona Abraham gave presentations at the Midwest Institute for International/ Intercultural Education (MIIIE) Fall Conference in Michigan.
       
    • The International Initiatives Event Series was begun and kicked off with a presentation by the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization.
       
    • LCCC welcomed a group of six students from the Université de Savoie in France.  Five of the students were at LCCC for a complete academic year and one was here for Fall semester.
       
    • The Third Annual International Student Appreciation Dinner was held and was followed by a movie at the Friday night film series.
       
    • For the seventh year, international students participated in an International Student Night as part of the etc. series.

    Summer 2004

    • Dr. Church visited China to meet with the President of our sister college and continue work on our educational partnership.
       
    • Dr. Remmert traveled to China and Thailand to continue work on educational partnerships with these countries.  Agreements were signed with Rangsit University in Bangkok and Tongshenghu International Experimental School
       
    • Additionally, she visited South Korea and Hong Kong to meet with college officials and explore the possibilities for partnership.  A partnership agreement was signed with Anyang Technical College in Seoul, South Korea.  Partnering possibilities with Baptist University of Hong Kong are currently being explored.
       
    • LCCC sent its first student to China as part of the partnership with Changsha University.  The student, Adrienne Miller, is spending six months in China and is studying Chinese history and culture.
       
    • The first group of children (15 children and two teachers) from Changsha, China were expected to participate in a summer camp with children from Avon, Ohio.  This camp, sponsored in conjunction with the College for Kids program, was rescheduled from the previous year. **

    **Postponed due to visa problems.  A new date has not yet been finalized.**

    Spring 2004

    • Dr. Michael Schechter gave LCCC a very favorable second year evaluation of the Title VI-A grant and LCCC’s accomplishments in this area.
       
    • Dr. Church presented at the American Association of Community Colleges annual conference as part of a panel discussing educational partnerships in China.  Feedback from the conference was that LCCC’s approach to these partnerships was the best offered.
       
    • Dr. Grace Liu visited the college regarding our partnership with China and agreed, per Dr. Church’s request, to be LCCC’s consultant for our Chinese projects.
       
    • Nine LCCC students and two professors went to the Université de Savoie in France as part of the music phase of our partnership with that school.  While there the students performed at the conservatory.
       
    • LCCC international students and the Multicultural Club, under the guidance of Sharon Van Houte, sponsored the second “Trip Around the World” for students involved in the College for Kids program.  Seventy-five children attended the program.
       
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert presented the new International Studies Degree Program to 70 high school counselors.
       
    • A new brochure was developed to advertise the International Studies Degree program.
       
    • Kwaku Obosu-Mensah and Malcolm Cash developed the new course “Introduction to African Culture” which will serve as an elective for the International Studies Degree Program.  This course will culminate with a trip to Ghana and is scheduled to begin during the 2004/2005 academic year.
       
    • A second semester Chinese language course (Beginning Chinese II) was initiated. 
       
    • For the fourth year, LCCC sent a group of students to the Dominican Republic as part of the “Surgical Technology in Developing Countries” course.  The students were accompanied by professors Pat Sedlak and James Daly. 

    Fall 2003 

    • The International Studies Degree Program began.  We are currently working with Bowling Green State University to develop an articulation agreement.  Baldwin Wallace has also noted an interest in working with LCCC in this area.
       
    • Kwaku Obosu-Mensah created and initiated two International Studies “umbrella” courses through the Division of Social Sciences to complete the core-requirements for the Associate Degree in International Studies.
       
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert met with 17 superintendents of public schools regarding the International Studies Degree program.
       
    • Progress continued on the Title VI-A grant.  Items achieved include:
      • Creation of a website to showcase the accomplishments of the Title VI-A grant
      • Commencement of a Chinese course offered via the Web
         
    • Several faculty members took advantage of Title VI-A mini-grants for educational research overseas.  Faculty taking advantage of these mini-grants include: Iona Abraham, Malcolm Cash, James Daly, Gerald Evans, Cheryl Piper and Pat Sedlak.
       
    • LCCC welcomed a group of eight students and two professors from the Université de Savoie in France.  This was the first of the partnership phase involving music majors.  While here the students offered a recital.
       
    • The Global Resource Center hosted ¡Celebración Latina/Hispana!, an exhibit showcasing nine Latin American countries.  More than 150 people attended the opening gala.  In addition, a group of 50 high school students from Amherst’s Marion L. Steele High School, along with their Spanish instructor, participated in a bilingual guided tour of the exhibit.
       
    • Initiated a proposal to provide credit for ESL classes.
       
    • International students participated in an International Student Night as part of the etc. series for the fifth year
       
    • A cooperative effort with the College for Kids program resulted in Chinese students receiving a national award of merit in reaching outside their borders.
       
    • Explored a campus dorm project was explored

    Summer 2003 Initiatives

    • Developed the first draft of an Agreement of Scholarly Cooperation between LCCC and Único Universidad Autónomo de Guadalajara
    • Dr. Church was to present at the American Association of Community Colleges conference in China
      ** Cancelled due to world health and security issues. **
    • First group of children come from Changsha, China to participate in a summer camp with children from Avon, Ohio
      ** Cancelled due to world health and security issues. Rescheduled for summer 2004.**

    Spring 2003 Initiatives

    • Finalized an International Studies Degree (Associate); LCCC is the first community college in Ohio to develop an International Studies degree
    • Jerry Torma of Nordson Corporation addressed faculty during Faculty Development Days.  His topic was “Northeast Ohio: A Powerhouse with a Global Outlook."
    • Organized and held two workshops per commitment in the Title VI-A Grant; workshop presenters included Dr. Mark Bender, Dr. Grace Liu, and Dr. David Wiley
    • Hosted an International Education Conference in conjunction with the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) Annual Conference.  Between 125 and 150 people attended the conference and 50 of those attending were LCCC faculty
    • LCCC signed a memorandum of Understanding for Educational Partnerships with two colleges in Thailand
    • Mary Mitchell, Study Abroad Officer of the London College of Printing, visited to discuss partnerships possibilities
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert and Jen Xu met with professors of Chinese at Oberlin College to observe classes and consult regarding the development of LCCC's Chinese course.
    • Work was completed on the development of a first year Chinese course which will be offered beginning in the Fall of 2003.  As of June 4, 2003, seven students were already registered for the course.
    • Per the agreement between LCCC and the Hunan College of International Economics, several boxes of books (733 pounds worth) were sent to China
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert attended the Community Colleges for International Development Conference in Tuscon, Arizona
    • The Global Resource Center hosted two exhibits showcasing the Ukranian and Jewish cultures
    • Welcomed a group of 5 students from the Universidad Americana in Asunción, Paraguay.  The group was here for two months and participated in a customized course of studies and activities.
    • Met with Werner Dyck, current coordinator of International Studies programs at the Universidad Americana in Paraguay, to discuss the possibility of providing teacher training in Paraguay
    • Further developed the partnership with the Université de Savoie to include an exchange of music students
      ** Cancelled due to world security issues.  Will be rescheduled.**

    Fall 2002 Initiatives

    • Organized and held two workshops per commitment in the Title VI-A Grant; workshop presenters included Dr. Michael Chavez and Theo Sypris
    • The Global Resource Center hosted its first exhibit showcasing the Hungarian culture
    • Kevin Hoskinson developed the new international course “Introduction to Post-Colonial Literature”.  Several other courses were revised to add international elements.
    • LCCC sent its third group of students to the Dominican Republic in conjunction with the “Surgical Technology in Developing Nations” course, a new course specifically developed for the International Studies Degree Program.
    • Conducted Faculty Survey of Background and Interest in International Perspectives
    • Continued the pen pal program between Changsha, China and Avon Heritage Elementary School.  A Chinese dinner was held in October with the students and parents from Avon that are involved in the project.
    • Received $2,500 LCCC Foundation Grant to establish a Chinese Summer Camp.  The summer camp will involve elementary school children from Changsha, China and Avon Heritage Elementary School in Avon, Ohio.  College for Kids and Ashland University are also involved in this project.

    Summer 2002 Initiatives

    • Hosted the CEO/President and Vice-President from Hunan College of International Economics, LCCC's sister college
    • Hosted Mr. Paul Lee, the Assistant Director of The Jikei Group of Colleges, to discuss ties partnership possibilities
    • Hosted a presentation by Dr. Nathabhol Khanthachai, a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Thailand; his topic was “A Prospect for Academic Cooperation Between the U.S. and Thai Colleges”
    • LCCC participated in the Fulbright-Hayes Grant to Vietnam as a member of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) –the recipient of the grant—by sending Dr. Valentino as our LCCC representative.
    • Three faculty members, Dee Gross, Pat Sedlak and Marilyn Valentino, participated in the Summer Institute organized by the MIIIE in Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Spring 2002 Initiatives

    • Hired Marcia Becker as a Title VI-A Grant aide to Dr. Annouska Remmert
    • Hosted a delegation from Changsha University (China) including the President, Vice-President and three faculty members
    • Organized and held three workshops per commitment in the Title VI-A Grant; workshop presenters included Dr. Mathilda Harris, Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, and Theo Sypris
    • Worked closely with the core group of faculty involved in international course development and activities
    • Began creation of a Global Resource Center to showcase the various ethnic groups of Lorain County and serve as a multi-cultural resource center for local schools and the community; six local organizations have already committed to participating in the cultural exhibits.
    • Dr. Remmert met with the Ambassador of Thailand at a reception sponsored by the World Trade Center and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce to explore possibilities of establishing educational partnerships between LCCC and Thai colleges.
    • LCCC international students and the Multicultural Club, under the guidance of Sharon Van Houte, sponsored a “Trip Around the World” for 65 students involved in the College for Kids program.  The activity was such a huge success that it will now become a yearly event.
    • Began a pen-pal program between school children in Changsha, China and College for Kids students in Avon, Ohio

    Fall 2001 Initiatives

    • Dr. Annouska Remmert spearheaded creation of and signed a sister-college agreement between LCCC and Hunan College of International Economics.  This agreement includes possibilities for faculty exchange, student exchange and teacher training.
    • Articulation between Dr. Annouska Remmert and several Chinese universities resulted in strong interest for partnership with Changsha University and teacher training in three other universities.
    • Dr. Remmert led involvement in Project Hope, an organization which sponsors grade school tuition for very poor Chinese children, which resulted in the sponsoring of 35 Chinese students.
    • Began increasing library holdings of international resources for faculty, students, and the public
    • LCCC sent its second group of students to the Dominican Republic in conjunction with the “Surgical Technology in Developing Nations” course, a new course specifically developed for the International Studies Degree Program.

    Summer 2001 Initiatives

    • Two faculty members participated in the Summer Institute organized by the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
    • Sharon Van Houte chaperoned LCCC's first group of students to Asunción, Paraguay for a five-week study/cultural visit.
    • Sharon Van Houte initiated the International Student Loan Bank.

    Spring 2001 Initiatives

    • Received the prestigious Title VI-A Grant for International Studies and Foreign Languages.  Making this honor more notable was the fact that LCCC was one of only three community colleges in the US to receive this grant.
    • Dr. Remmert presented at the 81st National Conference of the American Association of Community Colleges in Chicago.  Her topic was the “Globalization of Ohio's Community Colleges.”
    • Established an International Studies Focus Program, the first offered by a community college in Ohio, which will transfer into a Associate of Arts degree in International Studies (see page 31 of course catalog)
    • A teleconference on “Internationalizing Education” was held between LCCC and the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE).
    • Received $1,500 LCCC Foundation Grant to establish an International Student Loan Bank.
    • Welcomed a group of 16 students and 1 advisor from the Universidad Americana in Asunción, Paraguay.  The group was here for two months and participated in a customized course of studies and activities.
    • Sharon Van Houte began the International Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the Multicultural Club.  Through this award, each Spring two outstanding international students are chosen to receive $250 each.

    Fall 2000 Initiatives

    • Submitted the U.S. Department of Education Title VI-A grant proposal for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years
    • Made report on international initiatives to full Faculty Senate and campus community
    • Highlighted LCCC's International Initiatives at the Annual Conference of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges in Columbus
    • Organized a workshop conducted by Dr. Schorn on “International Education Outreach Activities.”
    • Developed language and cultural preparation programs for LCCC students wishing to study abroad
    • Met several times with The Ohio State University administration to explore collaborating on Chinese courses on the Web
    • Received a $5,000 Foundation Grant for faculty development workshops
    • Sharon Van Houte wrote an LCCC Foundation Grant for $1,500 to begin an International Student Loan Bank.  This bank will loan purchased or donated household appliances to international students in need of such items.  Items may be borrowed for a maximum of two years.
    • LCCC sent its first group of students to the Dominican Republic in conjunction with the “Surgical Technology in Developing Nations” course.
    • Began scheduling classroom visits between American and international students to give the students the opportunity to exchange information about their countries

    Summer 2000 Initiatives

    • Initiated the effort to hire a Coordinator for International Recruitment.  Mr. David Arredondo was hired to fill this position.
    • One faculty member participated in a summer workshop being organized by the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) in Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Spring 2000 Initiatives

    • LCCC's first group of students went to France for two weeks in January 2000
    • The Multicultural Club was organized and registered with Student Life
    • Looked at ways to track international students on campus (those with green cards and non-F1 visas)
    • Annouska Remmert was re-elected to the board of directors for the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education
    • Organized LCCC's participation in the annual conference of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education
    • Became involved with statewide efforts to globalize community colleges
    • Hosted the Spring meeting of the Ohio Community College Consortium for Global Education to which Dr. Annouska Remmert was appointed secretary 
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert was appointed NAFSA Region VI representative
    • Attended the annual winter conference of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)
    • Organized a NAFSA workshop on F-1 visa regulations which was attended by the counseling staff and presented by Mr. John Robinson from Vanderbilt University
    • Coordinated faculty participation in summer workshops being organized by the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • Pat Sedlak developed the course “Surgical Technology in Developing Nations.”  This course will include an opportunity to do a short practicum in a developing nation.

    Fall 1999 Initiatives

    • Revised the presentation of LCCC in the International Education Service (IES) guide for International Student Recruitment
    • Attended a conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Department of Education and the Academy for Educational Development dealing with international education and policy making
    • Received a $10,000 Nordson Foundation Grant for faculty development
    • Initiated and established contact with Intercollege in Cyprus regarding faculty and student exchanges.  A meeting with the President of Intercollege took place in Cyprus in July 1999.
    • Launched Phase II of the French exchange program.  Three students from the Université de Savoie are here for one year to attend a full year of studies at LCCC. 
    • Arranged a preparatory course in French for students participating in the French exchange program in January 2000
    • Organized travel arrangements for students participating in the French exchange program in January 2000
    • Scheduled classroom visits between American and international students to give the students the opportunity to exchange information about their countries
    • Collaborated with the theater department for an international student cultural event highlighting folklore and literature of some of the countries represented on campus

    Winter 1998/Spring 1999 Initiatives

    • Sponsored the college's first international business seminar for area companies; 14 presenters from private industry, state and federal government, and the Canadian Consulate participated
    • Attended the annual winter conference of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)
    • Dr. Michael Schechter held follow-up consultations with faculty members participating in the internationalization of the curriculum project
    • Hosted the first group of exchange students from the University of Savoie for two weeks; 8 LCCC students hosted 8 French students in their homes
    • Highlighted LCCC's internationalization activities at the sixth annual conference of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education; LCCC faculty conducted a workshop session
    • Met with 10 other two-year state colleges at the Ohio Association of Community Colleges/Stanley Foundation conference to set international education priorities and initiate a statewide network
    • Launched the international student web-page on the LCCC web-site
    • Contacted colleges and universities overseas to explore other partnerships
    • Met with the directors of the Nordson Foundation office and the LCCC Foundation office as well as top administrators from LCCC to discuss the possibility of establishing foundation money from both sides to support LCCC students studying overseas and faculty development workshops dealing with the internationalizing of curriculum.
    • Met with the Nordson Foundation to discuss internships for our international students

    Fall 1998 Initiatives

    • Initiated a year-long curriculum development project; Dr. Michael Schechter of the University of Michigan conducted a workshop on globalizing the curriculum for 20 faculty members representing all eight academic divisions
    • Organized and hosted the Ohio regional meeting of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education; 90 participants came from 25 colleges and universities; two presenters came from Europe
    • Hosted Dr. Claude Cavallero of the University of Savoie, France; Dr. Cavallero, representing the president of his technical college, signed a partnership agreement with LCCC president Dr. Roy Church
    • Drafted a proposal for the U.S. Department of Education Title VI-B grant program (Business and International Education)
    • Organized an international food and dance event with international students, highlighting several nations and cultures

    Winter 1997/Spring 1998 Initiatives

    • Represented LCCC International Initiatives at the “Newly Independent States (NIS) and East/Central European  Business Conference” in Lorain
    • Prepared application for membership in Community Colleges for International Development
    • Prepared three LCCC Foundation and H.R.D. grant proposals for faculty development project
    • Dr. Annouska Remmert was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education
    • Presented papers at the Midwest Institute for International / Intercultural Education annual conference at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan
    • Collaborated with Marketing Department in developing International Student Packet for international student admissions and recruitment
    • Sent individualized packets of international curriculum modules in 30 subject areas to 150 faculty members, tailored according to each instructor's course disciplines
    • Researched International Studies Certificate and Degree Programs at Kalamazoo Valley Community College; translated course requirements into LCCC equivalent courses
    • Continued to research funding sources for international education efforts
    • Continued to research U.S. government contract training programs
    • Initiated communications with representatives of the University of Savoie, France, to explore a potential exchange program
    • Began drafting a proposal for U.S. Department of Education Title VI-A grant program (Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program)
    • Enlisted selected faculty members for the 1998-99 Internationalization of the Curriculum Project, beginning with a workshop during Faculty Development Week 
    • Listed LCCC on-line through the International Education Service (IES) web-site designed for international students who wish to study in the U.S.
    • Listed LCCC with the Peterson's Guide for International Student

    Fall 1997 Initiatives

    • Conducted Faculty Survey of Background and Interest in International Perspectives
    • Collected international curriculum materials from other colleges and organizations
    • Organized “Internationalizing the Curriculum” workshop for all division faculty with presenter Theo Sypris, Director of the Institute for International/Intercultural Education—Midwest Region; 77 faculty attended

    Winter 1996/Spring 1997 Initiatives

    • Revised admissions procedures for international students
    • Researched the enrollment of international students in community colleges throughout the U.S. 
    • Investigated the availability of housing for international students along the Lorain County Transit (LCT) routes and in Western Cuyahoga County
    • Enlisted the assistance of the Lake Erie Landlord Association in contacting potential landlords for housing international students in Lorain County
    • Worked with Lorain County Transit (LCT) to alter an existing route to expand service between LCCC and the Midway Mall area, to commence January 1998
    • Began development of marketing packets for international student recruitment
    • Initiated international student recruitment efforts by advertising in the Scandinavian Student Guide

    Fall 1996 Initiatives

    • Presented the proposal A Tentative Action Plan for Internationalizing Lorain County Community College to LCCC top administrators
    • LCCC Board of Trustees endorsed the international initiative proposal
    • Developed a 3-year proposal and budget for International Initiatives (1996-99)

    Summer 1996 Initiatives

    • Sponsored an international student exchange program with the Lycee Edgar Quinet in Paris, France; placed French student interns with six area companies and housed them with local families for ten weeks

    Spring 1996 Initiatives  

    • Visited 15 foreign embassies in Washington, DC to market LCCC to international students
    • Met with representatives of the Association of International Education Administrators, U.S. Department of  Education, U.S. Information Agency, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the Institute of International Education in Washington, DC
    • Participated in professional development training for international education at the national conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
    • Organized “Foundations for International Education” workshop at LCCC with presenter Alan Bennet from Broome Community College
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