The International Initiatives Committee
at Lorain County Community College
International Studies Program
Accomplishments and Activities
On April 18 & 19 LCCC was host to the 15th Annual Conference of the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE). Friday’s keynote speaker, Mr. Clark Plexico from International Strategies, Inc., spoke on Global Trends Impacting American Education. Cultural performances included Manhattan Vibes and a Japanese Taiko Drumming group.
- Dr. Annouska Remmert traveled to Denmark in March to explore the possibility of forming partnerships with institutions there. LCCC is currently looking at creating bilateral partnerships with three institutions in Denmark and a trilateral agreement between LCCC, Denmark and The American College of Thessaloniki in Greece.
- LCCC entered into a partnership with the Universidad de los Lagos in Chile. A Memorandum of Understanding has been drafted and is being translated into Spanish.
- Our third visiting scholar from Changsha University arrived at the end of February. Ms. Xiaochuan (Lydia) Li will be teaching Chinese online, giving presentations, and visiting classes.
- Thirteen students and one faculty came to LCCC from the Université de Savoie for two weeks. This group consisted of both business majors and music majors. While here the group visited several classes and went on several field trips.
- In April, Mr. David Arredondo participated in recruitment fairs in South Korea, India, Vietnam, and China. Mr. Arredondo helped organize this trip for representatives of Ohio universities that wish to collaborate on international student recruitment in keeping with the Governor’s Higher Education Initiative.
- Pat Sedlak returned from her 13th trip to the Dominican Republic with students from the Surgical Technology program.
- LCCC welcomed its second German exchange student, Eva Reichenberger, through the Congress - Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. She will be taking classes during the Fall semester and do an internship during the Spring semester.
- In September, Women in Leadership, Women’s Link and International Initiatives combined to present “The Changing Role of China”. Our visiting scholars each gave presentations, Stephanie Liu on “The Role of Women in China” and Jianbo Liu on the “Economy of China”. During dinner Sharon Van Houte provide a photographic essay of the trip to China and Tibet that she and Dr. Marilyn Valentino made during the summer.
- In September, Dr. Tetsuo Mori, from the Kurume National College of Technology, met with several faculty and administrators to learn about our associate degrees of science and applied science.
- In October, Mr. David Arredondo participated in recruitment fairs in South Korea and Thailand.
- The Sixth Annual International Student Appreciation Dinner was held and followed by a raffle and a showing of the Canadian film “Away from Her.” More than 80 people attended the event.
- In November, Dr. Annouska Remmert gave two presentations at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on internationalizing a college campus and forming international educational partnerships.
- Dr. Marilyn Valentino and Ms. Sharon Van Houte went to Changsha, China to teach at Changsha University, one of LCCC’s partner institutions. Dr Valentino taught American Literature, focusing on Contemporary Short Story, and Ms. Van Houte taught American Culture.
- Visiting scholar, Ms. Stephanie Liu, conducted two 4-week Chinese Language workshops during June and July. The workshops were offered twice a week for 2 1-hour sessions and were well-received.
- The International Initiatives/English as a Second Language office moved from University Center to the Patsie C. Campana building.
- Dr. Church was invited (and subsequently accepted) to visit the American College of Thessaloniki in June 2008 and participate in their graduation ceremony.
- A group of 10 students and 2 teachers came from Number 1 Middle School and Number 1 High School in Changsha, China for a customized program of ESL and American Culture. The program included 20 hours of class instruction each week and field trips on Fridays. While at LCCC the guests stayed with American host families.
- Our first visiting scholars from Changsha University arrived. Mr. Jianbo (John) Liu arrived at the end of February and Ms. Stephanie Liu will arrive on May 15th. While here the scholars will be giving presentations, visiting classes, teaching, tutoring the Chinese language and working in the library.
- President Liu and his top assistant will visit from Changsha University in early May.
- Six LCCC students went to France with Barbara McIntosh as part of the college’s exchange with the Université de Savoie. They came back so excited from their trip that they are currently establishing a French Club. Two of the students plan to return to France in the Fall of 2008 to study for one year.
- Twelve students and two faculty came to LCCC from the Université de Savoie for two weeks. This group consisted of both business majors and music majors. While here the group visited several classes and went on several field trips. Additionally, the music majors held a jam session with some of LCCC’s music majors.
- Pat Sedlak returned from her 11th trip to the Dominican Republic with students from the Surgical Technology program. She is currently looking for other possible locations in which she might expand this program.
- Discussion is currently underway to explore the possibility of organizing a customized ESL program for a group of students from South Korea.
- The first part of a future Technical Certificate in ESL was developed and instigated in the form of a section of ENGL 161 for ESL students.l
Accomplishments & Activities, 1996 to 2006