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24, is always a special occasion. It
provides an opportunity to reward
faculty initiative. It also helps give them the re-
sources required to further globalize the curricu-
That remains a high priority for UF because our
success in improving UF's ranking depends in no
small part on our ability to prepare our students to
compete in a global economy and our global reach
as an institution. The awards are also a reminder of
the amazing breadth and depth of the research con-
ducted by our faculty members, who cover every
discipline and area of the world. For that reason it
is a pleasure to be able to support these awards
along with Vice President for Research Win Phil-
Citizens of the World
In the past, if universities prepared their students
to be good engineers, accountants, lawyers, doctors
and other professionals, they could justifiably feel
they had accomplished their mission. Today, they
also have to teach their students to be citizens of
Those on the right of the political spectrum
should relax. I'm not proposing that we clone au-
tomatons to serve a world government secretly or-
chestrated by the United Nations. And those on the
left should not think I have in mind getting every-
one in the world to join hands and sing "Kum-
baya." I am suggesting that today it is essential to
educate our students to have a global perspective
for two reasons, an economic one and a political
As Theodore Sorensen described it in 1992 in
Foreign Affairs, at the end of the Cold War the
See Dean's Message, p. 2
UFIC Announces Awards
the UF Curriculum
|~.he International Center announced the Intema-
Stionalizing the Curriculum Awards in March,
providing support for eight proposals from faculty
throughout the campus in anthropology, science, engineer-
ing, education, agriculture, area studies and law.
The awards, of up to $3,000, are part of the continuing
effort to meet UF's strategic goal of internationalizing the
campus and curriculum. The awards support adding inter-
national components to existing courses or creating new
courses with substantial international content.
International Center Dean Dennis Jett announced the
awards at a reception in Grinter Hall March 24 and noted
the diverse range of disciplines reflected in the awards.
"These awards are an indication of how incredibly di-
verse this university is," Jett said.
The Transnational and Global Studies Center, and Re-
search and Graduate Programs provided awards to other
Six of the International Center grants support courses
dealing with any region of the world outside of the United
States or on an international topic. Two of the grants sup-
port study-abroad courses anywhere in the world, with pri-
ority given to countries outside of Western Europe.
International Category Awards
Title: Primate Behavior/Introduction to Monkey Field
Faculty: Sue Boinski, Anthropology
In her study of the ecology and evolution of New World
monkeys in isolated jungle locations, Boinski has docu-
mented her work with digital video recordings. The grant
supports this video documentation and the production of
PowerPoint presentations for use in her Primate Behavior
Title: Counseling Theories/Black Family Intervention/Do-
Faculty: William L. Conwill, Counselor Education, Afri-
can American Studies Conwill is developing a multimedia
See International Category Awards, p. 6
UF alumna Katie
Reid spent last sum-
mer on a backpacking
trip that took her from
Iceland to the border
of Iran. Traveling and
meeting people from
other cultures is a
the former journalism
student said, and that
experience is essential
to being a good writer.
In Iceland, Reid visited a chapel with weathered
Dean's Message, from p. I
United States faced a world of unmatched opportunity
and opacity. The opportunity was unmatched because,
as the world's only superpower, we had no immediate
military threat or imposing rivals. The opacity was un-
precedented because there was no way to distinguish be-
tween friend and foe or between real dangers and mere
This world of opportunity and opacity is more com-
plex because of globalization. Globalization is the phe-
nomenon whereby people, things and ideas are crossing
national boundaries with greater speed, frequency, im-
pact and reach than ever before. Globalization has bene-
fits such as increased tourism, trade and the spread of
democracy. It also has its downside as terrorists, weap-
ons of mass destruction and religious extremism can
spread from country to country with greater ease.
The effects of globalization cut both ways. A few de-
cades ago, one job in 20 in America depended on the
global economy. Now it is one in five. While the price
of many products from abroad has fallen, Americans
whose jobs have been out-sourced are understandably
unenthusiastic about low-cost imports. Our graduates
will operate in an increasingly global economy. Their
customers, clients, suppliers and employees will come
from a wide range of cultures and countries. Without
greater knowledge of the world, our students will be at a
competitive disadvantage when they enter the market-
The political reason students need greater internation-
al awareness arises from the fact that as the impact of
globalization has grown, the ability of governments to
deal with it has diminished. All governments, even ours,
have seen the problems they face become increasingly
By Katie Reid
AlumnaWins Photo Award for Chapel in Iceland
wooden walls slowly being engulfed by grass. It re-
minded her of "a lone tree sprouting in the solitude of a
barren field and flourishing despite the odds."
"I think it represents the resolve of faith to remain in
this harsh, isolated land," she said.
Reid travels with several cameras, including an SLR
with zoom and macro lenses. But in Iceland, her hands
were so numb from the cold that she could only operate
her basic Canon Powershot S50 to capture the moment.
The photograph, "The Forgotten Chapel," won first
place in the International Center's Global Photography
Competition for the category Faculty, Staff and Alumni.
Reid is an avid traveler. The lessons learned about
See Reid, p. 3
international and increasingly harder to manage because
Our government suffers from another problem. Per-
haps the only thing voters in the red states and blue
states agree on is that partisan politics is reaching new
depths in our capitol. There was a saying that politics
stops at the water's edge, meaning there was a consen-
sus on foreign policy. Now it is all politics, all the time,
and that has left Washington unprepared to deal with the
challenges of globalization.
In the past, the responsibility for being aware of and
responding to problems from abroad could be left to for-
eign policy elites in Washington and New York. That is
no longer a safe option. Becoming and staying informed
about the world beyond our borders must begin while
our students are in Gainesville and continue wherever
their careers take them. We owe it to our students and to
our nation to ensure that they make learning about the
world a lifelong habit.
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Executive Editor: Sandra Russo
Editor: Larry Schnell
We welcome submission of articles and photo-
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students. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Florida International Center
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Korean Scholar Pessimistic
about North Korea
D distinguished UF Alumnus Byong Man Ahn sees
little hope in the near future of North Korea open-
ing its doors or settling an international dispute over
Ahn, an internationally recognized political scientist,
said the country's leader, Kim Jong-il, is unlikely to lib-
eralize his policies despite cooperation with South Ko-
rea. With help from a strong military, Kim has absolute
control over the country.
"He has a desire to open the doors and change the
society," said Ahn. "At the same time, he can't open the
society. Once he opens it, he knows his system will
Ahn spoke March 23 at Emerson Hall to faculty, stu-
dents and residents in a speech "Dealing with North
Korea." His visit was sponsored by the International
Center, Asian Studies Program and the Political Sci-
South Korea and North Korea are at opposite ends of
the political spectrum, Ahn said. South Koreans elect
their government and enjoy freedoms such as freedom
of speech. North Koreans have no freedoms and are re-
pressed by a military dictatorship. About 10 detention
camps hold an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 citizens.
Kim Jong-il is unlikely to compromise his nuclear
weapons program, in part because of a lack of pressure
from South Korea and a confrontational policy from the
Bush administration. South Korea has opened a tourist
attraction and an industrial park in North Korea. The
exchange has been important to North Korea's econo-
my but has had little impact on its politics regarding
nuclear weapons or human rights.
"They are very sympathetic to North Korea," Ahn
said of South Korean government leaders. "We give
Reid, from p. 2
people and life overseas are in an-
other realm from the classroom, she
said. By visiting new places and
meeting new people, Reid has ex-
plored her own values and learned
about herself. Along the way, she's
carried a camera.
Reid graduated from the University of Florida in
2004 in journalism and now works in Sydney, Austra-
lia, as a communications consultant for organizations
It's okay to
we have to
something UFIC Dean Dennis Jett introduces Byong
in return." Man Ahn, a distinguished alumnus who
South spoke about North Korea.
Koreans do not feel threatened by North Korea or its
nuclear weapons program, Ahn said.
The Bush administration has the opposite approach,
utilizing only threats and confrontation, starting with
the label "axis of evil" during the early days of the Bush
"The Bush government is very much into confronta-
tion politics," Ahn said. "We understand that but it
won't solve the problem."
Ahn cautioned that finding expert advice about deal-
ing with North Korea is difficult. "Nobody is an expert
on North Korea because we don't have much informa-
tion on North Korea," he said.
Ahn earned a doctoral degree in political science
from the University of Florida on a Fulbright Scholar-
ship in 1974 with a 4.0 grade point average. He then
joined the faculty of Hankuk University of Foreign
Studies in Seoul, South Korea, and served in numerous
positions, including president. He now serves as chair-
man of the Seoul City Development Institution. He was
named a Distinguished Alumnus by the UF College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences last year.
including IBM, The Sydney Morning Herald, American
Express and PwC.
"Travel lets you learn about yourself through explor-
ing unfamiliar cultures and places," she said. "I think a
person's college education isn't complete until they've
really traveled internationally, and it's something that is
financially attainable for everyone if it's a priority."
Reid's first travel abroad was to Belize in 2001.
Since then she has visited more than 40 countries and
usually travels abroad for at least a month each year.
Contact: Katie Reid, email@example.com
Health and Human Performance to Offer
International Opportunities for all Majors
A study-abroad course in Olympic history un-
veiled four years ago has become the prototype
for about seven international opportunities of-
fered by the College of Health and Human Performance
The summer course History of Exercise and Sports
Sciences was so popular
when it was first offered Human F
that college officials ex-
panded the opportunities by UF students visit the Olyn
creating a study-abroad Rome, below, and the Coli
course in Italy two years while studying abroad.
later. HHP continues to add
This year, the college
has study-abroad courses in
Greece, Italy, France, Ger-
many, China, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom and
Ireland, with more under
development. The pro-
grams focus on topics rang-
ing from ancient and mod-
em Olympics to public and
These topics by nature are international, said DeEtta
Hanssen, program assistant in the college and coordina-
tor of study-abroad programs. Sports events have
brought nations together since ancient times, and health
issues such as AIDS and bird flu transcend international
"We're Global Gators," she said. "We feel that by en-
abling our students to experience opportunities in the
study-abroad programs, we are preparing them for suc-
cess in their careers. We see this as another opportunity
to reach out to students and provide them the tools they
Past, Present, Future
The program locations are ancient, modem and future
Olympic sites in Greece, Italy and China, sports arenas
throughout Europe, the World Health Organization and
other locations where fitness, human performance and
human health are the focus of study.
The Olympic History in Greece, which grew out of
the HHP course History of Exercise and Sports Sciences,
includes visits to the earliest known sites of the Olympics
as well as sports arenas throughout history.
All study-abroad courses through the college include a
cultural component so that students learn about the so-
performance, Now and Then
ipic Stadium in
cial, linguistic and historical background of their host
The newest program, which focuses on sport manage-
ment, is based in Tainjin, China. With the Olympics com-
ing up in China in 2008, an abundance of activities and
preparation are taking place in Beijing and nearby Tain-
UF students will see first hand how to prepare for the
largest sports events in world. The course, for the Sum-
mer A 2006 semester is limited to about 20 students.
Ancient to Modern Sports in Rome
The HHP's program in Rome examines ancient sports
events and follows the origin of athletic competition to
"We look at how the early beginnings influenced mod-
em sports," Hanssen said.
Students get a course introduction at the UF campus,
then visit the sites in Italy. On their return, they have a
See Study Abroad, next page
Study Abroad, continued
final project due. This year, the college is offering two
sections with 22 students each to meet the demand for
study abroad in Rome during spring break 2006.
Study in Europe
In Darmstadt, Germany, students got an international
perspective on health and human performance from UF
and German faculty at the Technical University of Darm-
stadt for a 14-day program that runs over the 2006 spring
In Geneva, Switzerland, during the Summer A-B in-
tersession at the end of June 2006, a program introduces
students to the global dimensions of public health. This
program includes a tour of the Red Cross Museum and
the United Nations as well as a course in understanding
the role of the World Health Organization, taught by UF
and WHO professionals.
New Study-Abroad Opportunities
This year, new summer programs are offered in Eu-
rope. A program in France and Italy for Summer A of-
fers students nine credits in three courses, Foundation
and Principles of Coaching, International Health Top-
ics, and History of Sports.
For Summer B, another program in the United King-
dom and Ireland focuses on sport management, sport
and society and sport history.
Hanssen said study-abroad opportunities for the col-
lege cover a multitude of topics throughout the world,
topics as diverse as those majors offered by the col-
"We're going to have something for every major in
our college," she said.
Study abroad is one component of a program to in-
crease the international dimension of education college
wide, she said.
"We're examining our courses to see how we can
incorporate more of the international aspects into our
teaching," she said.
Contact: DeEtta Hanssen, firstname.lastname@example.org
StudyAbroad Student Wins Global Photo Competition
Amanda M. Grudinskas is not a tourist traveler. She
prefers spending enough time in country to get to
know the people and the culture. The University of Flori-
da law stu-
dent was in
year on a
Man Bathing in Canal Law at Rang-
by Amanda Grudinskas sit Universi-
and with her camera she captured scenes that don't ap-
pear in the tourist brochures.
Typical images of Thailand show lavish Buddhist tem-
ples, glimmering sky scrapers and a high-speed transpor-
Not far from such images, Grudinskas found an elder-
ly man so emaciated his bones showed under his skin.
He was washing his clothes and bathing in canal water
polluted by sewage, waste and other contaminants. It was
the only water he had.
"The observer is stunned by the immense amount of
wealth invested in the exquisite details of Wats-Bud-
dhist temples-in stark contrast to the poverty apparent
on every comer," Grudinskas said. "This man was bath-
ing and washing his clothes in the Bangkok canal next to
the sky-train, a state-of-the-art transportation system that
runs above the city."
Grudinskas' "Man Bathing in Canal" won first place
in the International Center's Global Photography Com-
petition in the Study Abroad Category.
She took the picture in June 2005 with a Nikon N80
SLR camera using film under natural light.
Grudinskas sees her photographic work as more than
a portrayal of people and places overlooked or seldom
photographed. Her images have the ability to spark
"My intent was to capture a way of life in Bangkok,
to capture it the way it is and not the way the rest of the
world chooses to see it," she said. "The poverty is real.
The man is real. When people see the photograph, I
want them to wonder about the elderly Thai man bathing
and washing his clothes in the Bangkok canal. Aware-
ness is the first step in effecting change. I hope to create
Grudinskas said study-abroad programs are an oppor-
See Grudinskas, p. 6
International Category Awards, from p. I
teaching module on counseling African immigrants in
the United States. The grant supports his travel this
summer to the West African Research Center in Dakar,
Senegal, where he will learn about people and condi-
tions primarily in West Africa and relevant counseling
Title: Introduction to Modem Jewish Literature
Faculty: Todd Hasak-Lowy, African and Asian Studies
and Languages, Jewish Studies, English.
Hasak-Lowy is developing this course, which pro-
vides an overview of Jewish literature since the end of
the eighteenth century, with emphasis on the distinct
character of Jewish literary production in the modem
period. The grant supports summer preparation as well
as primary and secondary materials.
Title: Control of Mechanical Engineering Systems
Faculty: John K. Schueller, Mechanical and Aerospace
Schueller will update his course in controls, which
involves mathematical modeling of systems such as ma-
chines. The course prepares students to be mechanical
and aerospace engineers. Schueller plans to incorporate
into the course many advances in control technology
and education made in Germany.
Title: Environment, Food and Society
Faculty: Lori Unruh Snyder, Agronomy, Plant Sciences
Snyder will incorporate course content from EARTH
University in Costa Rica into the course Environment,
Food and Society. The international background of
EARTH's faculty and students makes it an excellent
source for global agricultural issues. The course will in-
clude contact with faculty and students at EARTH.
Title: Seminar on Sustainable Development
Faculty: Jeff Wade, Center for Governmental Responsi-
bility, Levin College of Law
This seminar course explores policy issues related to
sustainable development. Wade will introduce intera-
tional topics including principles and practices of urban
sustainability that have been addressed in other coun-
tries, particularly in Europe and Latin America.
Study Abroad Category Awards
Title: Chemical and Environmental Processes in the
Theme Parks of Hong Kong
Faculty: Jeffrey Keaffaber, Chemistry
This summer course focuses on two theme parks in
Hong Kong, Ocean Park and Disneyland Hong Kong. In
Ocean Park, students will study the nutrient cycle dy-
namics of fish aquariums and analyze the disinfections
process in mammal habitats. At Disneyland Hong
Kong, students will study air- and water-quality issues.
Grudinsksas, from p. 5
tunity for students
to see another coun- -..
try and culture as
they are, not as they
are portrayed, and
to immerse them-
selves in the cul-
That is the only
way to understand
the political, social Grudinsksas in Thailand
and economical is-
sues that are the foundation of culture. To gain this un-
Title: Environmental Dispute Resolution
Faculty: MaryJane Angelo, Levin College of Law
This course has focused on domestic environmental
law. Last year, the course included a section on sea
turtle conservation in Costa Rica. Angelo will expand
and update the international component to include
international environmental agreements and to expand
the use of international case studies and simulations.
derstanding, students may be confronted with issues
and images that are not comfortable. Human rights
abuses, substandard living conditions, gender inequali-
ty and disparity between social classes exist every-
Grudinskas is living in Leiden, Netherlands, where
she attends the Leiden University Faculty of Law as an
She has secured an internship at the International
Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Contact: Amanda Grudinskas, email@example.com
Beds and Desks Available to International Students Through UFIC Program
International students coming to the University of
Florida can find it difficult getting settled in before
they begin their studies.
A volunteer effort was organized to help them by
providing two essentials-a bed and a desk.
Graduate student Ahmad Al-Basheer, working with
Debra Anderson, coordinator of International Student
Services at the International Center, is leading the
program, which began this spring.
Al-Basheer knows how difficult it can be to find a
place to live and furnish it. He began his studies here
in 2002 and now is a doctoral student in medical
physics in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
Department. At the end of each semester, Al-Basheer
saw the many pieces of furniture students left at the
curb for disposal.
"I noticed that at the end of the semesters, there is
quite a lot of furniture thrown away. It's a problem for
solid waste and there is a huge demand for furniture
when new students come to town."
By the time new students are in town, the furniture
is picked up. Many students are on a tight budget and
cannot furnish a house or apartment.
The program matches students with available beds
and desks-the most essential of items for study. With
just these two pieces of furniture, students can do their
school work and get a good night's sleep. It's a start.
The International Center is aware of the financial
support international students have when they arrive
and can identify those who are likely to need the help
of this organization, Anderson said.
Al-Basheer wants to get the program running for
international students, then expand it to all students.
The program needs volunteers. Students who have
furniture to donate can notify Al-Basheer to have it
picked up. Volunteers with trucks can help pick up and
deliver furniture. Volunteers with some storage space
can help in short-term storage. Anderson is the first
storage volunteer. She uses her garage to store
furniture. Al-Basheer hopes the university eventually
will provide space.
He has gotten support from the Graduate Student
Council and hopes to get funding from Student
Government. Volunteers can contact Al-Basheer at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Debra Anderson at
When you need to reach us
International Center Contacts
Dennis Jett, Ph.D., Dean
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 501
Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 502
Pat Schauweker, Coordinator, Administrative
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 504
International Faculty & Scholar Services
Yvette McKinney, Coordinator, Academic
(352) 392- 5323 ext. 650
International Student Services
Debra Anderson, Coordinator of International
Phone: Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 601
Study Abroad Services
Susanne Hill, Ph.D., Coordinator of Study
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 503
Office of Program Development
Sandra Russo, Ph.D., Director of Program
Development & Federal Relations
Phone: (352) 392-5834
The University of Florida
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