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She --Hub -is Dedicated-

as UFIC's New Home

The UF band Jacar Brazil plays for inauguration of
the Hub and UFIC's new offices.

T e newly renovated Hub is more than a
campus building. It is a central location on
ampus where the university's international
and technological centers work side by side to ex-
tend the campus worldwide.
"Today the gathering at the Hub is really a global
happening," said UF President Bemie Machen at a
dedication of new offices of the UF International
Center and Office of Academic Technology.
The combination of international activities and
technological advancements was evident from the
beginning of the dedication April 20, when the UF
band Jacare Brazil harmonized with the Sao Paulo
band Mestre Boca via audio and video uplink.
UFIC Dean Dennis Jett said two years of con-
struction work went into the Hub renovation, and
plans to put the International Center and the Office
of Academic Technology in the Hub go back even
further, to the previous President Charles Young
and previous Provost David Colbum. Machen con-
tinued the effort and oversaw its completion.
"They recognized the importance of technology
and an international perspective," Jett said. "If our
students leave without this, we have failed them."
Student Government also contributed funds to
the renovation.
See New UFIC Offices, p. 2

University of Florida Honors Winners of
Internationalizing the Curriculum Awards
T hI% Llin crit) of Flori ida rcognized facult% %\% inncriof frth
2007 Internationalizing the Curriculum Awards.
At a reception April 13 in UFIC's new offices in the Hub,
Dean Dennis Jett congratulated the 16 winners and empha-
sized the importance of their role in helping to meet UF's goal
of internationalizing the campus and the curriculum.
The selection was highly competitive, he said, with winners
selected from 42 proposals for internationalizing courses and
developing new courses with an international perspective for
the 2007-2008 school year. The awards of up to $3,000 were
given by the Transnational and Global Studies Center, the In-
ternational Center, and Research and Graduate Programs.

UFIC Dennis Jett congratulates winners of the 2007 Interna
tionalizing the Curriculum Awards.

Global Studies Categories
The Transnational and Global Studies Center granted
awards to the following faculty:

Anita Anantharam
Center for Women Studies and Gender Research, College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Transnational feminism is an integral part of the Women's
Studies major for undergraduate students and will soon be-
come a core requirement for the Gender and Development
Certificate Program. The grant will support adding historical
See UF Faculty, p. 4

UF Student Describes his Struggles

During Sudan's Civil War
UF student Peter Kok gave the UF International Cen-
ter and visitors a first-hand description of life in war-torn
southern Sudan in a presentation April 23.
Kok, who has completed his junior year in political
science, gave a personal account of the devastation of a
civil war that separated him from his parents when he
was a child. For 16 years, he was separated and believed
his family had not survived the civil war. After he ar-
rived to the United States, he heard the best news of his
Using a PowerPoint presentation, Kok described his
traditional Sudanese family, who lived in a small village
in southern Sudan. He was bom into the second civil
war, which started in 1983 and lasted until 2005. The
Sudanese government, through the National Islamic
Front, terrorized the people of southern Sudan, Kok said.
In 1988, when he was 3 1/2, war and terror separated
him from his family, and he fled to neighboring Ethiopia.
However, he and others came under attack in 1991 after
the overthrow of the Mengistu government. He fled back
to Sudan, and then in 1992 to Kenya. He lived in the Ka-
kuma Refugee Camp for nine years.
While in the refugee camp, Kok wrote letters to his
parents through the International Red Cross, but all were
returned with a note that they could not be found. Well
aware of the government slaughter of civilians in south-
ern Sudan, Kok assumed his family had been killed.

New UFIC Offices, from p. I
The new UFIC offices will be the campus focal point
for about 3,400 international students, 1,700 internation-
al faculty and 2,000 study abroad students, Jett said.
Fedro Zazueta, director of the Office of Academic
Technologies, said the modem technology available at
the Hub has helped transform the office from a faculty-
centered operation to a student-centered one.
"This is a learning space, a learning space enabled
with technology," he said.
Combining international activities and technology in
the same building is important because technology en-
ables faculty and students to cross boundaries, communi-
cate and share information over great distances.
The Office of Academic Technology offers wireless
Internet, international broadcasts in various languages,
video conferencing and many other services that are use-
ful to international communication. The Hub is a green
building, with energy-saving features.

With help from
the United Na-
tions and the U.S.
State Department,
Kok and other
youths arrived in
the United States
in Aug. 9, 2001. A
friend from the
refugee camp, Pe- Peter Kok survived the civil war in
ter G Diu, ac- Sudan and learned recently that
companies him his entire family also survived.
to Jacksonville,
where Kok ob-
tained his GED. Diu was from the same area of south-
ern Sudan, and his family at one time knew Kok's
Diu called his parents, then living in Uganda, and
inquired about Kok's family. Kok learned that his
brother, Peter Tirit Ter, was living in Gulu in northern
Uganda. Because Kok and his brother have the same
first name, his family Peter Kok as Simon-Peter.
"I was elated when I heard the voice of my brother
for the first time," he said.
Later, Peter Kok talked by phone with his older
brother, James, who traveled from southern Sudan to
Khartoum just to access to a phone. He learned that
his mother, father and siblings were alive, most in
southern Sudan, in the village where he was born. He
has yet to talk with his parents as they have no tele-
phone. "I look forward to getting reunited with them
some day," he said.

International News
is published by the University of Florida Interna-
tional Center.
Dean: Dennis Jett
Executive Editor: Sandra Russo
Editor: Larry Schnell
We welcome submission of articles and photo-
graphs on international themes from faculty and
students. Send to srusso@ufic.ufl.edu.
The University of Florida International Center
P.O. Box I 13225
Gainesville, FL 3261 I
(352) 392-5323, Fax: (352) 392-5575

Spring 2007

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sending international speakers to campus classes be-
cause of requests from numerous UF faculty.
Previously, ISSB sent speakers largely to elementary,
middle and high schools in Alachua County.
More than 50 international students have participated
during fall of 2006 and the spring of 2007.
In addition to visiting classes, ISSB students partici-
pated in panels at the Tallahassee Mayor's Conference,

Rotary International Provides Forum
In keeping with Rotary International's goal of building
goodwill and peace throughout the world, the Rotary
Club of Williston, Fla., introduced a new program to
help build international relations in the Gainesville
CONNECTIONS! provides a forum for international
students and spouses and local Rotarians in Williston to
exchange cross-cultural information with one another
about traditions, food, personal philosophies and life
experiences. The goal of the program is to provide each
Rotarian an opportunity to make a "connection" with an
international student or spouse from the University of

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and other

Selvi Kardivel from India teachers Indian
greetings to a sixth grade class at Hawthorne
Middle School during the International
Education Day.

If you are interested in being part of the ISSB program
or want to request speakers for your classes, please con-
tact Aleks Nesic, aleksn@ufic.ufl.edu.

for International Students, Spouses
The plan is to meet with students on a regular basis,
allowing them to become acquainted on a more casual
basis with at least one local U.S. citizen and to share in
the culture and experiences that are unique to each.
Rotary International is an organization of 1.2 million
business and professional leaders in more than 165
countries who provide humanitarian service throughout
the world. If you are interested in joining the Rotary
Connections Club, please e-mail Aleks Nesic at
aleksn@ufic.ufl.edu or Pan at
lawoffice @panzettler.com

UFIC's Global Coffee House has Record Attendance This Year

S since the fall of 2005, the Glo- Each Friday night a coffee
bal Coffee House at the Uni- house is sponsored by a different
versity of Florida has brought to- department or a student organi-
gether more than 6,000 domestic nation. Faculty and staff from the
and international students, schol- sponsoring department showcase
ars, faculty and staff. their programs and mingle with
Every Friday night while en- students whom they may not be
joying free coffee, tea and cook- able to interact with otherwise.
ies, students, scholars, faculty Student organization represen-
and staff gather for a night of in- UFIC student services coordinator Debra tatives get an opportunity to re-
tercultural exchange. Anderson, second from right, joins students at cruit members from throughout
From Lesotho to Brazil, from UFIC's Global Coffee House. the world. In addition, several
Poland to Iraq, students of all na- coffee houses have been spon-
tionalities visit the coffee house to meet one another as scored by the community organizations such as the Ro-
well as connect with domestic students, faculty and tary International and the Kiwanis Clubs aiming at
staff in a casual environment. making connections between UF campus and Gaines-
The Global Coffee House is organized by the Uni- ville community members.
versity of Florida International Center. However it is a If your department is interested in sponsoring a cof-
collaborative effort among departments across campus fee house in the future, please contact Aleks Nesic at
as well as student organizations. aleksn@ufic.ufl.edu or (352) 273-1527.
International News 3

Faculty win 2007 Internationalizing the Curriculum Awards ...

sources and contemporary case studies. This course also
will document the multiple ways in which women in
South and Southeast Asia have resisted models of social
control in the colonial eras and today.

Kelly Chinners Reiss
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Environmental science aims to understand complex
issues dealing with humans and the environment with a
focus on problem-solving through a trans-disciplinary
approach. The grant will support internationalizing the
content of EVS3000 Environmental Science, a core
course required for environmental science majors
through the School of Natural Resources and Environ-
ment. EVS3000 focuses on the interactions of humans
and their environment, Earth's resources, pollution, and
environmental management with course content separat-
ed into three topics:
* Human population, systems thinking, agriculture and
the environment,
* Energy basics, fossil fuels, and alternative energies,
* Pollution and control: water resources, atmosphere, and
Funds will be used to gather internationally focused
literature highlighting case studies on approaches to un-
derstanding and managing environmental problems.

International Category
The UF International Center granted awards to the
following faculty:

Atiqa Hachimi
Department ofAfrican and Asian Languages and Litera-
Language and Society in the Arab World is an intro-
ductory survey of Arabic sociolinguistics. The course ex-
amines the Arabic language in its historical, geographi-
cal, socio-cultural and political context. Using the theo-
ries and methods of sociolinguistics, the course is de-
signed to give students a broad understanding of the in-
teraction between language, society and identity in the
Arabic-speaking world.
Students will have the opportunity to explore the his-
torical development of Arabic linguistic varieties as well
as their functions and social meanings in contemporary
Arab societies. Readings will be drawn from sociolin-
guistic case studies that analyze linguistic variation
across regional, religious and sectarian lines as well as

across class, gender and education in different Arabic-
speaking societies.

May Kim and James J. Zhang
Tourism, Recreation, and Sport Management, Center for
Health and Human Performance
International Citizenship: Sport Management Practi-
cum in Asia is a three-credit hour course offering pro-
posed for Summer B. The course is limited to 15 stu-
dents. The course is designed for undergraduate students
in sport management but is open to undergraduate and
graduate students of all majors. Graduate students will be
responsible for additional research assignments that are
due after the trip. The course in 2008 Summer B will be
conducted in South Korea. The course has two compo-
nents: before- and after-trip lectures on the culture and
sports of the host country, and a 15-day trip including a
cultural tour and practicum at an international sport event
or organization in the host country.

Robert M. Lawrence, M.D.
College of Medicine, Department ofPediatrics
International Health: An Interdisciplinary Approach
for the Americas is a new course for Health Science Cen-
ter students designed to provide an overview of interna-
tional health issues in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Interdisciplinary faculty from the Health Science Center
colleges will teach the course.
Objectives include identifying key determinants of
health and disparities in health care, developing deeper
cultural awareness of countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean, fostering better understanding of how to pro-
vide ethnically and culturally appropriate health care, and
preparing students for international health trips during
school and into the future.
Course content will include general concepts concern-
ing population-based measures of health, public health
care systems, health priorities, promotion and disparities,
the connection between disease in animals and humans,
pharmacy issues and challenges in resource-poor coun-
tries, and the role of agencies and organizations as part-
ners in international health.
The curriculum award will be used to produce the
course materials and for support staff to facilitate the co-
ordination and organization of the course within the col-

Spring 2007

... in Global Studies, International and Study Abroad Categories

Ruth McKoy Lowery
School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
Immigrants in Children's Literature is designed to as-
sist prospective teachers develop the competence and
confidence needed to teach in the early childhood, ele-
mentary and middle school classrooms. The focus is on
different nationalities and cultures preservice teachers
will encounter in their classrooms. Ongoing conflicts in
Iraq, Israel and African nations are some factors that
drive new immigrants to the United States and other
Immigration, particularly illegal immigration, is a ma-
jor political concern today. Teachers are involuntarily
drawn into the debate as they teach the children of these
populations. Preservice teachers' lack of understanding
of immigration issues highlighted the need for this
course. The course addresses countries around the world
but focuses on countries that impact the United States
and Canada, including Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The goal is to gain an understanding of other cultures and
the relationships between the United States and other
A global perspective of the children they will
ultimately teach is important for all teachers. Faculty will
provide materials to highlight this theme and help
teachers develop an awareness and understanding of the
diverse student populations. Although this topic is timely,
local and university libraries offer few relevant reading
materials or other media.

Study Abroad Category
The UF International Center granted awards to the
following faculty:

Charles Perrone
Romance Literatures and Languages, College ofLiberal
Arts and Sciences
Portuguese-Language and Brazilian Culture is an
upper-division culture and civilization class within
UFIC's program at Instituto Brasil Estados Unidos in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. The organizing concept is tradition
and renewal, honoring the past of the program while
shaping its present and future. The culture course serves
as a feeder into more advanced classes at UF for the
minor, major and electives in Portuguese and/or Latin
American Studies, as well as other affiliated fields
including history, political science, sociology, tropical
life sciences, fine arts and urban planning. The summer
International News

course will follow the lines of tradition and renewal in
the study of Brazilian culture.
The course will compare and contrast conventional
approaches to the study of the national identity with more
recent inflections. One of the guiding principles will be
the centrality of diversity and multiplicity in one of the
largest nations in the world. The course concentrates on
expressive behaviors of the modem period, from the turn
of the twentieth century to the present. Primary
manifestations and themes to be considered include
folklife, the transition from rural to urban culture,
electronic media, performance arts, especially popular
music, forms of national identity, and governmental

Indrani A. Sheridan
College ofMedicine and Department of Emergency
Elective in International Emergency Medicine is based
in both didactic and clinical content. This curriculum is
designed to prompt active participation, structured
learning and guided experience while students are
abroad. Formal academic credit will be granted on
successful completion of the elective, through the
College of Medicine and the Department of Emergency
Medicine. Up to 24 medical students a year are expected
to enroll. All electives will be conducted at academic
institutions with established training programs in
emergency medicine, and the language of instruction will
be English. The students will be abroad for four to six
weeks or one elective block on the academic schedule.
This course will be offered on an annual basis, with
planning and preparation of students in their third year of
medical school, and travel abroad in their fourth year.
The curriculum will be modified from year to year based
on the experiences and feedback from medical students
and the receiving institutions.
The module is also designed to provide a product of
enduring benefit to the department. At the completion of
this elective, the student will have chosen a project of
interest that aims to investigate, delineate, or solve a
problem in the Emergency Department. The geographical
areas of focus are the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia,
Australia and selected countries within Europe and the
Middle East.

See winners in the Research and Graduates Programs
category on page 6.

UF Faculty win Awards from Research & Graduate Programs

research and Graduate Programs funded
nternationalizing the Curriculum Awards
grants in the Research Category. The winners are:

Jonathan Helton
School ofMusic, Fine Arts
Saxophone performance; Chamber music; Performance

Melissa Hyde
School ofArt & Art History, Fine Arts
Gender, Representation and the Visual Arts, 1550-1900

Karen A. Kainer
School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the
Center for Latin American Studies
Community Forest Management

Martha Monroe
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
Society and Natural Resources

David L. Reed
Zoology, College ofLiberal Arts and Sciences
Conservation and Sustainable Development in Costa

Benjamin Smith
Political Science, College ofLiberal Arts and Sciences
States and Communal Conflict in Asia

Mary Watt
Romance Languages and Literature, College ofLiberal
Arts and Sciences
Italian Civilization: Explorations in the Holy Roman

Hui Zou
School or Architecture, College ofDesign, Construc-
tion & Planning
Architectural History 1 for Majors

UFIC Organizes Florida International Business Summit in Jacksonville

M ore than 150 academics, business leaders and
students attended the Florida International Busi-
ness Summit in February, organized by the UF Interna-
tional Center.
Held at the University of North Florida, Jackson-
ville, the theme of the summit was Trade, Logistics and
The summit provided a forum for key players in
Florida's ports, economic development and transporta-
tion agencies, private industry, and academia to discuss
the impact of international trade and security issues on
the state's infrastructure.
UFIC Dean Dennis Jett introduced the luncheon
keynote speaker Nancy Soderberg, U.S. ambassador to
the United Nations.
Participants had an opportunity to learn about best
markets for Florida and the resources available to do
business internationally.

The UFIC is in the Hub
The UF International Center is now
located in room 170 in the Hub. Please
visit us at our new offices.

Other participating organizations were:

* UF Warrington College of Business
* UF Center for International Business Education and
* Coggin College of Business at the University of
North Florida.
* Enterprise Florida Inc.
* Jacksonville Port Authority
* Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
* AmSouth Bank
* The Grimes Companies

Other keynote speakers were Enterprise Florida
President John Adams, Jacksonville Mayor John Pay-
ton, and State University System of Florida Chancellor
Mark Rosenberg.
Keynote topics included Florida's trade boom, re-
gional market development, the evolving global econo-
my and the contribution of higher education to interna-
tional business.

Spring 2007

De Young Discusses Diplomacy
in the Bush Administration
W ashington Post Associate Editor Karen de Young,
a distinguished alumna of UF's College of
Journalism and Communications, discussed diplomacy
in the Bush administration in a speech April 5.
In a presentation titled "Does the Bush
Administration Care About Diplomacy?" de Young
analyzed the Bush administration's foreign policy as it
evolved from a focus on military options to diplomatic
initiatives in areas of conflict throughout the world.
The Bush administration did not care about
diplomacy when it did not think diplomacy was
necessary, she said.
However, a series of events forced a modification of
this position, she said. North Korea tested a nuclear
weapon. Iran began to develop a nuclear energy
program, Hamas won a majority position in the
Palestinian parliament, Al-Qaeda regrouped after 9/11,
Republicans lost control of Congress and Iraq
deteriorated into civil war. Suddently, diplomacy
seemed attractive to the Bush administration, she said.
De Young's presentation was sponsored the UF
International Center and the College of Journalism and

Global Culture

Photo Contest

The Dyer's Souk Jessica Neafie

Second Place
Study Abroad Students
Location: Fez, Morocco

When you need to reach us

International Center Contacts


Dennis Jett, Ph.D., Dean
Phone: (352) 273-1523

Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director
Phone: (352) 273-1505

Pat Schauweker, Coordinator, Administrative
Phone: (352) 273-1534

Faculty & Scholar Services

Yvette McKinney, Coordinator, Academic
Phone: (352) 273-1525

International Student Services

Debra Anderson, Coordinator of International
Student Services
Phone: Phone: (352) 273-1501

StudyAbroad Services

Susanne Hill, Ph.D., Coordinator of Study
Abroad Services
Phone: (352) 273-1500

Office of Program Development

Sandra Russo, Ph.D., Director of Program
Development & Federal Relations
Phone: (352) 273-1533

International News 7

The University of Florida
International Center
P.O. Box I 13225
Gainesville, FL 3261 I


Study Abroad News

UF Students Win UFIC Scholarships to StudyAbroad

32 Students Study in China
W ith support from private and UFIC scholarships,
32 students are studying in Beijing this summer.
The students are in a 10-week program studying Chi-
nese language and culture at Tsinghua University
through UFIC's UF Beijing Program. The program is in
its second year.
The large number of students is partly the result of a
scholarship for studying in China. The scholarship was
initiated by Gainesville businessman Phil Emmer, who
donated $5,000 to the scholarship fund. The Internation-
al Center matched that amount, bringing the scholarship
fund to $10,000, said Susanne Hill, coordinator of
Study Abroad Services. Ten students each received
$1,000 support from the scholarship.
Emmer visited China recently and was so enthusiast
about his visit that he wanted to help UF students bene-
fit from a similar experience.
Students participating in the UF Beijing Program are
studying with Chinese faculty at Tsinghua University,
while Sherman Bai, a UF engineering professor serves
as the director at the Beijing Center for International

Alliance Students StudyAbroad
Two students studying at UF on Alliance Scholar-
ships received UFIC support to study abroad this sum-

mer under the Irene Phillips Alliance Scholarship.
The Alliance Scholarships provide full financial sup-
port at UF to between 20 and 30 minority students each
year to study at UF. The Irene Phillips Alliance Scholar-
ship was established by Paul Phillips, a UFIC external
advisory board member, to provide Alliance Scholar-
ship students with an opportunity to study abroad. He
established the scholarship in memory of his mother.
Paul Phillips studied abroad through UF's program
in Utrecht in the mid-1970s and felt the international
experience was so important that he wanted to make the
study abroad opportunities to UF Alliance Scholarship
Barbara Cineas received $4,000 to study at the Paris
Research Center. Leighton Leachmann received $2,000
to study in Rome.

StudentWins NSEP Scholarship
UF liberal arts student Elizabeth Humberstone will
study in Tanzania this year through the UF in Dar es Sa-
laam program on a National Security Education Pro-
gram grant.
The grant will support Humberstone's study at the
University of Dar es Salaam, where she will take cours-
es in Swahili language and culture.
The NSEP grant supports study in regions critical to
U.S. interests.
Spring 2007

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