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Welcome to our International

Students and International Studies

edition of Transformations. All of the

articles in this issue were written by

students in English W364: Editing

for Publication. I am grateful for their

research and their contributions, and

I am also pleased to be able to provide

publication opportunities for these


Diane Reid

Coordinator of Diversity

for Academic Affairs

In this issue, readers will be given the opportunity to meet some of the

international students at IU Southeast. Their backgrounds and interests are

fascinating and diverse. They bring new perspectives to our IU Southeast

classrooms, serving to enrich everyone’s educational experiences. We also

explore the International Studies major and its relevance in our global

economy. Dr. Jean Abshire has dedicated much to the development of our

International Studies major.

Finally, the college Model UN is highlighted. Dr. Cliff Staten has done

exceptional service for our campus and our communities by hosting both

the high school Model UN and the college Model UN. IU Southeast has

participated in the college Model UN for 37 years and Dr. Staten has

advised our participants in the college-level Model UN for 26 of those years.

Plus, he has hosted the high school model UN on our campus for 25 years.

Thank you, Cliff, for your dedication to this outstanding program.

Our inside cover photos are the Critic’s Choice winners from the fall 2014

International Photography contest. These photographs add a colorful

dimension to our publication. IU Southeast student, Brian Dennis, won the

Critic’s Award for “Places” with his photograph titled “Kudu’s Gaze.” The

Critic’s Award winner in the “People” category was Chancellor Ray Wallace

with his photograph titled “Japanese Bookstore Dreams.” The People’s

Choice winners for the International Photography contest will be featured in

the spring 2015 edition of


May you enjoy the articles in this edition and benefit from the information

and perspectives they provide.

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