Transormations Magazine - Spring 2014 - page 7

Both teach in the
School of Social
Sciences and sharea
passion forbringing
an international
experience to IU
Southeast students.
Theyare the co-directorsof
International Programson the IU
Southeast campus. Dr. Lucinda
Woodward,AssistantProfessor of
Psychology, became theDirector of
International
Programs in
2010, following
Dr. JeanAbshire
andDr.Frank
Wadsworth.
In2012,Dr.
ValerieScott,
SeniorLecturer
inPsychology,
joinedDr.
Woodwardas a
co-director for the
program. Their
leadership, alongwithothers likeDr.
Herdoiza-EstevezandDr.Attun, has
made International Programs avisible
presenceon campus.
Many faculty, staff, and students at IU
Southeast enjoy theevents sponsored
by International Programs. During
the fall 2013 semester, International
Programsbrought theTibetan
monks to campus for threedaysof
cultural presentations and stimulating
discussions.
Anannual fall event is theWares
of theWorld, an international
marketplacewithuniquehandcrafted
gifts andhomedécor. International
ProgramspartnerswithTen
ThousandVillages tohold theevent
which seeks toestablish “fairmarket
value” for art objects crafted inpoor
orundevelopedpartsof theworld.
ThefirstweekofNovemberbrings
InternationalWeek. An International
PhotoContest isheldand tables in
theCommons area introduce the
campuspopulation toactivities like
jewelry-makingandhenna tattoos.
The InternationalFestival isheld
during thefirstweekofMarch.
Music, dancing, and international
cuisineareall part of the three-hour
affair.
Whenaskedabout the challenges
of directing suchanactiveprogram,
Scott noted “Wewearmultiplehats:
PR,marketing, andevent planning.
Thankfully, Julie Ingram (Manager of
ConferenceandCatering), Richard
Calarco (chef),DrAdamMaksl (The
Horizon), and the IP committee chair
(KateMoore) arealwayswilling
tohelpus. TheDeanof Social
Sciences,Dr. JoeWert, hasbeenvery
understanding inproviding support
throughhis staff.” Woodwardadds,
“Our IPvolunteershelpwithall sorts
of things likehosting the International
Festival onayearlybasis, actingas
cashiers for theWaresof theWorld
fare tradebazaar, and spending
hours reviewing student scholarship
applications. We simply couldn’t do
whatwedohereat IUSwithout a
committed staffof volunteers.”
Inaddition to the campus events,
the co-directors alsoprovide support
for facultymembers interested in
developinga studyabroadprogram.
Theyhelp those facultywith
such concerns suchaspreparing
paperwork, data
reportingand
student safety,
andestablishing
proper credit
hours.
Many students
at IUSoutheast
feel that they
cannot undertake
a semester-long
periodof study
overseasbecause
of limitedfinancesor familyandwork
commitments. Thus, the three-week
overseas studyprogramshavebecome
apopular overseasoption for students
on this campus.WhenWoodward
came to IUSoutheast in2009, she
brought experiencewithoverseas
study. “When I arrived, Ihadalready
been involved inarranging student
international travel andhad taken
two student groups atBall State to
Africawithme.” Woodward took
students toGhana in2012andwill
be takinganother group toGhana
in the summer of 2014. The shorter
programs aregrowing innumber.
Inaddition toEcuador andGhana,
aswell as thefieldbiologyprograms,
newprograms toSamoaandCosta
"
IWANTTOBEPARTOFOFFERINGSUCH
INCREDIBLEOPPORTUNITIESTOOUR
STUDENTS, EITHERBYBRINGINGSOMEOF
THEWORLD INTOTHEIRBACKYARDOR
CLASSROOM,ORBYHELPING THEMSTEP
INTOTHERESTOFTHEWORLD.
"
VALERIESCOTT
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