President Lindgren presented crystal globes to Himmi Chiruvu '17
and Claudia Maria Della Pona '17, this year's Davis UWC Scholars.
Randolph-Macon College celebrated cultural diversity during International Education
Week (IEW) November 4-8, 2013. The Office of
International Education (OIE) as well as other departments and student organizations
organized a wide range of activities for this fun, informative event—including films,
lectures, a dance performance, and much more. This year’s theme was “Pilgrimage.”
“I hope that IEW helped each of us think about how we embark on our own ‘journey
of life’ and how we can re-imagine our roles in the global community, which is the
OIE’s mission,” says Mayumi Nakamura, international programs coordinator in the
Office of International Education.
IEW began with an International Dance Performance in Brock Commons. The lively event
included Salsa, K-Pop, and Bollywood dances. Trang Pham ’16, from
Hanoi, Vietnam, participated in a K-pop dance demonstration.
“K-pop is very popular in Asia,” explains Pham. “The dance movements—similar to
hip-hop—need to be choreographed carefully, and we practiced quite a lot for the
performance.” Pham, who also baked a Vietnamese-style pastry for the Nourish International
Bake Sale, which was held later in the week, says IEW offered her the opportunity
to show others a little bit about her culture.
Other dancers included Marylita Poma Pacheco ’16, Aleena Niaz
’16, Hang Ngo ’17, Htet Htet Khine ’17,
Quincey Williams ’16 and Sydney Hinkle ’17.
Niaz, from Islamabad, Pakistan, performed a Bollywood-type of dance. "Weddings in
Pakistan go on for at least three days, the first of which features many choreographed
dances of this sort," she says. "Not having lived in Pakistan for over five years,
it's good to have IEW to reconnect with and share a part of my culture with the
“A Spark of Hope for Haiti”
French Professor Jennifer Shotwell, Phuong
Bui ’15, Shuyan Zhan ’15, Nana Bamfo ’16,
and Kethelyne Beauvais ’15 presented “A Spark of Hope for Haiti,”
an overview of their summer
2013 trip to Haiti, which was sponsored by the Davis Project for Peace Grant.
Travelers shared their thoughts on what it was like to visit Haiti, which suffered
a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. With the help of Haiti Outreach Ministry (HOM),
the R-MC team used the Davis grant to sponsor the secondary education of a Haitian
student. They also donated 41 French books for a new library in the HOM, and organized
an arts-and-crafts camp for 11 orphan girls.
R-MC screened “Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.” Taylor Anderson
’08, who dedicated her life to teaching Japanese children, died as
a result of the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Andy and Jean Anderson, Taylor’s parents, spoke to guests attending the film, as
did Professors James Doering (music) and Lauren
Bell (political science), who gave
an overview of their 2014 January Term (J-term)
courses. Both courses begin with a week of study on campus, after which participants
travel to Washington, D.C. for three days before venturing to Japan for 12 days.
In Japan they will visit Ishinomaki, Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Tokyo.
Bell’s course, Comparative Legislatures, is comparative study of the Japanese and
U.S. systems of governments. Doering’s course, Film Music in Japan, is an exploration
of Japanese music through film.
“The two courses will have many common experiences in Japan, including tours of
Ishinomaki, Kyoto, and Kamakura, a visit to the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, and
a kabuki performance in Tokyo,” says Doering. “Both classes will also meet with
former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., Hon. Ichiro Fujisaki.” At the same time,
students will also have some exciting topic-specific experiences.
A powerful component of the trip will be a tour of the Ishinomaki area, where Anderson
lived and worked. Travelers will visit several schools, meet Anderson’s colleagues,
and see the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner (Taylor bunko), which was built in Anderson’s
honor. They will also meet with a local taiko group, M’s Japan Orchestra, which
is dedicated to using its music as a tool for the recovery effort.
“We look forward to returning to Japan with our students and to connecting with
the many contacts we’ve made,” says Bell, referring to the
2012 trip she, Doering, and four other R-MC professors took. That trip was
made possible through The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership grant,
the Life, Work, and Good Spirit of Taylor Anderson: Enhancing Japanese Studies at
Randolph-Macon College.” The 2014 J-term trip is funded in part by the same
J-term courses are challenging, exciting academic and intercultural experiences.
For J-term 2014, students
can choose travel courses that will take them to Italy, Greece, England, France,
George Greenia, professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of William & Mary,
presented “Sacred Steps: Medieval Pilgrimage and American Myth.” Greenia provided
an overview of pilgrimage culture that applies whether the pilgrimage is sacred
or secular, and whether it took place in the past or is a contemporary practice.
“While Professor Greenia used the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain
as a starting point for his discussion, he expanded his discourse to include contemporary
pilgrimages that take place in the United States,” says Jane Nucup, international
programs assistant for the OIE. “We are delighted that this ‘travel for transformation’
presentation resonated with the R-MC community.”
Davis United World College Scholars
Himmi Cheruvu ’17 and Claudia Marina Della Pona ’17
were each presented with a Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program crystal
globe during a special presentation during IEW. R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren
presented the globes. The Davis UWC Scholars Program provides scholarships to students
from around the world to attend American colleges and universities and promote international
Cheruvu, who hails from Calgary, Canada, is the first international student at R-MC
to serve as president of the freshmen class. She previously attended Armand Hammer
United World College (New Mexico). At R-MC she is considering following a
pre-med track and is involved in the college’s EMT program.
Della Pona, a native of Sondrio Italy, attended UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway). Interested
in politics and philosophy, she is also a
patron of the arts and currently works in R-MC’s Admissions