ECC Celebrates International Education November 17-21

UNION, Mo. - East Central College in Union will hold International Education Week activities Monday-Friday, November 17-21.

Leigh Kolb, ECC English and journalism instructor, noted that International Education Week is an avenue for ECC students, faculty and staff to invite community members to campus so everyone can become more aware of and better understand cultural similarities and differences that make up the world at large.

“We encourage community members to come to campus to participate in any of the free cultural or educational events that we have scheduled,” said Kolb. 

All events are free.  See schedule of events below.

Monday, November 17
Manic Monday: International Edition
Café Central  9 – 11 am

Student Activities will provide information about the week’s events.  In honor of International Education Week, there will be international snacks and prize drawings!

Soup and Stories: Learn about the lives of some of our international faculty and students while enjoying free soup (prepared by the Culinary Arts program) and English bread pudding (provided by Café Central).
Café Central  l 11:30 am – 1 pm

Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy, assistant professor of biology, from India
Dr. Jerry Amoloza, instructor of economics, from the Philippines
Students:  AJ Bannister from England & Dylan Cassidy from Ireland

Tuesday, November 18

Soup and Stories: Learn about the lives of some of our international faculty and students while enjoying free soup (prepared by the Culinary Arts program) and Australian Anzac biscuits (provided by Café Central). Café Central from 11:30 am – 1 pm

Dr. Fatemeh Nichols, chairperson of the science division, from Iran
Dr. Jennifer Judd, assistant professor of music, from Taiwan
Students: Demir Tankosic from Bosnia & Gary Nonnenkamp from Colombia

Documentary Film: Paper Clips
MP 203 at 3 pm

Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee is the setting for this 2004 documentary about an extraordinary experiment in Holocaust education. Struggling to grasp the concept of six million Holocaust victims and better understand the extent of this crime against humanity, the students collected six million paper clips to represent each Jew killed by the Nazis. The film details how the students met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how the experience transformed them and their community.

Wednesday, November 19

Soup and Stories: Stranger in a Strange Land – Learn about the experiences of ECC faculty and staff who have studied and worked abroad while enjoying free soup (prepared by the Culinary Arts program) and baklava (provided by Café Central).
Café Central   l 11:30 am – 1 pm

Ellen Aramburu, Spanish instructor, completed much of the coursework for her master’s degree in Spanish at the St. Louis University campus in Madrid, Spain.  She lived and taught in Spain for several years following her studies.  She has also spent time in Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Perú and Puerto Rico.

Kean Barclay is head men’s soccer coach and fitness specialist at ECC. In his time as a student, soccer player, and coach, he has lived in Bolivia, Ireland, Scotland, and England.

From 1999-2001, ECC art instructor Jennifer Higerd taught at an international boarding school in the West African country of the Ivory Coast.

Thursday, November 20

John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m.

This moving work by James Whitbourn is a musical depiction of the diary of Anne Frank.  The concert will feature the ECC Choir and soloists Tamara Campbell, soprano; Elizabeth Ramos, violin; Jeanine Garesche, clarinet; Ken Kulosa, cello; and Jennifer Judd, piano.

A special performance for area seventh and eighth graders will be held earlier in the day and will also include a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.

Friday, November 21

Latin America:  “The Other Melting Pot” – A presentation by Dr. Debbie Lee-DiStefano, professor of foreign languages at Southeast Missouri State University
Health & Science Building, Room 100 1:30 pm

Through the week, artwork created by victims of the Holocaust will be on display in the ECC Gallery from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center of St. Louis.