Some folks travel many miles to attend or take part in college commencements.
Then there’s Dr. Anne Weed, vice president for academic affairs at Keuka College, who added some 20,000 miles to her frequent flyer account.
That’s the Keuka College of the 21st century.
Weed took part in six Keuka commencements, beginning with the one in Keuka Park May 27. She followed that up with four ceremonies in China: Tianjin University of Science and Technology (TUST) May 30,Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (YUFE) in Kunming June 1, Jimei University’s Chengyi College (June 5) and Jimei ‘s Overseas Education College (June 6) in Xiamen. Then it was off to Vietnam National University in Hanoi, where she delivered the commencement address June 10.
“Although the languages, cultures, and ceremonies differ in so many respects, the excitement and joy of the graduates were wonderfully identical,” said Weed. “It is so inspiring to share the stage with our newest alumni, in the place that they call home.”
Fifty-four students received Keuka degrees at the Hanoi commencement.
Keuka College has established a scholarship with an eye toward developing students of color as global business leaders.
The College will award up to five, $25,000 scholarships annually to U.S. students pursuing a Master of Science degree in management with a concentration in international business.
“This new scholarship fits well with the College’s commitment to diversity,” said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of the College.
Dr. Gary Smith, vice president for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs, views the scholarship as “an excellent opportunity for Black/African American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students to develop the skills necessary to become leaders, from both a community and global perspective.” (more…)
For Ngoc (Ruby) Nguyen, fashion is everywhere.
In fact, the native of Vietnam wants to pursue a career as a fashion buyer or trend analyst. And, she will get a taste of that life during her internship at the House of Diehl (HoD) in New York City this summer.
HoD is a fashion partnership of MJ Diehl and Roman Milišić, whose clothes have been on the red carpet and in music videos with such artists as Naomi Watts, Gwen Stefani, and Eve. Their work has also been exhibited in art environments, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Deitch Projects gallery, the Priska C. Juschka gallery, and GAle GAtes et al, a Brooklyn-based avant-garde troupe. HoD has earned two Triumph International Fashion Awards.
The inauguration of Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera as Keuka College’s 19th president May 4 was truly an international affair.
Delegates and guests from a number of foreign countries traveled to Keuka Park for the ceremony including Madame Hiam Sakr, president of the American University of Science and Technology (AUST) in Beirut, Lebanon.
“I was honored that Madame Sakr and Dr. Nabeel Haidar, vice president for academic affairs at AUST, joined us for the celebration,” said Díaz-Herrera. “I am particularly pleased to have the pleasure of welcoming Madame president to Keuka Park and the Lucina, where she was the guest of honor at a small, family-oriented reception. In a short time, I have developed a real affinity for her school and Lebanon; quite simply, Beirut is a most enchanting place.” (more…)
April 17 was a day many Americans circled on their calendars.
And not because they were looking forward to it.
April 17 was tax day.
“Imagine how most people feel about doing their own tax returns,” said Rita Gow, associate professor of accounting. “Now, imagine if you are a student from China, Vietnam, or South Africa and totally unfamiliar with the American tax structure or not familiar with the concept of taxing your income.”
A daunting task to be sure—unless you were one of the nine international students attending Keuka College who, thanks to a collaboration between Gow, the Center for Global Education, and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, didn’t have to sweat April 17. (more…)