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2012 Schedule of Events


 

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January 1, 2012 - Mr. Ma CHeng Guo dontated two beautiful paintings to the Confucius Institute at WKU, on behalf of President Ransdell, that illustrates the works of Liu Shuming. 

Mr. Ma Mr. Ma 2011
Mr. Ma Mr. Ma

 

January 9 -  During the period of November 17, 2011 - January 3, 2012, the Confucius Institute at WKU was accepting proposals for Chinese themed programing.  The aim was to spawn originality around Chinese themed programming within the campus community.  We were giving 4 sponsorships in the amount of $250 (each), but the program must be conducted within the spring semester.  We received over 15 proposals, and on January 9, announced the following sponsorship winners:

Dr. Martha Day and Dr. Tadayuki Suzuki – Sky Teach at WKU

  • Dr. Day and Dr. Suzuki will use their sponsorship to help fund a Professional Development workshop for pre-service and practicing teachers entitled, "Working with students from Asian cultures, a teacher's guide to cultural competence."

Dr. Paul Fischer – Department of Philosophy and Religion

  • Dr. Fischer will use his sponsorship to purchase Chinese films and language books for his Confucianism course (RELS 317) in the Spring of 2012.

Dr. Jen-Luc Houle – Department of Folk Studies and Religion

  • Dr. Houle will use his sponsorship to off-set costs for his Visiting Guest Speaker Dr. David Anthony, Professor of Anthropology at Hartwick College, N.Y. Dr. Anthony's talk will focus on horse domestication in the Eurasian Steppes and how Bronze Age riders helped shape the modern world.

Dr. Michael Ann Williams – Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

  • Dr. Williams will be using her sponsorship to support WKU Folk Studies Graduate Student participation in the 2nd China-US Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage at Vanderbilt University in April of 2012.

 January 19 – On January 19th, the Confucius Institute at WKU and President Gary A. Ransdell hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for all of WKU's Faculty and Staff. The event started with a play written by Will Meredith (WKU Flagship Student), and concluded with a traditional Chinese dinner.

2012 Chinese New Year 2012 Chinese New Year
 2012 Chinese New Year  2012 Chinese New Year

January 21 – WKU recognized the participants of the 2011 Adult China Summer trip at halftime of the WKU "Hilltoppers" game versus University Arkansas Little Rock, in a win at Diddle Arena.

January 31 – April 12, 2012 –Classes for both Beginner and Intermediate Chinese language are underway. The classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday night sessions will be devoted to learning new material, and Thursday evening sessions will involve review and immersion in speaking the language fluently. The classes are taking place in the Confucius Institute's Chinese Learning Center on the campus of WKU in Helm Library Room 100.  For more information please contact Terrill Martin (270-745-2530) or via email at terrill.martin@wku.edu.

February 5 - April 15, 2012 – Youth Chinese Language Classes began separated into two sections; Beginner and Intermediate. The classes take place every Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. All classes will take place at the Confucius Institute's Chinese Learning Center on the campus of WKU in Helm Library Room 100.  For more information please contact Terrill Martin (270-745-2530) or via email at terrill.martin@wku.edu.

Every Wednesday - Starting February 4 – If you are studying Chinese at WKU and would like the chance to practice your Chinese conversational skills with other students, please come join Dr. Jianjun He, Assistant Professor in WKU's Chinese Flagship Program, every Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. in the Confucius Institute's Chinese Learning Center, Helm 100

Every Monday - Starting February 6 – If you are a Native Chinese student and would like the chance to practice your English conversational skills with other students, please come join Dr. Ke Peng, Assistant Professor in WKU's Modern Languages, every Monday from 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. in the Confucius Institute's Chinese Learning Center, Helm 100

February 11 - On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Gary and Julie Ransdell, the Confucius Institute at WKU was invited to attend the Crane House's New Year Celebration at the Henry Clay Building, as they celebrated their 25th Anniversary.  Mr. and Mrs. Ted and Mary Nixon sponsored the WKU table for the event.  It was a fundraising event, and consisted of traditional Asian dance and concluded with dinner. The Crane House, "The China Institute, Inc." opened in 1987 in the Old Louisville neighborhood near the University of Louisville.  Its focus on China reflected the heritage of founder, Helen Lang, who was inspired to share her expertise and interest in Chinese cooking, history, and culture  (the crane is an Asian symbol of longevity).  In 1996 the organization expanded its programming to include all of East Asia and the following year, Crane House moved to its current location at 1244 South Third Street.  For more information about the Crane House click here.

 

Crane House Crane House
Crane House Crane House

February 16 - Ms. Catherine Warren and Brownie Troop #1026 visited and spent the day with Ms. Guo Shanfeng and Ms. Tian Xiaolin at the Chinese Learning Center.  Here is a note of appreciation from Ms. Warren:

"How can I even start this thank you note with out.... WOW!!!!???  What a tremendous day our brownies had with the absolutely lovely, articulate, and amazing hosts, Shanfeng and Xiaolin. Every moment at the Confucius center was educational, exciting and made the world for an hour seem like a smaller place. The girls loved their time at the institute and will remember how to say, "I Love You" in Chinese and sing about happiness to the tune of Happy birthday for hopefully a Lifetime. I walked away thinking we didn't just learn about Chinese culture we got to meet two beautiful young woman who were not afraid to show love and share a genuine joy for their country and culture.

I am so thankful for today and I look forward to telling all my friends and other brownie troops about the treasure found in the Helm library!
Blessings,
Catherine Warren and Brownie troop # 1026"

If you are interested in creating a specialized tour of the Chinese Learning Center, please contact either Guo Shanfeng (Shanfeng.Guo@wku.edu) or Tian Xiaolin (Xiaolin.Tian@wku.edu). 

Brownie Troop #1026

 

 

February 17 – The Confucius Institute at WKU will be co-sponsoring a viewing of the film "Journey of the Universe" with the Department of Philosophy and Religion in the MMTH Auditorium at 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

February 22 – The Confucius Institute at WKU hosted a "Spring Festival in the DUC Auditorium from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., that followed with a reception in the Cupola Room. Hubei University's Dragon & Lion Dance Troupe performed in from of 550 WKU faculty, staff, students, and community members.  Nine of the local schools that participate in our "Chinese Volunteer Teacher" program attended, and brought over 358 students along with their volunteer teachers.  There were a total of nine performances that comprised the program, culminating to the most athletically challenging "Lion Dance" witnessed to date on the stage of WKU.

CI Volunteer Teachers Students at Spring Festival Gala
Students at Spring Festival Gala President Ransdell
Dragon Horsetail Whisk
Waist Dance Blue & White Dance
Kung Fu Tai Chi Fan
Singing at Spring Festival Gala Lion Dance
All County Students Group Photo Spring Festival Gala
Gift Gifts

March 16 – The Confucius Institute at WKU sponsored a performance by the Pre-College Springs Violin/Viola and Cello led by Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Ching-Yi Lin in Van Meter Auditorium 6:00 P.M.  Over 800 individuals came out to hear the Symphony Orchestra and Pre-College Strings perform around the theme of "East Meets West."  The Confucius Institute provided t-shirts for the students of the program, and also followed with a receptions, again, hosted by the Confucius Institute. 

East Meets West   Ching Yi  

April 20 - April 26th - The Confucius Institute partners with the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, as Dr. Stephanie Kay Gandy, and Dr. Lisa Murley, went to Hanban (Confucius Institute at WKU's Sponsor) to prepare the incumbent "Volunteer Teacher's," as 18 of them are trying to attain official Kentucky Teacher Certification through KY's Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). 

 
Volunteer Teachers AY 2012/2013

May 16 - May 30 - Follow the Confucius Institute China Experience 2012 via blog Confucius Institute China Experience 2012.  The Confucius Institute will lead 29 faculty/staff, students, and community members for a two week adventure.  The group consisted of the following individuals:

Jessica Brumley Margaret Cobane Rebecca Davis Amanda Garmon
Evan Grantz Edit Hamburger Peter Hamburger Kelli Hogue
Charvinia Neblett Cody Hutchins Anthony Martin Terrill Martin
Hannah Pardue Anton Stewart Martin Stone Savannah Stone
Lorraine Baushke Robert Deane Stephanie Hammons Lynn Hines
Lisa Horn Christopher King Amanda Lich Elizabeth Sholar
Michael Stephens Ronda Talley Wei-Ping Pan George Rassmussen

The trip began on May 16th with a trip to Beijing, full of daily language and culture classes, along with a schedule full of sigh seeing. The trip visited historical places such as the Great Wall, Tian'amen Square, Beijing Zoo, Beijing Botanical Garden, Famous Hutongs, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and shopping areas such as the famous Silk Market, Wangfujing Shopping District, Silk Factory, and Jade Factory.  Please read the impressions from the trip at our blog.

July 1st -The Confucius Institute at WKU welcomes the new Assistant Director for Educational Outreach, Ms. Sheng-Huei "Betty" Yu to the tream.  

2012 CI Staff

  

July 7 - 13th -The Confucius Institute at WKU met with its 33 Chinese Teachers that arrived from China.  Starting July 9th, the teachers underwent a grueling week long Professional Development, culminating in meeting their host representatives.  These teachers are warm, energetic, intelligent, and excited about their assignments.  

2012 CI Chinese Teachers

July 15 - July 30th - The Confucius Institute's second summer program of 2012 was the Summer Bridge, which is designed for high school students.  The group, led by, Mr. Terrill Martin (Associate Director for the CI), embarked on a two week journey to Luoyang, and Dengfeng in the Henan Province.  There we were introduced to Shaolin Kung Fu, and were fully immersed in the language and culture.  This year, the Confucius Institute partnered with both the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, and the Crane House of Louisville, which comprised the students on the trip.  The list of participants on the trip were as follows:

Terrill Martin - Chaperon Shannah Montgomery/Banks - Chaperon
Terione Patrick Jerodius Massey
Jakaliff Sublett Jaquan Sept
Ronale` Morris-Favors Odici Halcolm
Mirriam Higgins Turner Warren
2012 Summer Bridge 2012 Summer Bridge
   

In addition, this trip marks the the 4th summer trip for the Confucius Institute, and to date, has sent a total of 92 faculty/staff, students, and community partners to China within a 12 month period. Please click to read more about the trip.

August 4th - The Confucius Institute at WKU will be sponsoring a "Dragon Boat" at the 2nd Annual Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival.  Last year, the Confucius Institute was invited to participate to row, and took 20 faculty, staff, students, and community members to Owensboro, KY.  The rowing team was composed of present and past staff of the Confucius Institute (Betty Yu, Terrill Martin, and Cheryl Kirby-Stokes), CI's Chinese teachers, members of faculty, staff, students, and community members that support the Confucius Institute at WKU. In addition to rowing duties, a booth was set up to display and demonstrate" Calligraphy" techniques to members in attendance.  

2012 Dragon Boat Festival
2012 Dragon Boat

September 15, 2012 - On September 15, 2012, the Confucius Institute staff (Ms. Betty Yu, and Mr. Terrill Martin) along with 12 of the Chinese Teachers participated in the 2nd Annual, Southeast Chinese Language Conference, and Directors Forum, located at Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, TN.  The forum was two fold.  First, the program offered teaching instruction tips designed to equip Chinese teachers with alternative skills for educating American students.  Second, the program was designed for Directors of CI's in the Southeast region to discuss issues facing their CI, in regards to teacher certification, and visa issues. 

2012 Southeast Chinese Language Conference

September 20 - 22, 2012 - The Confucius Institute attended the 2012 Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) conference.  The Confucius Institute attended the conference with 29 Confucius Institute at WKU teachers, lead by Assistant Director, Ms. Betty Yu.  Kentucky World Language Association is a network of individuals who support, promote and advocate the teaching and learning of a variety of world languages and cultures.  It is a clearinghouse for data, information and research relevant to effective programs and practices in the learning and teaching of world languages and cultures, and is a provider of professional development for P-16+ teachers of world languages and cultures.  

2012 KWLA Picture

Upcoming Fall Schedule - You can view the attached, and register and pay at the following website: www.wku.edu/ll/courses.

Adult Chinese Language Classes

Chinese language classes are taught each semester through the Confucius Institute. They are geared towards business professionals that travel and work often in China, as well as those with a sincere interest in learning the language.

 

Dates: October 9 - December 6, 2012 Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 -7:00pm
Location: Confucius Institute, WKU Main Campus, Helm Library 100 (Next to Java City)
Cost: $100

Chinese Calligraphy

Participants will learn how to write their names and numbers using Chinese calligraphy. All materials and supplies are provided. Teachers are visiting scholars from China that are here as part of the Confucius Institute at WKU. Appropriate for children ages 6 and older. Class members will be invited to visit the Confucius Institute Museum at the conclusion of the class.

Dates: October 27, 2012 9-11am
Location: Confucius Institute, WKU Main Campus, Helm Library 100 (Next to Java City)
Cost: $25/adults $10/children (must be accompanied by an adult)

Creating Chinese Knots

Chinese knotting is an ancient art form. This class will cover the Chinese button knot, auspicious cloud knot and a Chinese bracelet knot. All materials and supplies are provided. Teachers are visiting scholars from China that are here as part of the Confucius Institute at WKU. Appropriate for children ages 6 and older. Class members will be invited to visit the Confucius Institute Museum at the conclusion of the class.

Dates: October 13, 2012 9-11am
Location: Confucius Institute, WKU Main Campus, Helm Library 100 (Next to Java City)
Cost: $25/adults $10/children (must be accompanied by an adult)

Basics of Tai Chi

Learn to anti-stress using Tai Chi movements, an ancient form of exercise with many health benefits. All materials and supplies are provided. Teachers are visiting scholars from China that are here as part of the Confucius Institute at WKU. Appropriate for children ages 6 and older. Class members will be invited to visit the Confucius Institute Museum at the conclusion of the class.

Dates: November 3, 2012 9-11am
Location: Confucius Institute, WKU Main Campus, Helm Library 100 (Next to Java City)
Cost: $25/adults $10/children (must be accompanied by an adult)

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