Summer & Fall 2011 Events
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July 5th through the 9th – The latest group of Volunteer Teachers will arrive in the United States and will participate in a 3-day orientation session at WKU’s Confucius Institute before traveling to their final destinations for the next academic year.
July 7th – The Volunteer Teachers are hosted by Martin and Rhonda Cohron at a picnic on their farm in Butler County.
July 10th through the 30th – North China Electric Power University and Hanban host 45 WKU faculty, staff, students and community members for a three-week Chinese Summer Language and Culture Camp in Beijing, China.
July 15th through July 30th – Hanban hosts 10 WKU Gatton Academy students for a two-week Chinese Summer Bridge Camp in Tianjin, China.
July 22nd – Director General of Hanban, Madame Xu Lin, receives an Honorary Doctorate from WKU at a reception hosted by WKU’s President, Dr. Gary A. Ransdell.
August 16th – Dr. Gary A. Ransdell hosts a Welcome Reception at his home for the Hanban Volunteer Teachers, their Host Families and their Host Schools. Read an article from one of our partnering schools - Simpson County.
August 25th – The brand new Chinese Music Club will have its first meeting at 2:00 P.M. in FAC 300. Anyone interested in learning about traditional Chinese music and instruments is welcome to attend. The class will also provide lessons to those who wish to learn how to play a traditional Chinese instrument. Future meeting dates will be determined at this initial gathering.
August 27th – Members of the Confucius Institute staff and members of the university and community participate as rowers at the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. Click to read the article..
September 14th – Chinese Language Table with Dr. Jianjun He! Dr. He will host the "Chinese Language Table," that will meet every Wednesday (September 14 - December 7, 2011) from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. in Helm Library Room 100. For more information, please contact Dr. He at 270-745-4420. Classes are free of charge, so come and practice your Chinese!
September 18th – Youth Chinese Language Classes begin! These classes will be separated into two sections; Beginning and Heritage Speakers. The classes will take place every Sunday (except November 27th), September 18th through December 4th from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. The cost of the class will be $90 per pupil. All classes will take place at the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Learning Center on the campus of WKU in Helm Library Room 100. All application and payment must be received no later than 9/14/2011 to Terrill Martin. Please fill out the Registration Form.
September 20th – Lunchtime Adult Chinese Language Classes begin! These classes will be for Beginning Chinese language speakers and will take place between 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. every Tuesday and Thursday. The classes will take place at the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Learning Center on the campus of WKU in Helm Library Room 100. The cost per pupil is $120, and lunch will be provided. All application and payment must be received no later than 9/14/2011 to Terrill Martin. Please fill out the Registration Form.
September 20th – Evening Adult Chinese Language Classes begin! These classes will be for Beginning Chinese language speakers. The class time on Tuesdays will be from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., and on Thursdays from 5:30 P.M. to 6:30 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. The classes will take place at the Confucius Institute’s Chinese Learning Center on the campus of WKU in Helm Library Room 100. The cost per pupil is $90. All application and payment must be received no later than 9/14/2011 to Terrill Martin. Please fill out the Registration Form.
September 29th – The Confucius Institute, in partnership with WKU’s Women’s Studies Program, will host a showing of the Chinese film, Stolen Life (Sheng si jie), at 7:00 P.M. in Cherry Hall 125.
October 17th – The Confucius Institute hosted the "Student Grand Opening of the Chinese Learning Center at WKU. While the official grand opening was May 20, 2011, many of the students were not here to participate. Thus, the Confucius Institute at WKU conducted tours and passed out both steamed and fried pork "jiaozi" (Dumplings), served by our very own President Gary A. Ransdell and Dr. Wei-Ping Pan (Confucius Institute Director).
November 10th - The Confucius Institute hosted its inaugural Chinese Business Etiquette dinner for
150 faculty, staff, students, and business leaders from all across Kentucky. The
purpose of the dinner was to provide information to those who are currently or would
like to conduct business in China. A panel discussion was the format for the dissemination
of information, and guest panelists included Mr. Ted Nixon, CEO for DD Williamson,
Mr. James Ullum, Managing Partner & COO for Source International, and Mr. James "Bud"
Layne, Chairman & CEO of Spantech. The moderator for the event was WKU's Dean of
the Gordon Ford College of Business, Dr. Jeffrey Katz. In addition to the panel discussion,
the dinner included a traditional Chinese meal using chopsticks, and a demonstration
and discussion of proper business dinner etiquette and conversation. This part of
the event was led by Ms. Winny Lin, President of the Owensboro Chapter of the U.S.-China
Peoples Friendship Association. Entertainment included music by the Pauli Quintet
and a performance of a traditional Lion Dance by Mr. Bobby Madison and Shaolin Kung-Fu
Center Lion Dance Team. The WKU-CI was proud to have Cumberland & Western Resources,
the University College-Professional Studies Program, the Gordon Ford College of Business,
and Gryphon Environmental as sponsors for this inaugural event.