Fall 2013 - Muskegon Community College

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Popular One-Man Show Brings Karl Marx to Life. ―Marx in Soho‖. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Overbrook Theater. Karl Marx comes back to life and launches into a.

GLOBAL AWARENESS! The International e-Newsletter of Muskegon Community College

Welcome Back! I hope your semester is off to a great start. Here is a little riddle for you. Question: What do Mee Kati (Rice Noodles Soup w/Coconut Milk), the Buddha’s Awakening, Moussaka (Greek eggplant with a spiced meat filling and delicious creamy bechamel sauce), Howard Zinn’s Karl Marx, the Pyramids of Tikal, travels through China, the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, and MCC’s international students all have in common? Answer: They are all part of the International Programs planned for this Fall Semester at MCC! See Karl Marx September 25th in the Overbrook Theater, Eat Mee Kati at Rice and Noodles October 2nd , or Moussaka at 750 Grill November 13th Learn of Buddha’s Awakening October 9th at 10:10 in room 1100, Meet International Students and “travel” to Istanbul and China during International Education Week November 11-15. All the details are below. This semester schedule an adventure. Kathy

Upcoming Programs Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine Wednesday, October 2- 6:30pm – Join us for Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine at Rice and Spice in Holland301 N River Ave, Holland MI (616) 392-5990. Menu items include: Mee Kati (Rice Noodles Soup w/Coconut Milk) Phad Thai, Green Curry, Sweet & Sour, Kung Bao, Phad See Eww, Fried Rice, Basil StirFry, Chicken w/Snow Peas, BBQ Pork Spring Rolls, Egg Rolls & More! Or order one of your favorites from their Menu! For those wanting to car pool we will meet at 5:30pm near the front door of the college.

Popular One-Man Show Brings Karl Marx to Life ―Marx in Soho‖ Wednesday, Sept. 25 Overbrook Theater Karl Marx comes back to life and launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of his life and political ideas in Howard Zinn’s brilliant, timely play “Marx in Soho” on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at MCC’s Overbrook Theater. The play, which is free and open to the public, provides an excellent introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Actor Bob Weick has portrayed Marx in more than 200 performances in various public and educational venues. He uses current news and events to show how Marx’s ideas still resonate today.The 7 p.m. performance will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by MCC instructor Nicholas Budimir, that includes faculty members George Maniates, Kurt Troutman and Andy Wible. “Whether you agree or disagree, everyone can engage in an exciting learning experience,” says Budimir. The event is co-sponsored by the MCC Lecture Series and the Department of Social Sciences. For more information, call (231) 777-0620.

The Buddha’s Awakening Wednesday October 9 10:10am – 11:05am. Stevenson Center, Room 1100. Join Dr. Yosay Wangdi, Associate Professor of S.E. Asian Studies at GVSU, for a discussion about the birth of Buddhism. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period. Dr. Wagdi, the first female Tibetan to receive a PhD, has written numerous articles including "Tibetan Identity: Transformations within the Diaspora.” for the Global Studies Journal. Dr. Wangdi’s degrees include BA & MA, Loreto College, 1980 & 1982 Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2003.


Belize Field Studies Mayan Civilization and Rainforest Ecology Travel January 3- 8, 2014


ICS 101 BEL / BIOL 101 BEL is an interdisciplinary travel-study course providing students an introduction to international culture and biology through cultural and biological field studies. This hybrid course will contain online and on-campus components and includes a sevenday visit to Belize. Emphasis will be placed on Mayan culture and the tropical rain forests of Belize. The student will study Mayan culture and history as well as Mayan past and current interaction with the rain forest ecosystem. This course will cover classification of organisms, basic ecological principles, experimental design, field sampling techniques and scientific communication. Specific biology topics emphasized will vary each year. This course will also involve working with local Belizeans, offering MCC students the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. Student applications for Field Studies in Belize are available in the Social Science Department Faculty Office -Room 242. See Katherine Tosa - 777-0376 or Mary Schutt 777-0380. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2013.

German Exchange Program – Travel to Stuttgart Germany May, 2014 Students and staff have an opportunity to participate in an exchange program with MCC’s sister college, Kaufmännische Schule Stuttgart-Nord (KSN) in Stuttgart, Germany. The exchange has been building lasting friendships and offering insight into our different cultures and business practices for over 18 years. The exchange includes visits to cultural and historical sites as well as local businesses such as Daimler, Porsche, and Ritter Sport. Each participant is hosted by a German student or faculty member from KSN. For more information contact the Social Science Department Faculty Office -Room 242. See Katherine Tosa - 777-0376 or Mary Schutt - 7770380. Applications are due by the end of Fall Semester 2013.

International Events on Campus International Education Week at MCC - November 11—15 International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This annual initiative aims to promote international understanding and build support for international educational exchange. For more information go to http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week Once again MCC faculty and our international students will promote programs that prepare our students for a global economy. Here is what we have planned for International Education Week 2013:

13th Annual International Student Panel Discussion Monday, November 11- 7:00 – 8:00 pm in Room 1100 Stevenson Center. This event will feature MCC students from around the world. They will share insights about their corner of the world and exchange ideas with other MCC students. Ethnic treats will be available @ 6:45pm

Travelogue Istanbul Tuesday, November 12 -7:00- 8:00 pm in the Blue & Gold Room Join Kathy Tosa as she presents a travelogue on her recent trip to Istanbul, Turkey. Learn about Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Sultan’s harem, and much more. Kathy Tosa is the International Coordinator at MCC. Ethnic treats available at 6:45pm!

Greek Night! Wednesday, November 13 Join us for Greek night at the 750 Grill in Muskegon! They are located at 2190 Whitehall Rd. in Muskegon. PH: (231) 744 – 7507 http://750grill.com/ The 750 Grill’s menu includes Greek salads, Greek pizza and many more items to choose from. See you there! We will meet at 6:30pm at the restaurant.

The Dialogue Monday November 12 at 10:10 am Thursday November14 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm Friday November 15 at 10:00 am All presentations in Collegiate Hall The Dialogue is a 70-minute documentary that follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together through Hong Kong and Southwest China. This is an important film as our complex world is shaped by major issues and challenges that benefit from responses on a global scale. There is a critical need for a new generation of future leaders who understand these cross-national challenges. Michigan State University, Crossing Borders Education and Muskegon Community College have partnered to contribute to the development of globally competent students and employees. Hope to see you there!


Calendar of Upcoming Events       

One-Man Show on Karl Marx - September 25 – 7:00pmat Overbrook Theater CCE – Rice & Spice - Wednesday, October 2- 6:30pm The Buddha’s Awakening! Wednesday October 9 – 10:10 Stevenson Center 1100 International Education Week - November 11-15 Belize Field Studies - Travel to Belize – January 3-8, 2014 Global Awareness Festival – Focus on Africa. February 10-14, 2014 German Exchange Program – Travel to Stuttgart Germany May, 2014

______________________________________________________________________________ The Global Awareness Newsletter is published by Katherine Tosa, International Coordinator and Tom Schurino, editor. We welcome your input! So send us your questions, comments or an article on any of your recent foreign travels. Send to: [email protected]