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David Nemer Researches Cubans’ Use of Technology during Winter Break

The College of Information Studies Assistant Professor of Information Communication Technology David Nemer spent a month in Havana, Cuba from December to January researching telecenters and community technology centers to determine how and why Cubans use the Internet.

As a part of his ongoing research on technology use in marginalized communities, Nemer chose Cuba as his next area of study because of the potential changes that could arise once the embargo between the United States and Cuba is lifted, he said.

Three UK Arts & Sciences Students Awarded Grants for International Travel

The University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences awarded three International Studies students travel grants for the Winter 2015 intersession to further their education abroad.

Natalie Shofner, Bridget Nicholas and Trevor Burba were awarded up to $1700 to travel independently to London, Paris and Berlin visiting historical and cultural sites during their time there.

College of Communication and Information Delegation Visits China to Expand Relations

Five professors from the College of Communication and Information found good prospects for collaboration as they visited two universities and a newspaper in China in late 2015.

Professors from the College of Communication and Information visited the Communication University of China in Beijing, and gave talks at a health-communication symposium the college co-sponsored at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Researchers from leading communication programs also presented at the symposium.

Planting Seeds of Hope: UK’s Grisham-Brown’s Life-Changing International Mission

Of all the gifts she has received, the country of Guatemala gave Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ph.D., her greatest one – the gift of her son. After his adoption, she yearned for a way to pour her heart into a place that had filled hers.

That desire gave birth to a mission that is helping orphans and at-risk children in Guatemala, and also impacting students at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

Confucius Institute’s Showcases Bring Chinese Culture to Eastern Kentucky Schools

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute brings Chinese cultural showcases to the schools and communities of the Commonwealth, but the UKCI team did a special weeklong trip to eastern Kentucky in December 2015 as part of a proposal by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Chinese Teachers Gather on UK Campus for Professional Development Conference

The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute’s mission is to act as the gateway between China and the Bluegrass, but its reach and influence far exceed the borders of Kentucky.

The UKCI hosted its third Multi-State Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Conference Nov. 14-16 on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The conference served as a gathering and training for 100 Confucius Institute (CI) teachers from 21 states who teach in U.S. classrooms.

East Meets West: Bringing Two Cultures Together for an Evening of Fashion and Art

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) hosted “East Meets West,” a performance featuring fashion, dance and music.

Held in the Haggin Auditorium at Transylvania University for its second production, “East Meets West” was a unique show that brought together the cultural differences of the east and the west, providing the audience with a captivating and engaging performance.

International Student Spearheads National Campus Kitchens Project at UK

For University of Kentucky junior Kendra Oo, an education in nutrition extends far beyond the classroom.

Oo, a dietetics student from Myanmar, was attracted to the coordinated dietetics program at UK that offered a challenging course schedule along with a hands-on internship experience.

She is also a part of the UK Student Dietetic Nutrition Association (SDNA), where she participates in meal packaging for God’s Pantry Food Bank. It was at an SDNA event where Oo first heard about the Campus Kitchens Project.

New International Leadership Team Facilitates Student Adaptation and Engagement

The University of Kentucky’s International Student and Scholar Services has created a new way for international students to connect with the university socially, academically and culturally. The new International Student Leadership Team, consisting of by eight UK students, will assist incoming and current students to find the resources they need to succeed in the UK campus and Lexington community.

UK Student Teaches about Kentucky during Internship for Paraguay’s State Department

Mason King, a senior double major in Spanish and political science, spent fall 2015 in Asunción, Paraguay. This wasn’t a typical education abroad program. King interned at the Department of State’s Office of Public Diplomacy in the Paraguayan capital.

King describes the Office of Public Diplomacy as the “public relations group for democracy and American ideals.” As an intern, he said he was very surprised with the range and amount of opportunities that were extended to him.

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