FDU-Vancouver Hosts Cuban Visitor, Internship Fair, Royal Society
Human rights activist Aleida Guevara’s presentation, a well-attended internship fair and a meeting of the Royal Society for the Arts and Manufacturing were all activities at FDU-Vancouver in November.
The largest crowd FDU-Vancouver has received in its five years of existence turned out on November 10 to hear Aleida Guevara, the daughter of the legendary and revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
A native of Cuba, Guevara is a pediatrician and a human rights advocate especially in the health field. She has been a member of Cuban medical missions to Angola, Ecuador and Nicaragua and appeared in Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko” (2007).
Left photo: Aleida Guevara, right, speaks about
Cuba’s successes in the education and health
fields, while Arlette Hernandez, admissions and
enrollment services assistant, student services
Right photo: Aleida Guevara, left, with FDU-
Vancouver Campus Provost Cecil Abrahams.
Large numbers of students, faculty, staff, the Vancouver public and the media filled two large auditoriums for the event. Guevara was introduced by FDU-Vancouver Provost Cecil Abrahams. In her address Guevara noted the successes Cuba has enjoyed in the education and health fields. During the question-and-answer period she addressed “freedom of speech” issues in Cuba. Her visit and address to the campus were applauded by a standing ovation. “For FDU-Vancouver this visit underlined the continuing growth of reputation of the University in the Vancouver area and of the serious purpose of its mission,” said Abrahams.
On November 18, FDU-Vancouver hosted its first Internship Fair for FDU students and graduates. Ten companies and one Internship agent from the Vancouver, BC, area participated. “There was excellent student turnout at the event and participating company-representatives were elated with the enthusiasm and active participation of students and provided excellent feedback during and after the fair,” said Abrahams.
Several students are currently having follow-up interviews and are expected to find internship placements in the coming months. Supported by Abrahams and FDU-Vancouver faculty and staff, student internship programs will continue to be an ongoing initiative of the University to place students in industry as well as to promote the University by building better corporate-academia relationships.
Participating companies included Vision Critical (information technology), Maclaren (advertising), Forum For Women Entrepreneur (business administration), Inventa (marketing), Trowbridge Professional Corporation (business consulting), Maxxam Analytics (business administration), Hootsuite (information technology and marketing), Webnames (business administration and information technology), Footprints (education), Travelodge Vancouver Airport Hotel (tourism management) and Vancouver Internships (internship agent) The provost’s speech can be found at http://vancouverinternships.ca/blog/ (follow the link and click the YouTube video).
On November 24, the famed Royal Society for the Arts and Manufacturing (RSA), established in the United Kingdom in the middle 18th century with luminaries such as Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith and others, hosted its first lecture/discussion event on a Canadian campus at FDU-Vancouver. Abrahams has been invited to become a Fellow, and four FDU-Vancouver students were invited to be part of the event. This is the first time that students were present at an RSA meeting.
Other FDU-Vancouver developments include the newly formed FDU-Vancouver Alumni Chapter’s first event that featured Blenz Coffee CEO George Moen, who spoke on “21st Century CEO: New Opportunities and Challenges”; and the Second Peace Day on November 30.
Peace Day was again spearheaded by Gudrun Dreher, Freshman Seminar/English (Van). Various activities on the program included Words of Peace by Abrahams; Classical Peace Song by James Gifford, English and director, University Core and Global Scholars Programs (Van); slideshows and videos, dances from India and poetry for peace by FDU students; from the University of British Columbia “Peace in a Multicultural Word” by Larissa Lai, writer, and “Brief Reflections on Peace by Moustapha Fall, French/linguistics; “Peace and the Environment” by Jessie Schwartz, environmentalist and activist, Greenpeace; music for inner peace, peace chant and music from around the world by various performers; and a taste of the world multicultural food.
In addition, as FDU’s Vancouver representative, Abrahams has joined with representatives from other Canadian-based U.S. companies/organizations to form a Vancouver chapter of The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AMCHAM).