Global News at FDU-Vancouver
This semester, a variety of global events were held at FDU-Vancouver while members of the campus community were busy focusing on global affairs.
Cecil Abrahams, left, campus
provost (Van), with Merli
Mercedes Vargas, consul
general of Venezuela.
The final Diplomatic Circle Series event for the academic year featured the Consul General of Venezuela Merli Mercedes Vargas. Other speakers during the semester included the Honorary Consul of Syria Sawsan Habbal and Consul General of Malaysia Mohd Hanniff Bin Abd Rahman. The campus also participated in the various U.N. Pathways videoconferences sponsored by FDUs Office of Global Learning.
FDU-Vancouver’s Distinguished Visitors Series featured Allan Knight, entrepreneur, self-help author, speaker, mentor and creator of the self-management system Mind Fit for Success, who spoke on “How to Communicate with Impact,” and Bassam Al Kuwatli, founder of the Syrian Canadian Society of Calgary and Syrian Canadian Society of British Columbia and a member of Amnesty International, who explored “Syria — Freedom vs. Stability.”
At the “Display of Cultures” event, FDU-Vancouver students, staff and faculty dressed in their country’s traditional clothes are pictured, front row, from left, students Mehak Choudhari (India) and Ximena Ortega (Mexico); Arlette Hernandez (Mexico), admissions and enrollment services assistant, in a Saudi dress; students Sanem Yildirim (Turkey) and Phuong Phan (Vietnam); middle row, from left, students Sohal Pandya (India), Deepika Sawant (India), Kanchan Prafulla Khedeka (India), Aseel Almafoodh (Saudi Arabia) and Yaser Al Halili (Yemen); Gudrun Dreher, Freshman Seminar/English (Van) (Germany), in a traditional Saudi dress; and student Mohammed Yahya (Yemen); and back row, from left, students Ryan Barth-Dwyer (United States), Gurjant Singh (India) and Raj Turna (India).
In April, the campus celebrated International Week 2012. Activities included a trivia quiz, a fashion show, talent contest, culinary delights of foods from around the world and a “Display of Cultures.”
In addition, a group of students from FDU-Vancouver participated in the World Model United Nations Conference attended by 2,000 delegates from around the world, which was held for one week in March at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Participants debated and engaged in diplomacy and visited area sites. Ten student representatives from FDU-Vancouver served as the Model U.N. Delegation from Lithuania. “The students themselves were like their own U.N. delegation, coming from six countries and four continents,” said Neil Mort, director of enrollment and student services (Van). For more information on the conference go to http://www.vancouver2012.org/ . Jobin Mojtabavi, associate director of student services (Van), served as the student group’s sponsor.
Student representatives from FDU-Vancouver who served as the Model U.N. Delegation from Lithuania are, front row, from left, Siraj Ellalaghi, Ashleigh Singleton, Ana Morales, Ira Saini, Rumbidzai Kabatebate and, back row, from left, Jose Castrillo, Erkan Kara and David Rivera.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is an official partner with the Modernist Versions Project (MVP), which recently received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant of $200,000 over three years. The funds will be primarily allocated for student training and postdoctoral fellows to produce a fully integrated online environment for the ingestion, mark-up, collation and visualization of modernist texts that exist in multiple versions. James Gifford, English and director of University Core and Global Scholars Programs (Van), is a co-director of MVP, which is based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
And, out recruiting students, Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment Ruminder Butter spent a week in the Middle East in March attending education fairs and conducting seminars. Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment Amy Yan spent three weeks attending education fairs in China, Taiwan and Indonesia, while Student Recruitment Officers Javier Torres and Jeanette Lee spent a few weeks in Mexico and Thailand, respectively, conducting seminars and attending fairs.