Texas Tech University Fall 2016

International Newsletter

Texas Tech receives Paul Simon Spotlight Award at NAFSA: Association of International Educators ceremony in Washington, DC

Texas Tech University was honored with the Sen. Paul Simon Spotlight Award on Tuesday (Nov. 15) at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. NAFSA: Association of International Educators presented Texas Tech with the award for excellence in international education.

Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec was featured on a panel discussing Texas Tech’s success in international education. The panel featured other presidents and chancellors from universities honored with the award. The panelists talked about how to expand access to the global learning opportunities graduates need to succeed in the world economy.

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Why Tech chose Costa Rica for a campus, an editorial by Ambassador Tibor Nagy

Recently there has been considerable local media coverage given to Texas Tech’s plans to open a degree granting satellite campus in San Jose, Costa Rica, and to the benefits the project will provide TTU. One question that keeps being asked - both here and in San Jose - is “why Costa Rica?”

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The ICC is once again the first stop for Lubbock’s annual Day of the Dead procession

2016 marks the 17th year that the International Cultural Center has been one of the locations on Lubbock’s annual Dia de los Muertos procession trail. Each of the four galleries or cultural centers (ICC, School of Art, LHUCA, and Buddy Holly Center) celebrates the occasion with artwork, live entertainment, and traditional refreshments.

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OIA Directors collaborate to secure competitive grant funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo

TTU has been awarded a competitive grant designed to support the development of partnerships between institutions of higher education in the United States and Japan. The PI for this grant was Richard Porter, Ed.D., Director of International Student and Scholar Services, who lived and worked at a University in Japan for 6 years. Other participants from the OIA involved in the grant included Elizabeth McDaniel, Sr. Director of Int'l Education & Enrollment Management, and Reagan Ribordy, Director of International Grants Administration and Partnerships.

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Chinese Artist applies craft to national park vistas

Li Jiaduo, a visiting artist from Beijing, spent weeks touring national parks and painting the iconic landscapes of the American West in a traditional Chinese style. The paintings from that 9,000 mile journey were exhibited in the galleries of the International Cultural Center.

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TTU BHEARD student reflects on World Food Prize Symposium

A native of Liberia, Cheryl Williams is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech University. Williams states that “the World Food Prize gathering taught me the true meaning of courage, perseverance and hope. I was especially motivated by the collective effort to fight global hunger and food and nutrition insecurity, and it was with great anticipation that I watched, listened and learned from pioneers in the agriculture sector.”

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Our View: Texas Tech takes steps to expand its brand on the global stage

Anyone visiting the Texas Tech campus can easily see the university is growing as new buildings seem to be constantly going up and existing buildings undergoing overhauls. But there is also growth in areas that most people wouldn’t notice.

That’s the Tech System reaching out into areas away from Lubbock.

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Dr. Sukant Misra elected Vice President of MAUI

Dr. Sukant Misra, Assoc. Vice Provost for International Programs, has recently been elected Vice President of MAUI (Mid America Universities International). After serving a two-year term, the Vice President transitions into the Presidency.

The university partners who are members of MAUI work together to actively promote overseas educational opportunities for students and international teaching, consultation and research opportunities for faculty.

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Dr. Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian Institution presented a talk entitled Shamanic Skin: The Art of Magical Tattooing

Since time immemorial, astonishingly diverse forms of tattooing have been produced by the Indigenous peoples of the world. Some employed tattoos for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes, to mark special life achievements, or to assert tribal identity. Others marked the body with more magical symbols that were understood to promote fertility, attract prey animals, or protect the body from malevolent spirits.

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Jan 13, 2020