Thursday, June 30, 2016

Chillicothe Campus plays host to symposium on international educational issues

The Chillicothe Campus’ university-wide and international connections aligned during a recent educational conference. Ohio University-Chillicothe hosted the second day of the five-day “2016 Summer Symposium and Summit on Global Education Diplomacy.”

The symposium was sponsored by Ohio University’s Patton College of Education, the African Educational Research Network (AERN) and Beijing International Studies University. Its theme was “Addressing Educational Issues through a Global Lens.”

OU-C Professor of Education Mary Barbara Trube, Ed.D., who has been extensively involved in international conferences, presentations, student experiences and other similar endeavors, coordinated the Chillicothe Campus portion of the symposium. The weeklong conference also involved the Zanesville campus as well as the university’s main campus in Athens, which hosted most of the events.

Symposium participants and presenters included experts from throughout the university and around the globe, who shared a range of perspectives on international education initiatives.

While in Chillicothe, OU-C faculty members Tanya Hire, Greg Obi and Donna Burgraff were joined by Ohio University graduate student and instructor Tamela Dixon for a panel discussion on “Cross Cultural Communication: Preparing Professionals for Diverse Fields.”

Ohio University faculty member Annie Frisoli led a presentation on “Sweet Exchange Strategies for International Student/Faculty Engagement.”

During the opening address, OU-C Dean Martin Tuck addressed various academic programs that are collaborative efforts between the Chillicothe and Athens campuses as well as degrees that can be completed on the Chillicothe campus or another regional campus.

While in town, the group also toured the local Hopewell Cultural Center.

“It was a memorable day, and our panelists offered enlightening thoughts to our delegates from a variety of universities,” Trube said. “Each of them had a unique style of presenting that created connections among the diverse delegates. One of the participating faculty members shared, ‘This is the best conference of this type I’ve come to. We actually had the opportunity to mingle and get to know others. I have three good ideas I can use just from today!’ This comment meant a lot.”

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