Twelve students and professors traveled to northern Thailand for a cross-cultural exploration at Chiang Mai University. The 9-unit program—team-taught by professors Lee Altier, Agriculture; Tony Waters, Sociology; and Rob Burton, English—was an exercise in interdisciplinary cooperation, as students examined the cultural and environmental context of agricultural systems in Thailand along with the social structures of Lanna Thai culture and a range of literary texts from classical to contemporary Thai literature.
Scholarship Supports Study in Taiwan
Neng Yang, a junior majoring in history and Asian studies, received a $4,000 Wang Family Scholarship to study in Taiwan during the 2011–2012 academic year. Yang is one of 10 students from the CSU system to receive the scholarship.
CSU, Chico Students Receive Study Abroad Scholarships
Following a nationwide competition, three Chico students were awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad during 2011–2012. Justin Green, Biology, received $5,000 to study for a year in South Africa; Jessica Ocegueda, Recreation/Marketing, received $3,000 to study in Thailand; and Jose Cerda, Liberal Studies, received $2,000 to study for the spring semester in Costa Rica.
Chinese Culture and Language Program
Frank Li, Office of International Education, and Joel Zimbelman, dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, with the Chico Unified School District, received $110,000 from Hanban (Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) for the funding of five teachers for the district’s after-school Chinese program.