The Confucius Institute at WKU has awarded four sponsorships to the following groups and individuals in an effort to spur originality and creativity for any on-campus or off-campus Asian-themed event, workshop or materials.
This year’s sponsorship winners are:
- Dr. Peng Ke, Department of Modern Languages. The funds will be used by WKU’s Chinese Club, which will organize a Chinese tea ceremony and Chinese Food project in April. In addition, the funds will be used to recognize five students who not only excel in their Chinese studies, but have made significant contributions to organizing and facilitating the student activities.
- Dr. Chunmei Du, Department of History. The funds will be used to support two activities related to the Honors History 471: Modern China. First, the group will be treated to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. Second, a group lecture by Professor Xiao Yi, a visiting scholar from Wu Han University, on the transformation of Chinese language from ancient to modern times, followed by a workshop on Chinese calligraphy and seals.
- Amy Hersch, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Funds will be used to host Monica Hess, who is a Feng Shui Master and licensed Realtor. Hess has studied Feng Shui since 1995, and will come to speak to Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising students and other students on WKU’s campus about ancient traditions from the East which will broaden the students’ scope of other cultures design theories.
- Dr. Jie Zhang, Department of Educational Administration, Leadership & Research. Funds will be used to invite guest speaker Dr. Hong Li, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Beijing Normal University. He will present research projects on word learning among native and non-native speakers of Chinese. The presentation will be designed to appeal to Chinese language learners, educators and researchers within the WKU community.
The CI at WKU congratulates all winners and thanks everyone who applied.
The CI at WKU and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.
Contact: Betty Yu, (270) 745-2836; or Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530.