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Confucius Institute at WKU celebrates 2014 ‘Confucius Day’

In September 2013, the Confucius Institute at WKU (CI at WKU) was selected by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters as the site for the first Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes. During the meeting, state Rep. Jody Richards, state Rep. Jim DeCesare, Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon proclaimed Sept. 28 as “Confucius Day” in the state of Kentucky. Due to this proclamation, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters Director General Madame Xu Lin encouraged all 433 Confucius Institutes worldwide to celebrate “Confucius Day” on Sept. 27, 2014. In addition, 2014 marked the official 10-year anniversary of Confucius Institute program. The CI at WKU began planning for the event and created programs that would lead into the “Confucius Day” festivities.

Dragon Boat Festivals

The Confucius Institute Rowing Team at the inaugural Louisville Dragon Boat Festival.

The Confucius Institute Rowing Team at the inaugural Louisville Dragon Boat Festival.

2014 marks the fourth year that the CI at WKU has participated in the local dragon boat festivals in Kentucky and Nashville. On Aug. 23, the CI at WKU placed third overall in the Owensboro Dragon boat festival; the CI at WKU placed second in 2013. On Sept. 6, the CI at WKU went into the Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival in Nashville as defending champions and placed third overall. On Sept. 13, the CI at WKU placed second overall in Louisville’s inaugural dragon boat festival. Team captains Jeff Stevens and Erin Richter were recognized on Sept. 26 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center.

Confucius Classrooms

Grand opening of the Confucius Classroom at St. Francis in Goshen.

Grand opening of the Confucius Classroom at St. Francis in Goshen.

In September 2013, the CI at WKU opened the first of three Confucius Classrooms in Barren County, Franklin/Simpson and the Housing Authority of Bowling Green. This year, the CI at WKU received approval for an additional eight classrooms. On Sept. 23, the CI at WKU conducted a grand opening of the first affiliated Confucius Classrooms in Jefferson County/Louisville at St. Francis Elementary/Middle School in Goshen. In addition, St. Francis High School in Louisville was already an unaffiliated Confucius Classroom, but requested to become an affiliated classroom under the CI at WKU umbrella. On Sept. 26, the CI at WKU performed plaque ceremonies for the additional six classrooms in Bowling Green Independent Schools, Cloverport Independent Schools, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Hardin County Schools, Logan County Schools and Owensboro/Daviess County Schools.

Confucius Institute Executive Board Meeting

Confucius Institute Executive Board meeting

Confucius Institute Executive Board meeting

On Sept. 26, the CI at WKU hosted board members from both China and WKU to conduct the fourth annual CI Executive Board Meeting. Present for the meeting from China were Dr. Liu Jizhen (President of North China Electric Power University), Dr. Xie Kechang (Vice Chairman of Chinese Association of Science and Technology), Dr. Li Shuanchen (Vice President of North China Electric Power University), Dr. Liu Yongqian (Director of International Cooperation at North China Electric Power University), Ma Chengguo (President of Double Dragon Boiler Company), and other delegates. Present for the meeting from WKU were President Gary A. Ransdell, Dr. David Lee (Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters), Dr. Sam Evans (Dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Wei-Ping Pan (Assistant to the President and Director of the Confucius Institute), Wu Yanjin (Visiting Scholar from North China Electric Power University), Terrill Martin (Managing Director of the Confucius Institute), Betty Yu (Associate Director of Confucius Institute), and Janna Chiang (Curriculum Development Coordinator of the Confucius Institute). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current state of the Confucius Institute as it relates to budget, programming, teacher development, and most importantly, cooperative opportunities between the two universities. In addition, the board assists the CI with future programming opportunities and advises on how to move the program forward.

“Love for China” Performance

"Love for China" performance

“Love for China” performance

At the request of North China Electric Power University, the CI at WKU was asked to endorse the “Love for China” troupe that would travel to the U.S. and perform at various Confucius Institutes before ending the tour at WKU. Thus, the CI at WKU sent an endorsement to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, who officially agreed to support the troupe. The troupe arrived on Sept. 19 and performed in Chicago, Valparaiso, Purdue before making its way to Kentucky. On Sept. 24, the 12-act troupe performed for more than 350 people at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts’ Bomhard Theater as a kickoff to introduce the CI program to the Louisville/Jefferson County area. On Sept. 26, the troupe made its way to the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) and performed for more than 750.

Chinese Hanban Teacher Certification Ceremony

Chinese Hanban Teacher certification ceremony

Chinese Hanban Teacher certification ceremony

This is the third year that the CI at WKU has partnered with WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and Kentucky’s Education Professional Standards Board to offer certification to its Chinese Hanban Teachers. In academic year 2012-2013, 17 teachers obtained certification. In academic year 2013-2014 an additional 10 teacher obtained certification. This year, 10 of our 42 Chinese Hanban Teachers obtained certification and received plaques during the “Love for China” performance on Sept. 26.

‘Confucius Day’ Meets Bowling Green International Festival

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The CI at WKU partnered with the Bowling Green International Festival and had 20 booths at the Sept. 27 event. The booths displayed calligraphy, tea ceremony/tasting, fan painting, musical instruments and demonstrations, fan dancing, chopsticks demonstrations, zodiac table, and the CI’s mobile unit was set up and displayed throughout the day. In addition, the CI at WKU partnered with Aramark and sold Panda Express cuisine throughout the day. The presenters and demonstrators were not only the Chinese Hanban teachers of the CI, but students from both the Chinese Flagship Program and the Chinese Major/Minor students.

About the Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. Its mission is to disseminate the Chinese language and culture throughout the state of Kentucky. If you are interested in creating a program or partnering with the CI at WKU, contact Terrill Martin (270) 745-2530.

 

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