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Confucius Institute welcomes new staff and teachers, plans upcoming events

In preparation for the 2016-17 academic year, the Confucius Institute at WKU hired two new staff members, welcomed new teachers and made plans for Confucius Day activities.

A Welcome Reception for Confucius Institute teachers was held Aug. 23 at the President's Home. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

A Welcome Reception for Confucius Institute teachers was held Aug. 23 at the President’s Home. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

On June 1, the CI at WKU hired Chunmei Guan as Associate Director of Teacher Development. She will be responsible for developing 43 teachers throughout Kentucky. On July 1, the CI at WKU hired Charles Proffitt, a former superintendent of Cloverport and Dawson Springs schools, as Program Coordinator. He will be responsible for evaluating the teachers in the classrooms and providing them with effective teaching strategies to make them better teachers.

The CI at WKU fall activities began July 25 when all 43 teachers arrived for the 2016-17 school year. Of the 43 teachers, 27 have returned for another year, 10 are new teachers (nine are seeking alternative route to become Kentucky certified teachers) and six are new 1 + 2 MAT (Master’s in the Art of Teaching). This year, the CI at WKU will be in 43 schools in 20 districts, reaching more than 15,000 students registered in Chinese language and culture classes.

Confucius Institute Day activities began Aug. 20 at the Owensboro Multicultural Festival where the CI at WKU set up six booths displaying calligraphy, lantern making, zodiac signs, information table and Chinese games. In addition, the CI mobile unit was on display, and the CI at WKU food truck made its debut at the event.

On Aug. 23, President Gary A. Ransdell and his wife, Julie, hosted a Welcome Reception for the CI at WKU teachers, citing their work as important to giving students in Kentucky an opportunity to become competitive in the global society. In addition, superintendents, principals, district coordinators and host families were thanked for their support of the CI at WKU program.

The Confucius Institute at WKU participated in the Owensboro Multicultural Festival on Aug. 20. The CI at WKU will participate in other Confucius Day events during September.

The Confucius Institute at WKU participated in the Owensboro Multicultural Festival on Aug. 20. The CI at WKU will participate in other Confucius Day events during September.

Confucius Day activities continue through September with the following events:

  • World Fest in Louisville – The festival is celebrating its 14th anniversary during Labor Day weekend with more than 150,000 expected to attend.
  • Louisville Dragon Boat Festival – On Sept. 10, the CI at WKU will defend its “Division Championship” in the event and will again be a supporter of the festival with the CI mobile unit, CI food truck and more than 20 booths showcasing authentic Chinese themes. In addition, the CI at WKU has invited the Amazing China Art Troupe to present various authentic Chinese performances, including face-changing, Chinese magic and “Taming of the Giant Bird.”
  • Amazing China Art Troupe Performances – From Sept. 12-16, the troupe will perform at 10 schools throughout Kentucky.
  • Bowling Green International Festival – The Sept. 24 event at Circus Square Park in downtown Bowling Green is the culmination of Confucius Institute Day activities. The CI at WKU will present various activities as well as the CI mobile unit and CI food truck.

If you are interested in partnering with the CI at WKU or volunteering at any or all of these events, contact Terrill Martin at terrill.martin@wku.edu or (270) 745-2530 or (270) 792-9330.

About the Confucius Institute: The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or interested in creating programs, contact Chunmei Guan at (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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