Arkansas Educators Group Visits the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education at ECNU

May 16th, 2014, Arkansas Educators Group visited the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education at East China Normal University (ECNU). The members of the Arkansas Educators Group include Harold Lloyd Criswell (Deputy Director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education), Shelley Mehl (Vice President of University of Central Arkansas), and other 6 educators. Dr. Youqun Ren, Vice President of ECNU, Dr. Yongyi Wu, Dean of International College of Chinese Studies, Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCA Confucius Institute were present at the reception.

The 2014 Summer Arkansas Educators Group’s visit to China is organized by UCA Confucius Institute. Participants will visit ECNU in Shanghai and Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou. They will also go to Beijing to visit Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

 

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Two Chinese teacher at Bentonville High School Received Bentonville High School 2014 Teacher Appreciation Award

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On April 23, Two Chinese teacher at Bentonville High School, Hui Qu and Lu Chen, received Bentonville High School 2014 Teacher Appreciation. Teachers are nominated by students who showed outstanding progress in the past year. Dr. Poore, Superintendent of Bentonville School District and Dr. Scott, Principal of Bentonville High School attended the ceremony. In his speech, Dr. Poore particularly thanked two Chinese teachers for their contribution to the school and positive influence on students.

Arkansas College and High School contestants participated in the 2014 Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition (U.S. southern states) at Dallas

April 28, 2014, UCA student Merrick Fagan and Cabot High School Student Grant Reed participated in the 2014 Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition (U.S. southern states) at Dallas. They both won Honorable Mention prize.

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Chinese Calligrahy Class at the Faukner County Library

On April 19, UCA Confucius Institute gave a Chinese calligraphy class at the Faulkner County Library. Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI, taught the participants basic knowledge of Chinese calligraphy. And participants practiced one Chinese character "yong", which means "forever" and contains eight basic strokes of Chinese character.

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UCACI Invites Professor Hua Zhang from Hanzhou Normal University to Give Lecture at UCA

DSC_0393April 7th, 2014, invited by UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI), Professor Hua Zhang from the College of Education at Hangzhou Normal University gave an academic lecture on the “Curriculum Reform in China” at UCA.

The lecture was held at UCA College of Education. Faculty and graduate students at the College of Education attended the lecture. Professor Zhang focused on the historic legacies, current debates, and future directions of China’s curriculum reform. The report aroused great interests among attendees. During the discussion session, participants asked various questions, stated their views Chinese curriculum reform and education, and listened to Professor Zhang’s replies.

After the lecture, accompanied by Dr. Zhuang, Director of UCACI, Professor Zhang visited UCA campus and Confucius Institute.

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2014 Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Arkansas High School and College Students Successfully Held at UCACI

April 5th, 2014, Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas (UCACI) successfully hosted the 2014 Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Arkansas High School and College Students.

Eight contestants selected from UCA and five school districts in Arkansas participated in the contest. Merrick Fagan from the University of Central Arkansas won the first prize in the college students group. Grand Reed from the Cabot High School won the first prize in the high school students group. They will compete in the Chinese Bridge – Chinese Competition for students in the American Southern States to be held at Dallas on April 27th. From there they will have the chance to be recommended to participate in the final competition in China in July 2014.

The competition began at 2pm. Dr. Bailey, Chair of Department of the World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Jia Zhu from the same department, Dr. Guo-ou Zhuang, Director of UCACI, and Dr. Lucy Xiaohong Lu, Deputy Director of UCACI worked as judges. Dr. Zhuang gave an opening remark. The competition was divided into three parts: Chinese speech, Chinese cultural knowledge and Chinese Culture talent show. The topic of the speech is “Me and Chinese”, and contestants shared the reasons and experience of learning Chinese, expressing their interests in Chinese learning and love for Chinese culture. In the talent show round, contestants performed Chinese songs, Chinese calligraphy and painting, and played Chinese traditional instrument Guzheng. The wonderful talents won applauses from the audiences, who were from UCA, school districts, as well as local community. At the end of the competition, Chinese teachers and parents of the contestants joined the judges and contestants to take a group photo, recording this special experience.

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UCACI hosts Peking Opera Culture activity at the Faulkner County Library

On March 29, 2014, UCA Confucius Institute hosted a Peking Opera Culture activity at the Faulkner County Library. This is the first activity of the "Adventure in Chinese Culture" series activity hosted by UCACI in collaboration with the Faulkner County Library.

Participants learned some basic knowledge on Peking Opera, and did a great job painting their own Peking Opera masks.

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Professor Minsheng Huang from College of Resources and Environmental Science, ECNU, Attends the “Leaders of The World” International Leadership Program at UCA

March 3 to 7, 2014, University of Central Arkansas (UCA) organized the “Leaders of The World” International Leadership Program, and UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI) was the co-sponsor (co-organizer) of the program. Invited by UCA, Professor Minsheng Huang from East China Normal University (ECNU) attended the program and delivered a key-note speech on pollution control in China and his research.

At the“Water & Wastewater Management”  panel in the morning of March 4th, Professor Huang gave a speech on pollution control in China and his research. He first introduced the pollution problems in China and means and progress China has made in solving those problems. The he focused on his research topic “Wastewater treatment, aquatic environment quality assessment and eco-remediation”. Dr. Ben Cash from UCA Biology Department gave high praise to the speech. The speech also aroused great interests among attendees from over 10 countries and regions, who engaged in active discussions with Professor Huang.

On March 6, Professor Huang attended the lecture by Brad Lacy, President of Conway Chamber of Commerce. He conversed with Mr. Lacy with topics like Conway’s urban planning and public administration. In the afternoon, Professor Huang visited the Conway Sanitation Department of Conway Corporation. He had in-depth discussion with the staff. Later, he also inspected the water quality of Arkansas river.

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Beebe High School Chinese I Students Visiting UCACI

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“Pinnacle” Brass in China Showcase Performance co-sponsored by UCACI

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On February 25, 2014, Pinnacle Brass, the University of Central Arkansas’ resident faculty quintet, performed music from its recent tour of China in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. This showcase performance was co-sponsored by UCA Confucius Institute (UCACI).

 The group, made up of UCA brass faculty Larry Jones (trumpet), Brent Shires (horn), Justin Cook (trombone) and Christian Carichner (tuba), as well as trumpet graduate student Eric Liu, spent two weeks in December touring several cities and universities in China. They performed at several concerts and taught master classes at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai and Anhui Normal University in Wuhu. At ECNU, the partner university of UCA, they were featured as the soloists with the ECNU Symphony Orchestra. They also hosted several panel discussions.

 The program of the showcase included the music from the tour to China. The performances were interspersed with comments and narrative as well as images from their tour to China. Brent Shires, assistant professor of horn, gave special thanks to UCACI for the support of this showcase and also help during their tour. The audiences were impressed by the talented performance as well as their stories of the trip in China.