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Michael Huner

Date of International Activity
6/20/2014 - 6/20/2014

International Activities and Goals
My summer 2014 travels to Paraguay and surrounding countries (Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay) were part of a Padnos Internationalization Grant. The grant facilitated historical archival research in Asuncion, Paraguay, on nineteenth-century Paraguayan military deserters. It also allowed me to travel to the interior of Paraguay to practice my spoken Guarani. It also facilitated travels to other countries in the region, all of which will enhance my teaching of courses on Latin American and World History. My aim was also to grow my network of professional contacts in the region for collaboration in publication, teaching, and future visits by scholars and artists.

Mihaela Friedlmeier

Date of International Activity
5/23/2014 - 5/23/2014

International Activities and Goals
I visited Babe_-Bolyai University (BBU) in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in the Spring of 2014 on a PIC Internationalization Grant. I taught one graduate-level psychology course for three weeks. I also had the opportunity to meet with my research collaborator from the Psychology Department. During my visit, I met with the associate director of the International Relations Centre to discuss ways to enhance the exchange between our institutions. The system of multicultural organization set up by the Charter of BBU ensures complete education in Romanian, Hungarian, German, as well as Jewish studies at all levels of academic study: bachelor, master, doctorate, long distance, and adult education. The university is highly prestigious for research outcomes, both at national and international level. I would be happy to discuss with anyone who wishes to learn more!

Cheryl Jones

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
Universidad de las Americas Puebla

International Activities and Goals
The Delegation went to visit Universidad de las Americas Puebla to meet with staff members and potential study abroad students and share information about GVSU. In turn, I wanted to learn about their university and culture and what opportunities it has to offer our students thinking about studying abroad. We also learned a lot about their history and culture along with seeing many beautiful historical sites.

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Jay Cooper

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
Universidad de las Americas

International Activities and Goals
To re-establish our partnership with UDLA so that a faculty led study abroad program for graduate students studying higher education can be offered again in the future (EDH 680 Mexican Culture and Education) and to further my own research interests related to Mexican higher education and student affairs.

Ashley Rosener

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
Universidad de las Americas, Puebla

International Activities and Goals
As a member of the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA) Partnership Delegation, I met with UDLA librarians to learn about the library services they provide and share the services of GVSU Libraries. We also met with potential study abroad students, Education USA, and the US Embassy to share information about GVSU, and I shared about the GVSU Libraries. I enjoyed utilizing my Spanish language skills and being immersed in Mexican culture. This was my first time outside of the US or Canada, and I gained invaluable skills navigating a new country and culture. I look forward to embarking on future travels!

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Brianne Perez

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
UDLAP

International Activities and Goals
As a member of the UDLAP Delegation, I was able to connect with health career professors and discuss similarities, differences, and ways that we can connect/exchange students. I also met many of the advisors in the International Office who would receive our students if they choose UDLAP and was very impressed with their kindness and helpfulness. The cities we visited were beautiful and full of history. I enjoyed being immersed in the culture and language and connecting with faculty/staff from GVSU. Thank for this opportunity!

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Michael Vrooman

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
La Universidad de las Américas, Puebla

International Activities and Goals
We traveled to Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico, to reestablish ties at UDLAP and explore potential opportunities at UDLAP for GVSU students, staff, and faculty. Our delegation was very well received.

Peter Zhang

Date of International Activity
3/2/2014 - 3/2/2014

Partnership University
UDLAP

International Activities and Goals
We went to Puebla and Mexico City to strengthen ties with UDLAP and explore potential opportunities for students, staff, and faculty from both universities. We also tried to learn as much about the host culture as we possibly could within this short time span. Another goal of ours was to establish personal connections with counterparts at UDLAP who share similar teaching and research interests. It was a fruitful experience on multiple counts. Please see the uploaded report for more detail.

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Polly Diven

Date of International Activity
2/27/2014 - 2/27/2014

Partnership University
Ritsumeikan APU and ICU-Mitaka

International Activities and Goals
I visited these two GVSU partners, as well as two historic sites. My full report is attached below.

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