Photos – 2011 Irish Studies Trip Abroad

Irish Studies 2011 Trip Abroad

GRCC’s Irish Studies program is currently half-way through a trip through Ireland and has sent an update on some of the amazing experiences they’ve had thus far.  The photos in this slideshow depict some of the following:

  • Desmond Murphy giving the students a historical and cultural tour of South Armagh
  • The group after exploring a church dating from the 1600s
  • GRCC students Blake VanHouten and Sarah Neitzel studying a dolmen constructed in the neolithic period
  • Prof. Susan Williams and her Medieval Irish History class at the ruins of Castle de la Roche, a Norman castle form the early 13th century
  • Prof. Bob Hendershot and his Peace and Reconciliation class in Derry, meeting with Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume

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Irish Foreign Studies Program

We still have four seats left for the Irish Foreign Studies Program this Summer (May 3 – June 16)! If you know of any students or if you are interested in joining us, please visit the website at or stop on in to the office to pick up an application.

Or if you can’t go but could mention it to your classes, student workers, friends, co-workers, etc… we’d greatly appreciate it! It’s a fabulous program, a great opportunity and only $130 a day including two meals a day, lodging, entrance fees, transportation, activities, etc… (not including tuition for nine credits and airfare). It’s a fantastic deal!

Study Away in Paris and Provence, May 9 – 20, 2011

$3,525 based on double occupancy’ occupancy ($4100 single), includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodations.  Tuition and fees for HU 293 French Culture and Civilization (3 credits) are separate.  $500 deposit due by Monday, February 14.  Students and Community Members are welcome. It is not necessary to speak French in order to travel with the class.

What’s Included:

  • Round-trip transportation from GRCC to O’Hare Airport
  • Round-trip air transportation from Chicago to Paris returning from Marseille via scheduled airline service by any IATA approved airline.
  • All airline taxes and service charges
  • Accommodations in three star hotels based on double/twin occupancy (2 persons sharing a room).
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as outlined in the itinerary
  • TGV train transportation from Paris to Avignon
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary with a local, professional, English-speaking guide
  • All local transfers and transportation
  • All local taxes and service charges

What’s Not Included:

  • GRCC Tuition for HU 293 (3 credits) if enrolling
  • Cost of passport or other travel documents
  • Meals and sightseeing not included in the trip program
  • Travel Accident/Trip Cancellation Insurance. Details will be provided upon registration
  • Beverages with included lunches and dinners
  • For more information, please contact Professor Hillery Haney at (616) 234-4380

International Studies Workshops for Faculty

The Midwest Institute will receive funding from the Dept. of Education to organize several summer workshops in 2011 thru 1014. specifically, the 2011 workshops well be: Africa; Latin America; Global Values, responsibility and leadership; and Global Interactions and Exchanges. the workshops will b offered in Kalamazoo for the purpose of providing information and resources to faculty for the development of curriculum modules on various aspects or issues relating to one of the weekly workshops. For each workshop, 15 faculty will be selected on a “FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE” basis. Each faculty will receive a $1000 stipend for his/her participation and the development of a curriculum module to be infused into at least one course he/she will be teaching.

For more information contact Aleta Anderson at x4879.

Opportunities for Faculty to Internationalize Their Curriculum

Below are two exceptional opportunities for faculty to internationalize their curriculum.  If you have any questions please contact Aleta Anderson at ext. 4879.

“Chemistry Research and Higher Education in Germany: Today’s Endeavors Towards Green Chemistry”

In December 2010, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will sponsor an informational visit on current developments in chemistry research and higher education in Germany. The tour is for North American faculty, scientists and administrators and will take place from December 5th to December 11th, 2010.

The main focal points are environmentally-friendly synthesis, production and recycling processes with a special focus on catalysis, new polymers and nanomaterials. Participants will visit various institutions to learn about cutting-edge research and its application. There will be visits to renowned universities and research institutions, including Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, RWTH Aachen, Heidelberg University, Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, and Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Chemistry) as well as BASF, the world’s leading chemical company.

With this tour DAAD offers scientists and administrators an opportunity to learn about the present situation in chemistry research and higher education in Germany. We hope to enable them to identify common interests and starting points for cooperation in these areas as well as possible funding opportunities.

The program will be in English. All program-related costs in Germany (accommodations, travel, most meals) will be borne by the DAAD. Intercontinental travel is at the participants’ expense.

Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens or residents, have a special interest in Germany and transatlantic cooperation, and a relevant professional position. They should not have recently participated in another information trip to Germany.

Applications must be received by October 6, 2010.

For further information, please go to: or contact:
Uta Gaedeke at 212-758 3223 x:209 or via e-mail at

This Just In: All 2011 Dates and Fees Now Available!

CIEE has announced its Internatinal Faculty Development Seminars for 2011.  There are 17 seminars in 22 countries.  Log in to: .  All dates and fees for 2011 seminars have now been confirmed, and are available on the IFDS website. Further information on what is included in the seminar fee can be found here.

Here’s an example: Seminar Focus: Turkey

2011 will mark a milestone of 15 successful years for the CIEE faculty seminar to Turkey, and the content continues to evolve along with Turkey itself. To further develop the theme of Identity, Community, and Culture in Contemporary Turkey, new locations will be incorporated to highlight the relationship between rural and urban, historic and contemporary, and uniformities and distinctions among the Turkish people. Stay tuned to the September edition of this newsletter for further details about how the 2011 program will bring new light to Turkey’s most critical issues

International Studies Development Seminars Available for Faculty

The Midwest Institute, a consortium of community colleges in the Midwest extending as far south as Florida and north to the Dakotas, is offering faculty development seminars along with a stipend of $1000 for the curriculum module you would create. There are still openings for Europe (July 26-30), Languages, Global Communication & Exchanges (August 2-6), and Globalization and the Environment (August 9-13). Contact Aleta Anderson x4879 if interested.

Upcoming International Faculty Development Seminars

The following International Faculty Development Seminars are offered through CIEE (Council on International Education and Exchange):
  • Middle Eastern Women: Tradition, Development, and Change
  • Human Rights in Thailand: Military Coups, Social Movements, and Rule of Law
  • Social and Political Challenges of the New Russia
  • Climate Change: The Reefs and Waterways of Australi
  • Revolution and Neoliberal Reform in Nicaragua
Anyone interested in attending one of these seminars may contact Aleta Anderson, ext. 4879

Internationalization Education Opportunities for GRCC Faculty

GRCC has the following opportunities for Internationalization of the Curriculum, offered by MIIIE, the Midwest Institute for International & Intercultural Education:

  1. Title VI grant project for 1010-1013 from the U.S. Department of Education:

Develop a degree in International/Global Studies (one-year or two-year)

  1. Title VI Grant Project for 2010-2013:

At least 3 faculty to participate in summer workshops of the 2010-1013 period for the purpose of developing at least one curriculum module, organize/participate in at least one overseas project of interest to your students and/or faculty.

Each faculty will receive $1000 for the participation & development of a module.

  1. The 17th Annual Conference is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.  The keynote presentation will be given by David Smith, U.D. Institute of Peace.  Workshops and Roundtables will cover the following topics: Assessment and Rubrics for Cross-Cultural Experiences, Conflict and Peace Studies programs at CCs, Fulbright GPAs: china, Czech, Japan-S. Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Collaborative Projects in Brazil, china, Mexico, and Vietnam
  2. Invitations for faculty to participate in a Fulbright GPA Project in: Vietnam, Japan & S. Korea, China, Malasia, and the Czech Republic.

Please contact Aleta Anderson, ext. 4879 if interested and to receive more information.