Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TODAY at 5:30 in Swan AUD: REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT New project REUSE of disposable food packaging and public lecture

Public lecture: Community Investors: Artist Practice as Social Innovation
Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m., Swan Hall auditorium, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA

The project Reuse: disposable food packaging is a project by the Berlin based project group REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT. 
Reuse is designed as an interdisciplinary open process to work with students from Art, Engineering, and Communication. Reuse will raiseawareness of disposable food and beverage packaging, encourage its avoidance and promote the use and reuse of natural resources.Disposable food packaging will be collected, granulated and transformed and designed in an engineering process. The project will enrich the discourse about a sustainable campus and help the university pioneer innovative ways to promote conservation, recycling and reuse of natural resources. Students learn problem-based approaches inside and outside the classroom and explore the complexity of circles and to translate it into a sustainable design. They will develop an understanding of interconnections within this interdisciplinary practice.
This pilot project will contribute to integrating interdisciplinary learning on problem-based solutions at URI. Sharing resources and knowledge will be one of the future sources. Art can be the gateway to develop holistic narratives.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Reminder: Flagship & Honors Info Session Today at 5 PM

Dear Flagship Students:

Please join Dr. Lynne Derbyshire, Director of the University Honors Program, for a conversation about the Honors Program particularly as it pertains to Flagship students. 

Monday, October 27 from 5-6 PM
Hillside Hall Main Lounge
Light refreshments will be served.

Learn about the following and come with your own questions:
What are the advantages to completing the University Honors Program in addition to Flagship?
What are the requirements and how do Flagship Chinese courses contribute to those requirements?
What resources are available to me through Honors?

URI Flagship Students Reels and Pham Selected as Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows

We are proud to announce that two of our URI Flagship students, Eric Reels and Minh Pham, were selected as Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows.  Reels and Pham recently attended the Project Pengyou Leadership Summit at Harvard University and are now working to found a chapter of Project Pengyou here at URI focused on U.S.-China relations.

Read the press release for more information:

The 3rd Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island - Enter by Oct. 31!

Sponsors: URI Confucius Institute, Chinese Flagship Program, Chinese Section of Department of Languages, and Chinese Program of Brown University
Dear Chinese Students,
Hope you have been enjoying taking Chinese this fall! The annual Chinese speech contest in Rhode Island has been a success since 2012, Our mission is to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all. Also, we hope to provide an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their journey of learning Chinese. We are delighted to announce our annual program of The Third Annual Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island. Please see details below.
Final Contest Date: Friday, November 14th, 2014, 12:00-2:00 pm
Place: Edwards Auditorium (64 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI, 02881)
Registration and Rules

1. Each applicant is required to:
1)  Complete an application form online:
2)  Email a 1-minute video or recording of your speech sample on any topics (self-introduction, the topic of your speech, etc.).

2. The length and content of speech are required as follows:
1. 100-level
1-minute speech
1-minute talent show
2. 200-level
2-minute speech
talent show optional
3. 300+-level
3-minute speech
talent show optional
Students are free to choose their own theme of speech based on their own Chinese language skills and life experiences as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture.
The talent show is required for the 100-level for the final contest. The talent show is not required for the 200 and 300+- levels. If you do it, it will be your extra credits. The talent show can be singing of a Chinese song, recitation of a Chinese poem, etc. There is no specific genre as long as it is related to China and Chinese culture. The length is 1 minute. 
3. After reviewing the application materials, we will invite 20 finalists (8 100-level, 6 200-level, and 6 300+-level) to compete at the final contest on Nov. 14th , 2014. The invitation notice will be sent out by Nov. 4th, 2014, together with further details.
4. The finalists need to prepare the following materials and have them email to urichinese@gmail.com by Nov. 7th, 2014.
1)  A script (in both Chinese and English) of the speech.

2)  Applicant’s selfie
3)  Any other materials, such as music for the talent show, power point slides, etc. (If any).
5. During the final contest, the judges will ask two or three questions immediately afterwards based on the delivered speech.
6. Finalists must be present on-site on Nov. 14th, 2014.
7. Parking Guidance: A parking lot is available behind the visitor’s center. A visitor pass is needed daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the whole stay on weekdays. Simply park beside the visitor’s center and tell them you are here for the speech contest. They will open the gate for you to enter the parking lot. The visitor’s center is located at 45 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881.

*Incomplete applications will not be processed. No registration will be accepted after Oct. 31st, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email urichinese@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting with you at The 3rd Chinese Speech Contest in Rhode Island!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chinese Flagship Program Application Now Open for Spring 2015 Admission for Current Undergraduates - Apply by Dec. 1

We are pleased to announce that the application is now open and due December 1 for Spring 2015 admission to the Chinese Flagship Program.

Who is eligible?
  • Students at any level of Chinese from any major who are
    • Honors-eligible = Min. GPA of 3.3
    • committed to long-term study on campus and in China - Flagship students typically complete the Capstone Year in China in the 4th year
    • have professional goals related to China and the Chinese language

Apply online at http://web.uri.edu/chineseflagship/getting-in/ by December 1
  • Application form
  • Personal statement in English
  • Chinese writing sample
  • 3 letters of recommendation - at least one from a Chinese instructor

Want to learn more?  Attend a Flagship Information Session:
Email us at flagship@etal.uri.edu 
Talk to Flagship students at Chinese Tea & Conversation Hour today and every Friday 4:30-5:30 in Hillside Lounge.

Students currently enrolled in CHN 101 or 102 who are admitted to Flagship will be expected to participate in the FREE Flagship Winter Immersion Program January 5-16 here on campus. Students at higher levels of Chinese will be assessed for proficiency and placed at the appropriate level on an individual basis.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter Program in China - Applications Due Next Week

Dear Students of Chinese,

We are pleased to announce the 2014-15 Winter Program in China for students currently enrolled in one of the following courses:

- CHN 111H
- CHN 102
- CHN 103
- CHN 215H

Please submit BOTH The Program Application and The Confucius Institute Scholarship Application by Monday, October 20th.

You can find the applications and more information on the trip HERE.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

10/21: Demers Fellowship for Foreign Language Study Info Session

All students who are interested in applying to the next round of the Beatrice Demers Fellowship for Foreign Language Study AND all faculty planning on writing letters of recommendation are urged to attend the Demers Info Session on Tue, Oct. 21, 5:00 PM in Swan Hall Auditorium.

For more information on the Demers Fellowship go to:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Webinars TODAY, Oct. 8 and Oct. 17 - Fully-funded study in China

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will be hosting 2 more webinars this fall. Each webinar will give an overview of the CLS Program but also dive into a specific topic related to the program. The first webinar has passed but a recording of the webinar will be posted on our website shortly! The next one is TODAY (Oct. 8th) - more details below. 

CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States.

You can learn more about CLS by visiting the program website (www.clscholarship.org) or by attending one of the webinars. The webinars are open to students, faculty, staff and administrators so please spread the word! 

Webinar #2

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 8th 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. 

Topic: This webinar will focus on possible obstacles that community college students face when thinking about studying abroad and challenges these students may encounter while on program (as well as the support they will receive from CLS staff before and during the program).

Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event): http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=o%2bKldBparDt8JkY4P6QZEw%3d%3d

Webinar #3

Date & Time: Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. 

Topic: This webinar will provide information about the CLS Program, offer tips for a successful application and give ample time for Q&A. This webinar will focus heavily on application tips and will go into this topic in depth. 

Link to access the webinar (on the day of the event): http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=3iIkUsfTXOgsaYhgDDeAbQ%3d%3d

For questions and to RSVP, please contact Sarah Bartfeld by email at: sbartfeld@americancouncils.org  (preferred method) or by phone at: 202-833-7522 

Sarah Bartfeld
Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L Street N.W., Suite 1200
Washington, D.C. 20036
T 202-833-7522
F 202-833-7523