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| Columbus State University  | Columbus, GA

Hanane Toumi of Morocco, Omovueme Emasealu of Nigeria, and Alice-Roxana Barna of Romania won International Student Service Scholarships
and other awards.

The Speed Dating Approach
to International Conversations
A signature element of Columbus State's global education efforts is
the International Learning Community (ILC), which brings faculty
together with students in large numbers to delve into an important
issue over the course of a year through lectures, discussion groups,
films, field trips, and other activities inside and outside the classroom. Faculty choose a theme each year-migrations in 2013-2014,
revolutions and technology in 2012-2013, and "strangers in a strange
land" in 2011-2012-and commit specific classes to be part of the
ILC, which are marked in the course catalog as "I" classes. Many are
classes freshman must take as part of their First Year Community
experience, but some are upper division courses and they span a
dozen or more disciplines, from art and business to environmental
studies and theater. At least 700 students each year take part.
Sixteen evenings a year students come to the International House
for snacks and "Global Dialogues," which are small-group, studentto-student conversations that Rees, who chairs the International
Learning Community, likens to a form of "speed dating."
International students performing service in exchange for their
in-state tuition waivers lead the 90-minute dialogues. Students sit
at a half dozen tables and change tables every 15 minutes to hear
even more viewpoints. "They share a lot and hear a lot. It's really
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very intense and, when you read their writing afterwards, it gets
very personal," said Rees, who requires students in her "I" courses
to attend three dialogues a semester. Other faculty use them as an
opportunity for extra credit.
McCrillis said the dialogues give some students "their first chance
to hear viewpoints and attitudes other than those expressed by their
Georgia-born and -raised neighbors."
"Students are genuinely interested. That makes me very happy,"
said Vanessa Jackson, a Jamaican graduate assistant at the CIE who
earned her bachelor's degree in biology at CSU. "Columbus State
has become much more internationalized since I came in 2009."
Omovueme Emasealu, 26, a senior computer science major
from Nigeria, seconds that. "I think (Columbus State) is becoming
more international on a weekly basis," said Emasealu. He chuckles
about classmates' misconceptions and stereotypes about Africa,
but also appreciates how "very open and friendly" Americans are.
He still remembers his surprise on his first plane ride to Atlanta
when "a lady began telling me her life story. I was thinking, 'Really?
You can do that?'"
Alice Roxana Barno, 28, a pianist from Romania earning a second
bachelor's degree, relishes the mentoring from faculty. "Back home,
if you wanted to talk to a professor, you'd better make an appointment three weeks before and do not look him in the eyes," she said.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Focus
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