A.C.E. and Montana State University have teamed up to visit partners and students throughout China. Kyle Louie from the A.C.E. marketing team and Brent Leavell from the MSU Office of International Programs visited students and staff at schools in Chengdu. We look forward to welcoming these students to A.C.E. in the future!
A.C.E. Senior Advisor Tom Goetsch presented on “Cross-Cultural Educational Leadership” at the Leadership International Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan in partnership with Advisory Member Dr. Ali Abishev and E2 Educational Services.
ACEJ Advisor Ms. Yoshiko Yamashita visited the A.C.E. Central office and A.C.E. Language Institute at SPU on February 24-25, 2014. Ms. Yamashita observed classes with the visiting group of students from Mie University, Japan. During their 5-week program, the Mie students are taking intensive English classes at A.C.E. and learning about American culture through excursions such as Pike Place Market, Bainbridge Island, and the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont. ACEJ, or the American Cultural Exchange of Japan, is a long-time educational partner of A.C.E. We welcome the Mie students and Ms. Yamashita during their time with A.C.E.
Nine students and their teacher Andrea in the level 4 Reading and Writing class participated in a Service Learning Project to serve the homeless residents at Tent City 3 in Shoreline, WA. The project was operated in two stages and lasted about 4 hours.
First, the students gathered at the Sandpoint Community United Methodist Church to prepare and cook a meal for about 100 residents. The menu on that day was lasagna, green beans, fresh bread and fruit juice. That involved a lot of chopping onions, mixing sauces, cooking ground beef and slicing bread. They got a lot of help from Jeff, Bill and Anna who graciously coordinated the kitchen activities.
The second stage was delivering the food to the residents at Tent City at St. Dunstan in Shoreline. The weather was particularly cold and wet that evening which helped them realize how challenging it is to live outdoors during the winter months. However, the residents of Tent City welcomed them with warm smiles and showed their immense gratitude by sharing their stories. The meal was a success and they came away with an experience they will never forget.
Students had some of the following comments:
“I did not expect to see homeless people from other countries than the U.S.; one of the residents I met was from Mexico and the other from Puerto Rico.”
“I did not expect the number of homeless living and eating in Tent City. There were so many of them.”
“What homeless people need is not only money but also respect. I felt happy when I actually cooked and served the food to them.”
A.C.E. International Advisory Council member Paull Shin retired from public office last Tuesday. Senator Paull Shin, the first Korean American ever elected to Washington State Legislature, announced Tuesday his resignation after 15 years of service upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Herald. In his written letter of resignation, Sen. Shin declared with dignity that his “recent health problems and a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease make it impossible for me to represent my constituents in the manner they deserve.”
According to his website, Sen. Paull Shin’s unusual path to Olympia coupled with his proactive approach towards community building has gained him high renown throughout Korean and Asian American communities. Shin, 78, was born in Korea and lived as an orphan until he was adopted by an American GI at 16 during the Korean War. After arriving in the United States, Sen. Shin learned English and passed the GED, went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Public and International Affairs, and then received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. After 31 years of teaching at the university level, he retired, only to be elected to the Washington State Senate in 1999. Sen. Shin became widely known as a strong advocate for higher education, the developmentally disabled, immigrant rights, and mutual economic development, all of which earned him deep respect from his colleagues and community.
Sen. Shin, described as a stalwart supporter and true friend of higher education, has been a long standing member of A.C.E.’s International Advisory Council. The International Advisory Council serves as a voluntary global network to collaborate with A.C.E. periodically on resources and trends in the field of international education. In this capacity, Sen. Shin has welcomed Korean groups to A.C.E., such as the 2011 Korean Educational Delegation from the Gangwon Provincial Office of Education and the Gangwon International Language Institute. A.C.E. expresses gratitude for Sen. Shin’s commitment to international education within our organization and Washington state.
On January 11th, Sen. Marko Liias and the Washington State Senate honored former Sen. Paull Shinn with a resolution commemorating his service in office and his personal embodiment of the American dream. Follow the link below to read the complete resolution and watch coverage from the ceremony.
Happy New Year to all our friends around the world! Have a look back at our 2013 year in photos. http://www.cultural.org/about/2013photos/
On November 8th, A.C.E. hosted a generous 40th anniversary reception in collaboration with the Eiken Foundation of Japan for the global partners and alumni of A.C.E. Language Institutes in Tokyo.
A.C.E. was honored to have friends of A.C.E. from Japan, including key representatives from the Eiken Foundation of Japan, university partners, and local agents in attendance. As a highlight of the reception, A.C.E. Senior Adviser Sam Shepherd and A.C.E. President & CEO David Woodward gave keynote speeches on the fruitful history of A.C.E. relations with the Eiken Foundation of Japan and our Japanese educational institution partners. Cheers to a successful 40 years!