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Taniqua Ward's abstract submission, "Body Composition of Older Adults: Muscular Power," was approved for presentation for National Conference for Undergraduate Research on March 29-31, 2012 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Taniqua is an Exercise & Fitness Management major. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars in all fields and from all types of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.
On April 2, 2012, the College of Education and Professional Studies hosted five international guests as part of the American Language: Connecting English Teachers to U. S. Society and Culture program, an initiative sponsored by the United States Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The specific objectives for this project are to enhance the visitors’ understanding of American culture and history, to showcase the geographical and multicultural diversity of American English and its dialects, to provide opportunities for visitors to interact with language teachers and students and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology, and to connect visitors with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels. Dr. April Haulman, professor and program coordinator of the master’s program in Bilingual / Teaching English as a Second Language program and Ms. Cheryl Huffman, program design, evaluation and professional development consultant, made presentations to the visitors focusing on initiatives related to English language learners in our state and region.
International visitors included:
- Mr. Allani Lazare Ogoutegbe, Inspector of English Teaching in Secondary Schools, National Office of Pedagogic Inspection, Benin;
- Ms. Fatma Ismail Wali, Head, English Language Department, Sheikh Khalifa Secondary School, Monbasa, Kenya;
- Ms. Izabela Multarzynska, Teacher Consultant, Malopolskie Teachers Learning Center, Poland;
- Ms. Rossana Vaoaiga Mauala, Language Lecturer, National University of Somoa, Faculty of Education, Samoa; and
- Mr. Ariyaratnam Harry Gnanarajan, Head Master, Primary School Coordinator, English Language Programs, St. John’s College, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Visitors were accompanied by Mr. Donta Taylor, English Language Officer, U.S. Department of State, and Ms. Kay Bickham who served as local visit programmer. This international exchange opportunity included visits to several other U.S. cities. In addition to visiting the UCO campus, the Oklahoma City tour included meetings with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Sam Noble Museum on the University of Oklahoma Campus, several schools and other service agencies in the Oklahoma City area.