Marvin visited a special friend of ours
last week. When he went to his house he saw that there were lots and lots of
pens in a special cupboard. These pens were not for using because they
belonged to a special collection. This man had collected pens from countries
all over the world and one of the pens was even 100 years old! It was a very
unusual collection. Marvin was so impressed that he wants to start his own
collection of something. I told him that many people collect stamps, coins,
teaspoons and many other things but he can’t decide. Do you have a special
collection of anything? Write to Marvin and tell him about it. You con send
your letter to:
156-158 Im-boon Housing Estate
T. Changmoi, A. Muang,
Chiang Mai 50300
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 053 234 145
OR FAX (038) 893 720
1) Why did the window box?
2) Why did the projector blush?
3) Why are goldfish gold?
4) What kind of fish is famous?
1) Because it saw the garden fence.
2) Because it saw the film strip.
3) So that they don’t go rusty.
4) A starfish.
Bye from Marg and Marvin
Chiang Mai dancers score in Australia
Chiang Mai Ballet Academy students win international dance competition
The international dance competition, the 2004 Theatrical
Festival, hosted by the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD),
was held in Perth, Western Australia, in July.
and Nootchanart both aged 24, have been ballet and jazz students with ML
Preeyapun Sridhavat (centre) since 1987. They are now ballet and jazz
teachers themselves at the Chiang Mai Ballet Academy.
It annual competition has been running for 25 years, and
is very popular with all dancers in the Asia-Pacific region.
3,500 participants took part, mainly from Perth, but also
from the UK, the USA, China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Indonesia,
Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Two dancers from Chiang Mai Ballet Academy competed.
Sarassanan Chantharabart won the first prize in the Modern Ballet category
and she also gained second prize in Jazz dance. Nootchanart Saiudom took
second prize in the Modern Ballet category as well as winning an Honorable
Mention in Jazz dance.
These results give our dancers international as well as
adding more trophies to their collections.
The trip was funded by the Commonwealth Society of
Teachers of Dancing (CSTD), Australia in conjunction with the Chiang Mai
Ballet Academy. Chaperone Betty Tilley, the C.S.T.D. Asia Pacific Regional
Director, and ML Preeyapun Sridhavat, Director of the Chiang Mai Ballet
Academy went with them.
It was very inspiring for the Chiang Mai Ballet dancers
to see the high levels of excellence shown by the students in Perth.
Children learn acrobatics at a very young age, and all dancers seem to
manage difficult steps and high kicks with the greatest of ease.
In Thailand one might find one or two dancers in a whole
school with this level of expertise, yet in Perth you see groups of 20
dancers able to dance to this level. It was mesmerizing!
The results gained by the two Chiang Mai dancers are even more
outstanding when looked at against such stiff competition.
Go USA 2004
Mike Hock, CMU
IC-ACE (International Center, CMU) recently hosted the
Northern Regional version of the 19th General Orientation Sessions for US
The Bangkok-based organizers (the US Embassy, IIE,
Bangkok Bank, and Office of Civil Service Commission) were actively involved
helping to run the various briefings and workshops at CMU’s International
General Eric Rubin takes time to visit with the participants.
IC-ACE also welcomed deans and directors from Santa
Monica College (Los Angeles) and the International MBA Program,
Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio), who shared their experience in workshops and
In total, around 500 visitors to the event heard
presentations by 50 distinguished speakers, US Alumni and AUA on key
features of US Education, Global English, BrainFlex Plus!, TOEFL ITP, GRE
and GMAT. Officers from the US consulate general conducted a popular
workshop on US student visas and a pre-departure briefing.
During Go USA 2004! the best Chiang Mai and Lampang high schools competed
in the qualifying round of the US Consul General’s Challenge Trophy 2004.
US Consul General Rubin took pleasure in presenting prizes to the winning
teams: Lampang Kanlayanee, Yupparaj Wittayalai, and Prince Royal’s
College. Looks like it will be exciting when Prince Royal’s College
defends their championship status during the BrainFlex Plus! Olympiad
scheduled for late November.
Generous Japanese families
give scholarships to the needy
Through the Etouzaidan Foundation, Japanese families have
donated scholarships to 315 students in Chiang Mai, as well as others to Mae
Hong Son and Mae Wang students. Scholarships were also given to 107 students
in Mae Hong Son and 50 students in Mae Wang district’s Ban Kad.
Kanga, left, chairperson of the Etozaidan Foundation, presents a scholarship
to a student.
The ceremony, hosted by the Regional Office of Education,
Area 4, took place at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium Hotel on July 21.
Katsuhiro Shinohara, Japanese Consul General, encouraged
the students to continue doing their best in their studies. The Japanese
families believe that education is a significant component in the
country’s development. The NPO Etou Foundation in Japan collects money
from families while the Etouzaiden Foundation, Chiang Mai acts as the
intermediary in Thailand to place the scholarships.
right) Katsuhiro Shinohara, Japanese consul general; Shirabe Kanga,
chairperson of the Etozaidan Foundation; Saitou Reishi, its deputy
chairperson; and Fuji Shucho of the foundation’s committee with some of
Japanese family members who have given scholarships to Thai students.
Each scholarship is for six years and each family in
Japan ‘adopts’ one Thai student during this time. The foundation
selected those students who do well at school and come from poor families.
According to the foundation, students in secondary level
will receive 2,000 baht a year while high school students get 3,000 baht a
year from their Japanese ‘families’. Funding for college students is
given based on the judgment of the supporting families.
The foundation has been running this project for eight years and
increasing numbers of families in Japan are showing interest in giving
financial support to Thai students, as can be seen from the fact that this
year’s number of scholarships rose by 70.
CMU lecturer’s traffic light system wins award
SVAT system increases traffic light efficiency by 45 percent
Relations Department, Chiang Mai University
Watha Minsen, a Chiang Mai University lecturer from the
Statistics Department in the Faculty of Science; Chayanont Minsen, a
graduate student of Mahanakorn University of Technology in Bangkok; and
Supattra Noiboonlue, a lecturer at Rajapark College have won the first
runner-up award in the 2nd Thailand Embedded System Contest organized by the
National Electronics and Computer Technology Center at the professional
level in the freestyle category.
Their project is the Smart Vehicle Actuated Thailand
(SVAT). SVAT is a traffic system control which was formulated under the
supervision of advisor Asst Dr Jitkasem Ngamnil.
Watha said that the SVAT was created following their
understanding of traffic jam problems, which have been getting worse even in
many regional cities. They believe that one of the causes is an ineffective
traffic light system.
SVAT uses a fully actuated control which can
automatically observe presence of cars on each side of the street, and
change the traffic light sequence accordingly.
It consists of three main components with an inductive
loop detector, micro controller and traffic light controllers. SVAT is also
unique since there is no set time before traffic lights change, so drivers
do not have to wait long to move if there are no cars on the other side of
When an experimental trial of the system was carried out, it was found
that SVAT increased the efficiency of traffic light changes by 45 percent.