A memorial fundraiser for great music artist Jaran Manophet
A memorial fundraiser was organized on September 3 at Art
and Culture Museum of Chiang Mai University on the occasion of the fourth
anniversary of the great music artist Jaran Manophet’s death, to raise
funds to build Sala Laoluang Art Museum, as intended by Jaran.
Phanusiri, committee member of Sala Laoluang Art Museum.
Despite heavy rains, it was well attended by people who
remembered Jaran Manophet, the famous Lanna musical artist who composed
almost 300 songs and “Lanna symphony, The album” to raise revenue to
construct the Sala Laoluang Art Museum to exclusively display the work of
The fundraiser was attended by Khun Koong Kittikhun
Chiansong and Phusaming Norsawan, two of Jaran’s closest friends. They
played music in his memory and were joined by a local folksong band. There
were other activities such as ancient Lanna performances and feature movie
Ananya Phanusiri, member of the committee of Sala
Laoluang Art Museum, disclosed that revenue from this activity would be
combined with the budget to construct Sala Laoluang Art Museum and thus
realize one of Jaran’s dreams.
Land covering eight rai in Lamphun province for the
museum was donated by Khun Jao Dararat Na Lamphun. The estimated budget for
the museum is 25 million baht and more funds are required. Various local
works are now stored at Jakhamthanathorn School, Lamphun until the museum is
Anyone interested in being a donor for the museum can transfer money to
Krung Thai Bank account at: 547-150-055-5 or ask for more details at 0 5312
2779 and 0 1603 8178.
Leader of Democrats addresses Council of the University Faculty Senates
Slates educational standards under TRT
Chiang Mai University hosted a seminar of the Council of
the University Faculty Senates of Thailand (CUFST) 2005, joined by almost
400 lecturers from all over the country, at Central Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang
Vejjajiva, leader of Thailand’s Democrat Party lectures “Four Years of
Repair, Four years of Reconstruction and Thai University Education”.
Prof. Pongsak Angkasit, president of Chiang Mai
University said that this seminar was held to exhibit academic works and to
lecture on specially interesting aspects such as university education
adjustment in future and Thai university education under the Ministry of
Education. Small groups discussed university education and how to resolve
the country’s problems, decried the university education policy and Thai
university education change under ICL condition. Certainly much to chew on.
Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of Thailand’s Democrat Party
lectured on “Four Years of Repair, Four years of Reconstruction and Thai
University Education”. He said that after almost six years and the second
term of PM Thaksin Shinawatra, the ministry of education was mostly staffed
by substitutes and no one had sufficient ability to improve Thai education
to bring it up to the equivalent of western countries. In addition, the
government had canceled several university’s budgets; e.g. research
budgets, and that this discouraged social researchers. In his opinion,
government should not interfere with academics as each had experiences and
skills to research and these were beneficial for the country’s
Furthermore, the selection policy of high school students to continue to
study in university was not clear, even though the government has spent six
years to conclude that it should be an entrance or point average system,
causing confusion amongst students. Loans for study put students into debt
and they had to go quickly into the work market to repay their debts. He
would like government to pay more attention to Thai education and the
Ministry of Education, otherwise Thai educational standards may drop below
that of neighboring countries.
World Vision Foundation of Thailand “Wan Pan Rak Pua Nong” project
World Vision Foundation joined with Central Chiang Mai
for a charitable activity “Wan Pan Rak Pua Nong” (share love of
children) project September 1 - 3 at Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai. The
World Vision Foundation is a charitable Christian organization supporting
children and families for a better life.
Aroonwatanakul and Kanuengnit Jaksamithanon, actors from Bangkok join the
“Wan Pan Rak Pua Nong” activity.
“Wan Pan Rak Pua Nong” is an activity to bid for
personality’s possessions such as shirts. The entire proceeds would be
used in looking after children who were under the care of the foundation in
Baan Phae and Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai.
Besides this activity, the foundation offers a chance for
those who wanted to sponsor poor children for only 450 baht per month per
child until he or she finished high school or for as long as the sponsor
Whoever is interested in sponsoring or supporting these children should
visit the World Vision Foundation, north office at Tambon Sriphum, Muang,
Chiang Mai or call at 0 5340 4728-4 or to view www.worldvision.or.th
Military Training for LIST grades 10-12
Virginia Sue Smith, Director of Education Keep America
Beautiful, as an emissary of Citizen Connect along with the Consulate
General of the United States of America in Chiang Mai and the Pangfan Nature
Study Center, Regional Environmental Office 1, Yuparaj Wittayalai School,
Chiang Mai Area 1 Education Area Office and other schools in Chiang Mai
prepared a community development promotion activity.
Sue Smith (background), director of education for Keep America Beautiful
talks about improving the lives of local people, interpreted by Dr. Annop
Pongwat from Chiang Mai University.
The Citizen Connect program was organized on September 5
- 9, 2005 and those attending shared opinions about the environment and
peoples lives. Virginia Sue Smith spoke about activities to improve
environment and the life of the people, a project that was very successful
in the USA.
She said, “Keep America Beautiful is a national nonprofit public
Education organization, dedicated since 1953 to engaging individuals to take
great responsibility for improving their local community environments. For a
half century, Keep America Beautiful has been the nation’s leading
community improvement organization successfully implementing an effective,
systematic strategy for educating in recycling and reducing litter, and
changing individual attitudes about solid waste”.
TOK - Theory Of Knowledge
Senior students can learn from junior students
Tara Colen, Craig Rodgers
“How do plants grow?” asked Grade 11 student Nichar
Gregory to 2nd grade student Leighanna Graftston Westlund, while sitting on
the carpet in a junior school classroom. “Plants grow from seeds,
sunlight, and water,” responded Leighanna. Leighanna was answering this
question to help Grade 11 students learn what, how, and from whom do people
looks like a funny game, the interaction of Raphaela Turner and Sami
Forzinetti with first grader Benoit Terrien.
Last week, Ajarn Craig Rodgers and Ajarn Urs Jungo
brought their Grade 11 “Theory of Knowledge” (TOK) students at Prem
Tinsulanonda International School to visit Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes. The
students’ goal was to find out what young students believed about natural
phenomena. The older students were interested to learn what their younger
schoolmates believed when it came to answering questions such as “Why do
people get sick?” and “Where does rain come from?” This social science
investigation was the Grade 11 students’ first TOK project.
After meeting with the younger students, Grade 11 will be
preparing reports on one of the question’s responses. In the report,
students will be analysing the question posed to the younger student, as
well as analysing the experiment as a whole. Sonam Penjore, a Grade 11
student, commented, “It was interesting. The kids were really smart. They
responded to everything!” First grader Crawford Service commented on his
experience with older students, “It was great!”
The TOK course is a study that promotes critical and
compassionate thinking of contemporary global issues. Understanding why we
think the way we do and where our beliefs come from is the first phase of
the TOK course at Prem. TOK seeks to develop clear oral and written
communication skills, and to construct and analyse the validity of
arguments, to respect alternative points of view. TOK is a compulsory
component of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Next, the
classes will discuss what knowledge (epistemology) is, and how knowledge can
be constructed, mis-constructed and deconstructed via a jigsaw puzzle
Students of both ages had a great time interacting with
each other. Grade 11 students were eager to hear the responses of their
first and second grade schoolmates. Younger students loved responding to
questions and becoming friends with Grade 11. First grader ‘First’
Khunchan remarked, “He asked me about when along time ago people were
monkeys and had tails, so why don’t we have tails now?” I liked Billy
(grade 11). He’s my friend!”
Craig Rodgers, Senior School Principal, and TOK teacher commented, “I
am always fascinated by the variety and sincerity of younger students’
responses. I am equally impressed at the success of this activity in raising
awareness with older students about how learning is constructed. Through the
exercise, students realise the significance of family, friends, community
and culture as influences on beliefs and our understanding of the world.
We’ll do it again next year!” Craig is also a teacher training workshop
leader in TOK. TOK is taken for two academic years in grade 11 and grade 12.
SAT Prep Course at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS)
Jon Hartmann (Career Counselor CMIS)
Despite just having completed a full day of regular
studies, 35 CMIS students elected to spend another couple of hours after
school doing specialist work for the SAT exam. The score a student gets in
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is of great importance in gaining entry
to universities both in the USA and world wide. Many universities and
individual faculties of study have a required SAT score that must be
achieved in order to gain admission to their institution or program.
Invariably, the better the standard of the university, the higher the SAT
score needed to gain admittance. Students seeking entry to Ivy League
colleges in the United States, for example, must perform extremely well on
students focus on preparing for upcoming SAT Exams.
CMIS has a long tradition of impressive SAT performance,
with graduates having gained admission to such fine American colleges as
MIT, Boston and Bucknell, as well as to top universities in the UK, Europe,
Australia and Asia. High SAT scores have also resulted in our students being
offered substantial amounts of money in scholarships. The CMIS Graduating
Class of 2005 was no exception, achieving collective offers of scholarships
totaling over half a million US dollars.
The SAT exam has become even more challenging recently due to an increase
in the duration of the test and with the addition of an essay and critical
writing section. In response to this, CMIS is offering a 12 week SAT
Preparation course at no fee other than duplicating costs. We anticipate
that this course will be of great assistance to students who wish to raise
their SAT scores and we will be closely monitoring the results. (This course
is currently available only to students who are enrolled at CMIS.)
Science Week at the British Council
One week in August was designated as Science Week and the
British Council, in association with National Science Museum and Faculty of
Science, Chiang Mai University, provided a Science Show “Music to your
ears” that was presented by Science Made Simple from Cardiff University,
England. Its performance used music as a visual aid to study science simply
Al-Khalili, lecturer from the Department of Physics University of Surrey,
England gives knowledge to youths during Science Week.
World Year of Physics and 100 Einstein activities were
held on August 25. Dr. Jim Al-Khalili, lecturer of Department of Physics
University of Surrey, England was invited to speak at Montfort College about
“Einstein’s Brain: the search for genius”. This narration was a part
of Dr. Jim’s feature to present National Geography in England and it
attracted a good audience.
All the activities were to encourage Thai youths to participate in
creative activities, and to improve their brains by thinking. Almost 300
youngsters showed their interest in these activities.
Visid Vasuvat artworks exhibited
The Center for the Promotion of Arts and Culture, Chiang
Mai University held an exhibition of the work of Visid Vasuvat, elder artist
of Chiang Mai, who was one of the founders of the Faculty of Fine Arts and
the one who designed the logo and seal of Chiang Mai University.
viewed by candlelight
The exhibits were opened by Capt. Dr. Tawan Kangwanpong,
vice-president of Chiang Mai University Council. A blackout interrupted the
proceedings and the works had to be examined by candlelight, but this
apparently did not disturb the enjoyment of the art lovers.
Displayed art works presented nature and simple lifestyle
images. Visid used to go on jungle trips and his art reflected his love of
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until
September 22, at CMU Art Museum, Chiang Mai University.
“Pleng Jaran” concert remembers Lanna artist
The Kad Dhara at the Mandarin Oriental Dara Dhevi Resort
Chiang Mai organized a charity concert “Pleng Jaran” (Jaran’s songs)
on September 4, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of Jaran Manophet,
the Lanna artist’s death. Jaran’s music, both vocal and instrumental
that had never been performed before were played.
band from Payap University performs “Pleng Jaran”.
The songs were a mix of Pop, Jazz, World Music and a
capella, performed by The Big Banana – a capella and Thip bands from Payap
University, conducted by Ajarn Pareungkarn Wora-ulai, who was a close friend
Ajarn Pareungkarn has continued to make Jaran’s dream
come true, as Jaran intended to perform his songs in various concert styles.
The proceeds from this concert amounted to almost 40,000 baht and will be
used to build a museum in Lamphun, displaying Jaran’s and other Lanna
artists’ musical works.
Kad Dara project of Dara Dhevi Resort has planned to have a “Pleng
Jaran” concert every year, to raise funds for the museum.