Innovative US University Education Program “CC2U: College Connect”
Earlier this year U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp was
the guest of honor at a ceremony to launch “CC2U: College Connect” at
Montfort College, Chiang Mai. Recently, Dr. Elena Garate, the dean of
international education of Santa Monica College and her colleague Darlene
Culbertson, director of international programs at Foothill and De Anza
Colleges came back to give more information on the already successful
with tea at Rachamankha were (from left) Michael Vogt, (managing director
Chiangmai Mail); Sutthichok Linprasert, (division manager IC-ACE); Master
Phiphat Gnoksamoe, (Montfort College); Dr. Elena Garate, (dean international
education of Santa Monica College); Darlene Culbertson, (director of
international programs at Foothill and De Anza Colleges); Mike Hock (senior
counselor IC-ACE), and the F and B manager Rachamankha Hotel.
CC2U is innovative, structured and managed by IC-ACE
(International Center, Chiang Mai University) to link elite local high
schools with leading U.S. community colleges.
CC2U offers qualified local students smooth access to a
high-quality, cost-effective system to enter the US university education
system for undergraduate degrees. Applications are streamlined as all
documents can be verified and processed by IC-ACE for Web-based submission
to colleges, ITP TOEFL scores are accepted - (monthly tests at the
International Center, Chiang Mai University instead of traveling to Bangkok
for CBT TOEFL), and American SAT scores are not required.
In this Launch Phase, students from Montfort College,
Prince Royal’s College, and CMU Demonstration School will be eligible to
apply through IC-ACE for expedited admission to Santa Monica College (Los
Angeles, California), Foothill College (San Francisco area, California), and
De Anza College (San Francisco area, California). Under the CC2U program,
they will also be considered for over US$ 2,000 of Performance Recognition
Consul General Beatrice Camp (2nd left) gave a warm welcome to delegates
from IC-ACE’s CC2U program; Darlene Culbertson of Foothill and De Anza
Colleges (left), Dr. Elena Garate of Santa Monica College (2nd right); and
Mike Hock of IC-ACE (right).
Ranked by size of international student population in
2003-2004, Santa Monica College was #1 (over 2,900), De Anza College was #3,
and Foothill College was #9. Santa Monica College (SMC) was also the most
successful in transferring large numbers of international students to the
University of California system (UCLA, UC Irvine, etc), while Foothill and
De Anza Colleges (FHDA) transferred the highest number of international
students to the California State University system (San Jose State
University, etc) and UC Berkeley.
Consul General Bea Camp expressed support for the timely
introduction of CC2U as a real option for Thai students considering US
undergraduate education. She further stated that students pursuing
legitimate courses of study are welcome to apply for F-1 visas at the U.S.
Consulate General, Chiang Mai, where the issuance rate for such visas was
“over 92 percent in 2004” and typical processing time is less than two
days. Free educational counseling and visa advice is available at IC-ACE.
Sutthichok Linprasert, Division Manager of IC-ACE, added, “We’re
fortunate to have the support of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, with
special fares for our students to fly from Chiang Mai directly to Singapore
and connect conveniently to San Francisco or Los Angeles, plus a free
trolley bag/backpack. Local students will receive world-class guidance and
assistance in our CC2U program.”
Spirit Week at APIS
Fang An, APIS Intern
The students and staff of American Pacific International
School (APIS) recently enjoyed a fun-filled Spirit Week. Spirit Week is an
American school tradition where students bond through a variety of
activities. It is also a way to support the school’s sports teams in the
‘Amazing what you can do with school colors - red, blue, yellow and
A pep rally in the gymnasium Monday morning signaled the
official start of Spirit Week at APIS. Students competed in a poster-making
contest and a modeling contest by grade. They had 15 minutes to plan and
complete these projects, but despite the time constraint, all of the grades
finished with colorful and artistic designs.
Students showed their spirit throughout the week by
participating in each day’s theme activity. For example, Monday was school
color day, so everyone decked out in the APIS colors of red, white, blue,
and yellow. Students put their creative talents to use again on Tuesday,
which was bad hair and clash day. It was one day when no one was reprimanded
for wearing mismatched socks or came to school with wildly frizzy hair.
Wednesday seemed like a sleepover because it was pajama day. Madam
Tussaud’s figures came to life on Thursday as students dressed up as
famous people from past and present. And Friday was Nerd Day, when thick
spectacles suddenly became a chic fashion statement.
get into the spirit too - clash and bad hair day featuring Dr. Naji and
Grade 11 students.
The evenings were also filled with fun competitions,
including a table tennis tournament, water balloon toss, and eating relays.
Win or lose, the most important lessons learned were that effort counts the
most and every member of a team is valuable.
Amidst all the activities, the girls’ and boys’
volleyball teams had a busy week when they both played CMIS and NIS. APIS
students also competed in the senior swim meet at Prem and the junior swim
meet at NIS.
1&2 get into the spirit, winning the best original chant.
Spirit Week ended in grand fashion on Friday, when all
the winners from the week’s competitions were announced. The sports teams
were also recognized for their excellent results from the past week.
This event was organized by the APIS Student Council. During the week,
they designed flyers, prepared materials, and refereed competitions, on top
of all their regular schoolwork. Spirit Week would not have been as
successful without Student Council’s dedication and effort.
CMIS students explore the rain forest
Third grade students from Chiang Mai International School
(CMIS) are discovering the wonders of the rain forest. Recently they went on
a field trip to the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens where, with
investigative worksheets in hand, they explored the model rain forest housed
inside one of the garden’s glass greenhouses.
student inspects the giant rafflesia flower.
The students observed each of the four layers of the rain
forest, and worked hard at identifying the characteristics of the different
types of plants that thrive on the forest floor, the under story, the canopy
and the emergent layer.
One of the most spectacular and unusual plants they
examined was the giant rafflesia, a type of lily, which is the largest
flower in the world and which emits the stench of rotting meat to attract
Grade rain forest trekkers from CMIS.
The children later wrote down their general impressions
from the field trip. One very enthusiastic student commented that, “The
field trip was fun because I got to see the biggest plant in the world, and
the plant that eats flies, and the smelliest plant in the world!”
The third graders are currently constructing large-scale models of the
rain forest in their own classrooms as they continue their studies into one
of the world’s most precious and threatened resources.
Community Service Project at village school
Kristen Smart, Intern,
Visiting Schools Program
While completing a week-long program at the Prem Center
(PTIS), Grade 8 students from Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Indonesia
participated in a community service project in Mae Rim. In collaborative
efforts with the Grade 8 students of PTIS, the students spent a day at the
Ban Nong Pla Man village school, painting the tables and benches of the
cafeteria and playing with the local school children.
students spent the day painting the cafeteria of the Ban Nong Pla Man
In the course of a day, these two groups of students
worked together, transforming the cafeteria furniture from a dull brown to a
brilliant blue. They also spent time brightening the beams and outside walls
of the cafeteria, making it a welcoming place for the students to convene
during meal times. As half the group painted, the other half went into the
classrooms of grades 2 through 6.
Throughout the day, games of musical chairs, hokey-pokey,
and light-hearted songs ensued as the Grade 8 students thought of ways to
keep all the children engaged. Games of soccer also kept the groups in high
spirits, and the lower school students of Ban Nong Pla Man amazed the
students from Indonesia with how well they played.
The village school provided lunch for the Grade 8 students, which gave
the students from all three schools more time to interact. At the end, the
head of school presented the students and staff of Sekolah Pelita Harapan
and PTIS with a gift and thanked them for their work on the cafeteria and
their thoughtfulness with the children.
An evening with two young pianists
For this concert, the Music Department at Payap
University had invited two young piano students from Bangkok. Usa Napawan
and Monsikarn Promsukkul both study at Mahidol University, where they are
preparing for their master’s degree with Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul. For
them, this concert was a kind of try-out for their Degree Recital on
November 7. They both played on this evening the program that they will
present on that important occasion to the examination board.
Napawan (standing) with Monsikarn Promsukkul.
Both musicians started their performances with a Bach
‘Prelude and Fugue’. They then moved on to the great composers of the
eighteenth and nineteenth century. Monsikarn brought us a Beethoven sonata,
his No.6, Op.10, No.2. Later she played Schumann’s well-known
‘Papillons’ (Butterflies), a lively composition that was first played by
Schumann’s future wife, Clara in 1831.
Three piano pieces from Brahms were the choice that Usa
made for her examination. More light-footed were the ‘Danzas Argentinas’
from the famous South-American composer Alberto Ginastera; both the rhythm
and the romance from the tango were thrilling.
French composers were well-represented on Monsikarn’s
program. There were two ‘Pr้ludes’ from Claude Debussy, and a
wonderful interpretation of Ravel’s ‘Jeux d’eaux’ (Fountain), with
the sound of running water very much present.
The concert was concluded by Usa Napawan, who played Schubert’s
‘Sonata in A Major, D.959’, one of the 31 that he wrote during his short
life. Her interpretation of this monumental composition was very impressive.
It was a highly appreciated end of a beautiful evening of piano music. We
wish both musicians much success with their forthcoming examinations.
Orawan explores cultural identity at CMU exhibition
Chiang Mai University Art Museum is presenting the works
of Orawan Salis-Kusonsong, with an exhibition entitled Cultural Identity.
Salis-Kusonsong (right) poses with students viewing her self-portrait
Orawan is a Thai artist who has stayed in Finland and the
Netherlands and she presents eastern and western cultures through her
paintings. She uses rice as a material that represents her personal identity
as well as a cultural identity.
This exhibition is composed of mixed media, drawing, and
DVDs. A particularly poignant piece shows the artist’s face on a DVD,
slowly filling with grains of rice.
Cultural Identity is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 9.30 a.m. and 5
p.m. until October 25.