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CMU nurses join Buddha Sihing procession

Rotary peace studies to begin at Chulalongkorn University

Soroptimist to launch Chiang Mai chapter

Local radio station promotes English and community events

Senior year is more than just study

CMU nurses join Buddha Sihing procession

Archarn Siriluck Wattanapong, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at Chiang Mai University accompanied by faculty staff and nursing students attending the grand parade of the Phra Buddha Sihing image

Rotary peace studies to begin at Chulalongkorn University

Rotary International has selected 25 professionals from 15 countries to study in a new program that teaches practical skills surrounding conflict resolution and mediation to leaders from around the world.

The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program, a three-month curriculum taught at Chulalongkorn University, builds conflict resolution skills for professionals who work in fields involving conflict resolution and mediation.

The program offers an intensive curriculum developed and taught by international and regional experts on peace and conflict studies. It is aimed at mid- to upper-level professionals in governments, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, academia, and media agencies.

The 25 participants who begin studies in July 2007 are a diverse group representing a wide array of professional backgrounds. Their interests and areas of expertise include education, human rights, armed forces, public policy, economic development, arts, and social justice.

The Rotary selected participants include:

Anslem Agbonyeme of Nigeria, deputy superintendent of police in Lagos, Nigeria.

Abdujabbor Kayumov, of Tajikistan, program coordinator with Fariza, a community and peace building nongovernmental organization. Dennis McMahon, of the USA, is a researcher with a forestry and environmental organization in Cambodia. Naganan Ananth Edirisinghe, is a consultant for nongovernmental organization in Sri Lanka. Ratchanee Phataisit, of Thailand, works with the Center of Environmental Dispute Prevention and Resolution department with the Thai government.

Individuals interested in future sessions should contact their local Rotary clubs or email Bangkok.Peace [email protected] for more information. Applications are currently being accepted for the January 2008 and succeeding sessions. Additional information is available at www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/index.html.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in nearly 170 countries.

Soroptimist to launch Chiang Mai chapter

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific will hold their inauguration of the new Soroptimist International of Chiang Mai chapter on May 26, 2007 at the Amari Rincome Hotel at 3:00 p.m.

Delegates from Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia are expected to attend the club chartering in Chiang Mai, headed by founding member and advisor Cory Croymans and president Dr. Carolina San-Miguel Thompson, both residents of Chiang Mai.

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific (SISWP) is one of four federations in the world’s largest classified service organization for business and professional women. Soroptimist International has more 100,000 members in 3,000 clubs in over 120 countries and territories.

The Federation of the South West Pacific includes clubs in 12 countries: Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and People’s Republic of China, Samoa and Solomon Islands. Soroptimists are executive women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups who work through a Program of Service to make a difference for women throughout the world.

The new members of Soroptimist International Chiang Mai will make a pledge to promote, uphold and defend the following ideals: The sincerity of friendship, the joy of achievement, the dignity of service, the integrity of profession and the love of country. SISWP wishes them well in all their endeavors.

For more information visit www.soroptimist.org.

Local radio station promotes English and community events

The Helping Hand radio hosts enjoyed Songkran outside KK Travel where June the owner provided food and delicious cake.

Helping Hand can be found on FM 93.25 on your radio dial. It is part of the Public Relations Department Region 3 in Chiang Mai. The hosts (all volunteers) are from many countries and include Thai English speakers. Helping Hand is a live program and on the air every evening from 7:30pm - 9pm.

The show has two purposes; to promote English and to give the Thai people an opportunity to listen and practice their English and to promote community events including those that raise money for charities and foundations.

The call in number for FM 93.25 is 053 821193.

Senior year is more than just study

Jon Hartmann,
Prem Tinsulanonda International School

The senior year (Grade12) is where perhaps the two of the four big lifetime decisions are made, namely "What will I study at University and what University will I go to?" The other two big decisions are debatable but consensus suggests they are who you marry and where and when you buy a house. Clearly, however high or not you rate these decisions there can be no argument that your choice of University and course there will have a huge impact on your future.

Jon Hartmann, Counsellor at Prem

The context of this decision is far from ideal. Amid the pressure of performance in the hardest academic subjects you have ever tackled and the pressure of being a young adult with new privileges in an ever increasing social world, you have to devote a huge amount of time and effort into your career research and university choice. However, if you have been wise, you will have begun this work two years ago and even visited desirable campuses during your summer break. The International Student certainly has the hardest decisions to make compared to the local student who will go to their local University. Choice of countries and Universities and Colleges in them can be very confusing, even more so if you are not sure what you want to study.

If you feel anxiety, stress, great hope and anticipation coupled with depression and fear be assured that this is normal. It is never going to be easy making these decisions but there are a couple of things that can help.

You must start by being realistic about yourself. Get to know yourself, your likes, your abilities and above all your values. Try to take a long term view of where you see yourself in 5 years time. Use aptitude tests like the ID ME test in myroad.com and others to get an accurate profile of who you are.

The next step is to pick a broad pathway rather than a specific job. Say for example you pick Medicine you can then research the hundreds of jobs ranging from Radiographer to Naturopath in the medical area. Pick a few that you like and research them. Once again programs like myroad.com help you here with thousands of jobs online. You don’t have to have a specific job lined up to go to University but you must have a pathway.

Pick a range of Colleges/Universities whose entry criteria match your estimated ability. I would also suggest if you are not confident of making all of these Colleges to have a "safety College" or one that you know you would be snapped up by. These Colleges with slightly lower entry criteria might also be easier to get a scholarship from if money is a problem.

Anxiety and stress can be lowered greatly by having this planA, planB and planC.

Plan A might be Engineering at Purdue USA

Plan B might be Engineering at Thammassat Thailand

Plan C might be Engineering at Sunway Malaysia

Who can help you? Just about everybody but I suggest you listen carefully to non family members as well as family members. There are agencies set up to help you as well like ACE (at CMUIC), Mentor, IDP(for Australia), CEC (for Canada) and the Embassies usually have Education Officers.

USA Colleges regularly tour the world and present in Thailand as do UK Universities. You attend these fairs and talk to as many people as possible. All Universities and Colleges have Web Sites where you can investigate them and some are even user friendly! Finally your College Counsellor if you have one should be a key person in your applications.

In reality, often there are important personal reasons for your choice of University. You might have relatives living nearby, the cost suits your budget or you know people who have gone there before and they liked it. I am often asked which countries are the best or which Universities are the best and the answer is simple. The best education is the one that suits you the best and by that I mean suits your entire 360degree profile. If you want to see the ranking of Universities you can look at the Times Higher education top 200 but there are other rankings equally important like the ranking of schools within Universities.

Once your plans are laid out then work on gaining the necessary marks for entry and meeting the English proficiency requirements like TOEFL or IELS and taking SAT 1 and 2 exams. Be wary of deadlines and be careful to present a first class application every time with a fine personal essay and great references.