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Global Learning Inspires College-Level Mathematics

By Hilary Landorf, Florida International University; Kelly MacArthur, University of Utah; Sabine Klahr, University of Utah

AAC&U News, January/February 2019

To thrive in the twenty-first century, all students must have multiple opportunities to experience global learning, defined as the process of diverse people collaboratively addressing complex problems that transcend borders of difference.1 Global learning enables students to understand and make connections between local and global concerns and analyze pressing issues from multiple perspectives. Proponents of global learning contend that it can be infused in all areas of the curriculum.2 However there is often a mistaken perception that global learning is not appropriate for STEM courses, as they are technical and factually based. For faculty in these areas, using the elements of global learning may seem daunting, particularly in mathematics. Here we describe two calculus courses where the elements of global learning—diversity, collaboration, and complex problem solving—are front and center. 

Kelly MacArthur, assistant department chair of mathematics at the University of Utah, has always aspired to a humanistic approach to teaching and learning. To provide students a safe space and a cohesive community of learners, she writes the following class mission statement on the board every day in every one of her math classes: “This is a kind, inclusive, brave, failure-tolerant classroom.” In challenging her students to enact this statement in every class, MacArthur honors the multiple types of diversity that students bring to the classroom. As Landorf, Doscher, and Hardrick explain, global learning depends on viewing students’ cultural and cognitive diversity as indispensable to achieving every institution’s ultimate mission of transmitting and producing new knowledge.3


The Feather in Their Caps

The Feather in Their Caps

By Mackenzie McDermott / The Daily Utah Chronicle / September 24, 2018

“It is a very prestigious scholarship, probably the most competitive one the government has. To get it you need to demonstrate a lot of things, but one thing in particular: there is a real fit between who you are and what you want to do and why you want to go to that country,” said Howard Lehman, director of the Fulbright Program at the University of Utah. Last year, the U had the most applicants it has seen so far, with a final count of 26. Of these, Zoe Diener and Kevin Priest were selected as finalists.

Students can choose from over 160 countries, but they can apply for only one.

“There is no plan B,” Lehman said. “They really need to think through where they want to go and what they want to do and why do they want to do it.”

Diener, with a Master’s in public health, is now conducting research in Namibia, while Priest, with a Master’s in British and American literature, is teaching English in Greece.

“They’re wonderful students to work with, very diligent, and it is a process,” Lehman said.

Lehman, who has received three Fulbright awards himself, helps to spread awareness about the program and guide students through their applications. For Priest, it was an easy decision to apply.


Environmental Activist Vandana Shiva Speaks at the UEnvironmental Activist Vandana Shiva Speaks at the U

By Abrielle Fulwider / The Daily Utah Chronicle / October 22, 2017

Environmental activist Vandana Shiva spoke at Libby Gardner Hall at the University of Utah on Friday night, addressing topics including sustainable farming practices, her opinion on genetically modified foods and why she believes humans must work together to protect the earth.

Shiva is a scholar and activist from India who was invited to speak at the U by the Sustainability Office. During her speech, Shiva explained her views on the current state of Earth’s environment, which she believes is being destroyed by greed and selfishness.

“The Earth provides enough for everyone’s needs, but not enough for a few people’s greed,” Shiva said.


How to find the Best Study Abroad for UHow to find the Best Study Abroad for U

By Megan Hulse / The Daily Utah Chronicle / August 10, 2017

Studying abroad can be a great way for undergraduate students to earn credit while on the adventure of a lifetime, but many students don’t know where to start, especially if they are in a tailored program like the arts. I teamed up with the faculty in the Learning Abroad office to get answers to questions every arts student may have about their options when it comes to learning abroad.

Why should I go on a Study Abroad Program?

Rick Batchelor, Learning Abroad coordinator, said there are three main categories of benefit that students gain from studying abroad: academic, personal and professional.

“Many programs, particularly those that are faculty led, are specifically designed to have courses that will fit in with major requirements at the U,” Batchelor said.

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Korea, US university hospitals to cooperate in digital healthcare

Constance Williams  기사승인 2017.05.23  11:16:43

The Chung-Ang University Hospital held an international symposium jointly with the University of Utah in Seoul Monday, to promote cooperation in digital healthcare system between the two countries.
The conference looked into the current status of the digital healthcare system in the U.S. state of Utah and discussed its possible applications to the Korean medical reality.
In November, Chung-Ang University Hospital중앙대병원 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Utah Hospital for conducting joint research and development in the field of digital healthcare.
“It is a place to look for a full-fledged cooperation between the two institutions to apply online digital devices to real-world medical systems,” said Professor Han Duck-hyun한덕현 of Chung-Ang University Hospital in his opening speech. “This digital healthcare program will benefit not only medical staffs but also patients.”

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Valuing an International Community

By Jana Cunningham, communications specialist, University Marketing and Communications

With more than 2,500 international students, the University of Utah continues to become a more diverse campus offering cross-cultural learning opportunities to better understand the complex and interconnected world. With many cultures represented in the classroom, students can gain intercultural skills and global awareness right here on campus. Below, students discuss how their lives and education have benefited from engaging with the U’s international community.

VALUING AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYUinta Cook, undergraduate student in international studies and Spanish

“The way I see it, the benefits of having multiple cultures represented on campus are essentially endless. If we think about the overarching goal of the university as a place where people come to challenge their assumptions, own their privileges and discover new things, the participation of as many diverse people as possible is an absolute necessity. Not to mention that the kind of people who leave their homes and everything they know to study in a foreign country are incredibly brave and just really, really cool. If we, as a student community at the U, want to keep challenging ourselves to grow and learn and go on adventures and find our passions, these are the kind of people we want to be doing it with.


Utah university students from foreign countries upended by immigration ban

By CHRISTOPHER SMART | The Salt Lake Tribune

Don't go home.

That was the message delivered to foreign University of Utah students and faculty Tuesday — fallout from President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban immigration from seven Middle Eastern and African countries.

Despair was in the eyes of more than 100 people who gathered in the student union building seeking answers to the confusion surrounding Friday's executive order from the White House.

Chalimar Swain, director of the university's Office for Global Engagement and International Student and Scholar Services, told students and faculty from the countries identified in Trump's order — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia ­— not to return to their countries of origin if at all possible.

She told the group that it is unclear whether the list on Trump's travel ban could be expanded.

"It's hard to get into the U.S. right now. And it doesn't feel very welcoming," Swain said. "There are a lot of unknowns; this is a very uncomfortable place to be."



Global Education

By Megan Randall, Learning Abroad coordinator

Nick Wallman, a senior marketing major at the U, just completed an experience of a lifetime, a Learning Abroad program in Barcelona, Spain. He participated in an international business program through one of Learning Abroad’s approved affiliates, Cultural Experiences Abroad.

Megan Randall, a Learning Abroad coordinator at the U, had the chance to catch up with Wallman in Barcelona in November 2016 while she was on a site visit. Read her interview with Wallman below.

What has surprised you the most about your experience so far?

Everything about my Learning Abroad experience has surprised me so far. Going into my experience, I did not do a lot of research on Spain or Europe in general. I wanted to get to Barcelona knowing very little, and then be able to learn and experience the country as I was studying here. This approach has turned out awesome for me because I have been able to think about the culture, values and people without having a preconceived idea about what my experience was going to be like. The thing that has surprised me the most on my trip so far is the culture of Spain in general. I did not realize how late everyone stays up or how long it takes people to finish their meals. I didn’t know how to properly greet people or that people would stare at me on the Metro. I also did not realize how passionate people in Barcelona are about Catalonia and how open everyone is when you get to know them and share your opinions about a topic.


Developing Study Abroad Programs in Cuba

Education Abroad
By Janet Hulstrand

WHILE SEMESTER-LONG U.S. STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS have been allowed in Cuba for many years, with President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order in 2011, which allowed short-term programs to be offered, the number of opportunities for U.S. students to study in Cuba has grown rapidly.

And while the opening and easing of relations between Cuba and the United States has continued apace in the years since then, there are still special considerations in planning such programs.


An Ireland leads the University of Utah, in Korea

By Doug Robinson
Published: Nov. 28, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Chris Ireland, a longtime professor and researcher who has made a career of studying sponges (yes, sponges), has worked for the University of Utah for more than three decades. He has a campus office, but it can be a little difficult to find. It requires a 15-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean and at least one change of planes, if not clothes.

Ireland’s office is in Incheon, South Korea. In case you missed the news, the University of Utah opened a campus there in 2014 and last year drafted Ireland to lead it. It’s not an autonomous branch of the university, as is usually the case when U.S. schools open extensions overseas; this is considered an actual part of the campus in Salt Lake City, albeit 5,883 miles west. Seventeen of the 19 faculty members formerly taught at the Salt Lake campus. The students’ degrees are from the University of Utah, and they are required to spend two semesters at the Salt Lake campus (students in Salt Lake are encouraged to study for a time in Korea). They enroll for school via the Salt Lake campus.

“Here in Korea, we are the University of Utah,” says Ireland via Skype interview. “That’s an important point. We decided we wanted to make it clear that what we were setting up here is an extension of the school.”

The school’s football team is the same one coached by Kyle Whittingham. To further drive home the connection, the school no longer confers the title of president to the head of the Asian campus, as it did with Ireland’s predecessor, Dr. In Suk Han — that belongs solely to David Pershing in Salt Lake City; instead, Ireland’s official title is chief administrative officer. Even the name of the school was calculated — not the University of Utah at Korea but the University of Utah Asia Campus.

“The beauty of this arrangement is that students here are getting the same education and same instructors and same instruction they would get on the main campus,” says Ireland. “… No distinction is made.”

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Going Global: Introducing the University of Utah Office of Global Engagement

World Trade Center Utah - July 14, 2016

What is the University of Utah doing in Ethiopia? In China? In Uzbekistan? Or in any other corner of the globe? Look to "Global U" to find out.

Cheri Daily, director of development and external relations in the Office of Global Engagement, or Global U, says the constant flow of such questions inspired the office to develop its Global U Inventory, an online, real-time inventory of global activity by the university's faculty, researchers and students. 

The portal is currently in Beta, with the full version expected to be released this fall. Nonetheless, it allows anyone interested in knowing about the U's global activities to search by country or multiple countries, by a particular facet of research or by faculty name to see what projects the students and faculty have undertaken anywhere in the world. Further, it details the number of international undergraduate and graduate students, by country, attending the U, lists the international internship and learning abroad programs and it is all freely available to the public.

"We believe this inventory is especially pertinent to Utah government and business leaders because it provides a tool whereby they can be knowledgeable about the U's global engagement and leverage that information as a resource when foreign business leaders or government dignitaries visit Utah, or to aid in their own global activities," she explains.

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Pac-12 and Federation University Sports China enter innovative coaching training alliance

By Pac-12 Conference

Pac-12 and Federation University Sports China
SHANGHAI – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that the Conference, University of Utah, Arizona State University, the Chinese Scholarship Council and the Federation University Sports China (FUSC) have developed a coaching education program for coaches from FUSC member colleges.

For three months in the fall of 2016 as part of the Pac-12 Global Initiative, coaches from both universities will train 200 Chinese coaches on techniques in men and women’s basketball, track & field, swimming, and cheerleading.


Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Presents 2016 Timothy J. Rutenber Award to Dr. Sabine Klahr

Article from AIEA Press Releases

Klahr Timothy J. Rutenber AwardThe Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) presented its annual Timothy J. Rutenber Award at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, February 23 in Montreal, Canada during its annual conference. The award, which honors AIEA members who have rendered long term and outstanding service to the Association, was given to Dr. Sabine Klahr, University of Utah.

Dr. Darla Deardorff, Executive Director of AIEA, stated that “Dr. Sabine Klahr is most deserving of the Rutenber Award, given her leadership within AIEA and her extraordinary commitment of service to the organization and to colleagues.”

Dr. Klahr’s service to AIEA has had a major impact on the organization, and on the field of international education more generally. She began her career in international education at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she eventually received a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership. She served in the International Program Office in Bozeman, then at Colorado State University before moving to Direct the Study Abroad Program at Western Michigan University. In 2002, she was named Director of the Boise State International Programs Office, and served as SIO there for several years, moving on to Chatham University as Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, and then to the University of Utah where she remains as Deputy Chief Global Officer and SIO.

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Pathway Provider Partnerships in Higher Education: What Institutions Should Consider

Article from International Educator magazine

Sabine KlahrBy Sabine C. Klahr, Associate Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah

Chances are, if you work in higher education leadership and especially in international education in the United States, that you have been approached by turn-key international recruiting companies regarding a partnership to develop an international enrollment program at your institution. These companies generally provide a variety of programs and recruit a wide range of students, including pathway, conditional admit, bridge program, and full admit students. In this article, I focus on companies that run pathway programs at U.S. institutions and I offer the institutional perspective as well as some general advice.

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Clean water initiative in Pakistan launched by U of U engineers

Clean water initiative in Pakistan launched by U of U engineers

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah embarked on a five-year plan to help bring clean water to parts of Pakistan.
The country is one of the most "water-stressed" in the world, according to the World Resources Institute. Death of children from waterborne illness, drought and flood extremes led the global research organization to identify the South Asian country one most in need of help in 2013.
"Estimates indicate at least one quarter of Pakistanis do not have safe and reliable access to clean drinking water," said Steven Burian, University of Utah associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. He said the project, announced Wednesday in Pakistan, will help in many ways, beyond providing sustainable, clean water.

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US-Pakistan cooperation — developing sustainable solutions

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah once issued a challenge to Pakistan’s youth. “Development is being sought in every walk of life and you have to take on this process of development. Are you preparing to take on tomorrow’s responsibilities? Are you building your capacity? Are you trained enough? If no, then go and prepare yourself because this is the time to prepare yourself for future responsibilities,” he advised. June 3 marked an important milestone in the US-Pakistan relationship. I am immensely proud that we inaugurated together the Education, Science and Technology Working Group (ESTWG) and launched the US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies.

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