On October 5, 2010, principals from some of China's top high schools in Beijing, Hubei, Shenyang, Jiangsu, Guizhou, and Xinjiang provinces visited Saint Mary’s College. The Senior Vice-President and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Patricia Fleming, VP of Enrollment Management Mona Bowe, Director of Admission Kristin McAndrew, and Director of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership Dr. Elaine Meyer-Lee warmly welcomed the international visitors. They also met with the Assistant Director for Global Education, Dr. Alice Siqin Yang, and the Coordinator of International Student/Scholar Services, Talia Cerrone who offered a presentation about Saint Mary's College to the visitors.
During their visit they were able to have a campus tour, spoke with both Saint Mary's domestic and international students, and experienced part of the campus life. The purpose of this trip was to enlighten them about higher education opportunities in the United States and to highlight programs specifically offered by Saint Mary's College. The Principals were very impressed by the beauty of the campus and the hospitality received. As a result of the visit new collaborations are being formed in order to build a bridge between high school students in China and Saint Mary's College.
Nanjing Arts Institute (NAI) from China visited Saint Mary’s College on April 26, 2010 after their visit to the Asian World Center of Creighton University, and joined Saint Mary’s students for the Spring Recital. The delegation was led by the Vice-President of the institute, Dr. He Xiaoyou, who gave a presentation on Aesthetics and Environmental Ethics during a reception for the Chinese Art Works exhibit of three famous artists of NAI – Yang Zhilin, Zhou Jinxi, and Zhang Youxian in the library.
Two musicians in the delegation, Ms. Tong Ying and Ms. Xing Xu, were invited to participate in Saint Mary’s Spring Recital and performed Chinese traditional musical instruments: Erhu and Pipa(Lute). Saint Mary’s will establish more collaboration and exchanges with the institute, including the college women’s choir sponsored by the music department.
On May 10, 2010, Saint Mary’s College welcomed a delegation from China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), the Deputy Consul General Mr. Chu Maoming and Consul Yu Xueyong from the Consulate-General of PRC in Chicago, and two faculty members from Creighton University (Omaha, NE). Saint Mary’s College and Creighton University share China Summer Program partnership with the Foundation.
The CSCLF was established in 1982 in honor of Soong Ching Ling, the Honorary President of the PRC, a famous patriot, democrat, and a distinguished international stateswoman. CSCLF carries out her work of love and devotion to the growth and the development of children and to the maintenance of world peace and friendly relations with foreign countries.
The current Vice-Chairman of the foundation and former Deputy-Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, Mr. Ji Peiding, delivered a brief speech on China-U.S. Relations (click for the whole speech) during the reception lunch. He stressed the importance of the international exchange in education, technology, trade, business, and culture between the two countries as well as the role of the foundation as the bridge. The delegation met with Saint Mary’s President Carol Mooney, the Senior Vice-President Patricia Fleming, as well as some faculty, administrators, and students. The delegation was also invited to the President’s annual dinner for faculty. This visit enhanced the relationship between the three institutions and furthered future collaborations, especially in fostering more international exchanges between Saint Mary’s and higher education institutions in China.
Mr. Ji's speech to Saint Mary's College.
On May 26, 2010, Ute Strack (Germany) and Lubna Shah (Pakistan), two advisors working for EducationUSA along with the US Department of State, visited Saint Mary’s College. They gained knowledge on the college’s mission, women’s leadership development and academic degree programs. Both advisors work to provide guidance and information to students and institutions in their countries in order to promote higher education opportunities in the U.S.
The guests first took a campus tour with two current Saint Mary’s students in order to learn some college history and to see the beauty of the campus. They then met with the Vice President of Enrollment Management to discuss the application process for international students and future possible collaborations. Later, a reception was held at the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership with President Carol Ann Mooney and several campus administrators. Both Strack and Shah were able to share the challenges and opportunities to sending international students from their countries to study abroad in the United States. Shah and Strack expressed gratitude for the hospitality of the college and look forward to a friendly partnership for the future.