DCCC Announces International ‘Passport Events’ Schedule

Aug. 21, 2014 – Davidson County Community College students and community members can explore the world this fall through a series of international “Passport Events” scheduled on the Davidson and Davie campuses.

The events include:

· A presentation on a DCCC-sponsored trip to China, set for 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the Reich Auditorium on the Davidson Camps, featuring Peggy Grotberg, a computer integrated technologies faculty member. The presentation will be repeated at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Davie Campus. Grotberg was a member of a summer 2014 study abroad trip designed to allow students to learn about the social, economic and cultural impact of globalization on the country.

· “Ceilidh: Community Irish Dancing,” begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the courtyard on the Davidson Campus. Dancers from the Lismore Academy of Irish Dance will give a demonstration and then lead guests in a fun group dance. The event is a prelude to a March 6-14, 2015 study abroad program to Ireland that is open to community members. The link to trip information is www.davidsonccc.edu/destinations.

· Ghana will be the focus of a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Mary E. Rittling Conference Center on the Davidson Campus. Elizabeth Weeks, a nursing faculty member, and second-year student Susan Thornton traveled to Ghana this summer to develop a plan to offer a study abroad program in Africa for DCCC nursing students. They visited hospitals, orphanages, a rehabilitation center and a prenatal clinic.

· A Peru service learning trip presentation is set for noon-1 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Rittling Conference Center, led Tiffany Hemrick, therapeutic massage faculty member. Hemrick, five students and two additional faculty members, provided volunteer assistance to Chimbote’s poorest residents during the summer trip. They tore down and rebuilt a house, served food and cleaned dishes in a soup kitchen, worked with children at a prevention center, made house visits with a social worker and spent time with patients at a Hospice home.

· An “International Mail Art” presentation will by provided by English faculty member Jon Foster at 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Reich Auditorium.

· The DCCC Travel Club trip to New Zealand and Australia will be the focus at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Reich Auditorium in a presentation led by Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education at DCCC. The 12-day trip included stops in Auckland and Rotorua in New Zealand and Sydney and Cairns in Australia.

· “Chosen for the Goddesses: An Exploration of Knossos Palace” will be presented by Cat Drader, humanities faculty, at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 in Reich Auditorium. The Palace of Knossos is connected with several thrilling legends such as the myth of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur and that of Daidalos and Ikaros.

The college also will host an International Education Week with a variety of Passport events Nov. 17-21. These include Fulbright Scholars Valentina Diulger from St. Petersburg, Russia, and Ghada Somrani from Tunis, Tunisia. Somrani will speak at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Diulger at 11 a.m. on Nov. 20. Both events are in Reich Auditorium. In addition, Colleen Thomas, faculty, pre-curriculum studies, will present “My Experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer,” at12:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Reich Auditorium.

For a complete schedule of international events, visit the college website at www.davidsonccc.edu/passport.  

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.