Travel and International Education Committee
Minutes of September 28, 2000

Present: Andrew Stapleton, Jonathan Majak, Thomas Gushiken, Gregory Chu, William Doering, Gary Gilmore, Robin McCannon, Eric Kraemer, Jay Lokken, and Joyce Shanks (Convener)
Excused: Ron McKelvey (time conflict)

Gilmore nominated Shanks to serve as convener for this year, unanimously passed.

Shanks solicited for a secretary and it was decided on a rotation basis beginning alphabetically, Chu then served as secretary for this meeting.

Student representatives serving on this committee were announced.  They are: Kathy Hollon, Ahmad Alhawyan, and Joyce Schultz.

Meeting times for the rest of this semester were decided, as follows:

  • Thursday, October 12, 8:15 - 9:15, Room 230 Morris Hall
  • Thursday, October 26, 8:15 - 9:15, Room 230 Morris Hall
  • Thursday, November 9, 8:15 - 9:15, Room 342 Cartwright Center
  • Thursday, November 30, 8:15-9:15, Room 230 Morris Hall
  • Thursday, December 7, 8:15-9:15, Room 230 Morris Hall (Cancel if necessary)
Lokken reported on the following:

… Foreign students increased dramatically in the last 5 years, from 57 only five years ago to over 300 today
… UW-L was asked to apply for the American Council on Education program to serve as a model program for international education for the U.S.
… OIE has been working with departments to initiate internship programs based on UW-L students' curriculum
… UW-L will be hosting the 2000 Regional (Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin) Conference for the NAFSA: Association of International Educators, November 5-7, 2000
… UW-L will also host the state NAFSA Spring Conference
… Status of the International Center Building: the proposal is Rank #10 in the State Legislature. If approved, there it will be a $5.5 million project out of the State Revenue for Educational Buildings Fund. Ground breaking may take place in two years if funding is approved by Legislature. The
building is expected to include seminar rooms, residence hall, parking, and other international education related resources
… For the fourth time, UW-L international students shall be marching in the Oktoberfest parade
… Eric Kraemer is working on a proposal to expand the international studies minor into a major

Shanks asked Lokken to express what he needs from the committee as general support.

Lokken proposed that the committee should encourage and emphasize academic quality, demand quality of programs that are conducted abroad.  He also specified that interaction between faculty and students as well as between students are important.

Gilmore requested to stay on the committee but will disqualify himself when he shall be submitting a proposal for a program to study at U.K. in the Spring of 2002.  Shanks confirmed that this is acceptable based on having previously reviewing the by-laws.

Shanks then passed out the Italy proposal for review and discussions during the next committee meeting on October 12.

Gilmore briefed the committee on some basic guidelines of the review.

Chu requested to submit his review via e-mail to Shanks as he shall be out of town on October 12.

Meeting was adjourned at 11.12 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Gregory Chu
Dept. of Geography/Earth Science