Media memo: UW-Eau Claire China trip to strengthen partnerships, forge new tiesOctober 31, 2012
TO: News Editors and Directors
FROM: Julie Poquette, News Bureau director
DATE: Oct. 31, 2012
SUBJECT: UW-Eau Claire China trip to strengthen partnerships, forge new ties
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet will lead a seven-member delegation on a trip to China Nov. 5-18. The trip's objectives are strengthening UW-Eau Claire's existing partnerships and establishing new relationships with universities, businesses and alumni in China, as well as encouraging study abroad by UW-Eau Claire students in China and other Asian countries. (Watch a video providing an overview of the objectives of the trip.)
UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and student members of the delegation traveling with Bousquet are Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Dr. Timothy Vaughan, interim associate dean of the College of Business; Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education; Shu-Chuan Cheng, CIE Chinese programs coordinator; and Taylor Kuether, a senior journalism major and the university's current Devroy Fellow. (Read a recent feature story about Kuether and her immersion experiences as a UW-Eau Claire student.) Deborah Johnson-Bousquet, Interim Chancellor Bousquet's spouse, also will join the delegation and will pay her own expenses.
Links to blogs by Interim Chancellor Bousquet and Kuether chronicling the trip will be available on the UW-Eau Claire home page, www.uwec.edu.
The trip will take the delegation to the cities of Hong Kong, Zhuhai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. The itinerary will include visits to universities to discuss existing partnerships and/or to explore new connections, as well as to businesses, many of which have Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin connections. University visits also will explore possibilities for collaborations in education and research in China with other UW System institutions, including UW-Stout and UW-River Falls. Alumni receptions also will be held in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. UW-Eau Claire has approximately 125 alumni in China, many of whom participated in dual-degree programs in which they studied for a portion of their undergraduate years at UW-Eau Claire and for another portion at a Chinese university, and then received degrees from both UW-Eau Claire and the Chinese institution.
The members of the UW-Eau Claire China delegation are available to talk to reporters about the trip and its objectives:
- Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet, 715-836-2327, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Linda Young, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences: 715-836-5287, email@example.com
- Dr. Timothy Vaughan, interim associate dean of the College of Business: 715-836-3677, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Karl Markgraf, director of the Center for International Education: 715-836-4411, email@example.com
- Shu-Chuan Cheng, CIE Chinese programs coordinator: 715-836-3957, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taylor Kuether, senior journalism major: email@example.com