Christina Monroe appointed as Director of Alumni Engagement

We are pleased to start 2021 with new energy and an addition to the alumni office. Christina Monroe has been appointed as Director of Alumni Engagement.

Aloha EWCA ‘ohana,

Happy 2021 to you and your families! May the new year bring health, safety and prosperity to you and your community.

It has been a pleasure to meet and collaborate with so many of you since I joined the East-West Center 16 years ago, first as an Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow, then Leadership Education Specialist (including APLP, PILP and YSEALI), and most recently as the Leadership Program Senior Manager. Under my direction, the EWC Leadership Program increasingly involved alumni and alumni chapters as expert resources, especially for programs in the region. It is an honor to now serve as Director of Alumni Engagement. Leaning heavily on Noreen Tanouye’s years of experience and deep relationships and on EWCA President Amanda Ellis’s expertise and commitment, I will lead the current Alumni/Associates Office, now renamed as the Office of Alumni Engagement.

The FY2021 Appropriations bill, recently signed by the U.S. President, includes a $3 million uptick in federal funding for the Center. Excitingly, President Vuylsteke has included alumni engagement in the set of priorities for fund usage. We know that alumni are and will continue to be at the heart of the Center. The energy and expertise of alumni is essential not only as a resource to sustain the Center, but as a source of new innovative programming, which is especially important now.

I will need your help to understand the needs, interests and expertise of our diverse alumni ‘ohana. Starting now and continuing until we hear from everyone who wants to share, we’ll be conducting a listening tour to get your inputs and ideas, specifically in three ways: (1) an all-alumni survey; (2) a series of meetings with the EWCA Board, Chapters and individual alumni; and (3) an “open door” for anyone to contact me directly (MonroeC@eastwestcenter.org / +1.808.944.7645)

We know many of you are eager to hear about and contribute to the 2021 virtual conference and 2022 Hawaii conference. These gatherings are a top priority for us all and we will be sharing information as soon as possible.

I hope to bring the same level of enthusiasm and genuine love for the alumni ‘ohana of great alumni leaders such as Gordon Ring and Karen Knudsen. I will build on the foundation that so many have worked hard to build over 60 years, while bringing fresh ideas and energy needed for the next 60.

Please reach out with initiatives that interest you and/or are your area of expertise. We want to hear from you!

Christina Monroe

Director of Office of Alumni Engagement

2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Humanity in Action Fellowship Program in Copehnagen

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Hayley Cannizzo
Student Affiliate
MA in Second Language Studies

I would like to thank the EWCA Hawaii Chapter for supporting me with a summer travel grant. Thanks to your generosity, I was able to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship Program.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Soil Nutrient Analysis in Ta’u, American Sāmoa and Falefa, Sāmoa

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Dolly Autufuga
Graduate Degree Fellow
MS in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences

Hiking a steep trail six days a week, for three straight weeks to get to the study area and spending 8-9 hours on Mount Lata daily depending on the weather, were the most challenging parts of my field work in Ta’u, American Sāmoa. However, I was able to accomplish so much from this field work physically and mentally, but most importantly, the amount of data collected.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum with the Ministry of Education and Science, Department of Pre-school, Schhol, and Non-formal Activites in the Kyrgyz Republic

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Aidai Almaz kyzy
Graduate Degree Fellow
MPA in Public Administration

EWCA Summer Travel Grant supported me in successfully completing my summer practicum that was required under the Public Administration Master’s Program. My practicum that was scheduled between May 15, 2019 and August 15, 2019 at the Department of Pre-school, School, and Non-formal Activities under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic gave me an opportunity to deeply understand the internal activities of the Ministry, meet great people truly dedicated to their work, who slowly but firmly bring innovative changes to the education system in the country.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the EdMedia+ Innovative Learning 2019 Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Yu-Chieh Wu
Graduate Degree Fellow
EdD in Educational Foundations

I attended The EdMedia+ Innovative Learning 2019 conference held by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education in Amsterdam, Netherlands from June 24 to June 28. This is the first time I presented the paper “Motivating English as a Foreign Language Teachers to Cultivate Intercultural Competence through an Online Course: An Instructional Design Project” abroad.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Speech-Language Pathology Internship at Wailuku Maui Kaiser Permanente

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Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Ting-Ting Hsu
Graduate Degree Fellow
MS in Communication Sciences & Disorders

During this summer, I was fortunate to do my last internship at Wailuku Maui Kaiser Permanente Medical Office as a student speech-language pathologist. I had a chance to work with people with voice disorders, swallowing difficulties, or language disorders. My supervisor, Susan, shared her knowledge and experience with me. She guided me with patience, passed onto me the skills of doing treatment and consultation, and provided me with insights of being a speech-language pathologist. This internship opportunity surely broadened my clinical experience and well prepared me for the real world. Thank you, EWCA, for your generous financial support!!!!

Note: The picture was taken when I was doing therapy with one of my patients. Due to HIPPA regulations, He has been cut from the photo. We were using Pokers to work on his cognition skills (we’re not just playing cards).

Thanks again for your kind support!

 

2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Co-Organizing an Academic Panel at the DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association) 2019 annual conference in Kyoto, Japan

Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Mattias van Ommen
Student Affiliate
PhD in Anthropology

With the support of EWCA, I was able to travel to Kyoto between August 5th and 12th of 2019. I attended two back-to-back conferences at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. I co-organized a panel on Japanese video games and how these have been received in Western locations for the first conference — by Digital Games Research Association, the largest global conference on video game studies. Marc Steinberg, leading scholar of Japanese popular culture and animation was one of the other presenters. I was able to meet him for the first time, and also met with many other scholars whose work I have read during my earlier stages of graduate school.

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2019 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presenting at the International Conference on Foreign Language Education & Technology in Tokyo, Japan

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Summer Travel Grant 2019 Recipient
Leeseul Park
Student Affiliate
MA in Second Language Studies

Attending the international conference, Foreign Language Education and Technology VII in Japan, provided me a great opportunity to explore the relationship between foreign language learning and technology from different perspectives. I was able to receive a deeper understanding on the current trends and pedagogical issues not only from my own field, education, but also various other fields – psycholinguistics and artificial intelligence.

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