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This item originally appeared in the June 24, 2004, issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

A member of the English department will travel to India July 2 to attend a seminar focusing on various aspects of Indian culture.

Dr. Tamara Powell, an assistant professor of English, received a $3,000 university-funded grant to attend the three-week international faculty development seminar, which is offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange.

Dr. Kenneth Rea, vice president for academic affairs and a professor of history, said the university awarded grants for two faculty members to attend seminars offered by CIEE.

"I am really grateful to Dr. Rea for the opportunity," Powell said.

Powell and Dr. Kenneth Robbins, a professor and director of the School of Performing Arts, submitted grant proposals that were selected.

Powell said she chose India out of a list of about 20 possible destinations.

India, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Germany were among her top choices, Powell said.

"It boiled down to where I thought I would never be able to afford to go myself," Powell said. "India was my first choice."

The large Indian student population here is one factor she said affected her decision.

"It is our biggest group of international students," Powell said.

Rea said he anticipates the grants awarded to Powell and Robbins will benefit everyone involved.

"We expect the faculty, university and students to benefit from this," Rea said. "It will provide a unique opportunity for faculty to travel and to gain insight into other cultures. They will be able to network internationally with other scholars and to bring information and experience back."

Powell said this trip will provide her with many new ideas to supplement her classroom instruction.

"I have noticed in my teaching that I try to use a lot of examples," Powell said. "I would really like to incorporate more East Asian literature into the class."

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