The College of Commerce (CNCCU) has been inducted into the international honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS). Six professors and 24 students were officially admitted to the society at a ceremony on November 29th at the CNCCU building.
Beta Gamma Sigma was founded in the United States in 1913. Three societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the universities of Wisconsin, Illinois, and California merged to form BGS. It was the first American honor society in business. BGS has extended its reach globally and now admits members from institutions with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB International.
Dr. George Stevens, President of the BGS board of governors, attended the induction ceremony. He praised CNCCU for continual improvement since receiving AACSB accreditation in 2006. He noted that with 600,000 members worldwide, BGS provides networking opportunities for its members wherever they go.
Dr. Stevens however said that he hoped the organization could learn how to better serve its members. “It is my hope though that I will learn from you. I am the president of Beta Gamma Sigma, but we’ve only had a few years as an international organization. We must learn from you, what does it take to give you value, because we have been an American organization for so long, so now we are listening and trying to understand, how can we make your experience better.”
In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Robert K. Su, Dean of CNCCU, expressed gratitude to BGS for embracing CNCCU, and pledged that the college would continue to “foster personal and professional excellence of our students in order to advance the value of the society and the school as a whole.”
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NCCU students, playing the role of Belgium delegates, voiced themselves at the 2008 American Model United Nations (AMUN). Each year, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, 1,400 participants from across the United States and around the world are brought together in Chicago to play out a realistic United Nations scenario. Students are required to think, negotiate and behave like professional diplomats. Issues ranging from disarmament, human rights, regional conflicts to climate change as well as sustainable development of Earth were covered in a four-day agenda.
It was the fourth time for the NCCU club, Youth Association of International Conference (YAIC), to partake in this international event. Since 2005, the club has made AMUN one of their annual events. This year, the representatives from Taiwan were composed of 16 students with different majors. Joined with the Department of Diplomacy, they were assigned to attend the conference as the Belgium delegation.
Prior to the conference, delegation members had to gain a deeper understanding of the background issues, familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures, diplomatic writing, and of course communicating and speaking skills, all of which are essential capabilities for AMUN participants.
Jia-Chen Wu from the Department of Diplomacy says “Because we are not native English speakers, the language can sometimes be a barrier while presenting a case to other delegates; we had to pay more attention on the language part.” She also points out that the training courses conducted by YAIC were very insightful and challenging.
De-Fu Ding, a student majoring in Arabic Language and Literature remarks, “The critical thinking skills and the activeness of western students really left a huge impression on me. By partaking in AMUN, I learned to analyze things in a deeper and broader sense. I would highly recommend students who are interested in international affairs to participate in this kind of educational event.”
Due to the fact that the concept of Model United Nations (MUN) hasn’t been widely recognized by many Taiwanese students, YAIC is one of the two students associations in Taiwan trying to promote this activity. YAIC possesses abundant experiences in participating and holding formal international MUN conferences; for instance, it is the annual host of the NCCU Taipei MUN. It hopes that by advocating such international events, it can help young students cultivate and gain more global perspectives during this globalized era.
Despite the difficult diplomatic situation of the country on the international scene, Taiwanese universities still hope to urge more students to become involved in international affairs. The goal of YAIC is to train young talents to become responsible “global village citizens” who use their enthusiasm and ability to voice out global public welfare.
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“A successful diplomat is an outstanding salesman,” said Ming-Jang Chen, the Director General of the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs as well as the spokesman of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on 17th December. Ambassador Chen was invited to share his experiences on “How to be an eminent diplomat”; this is one of the series of Campus Resident Ambassadors held by the Department of Diplomacy.
During the two-hour speech, Ambassador Chen’s humorous talks kept the audience roaring with laughter, creating a mirthful atmosphere. Ambassador Chen encouraged students of the Dept. of Diplomacy to participate in the examination of the MOFA, join the diplomatic system and contribute to our country. “Every one of you might become the main force of the Foreign Service,” said Chen. He shared his abundant experiences with students and emphasized that the MOFA nowadays focuses the most on a diplomat’s “personalities.”
“I do have a great expectation towards the Dept. of Diplomacy in NCCU,” said Chen. He further explained that it is easy to identify the difference between the students of Dept. of Diplomacy and others during the oral test of the MOFA examination. The formers possess remarkable advantages as a result of professional training, especially in terms of perspective and understanding of international affairs. Therefore, Ambassador Chen welcomed all students of the Dept. of Diplomacy to devote themselves to a diplomatic career and display their talents.
Being accredited to Nigeria, Ireland and other countries for years, Ambassador Chen has ample practical experiences and provided living examples with the aim of explaining the necessary conditions and personalities for being a diplomat. He mentioned that, before entering MOFA, it is essential to cultivate language abilities, practical wisdom, and sense of humor. More importantly, one needs to have adequate personality and frequently asks himself “Am I suitable for the job?” After stepping into the field, a diplomat ought to advance his language ability, learn and appreciate different cultures, and adapt himself to the local life style.
“Knock on every door and shake every hand,” said Ambassador Chen, who thinks that an eminent diplomat should be able to expand social connections. His active attitude and unremitting endeavors made him one of the few diplomats who can reach the head of state of African countries, and this great achievement originated from a small business card. By giving this concrete example, he conveyed the idea that “the most important job for a diplomat is to make friends.”
In consideration of the disparity between theories and practical affairs, Ambassador Chen is willing to offer students more personal experiences and is looking forward to the next gathering.
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Each fall and early winter, the NCCU campus comes alive with singing, as departments prepare for the Culture Cup. There is no exception this year. However, this year the 42nd Culture Cup Choir Contest was a special moment for one department’s choir in particular.
The Department of Radio and TV (RTV) achieved a significant milestone, winning the competition for the 10th consecutive year. Along with the school anthem (which is required for all competing departments), RTV’s 75-member choir won over the judges with their rendition of Philippine composer Francisco Feliciano’s “Pamugun” (house sparrow). Why has RTV been able to win so many times and what does this achievement mean to the department?
According to choir conductor Nan-Hung Tsai, an RTV sophomore, preparation for the competition started as early as September. From October, the choir practiced three times per week, while singers of different vocal ranges (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) also met separately for additional practice. Tsai admitted that at the beginning of the process, he faced some challenges as a leader, but gradually things fell into place. The pressure of trying to win the contest for the 10th consecutive year was a major factor. Winning the competition, he said, was a sweet reward for the challenges.
For the RTV department, winning is important, but it is not everything. Tsai emphasized that the strong bond created between classmates and students of the department is very special and continues even after they graduate. He recounted that on the day of the competition, their main focus was on giving a perfect performance, regardless of the result. Tsai was quick to credit the singers and supporters for the achievement saying, “Without their efforts, we would not have won this year’s competition.” Tsai also gave credit to Yen-Hsiang Nieh, an alumnus of the department who devoted his time and efforts to assist the choir.
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Without a fancy 10th anniversary ceremony or an extravagant banquet, NCCU EMBA chose to celebrate its 10th birthday during the global economic crisis by offering corporation consultation and free theatre performance for children in remote areas to show its concern for the society. Hundreds of EMBA alumni made good use of their 10 years of accumulated knowledge in business management, connection and resources to form a “Professional Business Management Database” in Ilan Tou-Cheng town on December 13th. Offering professional advises to local industries and inviting Paperwindmill Theater to perform for local children, NCCU EMBA designed the “Walking around Taiwan” event to fulfill their social responsibility.
Chi-Hung Li, CEO of NCCU EMBA, stated that the event in Tou-Cheng was just the beginning. For the sustainable operation of the “Walking around Taiwan” event, NCCU EMBA will continue to host similar annual activities in different parts of Taiwan, which would enable high-level managers to have a better understanding of Taiwan’s local culture and vitality.
On the day of the event, NCCU EMBA invited its alumni from all walks of life. “Walking around Taiwan Express” was driven to Tou-Cheng, offering local corporations professional consultation in order to bring assistance to the development of this well-known tourist fishing port.
Moreover, in order to fill the gap of art and culture between rural and urban areas, NCCU EMBA called for a fundraiser among its members. The money was then used to invite Paperwindmill Theatre for a creative spiritual festival to local youngsters and adults. Prof. Ching-Chi Wu highly praised the event. He believed that the show brought by Paperwindmill Theater allowed residents and children to realize the values of “creativity, sense of beauty, love, and care” promoted in the book “A Whole New Mind.”
To implement the concept of environmental protection, the lunch was shared in a potluck party in which every participant brought one dish. To reduce carbon emission, the host encouraged “carpooling” through the event website, and there were two runs of shuttle bus for the event.
“Walking around Taiwan” shows NCCU EMBA’s determination to make the well-being of the society its responsibility and its earnest attitude to reward the local community. Having Tou-Cheng as its first stop, NCCU EMBA will keep striding into the future.
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Professor Wei-Wen Zhong who is also the Dean of College of Communication shared his learning experiences at the third “NCCU College Advisors’ Night” held by Hillside Learning Lodge on Nov. 26.
Professor Zhong recalled that he developed his passion for English poetry while he was still a junior student, and this has become the turning point for his study. He also perceived that “learning is just like a window,” leading us to unlimited possibility.
During his study in Stanford University in the U.S, professor Zhong realized that the process of studying is exactly the process of self-discovering. The vision and the angle of thinking will be broadened by studying. “What hides behind knowledge is creativity, as well as the ability to think,” said Zhong, hoping to encourage students to think deeper and more often.
In terms of the current education system, he advised students not to be confined in the framework of major subjects but break the boundaries that we ourselves set through learning and listening from different perspectives.
Though we might feel confused during this process, it helps us find out what are our genuine interests. In addition, there will always be something that touches our heart and we need to maintain an honest attitude towards life.
Our way of growth is often a mixture of smiles and tears. Professor Zhong encouraged students to observe and learn from the frustrations, and make them a part of thinking. At the end of the speech, he accented the thought “no pain no gain” by sharing his twelve-day Mont. Alps climbing experience. He enjoys the tough long mountaineering because “the painstaking efforts only contribute more to the charm of mountain climbing.” It is the same for the setbacks in our life; their existences also lead us to better enjoy the beauteous moments afterward.
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NCCU English instructor Paul Cameron wants students to know that learning English can be fun. They just need to find creative ways of doing so. That is why he has been introducing students to different television drama series.
On Friday December 19th, about forty students turned up at the International Building for a discussion on the American comedy series My name is Earl. In keeping with the season, Cameron chose the Christmas episode from season one. The students were provided handouts with a summary of the series, related websites, and explanation of some of the vocabulary from the episode.
According to Cameron, the objective of the activity is to “expose people to different video materials that they can watch at home, introduce interesting new shows, and show the different resources available to help students understand the show even if their English is not great.” However, English is not the only focus, as Cameron hopes that students will also watch the shows simply for enjoyment. He said that the students seem to enjoy it depending on the type of TV show: they respond more enthusiastically to comedy and are more interested in the newer shows with which they are not so familiar.
Cameron initially started out the discussion series with movies, but later changed to television series since they are shorter, so that students can watch an entire episode and still have time remaining for discussion during the hour and a half-long session. My Name is Earl was the second TV series introduced to students this semester. Earlier in the semester, about fifty students had attended a discussion on Pushing Daisies.
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Chinese New Year is less than a month away. In order to familiarize international students with the beauty of Chinese culture and to create a holiday atmosphere, NCCU Life Guidance and Overseas Chinese Student Advising Section hosted the Greeting Chinese New Year Calligraphy Contest at Shi-wei Hall on Dec. 17. More than a hundred participants gathered to show their talents. Various sets of Chinese New Year couplets were presented in different calligraphy styles like Li, Kai, Xing and Cao, all with its own characteristics.
NCCU Life Guidance and Overseas Chinese Student Advising Section selected a number of Chinese New Year couplets with beautiful phraseology for participants. The contest was divided into “Oversea Chinese and International Student”, “Local Student” and “Employee and Community member” groups. Other than traditional calligraphy, “creative couplets” were also allowed, so participants were able to bring their imagination into full play and make good combination of drawing and calligraphy. Participants were encouraged to create all kinds of composition on red paper in order to add new dimensions to traditional art.
Department of Public Finance student Li-Yan Liu said he has been interested in calligraphy ever since he was a child. He thought this was a good chance for him to relive his passion since he is occupied by studies. Second-time participants Yu-Chin Chen from the Department of Japanese signed up for the contest not for the prizes, but for an opportunity to write calligraphy again. Having never met before, the two students sat next to each other and appreciated the other person’s calligraphy work.
Most of the participants of the “creative couplets” chose ox as their theme since ox is the sign for the oncoming year on the lunar calendar. Furthermore, ox is presented in various styles such as realistic, comic, and even three-dimensional. Department of International Trade student Shi-Hui Ou’s work, a folded paper dice with calligraphy, conquered the judges’ hearts and won herself the first prize in “creative couplets” group.
There were quite a number of school employees and community residents in the contest. Jun-Min Wang, an employee of the Overseas Chinese Student section, joined the contest together with his daughter, which added a warm family atmosphere to the contest. Wang said, though his daughter never tried calligraphy before, he wanted to let her experience the joys of calligraphy through this relaxed way.
Jia-Xian Li, the person in charge of this contest, indicated that this year is the first time the contest was opened to employees and community residents. The feedback was positive and enthusiastic. The winning works will be exhibited in the lobby of the Computer Center on January 5, with the hopes of sharing the beauty of calligraphy art with everyone on campus and to create a Chinese New Year atmosphere.
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With delicate deserts and cozy atmosphere, Zhinan Salon held its last speech of this semester “Self Improvement Plan”. Xiu-Juan Chen, the former vice president of UBS and the associate professor in Shih-Hsin University was invited to share her experiences with students.
Established three years ago, Zhinan Salon has been organized to be a comfortable place in which students can freely interact with scholars, famous people, or even icons from different industries and enjoy a leisure and meaningful Friday afternoon.
From author to economist, Zhinan Salon tries hard to fulfill the role of a bridge between students and professionals. “At the beginning of every semester, we sent invitations to celebrities or people with special accomplishments who are strongly recommended in their fields,” said Li-Shuang Zhang, the counselor responsible for the Salon.
The Salon occasionally combines more than one topic. For example, this semester Zhinan Salon invited Chong-Rong Cai, a documentary worker, to talk about the relationship between law and media based on his professional experiences.
“How we choose our topics depends on the needs of our participants,” said Zhang. Expecting that there would be considerable freshmen who start managing their learning schedule on their own, Zhinan Salon covers a wide range of topics to help students find their interests. The agenda of Zhinan Salon is rather unique. The organizer of the Salon, who believes that genuine self-reflection is reached through both listening and asking, highly values the Q&A time of every meeting. “If the participants are too hesitant to ask questions, I would give the speaker the sign-in sheet, and let him pick some names from it and ask questions back,” said Zhang. She explained why sometimes Zhinan Salon is more like a class than simply a speech.
On how she can make Zhinan Salon a better cultural activity, Zhang hopes to reach more students and have a deeper influence on their lives. She wishes to show this spirit through the speeches she organizes.
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Rain fell on NCCU campus in the night of Dec. 8th, but it did not extinguish the love and joy sparked by the “2008 Christmas Lightening Blessing” activity. NCCU Christian club members were not deterred by the bad weather, delivering their sincere wishes with delightful singing and guitar music to NCCU students. “(lyrics) There’s no snow on Christmas day in NCCU, yet I can feel the power of love…”
President Se-Hwa Wu quoted the lyrics from the song “Christmas Day in NCCU” in his speech after the singing. He said emotionally that he is grateful for the past year and he is ready to welcome the brand new year. Wu placed his Christmas wish card on the Christmas tree with the hope of leading NCCU in pursuit of preeminence while wishing everybody a happy and sound 2009.
Dean of Student Affairs, Yeh-Yun Lin, expected students to take their chances to build up their strengths and encouraged freshmen to seize the opportunities to absorb diverse knowledge and to improve their own abilities. Dean of Research and Development, Li-Fang Chou, expressed her sentiments when she saw students participating in this event in the rain. She regarded this as a realization of NCCU school motto of love and sincerity.
While the participants were counting down, the Christmas tree in front of the Information building was emitting colorful rays of light. It opened the prologue of Christmas in NCCU. There were splendid lights, a deer and chimney decorations on the Christmas tree. Zhi-Nan service club advisor Jeng-Wei Wang said, “The club has decorated the Christmas tree for 10 years, the tree is a symbol that holds the people at NCCU together.”
Despite the pouring rain, President Se-Hwa Wu, Dean of Student Affairs Yeh-Yun Lin and Santa Claus insisted on delivering their Christmas wishes to students who participated in this activity by passing out candies. Department of Mathematics student Shi-Cen Lin who was wearing Santa’s costume for the first time said “I was quite nervous about playing the role of Santa in the beginning, but when I saw so many people came here in spite of the rain, I felt very delighted.”
Report/ Ya-Ting Chang
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The 68th graduation performance of the Department of English Literature is named: “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”, it was performed on stage on Dec. 11th and 12th in the Art and Culture Center Audio-Visual Room. Challenging the ethnic standard by breaking the rules, the black comedy was sold out completely and the acting was highly praised.
“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is the awarded work of Edward Albee, the Tony Award winner. It describes an architect named Martin who admits his inappropriate relationship with a goat named Sylvia to his family and close friends. The plot seems surreal, but in fact it displays the norms and values that the audience actually holds. “I hope the controversial issue brought by the sensational and ridiculous materials of this play could offer people some self-reflection,” said Yi-Fan Lin, the director of the performance and a student majoring in English Literature.
An ordinary living room was the set stage for this great performance. The show interestingly made use of powerpoint slides and employed great music to accompany the exquisite acting skills of the actors, which drew the audience deeply into the plot and kept the spectators laughing and screaming throughout the show. “The actors and actresses clearly expressed the emotions according to their roles, which leads the audience into the play,” said Prof. Zhi-Ping Ssutu, the advisor professor of the performance.
Without receiving any professional training, Xuan-Tai Zhang, a student of Dept. of English Literature, demonstrated outstanding acting skills and was highly praised for his role as a homosexual son. According to Zhang, it was not easy to take on this role at the beginning. Through suggestions from the advisor professor and reading related psychological books, Zhang eventually grasped the essentials of the role. “Through drama, I could always discover ‘another me’ on stage and hence build self-confidence,” said Martin Yan who played the actor in the leading role.
The graduation performance has always been an annual tradition of the Dept. of English Literature. From script selection, stage design and decoration, rehearsal to promotion, almost everything about the play is done through the intensive cooperation and devotion of senior students. Starting September, the actors rehearsed three nights a week throughout the whole semester. All the hard work proved worthwhile for that the audio-visual room was crowded. “We didn’t expect that there would be so many people; it seems desserts are not enough for everyone,” said Chia-Wei Hsu, the coordinator of the performance, with excitement. For the students who are about to graduate, this was indeed a valuable memory.
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