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A Word from

President Starr
Dear Friends:

In the vision of Baylor 2012, Imperative XI calls us

to “emphasize global education.” Our mission is not
only “to prepare our students for worldwide leadership
and service,” but to welcome others from around the
to graphy
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ay lo r P h o
globe so that we may learn from each other within
the context of a “caring community.” The Center
for International Education not only supports our
mission and vision in this way, it has been an integral
part of fulfilling Imperative XI.

The opportunities that the Center for International Education offers are shining examples
of global outreach. Throughout the year, our faculty and students travel to more than thirty
countries. This has afforded our students an extraordinary opportunity to study other cultures
and learn from colleagues around the world.

In addition, CIE also offers other wonderful services to international students who choose to
study at Baylor University. This fall, we welcomed 491 new students to campus from more than
71countries. I was privileged to personally welcome many of them during a dinner during the
first week of classes.

We understand “that [Baylor’s] sphere of Christian influence is the world itself; Baylor must
prepare its graduates to enter a pluralistic and global society.” Our mission is reflected in the
Great Commission, outlined in the Gospel of Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” As a Christian institution of higher
learning in today’s society, our mission is as important as it ever has been.

Baylor’s mission is clear – we are to “prepare men and women for worldwide leadership and
service…” Baylor’s commitment to global education is unmistakable. We are grateful for the
great work of the Center for International Education in fulfilling our mission.

Yours sincerely,
Kenneth Winston Starr
Baylor University President

Table of Contents
Welcome by President Starr..........2
Edward Simiyu: Distances Traveled.....4
Great Things in Small Classes...................6
From a Traveler’s Perspective..........................8
International Sports............................................10
Caleb Aggola: from Lagos to Baylor.....................14
Baylor through Someone Else’s Eyes.....................16
Photos from Study Abroad Contest......................18
International Student Programs.........................20
International Week..........................................22
Passport to on Campus Jobs.........................24
Mapping it Out.....................................26
Scholarships for Going Abroad.......28

Photo by Jessica Mejia

The Distances Traveled
By Sarah Kerr and Hannah Mason

Edward Simiyu is no stranger to the sun. example, Edward didn’t speak his native week. At first Simiyu went through the
From growing up in various regions of dialect until he was 13 years old because motions, finding himself a spot on the back
Kenya to now calling Nairobi home, he is the region where he spent most of his and half listening to the speakers. But over
used to being exposed to the pleasant rays young life was in a different tribal area. the course of a few months there were a
of Kenya’s temperate climate. Not so in few things he started to notice. One, these
Waco. On arriving in central Texas, his first When asked to describe his experience speakers were coming from all over the
thoughts were of the ridiculous humidity growing up in Kenya, Edward had some world—different regions of Africa, Europe
and high heat index he would have to interesting stories to tell. The cultural and America-- and two, they all, despite the
tolerate for most of his stay here. But breakdown of responsibilities between diversity of their culture and backgrounds,
in order to work on his dissertation and men and women in Kenya is such that knew and spoke of one man: Jesus.
have a much needed sabbatical from his the woman works on the family farm and
full time jobs as a pastor of City Harvest the man works full time in the city. When Now curious about who this man was,
Church, as well as being a businessman, he Simiyu was younger, his mother lived in a Edward started listening intently in service,
decided dealing with the heat was worth it. rural area with his younger brother Gilbert and finally called the Christian Union to
while he lived with his father alternating get some answers. The man who answered
The weather change wasn’t the only between a rural and a more suburban area when he called invited Simiyu over for
glaring difference between Edward’s life for school. Simiyu has always traveled great dinner and that night he accepted Christ
in Kenya and the extended stay he was distances to attain education. When he into his heart and life.
about to experience in Waco. Not only lived in the country, he went to school in
was he going to be separated from his wife the city, and when he lived in the city, he “It was November, I don’t know the day,
Beatrice and their two children, Jean and went to school in the country. He literally but it was in 1985,” Simiyu said
Andrew, but he would be living in a culture walked/ran 6-8 kilometers to and from
that differs greatly from his own. Of course school every day for 11 years. Simiyu said From that day on, Simiyu knew a man
he knew coming into this experience that he was lucky enough to have shoes. That named Jesus who led him to become a
generalities such as types of food, styles of made it easier to treat the trek as a workout pastor, to sell his car, to buy equipment, to
activities, and the pace of life here would rather than a chore. Those shoes also start evangelizing on the streets on his lunch
be new to him. Those things, along with the served to protect him from the teachers’ break, to travel the world speaking of what
fact that he’d not be seeing the same vast punishment, which was administered to the God has done in his life and eventually to
diversity of people here as in Kenya were soles of the students’ feet with a switch for start City Harvest Church. For about 13
definitely some things he knew he’d have to being tardy. Apparently this was more of years now Simiyu has listened for God’s
work on getting used to. an incentive for the students to buy shoes call and followed. Now he is hearing a new
since they were a part of the uniform. calling to finish his dissertation and gain
Muzungus is what people from Kenya respect from those in government so that
would call white people, in a non- Naturally in his high school years he started he can influence policy with more wisdom
derogatory way. “There are so many to do some track events since he was so and force. In his search to find a university
Muzungus everywhere,” Simiyu said. used to running every day and he did well, where he wanted to work on his dissertation,
well enough to go to some of the qualifying Baylor emerged as his number one choice
Forty-two tribes with countless numbers of rounds to be looked at for an Olympic for a variety of reasons. His various ties
dialects make up Edward’s home country, team but at that point he knew he’d have through his previous interactions with
while the number of different languages to choose between pursuing sports or Baylor teams in Kenya as well as his
that are spoken in Waco can probably be academics, and decided that his heart was connections to Steve Bradley, who is a
counted on one hand. His tribe, the Luhya, more in his studies. Little did he Ph.D. assistant professor of management
is the second largest in Kenya, and it alone know that in the pursuit of his academic and entrepreneurship, led him to see that
has 16 dialects and makes up about 18% of future, he would come to know a man, who Baylor was where God wanted him.
Kenya’s population of 40 million people. would lead him down a very remarkable
That means it is normal for members path. While Simiyu was in high school, he “Definitely, coming to Baylor is a great
of the same tribe to sometimes be unable attended a boarding school. The school thing,” Simiyu said.
to communicate clearly with each other required students to attend a Christian
because they speak different languages. For service similar to Baylor’s chapel once a

Great things in Small Classes
By Garrett Perkins and Mallory Golding

From London to Maastricht, Baylor Participants from the 2010 trip truly “I enjoyed getting to know the students on
University offers students a number of enjoyed being part of a small study abroad a more personal level,” Irom said.
exciting study abroad programs. But, group where they were able to build rela-
there are a number of smaller programs Students who traveled to Denia arrived as
that Baylor students may not be aware of. tionships with both fellow participants and strangers and walked away as close friends.
instructors. Trevor Sprink, a Baylor graduate from
Baylor offers study abroad programs in San Diego, Calif., appreciates the
Thailand, Italy and Spain that provide a Claire Turner, a sophomore from Dallas, relationships he gained from the
smaller, more personal learning experience went during the summer 2010 trip and experience.
than some of the larger programs. loved what it had to offer.
“I walked in not knowing anyone. Now
These offer not only once in a lifetime “I liked the idea of spending five weeks that I am graduated, two of the people
traveling opportunities, but a true hands- on the Mediterranean coast as opposed to I continue to stay in contact with are the
on, intimate educational experience. being submerged in busy city life,” Turner two guys on the trip that I spent every
said. moment with,” he said.
Baylor in Denia is a summer Spanish
abroad program stationed on the beach Turner wasn’t the only one who Sprink said he enjoyed traveling to some
in Denia, Spain. Two Baylor professors appreciated the small size of the Denia many different cities.
lead 20 students for five weeks through two program.
Spanish courses while traveling through “Barcelona was my favorite place I have
different parts of Spain. Allyson Irom, senior lecturer, believes ever been,” Sprink said. “It was so cool to
the smaller group size of Denia helped see a completely different culture.”
Students traveled to different cities cultivate a sense of community between
across Spain on the weekends, including the different students and Baylor Another unique study abroad opportunity
Granada, Alicante, Madrid and Valencia. professors on the trip. is the Baylor in Thailand Interim

Through this
participating students
can earn six credit
hours and travel
to several Asian

This includes
experiencing the life
of the Thai firsthand
through studying at
Yonok College in
Lampang, Thailand
and living with Thai

Other activities
include visiting The
Royal Palace of
King Rama IX and
Palace Grounds, The
Temple of the Royal
Photo by Baylor Photography
Buddha, the floating
Baylor in Denia 2010 group with faculty, Dr. Linda McManness and Dr. Allyson Irom taken in front of the residence in markets, The Rose
Denia, Spain at the Colegio Alfa Y Omega. They traveled to Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Alicante and Granada. Garden and Thai

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music, dancing, boxing and financial centers for entrepreneurs. Students

also travelled to Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

The Baylor in Thailand Interim Program offers students a plethora of

learning experiences and cultural opportunities that will impact their lives
for many years to come.

Recent Baylor alumni Molly Cash went on the Thailand trip two years ago.

“It’s a great study abroad program because there are very few students who
go so it’s really personal,” she said.

“You get six hours of sociology credit by learning about different cultures in
a hands-on experience. I would go on this trip again and again if I could. I
now have a great passion for the Asian culture.”

Baylor in Italy is another small study abroad program that offers students Photo by Amber Rice
an intimate learning environment in one of the world’s most beautiful
countries. Mad Ludwig’s Castle
This program accepts only 20 students, allowing for a more personal
Bavaria, Germany
program than others offered through Baylor.

Baylor in Italy is sponsored by the classics department and gives students the opportunity to visit all the famous archaeological sites in
Rome, Tivoli, Tarquinia, Ostia, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Syracuse, Agrigento, Selinunte and Palermo.

This program not only gives students the unparalleled opportunity of traveling throughout Italy, but it also lets them do it within a small
group, where they can get to know both their professors and fellow peers.

Studying abroad at Baylor is a worthwhile investment. Every program, big or small, known or unknown, offers a unique different
experience for every student involved.

However, if one is looking to build relationships and community, small is the way to go when studying abroad.

From a Traveler’s Perspective
By Blake Ewing

Baylor University students have the Dean counts his exposure to the French Lela Atwood, a Garland senior in
opportunity to study abroad through language as a benefit as well as exposure to journalism, is studying at Voronezh State
the Center for International Education’s the views of other students on world issues, University in Voronezh, Russia.
exchange program. from French students as well as Asian
students who are also in the exchange Atwood is studying with students from
Through this exchange, Baylor students program. West Point, Great Britain and China.
are able to study at another university
overseas. He toured Western Europe for 19 days, “I have always longed to go overseas my
which he said was one of his favorite whole life, but it was never really an option
“[France] is definitely a different culture, experiences studying abroad. for me,” Atwood said.
but I feel like I have slipped into it with
relative ease most likely because I’ve been Dean also made a conscious effort to meet “When I got interested in the Russian
waiting to immerse myself in the culture the local people, getting involved in local language and decided to minor in Russian,
for so long,” said Jed Dean, a Kilgore events and learning more about the French my interests naturally led me to look at
senior studying at the Université de Caen student culture. study abroad opportunities,” she said.
in Caen, France.
He said that the immersion in French On her blog, Atwood talks about some
“There are however a couple of things culture was the best way to improve his of the differences between Russia and
I am not used to: the constant strikes proficiency in the language, increasing his America.
opposing the governments decisions to vocabulary and confidence in speaking
change the retirement age, McDonalds French. “If I am in a store and want to get the
has three stories and the same atmosphere attention of the female sales clerk, it is
as a Manhattan Starbucks, and I am “The level of free spirit here is definitely perfectly acceptable to call out ‘Devushka!’
surrounded by a city that dates back to the more than I expected as it appears most the Russian term for ‘young woman,’”
ninth century,” he said. students don’t have a care in the world,” Atwood said.
Dean said.

Walking through Amsterdam, I stumbled upon a lonely red-light window placed well outside of
it’s district. I couldn’t resist capturing the juxtaposition of such a beautiful city that allows such
indiscretions. It doesn’t seem bizarre that the citizens don’t approve of their city’s lax morals, though
they feel it’s better to legalize, tax, and regulate it rather than drive it underground. -Jed Dean
After a long and winding path, we turned a final
corner and there it was; the Trevi Fountain. We were
standing where thousands of people, from all over the
world, had stood.
The fountain was alight in blue and green lights, giving
it a magical air. There were hundreds of people all trying
to get close enough to toss a coin into its waters, in
the hopes that the legend would be true and they would
one day return to Rome.
We stood there in awe staring at the fountain and
thinking of all the people who had visited before us and
the stories the Trevi Fountain could tell; stories of
love, loss, heartache and triumph.
-Kaylen Puckett

“If the clerk is male, however, one would

When we arrived in Interlaken, Switzerland I had one
just call out ‘Ez-venn-ee-te!’ the Russian thing in mind - extreme sports, and since Interlaken is the
word for ‘Excuse me!’ In America, adventure sports capital of Europe, this thought
calling out ‘young lady!’ or the even more
offensive term ‘Woman!’ would not be was well received.
tolerated by any female that I know of,” For about
she said.
25 minutes I
Atwood said her best experience was a flew 3,400 feet
trip to St. Petersburg where she visited the above the earth
winter palace of the czars.
with my tandem
Kaylen Puckett, a Bristol, Tenn., senior in instructor, Sybile,
marketing and management, is studying in
while taking in the
city’s placid lakes
“[I]ts great when someone comes up to and snow-capped
you on the street and asks for directions
because you look like you belong,” Puckett mountains.
said. Upon landing, my
The experience gave Puckett an
adrenaline was
opportunity to meet a different group in full force as if
of people and helped her become more electrical charges
patient when dealing with communication
barriers. were surging
through my body,
Puckett also got the chance to do
something she always wanted to do —
and replicating
experience cultures from the inside and see the feeling often
things firsthand that most people only read occupies my
about in books.
That’s the core of the exchange program -Jed Dean
Natalia Liz: A Fresh Fusion of Culture
By Amber Riney
Everyone has his or her own comforts in kids, Elena said. Liz always excelled streets at night in Mexico, she said. They
life: laughing at lunch with friends, walking academically by keeping her grades up. She had to be very cautious of where they
the dog on a brisk, sunny morning, or also succeeded in sports, she said. Her two went and whom they were with. Someone
discussing your dreams on a star-lit evening. younger sisters followed in her footsteps stole the family car, and someone tried
These comforts come with culture, and with gymnastics and cheerleading. to burglarize her cousin’s house. On one
it’s easy to forget they may differ in other occasion, the chauffeur rang the doorbell
countries. Even when merely traveling Sports were big in the Liz family. to come pick Liz and her cousins up to take
abroad, immersion in that country’s culture Gymnastics, cheerleading and track them to school. When the maid opened
is inevitable. You’ll find yourself noticing kept Liz involved in school and in the the door, she saw a man holding a gun to
every little distinction between your home community. She continued sports in college the driver’s head. “Thank God the police
and this foreign environment. At times, when she made the Baylor University All- showed up and took him down,” Liz said.
you might even be scared – scared that the Girl Spirit Squad in 2008. Liz said that “I’ll never forget that day.”
people native to that country might not cheering for a Big XII university builds up
accept you or understand you. your confidence and gives you a chance to Besides the dangers of living in the most
show your personality. Making the squad populated city in the world, Hispanic
Natalia Liz, 21, has broken through those was one of the many reasons Liz chose to culture overflows with beautiful customs
walls. After spending 11 years in the attend Baylor. that Liz tries to maintain in her life. Her
United States, Liz has become completely family kept their house in Mexico City and
immersed into American culture. “I loved the small size and big feel of has a house in Acapulco, where they visit
Baylor,” she said. “The people are nice and once or twice a year. Merging the Mexican
“I feel very well-rounded,” Liz said. “I can friendly – plus there are a lot of places to and Spanish worlds together is just as hard
live in two completely different cultures at run.” as integrating them with American culture,
the same time and be who I want to be. she said. The language in Mexico has
That’s what’s important in life.” Liz joined the Baylor cross country team in different words and slang than the language
September. She also plans on running for in Spain.
It’s her history that has made her who she the track team this season. Liz represents
is, she said. Liz was born on Sept. 17, 1989, Baylor on the Water Ski team, and she’s “It’s a good thing I learned English when
in Mexico City. She and her three siblings a member of Baylor Republicans as well. I was young,” Liz said. “We still speak
lived in Mexico with her parents, Alberto With a double major in both Economics Spanish when I’m home with my family, so
and Elena, for eight years. She attended El and International Business and a minor it’s fun to be able to speak with so many
Colegio del Bosque, an all-girls Catholic in Spanish, Liz still stresses academics. different kinds of people.”
school, until second grade. Her dad’s job Staying involved in what you love to do and
moved them to Spain, where they lived for finding a niche leads to success, she said. Her experiences in the different places
two years before moving to the Woodlands It’s especially important for those who are she’s lived and the variety of people
in Texas. With a large family including living in a new culture. she’s met have helped shape Liz into the
aunts, uncles and cousins all living in the confident, young woman she is today.
same area, there was always some sort of “I was very sad to see her go away,” her Her international history gives her life
drama happening. mother said. “But I’m so proud she’s definition and makes her unique. She plans
going to a prestigious school and getting a on graduating in May 2012 and attending
“I remember playing with my cousins every valuable education.” law school.
day,” Liz said. “We were always getting in
trouble.” Walking the streets of the Baylor campus “I have all the same dreams as everyone
is quite different from walking streets in else,” Liz said. “I want to have a family,
Liz and her family are very close, she said. Mexico City, Liz said. With so many people be a lawyer and qualify for the Boston
She has a brother, Alberto, a freshman at and such a big gap between the rich and Marathon.”
Texas A&M University, and two sisters, the poor, her former home enhances her
Elena and Mariana. Despite all the loud appreciation of the security she feels in the Failure is not an option, she said. Every
voices and business of everyone’s lives, they United States. goal that’s met or missed is another turn in
maintain an intimate family, she said. life that makes up the map of your life.
“I lived somewhat of a sheltered life
“I used to call her the ‘Rotten Apple,’” in Mexico,” Liz said. “The freedom “I’ve learned to accept everything that may
Liz’s mother, Elena, said. “She was such in America marks the biggest cultural be different without judgment,” Liz said. “I
an influence on her brother and sisters. She difference, and people take it for granted.” just want to be a happy person who leaves a
could make them do anything.” positive impact on people.”
She was a good example to the other Neither Liz nor her family walked on the

Photo by Elena Liz

Junior Natalia Liz competes in the distance event for Baylor’s track and field team. “I loved the small size and big feel of Baylor,”
Lizsaid. “The people are nice and friendly – plus there are a lot of places to run.”



Photo by Baylor Photography

Beijing, China Volleyball

“The first time I played volleyball with Baylor was scary because of the language challenge. But now
I’m adjusted to it and my teammates are my friends, so it’s not challenging any more,” Qian Zhang

International Athletes

Dragan Sekelja

Photo by Matthew Minard/Baylor Photography

Zagreb, Croatia Basketball

“The food is differnt, the people are more open and life is much faster in the United States,” Dragan
Sekelja said in reference to the differences in life in Croatia and in the United States.

Caleb Agboola:
from Lagos to Baylor
By Michael C. Williams

“Manufacturing things to make He has illustrated his brilliance,

life better is awesome. It’s about hard work, and dedication to his Agboola also credits much of his
the fundamental. Life has a lot craft by ultimately achieving the success to his advisor and mentor,
more to offer than the material award of Best Presentation at Dr. David Jack. Jack is a professor
possessions,” Caleb Babatuder ASME’s Early Career Technical at Baylor University’s school of
Agboola said. Conference in Tulsa, OK. in engineering. He has groomed
March 2010. He presented his and paved a successful track for
Born Sept. 28, 1982, the Lagos, paper “Comparison of Short- Agboola to follow in his footsteps.
Nigeria native is currently Fiber Orientation and Predicted Agboola holds Jack with the
a graduate student in the Materials Properties from Closure highest esteem and honor.
department of mechanical Approximations and Spherical
engineering at Baylor University. Harmonics.” “Dr. Jack is a good guy. He showed
He began his collegiate experience me things that equipped me for the
at the University of Lagos, where Agboola said he credits his world of engineering,” Agboola
he earned a bachelor of science in successes to his “Lord and Savior, said. “I’m thankful for the people
2007. Jesus Christ. Agboola is a man God has put in my life, especially
who aims to exemplify Christ my wife, Elizabeth Nike. I love her
While working as a research through his actions and work with all my heart. She will be in
graduate assistant, in the spring of ethics. Truett Seminary here at Baylor as
2011 Agboola will have obtained well,” said Agboola.
a master of science in mechanical “At the age of 14, I dedicated my
engineering from Baylor. life to Christ then rededicated my He shows great appreciation
life to him at the age of 19. The and gratitude to God, his wife
Born in the heavily populated love and compassion he has for Elizabeth, Jack and Baylor as
city of Lagos, Agboola has always me is the same love I have for him a whole. His favorite activities
exemplified a passion for creativity. and the work that I achieve and include being with his wife, is
His ingenious imagination has accomplish. That’s exactly what conducting engineering research
contributed to the person he is motivates me to be innovative,” and playing soccer. His favorite
today. As a child, he wanted to Agboola said. team is the U.K Arsenal, which he
build his own car. enjoys watching every available
One of his favorite scriptures is opportunity.
“I actually thought about it. I Luke 12:14-15: “Then he said
would name the car Agboola, my to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your Agboola is a very interesting and
last name,” he said. I’ve always guard against all kinds of greed; brilliant individual. His creative
wanted to find ways to make a man’s life does not consist in the nature and the passion that he
something better and engineering abundance of his possessions’.” has for the Lord and engineering
has allowed me to demonstrate operate collectively.
that passion,” Agbolla said. Agboola believes in living a
humble lifestyle. He said, “a man “Helping others and relating to
He has demonstrated that passion can have all the possessions in the people using the knowledge and
in his recent research that focuses world, but what good is that when skills you have acquired is grand
on the application of reinforced he still feels a since of emptiness? in the engineering profession and
short-fiber composites that I strive to make the world a better I thank my God everyday for that
coincide with material properties. place with God’s help.” passion,” Agboola said.

Jessica Foumena: Making Baylor home
By Becky Petter
Photo by Baylor Photography
Cameroon, Central Africa and Waco, Texas have one important
thing in common—Jessica Foumena.

Jessica describes her home of Cameroon as warm, colorful and

filled with joy. A place where her family supports her education in
America through prayer and encouraging words.

Her new home, the United States of America, is a place of

opportunity that allows her to work hard to fulfill dreams.

Baylor University was an easy choice and a prayer answered for

Jessica. “My Christian faith is very important to me,” Jessica said.
“Baylor students are so outgoing and have a huge heart for Jesus,
which strengthens my own faith.”

Currently, Jessica is working towards a Master of International

Journalism degree, with an expected graduation date of May 2012.
Through the generous financial package provided by the Journalism
and Media Arts department, she is able to live, study and work on

She assists the office manager and administrative associate of the

department as a graduate assistant. As part of the financial package,
she receives a stipend each semester for working on campus.

When asked about her favorite experience at Baylor so far,

Jessica finds it hard to choose just one. “Making friends from
President Ken Starr welcomes Jessica Foumena from
simple conversations at different places around campus has left
Cameroon, Central Africa to Baylor University with a cowboy
a lasting memory,” Jessica said. “However, the best moment was
the International Student Orientation that President Ken Starr
attended. He took the time to meet each student and take pictures.”

Whether it’s meeting new people, working on campus or participating in the American tradition of carving a pumpkin for the first
time, Jessica enjoys her new home at Baylor.

Photos by Felica Wong
Baylor through Someone Else’s Eyes
By Claire Moncla

“I want to try every new thing, “ pep-rally cheers and carnival rides on perform African
said HiuMing Sun, a first-semester Friday night to a morning parade and dances, dramas and
international student from the Shan Dong football game on Saturday, Baylor students fashion shows in
province in China. He has made it his and alumni can celebrate their school and Waco Hall.

mission to explore what Baylor has to offer. reminisce about old times.

Sun has visited the Baylor fencing club For With all of the
and the swing-dancing club, attended international
Homecoming and now he’s looking into students, it is different
joining student government. a chance to
experience student
Hyosun Lee, a junior international unique Baylor
student from South Korea, is also actively customs. organizations,
involving herself in on-campus events and
student groups. “I want to be a true Baylor Baylor’s people can have
student,” Lee said. multicultural
student many

She has joined Asians for Christ, an organizations
organization committed to ministering provide experiences ...
to Asian students on and around Baylor international
campus, and has attended Baylor students with
freshman activities even though she is a a variety of
junior. outlets to enjoy their own heritage and The African
experience the traditions of other cultures. Student
Lee said she really enjoyed the freshman Association
mass meeting during Homecoming. “I One cultural outlet is Asian Fest, an event also hosted
think it’s a very memorable kind of thing,” hosted by the Asian Student Association. a jazz banquet with a guest
she said. speaker, music and African cuisine.
“Our sixth annual Pandamonium Culture
As the oldest university in Texas, Baylor Show showcased Asian and Asian- “Our Cultural Extravaganza is very dear
has many Homecoming traditions. American culture through to us because it is a way for us to share
artistic mediums, such as singing, our African culture and traditions with
From dancing and skits,” Asian Student our Baylor and Waco community,” Zinat
Association President Eddie Seto Taiwo, president of the African Student
said. Association, said.

On the second day, the In the spring, the Indian Subcontinent

organization hosted its 10th Student Association and the Hispanic
annual banquet, which Student Association each host cultural
featured guest speaker Eric festivals as well. One of the larger events is
Nakamura, editor of Giant ISSA’s Gateway to India.
Robot magazine.
“This year is our 16th culture show, so it’s
Another cultural event been a pretty long tradition for ISSA,”
held annually on campus Student President Neha Patel said. “It’s
is the African Student basically a talent show, and we have one or
Association’s Cultural two exhibits.”
Extravaganza Weekend.
For a student talent show, Gateway
This year, the 12th to India pulls in 5,000-6,000 people
e. The
r k a t t he bonfir s long, Extravaganza brought each year. Fiesta, the Hispanic Student
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Photos by Baylor Photography

“Fiesta started out as a really small event I appreciate having this opportunity to share some information about the work of the
about 20 years ago,” HSA President Baylor Center for International Education (C.I.E.).
Polette Galvan said. Fiesta is usually
held in March and includes traditional We at the Baylor Center for International Education (C.I.E.) are charged with overseeing
folklorico and Aztec dancers, free tacos and advancing Baylor’s international education interests in “sending Baylor to the world,”
and a mariachi band. Galvan said the and “bringing the world to Baylor.” Or, as stated in Imperative XI of Baylor 2012,
variety of events on Baylor’s campus is “Recognizing that its sphere of Christian influence is the world itself, Baylor must prepare
very important. its graduates to enter a pluralistic and global society.”

“With of all the different student Baylor’s involvement with international education began well before it was “cool.”
organizations, people can have many Baylor has been educating international students (often through the support of Baptist
experiences, try different foods and listen missionaries) since the 19th Century and has been taking students to study abroad since
to different music, “ Galvan explained. 1920 when Dr. A.J. Armstrong (of the Armstrong-Browning Library) took his English 31
“They can get a feel for a culture that may class to Europe.
not be their own, or if it is their own, they
can get back to their roots.” “Sending Baylor to the World”

Pearl Beverly, director of Multicultural Baylor sends our students and faculty to the world through more than 60 study abroad
Affairs, said international students are and mission programs in over 30 countries. During the past year, 1,158 Baylor students
plugging into Baylor’s student body. participated in an international program; 823 through study abroad and 335 on mission
trips. Put another way, 6.77% of Baylor’s undergraduate students studied abroad and
“We do see international students join another 2.75% served on international mission trips for a total of 9.53% while nationally
more organizations and attend more only 1% of undergraduate students study abroad.
events than we once did,” she explained.
Health, Safety and Security
Lee said she joined AFC and attended
on-campus events because of the people Baylor has invested significant attention and resources to prepare for and respond to global
at Baylor. safety and security challenges involved in international travel. To this end, C.I.E. works
closely with other university offices to balance the foreseeable risk against the expected
“I think Baylor students are really open to benefits of international travel. While there can be no guarantee of safety, C.I.E. and
international students, and are interested other Baylor offices constantly review existing and proposed programs as well as Baylor’s
in other counties more than other people internal processes to reduce the risks of international travel.
I’ve met,” Lee said.
“Bringing the World to Baylor”

Baylor greatly benefits from and highly values the diversity international
students and scholars bring to the campus and the community. At last
count, Baylor had 491 international students representing 71 countries
and 24 Research or Short-Term Scholars conducting research and
teaching who were sponsored by academic departments across campus.

C.I.E. works closely with Baylor’s International students and scholars

to guide them through the immigration processes and to include them
in campus and community activities. Additionally, the Baylor Global
Community Living-Learning Center’s resident and international
students actively participate in focused class work and specially planned
events in addition to shared cultural experiences.

In conclusion, Baylor’s Center for International Education puts into

Photo by Baylor Photography action Baylor’s mission to send Baylor to the world and to bring the
The international student orientation held during the first week of classes world to Baylor.”
was centered around a Texas theme to introduce the students to the
culture here in Waco. Pictured here, from left to right, are: Sayo Hattori, Mike Morrison

Melanie Smith, Shinichi Nonaka, Yuki Ayukawa and Megumi Nakano.
Director, Center for International Education
Lindsey Smith “The Sunken Road to Murano”

Katherine Robertson “Vernazza Coastline”

Meghan Murphy “The Heart of Tango”

Melissa Olshack “By Eiffel Tower in Paris”

Jeff Wittekiend “Baylor Lights up the Night” Austin Cook-Lindsey “Casa Milla”
Shanna Taylor “Flavors of the Street”

Trisha Diaz “Sagrada”

Alyssa Peera “One Fine Day in Slovenia”

Lindsey Turner “Permanent View” Marlen Alvarado “La Romeria- More than just an Andalusian Tradition”
Inside Lu Ma (China) and Shu Xue
(Hong Kong) carve pumpkins at
a Spiritual Life event.
By Natalie Walker

Imagine yourself from another country,

another culture or even speaking a
different language. Imagine taking an
opportunity for adventure, traveling
away from everything familiar, seeking
an education in a strange country at a Photos courtesy of Spiritual Life
school where you feel completely foreign.
International students studying at Baylor
can give a first hand account of this
complicated feeling of both excitement
and fear.

As Baylor strives to become a top-

tier university in the United States, it
Jonathon Simister (Australia); Yingda Zhai (China) Vanessa Onguti (Kenya/US: Texas);
recognizes that it must both foster and Johanna Stephens (Australia) Jessica Tawiah (Ghana/US: Virginia)
improve its international programs and
opportunities. In order to do so, Baylor as often or as little as desired. However, popcorn. Also, the Baylor Round Table
has established various programs designed throughout the semester the CIE will host International Thanksgiving Dinner is held
to better the experiences of international several events where international students just before Thanksgiving break. This event
students not only at Baylor, but also in a and their partners meet as a group. gives international students some insight
foreign country and culture. The hope is PAWS often enables life-long friendships. into this American tradition as well as a
that these programs will make the students Some partners have even visited their free and hearty meal.
feel at home more quickly, providing them international partner in their home
with interesting activities and surrounding country. PAWS has been a great program American Culture and Popcorn Hour is
them with good people. and has certainly aided international held every other Friday in the CIE student
students while they adjust to their new lounge. This event allows international
Three mentionable programs or country, culture and friends. students to meet with one another and
opportunities for Baylor’s international outstanding staff and faculty to hold
students are PAWS (People Around the This semester the CIE has offered four discussions on various subjects. Students
World Sharing), various CIE (Center for different optional trips for international can also hear various speakers invited
International Education) trips, American students. These four trips include the by the CIE. The CIE also holds weekly
Culture and Popcorn Hour, and weekly Baylor vs. Rice football game, Heart of dinners and fellowship for international
dinners and fellowship at the Bobo Texas Fair and Rodeo, San Antonio and students at the Bobo Spiritual Life Center.
Spiritual Life Center. the Homestead Heritage Thanksgiving These dinners offer a relaxed atmosphere
Arts and Crafts Festival. These trips offer for fellowship between the students.
The PAWS program sets up international transportation and fun activities for the
students with a willing Baylor student students for a small fee. The Center for International Education
partner. Students interested in being has made significant efforts to make
partnered with an international student Along with these trips, the CIE schedules international students feel both welcome
must apply online on the Baylor website. small activities periodically throughout and at home. In 2009, over 490
Baylor students become immediate friends the semester around Baylor’s campus. international students from 76 countries
to the new students and can take them to During finals week international students called Baylor home. Baylor hopes to
do anything from a trip to Wal-Mart to a can enjoy a study break at the CIE continue and increase the enrollment
football game. The partners can hang out student lounge with Dr Pepper floats and of international students as well as the

Paying it forward
Tutor Jing Kobelsky knows what it is like to be far from home

By: Lily Gonzalez at USC. Halfway through her junior year “What I miss here is the loyalty to your
she moved to Waco when her husband friends, the family bonds, the kinship. This
Jing Kobelsky is a wife, mother of two, received a job offer from Baylor as an is why I want to go back to China and
graduate student and a mentor for assistant professor in the business school. visit. I just need to breathe there, I need to
international students, specializing in Five months after giving birth to her experience the love and loyalty from my
students from China. daughter she finished her bachelor’s friends,” Kobelsky said.
degree at Baylor majoring in professional
Her office is in the lower level of Paul writing. “It’s something that’s missing here, very
L. Foster Success Center, where the rest difficult to find. Here people are very
of the mentors reside. She sits straight “Whatever I do, English is the friendly with you, but it’s like…you’re not
back on her chair, with a lone “Wacoan” foundation,” Kobelsky said. inside it,” she said. “But with my friends
magazine sitting on her shelf (she later in China, for example, I don’t have to say
informs me that her son is on the cover She graduated in 2007 with a 3.94 anything, but they know. They constantly
with his tongue sticking out). The only GPA with honors and remained on the think of me, they love me as much as I
decorations on her desk, aside from her dean’s list each semester. Kobelsky began love them. That kind of confidence is rare,
coffee mug, are pictures of her family graduate school in the spring of 2009, it’s just like you love someone like a sister.
pinned on a bulletin board. majoring in communication studies. It’s something that’s difficult to find here
for immigrants, for Chinese students.”
She apologized for her heavy accent, “I have always had a passion to help
smiled and leaned in as she shared her international students, because I walked Kobelsky wishes to grow strong bonds of
experiences. through this path. I know the challenges. I friendship with her students, like she has
know what it takes,” she said. experienced in China.
“I want to position myself as a friend,
confidant, not just for their academic “Over the years I developed this strategy “There were times I wish I had that,” she
performance but for life,” Kobelsky said. of how to do well and I would like to share said.
this with my fellow friends, not just from
Kobelsky understands the challenges China,” Kobelsky said. “Of course it’s She wants students to understand that
international students struggle with in where I’m from, I know the psychology, I she’s not here to criticize them, but to
college, for she was one herself. After understand their thinking, their cultural assist their lives. She’s careful not to give
graduating from high school she worked in habits. I know how to reach them. That’s compliments like a mother, but as a friend.
Singapore for five years in an office. one reason I came here, to help them.” Kobelsky compares friendships in America
to Chinese friendships where you would
“I’m from the east coast of China, it’s Kobelsky carries the same aspirations she tell your friend if her outfit looked bad.
very modern,” she said. “Singapore’s had when she first came into the U.S. It would be the nice, friendly thing to do,
first official language is English, it’s very whereas it would be considered an insult in
westernized.” “I want to be a writer, I want to write the U.S. to be so frank with a friend.
stories about Chinese immigrants in
After meeting her husband in Singapore America,” she said. “I would like to Kobelsky asked one of her students if she
she moved to California and began classes explain how it is to live in America to a thought she was scary. Her student replied
at the University of Southern California as Chinese audience, because I think there’s a by saying that Kobelsky was firm and that
an international relations major. misunderstanding.” she enjoyed her personality because it was
“I wanted to become a journalist,” “I want to tell the story of the
she said. “USC has a great journalism contemporary, the modern Chinese Kobelsky has walked the path that many
program. My dream was to attend people. You don’t find a lot of literature international students are struggling with.
Annenberg, but it’s so competitive. I had a about this,” Kobelsky said. She carries that knowledge with her and
4.0 [grade point average] and I still could wishes to share it with others. She’s an
not get in.” She said one social difference is the deep insider with information, wishing that
friendships that are formed in China. students would see beyond her title and

Kobelsky had her first child while studying view her as a friend.
Photo by Liz Appling
Tobias Henriksson from Sweden eats at the International Education Week
Thanksgiving Lunch, hosted by the Wesley Student Center.

Pies sit on display, ready to be eaten as the Thanksgiving Lunch on Thursday du

Photo by Liz Appling Photo by Shanna Taylor

Hao Wu, a doctoral candidate from Shijiazhuang, China, enjoys his Thanks- A group of international students and Center for International Education staff
giving lunch at the Wesley Student Center on Thursday, Nov. 18. enjoy a Thankgiving dinner together as part of International Education week.

International Week
Celebrating the Nations at Baylor
Claire Moncla and Kate Williams

As the weather changes and the fall Contest offers students who have studied
semester draws to a close, Baylor students abroad an opportunity to submit pho-
gathered to give thanks, celebrate diversity tographs taken during their travels. The
and promote culture during International winners’ photographs were displayed
Education Week, Nov. 15 - 19. majestically from floor to ceiling in Moody
While Baylor’s International Educa-
tion Week is sponsored by the Center for Other events included an International
International Education, this five-day Movie Night, International Board Game
festivity is a national event. According to Night and International Thanksgiving
the national International Education Week Dinner, which incorporated The Call of
website, International Education Week is a Nations.
joint initiative of the U.S. Department of
State and the U.S. Department of Educa- “In The Call of Nations, there are inter-
tion to promote programs that prepare national flags at the dinner and when the
Americans for a global environment. The names of the various countries are called
program also aims to attract future leaders out, the students from those countries
from abroad to study, learn and exchange stand up,” international student advisor
experiences in the United States. Alexine Burke explained.

This is the third year Center for Inter- One popular event this year was the In-
national Education has held the Inter- ternational Student Thanksgiving Lunch,
national Education Week. This year, which was held in the United Method-
International Education Week was packed ists’ Wesley Student Center. Rev. Katie
full of events ranging from thanksgiving Long has been hosting this event for two
dinners to fellowship between professors years, and she said it attracted about 100
uring International Education Week. and students. students. She also hosts a lunch every
Photo by Liz Appling Tuesday for international students.
“[This week] brought together interna-
tionals that come from afar to Baylor with “I get majors from all over the world,” she
those U.S. students that go abroad said.
to represent Baylor and further
their study,” said Melanie Lunch attendee Ellen Guo, a junior mar-
Smith, international student keting major from Hong Kong, said she
relations coordinator. enjoyed the American Thanksgiving food,
but she has also enjoyed other interna-
In an effort to unite international tional education activities.
students with both past and future
study abroad students, Center for “I’ve been to so many events this week,”
International Education partnered Guo said with a laugh.
with the Wesley Student Center,
Baylor Round Table, study abroad Brisa Munoz, a senior psychology and
and exchange programs, the modern theatre arts major who participated in
foreign languages department and the the Baylor in Maastricht study abroad
Global Living and Learning Center. program in spring 2009, said International
These partnerships provided events and Education Week is just another way for
activities for Baylor students to share in students to learn outside of the classroom
Jonat each other’s cultures. setting, as well as valuable experience for
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Passport to on Campus Jobs
Work study jobs give international students the opportunity
to get connected with the Baylor community
By Courtney Johnson and Sarah Blackburn
Photos by Cortney Shedd and Ashleigh Schmitz
Clockwise from top left: PhD candidate Basu Panthi (middle) from Nepal helps students in the Chemistry 1101 lab he teaches. Jo-
ben David, an international student from India and senior CL at Arbors Apartments (left), collaborates during his desk shift with
a fellow CL. Oby Akinbule, an international student from Nigeria and senior CL at South Russell (right), talks with her resident.

For some students, freshman year is almost too much it hasn’t always been easy for her to be an international
to handle. The world of college seems unfathomable: student.
having to adapt to new surroundings, living situations,
classes, friends and being away from the comfort of “It took me a while to get plugged in and get used to
home can be a lot to consider. For international students, the culture here,” Akinbule said. “Inasmuch as learning
adapting to an entirely new country can be added to that the culture here can be enjoyable, it can also be
list of necessary considerations. frustrating, especially when I am expected to be familiar
with the culture by some also keeps me out
International students studying at Baylor University are of the loop in some conversations with my friends.”
encouraged to cope with the change of atmosphere by
getting involved on campus in every capacity possible. Akinbule dealt with these difficulties by getting a job
One way Baylor accommodates these students is by at Baylor and by joining a lifegroup with Antioch
helping them get connected with job opportunities Community Church in downtown Waco. She said
within the university community. these things, along with attending events held within
her major and international student

According to Lexi English, the dinners on campus, made the process
administrative assistant for the of entering Baylor a much easier
International Student and Scholar experience.
Services, international students hold
positions across campus as office
assistants, community leaders, tutors,
lab assistants, library assistants, line
while When asked what advice she wanted
to give to other international students
considering being student workers for
servers, chapel assistants and more.
to get Baylor, she said recommended it and
noted that international students “are
“I believe every international student very eligible to find a job on campus
holding a student worker position at
Baylor makes a difference in their area
plugged because Baylor does its very best to keep
its employees diversified.”

in and get
and to the campus at large,” English
said. Akinbule also encouraged students
to check out international student
Senior Oby Akinbule is a prime
example of an international student
who makes a difference. Akinbule, who
used to jobs available on the Baylor employee
website, describing it as a great tool and
a fast way to find jobs and get plugged in
is originally from Nigeria, is a student
who is currently a community leader
in South Russell Residence Hall. On
the culture “ on campus.

International students at Baylor are
a daily basis she oversees 35 freshmen
women and sees to their needs, acting here allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours
per week in an on-campus position and
as both a mentor and friend to them. must have permission in order hold
a student worker position through the International
Akinbule is an electrical and computer engineering Student and Scholar Services office. As Akinbule noted,
major who came to Baylor because it offered a strong Baylor strives to keep student workers diversified and to
program for her major and because the university was offer as many jobs to students as possible to help them
surrounded by several churches. become involved in the Baylor community.

Overall, Akinbule has had a positive experience as International students like Oby Akinbule have not only
a Baylor student. She enjoys getting to know other adapted to college life but have flourished as well; they
students and the freshmen living in her hall at South have become highly involved at Baylor.
Part of this can be attributed to their on-campus
“I like how some people show a big interest in learning employment. Although there are difficult aspects of
my culture and my life in my home country. Learning being an international student thrown into the college
is always an on-going experience, I like celebrating world at Baylor, the university tries to offer services
learning the things that seem new to me but are normal such as oncampus employment in order for them to
for everyone else,” she said. feel comfortable and involved at their home away from
As successful as Akinbule’s college career has ended up,

International Bears
Top counties
of attendance
China 151
Mexico 14
South Korea 61
Brazil 11
Nigeria 29
Venezuela 10
India 24
Ghana 8
Canada 21
Taiwan 8

Top 10 majors
Computer Science
Information Systems
Business Administration

491 international students
representing 71 countries
for Going Abroad
Study abroad scholarships or research grants can make international
education a reality for both bachelor’s degree and master’s degree students
A few of the scholarships available to undergraduate Applications for summer 2012 are due in November 2011.
and graduate students include the Boren Fellowships and Interested students should visit
Scholarships, Critical Language Awards, the National Science
Foundation program, Scholarships for Study and Research from National Science Foundation
the German Academic Exchange Service, Fulbright Awards
and Marshall Scholarships as well as three scholarships limited The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program
to Baylor students only. More scholarship information can be provides opportunities for undergraduates to participate in
found at research. Applications are due Aug. 24, 2011 except for those
requiring access to Antarctica, which are due June 3, 2011. Visit
Scholarships Limited to Baylor Students for more information.

Baylor is blessed by having the Glennis McCrary Goodrich German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships for
International fund which is supported by a very generous Study and Research
endowment. During the past year, the Goodrich fund provided
over $200,000 to Baylor students involved in study abroad U.S. and Candadian citizens can apply for graduate research in
programs. Two newer funds; the James Vardaman International Germany. Contact the German division of the department of
Study Scholarship and the Phi Beta Kappa University Scholars modern foreign languages for more information or visit www.
International Scholarship, will provide additional financial
support for study abroad as they continue to grow.
Fulbright Program
Boren Fellowships and Scholarships
The Fulbright Program provides opportunities for teaching
Boren Fellowships and Scholarships are available to those English abroad or completing graduate research abroad.
interested in studying national security. Students can receive up Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree before beginning
to $20,000 for undergraduate work and $30,000 for graduate their program.
Applications are due Aug. 1, 2011 for the 2012-2013 award
The deadline to apply for the awards is Jan. 15, 2010. Visit year. Those interested in applying may visit the Council for International Exchange of Scholars official website at www.cies.
Study for more information. org.

Critical Language Awards Marshall Scholarships

The Critical Language Awards, through the Critical Language Participants study at a university within the United Kingdom
Scholarship Program, are given to those interested in intensive for one or two years. To apply, students must have a 3.7 G.P.A.
language study for seven to ten weeks during the summer. or above and have graduated with their bachelor’s degree.

Languages offered include Arabic, Persian, Azerbaijani, For application information, visit www.
Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish,
Urdu, Chinese, Japanese and Russian. Special thanks to CIE director Michael Morrison and Dean Elizabeth
Vardaman for contributing to this list. For more information about
any of these awards, contact Dean Vardaman at 254-710-4176

Staff and Contributors

Editors: Amber Rice, Jenna DeWitt, Kristina Ballard

Designers: Amber Rice, Ashleigh Schmitz, Jenna

DeWitt, Kristina Ballard

Writers: Garrett Perkins, Mallory Golding , Blake Ewing,

Michael Williams, Claire Moncla, Natalie Walker, Lily
Gonzales, Becky Petter, Sarah Blackburn, Courtney
Johnson and Kate Williams

Photographers: Jessica Mejia, Shanna Taylor, Liz Appling,

Baylor Photography, Elena Liz, Jed Dean, Kaylen Puckett,
Felicia Wong, Study Abroad Photo Contest Winners, Baylor
Spiritual Life, Cortney Shedd and Ashleigh Schmitz
Thank you to Carol Perry, Larry Norwood, Dr.
Elizabeth Bates, Michael Morrison, President Ken
Starr, Melanie Smith, Alexine Burke, Randy Penson,
Katie Erickson for their help with this publication.

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