Newman hosts delegation of Ukrainian educators

Nov 15, 2012

Newman University recently hosted a delegation of Ukrainian educators as part of the Open World program established in 1999 by the U.S. Congress. The five-member delegation representing Zakarpattya State University and Uzhhgorod National University were guests of the West Wichita Rotary Club, whose members served as hosts and trip organizers for the Ukrainian visitors. The trip allowed the group the opportunity to learn more about American education at the collegiate level.

The delegation spent time Friday, Nov. 9 with various members of Newman University’s leadership team discussing different aspects of university operations and teachings, such as policies and structures of various college committees, academic evaluations and processes, measurement of student performance, and the teaching of and use of social media in the classrooms.

The Open World program has allowed more than 14,000 current and future Eurasian leaders to experience American culture and business, and to gain new insights for possible changes back home. Currently, Open World operates exchanges for participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Ukraine.

Yaroslava Hasynets (far right), assistant professor, Uzhorod National University, School of Biology, presents Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., Newman University president, with a book which showcases their Ukrainian culture and region. The group’s professional interpreter Martina Basil (center) assisted in the conversation.
Those participating in the Ukrainian visit by the Open World delegation included (l-r): Martina Basil, interpreter; Matt Riedl, Newman University journalism student; Mykola Sidak, Uzhhorod National University Law School; John Clayton, Admissions, Newman University; Rhonda Cantrell, Human Resources, Newman University; Svyatoslav Babilya, Zakarpattya State University; Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., president, Newman University; Teresa Raehpour, Adult and Continuing Studies, Newman University; Olena Melnyk, Zakarpattya State University; Ivan Babushchak, Uzhhorod State University; Yaroslava Hasynets, Uzhhorod National University; Vic Trilli, Athletics, Newman University; Oksana Kovalenko, Open World Program; Mark Dresselhaus, Finance, Newman University, and Troy Horine, University Advancement, Newman University.