Posts Tagged ‘Wilkes University’

Bukit Bintang: The “Star Hill” Section of Kuala Lumpur (February 2014)

June 30, 2014

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You have to visit Bukit Bintang at night.  It’s a busy hot-spot full of locals and visitors bustling between good restaurants and great shops.  This is where the night life is!  So the group took advantage of the weekend to visit the famous Pavillion Mall, still decorated for Chinese New Year.

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Amazing Pavilion Mall

 

We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!

We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!


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P. Ramlee Street is named after a famous Malaysian actor, singer, and director whose movies put Malaysia (and Malaya, its former name) on the map.  There’s always so much going on in Jalan P. Ramlee!  But to get to that section, we had to take the crowded monorail. Watching Chase squeeze his 6’6″ frame into the monorail started us all smiling, and we soon had the whole car giggling with us.  But Chase, as usual, took it in stride.

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No matter where we go, we always seem to end up at the Petronas Towers. At the top of this photo, you can see the famous towers, always a beautiful beacon for everyone in KL.

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Year of the Horse

February 23, 2014
The gang amidst the New Year action

The gang amidst the New Year action

It is just wonderful to be over here during Lunar New Year.  Everybody gets off work, and the shops have great sales.  Restaurants and packed and generally, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle.

Hustle and bustle of New Year

Hustle and bustle of New Year

Long Chinese Lanterns

The only problem for us was that ALL of the cellphone and sim card places were closed because they were owned by Chinese Malaysians, who were busy celebrating the New Year traditions with their families.  So it took us about 5 days until we were able to phone our relatives back home.

Classical Chinese music

Classical Chinese music

Entertainment in the shopping centers

Entertainment in the shopping centers

Meanwhile, we certainly enjoyed the sights as Kuala Lumpur welcomed the Year of the Horse!

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Horse

Selamat Datang! Welcome to Malaysia, 2014!

February 17, 2014

We finally arrived at Sri Utama School in Kuala Lumpur, after leaving our homes about 48 hours earlier.  We had had a great flight, but we were glad to be at the end of that long journey.  This was January 30, 2014, on the Eve of Chinese New Year.

We were greeted at the airport by Wilkes alumn Nicholas Barno, who now works as a teacher in the Johor Bahru Sri Utama School.  Nick took us to meet the administrative leaders of Sri Utama, and they took us out for roti canai and teh tarik– all time favorites in this country (and what we will probably miss a lot when we come home).  Kate McGurk and Becky Gallaher, also Wilkes alumni who work at the KL school, were there.  It was a happy reunion!  Have a look at this gang:

Whole gang

Above photo, from left to right: Nadia Hassan, Matthew Bryant, Nawwar Hassan, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Chase English, Rachel Gill, Nick Barno, Amanda Bast, Robin Sorber, Mitch Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Kate McGurk, Becky Gallaher, Omar Joseph.

 

Matt Omar Nadiya

Roti 3

Roti 3+

Nawwar, Nadiya, Omar & Matt

Paige ('14), Kate ('12), and Becky ('12)--Old friends together again.

Paige (’14), Kate (’12), and Becky (’12)–Old friends together again.

Thank you, Sri Utama, for welcoming us once again!

Goodbye, Istanbul!

February 17, 2014

We had arrived in Istanbul at 4 pm, and it was almost 10 pm–time to make our way back to the Ataturk Airport.  Our flight was leaving at 1 am and we wanted to be sure we arrived in plenty of time.  But before we said goodbye, we had to find just one more cafe and have a truly Middle Eastern meal!

(L-R) Chase English, MItchell Yamrus, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast, Paige Trusty, Robin Sorber

(L-R) Chase English, MItchell Yamrus, Gina Zanolini Morrison, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast, Paige Trusty, Robin Sorber

 

Now it’s on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Sri Utama Schools!

Jom! (Let’s get going!)

February 16, 2014

The 2014 cohort of the Wilkes University student teaching abroad program was packed and ready to go, here with our wonderful driver, Miss Beth Spencer of the Education Department.

Driver Beth

5 in the van

And here we are, waiting at the busy JFK International Airport.

Waiting at JFKReady for Takeoff

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

Selamat Jalan! (Bon Voyage!)

February 16, 2014

A group of faithful friends and family members showed up on our departure date, January 28, in spite of the fact that it was freezing cold!  Good byes were shared and we were ready to get on our way.

Group at Wilkes

The 2014 cohort is sent off by members of the Wilkes Education Department, joined by old friends and family members, on one of the coldest days of the winter!

William waves

Jumpa lagi!

Faithful friends

Faithful friends

2014 Student Teaching Abroad: The 3rd Malaysian Cohort

February 16, 2014

Can it be that time again–so soon?

In the Fall of 2013, we selected six bright, talented, and lucky Wilkes student teachers to get ready for the third trip to Malaysia in January of 2014.  This experience is subsidized by Dato’ Fawziah Abdul Karim, the CEO of Sri Utama Schools in Malaysia, and our students spend the first seven-week placement at the Kuala Lumpur school.

6 new teachers

Our new student teachers!  Front, L to R: Robin Sorber, Rachel Gill, Amanda Bast;  Back, L to R: Mitchell Yamrus, Paige Trusty, Chase English

6 + 2

New student teachers with two veteran teachers from last year: Nicholas Barno and Jennifer Earley, both from the 2013 cohort.

Lucky for us that we had several “old-timers” from the past two cohorts to assist with the orientation.  Nick Barno, now employed at the Sri Utama School in Johor Bahru, near Singapore, and Jennifer Earley both shared this privilege last year as part of the 2013 cohort. They joined us for one of the sessions.

Also joining the sessions were Stephanie Wilkie, from last year,  and Matt Duffy, who worked at Sri Utama on a 3-month contract during 2013.   Becky Gallaher, a current Sri Utama teacher at the Kuala Lumpur school home on Christmas break, shared stories and videos about the students and the school, to the delight of everyone.

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Becky Gallaher, currently employed as an international teacher at Sri Utama in Kuala Lumpur, leads an orientation session

Orient w Steph, Becky, Matt

Matt Duffy, former Sri Utama international teacher, Becky Gallaher, and Stephanie Wilkie from last year’s cohort, assist in the orientation

William and Victoria Morrison, family members of student teaching supervisor Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, came along to share their points of view.  Each year they have been able to join the experience in Malaysia and are eager to go back again during 2014.  We wonder what adventures await us!

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

Old friends were able to get together for an after-orientation dinner (L-R): Stephanie Wilkie, Matt Duffy, William Morrison, Victoria Morrison, Gina Z. Morrison, Becky Gallaher, and Amanda Coombs

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

William and Victoria Morrison join the orientation session

Building Our Scholarship Record: Presenting at the Global Summit on Education 2013

January 9, 2014

While our student teachers were abroad, we felt it was a great time to help them get their feet wet by stepping into the world of international scholarship.  So they decided to assist in a research project and present their results at the 2013 Global Summit on Education at the Dynasty Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

GSE Conference March 2013

GSE Conference March 2013

Dr. Caroline Maurer, then the Associate Dean of Education at Wilkes University, came all the way over to KL present her paper on her research with the students.   The title of that paper was “Using Multicultural Literature for Global Learning” (Paper #103, available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

Dr. Maurer and the Wilkes student teachers present their research on Global Literature to an audience of global scholars.

These future teachers were poised and professional representatives of Wilkes University– true global ambassadors!

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

Wilkes University student teachers with an international group of scholars at the GSE Conference, March 2013

As a footnote, Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison, the student teaching supervisor, also presented a paper at the conference about the link between Sri Utama and Wilkes University, entitled “American Teacher Trainees in Malaysia: Preparing Both Sides for Success” (Paper #40 available at http://worldconferences.net/proceedings/gse2013/toc/index.html).

2013 Jungle Trek

January 9, 2014

Before we get to the 2014 cohort of Wilkes University student teachers going to Malaysia, let’s catch up on the 2013 adventure.

3. JUngle

Of course we HAD to go into the jungle! We ventured into the jungle that is part of FRIM (the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia).  It was hot but so beautiful.  And very peaceful.

7. Gp on the rock

We followed the path deep into the jungle outside of Kuala Lumpur. We even crossed the high, hand-made suspension bridges….  Well, at least the most adventurous among us went up into the treetops!

Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

What a wonderful connection to nature we experienced during that Sunday afternoon in March 2013.  Right, Stephanie?

1. butterfly on Steph's nose