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Chinese students played their traditional musical instruments in a spontaneous “jam session” with a group of visiting Cajun musicians at NYIT-Nanjing last week. The NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT, one of twelve American Culture Centers in China which seek to foster intercultural communication, hosted a group of visitors from Louisiana for a series of meetings with students. The highlight was the informal gathering where Cajuns and students each shared their traditional instruments: the Cajun accordion and “fiddle,” and the Chinese pipa, erhu, and hulusi.
The musicians, Jesse Lége (accordion), Joel Savoy (fiddle), Sammy Lind (fiddle), and Nadine Landry (guitar and percussion), are finishing a tour of Chinese university campuses, events that may represent the first time Cajun music has been played in the People’s Republic of China. Joel described the meeting with NYIT and NUPT students as “a great way to wrap it up.” Folklorist and radio host Nick Spitzer, who, along with Cajun folklorist and filmmaker Connie Castille, accompanied the musicians, declared, “The jam session today was definitely the best one we’ve had.” Spitzer recorded audio from the interactive meeting for later use on one of his radio shows.
Cajun fiddler Joel Savoy (left) jammed with Chinese students Wan Zhen and Ma Xiang Yun. Folklorist and radio host Nick Spitzer (left foreground) recorded the music for his radio show.
Student Wu Jun Ru, who taught herself to play the gourd flute known as hulusi, wanted to get to know the Cajun instruments. After a discussion about the difference between a “violin” and a “fiddle,” she got her chance to investigate the accordion. Jesse’s accordion was made, she learned, by Joel’s father. The student seemed fascinated by it.
Other students questioned the group of musicians about practice times and learning to keep tempo together. “We don’t practice,” responded Joel. “These are songs we have been playing our whole lives.”
NYIT Electrical and Computer Engineering student Peter Huang said afterward, “It was a good chance to enjoy American culture and another kind of music.” He added, “We also had the chance to listen to Chinese music with American music.”
In a later gathering, Castille introduced and showed two of her films to an audience of about 35 students and faculty: the 23-minute “I Always Do My Collars First,” which shows ironing to be much more than merely a chore, and “King Crawfish” (48 minutes), which features “everything Cajuns value,” including their language, music, and (not least) crawfish. Spitzer, a professor of anthropology at Tulane University, then presented his 1986 film about Louisiana creole culture, “Zydeco.”
Center Director Beverly Butcher, Ph.D., stated, “This was a very successful event, with students showing great interest in this unique American folk music and culture.”
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT will host "Cultures of the American Gulf Coast: Work and Play in Story and Song from Louisiana to Florida." The events will take place 10-11 April 2014.
Nick Spitzer, Ph.D., is a folklorist and professor of anthropology and American Studies at Tulane University. He is best known as the creator and host of National Public Radio’s American Routes. He will bring a team of Cajun specialists to NYIT to introduce our students to traditional French Louisiana culture.
A highlight of the activities will be a performance of Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy & the Cajun Country Revival. In addition, Dr. Spitzer will screen his film Zydeco (1986), about African-French Louisiana musical traditions. University of Louisiana, Lafayette instructor, folklorist, and filmmaker Conni Castille will screen and discuss two of her films, I Always Do My Collars First (2006) and T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). Students and faculty are looking forward to this unique exposure to a little-known but influential American group.
The NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT recently welcomed artist/filmmaker Luke Jaeger. On Thursday, 27 February, Mr. Jaeger visited with students and staff during an informal lunch hour. The following evening, he presented a show entitled “Best Contemporary American Short Films,” in which he screened and discussed films by other artists, as well as some of his own work.
Mr. Jaeger’s appearance was the first in a series of programs at the Center in which audiences engage music, narrative and media reflecting the United States’ Gulf Coast. The series, which will continue throughout the spring, is supported by a Cultural Affairs grant from the U.S. Embassy.
Mr. Jaeger’s work combines traditional, low-tech animation techniques with digital, nonlinear sound and video, avant garde music, and his own sensibility. He grew up in Brooklyn and attended Yale University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Massachusetts College of Art. His animated films have been shown in festivals and theaters worldwide.
Plans are underway for the NYIT-Nanjing graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 10, as well as NYIT's main commencement ceremony on the Old Westbury campus on Sunday, May 18. All members of the Class of 2014 are invited to submit photos of their NYIT experiences for a special graduation photo montage to be shown at the main ceremony as well as to enter the student speaker contest at the main ceremony in Old Westbury.
“The Water-Energy Nexus: Sustainability and Global Challenges,” a U.S.-China EcoPartnerships conference organized by NYIT and Peking University, will take place on April 17, 2014 in Beijing. Organized in cooperation with AIChE and the International Society for Water Solutions, the conference will assemble specialists from around China and the U.S.
Attendees will discuss advances in water policy and management, energy efficiency, water science and engineering, and other topics. Representatives are expected from organizations such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development, among others. Read more.
NYIT-Nanjing campus will be closed for the Chinese New Year holiday, from 16 January through 19 February.
On Dec. 4, Mr. Zhai Jian, HR Director of LG Serveone (Nanjing) Co. Ltd. gave a presentation on “How to Interview for a Job” at the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT. This event was co-sponsored by NYIT Nanjing School of Management and the Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations.
Over 30 SoM and other senior students attended the event. Professor Qadir Mohuiddin (Director of Professional Enrichment) and Tony Lei (Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations) introduced the guest speaker.
On Nov. 30, NYIT Nanjing School of Management conducted its 2nd Annual Stakeholders’ Conference. The theme of this conference was “Global Education and 21st Century Skills Required in the Workplace.” The event was hosted by Keh Kwek – NYIT Nanjing Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of School of Management. Kwek gave the opening remarks which included an update on the AACSB accreditation.
The event was attended by over 300 VIPs, guests and students including Monique Taylor, Ph.D., NYIT Nanjing Campus Dean and Executive Director, Jason Patent, Ph.D., American Co-Director, Nanjing University – John Hopkins Center for Chinese and American Studies at Nanjing University, SoM faculty, NUPT School of Economics and Management faculty, SoM alumni from 2011, 2012 and 2013, and current SoM and NUPT students.
Patent gave the keynote address and his presentation was “How to Save Time and Money: Mastering Intercultural Skills in the Global Marketplace”. Nine alumni presented and shared their study and work experiences with the audiences.
On Nov. 30, NYIT Nanjing School of Management held its first “Alumni Night.” The theme of the event was “Networking for Success”.
The event was hosted by Keh Kwek – NYIT Nanjing Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of School of Management who gave the opening remarks and welcomed all the guests, faculty, SoM alumni from 2011, 2012 and 2013 and current SoM students. Over 180 people attended the event which included a buffet dinner.
On Nov. 29, NYIT Nanjing School of Management hosted its 2nd Annual Business Advisory Board at the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT. The board meeting was hosted by Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of School of Management – Keh Kwek, and attended by board members including H.E. Mr. Borislav Maric, Bosnia and Herzegonia Ambassador to P.R. of China, Mr. Marko Karkkainen, Sales and Marketing Director of Hyva Mechanics, Co. Ltd., Professor Liu Li and Professor Sun Jianmin of NUPT, Professor Jim Nolt, Professor Amanda Han, Professor Qadir Mohuiddin and Professor Zhao Chen of NYIT Nanjing, and alumni Mr. Jason Xu and Ms. Salize Wu. Honorary Board Member – Monique Taylor, NYIT Nanjing Campus Dean and Executive Director, and Tony Lei, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations also attended the meeting.
Kwek welcomed all the board members and guests and presented a highlight on NYIT and SoM Nanjing; SoM mission and programmatic learning goals; BSBA – International Business curriculum, degree map and master syllabi; and status update on AACSB accreditation and China Ministry of Education application. He also reported to the board all the events and activities that were accomplished in the AY 2012-2013 and the plan for AY 2013-2014. Mohiuddin (Professional Enrichment), Han (Experiential Education) and Nolt (Student Advancement), each reported to the board their respective program - activities and events that were completed last AY and the plan for this AY.
In the last part of the meeting, the board members provided their feedback and comments and discussed issues of specific importance to SoM and the board – internships and employment opportunities, employment challenges faced by the board members, and other professional development activities that are important in the local business environment that should be introduced in SoM.
On Nov. 20, Consul General Robert Griffiths of U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai presented ''U.S. – China Business Cooperation” to the SoM students. This event was co-sponsored by NYIT Nanjing School of Management and NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT. NYIT Nanjing Campus Dean and Executive Director - Monique Taylor; NYIT Nanjing Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of School of Management - Keh Kwek; Director of NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT - Beverly Butcher, and Director of Professional Enrichment - Qadir Mohuiddin were present to welcome the Consul General and his party to NYIT Nanjing.
Over 200 students, faculty and guests attended the event which was held at NYIT/NUPT Teaching Building 1. Professor Beverly Butcher introduced the guest speaker.
On Nov. 13, Vice Consul Officer James Core of U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai presented ''International Business Education in the United States” to the SoM students. This event was co-sponsored by NYIT Nanjing School of Management and NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT.
Over 100 students and faculty attended the event which was held at NYIT/NUPT Teaching Building 1. Professor Qadir Mohuiddin, Director of Professional Enrichment, introduced the guest speaker.
Congratulations! Konzen Company, consisting of senior students from NYIT Nanjing SoM (Jin Jing, Chen Yixing, Qian Yu, Ge Zhimin, Chen Rujun), tied for the 68th best Overall Game-To-Date Score performance of the week. Through Oct 27, 2,786 teams from 162 colleges/universities participated in the simulation world-wide.
On Oct. 30, Fulbright Scholar Geoffrey Woglom, Ph.D. of Amherst College and Nanjing University presented ''Trade Imbalances between U.S. and China” to the SoM students. This event was co-sponsored by NYIT Nanjing School of Management and NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT.
Over 150 students and faculty attended the event which was held at NYIT/NUPT Teaching Building 1. Professor Qadir Mohuiddin, Director of Professional Enrichment, introduced the guest speaker.
On Oct. 17, 155 business students attended the School of Management Orientation Meeting at NYIT Nanjing. The event was hosted by Associate Campus Dean and Assistant Dean of School of Management Professor Keh Kwek. All SoM faculty attended the meeting as well.
Professor Kwek delivered opening remarks and shared with the students the mission, learning goals and outcomes of SoM and provided a status update on the AACSB accreditation. Triple Platform of Excellence activities, events and initiatives planned for the AY 2013-2014 were shared with the students. Professor Qadir Mohuiddin, Director of Professional Enrichment, Professor Amanda Han, Director of Experiential Education, and Professor Jim Nolt, Director of Student Advancement, each presented their respective program.
On Oct. 9, NYIT President Edward Guiliano and NUPT President Yang Zhen welcomed 117 freshmen to the NYIT-Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications dual-degree program in Nanjing, China. In welcoming the Class of 2017, the two presidents were joined by faculty and staff from NYIT and NUPT.
Friends, family, and faculty cheered the 297 NYIT-Nanjing students earning baccalaureate degrees during a graduation ceremony on June 10. The Class of 2013 is NYIT's third cohort to graduate in Nanjing. NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., conferred degrees during the ceremony held at the Xialin Campus of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. Read more.