Friday, August 17, 2012

Seeking Talented Students

The 2013 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest theme If I Were Going… challenges students to imagine how they would personally experience space travel, exploration or settlement – and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art (drawing, painting or digital). PreK-12th grade students (or age equivalent outside the U.S.) are invited to enter; teacher sponsorship is required.
The Space Foundation will give a total of 41 awards to 36 Winners: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each of three media/art categories for each grade level/age group. One Grand Prize winner will be selected for each grade category from among the 1st Place Winners in that group for a total of four Grand Prizes. In addition, the Space Foundation will confer a Space Foundation Achievement Award, which will be selected by the Space Foundation graphic arts team from among all the Winners.

Four Grade Categories
  • PreK-2nd (3-7 years old)
  • 3rd-5th (8-10 years old)
  • 6th-8th (11-13 years old)
  • 9th-12th (14-18 years old)
Three Art Categories
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Digital
Winner Categories
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (36 total) representing each grade and art category
  • Four Grand Prize Winners - one for each grade category
  • One Space Foundation Achievement Award

NAFSA : International Student Advising Network

  • Live Collegial Conversation: Recertification
    DHS is statutorily required to review F and M schools every two years in order to verify their compliance with recordkeeping and reporting requirements. SEVP began the recertification program in May 2010. Four NAFSA members who have been through the recertification process recently joined us for this live, online chat. They shared their experiences and some best practice tips, and answered many other questions.
  • How to Prepare for Contact from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
    How to Prepare for Contact from U.S. Immigration & Customs EnforcementSince September 11, 2001, law enforcement officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are more frequently visiting students and schools in search
  • Comprehensive Resource on Crisis Management for the International Student and Scholar Services Office
    This resource consists of recommended checklists of action items to consider when dealing with crises involving international students and scholars. The resource includes general guidelines for preparation before, during and after crises.
  • Resources for M-1 Schools
    For those working with M-1 students, finding appropriate resources can be difficult. NAFSA has excellent guidance on M-1 issues contained in its Adviser's Manual including up to date information regarding USCIS and SEVP guidelines for practical training, transfers and extensions. In addition to the Adviser's Manual, the below links are also helpful for those who advise M-1 students.
  • One Stop Shop of ISSS links on web
    KCISS One Stop Shop of NAFSA ResourcesJuly 29, 2009 A one stop shop of resources for those new to the field of International Student & Scholar Services or new to NAFSA NAFSA's Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services.
  • Date calculators for immigration processing
    The calculators in this file have been developed as tools to help international students and scholar advisers determine time used and time remaining for various types of immigration eligibility.
  • Sunday, October 28, 2007

    Kirov Ballet and Orchestra Performance

    KIROV BALLET AND ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER APRIL 1-20, 2008Featuring Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Igor Zelensky and Leonid Sarafanov
    Ardani Artists and New York City Center are proud to announce that the world renowned Kirov Ballet, also known as Ballet Company of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, returns to New York for a three-week engagement in April 2008. The season will be presented by Ardani Artists in association with New York City Center, and will run from April 1 through April 20, 2008. Tickets will go on sale April 20, 2007. During its three-week season, the 200-year-old Russian company, under the Artistic Direction of Valery Gergiev and Director of the Ballet Makhar Vaziev, will be performing a wide range of works by the choreographers and artists who have made the Kirov one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, as well as works by contemporary dance makers. The company’s rich classical repertoire includes works by Marius Petipa,Michel Fokine and George Balanchine and more modern works by William Forsythe. The Kirov Ballet will bring some of its most acclaimed repertory classics: Petipa’s The Kingdom of Shadows from La Bayadere; Fokine’s Scheherazade and Chopiniana; Gorsky’s The Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote; Balanchine’s Jewels (Rubies) and Ballet Imperial; as well as Forsythe’s Steptext.It will be first appearance of the Kirov Ballet and Orchestra at New York City Center, home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company. “We look forward to returning to New York City,” said Mr. Gergiev, “and especially to our first season at New York City Center, which has a long history of presenting world-class companies and choreographers, just like our home at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg.” The historic Kirov Ballet was founded in 1783 and is closely linked with the legacy of classical Russian ballet, and throughout the centuries, the company has produced the world’s greatest dancers in ballet, including such legendary performers as Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and many more. Under the artistic direction of Valery Gergiev since 1988, the Kirov continues its tradition of discovering exceptional dancers: Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Daria Pavlenko, Igor Zelensky, Igor Kolb, Andrian Fadeev, Danila Korsuntsev and Leonid Sarafanov will be part of the 200-member company performing at City Center. Ardani Artists Management was founded in Moscow by arts promoter Sergei Danilian in 1990, and entered the American market in 1994. The Company has brought to the U.S. some of the best exponents of arts and culture from the former Soviet Union. In 1998, Ardani Artists introduced American audiences to the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia’s leading contemporary ballet company. Since 1998, the Eifman Ballet has appeared regularly at New York City Center, and toured the U.S. on regular basis. Ardani Artists has also presented the Bolshoi Ballet on a U.S. tour in 2002, and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 2003, 2005, and 2006 U.S. tours. In 2006, in collaboration with the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the West Coast’s premier presenter of dance, Ardani Artists produced the critically acclaimed “Kings of the Dance” and The Mariinsky Festival (Opera, Ballet, Orchestra) as part of the Center’s 20 th Anniversary celebrations and opening of its new concert hall. Ardani Artists’ upcoming projects include another co-production with OCPAC: “Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion,” Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company U.S. tour and a “Kings of the Dance” tour in Russia. New York City Center has long been known and beloved by New York audiences not only as one of the city's preeminent performing arts institutions but also as an accessible and welcoming venue for dance. New York City Center is the New York home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Continuing to fulfill its mission to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audiences, in 2004 New York City Center launched the acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival which, for $10 a ticket, annually celebrates the vitality and creativity of dance today. In 2006, New York City Center and London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre created a partnership to facilitate the exchange of innovative dance works and new commissions by up-and-coming and acclaimed choreographers and dance companies, both in London and in New York City. In addition to its rich dance offerings, New York City Center also produces the Tony®-honored Encores! musical theater series, and is the home of Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York City’s premier theater companies.Tickets for the Kirov’s 2008 New York City Center season will be available beginning April 20 at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at Tickets for the Orchestra and Grand Tier are $110; Mid-Mezzanine tickets are $75; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine are $60 and $35. The Kirov will be performing the following ballets and excerpts during its City Center engagement: Paquita (Grand Pas), Marius Petipa / Raymonda (Act 3), Marius Petipa / La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa / Chopiniana , Michel Fokine, Michel Fokine / The Dying Swan , Michael Fokine / Le Spectre de la Rose , Michel Fokine / Scheherazade , Michel Fokine / Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux), Agrippina Vaganova / Don Quixote , (Grand Pas de Deux), Marius Petipa / The Awakening Flora , Marius Petipa / La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa / Etudes , Harald Lander / Steptext , William Forsythe / Approximate Sonata , William Forsythe / The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude , William Forsythe / In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated , William Forsythe, / Jewels (Rubies), George Balanchine / Serenade , George Balanchine / Ballet Imperial, George Balanchine (A complete performance schedule and further information is available at or
    Brighton Ballet Company Archive:

    Sunday, February 4, 2007

    Dance 4 America

    - Press Release -
    Dance 4 America, created February 2, 2007 by Mr. Roger M. Christian

    ( According to Dance 4 America Editor, Mr Roger M. Christian, February 4, 2007 ) " The continuing standard for this OnLine publication is the promotion of the art form of dance. This means in its fullness of diversity, and the need for those of " US " to perform; the object of which is no one's buisness except that of the performers alone and those who support US.

    The OnLine publication standard is to seek excellence only within the sociocultural domain of InterCultural Communications. Thus every press release properly email, along with at least one public domain photo, will be likewise supported and published within the Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Dance Communications OnLine Network, which WWW dot Dance4America dot Com is it's premier Online publication. No one will be refused as long the choreography is never hateful, nor in any manner what - so - ever seeks to demean another peoples or customs.

    If asked " ONLY " a review of the performance will be conducted. News here - with - in this and any other Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Dance Communications OnLine Network are derieved from publically issued press releases and associated news which is current on the Internet, and in various physical hard copy dance magazines.

    The intent is to promote, and the only limitations are the mechanics of producing these sites, diversities in dancing. Everything else is its further stance is to promote the advocay of free and open expression. Thus the theme of the title is understood as Dance 4 America."

    Dance 4 America has been forecasted in being published since April of 2006. The first step was the development of the Night Life ( NightLife ), RMC Online Intercultural Communications Network. This first effort was needed in order to develop a pool of volunteers on an International scale using and then promoting the maximum use of the Internet as the primary means of joint communication; the intent was to be Internet focused and thereby creating new user habits.

    Those habits, the means by which other were added to the growing pool of individual who are participating and promoting the growth of this network is cultrual democracy. It is the essence of that focus, cultural democracy which gave the network its viable fore seen portential as initially observed by his corps of volunteers.

    One, Rebbeca Katzenstein went into her own direction and created The Fashions Bitch, and similarly others, though wanting no additional attention, are likewise investing themselves in the on - going participation in generating more content on the Internet of interests to themselves, at first alone; and sufddenly finding themselves creating their own Internet groups; and for some quite by surprise too!

    All and all, the venture has realized some additional benefits by those in and around the region of Ithaca / Tompkins county of Central New York and Washington DC. He is recognized by those who he have never met before. His image has been since August 2006 a growing Internet presence, as accoding to Alexa Internet ranking and Internet tracking services, and now is the addtional attentions of many in Europe and Asian alike. He took the additional step to have a good photo of himself included in his leading sites.

    Dance 4 America is the final step in the 2 year plan effort to track both the culture and information disbursements of dance; this objective is within two weeks of its conclusion of being finished. His second effort is the area of International and National InterCultural Communications Online Internet Networking, and this is this Vietnam Veteran a means to promote Preventive Conflict Cultural Programing. This is a four year planned effort which will achieve its initial aim set for August, 2007.

    With the Dance 4 America, the vision in which Mr. Roger M. Christian has undertaken, especially with it's high visability, is proof certain that his other aim will likewise be finished-accomblished.


    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    African Fashions Breaking Through " Finally "

    Africans are painting the world in a kaleidoscope of bold, vibrant color combinations and dazzling patterns. The rich fabrics and virtually unlimited selection of turbans and other festive headgear, bright scarves, colorful wraps, wearable art and elegant gowns that brightened our days and lit up our evenings in Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania, Guinea and other African destinations, were simply outstanding. What's more, so were the creators. During the past decade as publishers, we've had the privilege of meeting several of the brightest stars in Africa's fashion galaxy, and thanks to the magic of serendipity, more will surely appear in the near future. As I've learned, in many African societies, the choice of colors and textiles has special significance to the wearer. For example, hats often tell stories of everyday life, with its struggles, spiced by uplifting periods of joie de vivre.

    While I have lived and worked in various North and West African ...continue on ,,,[ Web Site ] [ Fashions ]

    Academia's Role in InterCultural Communications

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    Academia's Role in InterCultural Communications [ As per sociocultural example above. ]
    The on campus organization of an International Cultural Fiesta : [ As per example organizational brief below ]

    Introduction: This is where all the OnLine applications are brought together in this training intreactive-facilitive manual. It was on the College campuses, operating under the field of " IVY's " protective cloak of " academic freedoms " where visiting International Students / Scholars were / are able and at times most willing to develop and participate in these events.

    This and this alone, the protect cloak of " IVY, " caused International Student / Scholars to initiate several Fiestas at several Universities and Colleges:

    University of Buffalo, LA University, and was primarly initiated by The State University College at Buffalo.

    The Operational Scope of Focus:

    Solicit for on campus assests as per the areas convered in this WebSite ( web site ), This is based upon the elements you are looking for: Arts, Crafts, Dance Performance, Fashions, Food Tasting of International Foods, various seminars, and models on InterCultural Communications.

    Then depending on your budget the following:

    The Mini National Fairs or Fiestas: Mini National Fairs of Fiestas: These should be organized around four cultural blocks:

    African, American ( both South and North ), Middle East, and Euroean: This facilitates --- in the oppen --- maket attraction, and helps to discipline your group promoting thiese events. The should be separated by 4 week variables starting in late September.

    The International Cultural Fiestas: In he late Spring of each academic year there exist an ethis of high expectations as many are going to graduate. Relationships which were formed will now have to a back seat, and the various student governments who wer recently elected are focusing on budgetary allocations; thus this is the prime campus spot.

    Here you have these major four ultural departments functioning at night during this event.

    Crafts and Art Display :

    International Food Tasting:

    Classes, and Fashions Shows [ during the afternoon ]:

    Performance Gala:

    This does not include seminars on InterCultural communications, and Heritage Focus on each assigned unit which should be planned to occur in separate sessions each day of the pre - week before the final International Cultural Fiesta - usually held on a Saturday after 8:30 PM [ end of the Jewish Havdala - end of Shabatt] .