Aug 4, 2015

FVCC Welcomes Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence From China: Register now for Elementary Chinese course to be offered this fall

Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) will offer an Elementary Chinese course this fall taught by Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Zi Qingfeng.  Chinese 101 is a five-credit class that will introduce elementary Mandarin to students with no prior knowledge of the language.  The class is scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3:25 p.m. beginning August 28.


Established in 1946 by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program sends U.S academics and professionals overseas and brings scholars and professionals from abroad to the United States.


FVCC learned earlier this year that it been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from China.  Zi Qingfeng will arrive in the Flathead in mid-August and will spend the next 10 months teaching Chinese language courses, giving community lectures and sharing cultural information with local business leaders.


FVCC’s International Student Services Program Director Gerda Reeb, Ph.D. was instrumental in winning the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence award for the college.


“It is rare that Flathead Valley residents have the opportunity to study Chinese at this level.  Chinese language proficiency is a veritable resume builder in today’s world,” said Reeb.  “One-fifth of the world speaks Chinese.  China is the fastest growing economy and a major trading partner for the U.S. and Montana.”


According to the Asia Society, “The rise of China presents new economic, political and social realities that demand greater U.S. engagement at every level. As the foundation of that engagement, we urgently need to raise the number of Americans who can demonstrate a functional proficiency in Chinese.”


Reeb said the Elementary Chinese I and II courses to be offered at FVCC during the 2015-16 academic year present an opportunity for both degree and non-degree seeking students to obtain a basic level of proficiency in Mandarin.


New degree-seeking students applying for admission to the college are required to have a complete admissions file submitted by the deadline of August 20. The admissions file includes completed application for admission; high school transcripts or diploma and an official copy of college transcripts, if applicable; proof of two measles, mumps and rubella immunizations; and completion of the COMPASS placement test. New degree-seeking students also are required to attend a New Student Orientation prior to registering for classes.  The application for admission may be completed on the college’s website or in the Admissions Office at no cost. Several New Student Orientation sessions will be held this during this month. To schedule a New Student Orientation appointment, call Mary Jordt at 756-3673.


Non-degree seeking students are subject to different admissions requirements and should contact the Admissions Office at 756-3851 for more information.


In addition to the Chinese Scholar-in-Residence award, FVCC has received two other Fulbright awards this year.  Earlier this summer, Reeb traveled to Japan as one of ten American delegates chosen for the Fulbright International Education Administrator Program.  As a result of the connections she made at various universities in Japan, FVCC students can look forward to an expanded study-abroad program in the future.  FVCC has also been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the 2015-16 academic year.  Viana Carvalho will arrive in the Flathead from Brazil this month and spend the next ten months teaching Portuguese language and cultural classes for FVCC’s Continuing Education Program and assisting with FVCC’s U.S. Brazil Connect Program.