Cenet Attends Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

On March 7-8, over 100 Alliance members met in Washington, D.C. to advocate for U.S. State Department Exchange Programs.

The annual 2-day event featured training and educational sessions, congressional meetings, and a Congressional Reception.

The Congressional Reception at the U.S. Capitol hosted 177 attendees, including guests from the Hill and State. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and State/ECA Acting Assistant Secretary Jennifer Galt provided remarks at the event; both spoke passionately about exchange programs.

In total, 96 congressional offices were visited (48 House, 48 Senate), with at least 5 Members of Congress attending the meetings. Cenet met with the offices of Senator Blunt, Senator McCaskill, Representative Long, and Representative Smith.

As the voice of international exchange, the Alliance promotes the growth and impact of exchange programs and the effectiveness of its members by engaging in advocacy, providing member development opportunities, and building public awareness of the power of exchange.

 

CENET strives to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration. For more news and updates about CENET, please visit our Facebook Page.

 

Alumni Spotlight: Semih Karatas

Warning: exchange programs often lead to extended feelings of euphoria. Participants experience long-term benefits, lasting friendships, and memories forever credited as “best ever.” Proceed with caution.

Thank you for sharing your experience, Semih! We love to hear from our alumni and how their exchange programs continue to positively impact their lives and careers long after their programs conclude.

I was a hospitality trainee in Louisville, Kentucky for 12 months. I appreciated all of my colleagues. I learned so very much from all of them and I want to keep on learning. Now I am feeling completely different than before my program. I experienced so much and so quickly. I’ve had fun, I’ve been sad, I’ve been happy and scared. I can honestly say this experience was the big step in my future and will help me make my dreams come true. I had a lot to learn from the program and I will follow all the training and advice I received. It was my best experience of my life! Thank you again miss y’all! #internship #Usa #Kentucky #Louisville

– Semih, J-1 Alumnus 

Alumni Semih Karatas Trainee

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Branson Mayor Supports Exchange Programs at White House Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Mayor Best of Branson recently attended a meeting at the White House in honor of “Mayor’s Day: A Conversation with the President.”

In the meeting, Mayor Best supported J-1 exchanges and explained how the programs add value to American communities and businesses.

Attendees included 70 mayors and key members of the Administration, including President Trump and Vice President Pence. The visit was profiled in a recent edition of Branson Tri-Lakes News; an excerpt from the article is included below.

With the rest of the Branson Board of Aldermen set to meet for their regular meeting Tuesday evening, Mayor Karen Best was in Washington, D.C., getting set to address the White House.

“I received an invitation last Thursday to attend the Mayors’ Day: A Conversation with the President, to be held at the White House,” Best said. “That was scheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m.”

According to Best, she was one of 70 mayors who attended Wednesday’s event and the second who was able to address the room, which included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and representatives and directors from other departments.

“My question was geared towards jobs and workers,” Best said. “Finding the workforce to fill those jobs. President Trump is very adamant about buy American hire American and I would love to give Americans the first jobs, but we don’t have a great pool of people who want to work at a lot of minimum wage jobs.”

Best said she told those in attendance the importance of the J-1 Visa program in Branson. Authorized by the U.S. State Department, J-1 allows individuals to travel to the United States for temporary work and study-based exchange programs.

“I shared with them the importance of the J-1 program to us during the summer and that it brings 700-plus workers for us to fill those jobs,” she said. “Therefore, we’re able to keep going as a tourist destination.”

With questions of immigration at the forefront of national conversation, Best said she received good feedback from other mayors on her question and hopes the Trump administration considers the information and how programs like J-1 help communities.

“It has been such an issue at the national level, and I’m not sure which direction they’re going to go,” Best said. “I think they understand the impact it has on communities, and there were several mayors after it was over that thanked me for bringing it to the forefront, because they were having the same issues as well.”

…“It was my great honor to welcome Mayors from across America to the WH,” Trump wrote on Twitter following the event. “My Administration will always support local government – and listen to the leaders who know their communities best.”

…Overall, Best said she’s hopeful the experience allowed Branson to become a part of the national conversation.

“Being at the White House yesterday gave a name and a face to the community of Branson,” Best said. “A chance to present our needs at the federal level, so when it comes time to make those choices and award the money, hopefully our name, face and community is in the front of their minds because they just met with us.”

To read the full article, visit Branson Tri-Lakes News.

CENET strives to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration. For more news and updates about CENET, please visit our Facebook Page.

 

The Magellan Exchange Holds Annual Conference in the Netherlands

The Magellan Exchange | #CENETJ1

MAASTRICHT– 50 university coordinators gathered in the Netherlands for The Magellan Exchange conference hosted by Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. The annual conference had representatives from 25 universities; the agenda included presentations, group discussions, and networking events.

Conference attendees also had the opportunity to participate in several site visits to member universities located in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. The following institutions offered site visits: Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, HEC Management School- University of Liege, PXL University College, and Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

The Magellan Exchange– a consortium of universities worldwide–  was founded in 1997; since its inception, the program has facilitated approximately 3000 exchanges.

Providing affordable exchange opportunities for both students & faculty, The Magellan Exchange advances CENET’s mission to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration.

 

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CENET Staff Member Receives McCarry Leadership Award

Cultural Exchange Network (CENET) Senior Director Leslie Corn recently received the McCarry Leadership Award, presented by the Alliance for International Exchange to outstanding young leaders in the international exchange field.

Ms. Corn received the award on October 25 at the Alliance’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Alliance Board of Directors established McCarry Leadership Award to recognize emerging leaders in the U.S. exchange community by supporting their participation in the Alliance’s Annual Membership Meeting. The award honors former Alliance Executive Director Michael McCarry for his 21 years of service.
One of four 2017 awardees, Ms. Corn was chosen by an independent selection committee.  Committee members include:

Ann Stock: former Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
Sherry Mueller: former President, National Council for International Visitors
Max Burns: President, Gordon State College; former Member of Congress (Georgia)
Robert Daly: Director, Kissinger Institute for U.S.-China Relations at the Smithsonian Institution
Robert Coonrod: former President, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

At the Alliance meeting, Sherry Mueller presented Ms. Corn with her award.  In her speech, Sherry commented on Leslie’s application essay, highlighting the following passage:

“The beauty of global citizenship is that it’s not a birthright, but a roll-up-the-sleeves grind. Or, more vividly, as Ray Bradbury compares his career with a drunken bicycle ride, ‘Drunk with life, that is, not knowing where off to next. And the trip? Exactly one-half terror, one-half exhilaration.’ This field is an ever-changing journey, and I gratefully pedal on into programs that inspire a safer, more compassionate world.”

CENET Executive Director Robyn Walker said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Leslie Corn for the past 7 years.  It’s her roll-up-the-sleeves work ethic that inspires me most.’

Cultural Exchange Network, a nonprofit based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri partners with the Department of State to administer official exchange programs, provides affordable study abroad opportunities for American and international university students, and provides international content and curriculum for students and schools in the Cape Girardeau area.

CENET strives to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration. For more news and updates about CENET, please visit our Facebook Page.

 

J-1 Interns & Trainees Celebrate International Education Week at Missouri State University

International Education Week | #IEW2017 #ExchangesImpact

SPRINGFIELD, MO– In honor of International Education Week, CENET partnered with Missouri State University (MSU) to provide a one-day International Leadership Conference for J-1 trainee & intern participants. This is the 3rd International Leadership Conference MSU has hosted for CENET’s J-1 participants.

CENET participants represented Mexico, Czech Republic, India, Philippines, and China. Other conference attendees included current international students enrolled at MSU and Student Council representatives from Waynesville High School.

The conference agenda included opening remarks, a campus tour, a panel discussion, and a presentation titled “Leadership in an Interdependent World” by Brad Bodenhausen, Associate Vice President of International Education and Training.

The conference luncheon was an event highlight as it offered enhanced networking opportunities; MSU faculty and staff from the English Language Institute, International Leadership and Training Center, and the Diversity and Inclusion departments were in attendance.

Special thanks to the following MSU faculty and staff for their involvement and coordination of the International Leadership Conference:

  • Kelly Cabrera, PhD., Coordinator of International Education & Training
  • Yi Winnie Wu, Marketing & Recruitment Specialist, International Leadership and Training Center
  • Brad Bodenhausen, Associate Vice President of International Education & Training
  • Pascal Hamon, Academic Director of English Language Institute
  • Support staff from the English Language Institute and the International Education and Training Center.
  • MSU Student Leaders

CENET strives to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration. For more news and updates about CENET, please visit our Facebook Page.

 

CENET Announces Winners for Summer of CENET Contest

Cultural Component | #SummerOfCENET #CENETJ1

This past summer, CENET challenged our participants to submit photos, videos, or essays detailing their time in the United States. Entries were accepted from Intern, Trainee, Camp Counselor, and Summer Work and Travel participants.

CENET received entries depicting both big adventures and day-to-day life in host communities; whether showcasing travels, time spent working or training at the host company, or adventures with new friends, it was clear that a Summer of CENET was a summer well-spent.

Winners were selected based on content and quality; cash prizes were awarded to a grand prize winner and two honorable mention selections.

  • Grand Prize: Marvin Raymundo, Philippines
  • Honorable Mention: Matyas Eckl, Hungary & Anastasia Peycheva, Bulgaria 

Congratulations to our winners!

Summer of CENET

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