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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A New Project on Reading the Novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury Has Been Announced

The contest on the novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, author's best performance, has been announced at Vinnytsia Information Center "Window on America". Yulia Rybinska as a leader of this event has chosen 7 performing groups among all participants. The leader of each group has been chosen. The quintessential part of the program has been highlighted and mentioned. The alumni participant Yulia Rybinska mentioned about US government programs and gave some advice according to the participation in them (SuSi Institute, Flex and others). 
Yulia Rybinska as an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages Department at Kyiv National University of Culture and Art and Theory and Practice Translation Department in National Institute of Economy and Business has presented her own books on the latest research acheivement and shared her experience and impression on a participation in various educative programs. 
A New Project on Reading the Novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury  Has Been Announced! 

Програма обміну майбутніх лідерів (FLEX)

FLEX - програма культурного обміну, яка здійснюється Бюро у справах освіти та культури Державного департаменту США й адмініструється в Україні організацією „Американські Ради з Міжнародної освіти: ACTR/ACCELS" (American Councils) за підтримки Міністерства освіти і науки, молоді та спорту України. Програма дає можливість українським школярам протягом одного навчального року навчатись у школі в США, проживаючи в американській сім'ї. Далі наводиться список міст, в яких буде проводитися тестування та короткий опис програми.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CO.NX Upcoming Programs (Feb. 28-March 8, 2012)



Women and the Law
Monday, March 5, 2012
10:00-10:45 EST (15:00-15:45 UTC)
Description: In honor of International Women’s Day, join an interactive webcast with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice O’Connor will be speaking to an audience in Amman, Jordan about her experience as a female judge, the challenges facing women judges, and court decisions that have impacted women’s rights in the U.S. Format: This will be an interactive video webcast in English. Please click on the URL above to participate.
International Women of Courage Awards Presentation
Thursday, March 8, 2012
11:00 EST (16:00 UTC)

Description: In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will host the International Women of Courage Awards, honoring remarkable women from around the world. These women have shown exceptional bravery and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Their stories represent just a few of the emerging leaders found in every corner of the world. Join us for an online discussion and video webcast of the awards ceremony, and engage with a global online audience about International Women’s Day. Format: This will be an interactive video webcast in English. 

Celebrating Grammar Day!

Celebrate Grammar Day!
Language is something to be celebrated, and March 4 is the perfect day to do it. 
It's not only a date, it's an imperative: March 4 is a day to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!
For more info, please see:
americancorners.state.gov

Monday, February 27, 2012

Catch-22: Dilemmas and the Problem of Choice

Fun Fact: Joseph Heller wrote this famous novel in 1961, which led to a catch phrase implying that certain situations have no real solutions. Can you name this novel? Catch-22 (en.wikipedia.org).
Catch-22: A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently illogical rules or conditions; a tricky, contradictory or self-defeating course of action with paradoxical rules or circumstances.
Dilemma: A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones; a difficult sutuation or problem.

Topic: Catch-22: Dilemmas and the Problem of Choice
1. What is a dilemma? How common are dilemmas in our everyday lives?
2. Dilemmas often involve 'what would you do' situations. What would you do in the following situations: a) you have to choose between a very well paid but boring job, or a job you would love but that doesn't pay much money. b) A friend has asked you to lie to another friend. c) you see someone you know stealing or committing a crime. d) you are acquanited with someone or involved in a activity that your family highly disapproves of, which causes problems in your home life.
3. Have you recently experienced a dilemma in your personal life? What did you do to solve this problem?
4. Have you ever had a catch-22, i.e. a situation in which alll options appear to be negative and there seems to be no real solution? How could you try to solve a catch-22?
5. How do you make difficult choices? Can you ever have too many choices or too many options to choose from? Have you ever had a problem because you have many choices and cannot make up your mind?
6. Can incentives help motivate you to make choices or key decisions? Have you recently made any major decisions in your life?
Schedule: 
Thursday 01 March at 5:30 - As always, please let me know if you want to lead!
Saturday 03 March at 10:30.
READ MORE on 'Catch-22': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch-22

Friday, February 24, 2012

Skype Discussion: "Ukrainian Americans: An Ethnic Portrait" with a President of Ukrainian American Coordinating Council

February 23, 2012 is marked at Vinnytsia Information Center WOA with a Skype Discussion on a topic "Ukrainian Americans: An Ethnic Portrait" (Ukrainians in America, Americans of the Ukrainian descent). The participants of Vinnytsia English Club had a chance to get to know more on Waves of the Ukrainian Immigration to the USA, about the Ukrainian Community speaking also with a representative of US-Ukraine Foundation in Washington, DC.
There are a lot of successful, famous Ukrainians in the US. Ihor Gawdiak is not exception to this statement. This list could not be complete without this person. So, he became a speaker of a chosen discussion. He told about his mission being the President of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, a member of the Advisory Council of the US-Ukraine Foundation, and his position of an analyst at the Library of Congress. The speaker shared his ideas on his future plans. 
There were 32 attendees of this event. In a spectrum of numerous questions were also those about a cultural life of Ukrainians in Washington,DC and that assistance of the Ukrainian Community to Ukrainian immigrants. Some words were said on a status of the Ukrainian language in US.
Ihor Gawdiak, President of Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, one of the vice presidents of the Ukrainian World Congress. A member of the Advisory Council of the US--Ukraine Foundation.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CO.NX Upcoming Programs (Feb. 22-March 1, 2012)


Best Practices: Election Coverage for Journalists (Mejores Practicas: Cobertura de Elecciones). Thursday, March 1, 2012. 09:30 EST (14:30 UTC). URL: http://conx.state.gov/wha (Short URL: http://goo.gl/hj3WD)
Description: It’s campaign season in the United States and the Dominican Republic. Join Willie Lora, Executive Producer, Bureau Chief and Director of Political Coverage for CCN Espaсol, for a discussion on best practices for elections reporting, journalism ethics, and the different phases of campaign trail reporting. Mr. Lora, A U.S. journalist of Dominican descent, will share what he has learned from his personal experiences reporting on election cycles and will take questions from online audiences and journalists in the Dominican Republic. Format: This will be a video webchat in Spanish. Please click on the above URL to participate.


Electing a President in Today’s America
Thursday, March 1, 2012
12:30 EST (17:30 UTC).
URL: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ (Short DDC URL: http://goo.gl/KYacl)
Description: Why are U.S. Presidential elections often compared to a grueling political marathon? How did the road to the White House come to be as it is now, and how does it differ from past campaigns? Would reforming the presidential selection process contribute to a more representative and better functioning democracy? Join a live webchat with Professor Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame Journalism, Ethics and Democracy Director, who will answer your questions about this topic. Format: This will be a video webchat in English. Please click on the above URL to participate.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A speaker for Thursday's Skype Discussion (February 23) on a topic "Ukrainian Americans"

A Short Bio
Ihor Gawdiak, serves as President of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC). He lives in southern Maryland and is very active for many years on the Washington, D.C. scene on behalf of Ukrainian-Americans and issues related to building a strong, democratic, independent, prosperous Ukraine under the rule of law, with a private market driven economy and a vigorous civil society. 
Ihor Gawdiak was born in Drohobych, Ukraine, in 1935 and came to the United States with his parents in 1949. He completed his secondary education in an American high school and went on to study International Relations at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. He subsequently pursued a doctorate in Russian and Soviet history at the University of Maryland, where he completed all the requirements, except for the dissertation. 
He was for several years a lecturer at the University of Maryland and then an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, teaching Soviet, Russian and Modern European History. In 1974, he joined the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and was promoted to a senior research analyst position supervising a group of Soviet and East European analysts, who were responsible for producing analytical studies for the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. He retired from the government in 2003. 
From the time of his arrival in the United States, Gawdiak has been actively involved in the Ukrainian American community. As a boy he was a member of the Ukrainian scouting organization Plast, and in his adult life he has held a number of positions in Ukrainian social and cultural organizations. He was one of the founders of a U.S. organization of Ukrainian professionals, the Washington Group, was elected the first vice president of the Ukrainian Fraternal Association, and was also elected to several leadership positions in the Ukrainian American Association of Metropolitan Washington. 
Presently, Ihor Gawdiak, serves as president of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council (UACC), as one of the vice presidents of the Ukrainian World Congress, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the US-Ukraine Foundation. He has been very active for many years in Washington, D.C., working toward supporting better relations between the governments of the U.S. and Ukraine and in assisting various Ukrainan-American organizations dedicated to building a democratic, independent, and prosperous Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of the rule of law, with a private market- driven economy and a vigorous civil society. 
Ihor Gawdiak lives in Maryland with his wife, Natalie Mason Gawdiak, an American of Irish descent. Their family consists of two sons, Yuri and Adrian, and two daughters, Leda and Raissa, as well as six grandchildren. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Environment - Personal and Surrounding \on National Parks in U.S.\

On February, 18 2012 Vinnytsia English Speaking Club with PC Volunteer Mila as a leader this time had a review of Thursday's Skype Discussion. Moreover, the attendees were engaged in an extra discussion on National Parks. 
By the way, do you think that National Parks are important investments? Then it is a task to you too to get to know about the main purpose of National Parks and realize how important still they are for future generations. 
No doubt, this conversation continued on popular park destinations in the U.S. such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. It was сompleted with thinking about global "preservation" movements and a personal environment.
 Fun Fact of Day: “Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota features the heads of what four U.S. Presidents?” George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Linkoln (http:\\usoarks.about.com).
Review of Thursday's Skype Discussion: What interesting did you learn? 
Topic: Environment - Personal and Surrounding 
1. Do you think that National Parks are important investments? Why or why not? What is the main purpose of National Parks? Do you think that they are important for future generations? 
Photo: Matt M.
2. Some “popular” park destinations in the U.S. include Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, among others. Would you like visit any National Parks? Or would you prefer to go to a lesser-known destination, such as a wildlife preservation or water preservation center? 
3. Are there similar “National Parks” in Ukraine or more specifically in Vinnytsia? If more parks or outdoor spaces were created for preservation, where do you think they should be located and what should they be located and what should they be designed for specifically? 
4. What do you think about environmental preservation? Do you believe in global “preservation” movements? In general, what is good and bad for the surrounding environment? Are there good measures for environmental preservation in Vinnytsa? Would you make any changes? 
5. Aside from the physical environment, what kind of personal environment do you like to surround yourself with? How does your personal environment affect your mood and productivity? Does the space around you change your interactions with others? Are you strongly affected by the environment, both physical and personal? How? 

Schedule: 
Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 – Skype Discussion: Ukrainians in America! Please, try to be on time. Thanks.
Saturday, February 25 at 10:30.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Skype Discussion with Robbie Fearn on "Nature Center Ruffner Mountain" (Alabama, Birmingham)

The discussion was uploaded on the U.S. - Ukraine Foundation's YouTube Channel by Oksana Yakovenko
Vinnytsia Information Center "Window on America" started a pilot project coordinated by Embassy of US, Public Affairs Section. The first Skype Discussion "Nature Center Ruffner Mountain" was organized with Robbie Fearn from Alabama state (Birmingham) (a director of NC, M.S. Environmental Studies, Antioch New England University. Robbie was named one of “400 People Making a Difference” by Cape Cod Life magazine. Previously, he worked as the Education Director for Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, co-founded NEST (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles - Nags Head, North Carolina) with his wife Pamela, and served on the Boards of Directors for the New England Botanical Gardens - Providence, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Rhode Island Environmental Education Association, The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, and The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council). There were 33 attendees of this event.
After an informative presentation by Robbie F. about functioning of NC participants could ask questions. They were interested in problems that NC faces, various projects, volunteering, activities for children organized by NC, social science education programs, etc.
Actually, some of attendees were interested in fauna and flora in Ruffner Mountain, efforts taken in protection of wildlife, interaction between animals and people. Robbie F. told about Eagle Scout Service Projects activated at NC, and some classes how to do nature photography at NC. Some questions made an audience laughing, e.g. about existence of "Big Foot" in Ruffner Mountain.
PC Volunteers took a part in this discussion too making questions about a difference between National Parks and Nature Centers.
***
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, a member of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD), helped launch a pilot project, a series of monthly discussions between Americans and Ukrainians via three Window on America Centers in Donetsk, Lutsk, and Vinnytsia, Ukraine, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Kyiv and USCCD.
Words of thanks were given to Robbie F. for his presentation and being an expert in this sphere
Bio: Robbie Fearn
Director - Robbie Fearn, M.S. Environmental Studies, Antioch New England University.
Prior to moving to Birmingham in the Spring of 2010, Robbie served as the Director of The Cape Wildlife Center on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, where he facilitated the HSUS/Fund for Animals’ effort to secure and develop a new facility. The new location dramatically enhanced the capacity of the organization to provide care for wildlife in need, while also expanding the wildlife medicine training program. Robbie was name one of “400 People Making a Difference” by Cape Cod Life magazine. Previously, he worked as the Education Director for Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, co-founded NEST (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles - Nags Head, North Carolina) with his wife Pamela, and served on the Boards of Directors for the New England Botanical Gardens - Providence, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Rhode Island Environmental Education Association, The Cape Cod Stranding Network, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, and The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. He also had a 15 years career in the live Theater as a Director, Designer and Stage Manager. Robbie likes to canoe, hike, sail and body surf. 

Музей в Алабаме о движении за гражданские права в США

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

The application process for Fall 2012 Legislative Fellows Program is open now

American Councils for International Education presents a professional exchange program – Legislative Fellows Program (LFP), funded by the US Department of State, coordinated by American Councils for International Education, which is the official program coordinator in Ukraine. Initiated in 2005 under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice (LEAP) program, LFP affords up to 55 promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures and city halls across the United States, as well as on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations that address policy issues.
In addition, LFP will enable up to 35 Americans to travel outbound on reciprocal visits. To be eligible for LFP, applicants must: Be a citizen and resident of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey, or Ukraine; 
Be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application; Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor's degree or higher); 
Be proficient in English, as demonstrated by TOEFL scores over 500 (paper test) or its equivalent (for example, university-level study in an English-speaking program or IELTS band 6 or higher). 
If you have none of these and are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam;
Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector of their home countries (e.g., legislative, executive, and NGOs that address policy issues); and Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills. 
THE DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2012 PROGRAM IS MARCH 18, 2012!
Online applications for the program are placed at http://ais.americancouncils.org/

Applications must be submitted online. 
If you have any further questions: 
FIRST, please visit the program web site at http://lfp.americancouncils.org/, where most of your questions 
will be answered. 
SECOND, if you cannot find your answer there, please contact LFP Program coordinator: 
Oksana Semenyshyn by e-mail lfp.ukraine@gmail.com 
vul. Esplanadna 20, 6th floor 
Kyiv, 01001
tel.: (+380-44) 289-3952 / 289-3953 / 289-3977 / 289-3978
fax.: (+380-44) 289-3921

Oksana Semenyshyn
Legislative Fellows Program coordinator
American Councils for International Education
lfp.ukraine@gmail.com
http://ais.americancouncils.org/
http://lfp.americancouncils.org/
www.americancouncilskyiv.org.ua

Oksana Semenyshyn
American Councils for International Education
vul. Esplanadna 20, 6th floor
Kyiv, 01001
tel.: (+380-44) 289-3952 / 289-3953 / 289-3977 / 289-3978
fax.: (+380-44) 289-3921

ais.americancouncils.org
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Black Women in American Culture and History

Upcoming Program Guide


Reducing the Demand for Drugs in the U.S.Wednesday, February 15, 2012
13:00 EST (18:00 UTC)
URL: http://conx.state.gov/wha (Short URL: http://goo.gl/hj3WD)
Description: According to the law of supply and demand, in order to reduce the long-term supply of a product in the marketplace, you must first reduce demand. How is the U.S. working to reduce the demand for illegal drugs? On February 15 at 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC), join a Spanish-language webchat on U.S. drug demand-reduction programs. Brad Hittle, Chief of the Source Country Branch, Office of Supply Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will moderate a discussion with Eric Siervo, Manager of International Programs at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Online participants can submit questions for Siervo and Hittle at any time before or during the program via the live chat box beneath the video. Format: This will be a video webchat in Spanish. Click on the above URL to participate.
Secretary Clinton Commemorates International Day of Zero Tolerance
Thursday, February 16, 2012
13:00-15:00 EST (18:00-20:00 UTC)
URL: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ (Short URL: http://goo.gl/wX3xd)
Description: Join us for an online global discussion to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton as the keynote speaker. Following the Secretary’s opening remarks, Representative Joe Crowley (lead sponsor of the Girls Protection Act) will speak before opening a panel discussion to address the misperceptions and challenges of eradicating FGM/C. Panel topics and speakers will include:
Community Empowerment and Participation – Molly Melching, Tostan Senegal 
The Diaspora Community in the U.S. – Zeinab Eyega, Executive Director of Sauti Yetu 
The Role of Religion in Speaking Out Against FGM/C – Imam Magid, Adams Center 
Creating FGM/C Free Villages in Iraq – Thomas von der Osten-Sacken, General Manager, WADI 
Ms. Nafissatou J. Diop, Ph.D, UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C Coordinator 
Format: This will be an interactive video webcast in English. Please click on the above URL to participate. Follow the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag: #EndFGM

Understanding Cancer: Making Each Day Count
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
08:00-09:30 EST (13:00-14:30 UTC)
URL: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ (Short URL: http://goo.gl/KYacl)
Description: Each year on February 4th, World Cancer Day is observed to raise awareness of cancer throughout the world and encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. By making cancer a global priority, governments can work together to limit the impact of the disease. Join us on Wednesday, February 22 at 08:00 EST (13:00 UTC) for a live webchat on “Understanding Cancer: Making Every Day Count.” Learn how you can help in the fight against cancer with a leading panel of experts from the National Cancer Institute, who will discuss how the U.S. is working to address this global health issue.
Format: This will be a video webchat in English. Please click on the above URL to participate.

Access to Finance for Small and Medium Enterprises
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
13:00 EST (18:00 UTC)
URL: http://conx.state.gov/wha (Short URL: http://goo.gl/hj3WD)
Description: Please save the date for a Spanish-language webchat on access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), public-private partnerships, and the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Join an online discussion with others interested in entrepreneurship and submit live questions to the speakers.
 Format: This will be a video webchat in Spanish. Please click on the above URL to participate.
Internet Freedom and Online Piracy Thursday, February 23, 2012
09:30 EST (14:30 UTC)
URL: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ (Short URL: http://goo.gl/od5nw)
Description: How can we prevent online piracy while protecting internet freedom? In an effort to stop online piracy, the U.S. Congress recently proposed two bills, SOPA and PIPA, which sparked controversy because of their potential impact on internet freedom. Join Corynne McSherry and Richard Bennett, two experts who will offer a balance of perspectives on this topic. Corynne McSherry is the Intellectual Property Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Richard Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Join this discussion to learn more, share your thoughts, and ask the experts your questions! Format: This will be a video webchat in English. Click on the above URL to participate.
Program Time: Check the program time in your local time zone at: www.timeanddate.com.
CO.NX Program Archive On-Demand, 24/7: Did you miss an IIP CO.NX program? Our past programs are now more accessible and shareable than ever. Visit the CO.NX Portal to watch on-demand video recordings in the Media Archive section. Full CO.NX programs are also available on YouTube and for download on iTunesAudio and Video podcasts.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

English Club on "Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?"

English Club /Leader: Matt/
Introduction Question:

 Task with Partners
- What is your favorite television program? Why do you like it?
 Discussion Topic"Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?"
  • Do you consider yourself to be an optimistic person or a pessimistic person? What are you optimistic about for the future?
  • Do you think that Ukrainian people are generally optimistic or pessimistic? Why?
     
    * Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Can thinking about something make it happen?
  • Do you think that people who are pessimistic bring bad things to themselves? Can negative thoughts really make something bad happen?
  • What do you do to stay positive during difficult times?
Our Schedule
Thursday, February 16 – 17:30
Saturday, February 18 – 10:30
Visit Our Group on www.Facebook.comEnglish Club in Vinnytsia
English Club Blog - www.woavinnitsa.blogspot.com

Friday, February 10, 2012

English Club on "Motivation" /PC Volunteer Mila/

There may be a lot of things that you wish to accomplish. But then because of the most unexpected twists and turns of the events, your dream of fulfilling something may have suddenly become blurred and unreachable. But you would not let it happen and have it stay that way, right? There is always the chance to straighten things out. Let's discuss this topic together. Perhaps, you'll get some ideas to be motivated!
Fun Fact of the Day: "The average U.S. consumer is expected to spend $116.21 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals, and entertainment" (www.news.nationalgeographic.com).
Starter Questions: What is the strangest gift you've ever been given? What's the nicest gift you've ever been given? Do you ever feel obligated to give gifts on certain holidays out of tradition or expectation? Do you like giving gifts?
Topic: MOTIVATION
1. What is motivation? What motivates you? Do you feel motivated to start something unique or challenging? Are you motivated when learning new things or starting a new task?
2. Does motivation change over time? Were you motivated by different things as a child compared to now? Are you motivated differently in various parts of your life, such as in education and the workplace vs. your personal life?
3. Do you feel more motivated if you share your goals with others so that they can encourage and help yo or do you self-motivate? Can you motivate friends or family to achieve a certain goal? Give examples. Can you really help increase someone else's motivation?
4. Is there a difference between internal and external motivation? Are motivated people more successful than unmotivated ones? How can you stay motivated over time?
5. Does competition help motivate you? Is there such a thing as too much competition? How can competition demotivate?
6. What causes people to lose motivation? Can other people negatively alter or reserve your motivation? can you stay motivated if you temporarily fail in reaching a goal?
Leader of this Activity: PC Volunteer in Vinnytsia
Schedule: 11 February - 10:30
 16 February - 5:30 p.m.- Skype Discussion on "National Park" Ruffner Mountain
http://www.ruffnermountain.org

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) | IREX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo4OdFSqRkE
Напередодні від'їзду до США вчителька з Волині Тетяна Судима розповідає про те, як стала учасницею Програми педагогічної майстерності та досягнень вчителів шкіл Євразії та Південної Азії (ТEA ), дає практичні поради щодо участі у процесі відбору учасників, ділиться своїми очікуваннями від поїздки до Америки.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Програма імені Фулбрайта - 2012

Програма імені Фулбрайта посідає чільне місце у системі міжнародної освіти. Узасаднена ідеєю взаємодії та взаєморозуміння й уґрунтована на пізнанні та повазі до розмаїтого світу, вона успішно діє з 1946, нині – у 155 країнах світу. За час існування Програми в Україні з 1992 року понад 750 українців навчались, стажувались, проводили дослідження в США; у свою чергу, більше 400 американців викладали в українських вишах й займались науковою працею. 
ЩОРІЧНІ КОНКУРСИ ДЛЯ НАУКОВЦІВ, ВИКЛАДАЧІВ  ТА ВИПУСКНИКІВ ВНЗ:
Ґранти для молодих науковців на проведення досліджень в університетах США
Fulbright Faculty Development Program: Проведення дослідження в університетах США впродовж одного академічного року. У конкурсі можуть брати участь викладачі та дослідники віком до 40 років, з дворічним професійним досвідом, які ще не мають наукового ступеня, та молоді кандидати наук (не пізніше 5-ти років після захисту).
Документи приймають до 31 березня 2012 року
ibarysh@fulbright.com.ua
Стипендії для навчання на маґістерському рівні в університетах США
Fulbright Graduate Student Program: Навчання в американських університетах від одного до двох років на здобуття ступеня маґістра. У конкурсі  можуть брати участь студенти старших курсів, випускники ВНЗ та аспіранти. Кандидати повинні мати щонайменше диплом бакалавра на час призначення стипендії.
Документи приймають до 16 травня 2012 року
student@fulbright.com.ua
Стипендії для навчання в аспірантурі в університетах США
International Fulbright Science and Technology Ph.D. Program: Навчання у провідних американських університетах на рівні аспірантури протягом трьох років з правом захисту наукового ступеня Ph.D. Кандидати повинні мати щонайменше диплом бакалавра на час призначення стипендії.
                                                                                        Документи приймають до 16 травня 2012 року
student@fulbright.com.ua
Ґранти для проведення наукових досліджень в університетах США
Fulbright Scholar Program: Проведення досліджень в університетах США на період від чотирьох до дев’яти місяців. У конкурсі можуть брати участь кандидати та доктори наук; дослідники без наукового ступеня, журналісти, діячі культури з досвідом роботи не менше 5 років.
Документи приймають до 15 жовтня 2012 року
scholar@fulbright.com.ua
Українськi вищi навчальнi заклади можуть запросити американських науковцiв на термiн
вiд двох до шести тижнiв або від одного семестру до двох.
www.fulbright.org.ua

Конкурс за Програмою імені Фулбрайта для молодих науковців / Fulbright Faculty Development Program

Шановні користувачі Центру "Вікно в Америку",
Нагадуємо, що до 31 березня 2012 р. триває прийом заявок на черговий щорічний конкурс за Програмою імені Фулбрайта для молодих науковців/Fulbright Faculty Development Program.
Програма пропонує можливість проведення дослідження в університетах США упродовж одного академічного року. У конкурсі можуть брати участь молоді викладачі та дослідники віком до 40 років, з дворічним професійним досвідом, без наукового ступеня й зі ступенем кандидата наук (не пізніше 5-ти років після захисту) - представники гуманітарних, суспільних, точних і технічних дисциплін.
Детальна інформація та анкета на сайті http://fulbright.org.ua/page.php?pid=34&lang=1.
Аби увиразнити уявлення про Програму, радимо переглянути відгуки минулорічних її учасників, що розміщені на сторінках Фулбрайтівського Щорічника 2010/11 рр. http://www.fulbright.org.ua/yearbook2010-11.html; описи наукових проектів цьогорічних стипендіатів викладено у Фулбрайтівському віснику http://fulbright.org.ua/visnyk/2011/Newsleter_December
Просимо поінформувати про конкурс усіх зацікавлених осіб.
Додатки:
1. Інформаційний лист;
2. Прес-реліз Програм імені Фулбрайта в Україні.
Заздалегідь вдячна й з повагою,
Вероніка Алексанич
Координатор з інформації та реклами
Програма імені Фулбрайта в Україні
Veronica Aleksanych
Public Information Coordinator
Fulbright Program in Ukraine
20 Esplanadna Street, Suite 904
Kyiv 01001, Ukraine
fax: +380 (44) 230 20 60
valeksanych@fulbright.com.ua

http://www.fulbright.org.ua

New posts to 'Book Display: President's Day'


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CO.NX Team — CO.NX Upcoming Programs (Feb. 7-23, 2012)


Reducing the Demand for Drugs in the U.S.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC)
Description: According to the law of supply and demand, in order to reduce the long-term supply of a product in the marketplace, you must first reduce demand.  How is the U.S. working to reduce the demand for illegal drugs?  On February 15 at 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC), join a Spanish-language webchat on U.S. drug demand-reduction programs.  Brad Hittle, Chief of the Source Country Branch, Office of Supply Reduction at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, will moderate a discussion with Eric Siervo, Manager of International Programs at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.  Online participants can submit questions for Siervo and Hittle at any time before or during the program via the live chat box beneath the video. 


Internet Freedom and Online Piracy
Thursday, February 23, 2012
09:30 EST (14:30 UTC)
Description: How can we prevent online piracy while protecting internet freedom?  In an effort to stop online piracy, the U.S. Congress recently proposed two bills, SOPA and PIPA, which sparked controversy because of their potential impact on internet freedom.  Join Corynne McSherry and Richard Bennett, two experts who will offer a balance of perspectives on this topic.  Corynne McSherry is the Intellectual Property Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Richard Bennett is a Senior Research Fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).  Join this discussion to learn more, share your thoughts, and ask the experts your questions! Format: This will be a video webchat in English.