Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-Cultural Education

To: All LATTICE members and friends
Date: December 5, 2011


Subject: LATTICE Newsletter # 516

Newsletter highlights:

  1. Message from LATTICE Session Director
  2. LATTICE International Book Club
  3. Second World Friendship Day (March 24th. 2012)
  4. "Generations: A Night of Poetry & Music"
  5. LATTICE Recipe Series (Apple Sauce and Lebanese Cake)
  6. Opportunities
  7. Resources

1. Message from LATTICE Session Director

Greetings LATTICE Family,

I’m looking forward to our meeting scheduled for this coming Thursday, December 8th at Haslett High School's Viking Room.  As usual, we will begin gathering at noon for social time.  The regular meeting will be from 12:30-4:30.  Please plan on joining us!  We will be exploring global environmental issues and continuing with our Power of One theme selected for this year.  We also encourage you to bring a dish to share that represents your culture or family history.  Sharing our stories and cultures with food and fellowship has always been a lovely LATTICE tradition.

LATTICE strives to help arrange transportation between campus and the meeting.  If you would like help with a ride, you will need to contact Kaliamma Ponnan no later than Tuesday evening at  This courtesy will allow time for arrangements to be made.   

It is time to issue a last call for donations of fabric squares for the memorial quilt honoring Sally McClintock.   I have received a number of additions in the last couple of weeks, but I also know there are still many squares that have not yet been returned.  We welcome your contributions to the project, whether using the prepared squares or fabric of your own.   Please bring them with you to the meeting this coming Thursday.  If you are mailing your 6 x 6 in. square, please send it to 1940 Wilder Ct., Haslett, MI  48840. 

Lastly, our next LATTICE planning team meeting will be December 15th from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.  We will meet at the Grand Traverse Pie Company at the corner of Grand River and Hagadorn.   Please consider joining the planning team!   Also, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or thoughts to share.


Karen Klein
LATTICE Session Director

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2. LATTICE International Book Club

Our next meeting of the LATTICE Book Club is on Thursday January 12 from 4:15 - 6 p.m.) at the East Lansing Public Library. The book we are reading is Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Vietnam). Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Please read the interview with Thanhha Lai, the author of this book.

Mary Hennessey (
Amy Kilbridge (
Co-leaders, LATTICE Book Club



3. Second World Friendship Day (March 24th. 2012)

To our international friends:

Please consider volunteering for a wonderful day of entertaining and educating middle school students and get a free lunch, too!  Planning is under way for our 2nd World Friendship Day to be held at The Peoples' Church on March 24th.  You would be part of the "Cultural Mall" which was so very popular last year!  Examples of booths from last year include Chinese calligraphy, Indian henna, script, and clothing, Indonesian dance & toys, Taiwanese games & songs, Turkish and African art, Japanese origami, and more! 

Please contact Linda Dow at and Nancy Lubeski at if you would be willing to lend your considerable talents to a good cause! 



4. "Generations: A Night of Poetry & Music"

"Generations: A Night of Poetry & Music" is a benefit for The Listening Ear Crisis Center with proceeds going toward the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Center, a community-wide, years-long endeavor by Greater-Lansing advocacy groups. The suggested donation is $10-5.

"Generations" delivers collaborative performances by poet Melissa Dey Hasbrook, oboist Gretchen Morse (Lansing Symphony Orchestra), and band The Heads. The artists chose poems from Hasbrook's book "Circle...Home," around which the music will flow. 

The program explores the impact of war throughout generations, whose survival offers hope and inspiration despite cycles of violence. The event observes the international campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (Nov. 25 - Dec. 10) with its 2012 theme, calling for an end to militarism and gender violence.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Partners include the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU and Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing.



5. LATTICE Recipe Series (Apple Sauce and Lebanese Cake)

by Jane Fitch

Apple Sauce is a fall and Holiday favorite in our family.  My mother learned to make it from her mother and grandmother, and my mother taught me.  I, in turn, have taught both my daughters, and we will serve it soon as part of our Christmas dinner.  The secret to making good apple sauce is in the apples, themselves.  I usually choose Ida Reds, McIntosh, or when I can get them, Northern Spys (which we all like best for either sauce or pies).  Sometimes I add a Granny Smith to the sauce if I want it a little more tart.
We peel and core the apples, cutting them into chunks, and put them into a sauce pan with a lid.  Add just enough water so that apples won't stick in the bottom of the pan.   Cook them covered over low-medium heat until they are smooth.  Stir frequently as they cook.  Add more water if it is needed, or if you like the sauce to be thinner.  Sometimes there are small lumps when I am done.  You can just cook it longer to get rid of them, or just leave them in.  I never use a beater, or strain them.
When it is the right consistency, add sugar, cinnamon and a pinch or two of nutmeg (to your taste) and stir it in well.  Let it cool and then refrigerate until ready to serve.
*  Because I use tart apples, I use a fair amount of sugar -- you just have to keep tasting until you like it.  In my family, the cook usually sends home apple sauce with anyone who wants it.  If the cook doesn't make enough, she is the one who goes without.  So I always make a big pot.  


by Hayat Alhokayem

This is a homemade cake that we had always LOVED since we were young. My mother would do it as a dessert and it could stay for a few days.


4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
½ cup of oil
3 small spoons of baking powder
1 spoon of vanilla
1 can of pineapple juice OR 3/4 cup of orange juice OR milk 
      (Whichever taste you prefer, we like the one with pineapple) 
Raisins (½ big box or less or as much as you like)
Walnuts (½ bag of shredded walnuts that you buy from the store)


1. First beat the eggs thoroughly in a big container. 
2. Then heat together pineapple juice and 2 cups of sugar till the sugar dissolves.
3. Pour it over the eggs and mix.
4. Then add ½ cup of oil and mix.
5. After this, add baking powder and vanilla to the mixture.
6. Add flour slowly and mix thoroughly. 
7. Finally add in raisins and walnuts.
8. Pour the mixture in a pan and bake in the oven at 350º for around 50 - 55 minutes (sometimes 45 is enough.

AND "Bon a petit"

You can eat this with milk or tea, it is so delicious.:)



6. Opportunities

East Asia and the Pacific: U.S.-Indonesia Collaboration on Science & Technology

Under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, the United States and Indonesia are using science and technology (S&T) to foster innovation, build people-to-people ties, and respond to global challenges such as climate change, food security, and emerging infectious diseases. Our S&T collaboration includes a number of new initiatives as well as ongoing programs.

Developing the Indonesian Science Enterprise: Under the U.S.-Indonesia Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that came into force this year, the United States and Indonesia will launch a new high-level dialogue in 2012 to bolster joint research and science development. In addition, the United States is also launching a $600,000 science capacity building program to strengthen Indonesian scientists’ ability to obtain competitive research awards, enhance peer review processes, and increase Indonesian scientific publication rates. We also launched a program under which the United States will provide $1.1 million in new funding to support collaborative research between U.S. and Indonesian scientists.

  • Nurturing the Next Generation: U.S. Science Envoy to Indonesia Dr. Bruce Alberts launched the U.S.-Indonesia Frontiers of Science program this year designed to foster scientific collaboration between the next generation of Indonesian and American science leaders. Under its U.S.-Indonesia University Partnerships program, USAID currently supports exchanges between students, scholars, and institutions in both countries in marine conservation and biotechnology, indigenous plants and food security, public health, and climate change adaptation.

    Addressing Global Challenges: The United States is providing $6.9 million in support – with matching funds from Norway – for the new Indonesia Climate Change Center (ICCC), which will focus on mapping and monitoring of carbon-rich peat lands and tropical forests with expertise from the U.S. Forest Service, bringing the best available science and analysis to international and Indonesian policy leaders on key strategies and decisions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

    Protecting Our Oceans: The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works actively with Indonesian marine scientists on research and capacity-building efforts, including developing tsunami early detection systems, deploying ocean instruments that allow scientists to predict long-term climate change, exploring uncharted deepwater habitats, and anticipating and monitoring outbreaks of harmful toxins affecting our food sources.

    Paula M. Villegas Morera
    Staff Assistant, International Programs & the Africa-U.S. Higher Education Initiative

    Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U)
    1307 New York Avenue, NW | Suite 400 | Washington, DC 20005 - 4722
    Tel: 202.478.6030; Fax: 202.478.6046  (Fax)
     *Formerly NASULGC


    Michigan ACE Network Annual Conference

    Join faculty, staff and administrators from around Michigan as we seek to create a better future for all women through empowerment, solidarity and networking. The 2012 Annual State Conference of the Michigan American Council on Education (ACE) Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education will be held May 21-22, 2012, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan. The theme is Build Inclusion: Bold Ideas. Creative Solutions.

    Brief Schedule of Events
    Monday, May 21, 2012

    • Women of Color Collaborative Workshop
    • Annual Legislative Dinner and Panel

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    • Keynote address and a wide variety of breakout and networking sessions for all levels of professional development

    Call for Proposals
    The 2012 Conference Planning Committee will issue a call for proposals in the coming weeks. Consistent with the mission of Michigan ACE Network for Women Leaders, we encourage you to consider submitting a program proposal designed to enhance the development of women. More information will be provided soon.

    Glenna Frank Miller (
    2012 MI-ACE Conference Chair
    Eastern Michigan University


    American Antiquarian Society Visiting Academic Fellowships, 2012-2013

    The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites applications for its 2012-13 visiting academic fellowships. At least three AAS-National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships will be awarded for periods extending from four to twelve months.  Long-term fellowships are intended for scholars beyond the doctorate; senior and mid-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Over thirty short-term fellowships will be awarded for one to three months.

    The short-term grants are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and offer a stipend of $1850/month.  Special short-term fellowships support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, in the American eighteenth century, and in American literary studies, as well as in studies that draw upon the Society's preeminent collections of graphic arts, newspapers, and periodicals. Accommodations are available for visiting fellows in housing
    owned by AAS. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2012.

    For further details about the fellowships, as well as application materials, please consult our website.

    The AAS is a research library located in Worcester, MA whose collections focus on American history, literature, and culture from the colonial era through 1876.  The Society's collections are national in scope, and include manuscripts, printed works of all kinds, newspapers and periodicals, photographs, lithographs, broadsides, sheet music, children's literature, maps, games, and a wide range of ephemera. For detailed descriptions of the collections, please consult our guidebook, Under Its Generous Dome, available online.


    2012 International Education Conference - call for proposals

    The International Education program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development is pleased to host its Seventh Annual International Education conference. We invite abstracts for presentations at the conference, to be held at New York University’s Washington Square campus, March 29 and 30, 2012. Submission Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2012.

    This year’s conference, "Advancing Global Education in Austere Times" seeks to bring together academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact of a global climate of austerity on the provision of education.  Improving quality and extending access remain aspirations at all levels of education globally, but cuts to public spending and international development assistance will undoubtedly affect these objectives.  Specifically, we seek to explore:

    •   How does austerity affect the development, implementation and evaluation of education in different contexts? Who are the main actors in these processes and what are their roles?
    •   How does the impact of austerity vary globally? Does austerity hinder the provision of education or can it be beneficial?
    •   Are there constructive responses to austerity measures for academics and practitioners to undertake? Where and to whom can we look for these ideas? 

    Proposals not directly related to these themes are also welcome. The interdisciplinary field of international education provides a unique opportunity to address these topics from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. Participants from any discipline are encouraged to apply.  By bringing together scholars, researchers, and practitioners, we hope to come to new understandings of the nature of our work in the field and in the classroom.  Both doctoral and masters' students are encouraged to submit proposals, as this is a graduate student conference.


    Fund Development Position Open at Alzheimer's Association
    Michigan Great Lakes Chapter

    Job Description:  Fund Development Coordinator, Capital Area Region
    The Fund Development Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter  is an experienced professional, responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the chapter’s development strategic plan in the Capital Area region.  The coordinator is also responsible for developing and supporting volunteer leadership in these areas. This is a 30 hour/week position, with the potential to become full time.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Special event/fund development experience strongly preferred
    • Proven relationship building skills required.
    • Ability to deal with a variety of personalities in a positive manner.
    • Strong verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability and desire to work with volunteers.
    • Excellent computer skills and knowledge or willingness to learn different donor databases.
    • Ability to organize, coordinate and advance several programs/projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule.

    Essential Responsibilities

    • Responsible for growing revenue and support of the mission as stated in the strategic plan, through various fundraising efforts. 
    • Responsible for organizing and implementing the region’s Walks to End Alzheimer’s.
    • Recruits, supports and monitors fund raising volunteers.
    • Coordinates the work of all Walk committees.
    • Works with volunteers to solicit local event sponsors, and recruit walkers and teams.
    • Plans and works within budget for all special events.
    • Cultivates and supports all donor activity including individuals and corporations in the Capital Area region, including phone calls, solicitations, personal visits, and attendance at various networking and special events.
    • Tracks all donor activity in the Chapter’s donor database.
    • Assists Communications Director with building awareness in the Capital Area region.
    • Other tasks as assigned.

    Accountability: The position reports directly to the chapter’s Development Director.

    Working Conditions:
    Normal office environment is provided.  Must be available to work irregular hours in order to meet the needs of donors and attend different meetings/programs.  Candidate must have a car and valid Michigan driver’s license for travel off-site to events and meetings.  Must be able to lift, carry and set-up a variety of materials related to special events (weighing up to 50 pounds).

    This job profile in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the job holder.  He/she will be required to follow any other instructions or perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor or manager.  This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of job duties.  Essential elements may change when necessary.

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    7. Resources

    Lecture by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Dr. Kenneth Farr, US Foreign Service Officer (Ret.) presents "US Aid in the Andean Region, an Alternative Development Strategy--with emphasis on Ecuador."

    It will be held on Wednesday Dec 07 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in 201 International Center. 


    MSU Events Calendar

    Please check the MSU Events Calendar for information on all events taking place in campus.


    Free pictures of your family - Help-Portrait

    Help Portrait takes free pictures of those that for whatever reason cannot afford to get pictures taken. The mission of Help-Portrait is 1) Find someone in need 2) take their picture 3) print it 4) give it to them. FREE. Last year, worldwide, over 101,000 portraits were taken!

    Help-Portrait Day is December 10 this year.  This will be the Lansing group's second year participating. We will be holding the event at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa, Lansing from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Please spread the word to those in need.  Let them know that all we want to do is take their portrait (by professional photographers), and GIVE IT TO THEM.  No gimmicks.  To us, just bringing a smile to their face this season by providing a simple 5X7 portrait of themselves brings joy to our hearts. It was such a rewarding experience for us, as volunteers, last year.  Some of these individuals had never had a portrait taken and just having them get spoiled for one day was worth everything to us.

    You can check out our photos and video from last year's event on our Facebook page. Also check the video we did for Help-Portrait.
    Co-Coordinator for Help-Portrait - Lansing Group
    Tel: 517-282-0077; Email:



    End of LATTICE Newsletter # 516

    LATTICE is supported by 14 mid-Michigan School districts, Ingham Intermediate School District, and the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for Advanced Studies of International Development (CASID), Center for European and Russian Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), College of Education, Graduate School, International Studies and Programs (ISP), Women & International Development (WID) at Michigan State University. With members from 80 countries, the LATTICE list currently has 984 subscribers worldwide. To be removed from this list, please mail to List-Unsubscribe

    Karen & Kaliamma

    LATTICE Session Director
    Karen Klein

    LATTICE Graduate Assistant
    Kaliamma Ponnan

    (Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education)
    Office of International Studies in Education 513K Erickson Hall College of Education
    Michigan State University East Lansing
    MI 48824