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2 The Jibsheet >} NEWS November 24' 2009 BC welcomes Fulbright scholar from Mexico Maida Suljevic , NEWS EDITOR A quick glance into the Student Programs office last Tuesday may have left onlookers bewildered and intrigued. The Campus Activities Board, El Centro, Latin American Culture Club, Social Science and Arts and Humanities departments sponsored a reception for Bellevue College's Fulbright Scholar in Residence. This year, BC is fortunate enough to welcome Gabriela Estrada-Centelles to its campus. Estrada, Centelles is an assistant professor from the Instito Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. At BC, Estrada-Centelles will teach two classes starting winter quarter: Mexican Identity and Mexican Democracy. Estrada-Centelles came to BC in early August through the Fulbright Scholars Program, and is expected to stay for 11 months in the 2010 to 2011 school year. According to http://ww .fulbright., "the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." As reported by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars! (CIES) website, "each year the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, research, or participate in seminars. At the same time, approximately 800 foreign faculty come to the U.S. each year." At the start of the reception, Daniel Lile, Director of E1 Centro, made speeches welcoming Estrada-Centelles. Lile presented his speech in English, while Cubillos gave his speech in Spanish. "Today, we're here to formally introduce and welcome Gabriela Estrada- Centelles ... as a club and as a school we are more than privileged and really happy to have her here and share what she has to teach us," said Lile. . Estrada-Centelles also took the opportunity to address all of the reception attendees. "Thank you everyone. It's been an amazing time for us and amazing opportunity being here with you. I think we had a great surprise just facing the wonderful people of Bellevue College. All of the memories we've had until now, it's lake Magraw/ The fibsheet German Cubillos and Daniel Lile welcome Estrada-Centelles and her'husband to BC. Gabriela Estrada-Centelles Fulbright Scholar President of the Latin American Culture Club (LACC), and German Cubillos, Pulled from Public Safety's Response Log, The following are actual occurrences at Bellevue College. been great ... I'm really privileged to be here with you guys so thank you so much," said Estrada-Centelles. Faisal Jaswal, Assistant Dean of Student Programs, then invited the students, staffand faculty to introdu, ce themselves to Estrada-Centelles and mingle. As a Fulbright scholar at BC, Estrada- Centelles wants to try and understand the other side of the American culture, and iry to break the stereotypes on both sides of the border.- "One of my best things in life]aas been coming here," said Estrada-Centelles. Estrada-Centelles also presented a discussion concerning the Mexican Revolution on Thursday, Nov. 19. Was it as good for you as it was for me? tl.14,09 9:20 a.m. Responded to a report of a hot muggy classroom. Upon arrival the class was very hot. Turned off heat on schedule. NEWS@THEJIBSHEET.COM Nap time! 11:17.09 8:52 a.m. Received complaint that a child might be alone in a vehicle. Upon arrival I discovered an adult in the vehicle sleeping. Hey! You need to pay for that. 11.17.09 10:36 a.m. Vending machine theft. Who's burning rubber? 11.17.09 8:49 a.m. Received comp/aint from office indicating that due to burnt food in a microwave, the office was very, very smokey. ITT:  from page 1 ITT. According to the student programs' website, "Intemational Tea Time is a Christian led club whose purpose is to bridge the cultural gap and to intellectually, socially and spiritually meet the individual needs of its participants." ITT at BC was created about three years ago by a student who wanted to reach out to International Students. The club consists of both American students and International students. For this year's celebration, ITT planned to have a very traditional dinner. "Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes. You have to have the green beans with the onions on the top. Salad, and of course we're going to have pumpkin pie, and we're going to make a celebration with sparkling cider, and it will be a sit down with decorations," said Cindy Boekhoff, the faculty adviser for ITT. After dinner, members of ITT also explain the real story of Thanksgiving and how it all started. - ITT holds a Thanksgiving dinner annually, with the exception of last year Usually, a member of the club opens their house and hosts the dinner. The Thanksgiving dinner encourages mingling between American and International students. The dinner is important because it helps build "relationships with students on campus, so they get to know each other, and they get to observe other cultures, so when they leave, if the International students do leave the United States, they'll have a good memory of America and the traditions... it's a good experience," said Boekhoff. "Of course, Thanksgiving is when you give thanks and I think that's a positive thing for people to realize. There's a lot going on these days and a lot to be thankful for. We have emphasis on thanks. That's whatthe program is doing," she said. While the actual history of Thanksgiving may be surrounded with controversy, and perhaps even shame, Thanksgiving is an American holiday (Canadians celebrate it as well) with genuine traditions that have remained significant over centuries. It is one of the best ways for people who are not from the United States to understand a part of the American culture and the traditions held here. ITT meets every Tuesday at 11:30am in room A265, but they will not meet today. December 1 will be the last meeting this quarter.Starting next quarter, the club will meet in room C103 and everyone is welcome. NEWS@THEJIBSHEET.COM Meredith Bernberg/The ]ibsheet