Past Events

March 21 and 22, 2012
Visit by calligraphy master Tu Xinshi from Denver, CO.

March 17, 2012
Chinese Bridge Language Competition to be held at AU for beginners and advanced Mandarin speakers

March 15 16and 22 23, 2012
Li Huiyang, Ronald Zhang, and Daisy Wu will lead workshops for area students in the “Kids to College and College to Kids” program run by AU’s Children and Youth Learning Initiative.

March 2, 2012
Guzheng demo at the Genessee Valley School

October 22-25, 2010-World Expo Shanghai Visit
AU President Charles Edmondson and Dr. Laura Greyson were invited by Hanban and China University of Geosciences (CUG) to visit the World Expo in Shanghai on October 22-25, 2010.  The vice president of CUG also came to meet them in Shanghai.  Both universities have agreed to establish a new center, the U.S.-China Joint Institute for Change Management, in April 2011.

August to December, 2010-Chinese 101 at Alfred University
On August 23, 2010, Margaret Lin (Lin Yang) began teaching Chinese 101 at Alfred University. This is a 4-credit course designed to develop students’ language skills in Mandarin and promote cultural understanding of China. There are 13 students in the introductory class.

August to December, 2010-Chinese 200 at Alfred University
On August 26, 2010, CIAU teacher Rebecca Fan (Fan Luwei) began teaching Chinese 200 at Alfred University. In this course, students will not only develop Chinese language skills, but also gain a cultural understanding of China and Chinese. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in speaking and reading Mandarin, improve problem-solving abilities in real-life situations, learn to recognize and write Chinese characters on the basis of a good grasp of the pronunciation system, and understand a vocabulary of around 350 Chinese words for use in basic daily communication.

October 30, 2010-Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute Visit
On October 30, 2010, CIAU Associate Director Carla Coch met with Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute Director of International Affairs OuyangXiaosheng to discuss the possibility of presenting a program about the Chinese porcelain culture in Alfred and upstate NY next spring. Her visit is a follow-up to one made last summer by CIAU Director Wilfred Huang and faculty from China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, CIAU’s partner institution, to lay the groundwork. The project is still a work in progress.

August to December , 2010-Hornell Central School District Program
CIAU teacher Jenny Zhang is in charge of teaching 3rd graders, 108 students in all, at the Intermediate School in Hornell this fall semester. Every student has been learning Mandarin since kindergarten and can play games and sing songs in Chinese. Tuesday mornings at 7:45 am, Jenny and a second Mandarin teacher meet to choose teaching materials and discuss methods to establish efficiency and to collaborate in order to build an effective Mandarin program.

September to December,2010-Chinese Language Course at Naples High School, Naples, NY
On September 8, 2010, Rebecca Fan began teaching Chinese 101 at Naples High School this fall semester. She attended the Naples Central School District Board of Education meeting where she was introduced to the Naples community by Superintendent Kim Ward. Fan supplements the course by incorporating a variety of activities, such as a presentation of Chinese culture, hands-on art activities, role-playing, and food tasting in order to engage 1st-year students’ interest in learning about Chinese language and culture. In the course, students develop communication skills in Mandarin, gain knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, make connections with other disciplines, and develop insight into the nature of language and culture through comparisons with their own. A Mandarin class will begin at Naples Elementary School soon, and a class in music featuring the guzheng, a type of dulcimer, will start in December taught by CIAU teacher Daisy Wu (Wu Zhongbei).

September to December,2010-North Syracuse Central School District
In September, CIAU teachers Shirley Zhu and Alice Li launched the Chinese Exploratory Program at the North Syracuse Central School District with classes every Thursday at the Roxboro Road Middle School and every Friday at the Gillette Road Middle School. They taught 6th grade social studies classes to introduce China and its geography and 7th grade LOTE (Languages Other Than English) classes to introduce the Mandarin pronunciation system. In total, 1522 students have attended their classes. Later this semester, Zhu and Li are scheduled to teach the Global Studies course in North Syracuse Junior/Senior High School.

September to December,2010-Union-Endicott Central School District Program
Last April, CIAU and the Union-Endicott Central School District agreed to launch an Exploratory Chinese Language and Cultural Awareness Program to begin in the 2010-2011 school year. This fall, the program began on September 16, 2010. Situated in western NY State, the Union-Endicott schools have a total enrollment of 4,650 students with one primary school (K-3rd grade), one intermediate school (grades 4-6), 3 elementary schools (K-5th grade), one middle school (grades 6-8), and one high school (grades 9-12). The District also offers a SPARK enrichment program (grades K-6) and Advanced Placement courses.

CIAU teacher Clair Cao (Cao Huan) is running the U-E District Chinese program with classes 2 days/week during Sept. and Oct. plus an after-school Chinese Club for junior high students once a week. She has supplemented the introductory language program with a variety of cultural activities including paper-cutting, Chinese knot-making, calligraphy, folk music, and Chinese cuisine - all of which have engaged the enthusiastic students in learning about Mandarin and Chinese culture.

September to December,2010-Windsor Central School District Program
Beginning on Sept. 13, 2010, CIAU teacher Clair Cao launched a Chinese language and culture program in the Windsor Central School District where she had begun a Chinese Exploratory Program in the district’s 5 schools the previous year. The current program is concentrated in the high school with each student taking 4 scheduled classes two days per week. The students are enthusiastic about studying Mandarin and learning about China’s culture. Cao also attended an Advanced Placement Language Teacher Training Program with other language teachers from Binghamton area schools.

September 16th,2010-Children and Youth Learning Initiative (CYLI) at AU
Jenny Zhang and Margaret Lin hosted 30 students on September 16th and 15 students on September 30th, all from Allegany County, participating in the CYLI program at AU. During the 3-hour session, students learned useful phrases for basic communication and took a virtual tour of 4 major Chinese cities; in addition, they had fun practicing Chinese calligraphy, trying their hand at paper-cutting, and using chopsticks to eat food served at the end of the program.

September to November,2010-Corning, Inc. Business Chinese Class
Shirley Zhu has finished teaching an intermediate short course in Business Chinese at Corning, Inc. For the final class, students demonstrated what they had learned over the previous 2 months and exchanged ideas about the program, which they found very useful and challenging. They expressed interest in continuing to learn and practice Mandarin in the future.

September 24th, 2010-Mid-Autumn Festival
On Sept. 24, 2010, the CIAU held the annual Mid-Autumn Festival dinner titled “A Date with Chang’e” at Susan Howell Hall. The dining area was decorated with red lanterns by ISSO students and CIAU teachers. About 120 people from AU and the community attended; they heard poems by Li Bai recited by Chinese 101 students, watched a short performance, and enjoyed a raffle of door prizes. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed the delicious Chinese buffet followed by a variety of moon cakes for dessert.

CYLI (Children and Youth Learning Initiative, grant-funded for Allegany and Steuben students)
May 12-June 2, 2009
Four 3-hour classes involving 98 students were taught by Jenny Zhang and Shirley Zhu to introduce the Chinese language and culture. CIAU will continue to participate in CYLI classes next year.

"Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp in China
July 14-July 31, 2009
Visas, round-trip tickets, and itinerary have been arranged for 14 high school students and 2 chaperones. The camp will take place in Beijing and Jilin from July 14-31, 2009.

Wellsville Central School
Fall 2009 Semester
Developing a college credit bearing BUSI 100 course which introduce basic Chinese language and an overview of how business is conducted in China.

Naples Central School
Fall 2009 & Spring 2010 Semester
Developing Chinese courses in both elementary and high school curricula.

Downstate Programs (Center for Integrated Teacher Education, Alfred University)
Fall 2009 Semester
MA degree program based in the New York City area) - developing a Chinese course to be offered at the graduate level.

Alfred University Education Division
Two Year Plan
Plans underway to send student teachers to Wuhan High School to teach English and learn Chinese.

Alfred University Education Division
Two Year Plan
Planning to develop a Chinese teacher certification program recognized by the NY State Department of Education.

Business Chinese Courses
Fall 2009 Semester
Developing to offer through Alfred University's Continuing Education program with primary emphasis on speaking fluency and listening comprehension. The courses will be offered as corporation training soon.

Wuhan in June
May 18-June 7, 2009
Business faculty (Wilfred Huang, Frank Duserick, Abderrahman Robana), Liberal Arts & Science faculty (Emrys and Vicky Westacott), 5 AU students, plus Jeurgen Seitz from Baden-Weurttemberg Cooperative State University in Heidenheim, Germany and 2 students visited China University of Geosciences in Wuhan for 2 weeks followed by a study tour course with credit bearing to allow students learn more about China and its culture in Qufu, Xian, Jiuzhaigou Nature Park, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Educational Materials
July 12-July 18, 2009
5,000 books and videos will arrive soon to be catalogued by Jenny Zhang and Shirley Zhu. They will be made available to the public in the Herrick Library.

CYLI Thank You BBQ
May 13, 2009
Alfred University - Thank You TreeAs part of CYLI program, CIAU director Dr. Wilfred V. Huang, instructors Jenny Zhang and Shirley Zhu were invited to a Chicken Barbeque at Foster Lake. The invitation came from the director of CYLI, Dr. Christopher M. Romanchock. CIAU will be offering to five middle school students about Chinese culture and language in May and June of 2009.

Thank You Tree
May 12, 2009
President of Alfred University Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, administrators of colleges and guests attended the tree-planting ceremony to remember the disastrous earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan that happened one year ago this day. Seven students from Sichuan sponsored by United State government and New York State planted a redwood tree on the Main Street outside the campus. The redwood tree is originated from Sichuan province. It is a symbolic expression of 'Thank you' to SUNY Alfred for their one-year gift of studies. The students wish people back in Sichuan safe and sound, and that the China-USA friendship will last forever.

Alfred University's Childred and Youth Learning InitiativeAlfred University's Children and Youth Learning Initiative (CYLI)
May 12, 2009
CYLI is a grant-funded venture that provides after-school programming to students in Allegany and Western Steuben counties, free of charge. The program's goal is to encourage students to attend college after high school graduation. Twenty-eight students from Belfast came to Alfred University for their Chinese class. Instructors Shirley Zhu and Jenny Zhang prepared an exciting program for the students. In the class, the students were brought to experience a 5-day tour in China with magnificent pictures of 5 different cities in China showed. They also showed great interests and talents in learning Chinese characters. Later, the students were also taught how to make Chinese lanterns and how to use ink brushes for Chinese calligraphy. The class was ended with Chinese food served, from which students also learned how to use chopsticks.

Confucius Institute at Alfred University - Farewell BBBQFarewell BBQ
May 10, 2009
CIAU held a BBQ picnic at Kanakedea Park as a small token of its gratitude to students who assisted at the CIAU opening ceremony on May 3rd. It was as well a farewell party to those who will be graduating or leaving Alfred University. Despite the strong wind, instructors of CIAU and those students had a good time, grilling meat, playing volleyball and football and swinging. Wish everybody a happy summer!

Confucius Institute Office Opening

Opening of Confucius Institute office

May 04, 2009
The office of Confucius Institute at Alfred University is officially opened for operations on May 4th. President Charles Edmondson of Alfred University and Vice President Yanxin Wang of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) together held the ribbon cutting ceremony along with CIAU director Dr. Wilfred V Huang, associate director Carla Coch and instructors Jenny Zhang and Shirley Zhu. The office is located on the second floor of the Olin Building.

Opening Day of Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU)
May 03, 2009
On May 3rd outside Powell Campus Center, Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU) started its opening day with the traditional Chinese lion dance, which brought guests and students later to the Nevins Theatre for the opening ceremony.

CIAU Director Dr. Wilfred V. Huang made the opening speech at the ceremony and President Charles Edmondson of Alfred University delivered a welcoming speech to all the guests present. China University of Geosciences (CUG), the partner institution of Alfred University for CIAU, has also sent its delegation for the opening. After the introduction of the distinguished delegates from China by Dr. Huang, Vice President Yanxin Wang of CUG delivered his speech, confirming the efforts made by both parties to establish the CIAU. He expressed his sincere wishes for the success of CIAU and promised full supports from CUG for further bilateral cooperation in various aspects. The team of CIAU was introduced by Associate Provost Dr. William Hall. They are Director Dr. Wilfred Huang, Associate Director Xinquan Liu, Associate Director Carla Coch, instructor Yuzhen (Jenny) Zhang and Jing (Shirley) Zhu. Later, both presidents signed the executive agreement of managing CIAU together and unveiled the Plate of CIAU. The official signing was followed by traditional Chinese music and dance by professional artists from New York City and New Jersey. Prof. Donald Wayne Higby, the world renowned ceramist who has been working with China for almost 20 years, gave the keynote speech entitled Kong dot Traditional Chinese instrument performances (such as Yangqin, Erhu, Pipa and Dizi)Flux. He has beautifully connected Alfred University with China by sharing his own experiences seeing great changes in China. His remarks on the inter-relationship between countries that co-exist with each other need to depend on and cooperate with each other were appraised by the audience. Prof. Higby expressed his heartfelt wishes for the long lived friendship and cooperation between two institutions and the success of CIAU.

The opening day also featured an entertainment show in the evening, presenting wonderful traditional Chinese instrument performances (such as Yangqin, Erhu, Pipa and Dizi), traditional Chinese ethnic dances and Chinese acrobatics.

Administrators/ professors from China University of GeosciencesVisit of CUG Delegates
May 25, 2009
A delegation of five administrators/professors from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) visited Alfred University from May 2nd to May 5th. They are Dr. Yanxin Wang (Vice President), Dr. Xulong Lai (Dean of Earth Science), Dr. Yuanxing Dong (Dean of Foreign Languages), Dr. Bin Shuai (Dean of Communication & Art) and Dr. Hongtao Su (Deputy Dean of International Education). They met with President Charles Edmondson, Provost Suzanne Buckley, academic deans and several directors and chairpersons.

National Chinese Language Conference
April 29 - May 2, 2009
CIAU director Dr. Wilfred V. Huang and instructor Jenny Zhang attended the second National Chinese language Conference which took place at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Chicago. The attendees were invited to visit public schools in Chicago as pre-conference events. All Confucius institutes in America and Canada came together and discussed their goals in the coming 10 years to go along with the strategies set by Hanban.

Chinese dance - Kwanyin with thousand handsAlfred to Asia
April 11, 2009
The annual cultural stage show "Alfred to Asia", sponsored by CIAU this year, was held at the Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall. Two students started the program with Chinese traditional lion dance. The show presented spectacular Chinese performances including traditional Chinese instrument performance - Yangqin (Hammered Dulcimer) and fabulous Chinese dance - Kwanyin with thousand hands. The show also displayed different aspects of Asian culture, including Middle East Dance, traditional Japanese folk dance, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan dance, etc.

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2009
March - May, 2009
CIAU is participating in this year's Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. Totally four school districts nominated their students, and fifteen of them were selected and approved by Hanban along with two teachers as chaperones. CIAU has visited the school districts and met with the parents of students with the chaperones. The Summer Camp will take place in Beijing and Jilin from July 14 to July 31, 2009. The program includes learning Chinese language, Chinese culture and sightseeing. There will be 820 students going from United States.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Jan. 25, 2009
The Chinese students and professors at Alfred University gathered together at the Susan Howell Hall to celebrate the 2009 Chinese New Year. Many international students as well as teachers at Alfred University participated in it, bringing some dishes to share. Traditional Chinese food such as dumplings, fried rice, noodles were served and welcomed by all the people. Our keynote speaker Dr. Jinghong Fan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, introduced the (blessing/good fortune) culture in China and sent his best wishes to everyone present.