EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT
Year in Review: 2005-2006 Programming
ACWA acknowledges the groups and individuals who supported our expansion of programming, which began September 2005.
Global Executives Roundtable Discussion
Junichi Ihara, our September guest from the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., asked for opportunities to learn more about the economic growth in Northeast Ohio.
He is Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of the Economics Section for his embassy.
We consulted with City of Akron officials — Bob Bowman, Deputy Mayor and Economic Director, and David Lietz, Development Director — about arranging a tour of this city’s expanding polymer industry and other high-tech businesses. We also talked with key people at the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce: Rick Rebadow, Senior VP, Economic Development, and Sam DeShazior, Senior Director, Business Development. They encouraged us to proceed with special programming directed to corporate executives, educators, officials, and others.
Mr. Ihara’s request resulted in ACWA introducing its Global Executives program, a roundtable discussion on Northeast Ohio’s economy and related issues. A tour was arranged for Mr. Ihara, profiling Akron’s dynamic growth in the high-tech industry and its ranking as the polymer center of the U.S. The tour included The Goodyear Polymer Center on the campus of The University of Akron with its new courtyard sculpture by Dale Chihuly.
Global Executives supplements ACWA’s Global Scholars program and our Speaker
Series. Since last September, diplomats from three countries important to Northeast Ohio’s economy have participated: Peter C. Potman, Political Counselor, Royal Netherlands Embassy; Charles Sheehan, Consul General of Ireland, Chicago, IL; and Dominic Martin, Counsellor at the British Embassy, Washington, D.C., Political and Public Affairs.
We were also privileged to have Charles R. Snyder present comprehensive reports on the Sudan humanitarian crisis. Mr. Snyder is Senior Representative on Sudan, U.S. Department of State.
We acknowledge the support of the Netherlands Network and the British American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes Region for their support in contacting corporations and individuals to publicize ACWA's related Speaker events.
ACWA programs are solely supported by funding and contributions, membership dues, and event registration fees secured by ACWA. We thank the Akron Community Foundation for its generous support of the Global Scholars Program.
Corporate and Association Memberships
ACWA acknowledges the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn for supporting ACWA as a Corporate Global Sponsor. We also recognize The University of Akron and the British American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes Region as Association members.
ACWA welcomes inquiries about Corporate and Association memberships.
Academic WorldQuest Competition
In November 2005, Charles Nieman, Director of Kent State's International Student and Scholar Services, asked ACWA to sponsor
its first WorldQuest competition for college students. Some 70 students from
four Ohio colleges participated. ACWA is now planning to schedule this
ACWA’s first Great Decisions series began in Spring 2006. It was made possible by co-chairs Mary Ann Baron and Dr. Frank Kendrick. ACWA also thanks Chambrel Montrose for providing meeting space for this series.
Global Scholars Extracurricular High School Club
ACWA launched a new extracurricular component of its Global Scholars Program, the Global Scholars Club. The Club allows expansion of the benefits of the program ACWA developed and introduced in February 2003. Club members have the opportunity to participate in the formal briefing sessions we schedule with invited speakers.
A key requirement of the Club is that its officers supervise member preparation for these sessions with curriculum developed by ACWA. In addition, Club members develop a humanitarian project during the academic year related to a current global crisis.
Other activities include:
- attending special lectures at EJ Thomas Hall on the campus of The University of Akron; and
- contributing articles and opinions to this Web site’s Global Scholars Club page.
Schools enrolling in the Club receive a trophy.
ACWA invited Charles Peters, author of Five Days in Philadelphia: The Amazing 'We Want Willkie!' Convention of 1940 and How It Freed FDR to Save the Western World, to speak at our first author's event.
Wendell Willkie lived 10 years in Akron, Ohio, where he contributed significantly to local politics and community relations and laid the groundwork for his eventual entry into national politics. Willkie—a former Democrat—ran against Franklin Roosevelt as the Republican candidate for president in 1940.
ACWA welcomes suggestions of current books that highlight Akron's long-standing international connections.
ACWA Web Site
In August 2005, ACWA launched our new Web site, akronworldaffairs.org. Design and maintenance of the site are provided pro bono to ACWA by CDF Web Solutions.
ACWA is pleased to acknowledge the participation of two interns during 2006.
Susan Ratsavong, a rising junior at The University of Akron, contributed to the development of the Global Scholars Club.
Theresa Young, a rising junior at Denison University, is ACWA’s Summer 2006 intern, working on a variety of research projects. She has contributed an article on cross-cultural communication, an important part of ACWA’s mission.