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June 25, 2008
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Chapel-Hill Carrboro High School Students in Euro Challenge Competition
Two Chapel Hill High School freshmen, Helena Archer and Nathalie Reilly, along with East Chapel Hill High School freshman, Emer O'Reilly comprise the first North Carolina Team to participate in this year's Euro Challenge Competition. This event is supported by the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, D.C. The Euro Challenge is an academic competition encouraging American students to learn more about the European Union and the Euro, its single currency. Smith French teacher, Robin McMahon, organized the team of three students. Along with assistant coach, La Reine Reilly, the team designed a fifteen-minute presentation addressing sluggish GDP growth in the EU with a country focus of Belgium. They had to address questions related to the European economy as well as describe the effects of U.S. economic policy on the EU.
The team won their first round of competition, tying for first place out of 15 teams across the nation. They traveled to New York in late April with all expenses paid to compete in the final rounds for cash awards. Although the North Carolina team did not make the final four, they were invited to visit the EU Delegation in Washington on June 2 along with the top two winning teams. More information can be found at www.euro-challenge.org. The team gathered their information through authentic local and international sources: international conference calls, emails and coaching sessions with the Minister of Finance to the U.S. Embassy, a senior Dutch economist, and Professor Stanley Black of UNC. The students also interviewed their Belgian pen pals while they were visiting Chapel Hill this past March, as well as interviewed local biotechnology executives.
The European Union Center of Excellence at UNC will again be coordinating the North Carolina competition round of the Euro Challenge in 2008-2009. Please watch for additional information in this newsletter and on the Euro Challenge website later this summer.
Getting to Know Europe: Local and Regional Communities and the European Union
The Delegation of the European Commission in Washington DC is pleased to announce a “Getting to Know Europe: Local and Regional Communities and the European Union” grant competition. This program supports activities that encourage greater understanding of the European Union, and of the many ties between the United States and the European Union, within local and regional communities in the United States.
Activities can include competitions, publications and other information products, training and briefing sessions, study and exchange visits, and town twinning arrangements. All activities should be focused at the local level, engaging students, teachers, local & state government, civil society leaders, and others in promoting greater understanding of the European Union. Such activities will be funded for the period 1 December 2008 to 31 December 2009.
Institutions from the United States and the European Union which may apply include secondary schools, universities, youth groups and associations, local community groups, local associations promoting socio-cultural exchanges across the Atlantic, media and other professional training centers, and other civil society organizations such as chambers of commerce. Proposals involving two or more such institutions are welcome, and national "umbrella" groups with active local chapters may also apply. Universities are included among institutions eligible to apply provided that they are not currently receiving European Commission funding for European Union Centers of Excellence.
Full details of the competition can be viewed at the Delegation's web site, http://www.eurunion.org/infores/GettintoKnowEurope2008-9GrantAnnounceHomepage.htm
Please direct any questions regarding this competition in writing (no telephone enquiries) to the email address below, referencing "Call for Getting to Know Europe 2008-9" in the subject line.
Helen Henderson BEM,
Academic Programs Officer,
Political & Development Section, Delegation of the European Commission,
2300 M Street NW, Suite 300,
Washington DC 20037
Deadline: September 18, 2008
EUSA Panel and Paper Proposals
The European Union Studies Association invites scholars and practitioners engaged in the study of Europe and the European Union to submit panel and paper proposals for its 2009 Eleventh Biennial International Conference, April 23-25 in Los Angeles, California. This conference also marks the 20th anniversary of EUSA.
The firm deadline for receipt of paper and panel proposals is September 30, 2008. You will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision regarding your proposal by December 15, 2008.
For more information, please view the call for proposals (PDF).
Global Updates from World View
Keep your mind sharp and thinking globally this summer by challenging yourself to a quiz, game, or other online activity. This Global Update is a combination of game and quiz sites recommended by My Wonderful World, as well as games produced by National Geographic, the United Nations, the European Union, and more. Fun for all ages!
To see previous Global Updates from World View, please visit the archive.
World View K-12 Global Education Symposium: Bringing World Cultures to the Classrooms
October 22-23, 2008 | UNC-Chapel Hill
World View K-12 Online Globalization Courses
October 1 - November 11, 2008
For more information and to register, visit http://www.unc.edu/world/regform.shtml.
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