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International News

International Week is Nov. 17-21, but at Heartland Community College, the International Program continues all year round. Our International News page features information for Heartland faculty, students and the surrounding community. Updates are made year-around so please check back often.

Heartland Welcomes Visiting Professor of Chinese Language Lin Cui

Visiting Professor of Chinese Language Lin Cui

Visiting Professor of Chinese Language Lin Cui

Lin Cui's appointment for the 2008 calendar year was made possible through Heartland's partnership with Liaoning Normal University (LNU) in Dalian, China.Cui is an Associate English Professor and Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics at LNU, who also serves as an advisor for graduate students in Applied Linguistics. Currently, she is conducting research in the area of Applied Linguistics and English Education. Cuis past work experience includes teaching ESL for 20 years. In addition, she served as Associate Dean of the English Department in the School of Foreign Languages at LNU and has received several awards for her excellent teaching.

Heartland added Chinese as a foreign language option in the Spring of 2006. Cui will be teaching Chinese 101, 102 and 201 in addition to foreign language class offerings for the Community Education program. During her year on-campus, we hope many students, faculty, and community members are able to meet her. Heartland Community College is honored to have Cui as our second Visiting Professor from LNU.

Apply to Study Abroad in the England, Austria or Spain for Spring 2009

Heartland offers semester study abroad programs in Canterbury, England, Salzburg, Austria, and Seville, Spain. Spring applications are due by October. For more information, contact Shanon Dickerson in the Study Abroad Office, Community Commons Building (CCB) 2308 at the Normal campus.

Culture Club

Culture Club is a new organization on-campus designed to promote diversity and explore other cultures by providing informational programs and hosting international activities. This years Culture Club activities have included the promotion of international holidays around the world (i.e. Mexican Flag Day, National Tartan Day, etc.), an international film night, a Chinese Cooking Session, and an International Fashion Show. If you are interested in participating and/or planning such events, please join us the first and third Wednesday of every month at 11:00 a.m. in ICB 2400. If you would like to join or participate, but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Shanon Dickerson at (309) 268-8664 for more information. Visit the Student Engagement Office for more information.


ROTARACT Club, a younger version of Rotary, meets every two weeks. This group performs community service projects, normally monthly, and one international project a year. Some annual events include:

  • food/winter clothing/school supply drives
  • serving meals at Safe Harbor homeless shelter
  • Habitat for Humanity work days
  • participation in the Arthritis Foundations' Jingle Bell Run
  • Bossy Bingo contest for Adopt-a-Family gifts
  • poinsettia sales in conjunction with the Normal Rotary
  • bell-ringing for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign
  • international spring fundraising project
  • Adopt-a-Road clean-up

These activities help to develop leadership and professional skills in addition to establishing a network of friends. Membership is $5 per academic year. To find out about the next meeting, contact Pamela Sweetwood at (309) 268-8168. Visit the Student Engagement Office for more information.

American Homes

American Homes provide Heartland international students from China insight on typical everyday American activities and home life. Students do not reside in the homes of their American Home families. Instead, they are invited to participate in fun family activities with them such as: baking a cake with their American Home family, attending a sporting event or school function of a child in their family, eating dinner in the family home, participating in Trick-or-Treating, receiving an Easter basket from their family, etc. Any Heartland employee interested in participating in the American Homes program should contact Gavin Lee at (309) 268-8043.

Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners offers Heartland international students from China the opportunity to meet their peers. The weekly casual conversations provide a fun avenue for students to practice listening and speaking English while learning about college life. Mutual interests are discovered and friendships are often created through this program. Any Heartland student interested in participating in the Conversation Partners program should contact Gavin Lee at (309) 268-8043.