Education Notebook: Wesleyan reps go to China

March 2, 2014 

Through a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State, a delegation of seven Wesleyan College and five Vanderbilt University faculty and staff members were scheduled to travel to Guangzhou, China, on Friday to present a week’s worth of lectures at the schools’ American Cultural Centers at Guangzhou University and Sun Yat-sen University, respectively.

Wesleyan is the only women’s college, and one of the smallest colleges, to host a Confucius Institute on its campus. With 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide, including 100 in the United States, Wesleyan is one of only 19 institutions to also have an American Cultural Center in China

Mount de Sales senior wins speech contest

Mount de Sales Academy senior and student council President Ian Williams is this year’s Downtown Macon Rotary speech contest winner.

In his winning speech, Williams discussed his recent mission trip to Vietnam through Mercer University’s “Mercer On Mission” program, which provides Mercer-designed and manufactured prosthetics to amputees who lost limbs due to land mines remaining from the Vietnam War. The experience allowed him to personally see and participate in changing the lives of more than 100 amputees during his 10-day trip.

Williams was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for winning the contest. He will compete in the zone competition in Sandersville on Saturday.

Macon Charter Academy still taking applications

The Macon Charter Academy, an International Baccalaureate charter school, has extended its student application process through March 15. Students must live in Bibb County.

Parents can register students for grades kindergarten through fifth at www.facebook.com/maconcharteracademy or www.maconcharteracademy.org. Capacity is limited to 600 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The school will add a grade per year for each of the three following years until it serves kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents can also call 478-330-7177 for more information.

Famed urban grower to visit Wesleyan

The award-winning CEO of Growing Power will speak at Wesleyan College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Taylor Amphitheater.

Urban farmer Will Allen, a sharecropper’s son who became the first black basketball player at the University of Miami, founded the nonprofit organization that helps provide equal access to healthy and affordable food.

Allen, who was named one of world’s 100 most influential people in Time Magazine in 2010, is considered an international expert on urban agriculture.

He will be a guest of Wesleyan’s Lamar Lecture Series, designed to preserve the values of Southern culture, history and literature.

Woodfield Academy hosts forum about special needs education

The public is invited to a discussion about choosing the right school for children with learning differences.

Woodfield Academy, which strives to empower students with diagnosed learning differences or developmental disorders, is hosting a forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 4375 Rivoli Drive, Macon.

Psychologist Michael Johns will speak on the Psychological Impact of Success on Children and Teens.

Woodfield parents will also share their children’s success stories.

For the birds

Georgia schoolchildren are invited to join the annual Youth Birding Competition and T-shirt Art Contest.

Drawings and paintings of Georgia bird species must be received by March 10, according to the rules listed at www.georgiawildlife.com/YBCTshirtArtContest.

The Youth Birding Competition begins April 25 at 5 p.m. and ends the next day.

Teams must register by March 31.

Competition details can be found at www.georgiawildlife.com/youthbirdingcompetition.

Telegraph writers Oby Brown, Liz Fabian, Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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