The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 97, No. 9, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Page: 2 of 6
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Thailand students tour local universities
Texas Wesleyan University played host this past week
to prospective international students Saowanit Pongkawong
and Tisana Trahathai, visiting from Yonok College in
Lampang, Thailand. Pongkawong, nicknamed Rainy, and
Trahathai, nicknamed Paeng, received the royal treatment in
a week's worth of events beginning Oct. 16.
The students first met with university President Hal
Jeffcoat and Provost Allen Henderson. After a tour of the
Fort Worth Cultural District, Paeng and Rainy attended a
luncheon at the Fort Worth mayor's office with Dr. Charles
Little, interim director of graduate programs and his wife,
The students then visited the historic Fort Worth
Stockyards and dined at the landmark Joe T. Garcia's
Mexican Restaurant. Later in the week, the students spent a
night at the ranch of university professors Dr. John and Kit
Hall, of the psychology and art departments, respectively.
The students also spent the week visiting classes and mak-
ing presentations about Thai culture and their lives at Yonok
"This is not the norm for visiting students," said Betsy
Johnson, coordinator of international programs. "These two
are more like ambassadors from a school with which
Wesleyan has a special relationship. One of our faculty
members is currently in Thailand, and these two students
are visiting three universities with whom their college,
Yonok, has agreements or exchanges."
Yonok College was founded in 1988 by its current pres-
ident, Dr. Nirund Jivasantikarn, a native of Lampang.
Jivasantikam became interested in establishing a college in
Lampang while pursuing his doctoral degree at Baylor
Nirurid said that he "visualized Baylor" when Yonok
was instituted and he did several things differently from
other Thai universities upon Yonok's inception. He funded
the college philanthropically rather than independently and
placed a great deal of emphasis on the value of liberal arts.
Yonok College offers studies in social sciences and
humanities, communication arts, science and technology,
fine and applied arts, business and law. The college also
offers a four-year international bachelor of business admin-
istration degree, taught entirely in English.
Rainy and Paing will continue with their tour and visit
of universities with academic agreements and exchanges
with Yonok College, next stopping at Texas A&M
University and Dallas Baptist University.
International student exchange offers new knowledge,
cultural understanding, maturity and the opportunity to
make lifelong friendships and relations. The Office of
International Programs at Texas Wesleyan University "pro-
motes, assists and coordinates international activities ...
and provides the admission and support of international stu-
dents in their stay and study."
The office also assists American students and faculty in
pursuit of their study and research abroad. For information
about the program, contact Betsy Johnson at (817) 531 -
Photo by BJ Bellard
Saowanit Pongkawong and Tisana Trahathai, visiting students
from Yonok College in Thailand, meet with University President
Grant, from page 1
ters come into play.
"The GO centers provide information to high school students and their parents about the ways
and means to make educational access and success possible," said Roark. "They will offer financial
aid. help completing the FASFA, SAT test-taking guides and aid with college applications."
According to Roark, the program plans to help with student retention by easing some of the
financial strain placed on students due to the growing cost of college.
"With additional need-based aid. we hope to break down some of the financial barriers that force
students to withdraw and enter the workforce," said Roark.
The estimated combined student population at both participating high schools is about 1,800 stu-
dents ranging from grades nine to 12.
Those students will receive some of the grant money, as well as other students from low to mod-
erate incomes, and those who come from high schools with low-college attendance rates, first gen-
eration college students and those of Hispanic or other underrepresented ethnicities.
The grant was awarded to Wesleyan after a team from the financial aid office, Pati Alexander,
vice president of student services, and Roark put together a proposal and submitted it in mid-June.
The aid will be awarded in spring 2007 and fall 2008.
"We are quite pleased to have been selected for this grant and look forward to a successful imple-
mentation and meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in the proposal," said Roark.
"This is just another way that we are working behind the scenes to help students reach their
dreams by achieving their educational goals."
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CIA interests students
What happened at the CIA informa-
tional meeting Oct. 23? We can't tell
you or we'd have to kill you.
At least that's what they say in the
movies, but at Texas Wesleyan, more
than two dozen graduate and undergrad-
uate students attended the Central
Intelligence Agency's 90-minute pres-
entation on company careers in the
Nurse Anesthesia Lecture Hall.
The presentation was led by
"Maria" and "Zora," two current offi-
cers who couldn't reveal their true iden-
tities. However, they were both excited
to talk about their employer and job
opportunities in Washington, D.C. and
"We're a town, and we need
absolutely everything," Maria said.
A CIA representative then conduct-
ed interviews on campus Oct. 24.
"The [CIA] recruiter was so
impressed with the interviews that she
'immediately pushed through' three of
the student's resumes for processing,"
said Sherri Mata, director of career
services. "She was very impressed, and
she plans to return to speak to our inter-
national program students and our study
The lecture gave students a chance
to learn about careers within the CIA, as
well as correct any misconceptions held
about the organization.
According to the PowerPoint pres-
entation, the CIA's primary objective is
"to collect, analyze and disseminate for-
eign intelligence to the president and
senior U.S. government policymakers."
Its main headquarters are in Langley,
Va., which is nine miles northeast of
Although Business Week magazine
ranks the CIA in the top 50 "Best Places
to Launch a Career," the campus envi-
ronment also fosters other long-term
"Basically, if you're single, you'll
have a great opportunity to meet your
future spouse," Maria said. It's very
common in the agency."
The career occupations mostly dis-
cussed were through the National
Clandestine Service division, which is
the area most dramatized by
Hollywood. These positions heavily
involve working and living overseas for
extended periods of time. The CIA's
internship programs arc highly compet-
itive. Those accepted receive numerous
perks including wages, paid flights to
and from home, a monthly stipend and
Listeners were also explained the
best mix of personal character traits,
which include the following: 1) prob-
lem solving, 2) time management, 3)
ability to deal with ambiguity, 4) will-
ingness to take constructive criticism, 5)
integrity, 6) motivation, 7) strong inter-
personal and assessment skills and 8)
"You must also be thick-skinned
and have a sense of humor," Zora said.
"They will help you survive."".
But in order for one to showcase
these traits, he or she must first endure
the rigorous application process. More
than 134,000 applicants every year are
strung along for as long as 12 months.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens with at
least a bachelor's degree, along with a
minimum 3.0 grade-point average.
Relocation is unapologetically manda-
"You're in either D.C. or you're
overseas," Zora said. "That's it."
The most entertaining part of the
night involved presenters answering to
common misconceptions about their
"A lot of people think what we do is
what they see from Alias, 24 and James
Bond," Zora said. "Do you ever see
them doing any paperwork?"
Zora also said that Mission
Impossible, The Recruit and Syriana are
all poor cinematic portrayals of the
CIA. On the contrary. In the Company
of Spies, a Showtime original movie, is;
the most accurate portrayal since it was
written by one of the agency's officers.
Some of these far-fetched movies
have even caused solid candidates to be
denied job offers.
"'So when do I get my Z-3?' or
'When do I get my clothing allowance?'
interviewees have asked," Zora said.
"The answer for both questions is
Finally, the presenters explained
that employees do not have to cut them-
selves off completely from society
when enlisting. They say that could not
be farther from the truth.
"You are the same person when you
leave," Zora said. "You just can't say
the three-letter acronym [CIA]."
"Your family goes with you over-
seas," Maria said. "We'd like to think
we're a family-oriented company."
For more information about career
opportunities with the CIA, or to find
out when the agency is returning to
campus, contact Career Services
Director Sherri Mata in the Academic
Resource Center. You can also log on to
the CIA's career site at
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