Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hartford Seminary & Yale

What else did I do in Connecticut?
1) Thanks to Mike Lewis who drove me to Hartford, I managed to meet up Zalman's family. I had a lovely time in his house. We went to the parks and the Windsor Mosque for Friday prayers.
2) Walked around Hartford Seminary (white modern building) where Zalman, my Singapore Fulbrighter friend is currently pursuing his Masters of Art (Religious Studies).
3) Steve brought Ali & I to have Malay food at Kari Restaurant in New Haven. Teh Tarik, Tom Yum soup, Mango Chicken, Nasi LemakSambal Stingray... yum... (but nothing compares to the Sambal Stingray back home)
4) I visited Yale (Lux et Veritas & some Hebrew motto - I think it's Or YomZotam Yom). Very 'Cambridgish'! Yale like Lehigh are great schools in poor, rough neighbourhoods.

Thank you Stephen Gerard Lewis for driving us to and fro (hey, I offered to take over the wheel, remember?) from Pennsylvania to Connecticut. I will not forget the brake malfunction problems, interesting conversations in the car (yes, we will find you a Malay wife soon!) and the detours to the Palisades and not-Cherry Hills White Castle! Lehigh students unite!

Thanksgiving in Connecticut

We drove about 4 hours in the heavy rain to Connecticut (yes, home of "Who's the Boss?") to have Thanksgiving Dinner with the Lewis. Ahh... my first Thanksgiving turkey, pumpkin pies, delicious vegetables and desserts; in the company of warm American families with big hearts!

Thanksgiving reminds me of Hari Raya (Eid). How similar our celebrations are! Lots of food, lots of laughter, lots of sharing and giving! I am touched to be treated as part of the family.

A big Thank You to the Lewises, the O'Connors and everyone in Waterbury. I truly enjoyed spending time with you all :)

Lehigh Boleh! (Lehigh can do it!)

Some more notes about Lehigh University:

When Asa Packer founded Lehigh University at the end of the Civil War (in 1865), he wished to provide a well-rounded education for young men that combined a liberal and scientific education with the necessary technical skills to increase the prosperity of the region.

Until a recession in the 1890's diminished the value of the Lehigh Valley Railroad stock, Packer's endowment allowed the institution to offer its education free of charge by competitive exam. This, plus its blend of engineering and liberal arts, attracted some of the nation's brightest students, many of whom went on to distinguished careers in industry and engineering.

Unlike other engineering schools of the day, Lehigh was never envisioned to be an "Institute of Technology" but always a University, combining both scientific and classical education for its students. Initially there were five schools; four scientific (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, mining and metallurgy, and analytical chemistry) and one of general literature. Over time, additional areas of the arts and sciences were added and engineering curriculums were both merged and expanded.

Lehigh’s well respected School of Education started as (and remains) a graduate only level program. This is based on the principle that you need to learn primary subject matter well before you can learn how to teach it to others.

American Football

I recently watched a football match between Lehigh University and Lafayette College. A football ignoramus (I don't even follow the World Cup), I suddenly became a football enthusiast rooting for Lehigh's Mountain Hawks.

Some football scribblings:
Lehigh University is notable for its rivalry with nearby Lafayette College since 1884 (where the the 2 teams have met 142 times).
The rivalry is the most played in the history of US college football and is considered the best in all of college athletics.
Go Hawks!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Kansas & Missouri

I was in Kansas City, Missouri for the Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) International Teacher Education (ITE) Weekend last week. It was fun meeting so many sorority sisters from all over the USA! They pampered the six of us with gifts, hugs and well wishes. I am so touched by their passion and dedication towards education. I hope the young educators will follow their footsteps and continue the noble quest of imparting knowledge to others.

Thank you sisters for showing us what real sisterhood is!
Good luck to my co-ADK ITE Scholars: Eve from Estonia, Widya from Indonesia, Elina from Latvia, Gabriela from Peru &; Petra from Czech Republic.
Let's cherish our wonderful memories in Kansas, the land of the Wizard of Oz and Missouri, the land of Sunflowers!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hidayah's Sorority

When a group of dedicated and passionate retired educators got together, it was nothing short of fun and good camaraderie!
I am amazed at how the Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK) sorority sisters are very much involved in the community - from guiding young educators, to knitting scarves for homeless families for the winter, to welcoming a foreigner like to me their homes and hearts...

Thank you sisters for accepting me as a member of the family! I am proud to tell everyone that I am a Sorority Girl!