An American in China

Teaching, Learning, and Living

Blog Correspondent: Stephen Lampkin '13

DECEMBER, 28, 2013

Sometimes you have to leave home to find a home... and a job. That was the case for four American International College student-athletes who were looking for career options after their senior year and ended up in China. Stephen Lampkin an AIC football player, Rochelle Higgins, an AIC Rugby player, Daniel Pugliese, football, and Jeff Ceccacci, hockey, are all teaching English specialists in Beijing thanks to a partnership between AIC and Etonkids Educational Group.

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A Shortstop's Short Takes: Fall Prep for Spring Sports

Guest Blogger: Haley Marchand

OCTOBER 22, 2013

My name is Haley Marchand. I am a senior shortstop on the AIC softball team. Here is a short glimpse of how we prepare for our upcoming spring season.

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Welcome Week's Wild Times

Helping First-Years Find Their Way

Guest Blogger: Rachael Tranter '14

OCTOBER 11, 2013

Welcome Week occurs every year in September and is a jam-packed week for incoming students. These events are designed to give students a chance to get acclimated and get acquainted with other students, faculty members, and to just have a blast.

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AIC Athletes Leap to Top of Class

Johnni Dideriksen and Bryony Parker

MAY 29, 2013

Commencement is a time to celebrate the achievements of all AIC students who have earned their degrees. But it's also a time to honor those who have achieved special distinction during their time here. To that end, we'd like to tip our hats to two student–athletes - this year's valedictorian and salutatorian - who have gone above and beyond in their time at AIC.

Johnni Dideriksen, an economics major and rugby player from Denmark, graduated as valedictorian and maintained a 4.0 GPA - all while participating in a number of other extracurricular activities, including being involved in student government, volunteering to be a summer orientation leader, and working as a peer mentor.

Bryony Parker, a psychology and communications double major from England, graduated as salutatorian - an achievement even more impressive given the multiple surgeries she endured while recovering from a knee injury she suffered playing soccer her sophomore year. Her soccer dreams aren't dashed, however, as she hopes to continue playing for AIC while pursing a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

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Long Runs (Short Shorts)

AIC runner ponders his passion

Guest Blogger: Jeremy Antivo

MAY 1, 2013

Last Sunday, American International College hosted its second annual Run for Education, a 5k race that celebrates the preK–12 educators in our children's lives and in our communities. This year’s event was a huge success, both for our local runners and educators. Today, guest blogger Jeremy Antivo, a sophomore from Rahway, NJ, describes through text and photos what running means to him and his compatriots on the AIC cross country team.

Becoming a competitive distance runner for a collegiate cross-country or track team takes a lot of control over your self. Gearing your body into the exact shape it takes to run 5,000 meters (a little over 3 miles) at a fast, consistent pace is not something that can be achieved overnight. It takes months of self-motivation, self-discipline, and most of all: months of straight-up running.

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Set Girl

AIC set designer works for play

Guest Blogger: Megan Lanier-Gomez

APRIL 16, 2013

AIC's theater department is putting on a production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons this weekend. The play, which chronicles one family's downfall after the loss of their son in WWII, will be performed three times: at 7:00 p.m. April 19 and 20, and at 2:00 p.m. on April 21. Today, guest blogger and set designer Megan Lanier-Gomez offers readers a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes before an AIC theater production goes live.

Stage crew is one of the most important jobs in theater. Our main goal is to create a stage environment to help the actors live in the moment and the audience to believe what they see. We brainstorm together and work hard for a successful show.

We first mapped out how our set would look by measuring the actual stage, then cutting sections of Styrofoam to create a model. This week, April 14–18, is our tech-week, and that’s when all of the construction begins. Here, some of our set crew are creating a model of the stage setup, just to give the actors an idea of what the stage scenery will look like. We will be creating the whole entire stage. Boy, this is going to be a challenge.

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Guest Blogger: Tilia Gjata

MARCH 11, 2013

President's Day Speaker Instructs... and Inspires

Keynote speaker Dr. Timothy McCarthy, director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, delivered an extensive and informative lecture on the topic of "Presidents and the People: The Politics of Social Change in America” at AIC's annual President's Day lecture. Impressively audible as he turned off the mic in front of him, Dr. McCarthy addressed every corner of the audience and was overtly passionate about his premise and ready to teach as well as inspire.

Delving into the heart of the topic, Dr. McCarthy argued that while the president is his (and maybe someday her) own person, major political shifts and policies have been and continue to be the product of social and radical movements promulgated by the American people themselves. Referencing both the founding of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, and even quoting the "All men are created equal” passage, Dr. McCarthy pointed out that America has been run by social movements since its birth.

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