January 2012   

GCIV's Monthly Newsletter  


Georgia Council for International Visitors

In This Issue

-Who's coming to town?-

-2012 International Consular Ball-

-Delegation Spotlight-

-Dinner Hosts Needed-

-Trustees in the News-

-Dunwoody Foreign Policy Lecture Series-

-Congratulations Mrs. Hallock-

-Become a Citizen Diplomat-

-Discover Diplomacy-

-Win a FREE GCIV Membership-

-Art and Essay Contest-

-INEPO Science Competition-

-Language Opportunities-

-GCIV Events-

-Community Events-








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About GCIV

 The Georgia Council for International Visitors builds relationships between the people of Georgia and rising leaders around the world.

Our vision is that every Georgia citizen has the opportunity to be globally engaged.






Who's coming to town?

January 22-25
Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI)
Seven Public Health Officials
Focus: Public Health

January 30 -
February 4

Saudi Arabia
Nine Professors and University Representatives
Focus: Religious and Public Education

February 4-9
Near East and North Africa
Seven Public Officials and Teachers
Focus: Women's Sports and Wellness

February 10
140 Fulbright Graduate Students
Dinner Hospitality 




Dinner Hospitality and Home-Stay Opportunities



Friday, February 10 - 140 visiting Fulbright graduate students from across the country would like to experience dinner hospitality with GCIV hosts in Atlanta. They are participating in a Fulbright Visiting Scholars Enrichment Seminar. They are available at 6:00 PM, and will not be accompanied by an interpreter. Due to the size of the group, we are asking hosts to accommodate at least 4 visitors.  



Please note: Dinner hospitality opportunities are available to GCIV members only. Hosts are asked to provide transportation to and from the hotel on the day of dinner hospitality. If you are interested in hosting or cohosting, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org
 404-832-5560 x 15. Once you have signed up to host, we'll provide a CultureGram for the appropriate countries. 









Global Partners

Chattahoochee Technical College

Delta Air Lines

Deutsche Bank

Ernst & Young

Regency Suites Hotel






GCIV would like to thank our Lifetime Members and members who have made financial contributions during December 2011:

Bruce and Sharon Taylor

Carol Dew 

Citizen Diplomat ($50+) 
Kay Alvelda
Karen Babino
Anne Hansen
Anthony Healey
Mary Jane McCraney  



Dineo Brinson
Will ElLaissi
Mike Hang 

Ambassadors Circle

Nicolas Aquino
Charles and Nancy Bedford
David and Beverly Clyde
Lindsay and Rosemary Davidson
Clark Dean
Kevin Glass
Mrs. Richard Hallock
Phil and Raye Handler
Jim and Sue Heerin
Charles Kuck
Scott and Laurie Nichols 

Sunny Park

Darren and Ann Short

Tycho Stahl and Yonni Kim

Bruce and Sharon Taylor
Raul and Annie-York Trujillo
Miller and Carolyn Williams
Lynne Zappone

Lifetime Members
Hans and Ada Almering
Pin Pin Chau
Jim and Carol Dew
Carol Emmons
Lew and Anne Hansen
Marianne McConnel
Helga Siegel
Miguel Southwell
Claudia Turner
George and Judy Varga






GCIV Trustees


W. Lindsay Davidson,




E. Miller Williams,

Vice Chair 

Ernst & Young


Lynne Zappone,




Yelena Epova,


Habif, Arogeti & Wynne


Theodore R. Britton, Jr.

Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Albania


Clark Dean

Studley, Inc. 


Ray Donato

Honorary Consul General of the Philippines


Noah Downer

City of Atlanta, Office of the Mayor 


Silvana Eakin

International Women Associates Chair 


Jorge Fernandez

Metro Atlanta Chamber 


Julie Bryant Fisher

Atlanta Business Chronicle


Bruce Hamilton



Phil Handler 



Ginny Johansmeier

VLJ Consulting


Yonni Kim

Arnall Golden Gregory


Charles Kuck

Kuck Immigration Partners


Renee Libby

Great Decisions Lecture Series Coordinator 


Jessica Lewis

Alston & Bird 


John E. Parkerson, Jr.

Honorary Consul of Hungary


Mark Pierson

Pierson Global Group


Margaret Pumper



Jai Rogers

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


Arnaldo Ruiz

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport


Darren Short
RBC Capital Markets


Annie York Trujillo

International Women Associates


Tal Wright
Georgia Power







GCIV Staff 


Shell Stuart

Executive Director

404-832-5560 x 21



Emily O'Harris

Program Director

404-832-5560 x 15



Nicole Rateau

Community Programs Coordinator

404-832-5560 x 17



Irene Bailey

Global Partnerships Manager

404-832-5560 x 13



RJ Paulisick

Program and Technology Coordinator








Quotes to Inspire Citizen Diplomacy

 "Precisely because I am a private citizen, I can act without the restrictions of profit, position or policy. My only position is that of an ordinary human being, and it is in that role that I hope, in some small way, to bring together and consolidate the will for peace into a global commitment."

- Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Philosopher, Peacebuilder and Educator






Save the Date for the 2012 International Consular Ball

Be sure to mark your calendar for GCIV's 31st annual International Consular Ball. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the elegant Cherokee Town and Country Club. The International Consular Ball provides an opportunity for Georgia's business and civic communities to join GCIV in honoring the members of the Consular Corps for their role in building valuable relationships between our region and the world. Atlanta's premier international event, the International Consular Ball brings together the business, civic, education and diplomatic communities for a dynamic evening of networking and celebration.

Please contact Shell Stuart at shell@gciv.org or  404-832-5560 x 21 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.



Delegation Spotlight

Open World delegation at Tybee Island.


In December 2011, GCIV hosted an Open World delegation
of five healthcare professionals and civic leaders from Russia who examined social issues and healthcare in the U.S. Open World enables emerging Eurasian political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at the local level.   


The delegation took a weekend excursion to Savannah, where they participated in a dolphin tour and dined with local GCIV volunteers. 


While in Atlanta, the delegates were hosted by Jessie Bond and Ray Glier, Jim and Carol Dew, Carole Kallansrude, Lee Pasackow and Sucheta Rawal and Dipak Rath. The Russian visitors met with representatives from community organizations including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health, Global Health Action, MedShare, St. Joseph's Mercy Mobile Healthcare,  Steffas & Associates, P.C. and Voices for Georgia's Children. They had the opportunity to meet Georgia State Senator Renee Unterman, Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, members of the Atlanta Consular Corps, GCIV members and staff in both Senator Chambliss's and Isakson's offices. In addition, they toured the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, CNN and the Georgia State Capitol as well as participated in a "Today I Met ..." school visit at Tucker High School.

December 2011 Open World Program

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Host a Visiting Fulbright Graduate Student for Dinner

GCIV trustees Laurie Nichols and Jai Rogers hosted visiting Fulbright scholars for dinner in November 2011.

The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship international educational exchange program. GCIV hosts will be offering dinner hospitality to a worldwide delegation of visiting Fulbright graduate students on Friday, February 10, 2012. International visitors continuously rate dinner hospitality as the highlight of their trip and the experience that gave them the most insight into the U.S. If you are interested in being a dinner hospitality host or would like more information, please contact Emily O'Harris at emily@gciv.org.



Trustees in the News


GCIV Trustee and Honorary Hungarian Consul John Parkerson with Hungarian President Pál Schmitt.

John E. Parkerson, Jr., director of International Programs at Clayton State University and the Honorary Consul of Hungary for the southeastern United States, attended the annual meetings of the Hungarian Consular Corps at the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C. As a part of those meetings, Parkerson had the opportunity to meet with Hungarian President Pál Schmitt. "We were privileged to have with us this year the President of Hungary, Pál Schmitt, who was in Washington on an official visit," said Parkerson. "During our private conversations, President Schmitt related that he last was in Atlanta in 1996 for the Olympics." Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S. György Szapáry also participated in the meetings.



Speakers Announced for GCIV's 2012 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series

The speakers have been announced for GCIV's 2012 Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church and include experts from Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, Georgia State University and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Click here for a complete list of dates, speakers and topics. The topics are based on the Foreign Policy Association's nonpartisan briefing books.

The eight week lecture-series is every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM from January 19 - March 8, 2012. This year, GCIV is offering a special 50th anniversary offer, just $50 to participate in the series with briefing book and a one-year membership in GCIV which offers exclusive opportunities to interact with distinguished international visitors. Otherwise, the cost is $30 for individuals and includes a briefing book or $40 for companions sharing a book. Click here to pay online with a credit card, download a registration form to mail with a check payable to GCIV or view more information on the topics.

GCIV works with a number of community organizations and neighborhoods to create and sustain discussion groups. If you are interested in starting your own Great Decisions group, joining an existing group or would like to pre-order your 2012 Great Decisions books, please contact Nicole Rateau at nicole@gciv.org.



GCIV Congratulates Ambassadors Circle Member Mrs. Richard R. Hallock


Open World Participants

GCIV Executive Director Shell Stuart and Mrs. Richard Hallock.


Columbus State University presented Mrs. Hallock with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during its 103rd commencement ceremony on December 16, 2011. Click here to read more about Mrs. Hallock.  




Become a Citizen Diplomat this Year!

Give them the world!Become more globally-minded this year! Become a Citizen Diplomat member of GCIV. GCIV's membership is critical to the success of our organization, as it serves as an important indicator of community support for the U.S. Department of State and other agencies that rely on us to arrange programs for and host hundreds of distinguished international visitors each year. Becoming a member or giving a gift membership is easy and offers perks like exclusive members-only receptions and hosting opportunities. Visit our membership page or contact Nicole Rateau at nicole@gciv.org for more information.



Discover Diplomacy

What is DiplomacyThe U.S. Department of State has launched a new interactive website to introduce the world of diplomacy and the work of the Department to high school and college students. Through the use of video clips, audio tracks, images and interactive components, the site covers the basic questions about diplomacy: who engages in it and where, as well as an exploration of the range of international issues addressed through the diplomatic process. Check out what is diplomacy here: www.diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy.



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6th Annual Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest


Instanbul Center Art 


Middle and high school students in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay in the Istanbul Center's annual contest on the theme "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's Your Role?" The purpose of the contest is to have students be aware of and involved in solving social problems in our world today. Each year the program theme looks towards global peace and intercultural understanding. The prizes include all-expense paid trips to Turkey and gift cards for both students and teachers! Submissions will be accepted until January 27, 2012. For more information visit www.artessay.org or www.istanbulcenter.org.     





International Environment Project Olympiad Returns to Georgia!


INEPO competition


International Environmental Project Olympiad (INEPO) invites students from all over the world to submit science projects related to environmental issues. INEPO adheres to the United Nations goals of emphasizing youth and international cooperation in the natural sciences. 


Now, environmentally-minded students can compete through the Istanbul Center under this year's theme of "Creating a Sustainable Environment." The best submissions will be eligible for the summer 2012 worldwide competition in Istanbul. Last year, 3 students from Georgia earned silver medals at the international-level competition in Turkey! For more information, visit www.inepousa.org.




Language Learning Opportunity


Summer 2012 Federal Service Language Academy   

North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) will host the second summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in June and July 2012. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a 3-week residential program for students who are interested in an immersion intensive language experience, fitness and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in first-year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean or second-year French from highly qualified teachers as well as participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agencies (CIA, FBI, State Department, Homeland Security and U.S. Armed Forces) and receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy. Application process is open January 16 - April 1, 2012. For more information and to apply, visit www.northgeorgia.edu/summeracademy  




Upcoming GCIV Events


Thursday, January 19, 7:30-9:00 PM

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series

The first lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Lecture Series is about Middle East Realignment. The lectures are held every Thursday through March 8, 2012 at The Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30038. For more information and to register, visit www.gciv.org/programs/gd/dunwoody  





Community Events


September 25, 2011 - January 8, 2012
"Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee"

Today, more than 30 million people around the world have been displaced due to war and violence. Of that number, nearly 10 million refugees are children. Through this inspiring, hands-on exhibit, children ages 8-12 can explore what it means to be a refugee through the eyes of children who are forced to leave their homes and seek safety in a new land. This special exhibit is at the Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in The Selig Center at 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For more information, visit www.thebreman.org.     


Thursday, January 12, 7:00-8:30 PM

"Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo"

Featuring Sophie Borel Ghosn, field office director for The Carter Center in the DRC; Elizabeth Caesens, project manager for The Carter Center's mining transparency project in DRC; David Pottie, associate director of the Carter Center's Democracy Program and project manager for the Center's observation of the DRC elections. The event is at The Carter Center's Ivan Allen Pavilion, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30307. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.cartercenter.org     


Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 PM

The Hazara of Afghanistan: Cultural Exhibit and Lecture

Learn about the Hazara tribe of Afghanistan as local college student Mohammed Ali Razaee shares stories and discusses photographs of his native land. The program also will include a display of costumes and foods from the region to sample. The exhibit is at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, Georgia 30084. 


Thursday, January 19, 7:30-9:00 PM

"The Next Eleven: Development in West Africa"

International Issues Forum (IIF) discussions are free and open to the public. They are located at the Villa International Library, 2nd floor, 1749 Clifton Road (0.4 miles from Briarcliff), Atlanta, Georgia 30329. Additional parking is available across the street. For more information, email mjjohnst@gmail.com.