Region: Constituent/Special Interest
The ASDP Alumni Chapter was established to help ASDP program alumni support the Asian Studies Development Program in its efforts to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning about Asian cultures and societies, and to support the East-West Center (EWC) in its mission of contributing to the realization of a just, prosperous and equitable Asia-Pacific community. The ASDP Alumni Chapter cooperates with the East-West Center Association (EWCA) Executive Board and the EWC Alumni Association Office to promote activities and initiatives consistent with the EWC mission.
The ASDP Alumni Chapter was the first non-geographic, special interest alumni chapter and remains the largest chapter in the EWC Alumni Association. The general meeting of the ASDP Alumni Chapter is held annually in conjunction with the ASDP National Conference. The elected Chapter leadership includes a President and Vice-President (2-year terms), Secretary and Treasurer (5-year terms) and two Members-at-Large.
With volunteer assistance, the ASDP Alumni Chapter publishes an electronic newsletter that features news about ASDP alumni and programs, and other content relevant to expanding and enhancing undergraduate Asian studies.
The Asian Studies Development Program's Alumni Newsletter appears twice a year each Fall and Spring. The available issues are listed below.
Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D.
(ASDP 03, 04, 07)
Associate Professor of History
University of Central Oklahoma
LA 202D, Box 182
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
Phone: (405) 974-5451
If no answer, please call (405) 974-5277
Fax: (405) 974-3837
Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, University of Central Oklahoma, President, 2014-2016
Dona Cady, Middlesex Community College, Vice President, 2013-2015
Roberta Adams, Roger Williams University, Secretary, 2012-2017
Pamela Herron, University of Texas at El Paso, Treasurer, 2014-2019
Dennis Arjo, Johnson County Community College, Member-at-Large, 2013-2015
Gordon Patterson, Florida Institute of Technology, Member-at-Large, 2014-2016
Eric Spears, Georgia College, Member-at-Large, 2014-2017
Jeffrey Dippmann, Central Washington University, ARCAS Representative, 2013-2015
The 17th Annual ASDP National Conference on Globalization, Higher Education and Diversity was held in Spring, 2011. Scholarly presentations included findings on China’s terracotta army, Japan’s strategy in the world economy, and dancers from the Ankor Wat Troop. The Chapter’s Spring meeting occasioned new officers for the ASDP Alumni Chapter. The new officers are as follows: Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Pres., Julien Farland, VP, Roberta Adams, Sec., Joanna Dellmonaco, Treas. Carolyn Kadel is member-at-large and ARCAS Rep., Joseph Overton. David Jones, former ASDP Pres., is now Editor of East-West Connections Journal. Of important relevance to the Student Scholarship Fundraising, the Chapter plans to file for a 501 C account, thus making the chapter an official charity for tax exemption purposes. The Board discussed ASDP Chapter plans to promote the ongoing Alumni Endowment Student Scholarship project in the coming year.
Recipient of the Best Alumni Chapter at the EWC/EWCA 2010 International Conference with several of its chapter attendees presenting papers in Honolulu, the ASDP engaged in the following activities for the last quarter of 2010: 1) Published a peer reviewed issue on the ASDP Journal, East West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, 2) maintained the Asian Studies Development Program listserv, ASDP-L, 3) developed and coordinated (via its relation with the ASDP Assoc. of Regional Centers for Asian Studies) the 16th Asian Studies Development Program National Conference 2010 in Honolulu and 4) under Julien Farland as editor, the Asian Studies Development Program’s Alumni Newsletter, was published this quarter.