Qingdao Officials Come to CSULB for Municipal Training
Seeking to learn techniques for managing city employees, a group of 17 Qingdao officials received several days of training from the California State University, Long Beach in mid-November. “All of these officials oversee human resource functions,” said Mary E. Barton, Ph.D., who lectured the group on government structures in the U.S. Click here for the complete article...
LBQA’s ‘Summer Adventurers’ Report on Their Successes in China
On Oct. 29, LBQA scholarship recipients entertained a LBQA audience with tales of their exciting summer adventures in Qingdao and Xiamen. Four members of the CSULB Sailing Team shared how they aced all competitions in the First Intercollegiate Pan-Pacific Regatta against nearly 20 other teams in the waters off Xiamen. “We just kept our minds on our assigned jobs,” said John Hill. Despite some unexpected happenings—such as no nautical charts of the race course, no speed limits on powerboats in the surrounding waters, a barnacle-fouled hull on their raceboat, and more—the team brought home the overall first place trophy. Team Captain Shane Young explained how Eliot Clauss, Chairman of US-China Yachting met and housed the team in Shanghai, and provided overall guidance in their Xiamen adventures, too. Next year’s Captain Mark Ryan hopes next year’s CSULB team will be able to compete in China with similar success.
Dr. Mary Barton, and Xiaojeng Meng, discuss sailing adventures of the CSULB Sailing Team in China
Whitney Redfield brought photos of the construction of the “Long Beach Garden” at the site of the International Horticultural Exposition in Qingdao. With camera in hand, he visited the massive site in August, after a summer course which was part of his Masters program in Landscape Architecture in Beijing. Redfield showed photos of the various sub-gardens in the plan developed by StudiONEleven, a local firm with offices also in Shanghai.
The garden is really five different gardens, explained Kirk Keller of StudioONEleven, representing the historical evolution of gardens in Long Beach—a “natives” garden, colonial approach with exotic imported plans, a bungalow approach with a lush lawn, mid-century modern complete with patio, and finally the back-to-natural modern approach. Redfield reported he was treated royally by the staff of the Qingdao Foreign Affairs Office, and he enjoyed seeing all the other gardens also under construction, set to be ready for the Grand Opening in April 2014.
L to R: Kirk Keller and Whitney Redfield explain the concept of the “Long Beach Garden” with photos from the International Horticultural Exposition construction site
Malcolm Green shared details of the forthcoming tour of the International Horticulture Expo sponsored by the LBQA. See details and reserve your spot.