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  • Communication for a Global Impact - Hesston College
    government in 2003 as a cultural and political advisor to U S Army Brigadier General Frank Helmick then second in command of the 101st Airborne Division The primary task was to help rebuild the infrastructure in northern Iraq Within a short time Othman was asked to assist General David Petraeus then a major general in the 101st as a linguist and advisor Sadi Othman 93 discusses his work as a cultural bridge between the U S and Iraq during his keynote presentation at Homecoming in September As Petraeus role and rank elevated over the next several years so also Othman s role and responsibilities grew as he developed friendships with political leaders from across the Iraqi political spectrum Othman s role in Iraq from 2003 to 2008 evolved into a pivotal communication link between the U S political military leadership and Iraqi political leadership The most valuable instrument in Petraeus effort to influence Iraqi leaders was his advisor Sadi Othman said author Linda Robinson in her book Tell Me How This Ends General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq Public Affairs 2009 Othman s return to the U S in 2010 seemed to provide him an opportunity to start a career in the global business world His plans were put on hold when the U S administration asked him to return to Baghdad for a short term focused effort to assist the Iraqis in forming a new government following the March 2010 elections Following the short term assignment in Baghdad Othman joined the business world when he was named vice president of NAWAH established in 2011 by Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker and former Pentagon official Paul Brinkley NAWAH has initiated investment projects in the Middle East North Africa and Asia It was one of the first American companies to make a multi million dollar capital investment in re emergent Iraq Othman recently put his business career on another temporary hold when he returned to Iraq at the request of the U S administration to work as a communication link between Iraqi political leaders and U S leaders He was tasked with helping in the formation of a new Iraqi political leadership team with more inclusion than was the case with the previous Iraqi political and military leadership structure The Iraqi parliament approved newly appointed Prime Minister Haider al Abbadi s new government in September and Othman has since returned to his business career at NAWAH Othman s start at Hesston was as unique as his go everywhere experience He grew up in Jordan and was in the sixth grade studying at the Mennonite school in Beit Jala near Bethlehem when he first learned about Hesston College Dave Osborne Ac64 66 was teaching in the school in his first of what would become 10 years working as a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee in the Middle East The teacher student relationship developed into a deep friendship Othman recalls wondering Maybe I can go to

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/communication-global-impact/ (2016-02-13)
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  • A Journey to Acceptance - Hesston College
    career Carreño was born in Chicago to a Mexican Catholic father who had converted to the Mennonite faith and a white American Mennonite mother She spent her childhood in inner city Denver s Mexican American ghetto and then in south Texas just 150 miles north of the Mexican border where her father was the pastor of a fledgling church made up of equal parts jerked over Catholics and leftover Mennonite Voluntary Service workers Discovering and accepting her identity was a difficult process for Carreño because of her mixed heritage which she calls a mixture of two mixtures I am the Mexican mixture that is Spanish and Indian and the ethnic Mennonite mixture that is made up of Swiss immigrants who intermarried with German immigrants said Carreño Carreño arrived at Hesston College grappling with how to view her identity As a child growing up in Texas she experienced cultural criticism from other children She describes her years in Texas through two very defining life experiences The first was her identity as a minority and the second was being on the receiving end of racism She found it difficult being on the outside a product of a bicultural marriage especially in a region where cultural differences were not embraced For Carreño Hesston College was kind of like the first euphoric phases of culture shock Coming to Hesston was kind of an anthropological experiment for me because it was all so different from how I grew up Carreño said I didn t understand the unspoken rules for how people did things While her Hesston Experience did not provide the moment of clarity in coming to terms with her identity it was a crucial step in her journey of self discovery and self awareness she says It provided an opportunity for her to interact and share in new ways that broadened her worldview To add to the pile of new experiences Carreño who planned to study music education was assigned to a work study job in the library Although it wasn t her first choice to pay her way through college it proved to be a right place right time situation just a few years later Her job in the Mary Miller Library led to a work study position in the Goshen Ind College library when she transferred It was there shortly after earning her undergraduate degree in music performance that a colleague approached her with the idea of pursuing a master s in library science Carreño earned her master s degree from Simmons College Boston a few years later and has worked in a variety of librarian roles in corporate academic and public sectors since She is now the director of Elkhart Ind Public Libraries and previously served for 14 years as library director at Goshen College Finding and accepting her identity in both the sense of her heritage and career wasn t without feelings of inadequacy isolation and confusion However Carreño is now proud of her multicultural roots and professional accomplishments and

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  • Saying Hey - Hesston College
    is achieving something he has always dreamed of reaching people with his message of be true to who you are The biggest journey I ve had has been accepting my own music said Young I didn t have the courage or complete confidence to do that for a long time I thought people wouldn t like me because I m a rapper Once I started being genuine to who I am I saw people respond in a great way I think I m onto something good In a industry that reflects ever changing trends and pressure to conform to popular standards Young refuses to compromise himself and his message just to make it big His songs resound with positive messages of be you believe in yourself and never give up So far his high energy personality and imaginative techniques have been enough to get him noticed Young s success hasn t come by chance but by acting on opportunities taking risks and careful networking he says For his most recent endeavor the BatteryTour Young incorporated two pre existing technologies into one that doesn t require electricity allowing him to perform live anywhere and at any time Many of his connections stemmed from being discovered while performing on street corners and in parks As he rises in the ranks of the music world Young credits his years at Hesston as the most important in his musical growth Young had only just begun exploring his musical talents when he transferred to Hesston from the University of Missouri Kansas City in the fall of 2010 He was recruited as a member of the men s basketball team but with a desire to launch a music career he also found time to be a part of the Hesston College Chorale take private voice lessons

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  • Alumnus Profile - Daniel Moya '08, Mexico City - Hesston College
    to Goshen Ind College where I majored in peace justice and conflict studies and minored in music I worked with mental health for immigrants for a year as I believe health and education are important pillars of peacebuilding and the foundation for a peaceful society I also worked as a guitar instructor I received a master s degree in international peace studies with an emphasis in policy and political change from the University of Notre Dame Ind For part of my degree work I spent eight months in Israel and Palestine working with a journalist and discovering stories of peace and hope in the midst of violence Music has been present throughout all my endeavors At Hesston I had a band and was able to share my original music and culture with students and the community I also studied classical guitar music theory and took voice lessons I have played at peace festivals and rallies for undocumented immigrants I believe carrying a message through music is my mission as a musician and allows me to facilitate awareness about issues Many of my original songs carry messages of environmental issues love for humanity and creation and are inspired by my experiences in Colombia Ecuador and the Middle East Music as Vocation My band La República Rock Latino formed in 2011 with my brother Juan and a percussionist who comes from the same region of Colombia We toured throughout the United States then moved to Mexico City in July 2014 which is a cultural hub for Latino arts and music We are now working with a manager have opened for a famous Latin rock band and are trying to get our original music out to the masses A Multicultural Experience Hesston is a special place because it brings the world to you

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  • Student Profile - Irena Xhari '16, Lezhë, Albania - Hesston College
    by being available in all areas of the student experience A Home away from Home I have felt very welcome at Hesston from the first day I was on campus especially when a faculty member gave me flowers Everyone here is so welcoming and caring and it is the Christian environment that I was very eager to be a part of Campus Worship hymn sings and gathering together to have a good time are things that I really value about Hesston People say hello when you meet them in passing which is very different than where I come from Change and Exploration At first I was afraid of the things I didn t know about I was nervous about the language and communicating with others since English is not my first language It hasn t been a big problem but I have had a few incidents when I ve felt uncomfortable in the conversation I am the only student from Albania so I ve had to figure out the differences myself and I haven t been able to just become complacent in only talking to others who speak Albanian which has helped me improve my language skills Setting Goals One of my future career goals is to work in international relations During my senior year of high school I participated in Model United Nations which made me interested in the way countries communicate with one another What her Instructors say Simply put Irena raises the quality of classroom interactions With thoughtful questions and responses Irena pushes herself to try to more fully understand her own and others experiences She has a sense of self and sensitivity to others perspectives often uncommon in someone her age Irena obviously brings a multicultural perspective to our class as well and I value the

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  • Women's Soccer Makes Players’ Worlds Smaller - Hesston College
    s all time assist leader and team captain her sophomore year ranks fifth in career goals Hikita is tied for eighth in that same category while current freshman Machi Kanematsu 16 Osaka Japan was the Larks leading scorer this season and has already cracked the career goals top 10 Looking back the four players time with the Hesston program has made an impact on much more than just the stat sheet Indeed Hikita Ueno Kobayashi and Kanematsu have shared their culture and friendship along with their athletic talents with their teammates Following her first semester teammate Jessica Donnelly 14 hosted Ueno for several weeks at her Gresham Ore home just as she had done for Kobayashi the year before Now an Oregon State University Corvallis student Ueno s time on the Hesston soccer team enriched her college experience Playing soccer gave me so many great memories Ueno said I didn t have many American friends before I joined the team but my teammates quickly became like family to me The relationships I built on the team enhanced my college life a great deal Japanese students have a long and significant international student presence at Hesston and the recent women s soccer players from Japan have added to the rich Hesston history of diversity and multiculturalism Studying in another culture while playing soccer the Japanese students managed to do some teaching too As part of Kehr s prescribed monthly team social activity Ueno and Kobayashi hosted a sushi meal their freshman year About half the team participated Kehr remembers with the other half being a little unsure of Japanese cuisine A year later Kehr recalls clean plates and a new found appreciation for new experiences This year s sushi meal has been scheduled for February Coach Kehr taught me so many

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  • Honoring Legacies, Helping Students - Hesston College
    for the college s contribution to them their family and the Mennonite church and will be awarded to students majoring in Bible and religion The Jim and Belle Boyts Scholarship Jim Ac51 and Anna Belle Belle Stoltzfus Ac51 Boyts are long time supporters of Hesston College Jim served Hesston College as a special assistant to the President for Financial Affairs from 1969 to 1972 He passed away in June 2010 Belle continues to be active in the Hesston College community The scholarship was established with dollars raised from the 2013 Hesston College Golf Benefit which honored Jim s legacy and contributions to Hesston College and will be awarded to students who are sincere about their commitment to learning The John and Brenda Burkey Endowed Scholarship John 64 and Brenda Burkey have a longstanding history of involvement and generous giving of time and resources to the college including co organizing the annual Nebraska Golf Benefit The scholarship was established in recognition of the Burkeys 25 years of faithful generous support of Hesston College students through the golf benefit Recipients will be students from Nebraska The Nelson Kilmer Science Scholarship Nelson Kilmer dedicated 46 years of his life to Hesston College as a professor and administrator He retired in May 2014 The scholarship established by Nelson s children Ron Kilmer 85 and Krista Nelson and their families in recognition of Nelson s long and inspiring career and service to Hesston College will be awarded to students who demonstrate an aptitude and passion for a career in physics engineering or the sciences The Orville and Naomi Rutschman Scholarship Orville Ac47 and Naomi Rutschman are Hesston residents with strong family ties to the college and careers that demonstrate their shared commitment of service to others The scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in

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  • Homecoming 2014 Each Other’s Light: A Multicultural Celebration photo gallery - Hesston College
    The Dave and Sena Osborne Scholarship Fund for international students Also pictured are Dave s son Troy Osborne 91 daughter Hannah Osborne 99 Troyer and 2014 scholarship recipients Alpha Mavungu Kivuvu 15 Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo and Galed Krisjayanta 15 Sukarta Indonesia Guest presenter Egla Birmingham Hassan who taught drama at Hesston from 1977 to 80 works with sophomore Kristy Clouse of Kalona Iowa during a theatre masterclass Alumni celebrating 50 year or greater reunions enjoy the Golden Gables Luncheon Tony Brown 69 performs his one man show I Go On Singing Paul Robeson s Life in His Words and Songs The documentary multimedia presentation honors and celebrates the life of the all American athlete scholar champion orator international recording artist and star of the stage and screen during the 1930s and 40s Doug 00 and Elizabeth Heatwole 99 Maury talk with Dustin Galyon 04 during the Partner Luncheon More than 250 Partners were present during the time for Hesston College to honor and thank those who give generously in support of student scholarships Rickey Vick III 10 spoke about The Evolution of Indecision and third year nursing student Makayla Ladwig 15 Wichita Kan shared her Hesston College story Members of the class of 1994 share stories and memories during their class reunion Pictured from left are Sharla Saltzman 94 and her husband Anthony Marriott Anne Gingerich 94 Brenneman Amy Yutzy 94 Harder Tina Miller 94 Yeater and Tonya Hunsberger 94 staff Detweiler The cast of Heavenly Voices performs following the Saturday evening Alumni Banquet The play written by Goshen Ind College communications faculty member Pat Lehman tells the faith stories of Mennonite women of color The cast included Hesston College alumnae Lisa Guedea 81 Carreño Robina David 87 Sommers and Joy Liechty 79 Yoder Hesston College Today Articles

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