Miriam College

Miriam College

Instilling Pride in Indigenous Culture
“The Philippines is a veritable hotspot for festivals,” according to Christine de Vera, a faculty member at Miriam College’s Center for Applied Music. “They range from religious to cultural festivals, from the significant to the absurd, from small town to big regional celebrations, and from local to international patronage. “ These festivals can be important income-generating activities, but Ms. de Vera believes this economic imperative must be balanced against cultural sensitivity.

Iwan Sandjaja, Petra Christian University

Sharing Hospitality and Thankfulness
Iwan Njoto Sandjaja, an Indonesian PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering, adds his voice to the big Texas welcome that greets United Board Fellows arriving for placements at Baylor University. It’s his way of expressing thanks for the opportunity to earn his master’s degree at De La Salle University in the Philippines with the support of the United Board Faculty Scholarship Program.

Bernadine Joseph, Stella Maris College

Observing Leadership in Action
In 2003, soon after she completed her placement as a United Board Fellow at Valparaiso University in the United States, Bernadine Joseph wrote that “new life experiences that will direct my career and life paths have taken shape.” Today, more than a decade later, she is applying her United Board Fellow experiences and leadership lessons to her role as vice principal of Stella Maris College, a Catholic women’s college in Chennai, India.

Lathaw Doi Ra, Kachin Theological College and Seminary

A Teacher and a Student
A theologian by training, Lathaw Doi Ra is now earning a master of education degree, with a concentration in English language teaching. Her course of study is an opportunity to bring fresh ideas to her home institution, Kachin Theological College and Seminary (KTCS) in Myanmar, where she is the assistant head of the English department.

Seoul Women’s University

Diverse Connectivity
When students at Seoul Women’s University (SWU) broaden their perspective from Korean women to Asian women, they encounter new possibilities for understanding the impacts of globalization and for serving as peacemakers. That idea guided Dr. Gui-woo Lee as she and her colleagues designed the elective course “Women for Trans-Asian Peace,” with the support of a United Board grant.

Dagon University

Service-Learning in Myanmar
Service-learning is a new and untested concept in Myanmar universities, but it could help undergraduate students analyze problems critically, appraise arguments and beliefs, and, most importantly, weigh alternatives, according to Dr. Aye Aye Tun, pro-rector at Dagon University (DU).

Allan H. Lee

Inspired to Dream Bigger Dreams
Allan Lee was attending a teacher training school in 1952 when he learned the United Board was offering full scholarships for Hong Kong students to attend Japan’s International Christian University (ICU). The deadline for applications was the next day, so during his lunch break he rushed to nearby Chung Chi College to pick up an application. The trip was only a short distance, but that lunchtime errand and his enrollment in ICU’s Class of 1957 marked a turning point in his life.

Sister Pushpa Joseph, United Board Trustee

A Prophetic, Creative Theology
Dr. Pushpa Joseph is the Provincial Superior of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Bangalore, India. She is a United Board Trustee and the co-chair of its South Asian Task Force. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on public theology.

Tim Chen, Soochow University

Learning alongside Neighbors
At first, Tim Chen was disappointed when he learned his second placement as a 2008-2010 United Board Fellow would be at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He had hoped to spend four months at an Australian university. But Anne Ofstedal, then the United Board’s director of fellowship and scholarship programs told him, “Trust me, you will like Ateneo” – and he did.

Ken and Marie Losh

A Deep and Lasting Connection
Marie Losh was a mother to four children, the youngest only three months old, when she and her family boarded an ocean liner for the Philippines in 1957. Her husband, Ken, had accepted the position of chaplain at Central Philippine University, and the young family was embarking on a decade-long residence in Iloilo City.

Sister Ella Naben, Soegijapranata Catholic University

The Heart and Ears to Listen
Sister Ella Naben was one of five individuals who participated in the 2015 Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (MPI) with the support of the United Board. MPI’s summer training program brings together peacebuilders from diverse cultures and professional experiences, who want to serve as catalysts for peace and social transformation.