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Saturday, February 28, 2015

哈佛CSSA中國日 彩繪十隻熊貓迎羊年

哈佛大學中國學生學者聯合會(HCSSA)昨(廿七)日中午在該校科學中心前廣場,舉辦“哈佛中國日”活動,貼出春聯,擺出熊貓,掛上小紅燈籠,慶祝羊年新春。
哈佛CSSA今年的“中國日”,備受大自然挑戰,被風雪逼著改期。昨日的慶祝,也得和雪堆爭地的找空間擺放畫熊貓,丟套環,為公益籌款義賣的攤位。
哈佛CSSA的主席單思聰,副主席孫陸等人,在哈佛園的鐵柵上綁上該會會名橫幅,號稱“茶博士”的張興才等義工,幫忙把小紅燈籠,粉紅色的絨毛羊,以及“迎百福歲歲平安”的春聯,掛上,把雪白寒冷的廣場,變得溫暖一些。
今年這“哈佛中國日”,由文理學院的張格,工程及應用科學系的Robert Gustafson這一女一男,一中一西的兩人當主持,藉以寓意這場活動的促進中西交流。
“畫熊貓”是會場的重點活動。哈佛CSSA從淘寶上買來十隻比一個手掌大些的白色熊貓模型,擺出紅黃藍綠橙紫的顏色,請人們發揮想像力的為熊貓上色。
昨日天氣仍然很冷,出席活動的人並不多,但還真有好些人是專程為了畫熊貓去的。一位只肯透露自己名叫“天榮”,年約六十多歲的男士,和妻子從家裡走了十幾分鐘路過來的畫熊貓,就為回味一下自己當年在北京過年的感覺。年約八歲的任蘇菲(Sophie Ren)也由爸爸任大海陪同,專程來畫熊貓。她以綠色包裹熊貓,象徵回歸大自然,贏得最多人投票支持,高興當上畫熊貓冠軍。
哈佛CSSA昨日還和艾森豪威爾基金會合作,為低收入家庭青少年舉辦義賣募捐活動。外來出國顧問集團也提供了些精美禮品。由於哈佛大學校方不允許學生們在校園內收取現金,他們採行信任制,請人掃描海報,傳單上的二維碼,自行認捐。公益組趙長林等人在攤位前擺出很可愛的羊毛襪,中國絲製品,做籌款義賣品。他表示,他們籌得的款項已幫助在中國南京的張鍾浩進行了脊柱側凸手術,讓他可以挺直腰板,笑對人生了。

圖片說明:

            哈佛大學中國學生學者聯合會副主席孫陸(右)恭喜任蘇菲(左)話熊貓得冠軍。(菊子攝)

            哈佛大學中國學生學者聯合會昨日慶新年,邀人玩套圈,套中紅包,小楊,就可領回家。(菊子攝)

            哈佛CSSA慶新春不忘做善事,為艾森豪威爾基金籌款。(菊子攝)

            哈佛科學中心廣場掛出了慶祝農曆新年的裝飾,出席的人湊熱鬧,拱手拜年來拍照,增加過年氣氛。(菊子攝)

            畫熊貓的活動還真吸引不少人。(菊子攝)


            哈佛CSSA準備了好多隻絨毛羊做慶祝新年獎品。(菊子攝)

波士頓僑教中心將建榮譽職人員交流平台 籲僑胞參與社區活動

波士頓華僑文教中心日前舉辦僑務工作座談會,頒發證書給新任僑務委員梅錫銳,鼓勵年輕人參加僑社活動,招募退休人士當志工,預報將辦理紀念抗日戰爭勝利七十週年系列活動。
            駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長賴銘琪當天感謝僑胞支持政府,協助該處推動各項工作,希望僑胞們也把經文處當家,經常聯繫。經文處,僑教中心樂於隨時為民服務。
            波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文當天做了五點僑務工作報告,並指出將建立僑務榮譽職人員互動平台,以期僑委會在新英格蘭地區聘請的僑務委員,僑務顧問,僑務諮詢委員,僑務促進委員等不下三,四十名僑務榮譽職人員,加強彼此情誼。
郭大文指出,尤其希望僑務榮譽職人員“愛到最高點,心中有旗幟”的尊重青天白日滿地紅這面旗。
            郭大文還請僑胞們鼓勵年輕人多參加僑社活動,增加歸屬感,更希望更多退休者出來當志工,既健身,又助人。
            郭大文在會中打趣表示,歷屆僑教中心主任經常是一上任就開始交朋友,但卸任時,朋友卻幾乎都不見了,全因他們在任時,太常需要麻煩人幫忙,僑胞朋友都陸續被嚇跑了。他強調僑委會很感念僑胞們的幫忙,尤其是傳統僑社,總是默默支持僑委會的活動。今年波士頓華僑文教中心也將繼續在五月辦理臺灣日,台灣傳統週,六月辦美食節,九月辦全球華語文教學研討會,十月辦雙十遊行,餐會等活動。
            今年有一項比較特別的活動是慶祝抗日戰爭勝利七十週年。僑委會和國父紀念館合作,預定在牛頓市的海德社區中心做圖片展。估計波士頓榮光會也將有相關活動。
            郭大文並強調,僑委會在紐英崙中華公所內設圖書館的目的之一,就是希望給來自台灣的僑胞們,一個進城後的落腳處,兼具讀書,閱報,看電視等休閒功用。他指出,僑委會在美國設有多個辦事處,波士頓不但面積最小,場地還是租的,雖然僑委會曾經有意置產,但陰錯陽差的錯過了適宜時空。如今在波士頓華埠之內再設了圖書館,希望僑胞們多加宣傳,以充分利用。
            波士頓榮光會理事長石家孝建議,增加中華公所圖書館的開放時間;僑務促進委員陳文浩建議把圖書館內有哪些書,營業時間等資訊放到臉書上,方便民眾查閱;波克萊台灣商會會長劉秀春建議互通在哪裡停車更方便的資訊等。紐英崙玉山科技協會會長康麗雪指出,塔芙茨醫療中心對面的停車場,硬體設備不錯,晚上停只要十塊錢。
            出席者當天還在會上談及,來自東海大學的一個表演團,將於五月廿六日晚到昆士小學禮堂演出,入場免費。
            會中,在紐英崙中華專業人員協會榮譽總顧問蔣宗壬,新任會長周萬欽的強力支持下,與會者無聲同意現任波士頓僑務委員馬滌凡於八月底任期屆滿後,繼續留任至九月底,以再次承辦接待慶祝雙十文化訪問團到波士頓事宜。
            郭大文指出,去年發生認購門票者臨時才通知票未售出的狀況,承辦活動的馬滌凡,台灣同鄉聯誼會損失慘重。
            僑教中心工作人員張小慧今年負責“中華文化導覽”業務。當天她在會上指出,僑委會希望僑社把中華文化推廣進主流社會,新成立的璞石中華文化工作室也正在走進學校,做相關推廣活動,希望新英格蘭台灣青年商會,台美專業人士協會等機構能全力協助,退休人士也加入志工行列。他們希望至少每月,或者每隔一個月辦一次活動。
            當天議程原本包括頒發僑務諮詢委員聘書給卸任僑務委員的陳家驊,因他未克出席,僑教中心將擇日補發。
圖片說明:

            經文處副處長陳銘俊(前左四),波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文(前右二)和部分出席僑情座談會的僑團首長們合影。(菊子攝)

            經文處副處長陳銘俊(左),波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文(右)頒發僑務委員聘書給梅錫銳(中) 。(菊子攝)

            僑情座談會後新春聚餐茶會。(菊子攝)

            左起,波克萊台灣商會顧問郭競儒,游勝雄,李淑玲,陳玉瑛,會長劉秀春和波士頓華僑文教中心主任郭大文(左三)拜年迎新春。(菊子攝)

            紐英崙玉山科技協會會長康麗雪(右)在僑情座談會中發言。(菊子攝)


            僑教中心張小慧(右一)請僑胞支持中華文化導覽活動。(菊子攝)

SBA Mandarin webinar

新的一年,讓我們利用新方法在空中學習,無論你在哪裏,都可以用電話聽講座,或用電腦或手機上網,並可問問題,互相交流
請邀請你的家人朋友一起參加,共創美好的前程。如果你提供郵址,將在講座之後收到資料。 
Webinar (空中講座)時間為美東時間

·      Fri, Feb. 27, 2015
9am-10am美國聯邦政府小企業研發獎助金in Chinese
10am-11am“Grants for R&D-Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program” in English

l  Fri. March 6, 2015
10am-11am婦女企業如何取得聯邦政府合約in Chinese
 11am-12 noon “Women-owned Business Getting Government Contracts” in English
2pm-3pm 有利的十項稅務策略in Chinese

l  Fri. March 13, 2015
10am-11am 小企業行銷策略in Chinese
 11am-12 noon “Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business” in English
2pm-3pm 企業如何選擇退休計劃in Chinese


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二。接通AT&T後鍵入下列號碼加#     7612815#
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如何上網To connect to the Web Conference:
Access Code to join the conference: 7612815

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歡迎大家建議時間及講題
  
郭曼麗敬
美國聯邦小企業局紐約辦公室經濟發展

Webinar Invitation (online or by phone/cell phone)

·      Fri, Feb. 27, 2015
10am-11am“Grants for R&D-Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program” in English

l  Fri. March 6, 2015
 11am-12 noon “Women-owned Business Getting Government Contracts” in English

l  Fri. March 13, 2015
 11am-12 noon “Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business” in English


To connect to the Web Conference:

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2015【瘋一夏】馬戲體驗營七月啟動

2015【瘋一夏】馬戲體驗營,即將展開,本次內容豐富除了雜技,還有扯鈴,光影戲和小丑表演

上課時間:201572025日,9:00am4:30pm
上課地點:波士頓僑教中心(90 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461
參加費用:540/6天,含午餐與點心
參加年齡:7足歲以上
洽詢電話:僑教中心/許淑芬(617)965-8801  璞石夏令營營長/路永宜(857)919-3620
指導單位:波士頓華僑文教中心
主辦單位:璞石中華文化工作室

Friday, February 27, 2015

AAPI Highlights

AAPI Highlights, ­­­February 26, 2015
Welcome to this edition of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Highlights. Below you’ll find news about the first-ever Lunar New Year celebration at the White House, the establishment of the Honouliuli National Monument, and agency announcements.
We invite you to visit our page at www.whitehouse.gov/aapi. Follow us on Twitter at @WhiteHouseAAPI for the Initiative and @KiranAhujaAAPI for Kiran Ahuja, the Executive Director of the Initiative.
Chinese Lion Dance

A traditional Chinese Lion Dance was performed by the Wong People Association at the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at the White House, February 19, 2015. (Photo by Marie Nguyen). 
Celebrating Lunar New Year at the White House
WHIAAPI hosted the first-ever Lunar New Year celebration at the White House on February 19, 2015. Members of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community from across the country joined together to ring in the first day of the Lunar New Year with keynotes from Administration officials, a discussion with diverse AAPI leaders, and three lively cultural performances. President Obama also sent his greetings by video message. Read more.
National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout
Yesterday, during the National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout, White House and Administration officials discussed national priorities for the AAPI community and gave an overview of the May 2015 White House Summit on AAPIs. Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, shared the 2015 AAPI Heritage Month theme, #APAEverywhere. Speakers also highlighted all the work federal agencies have done to increase access to services for the AAPI community, found in a new Federal Agency Accomplishments Report. View the National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout here.
Federal Agency Spotlight: National Park Service
In furtherance of its mission to provide a fair and inclusive look at American history, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)’s National Park Service (NPS) worked with AAPI scholars and NPS practitioners to research and write a crosscutting publication on the heritage and historical contributions of AAPIs. The 28-page booklet, titled Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, examines the enduring and influential presence of AAPIs—from the earliest settlement of the country to the economic development of the West to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st. This and many other valuable resources are available on the website of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative. To learn more about this and other DOI efforts, see the Federal Agency Accomplishments Report.
Calling All Students: Apply for the Summer 2015 WHIAAPI Internship Program
As America’s population becomes increasingly diverse, it is important to have this diversity reflected in the federal workforce. Although AAPIs comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only 3 percent of the Senior Executive Service (SES), the highest ranks of federal government. As part of the WHIAAPI’s work to strengthen federal workforce diversity, we want to highlight federal internship opportunities. Internship positions are open to eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and applications are due on Sunday, March 8, 2015Read more.
AAPI Historic Sites Campaign Webinar: March 10
Please join the National Park Service and WHIAAPI for a webinar on the AAPI Historic Sites Campaign on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET. This campaign is part of the AAPI Heritage Initiative which aims to recognize and honor the stories, places, and people of AAPI heritage as part of our entire country’s history. Register here.
White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: May 12 
WHIAAPI is pleased to invite you to the White House Summit on AAPIs on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Washington, DC. The Summit will feature engaging panels, workshops, and armchair dialogues with senior Administration officials, AAPI celebrities, and well-known community leaders, plus performances by distinguished AAPI artists. The Summit will inspire participants to continue to build upon the legacy, strength, and influence of the AAPI community, especially in the final years of the Obama Administration. The Summit is part of a series of events on May 11-15 during AAPI Heritage Month in Washington, DC, and provides a unique forum to actively engage with hundreds of AAPI leaders from across the nation.  Previous AAPI Heritage Month speakers have included President Obama at the 2013 White House Celebration and Vice President Biden at the 2014 Opening Ceremony.The White House Summit on AAPIs is open to the public and free of charge. Stay tuned for details on the program in the coming months, but please visit our Summit webpage and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates. For questions, please email WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov.
White House Announcements 
The President's Meeting with Immigration Advocacy Leaders
President Obama met with Latino, AAPI, labor and immigration advocacy leaders to provide an update on the Administration’s immigration accountability executive actions. The meeting was also an opportunity to have a dialogue with the immigrant advocacy community on the Administration’s continued efforts to push Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The President also highlighted that despite the Texas district court’s ruling, the Administration will continue to make progress on many components of the executive actions and is confident we will ultimately be able to implement the deferred action policies. Read more.
Establishment of the Honouliuli National Monument
The Honouliuli Internment Camp (Honouliuli) serves as a powerful reminder of the need to protect civil liberties in times of conflict, and the effects of martial law on civil society. Honouliuli is nationally significant for its central role during World War II as an internment site for a population that included American citizens, resident immigrants, other civilians, enemy soldiers, and labor conscripts co-located by the U.S. military for internment or detention. Read more.
Q&A with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Community Health, Measles, and Teleportation
He’s treated thousands of patients in the U.S. and helped people around the globe. He’s trained students to become doctors, founded a nonprofit to combat HIV/AIDS, practices yoga daily, and keeps unflavored almond milk in his fridge. At 37, he is now one of the youngest Americans — and the first Indian American — to serve as the Surgeon General of the United States. Read more.
Taking Action to Unlock the Economic Contributions of Americans-in-Waiting
The President is continuing to take action, within his legal authority, to fix our broken immigration system. The Administration announced a final rule that will allow spouses of certain high-skilled workers to contribute to the economy while they wait to obtain lawful permanent residence status (or a “green card”) through their employer. America needs a 21st century immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants—and that grows our economy. Read more.
Weekly Address: We Should Make Sure the Future Is Written by Us
In his weekly address, the President underscored the importance of continuing to grow our economy and support good-paying jobs for our workers by opening up new markets for American goods and services. While America’s businesses, ranchers, and farmers are already exporting goods at record levels, there’s more room for growth with 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside our borders. In order to pursue new trade agreements, the President called on Congress to pass trade promotion authority so that the U.S. can play a leading role in negotiating 21st century trade deals that protect our workers, support good wages, and help grow the middle class. Read more.
Agency Announcements 
Department of Education: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States
Skills matter. In the past year, a remarkable convergence of data, analysis, and policy informed us of just how much they matter to individuals, their families and communities, and to the economy overall. This report presents a vision for making adult skill development—upskilling—more prevalent, efficient, effective, and convenient. This vision rests on an understanding that foundation skills—the combination of literacy, numeracy, and English language as well as employability skills required for participation in modern workplaces and contemporary life—are a shared responsibility of, and value and benefit to the entire community. Read more.
Department of Homeland Security Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. Finalizing the H-4 employment eligibility was an important element of the immigration executive actions President Obama announced in November 2014. Read more.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Extending Employment Authorization to H-4 Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers Stakeholder Call
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement on Thursday, February 26 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET regarding a DHS regulatory update. The regulatory change, effective May 26, 2015, will extend eligibility for work authorization to H-4 spouses of certain H-1B workers who have already started the process of seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. To join the session, call (888)-469-2153, Passcode: H4.
Department of Justice: Office on Violence Against Women Fiscal Year 2015 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus Program Solicitation
The Campus Program is designed to encourage colleges and universities to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to violent crimes against women on campuses and create partnerships among campus entities, along with community-based victim services organizations and criminal and civil justice agencies. In order to receive grant funds through the Campus Program, institutions of higher education must provide multi-faceted prevention, education and bystander intervention strategies on violence against women for all incoming students, train all campus law enforcement or security staff on appropriate responses to violence against women, train all members of campus judicial or disciplinary boards on the unique dynamics of violence against women, and create a coordinated community response to violence against women. DOJ will be holding a pre-application conference call on March 5, 2015. To register for the call, participants should e-mail ovw.campus@usdoj.gov or call Mrs. Kimberly Shamberger at 202-514-7998Read more.
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance 
Join the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance webinar on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. This webinar will discuss how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. We will highlight the Coverage to Care materials on health insurance literacy during the webinar. Register here. 
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured 
Join the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured webinar on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET. The health care law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances such as graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married and needing coverage for a spouse, losing employer insurance or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan. Join this webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Register here. 
Small Business Administration: Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers, Including Nonprofit Organizations 
SBA and Small Business Majority will host a free Affordable Care Act 101 webinar so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. 
Funding Opportunities
Department of Health and Human Services: Increasing the Implementation of Evidence-Based Cancer Survivorship Interventions to Increase Quality and Duration of Life Among Cancer Patients
As of 2008, nearly 12 million cancer survivors were living in the United States; this number is expected to increase to 18 million in 2020. Cancer survivors have long-term adverse physical and psychosocial effects from their diagnosis and treatment, and have a greater risk for additional cancer diagnoses compared with persons without a cancer history. Cancer survivors commonly report negative behavioral, medical, and health care access issues that may contribute to poor long-term medical and psychosocial outcomes. The Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) supports collaborative cancer control and prevention efforts in all states, the District of Columbia, tribal organizations, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions to address the cancer burden in their jurisdictions. Read more.
Department of Agriculture: Crop Protection and Pest Management
The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities. Read more.
Department of Agriculture: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
This Challenge Area Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program supports Multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. Read more.
 For more opportunities, please visit Grants.gov or WHIAAPI's Grants & Resources page.