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“After the Tsunami,” directed by University of Arkansas Professor Larry Foley and narrated by Clinton School Alum Rina Meutia, will be awarded the Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence from the Festival of Media Arts.
About the Festival of Media Arts
The Broadcast Eduacation Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Last year, the festival received over 1250 total entires in 15 competitions. Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.
Prizes are awarded during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts – April 6-9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About “After the Tsunami”
“After the Tsunami” tells the story of Indonesian college graduate students who came to U.S. universities, most went to the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M, on scholarships following the 2004 tsunami that killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh. Former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton championed the program, intended to help rebuild the human capital in Aceh Provence. The film is written and produced by Arkansas journalism professor Larry Foley, and narrated in first person by one of the students, Clinton School of Public Service graduate Rina Meutia.
“After the Tsunami” will air on AETN in Central Arkansas on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Clinton School alum Chance Williams, Associate Policy Director for Free Press in Washington D.C. was recently interviewed on C-Span about the impact of a recent Federal Appeals Court of the District of Columbia decision on internet net neutrality. The Court struck down an FCC ruling that prohibited internet service providers from blocking connections to content.
Next week, lots of kids will celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing treats and notes with their friends.
But some kids will spend February 14 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Some of these patients may be fighting for their lives. Others might have a clinic visit or an overnight stay after surgery.
Will you share a little love with these patients and send an online valentine wish? It won’t cost you a dime, but it will mean a lot to the kids.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a lofty goal: 10 printed valentines for every patient and 35,000 valentines wishes from around the world. A display in the lobby will showcase your Valentine’s Day wishes for all to appreciate.
Your valentine wish will help shower patients with love and affection. Use the online e-card to send your wish today!
With your help, this Valentine’s Day will be extra special for the patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Help them have a fun, cheerful Valentine’s Day - send a colorful valentine wish today.
Clinton School students are working towards their Master of Public Service degrees. In their field projects, they apply what they are learning in the classroom to real public service projects.The Clinton School is currently accepting proposals for Practicum (team-based) and Capstone (individual) field projects.Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and accomplished by small teams of 3-4 students from October 2014 through May 2015. Applications for Practicum projects are due on April 11, 2014.
Individual students select Capstone projects based on their career goals. Students devote roughly 250 hours to implementing their Capstones, which begin at different times of the year depending on student course schedules. Proposals for Capstone projects are accepted on a rolling basis through August 2014. It is recommended that capstone project proposals be submitted by March 7, 2014. In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, the projects allow Clinton School students to add value to partnering organizations.
The school seeks field projects that meet an identified need of an organization or group of people. This allows for work to be accomplished that is beneficial to both the community and the student.
“Over the past six years our work with the students and faculty of the Clinton School of Public Service has been a great benefit to Newport and Jackson County,” said Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission. “The projects have helped our community provide better opportunities for our citizens and have allowed the students from the Clinton School to gain experience that will help them transform other communities in the future. It is one of the most mutually rewarding activities that we have undertaken for our town.”
Clinton School field projects include work such as:
“Every year, students, partner organizations and local communities all greatly benefit from our field service projects,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We’re excited to form new partnerships and we strongly encourage interested organizations to submit proposals to work with us next year.”
Organizations interested in partnering with the Clinton School can submit a proposal online at: http://clintonschool.uasys.
Information sessions for interested groups will be held around Arkansas in February and March. Interested groups are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions:
To RSVP to attend one of these information sessions, you can click here.
For additional information about the application process, contact Julianne Dunn at email@example.com or (501) 683-5392.
This profile originally appeared on Central Michigan University’s website.
“From my time at CMU (Central Michigan University) and through my involvement with the Volunteer Center, I learned that I could dedicate my life and my career to public service — that it didn’t have to be something I just did in my free time,” says Mara D’Amico, ’10.
“I began to seek out information about careers that would allow me to live my life as an active citizen. It’s something I strive for now, and I don’t believe I would be on this path had I not gotten involved at CMU or served through the Volunteer Center.”
Mara, who was a participant, site leader and board member of the Alternative Breaks program, says she was amazed by the number of ways to get involved at CMU. She cites her first Alternative Break, where she traveled with 11 other students to Greenville, S.C., to work with Crossroads Group Home for adolescent girls who had been sexually abused, as her most memorable trip.
“Throughout the whole experience, I felt as though these girls were doing more to teach me than I was doing to help them,” Mara said. “Each night that week we would return to the community church where we were staying, and I would cry.
“I cried tears that some of the girls didn’t feel like they could cry. I cried tears of anger that someone would rape an 11-year-old girl. I cried tears of sadness that we live in a world where these crimes are all too common. I realized then that my work couldn’t stop there.”
Since then, Mara says she has read countless books to educate herself on the issue of violence against women, educated thousands through theatrical productions and become a certified advocate for survivors of violence, and spent time volunteering in a domestic violence shelter.
“My first Alternative Break changed me; it helped me to understand the importance of finding something I’m passionate about and working endlessly to address it,” Mara said. “This shaped me in ways that I can’t even explain and really helped me to become committed to improving the state of our society in all of the ways that I can.”
Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School, was presented as the eleventh Clara Barton Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year. Select Arkansans from a variety of ages and professions that have responded to a life threatening need for help were recognized.
Congratulations to Dean Skip Rutherford for winning this award.
“After the Tsunami” AETN Schedule:
This story below was originally published by NPR and features Clinton School student Rina Meutia.
As survivors of Haiyan — November’s super typhoon in the Philippines — slowly put their lives back together, the rest of Asia has been marking the anniversary of another disaster.
Shortly after Christmas nine years ago, a huge tsunami swept across the region, killing at least a quarter of a million people.
Some of the worst damage was in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where whole villages were swept away by a wall of water so powerful it picked up ships and left them several miles inland.
Poverty is still widespread in the province. But nine years on from the tsunami, the devastation left in its wake has given way to reconstruction of housing and infrastructure, a peace deal between separatists and the Indonesian government, and some economic progress.
In the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, the Acehnese are proud of the fact that their province is among the first places — if not the first place — Islam arrived in Southeast Asia, brought not at the point of a sword but by Muslim traders from the Arabian Peninsula.
The Acehnese say they are, hands down, the most stubborn people in Indonesia — and they wear it like a badge of honor. When the Dutch colonial invaders came, the Acehnese fought a hard battle against them. And for several decades before the tsunami, Acehnese separatists fought another hard battle against a brutal occupation by the Indonesian army. That stubbornness — and resilience — helped the Acehnese survive the tsunami, too.
The Sulawah Golf Club is a few miles down the road from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital. It’s in the seaside town of Lhoknga, which was made famous after the tsunami by stark photos of the local mosque — surrounded by a sea of debris — that came to symbolize the terrible destruction brought by the wave of water. But that was nine years ago.
Lhoknga has been rebuilt, including the golf course, though the golfers grumble it’s not what it used to be, owing to saltwater damage to the fairways and greens. But the course is packed, with Acehnese and Malaysian tourists, and the nearby road is lined with tidy houses built with help from aid groups.
Sabari — who goes by one name — lives next to the golf course. He flags down passing foreigners at every opportunity he sees, waving a framed photo of himself posing with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Along with former President George H.W. Bush, Clinton came to Lhoknga shortly after the tsunami to help raise money for the aid effort.
Sabari lost his wife and daughter to the tsunami. But all he can talk about is meeting Clinton. He is sweet enough, but seems just a little bit off. A woman who lives nearby says that he has been that way since the tsunami. The result of trauma, she says, adding that there are many people in the area like that.
But there are many more who’ve moved on.
A Post-Tsunami Peace Deal, A Better Future
The crescent-shaped, white-sand beach at Lhoknga is impossibly beautiful. It’s popular with families who come from nearby Banda Aceh. The women wear headscarves; the children play volleyball in the sand. The nearby fish shacks are packed on weekends. It’s a very different Lhoknga than the former U.S. presidents saw.
Firda Al Fata, 30, is a college graduate who worked with several nongovernmental organizations after the tsunami. “For people who still live, they have a better future than they thought before the tsunami came,” she says.
“For short term, of course, this is a really bad thing,” she says. “But for the long term, there are many, many things good happen here.”
Chief among them: an end to the long-running conflict between Acehnese separatists and the Indonesian military. The tsunami served as a catalyst for a peace deal between the two sides, and greater autonomy from Indonesia.
Rina Meutia, a former disaster risk specialist with the World Bank in Washington, calls it “a blessing in disguise.”
Meutia, who has a master’s from the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service, also spent time working for the U.N. in East Timor. Now, she is running for a seat in the local Parliament.
She says it’s hard to overestimate just how bad it was before the tsunami during the Indonesian occupation, when the army vigorously enforced a 6 p.m. curfew.
“You get scared, you don’t know what’s going on next; the next morning you go to school, you see so many buildings burned or destroyed,” Meutia recalls. “So, to have this kind of peace, you can go out even at 11 at night to grab a coffee, that’s such a great feeling. It’s a blessing to have peace. You have no idea — not to live in fear, that’s the best thing ever.”
A Successful Reconstruction
Banda Aceh is awash in new cars, motorcycles and cellphone shops — all indicative of the trickle-down benefits billions in aid money brings. But nine years on, the aid workers are gone, the money drying up. And the greater political autonomy hasn’t translated into real economic progress for many here, especially those in the rural areas and even though Aceh is rich in natural resources.
“Out of 33 provinces in Indonesia, we are the fourth in terms of how rich we are in income per capita. But at the same time, the number of poor — head count — we are No. 5,” says Saiful Mahdi, a senior lecturer at Aceh’s Syiah Kuala University. “So we are the fourth-richest but also the fifth-poorest in the country.”
The long-running conflict, he says, stifled development. And he says the local government could do a lot better in terms of allocating resources to help improve livelihoods. Indifference, ineptitude and corruption are all contributing factors, Mahdi says.
But it’s still early days for the newly autonomous region. Mahdi, along with many others, thinks the relief effort and reconstruction that followed were extraordinarily successful. Though they agree it could have been even better — among them, Patrick Daly, a researcher at the National University of Singapore.
“I think the first three years could have been a lot more effective and it could have been a lot less internationalized,” he says.
Lessons For The Philippines, Beyond
Daly has been studying Aceh for the past nine years. He says the Philippines — where the powerful typhoon Haiyan hit in November — could learn from mistakes made here. He says projects in Aceh worked better once they were transferred to local partners. That will probably be the case in the Philippines, too, he says.
“In the Philippines, which has a rich history of civil society engagement and NGO work, I would say, empower them. Let them make decisions from the onset about planning; give them real responsibility to determine spending and how to allocate budgets and let them determine the priorities,” Daly says. “You’ll find projects will probably be more effective and more likely to last after the aid dries up.”
But for a province reeling from decades of brutal conflict — and then the tsunami — Aceh could be doing a lot worse. Back at the beach in Lhoknga, local taxi driver Nasir Mohammed digs into a delicious-looking fried grouper at one of the fish shacks.
After the tsunami and post-conflict, Mohammed says he has had a chance to make money — and he’s used it well. He has two cars for ferrying tourists and businessmen to and from the airport, and the golf course. And he has three sons he says will all go to university — something no one in the family has ever been able to do.
Yes, the tsunami was terrible for the victims, he says.
“But who am I to question God’s will?” he says. “Today’s Aceh is better.”