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Monday, March 26, 2007

SU Hosts Symposium on China Friday, April 13

SALISBURY, MD---Since 2005 students from Salisbury University have studied abroad in China, and students from China have studied at SU, strengthening relationships between the University and educational institutions in the Far East.

On Friday, April 13, professors from SU’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies join officials from the local and national business community to present “Symposium on China.” The event is 9 a.m.-noon in the Worcester Room of the Commons.

Following introductions by Dr. William Moore, dean of the Perdue School, and Dr. Thomas J. Calo, conference coordinator, Stephen Anderson, commercial officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, delivers the first keynote address, “Business in China: Now and in the Future,” at 9:10 a.m. Anderson recently returned to the United States from a four-year assignment as a U.S. trade representative in Bejing.

John J. Foards III, former House of Representatives staff director for the Congressional Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, delivers the second keynote address, “U.S.-China Relations: Now and in the Future,” at 9:35 a.m.

A panel of local business leaders speak at 10:15 a.m. on “Lessons Learned from Doing Business in China.” Panel members include Kevin Bernstein, president of Lorsch Microwave; Jeff Kenney, director of finance and administrator in the international department of Perdue Farms, Inc.; and James R. Thomas, president and CEO of George, Miles and Buhr, LLC.

A second panel discusses “Preparing the Next Generation Workforce in China: Academic and Workplace Training” at 10:45 a.m. Panelists include Patricia Dean, associate professor of education; Dr. Richard Hoffman, professor of management; Dr. E. Patrick McDermott, professor of management; and Dr. Marvin Tossey, chair of SU’s Social Work Department.

Roundtable discussions are 11:15 a.m.-noon. on “The Role of Government Assistance in Succeeding in China,” facilitated by Anderson; “The Future of U.S.-China Relations,” facilitated by Foarde; “Student Education Opportunities,” facilitated by Dean and Dr. Hong Yao, assistant professor of economics; “Human Resource Development and Workplace Training,” facilitated by McDermott and Calo; “Student Exchange Programs,” facilitated by Hoffman and Tossey; and “Academic and Business Partnerships in China,” facilitated by Dr. Jing Quan, assistant professor of information and decision sciences.

The symposium is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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