Register Today for our 2015 Users Meeting!

Register online today to join us for our 2015 SCOLA Users Meeting! The meeting will be held Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. The two day conference will be packed with trends and resources for foreign language and cultural education, presented by leaders in the field.

At this year’s meeting you can expect to:

  • Learn how industry experts are approaching foreign language and cultural training!
  • Interact with people just as enthusiastic as you are about looking at the world from a global perspective!
  • Get hands-on experience with everything SCOLA has to offer, including our exciting new service, Savoir-Vivre!
  • Have the rare opportunity to tour the inside of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane!
  • Eat great food and have fun!

THURSDAY

10:00 a.m.: Check-in, DoubleTree Hotel lobby, Downtown Omaha, Nebraska
11:00 a.m.: Lunch
Afternoon: Presentations
Evening: Dinner and RC-135 Tour at Offutt AFB

FRIDAY

Morning: SCOLA campus tour and breakfast in McClelland, Iowa
Afternoon: Lunch and Congressional Speaker at the DoubleTree Hotel

Transportation to all events and meals are included with the $100 registration fee.

Register in advance at www.scola.org.

Discounted hotel accommodations are available at DoubleTree Hotel.

For additional conference information, please check our website at www.scola.org.
Also, please feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

Save the Date: Paprika Ball Silver Anniversary

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The Paprika Ball Silver Anniversary will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. The Paprika Ball is an annual benefit sponsored by the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel. The 25th Anniversary Paprika Ball will be held in the historic Silver Grille, owned and operated by The Ritz Carlton, and is located on the 10th floor of the Higbee Building at Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. The event includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the music of Harmonia. The event will start at 6 p.m. and end at 12 a.m.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who recognize the need to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians.  The mission of the CHDP is to provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, health and human services.  Funds for the work of the CHDP are based primarily on the annual Paprika Ball and private donations.

Ticket Prices:   $200 ($100 tax-deductible), $350 ($250 tax deductible) and $500 ($400 tax deductible).  Also tables of eight starting at $2,500 ($1,700 tax deductible).

Guests must be registered by February 27th. Please call (216) 571-4686 or visit www.clevelandhdp.org for more information!

Is your ethnic organization having a fundraiser that you would like SCOLA to promote? E-mail LSmith@scola.org today!

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Celebrate the Holidays with SCOLA!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right, the SCOLA Christmas Open House is almost here! Join SCOLA in celebrating the holidays on Friday, December 12th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy holiday cheer and delicious treats prepared especially for you by SCOLA employees!

The Christmas Open House is a fun way for our family and friends, and for the people of McClelland, Iowa and surrounding areas to experience the international work that is going on next door! While you’re here take a tour of the SCOLA campus and learn about the work SCOLA performs and the services we offer.

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SCOLA to Host our 22nd USTTI Training Course

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SCOLA staff is excitedly preparing to welcome international participants for our 22nd USTTI training course. On August 11th we will host visitors from around the world at the SCOLA Campus and have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

     USTTI courses at SCOLA provide great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training course will take place during a two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will included hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services. Evenings and weekends will present a more laid back atmosphere for the guests to enjoy Omaha, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas.

     The USTTI training course always makes for a busy time at the SCOLA campus, but we look forward to meeting our new group of USTTI participants!

In Case You Haven’t Heard…

The 2014 SCOLA Users Meeting starts one week from tomorrow! The meeting will be held on May 15th and 16th in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by language teaching professionals, networking, dining and entertainment, and a Congressional presentation. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about trends and resources for foreign language education and SCOLA resources.

Check-in for the SCOLA Users Meeting will begin Thursday, May 15th at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon of presentations. Thursday evening will be a night of dinner and entertainment at the Scoular Ballroom in Omaha. The event will continue Friday morning with a trip to the campus in McClelland, Iowa. The meeting will conclude on Friday afternoon at the Doubletree Hotel with lunch and a Congressional Speaker.

Transportation to all events and meals are included with your $100 registration fee. Guests can register for the 2014 Users Meeting in advance at http://www.scola.org and are offered discounted accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Omaha.

Click here for additional conference information, or feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

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2014 SCOLA Users Meeting

SCOLA would like to invite you to our 2014 Users Meeting on May 15th and 16th in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by language teaching professionals, networking, dining and entertainment, and a Congressional Presentation. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about trends and resources for foreign language education and SCOLA resources.

Check-in for the SCOLA Users Meeting will begin Thursday, May 15th at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon of presentations. Thursday evening will be a night of dinner and entertainment at the Scoular Ballroom in Omaha. The event will continue Friday morning with a trip to the campus in McClelland, Iowa. The meeting will conclude on Friday afternoon at the Doubletree Hotel with lunch and a Congressional Speaker.

Transportation to all events and meals are included with your $100 registration fee. Guests can register for the 2014 Users Meeting in advance at www.scola.org and are offered discounted accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Omaha.

For additional conference information, please check our website at www.scola.org. Also, please feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

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Your Upcoming Travel Itinerary

SCOLA and China Yellow River Television have been shortening the distance between McClelland and Taiyuan for 23 years, and next month, China is coming to you! If you follow our social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, you may have noticed each month SCOLA presents a “Country of the Month”. Our social media followers can learn a lot about countries around the world such as traditional recipes, typical weather conditions, and a vocabulary word in the country’s native language.

In May 2013, our journey began in the country of Morocco and this March, followers have the opportunity to visit China…from the comfort of their own home! The country has interested viewers with programming on World TV Online, readers with magazines and newspapers on Foreign Text, and learners with lessons on Insta-Class. Featuring China as our Country of the Month will give people that do not already subscribe to SCOLA a small preview of the authentic Chinese resources SCOLA has to offer.

At the end of the month, you may find yourself wanting more information about the country and not ready to move on to the next one. Our website has additional resources from every country we visit for the SCOLA Country of the Month.  Want to know more traditional recipes from Nigeria? Check out Savoir-Vivre, coming soon to www.scola.org! Want to learn more Czech vocabulary? Check out Insta-Class or Specialized Word Video Search! Come see for yourself that the Country of the Month features only a small portion of the material SCOLA offers to subscribers.

Is there a country you would like to see featured as the Country of the Month? Let us know in the comments below!

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28 Days of Love

28 daysThe month of February often stirs up feelings of love and romance in many people. However, those feelings aren’t expressed the same in all countries around the world. Have you ever wondered what dating is like in Namibia? Or how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Japan?

Our new service, Savoir-Vivre, aims to take you into the lives of people around the world as you watch them celebrate holidays, marriage, and other aspects of their cultures. This February, we would like to give our followers a sneak peak of the material in Savoir-Vivre with “28 Days of Love”. SCOLA followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest will learn about expressions of love through dating, marriage, Valentine’s Day and more from a different country each day in February.

What countries and traditions would you like to see featured on 28 Days of Love?

Save the Date!

The Paprika Ball, The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s annual fundraiser, will be held on March 1st, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel (CHDP) is a non-profit organization of dedicated volunteers who recognize the need to promote and support educational and cultural ties between Americans and Hungarians.  The mission of the CHDP is to provide assistance and the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, health and human services.  Funds for the work of the CHDP are based primarily on the annual Paprika Ball and private donations.

The Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel’s President, Elizabeth Papp Taylor, writes that from 1990 until July 2013 “the Panel has given over $1,000,000 in assistance and helped promote the exchange of ideas for Hungarian projects in the areas of commerce, education, and health and human services.” Taylor also noted the 2013 Paprika event honoring the Cleveland Orchestra was the third most successful in 23 years. The event raised a net profit of $62,517.57. This year, they need your help to make Paprika even more successful!

Come enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and Hungarian music at Paprika 2014:

Date:  Saturday, March 1, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Theme:  Brilliance of Hungarian Minds

Dress: Black Tie

Ticket Prices:  $200 ($100 tax-deductible) to $500 ($400 tax deductible).  Tables of eight starting at $2.500 ($1,700 tax deductible)

Location:  Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1515 W. 3rd Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

For more information call  (440) 256-2264 or visit  www.clevelandhdp.org.

Preparing for International Visitors

We are excitedly planning SCOLA’s annual training course for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI). On August 12, we will welcome visitors from Botswana, Nigeria, Nepal, Tanzania and the Philippines. We will have the opportunity to provide hands-on training courses and show hospitable American culture to international guests for two weeks.

For the past 20 years, USTTI courses at SCOLA have provided great opportunities for exchanging cultures and improving international communication. This year’s training courses will take place each weekday during the two week period at the SCOLA campus in McClelland, Iowa. The training will include hands-on sessions in video transmission, satellite fundamentals, and SCOLA services.

The video transmission training will include sessions in video camera basics, sound and lighting, editing and more. Each session will be taught by various SCOLA staff.

The satellite fundamentals will include information on basic satellite functions, dish pointing, and more. These sessions will also be taught by various SCOLA staff.

The USTTI participants will also attend hands-on sessions for the various language services SCOLA offers. The guests will be taught how to use each service and also gain some experience in sending SCOLA the best possible material for each service. Each session will be ran by the SCOLA employee that manages the service.

The USTTI participants will be taught a lot each day on the SCOLA campus, which is why evenings and weekends will present a more laidback atmosphere. When they are not in their training courses the guests will be enjoying various activities in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.

The variety of training courses, hands-on sessions, and activities are sure to teach the USTTI participants a lot, while also impressing and interesting them. We look forward to making this the best year yet as we continue preparing for the arrival of our international guests.