Name: Mazhar Anik
City, Country of Origin: India
Department: Chair, Information Systems and Office Administration
Classes Taught: I generally do not teach except in the Summer (Excel and Marketing on the Web)
Research or Professional Interests: Information Systems and related fields, Education
Why did you choose Owens? I taught for 22 years, and decided to move to full-time administration.
What do you like about Owens Community College? I love the interaction I have with the administration, faculty, staff and students. I always look forward to improving processes for all Owens constituents.
What do you like about the US? The general attitude of people, and their willingness to help one another.
What do you like/miss about home? Family. It is tough to be 24 hours away especially when there is a need to go there at a short notice. Food is another thing I still miss.
Hobbies or unique interests? Volunteering , and I still love Indian Music.
City, Country of Origin: Lebanon
Department: English Department
Classes Taught: I currently teach Eng 091 "Introduction to College Writing", Eng 090 "The Writing Process", and web-based FYE "First Year Experience,". I earlier taught "Introduction to Arabic", and back home I taught English language and English literature for grades 9-11.
Research or Professional Interests: Learning Styles, topic of my thesis
Why did you choose Owens? It was a good college that offered me a good full-time job.
What do you like about Owens Community College? Provides best service for its students, keeps up with new educational technology/methodology, and encourages professional development of its faculty.
What do you like about the US? One can pursue education no matter how old he/she is.
What do you like/miss about home? I miss my family & friends, the warm weather, beautiful mountains and sandy beach.
Hobbies or unique interests? Back home, I used to sew, knit and paint on fabric, but now, I'm interested in gardening and cooking.
|Zahra Enssaif||Qudih, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia|
City, Country of Origin: Qudih, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Department: Communications, Humanities, and Languages
Classes Taught: Academic reading for ESL 093 in fall 2008, Basic writing for ESL 090 in fall 2008 and spring 2009
Research or Professional Interests: Bilingual education, Second language acquisition, Multicultural education, and gender issues in classrooms.
Why did you choose Owens? It focuses on reading and writing, and speaking skills for ESL in an inviting and welcoming educational environment.
What do you like about Owens Community College? It celebrates diversity of the international students and shows continuous and lively involvement of both instructors and students in the activities that increase learning opportunities such as art festival that show students' creativity and the international weeks that welcome different ethics and cultures.
What do you like about the US? I like the rules and regulations that specify responsibilities and advantages in most of the governmental and educational institutes; the acceptability of its people to the international people.
What do you like/miss about home? I miss the social life that is simple without prestige and of course speaking my language with people like me.
Hobbies or unique interests? I enjoy driving since females are not allowed to drive and reading about diversity and learning about other cultures.
|Dr. Tatiana V. Gorbunova||Gorlovka, Ukraine|
City, Country of Origin: Gorlovka, Ukraine
Classes Taught: Writing and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses (ENG 091, ESL 094, ESL 095)
Research or Professional Interests: Language Acquisition, NNESTs (Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL), Effectiveness of Grammar Correction, Developmental Education Concerns.
Why did you choose Owens? Friendly Atmosphere, Great Students and Staff, Beautiful Campus.
What do you like about Owens Community College? Knowledgeable instructors who provide life-long learning opportunities for their students.
What do you like about the US? A chance to meet people from all walks of life and from around the world, learn about their culture, and share your own.
What do you like/miss about home? Definitely family, food, and speaking the Russian language.
Hobbies or unique interests? Traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking dishes based on recipes from all over the world.
|Ramadevi Kannan (Rama)||India|
City, Country of Origin: India
Classes Taught: Financial Accounting Fundamentals, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Auditing, Individual Income tax and Corporate tax
Research or Professional Interests: Financial accounting, Application of ACL in auditing
Why did you choose Owens? I always had a passion for teaching. When I had an opportunity to teach at Owens, I gladly accepted the offer. Owens' contribution to our region is tremendous and I wanted to be part of it.
What do you like about Owens Community College? College creates a great learning environment for students. Students are provided with updated technology. College also encourages Faculty professional development in all areas. I am blessed with friendly colleagues and great supervisors.
What do you like about the US? I like the friendliness of people. U.S. is really a land of opportunity. I am amazed to see how age is not a big factor in education. If you have an interest in learning, you can always go back to school. I must also mention the exposure I have gained by meeting people of different nationalities.
What do you like/miss about home? I miss my extended family, childhood friends and warm weather.
Hobbies or unique interests? I like travelling, reading, gardening and cooking.