December 1, 2006
For More Information, Contact: Southwest at (901) 333-4024 or 4116
“OPEN WORLD” RUSSIAN DELEGATION AGAIN MAKES SOUTHWEST HEADQUARTERS
FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Release written by: Pat O’Brien
Once again, Southwest Tennessee Community College will host the “Open
World” Russian leadership participants for the Memphis segment of their
United States tour, according to Debbie Hunt, Southwest instructor and
coordinator of international student programs. Their focus this year is
Open World was authorized in 1999 by the U.S. Congress as a leadership
program to bring young, emerging leaders from Russia to the United
States to forge better understanding between the two nations. Following
the Accountable Governance theme, delegates this year will concentrate
formal sessions on activities of government offices, non-government
offices and private sector entities responsible for budgetary planning
and economic initiatives.
Four delegates will visit Memphis, accompanied by an Open World
facilitator who will act as a translator in addition to coordinating
travel. They will stay with host families who undertake to provide
meals, transportation to scheduled events, and “as many cultural
activities as we can fit in,” according to Hunt.
All except the facilitator are making their first visit to the United
States and have little or only basic English language skills. All have
considerable and varying experience in government and most are involved
in volunteer work with at least one organization. While most did not
specify a particular religious affiliation, all expressed an interest in
attending religious services with their hosts.
The group will arrive in Memphis Saturday afternoon, December 9 and
disperse to their hosts’ homes, and the weekend will be devoted to
cultural and social activities. Lunch times during the week as well as
evenings will be devoted to a variety of activities, including concerts,
shopping, exploring, a trip to the National Civil Rights Museum, and
social outings with host families. The group will drive to Nashville
early Monday morning where Hunt has scheduled sessions at the Capital.
Monday, 9 a.m. State Budget Office – “Meeting the Challenges of Planning
Budgets for Various Offices and Distinct Regions.”
Monday, 1:30 p.m. Tennessee Department of Economic and Community
Development – “Statewide Initiatives in Economic Development and Meeting
the Challenges Involved.”
Tuesday, 9 a.m. –. Southwest Tennessee Community College Continuing
Education and Community Partnerships (CECP) division – Changing Needs
for Training Workers; and Structure of an Effective Workforce
Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. – Trezevant Manor Foundation – “Raising Funds in the
Private Sector: The Role of a Development Office: Raising Funds for a
Tuesday evening, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. – the group will tour the FedEx Hub
during the “rush hour” at the company’s international headquarters.
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce – “The Role
of Research, and the Chamber’s Involvement, in Economic Development.”
Thursday, 9 a.m. – Federal Express Institute at the University of
Memphis – “Company- Sponsored and Funded Research in Technology at a
Public University.” Includes a tour of the facilities.
Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – Southwest Tennessee Community College – “The Role
of Training and Development in the Workforce Today and Tomorrow.”
Friday, 9 a.m. – Tennessee Department of Economic Development, Memphis
Office – The Function of the Local Office and How it Correlates and
Cooperates with the State Agency.”
Friday 12:30 p.m. – West Tennessee Historical Society and Memphis
Heritage at Memphis University School – “The Role of the Historical
Society in the Preservation of Local History; How Non-Profit
Organizations Support Ongoing Projects.”
Viacheslav Burov, 39, is currently head of Kizlyar District Municipal
Unit, is married and has a two year old son and daughters age 12 and 13.
He enjoys symphonic music and designing and constructing power boats,
and volunteers in organizing cultural events for veterans and disabled
Victor Grebinchak, 44, is Deputy City Head on Social Issues for the
Raduzhniy City Administration. He is married and has one grown son,
speaks Polish and Ukrainian (though only basic English), and enjoys
soccer and hockey.
Magirbek Magomedov, 48, is Assistant Head of the Administration of
Leninsky District in Makhachkala City. He is married and has two
daughters ages 17 and 19, does volunteer work for the Dagestan State
University Academic Council of the Department of Economics, and his
hobbies are fishing and hunting.
Svetlana Nerushay, 41, is Deputy Head of the Administration of Vyborg
City, Leningrad Region. She is married and has two daughters ages 13 and
one and a half. She volunteers 30 hours a month with the League of Women
Voters, and her hobbies are travel, literature, sports and theater.
Irina Novikova, 30, is Facilitator Coordinator, Open World Program,
American Councils for International Education. Fluent in English, she
enjoys reading in both English and Russian, both active and spectator
sports, and movies.