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ESU Happy Hour Series

Wednesday, November 3 from 4:00 PM (EDT)
Rusty Kanokogi and The History of Women's Olympic Judo
Jean Kanokogi

Rusty Kanokogi may not be a household name—yet—but in the world of competitive judo, she is one of the most renown unsung heroes of the past hundred years. In this dynamic Happy Hour presentation, Jean Kanokogi will share the uphill battle her mother waged in her more than fifty-year career in judo fighting for women's rights both on and off the mat  - a journey which ultimately led her in front of the roaring crowds of the Olympic Games. 

Jean Kanokogi, PhD, is a Senior Special Agent for the U.S. Government, with a career spanning twenty-three years in law enforcement. Jean has been the lead investigator on several high-profile cases, including the attacks on 9/11. "The daughter of women's judo," Jean is a fifth-degree black belt in judo and a highly respected sensei. She was on the U.S. national judo team, now known as USA Judo, and won several medals in international tournaments. She was one of the original signers of the American Civil Liberty Union suit to fight for women's rights in the sport of judo, and is the co-author of her mother's story. 

 

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Celebrating the life of Andrew Romay

Today we fondly remember the enduring life and generosity of Dr. Andrew Romay, benefactor of our center for new immigrants. Born on this day, September 24, 1922, Dr. Romay survived both Communist imprisonment and Nazi concentration camps before immigrating to the United States as a refugee in 1956.

Dr. Romay's experience as a new immigrant to this country and his subsequent professional success inspired him to assist new immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the New York City area. The ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center, founded in 2012 with his support and guidance, provides new immigrants with English language classes as well as opportunities for professional development.

His vision was to create a welcoming community for new immigrants and to promote cultural understanding. It is with this in mind that we remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Romay on his birthday.

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Central Florida ESU Gives Away $100,000 in Scholarships to Celebrate 100 Years of Service!

(Left to Right): Malcolm Butler (School of Teacher Education Professor and School Director), Curtis Proctor (School of Teacher Education Director of Advancement), Pamela "Sissi" Carroll (UCF Dean of the College of Community Innovation and Education), Barbara Hughes (Central Florida E-SU President), Reta Jackson (Central FL. E-SU Scholarships Committee Chair), Jan McClure (Central FL. E-SU Education Committee Chair), Brett Carrier (Central FL. E-SU Communications Chair)


Orlando, Florida - September, 2021- During this unprecedented time, when CNBC reported that one in four teachers considered quitting at the start of the school year, the Central Florida Branch of the English-Speaking Union has donated $100,000 to the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education. To honor both founding member Jessie Drey and The Centennial of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, 1920-2020, the Central Florida Branch is establishing The Central Florida English-Speaking Union Jessie Drey Memorial Scholarship program to support and encourage practicing Central Florida educators to remain in the profession as they pursue graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. 


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2021 Middle School Debate Championship

In the spirit of debate, the ESU New York Debate League welcomed schools from across the country to engage in five robust virtual debate tournaments during the 2020/2021 Middle School Debate season. The championship took place on May 8th and 9th via Zoom.

After breaking past regional competitions, the remaining challengers debated The two party system is bad for American Democracy during the semi-final round, with both The Dalton School in NYC and Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, DC advancing to the final round.

Scrupulously debating the topic The US should not develop or use lethal autonomous weapons both finalist teams from The Dalton School in NYC and Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, DC thoughtfully crafted compelling arguments.

 
Ultimately, students from The Dalton School, Aminata Diallo, Arav Mehta, and Cole Corper were led by coach Evan Streams to victory.
 
 


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2021 ARNIC Graduation

On June 17, 2021, we proudly hosted our first-ever virtual ARNIC Graduation ceremony.

This ceremony was dedicated to both the 2020 and 2021 graduates, who despite all circumstances, successfully completed the ESU ARNIC English Language Program. We congratulate each and every one of our graduates.

Join us in commemorating the achievement of over 300 graduates, by watching the recording of this joyous celebration. 

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