The old site of Iowa Senate.
An evening party was staged on Feb. 23 to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa at the old site of Iowa Senate.
Bruce Harreld, president of University of Iowa; Yang Changli, vice chief of the University Council of ECNU, a co-founder of the Confucius Institute; and Chen Yinghui, educational counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, made presence at the party, enjoying a happy get-together with more than 60 participants, including faculties and volunteers from the University of Iowa and the Confucius Institute as well as families and students from local communities.
The party was emceed by Downing Thomas, associate provost for international affairs and director of the international department of the University of Iowa.
In congratulatory speeches, Harreld, Yang and Chen affirmed the remarkable achievements the Confucius Institute has made and expressed appreciation for its contribution to U.S.-China cultural exchange.
Excellent performances make the party attractive.
The party started with the song “Moonlight” by students with the Music Department of University of Iowa, which was followed by another two songs “How Can't I Think of Her?” and “Somewhere Far Away”.
The gala reached its climax when Iowa saxophone players performed “Iowa March” with Prof. Kenneth Tse as the conductor. The last performance was a dragon dance by students from the John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.
After the party, Yang and Zhou Yong, office administrator of the Confucius Institute, visited ECNU graduate student Wang Qi, who volunteered to teach Chinese at the institute.
Established in March 2006, the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is the first Confucius Institute jointly founded by ECNU and a foreign university and the third sponsored by ECNU.