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"You've probably received a postcard with the words "wish you were here!"
KUWS-FM 91.3 listeners can hear funny facts and fascinating stories from around the globe each week on this station through UW-Superior's Global Postcards. These minute long audio postcards from many international perspectives are broadcast during intermissions of sporting events and during the local evening news at 9:00pm on weeknights. Find out more at UWS Global Postcards on Facebook!"
If you listen to KUWS often, you've probably heard this commercial. Since the first one aired on November 8, KUWS listeners have been hearing 60 second audio postcards about topics such as: Ghanaian friendships, Finnish words, Slovenian caves, and Red Sea snorkeling. Each week, two new postcards are aired for listeners.
UW-Superior Global Postcards began in the Office of International Programs and students Jasmine LaBerge, Hannah Ness and Dara Fillmore are working to make this idea a reality. Having traveled to places in North America, Europe, and Africa, the three students hope to create more understanding of cultural experiences and understanding abroad. Written after the style of an old-time postcard, each 60-second audio snapshot gives information about cultures and languages with ties to UWS. These glimpses comprise the quirky, the contemporary, and the traditional.
UW-Superior Global Postcards advisers include Cherie Sawinski, interim director of the Office of International Programs, Ephraim Nikoi, assistant professor of Communications and Distance Learning, and Julie Gard, assistant professor of Writing and Library Science. KUWS-FM staff also assist with the program.
This idea came about because of "Postcards from Asia," a similar project at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. The thought behind UW-Superior Global Postcards is to help the campus and local community become more multi-culturally aware and understand how different, and yet how similar, cultures and people are in other countries.
In working with this project, the three women plan to archive audio clips and add photos from trips to various countries, so that anyone who would like to can go on-line and listen to previous postcards. Ideas for topics, along with drafts of postcards, will come from UW-Superior staff, faculty and students. The editors are looking for information about the 39 countries from which UW-Superior international students come, gems from study away programs, tips on intercultural communication, and personal stories about fun or funny intercultural experiences. If you have any ideas or would like to write your own audio postcard for possible inclusion in recordings, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit UWS Global Postcards on Facebook.
STORY BY: HANNAH NESS
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