That pretty well sums up our first day of visiting Daegy Haany University. What we have found here is an institution that is committed to serving its region, that has aspirations of national significance, is student centered, and as part of that student centeredness is intent on having a global and international focus. If that does not remind you of an institution that we know and love in Richmond, KY, then I will be very surprised.
The day was an overwhelming experience. The good people here have pulled out all the stops to make us feel welcome. You can tell when this sort of exercise is not sincere and the way we were welcomed and treated today cannot be “faked.” Here are two photos from the start of the day. One is Joanne and me with President Byun, the energetic 77 year old who is in his second stint as president of this institution of more than 7,000 students. The other is of our entire traveling party along with the leadership of the university. The sign is indicative of the reception that we received throughout the entire day.
One of the day’s highlights was a tour of the beautiful and modern campus (the institution is observing its 30th anniversary next year) by these two students, both named Lee. They have both been at EKU as students in the EELI program. One of the points made by President Byun was that he would like to see more student exchanges and some faculty exchanges. I could not agree more. The other picture is a view from their mountaintop campus, with construction cranes in the near foreground.
Lunch was a very traditional Korean meal. It was one-hundred percent vegetarian and in keeping with Daegu Haany’s focus on oriental medicine, every dish was explained to us in terms of its health benefits. It was good and good for you; tough combination to beat. Later in the afternoon, Joanne and I had oriental medicine physical exams. The process concluded with massages, aroma therapy and acupuncture. Here’s a photo of the meal and another closeup of me. If you look closely you can see the acupuncture needles — one in my temple and the other in my neck.
In the evening, before we went to a restaurant for a wonderful Korean meal of vegetables and grilled short ribs, we relaxed at a riverside “coffee shop.” For all the many friends of retired faculty member and dean Dr. Dan Robinette, I hope you will agree that this photo is the quintessential Dan.
Tomorrow will conclude our trip. I hope to fill you in with more information on what has been a productive trip beyond my hopes. A big part of the reason for the success on the Korean leg is due to our gracious handler, Miss Kim. I will include a photo of her tomorrow.