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Released August 27, 2002
MUW Professor Gives Presentation in Bangkok
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Dr. Robert Seney, professor of education at Mississippi University for Women, recently participated in the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness in Bangkok, Thailand.
With the theme "Igniting Children's Potentials and Creativity," Seney led a pre-conference workshop on "How Should We Approach the Process Skills?" about the appropriate use of process skills with gifted learners. He also was a featured speaker during the conference on the topic of "The Role of Creativity in Realizing Potential."
"The conference was really well organized, and the venue of Bangkok was great," Seney said. "I was unaware of the rich culture and traditions of Thailand, and I have a great new respect for this forward-thinking country. I especially enjoyed the traditional dancing and puppet shows presented by young Thai performers."
During his eight-day visit to Bangkok, Seney was hosted by the family of Nongkron Sukavelworakit, a 2000 alumna of The W with a master's degree in gifted education.
"I am really quite proud of Nong," he said. "She is the assistant director to a new project which is being jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Public Health and UNICEF. It is called the Child Friendly Schools project, and Nong is responsible for all the teacher training in this project."
Seney said that Sukavelworakit came to The W though his connections with the World Council for Gifted Children.
In addition to attending and presenting at the conference, he also had an opportunity to take in the sites of Thailand.
"It was a super trip, and the conference planned several side trips for us to view the sites," he said. "Nong and I also did some trips, and I really got to see the beauty of Thailand."
A professor at The W since 1993, Seney also serves as director of the Mississippi Governor's School. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, a master of divinity degree from Nashotah House and a doctorate from the University of Houston.
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