In Tiananmen Square in Beijing (from left to right): Wu
(daughter of Professor Wu), Kenn Gaither, Jack Smith,
Professor Wu Ailing and Susan Manring.
Kenn Gaither, assistant professor in the School of
Communications, spent five weeks this summer in Nanjing,
China, teaching and lecturing at Southeast University as part
of an Elon exchange program.
"It was a wonderful experience from start to
finish," Gaither said. "I enjoyed teaching
immensely and found the students attentive, receptive and
Two other Elon faculty -- Susan Manring, associate professor
of business administration, and Jack Smith, assistant
professor of performing arts -- also participated in the
exchange program with Southeast, a top-25 university in China
with seven campuses.
The exchange program, which is more than 15 years old, sends
Elon faculty to Najing once a year to teach courses through
that university's School of Foreign Languages. Among the
subjects Gaither taught there are American culture and public
relations. In turn, the Chinese university sends one faculty
member to Elon each academic year to teach Chinese language
As part of the program, the trio of Elon faculty visited
Beijing and the Great Wall as part of a seven-day trip that
also included Xi'an, home to the terracotta warriors,
considered the eighth wonder of the world. Gaither and his
colleagues returned to the United States in late June.