|SLUG: Fairfax University of America launches FXUA Digest, e-journal by and for students
On March 23, 2006, Fairfax University of America (FXUA) in Fairfax, Virginia launched FXUA Digest, a state-of-the-art electronic journal written and designed by FXUA students. The first issue, which is available right now, features more than a dozen articles written by FXUA English as a Second Language (ESL) students on a wide range of topics. These include the Mongolian New Year, American football, U.S. and world travel, health, transportation, getting a driver’s license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, FXUA events, buying a laptop computer, and an in-depth profile of FXUA ESL teacher Jessica Scott. FXUA President Isa Sarac, Ph.D describes FXUA Digest as a huge accomplishment for the students and for the university. According to Dr. Sarac, “A tremendous amount of hard work went into bringing this new publication to life. We’re very proud of it.”
FXUA Digest sheds new light on the foreign students’ perspective of life in the United States. Says FXUA Provost K. Habib Khan, Ph.D, “In this lively publication we have a chance to read about a trip to the U.S. White House or American football, but from the perspective of someone who is brand new to the United States.” This unique vantage point makes FXUA Digest interesting reading and allows us to see America through a fresh, foreign lens. “I was especially interested in the articles ours students wrote about Virginia and tourist attractions in the U.S.,” Dr. Khan says. As well, FXUA Digest provides a venue for students to share their own cultures and traditions. For example, the first issue of FXUA Digest includes articles about a Thai festival called Songkarn and Turkish architecture and literature. Says Dr. Khan, “FXUA Digest will be extremely interesting reading to anyone who values a foreign perspective and wants to know more about the world in which they live.”
FXUA Digest was written by FXUA students in ESL 396: Introduction to Journalism and designed by FXUA ESL student Anil Sezer. It will be an ongoing publication for Fairfax University of America and welcomes submissions from any FXUA student. According to faculty advisor, Laura Hills, “We designed FXUA Digest to make it as professional as possible. I am amazed and delighted by the talent, energy, and excellence our students bring to this project.”
Readers may access FXUA Digest at digest.viu.edu. Or, visit the Fairfax University of America website homepage (www.viu.edu) and click on “Electronic Journal”. In addition to ESL instruction, Fairfax University of America offers bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs in business administration and computer science, a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MMIS). Fairfax University of America is located at 3957 Pender Drive in Fairfax.