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Vol. 4 No. 10

October 2011

Pink Cassia Newsletter of the Khon Kaen University

Established in 2008

1. Rangsit University students evacuate to KKU's Nong Khai campus

Some international students went back home countries, On October 28, Dr. Surapol Saensuk, the Director of Khon while others that were trapped in the inundated Bangkok Kaen University's Nong Khai campus led the campus areas said they would be also relocate to live in the administrators, lecturers and personnel to welcome Ajarn Nongkhai campus in case of critical flood situation. Suthasinee Saengkham, Director of International Relations Office, Rangsit University, lecturers and international KKU Nongkhai Campus Director Dr. Surapol said they are students from Rangsit University to the Nong Khai campus. willing to help aid the Rangsit University to their utmost. They will also further consultations on academic study courses and the E -saan cultural exchange programs to be organized while the Rangsit University students stay at the campus.

The severe floods and crisis Thailand have forced Rangsit University to evacuate students out of Bangkok. As the KKU Nong Khai campus is a network member with Rangsit University the school asked if some of their students could relocate for temporary studies. Some of the evacuated students arrived at the campus on October 27, 2011 and will stay for between 2 and 6 weeks until the water recedes and the situation returns to normal in Bangkok.



2. KKU Student Unions aid flood victims in Khon Kaen

The Students Union of the Law Faculty worked together with many other Faculty Student Unions to help aid flood victims in Khon Kaen province on October 28, 2011. There, the community leaders and villagers of more than 400 people were on standby to receive the donations and survival kits from the KKU visitors.

The Law Faculty Students Union along with the Student Unions of the Faculty of Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Humanities and Social Science, Management Sciences, Associate Medical Sciences, Students Council of KKU, Students Dormitory Affairs went to the inundated areas of Tambon Nonthorn and Tambon Samran in Muang District, Khon Kaen province to distribute aid to affected villagers.

3. KKU Fine Arts students bring Isan culture to Japanese arts festival

Chalermsak Pikulsri, Dean of the Fine and Applied Arts Faculty and Ajarn Sarawadee Phuchompsri.


Students of Khon Kaen University's Faculty of Fine Arts put on a display of colorful Isan arts and culture at the Asian Arts And Culture Festival held in Japan on October 15 and 16. The Faculty troupe members showed off the culture and arts of the North Eastern Isan region of Thailand at the 6th Sinchai Pongklang the Isan musical troupe of the Fine Kagoshima Asian Youth Festival at Kagoshima city, at the and Applied Arts Faculty, KKU was led by Assoc. Prof. invitation of the Kagoshimarn Prefecture. Dr. Supat Sinawat, Assistant to the KKU President for International Relations and Strategy, Assoc. Prof. Dr.

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KKU Fine Arts students bring Isan culture to Japanese arts festival. (Continued from page 2)

At the festival, stalls selling international food and drinks were available in addition to performances from youth groups from China, Korea, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, all of which presented the unique arts and culture of their countries.

The Sinchai Ponglang troupe presented their show in the first group of performances and were warmly welcomed Ms. Jaruporn Soophuthorn, a student of the Fine and to Japan by the Japanese authorities as well as city Applied Arts Faculty said that she felt very excited about the trip to Japan, noting that they had worked hard to administrators. prepare and rehears for their performances for their first time in Japan, "We are very happy with the warm welcome from the Japanese people, we have new friends from many different countries now."

exchange knowledge and to disseminate information on Thai culture and arts to the Japanese students and administrators and to encourage them to visit Thailand in the future. The 13 visiting KKU students learned more about Japan while performing their duties as cultural ambassadors.

Mr. Pongsaporn Uppani said that he was happy to have a chance bring Thai arts and culture to the Japanese people, "We feel very impressed by the warm and generous welcome from our Japanese hosts, we will use the knowledge that we have gained from Japan to apply daily life and routines." The troupe members also visited the primary school in Kagoshima and Kagoshima University to meet and

4. KKU President visits Southwest University in China

International Relations and Strategy, the deans of the Faculty of Hunan and Social Sciences, Education, Agriculture, and Associated Medical Science on a visit to South West University in the People's Republic of China.

October 20 the Dean of the Veterinary Medicine Faculty Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vet Suneerat Iamlamai accompanied KKU President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai other administrators including the Vice President for

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KKU President visits Southwest University in China. (Continued from page 3)

They attended a meeting to summarize the cooperation between KKU and South West University, China. KKU's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine reported on past successes of student exchange programs as well as exchange programs of lecturers in the near future, especially in the field of animal husbandry.

Southwest University in China wants to open its animal hospital and needs lecturers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, KKU to help manage and advise on animal heath in the animal hospital as well as help on the development of research work and exchange at both the master's degree and doctoral degree level in the near future.

5. Nursing students honored on National Nurses Day

October 20, the Student Development Division and the The nursing uniform is regarded as a symbol of the nursing committee of the Student Union, the Faculty of Nursing profession that express it's meaning to those wearing the uniform, as well as the onlookers. The nursing uniform will make them feel proud and realize the responsibilities of their career. The nursing uniform will help the students prepare during the remainder of their four year term and get ready for the dignity and grace required of nurses. At the presentation ceremony a special lecture was held on the National Nurses' Day which is designated for October 21 by the former Dean of the Faculty Assoc. Prof. Phanee Muanwong.

at KKU hosted a ceremony to present the nurses traditional hat and dress to 176 2nd year nursing students with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khanitha Nanthabutre, the Dean of the Nursing Faculty presiding over the ceremony held at the Faculty's meeting room. Students' parents and relatives attended the ceremony and offered their congratulations and praise for their abilities and success. Page


6. Agriculture Faculty wins grant on food research

On October 10, 2011 it was announced that a research project on healthy food won a financial grant for outstanding research work and professors by the National Research University of Thailand. Prof. Dr. Suthiphan Jitpimolmas, the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer Affairs at KKU welcomed and thanked the researchers and offered his congratulations with a bouquet to Prof. Dr. Aran Pattanothai on his success After that other KKU research work was presented under and received the funds for Outstanding Research Professor the National Research University of Thailand on beans by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanan Jokloy, a lecturer of the Faculty of from the Thai Research Funds (TRF). Agriculture, KKU. Also presented were the research studies on corn by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamol Lertrat and Dr. Palang Suriyaharn, of the Faculty of Agriculture, KKU, work on rice by Dr. Patcharin Songsri, a lecturer of the Faculty of Agriculture, KKU, and then followed by question and answer session. In addition, an exhibition on KKU research studies and work were also organized. Prof. Dr. Suthiphan Jitpimolma presented 100 sets of survival kits to victims of the floods in the Northeast through Yodying Chantanapim, the President of Tambon Sila Administration organization. After that the program production team for Mission of Star of KKU Channel donated 5500 baht to help the flood victims under the project, "KKU Ruam Namjai (unity/ harmony) to help flood victims. This money was raised from the Mission of Star which won the runner- up prize in the singing contest to win a Trophy of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn held at the night market in the KKU.

Also, attending the press conference was Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kullapapruk Piewthongngam, Vice President for Community Relations and Corporate Communications, KKU researchers and representatives of the mass media.

At the Press conference, Prof. Dr. Aran Pattanothai talked about this success and backgrounds of receiving the Funds For more information please visit: for outstanding research professor and his research project on food for health. Page


7. KKU to help develop rail transport system

The Thai government plans to move ahead with the double rail tracks system for one meter gauge project, Phase 1, particularly for 6 rail routes covering a distance of 873 kilometers including the route from Marb Krabor - Thanon Jira junction, for a distance of 132 kilometers, from and Thanon Jira- Khon Kaen routing for a distance of 188 kilometers under the SRT project. The SRT project for high speed trains running on the 1.435 meter track with Standard Gauge and the new Dedicated Track to be constructed are now in preparations for linking Thailand with Laos and China for passengers and cargo transportation services. This railway transportation system's project is expected to give maximum benefits to Thailand and its people. It is regarded as a rapid and safe way to transport goods and people with a low logistic investment and will enable Thailand to compete with other countries in the upcoming Asean Economic Community that will see integration in 2015.

On October 13, Asst. Prof. Dr. Panokkrisana Klangboonkrong, Deputy Director of Research and Development Center for the Sustainable Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, KKU was invited by the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, Ministry of Transport, to participate in a meeting in mobilizing academics' ideas on guidelines to develop the transportation system for railways in Thailand at the meeting room of the Office in Bangkok. Pol. Lt. Gen. Chat Kuldilok, the Deputy Minister of Transport presided over the meeting, which was participated by some 120 from both public and private working agencies including the State Railways of Thailand (SRT), Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), university academics, engineering council, and from Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

8. Tesco Lotus presents 250,000 Baht in scholarships

KKU students and students from other 3 educational institutes received the 250,000 baht scholarships from Tesco Lotus. On October 15, the presentation ceremony for scholarships was held at the meeting room of Graduates Studies College, KKU so as to help integrate learning on how to work for university students this year. Page


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Tesco Lotus presents 250,000 Baht in scholarships. (Continued from page 6)

Sunthorn Arunanonchai, Committee Chairman of Tesco Lotus, and the Chairman of Tesco Lotus Foundation for Thaïs, was accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairattanasirichai, the President of KKU, Dr. Amnuay Tanpanitch, Assistant President of Kasetsart University's Chalermphrakiart, Sakol

Nakhon Campus, Pattaranis Boonchuen, of Ubon Ratchathani, Somnuek Pinthong, Director of Student Affairs Division, KKU, students and guest of honor attended the ceremony to present scholarships to the students who were selected. Sunthorn Arunnanonchai gave the congratulatory speech and also presented the scholarships to the students, while Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Trairattanasirichai thanked Tesco Lotus and presented souvenirs to Sunthorn who gave the scholarships. KKU students received 8 scholarships as did Maha Sarakham University and Ubon Ratchathani University while one scholarship went to Kasetsart University. Each scholarship was valued at 10,000 baht, making the total 25 scholarships worth 250,000 baht.

9. Architectural survey conducted in Nakhon Phanom by KKU and Lao team

On September 17-19, the Architecture Faculty at KKU along with the Architecture Faculty of Supanuwong, Laos, organized a cadastral survey that measures the area of a piece of land for the architectural heritage in the old city area, on Kusolrassadakorn in Thart Panom district, Nakhon Phanom Province.

The architecture faculties of both universities arranged the project with the aim of boosting the integration of knowledge and skills in field work by using a technique to conduct surveys and collect information called Vernacular Documentation Camp or Vernadoc.

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Architectural survey conducted in Nakhon Phanom by KKU and Lao team . (Continued from page 7)

will be exhibited at the Open House Exhibition at the Faculty of Architecture, KKU later this month. The project will enable students to gain more specialized skills in collecting information and learn how to present using Vernadoc. The project supports creative cooperation on academics with neighboring countries in the Greaterk Mekong Sub-Region, the leading academic cooperation network in the region. It is believed the project will help to inspire people in the community to cooperate in preserving old buildings and that communities will work in city planning to preserve old neighborhoods. Nathaphan Sukhonphan, a 3rd year student Architecture noted that the Vernadoc method could help measure old buildings and that this project could see the reality of old and beautiful houses and to help promote preserva35 lecturers and students from tion. Adding, that by measuring the both Universities participated houses, "we understand more about in the project that included 15 these old houses." pieces of architecture, the works

10. ATSME E-saan Fair

The Fair was held with developing the potential of SME businesses as well as help to promote them. There was an exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas on running a SME among the SME operators, as well as promoting their products and services. The Faculty of Agriculture Alumni The Fair had products and services on display by SME companies as well Association, KKU invited everyone to as by larger companies, banks and financial institutes which were in form visit the 30th annual ATSME- E-SAAN of products presentation and services. FAIR which was held from November 5-13, at the Agricultural Technology Industries represented include automobiles, spare parts, tools, Park, from 8.00 a.m. ­ 10.00 p.m. machinery, electronic equipment, communication equipment, computers, office automation, printed materials and technological products. Handicrafts The alumni association along with the were also on offer and included household items and products, wood, Association for the Promotion of Thai plastics, papers, stainless materials, marble, silverware, leather, ceramics, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs glass, textiles, local products, precious stones and ornaments. (ATSME) jointly held its ATSME's 30th year anniversary celebration in the form Other industries including real estate, petroleum, chemical products, auto of Khon Kaen ATSME E-SAAN trade parts, and maintenance, recreational products, transportation, hotel and fair and shows. accommodations, service business, education and health services, stores, food and drink shops, retail and wholesale products could also be found at the fair. ATSME was established in 1982 with SME members have been trained Both governmental and private agencies that are concerned with SME throughout the country by the Depart- businesses, OTOP and community products, cooperative groups, real estate ment of Industrial Promotion. businesses, and general trade promotion groups participated in the fair.

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KKU Newsletter is a publication prepared by the Khon Kaen University Public Relations Office, with the purpose of promoting understanding and cooperation in teaching, learning and research, in order to achieve internationally recognized standards. Executive Adviser : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, President of Khon Kaen University, Executive Editor : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kullapapruk Piewthongngam, Vice President for Community Relations and Corporate Communications, Editor : Tanya Pakdee, Director of General Affairs Division, Coordinating Editor : Phitsanu Thepthong, Head of Public Relations Office and Web Master : Chumporn Para, and KKU Public Relations Office

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