Bret's Graduation Party

Trip Start May 23, 2007
Trip End Aug 02, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Well amazingly enough Bret's Grad Party is over and in three days I will be flying out of ohare on yet another amazing trip. I've actually been so busy lately helping to plan a wedding, the party, and just trying to get everything together for this summer and next fall I really haven't had the opportunity to even figure out where I am going. So I really wasn't being coy when everyone asked me where I was going and I didn't know. I'm still not positive but hopefully after I come back I will be able to tell you.
I really just wanted to get this travel blog started and also put up the pictures from Bret's party for everyone to see and download.
Down below I will put all the information I have for International Business Institute Itinerary for IBI 2007

There may have to be adjustments to this projected schedule due to factors beyond the control of
the program administration. However, it is expected that any such changes will be minimal and the academic integrity of the program will be maintained. All air travel will be on KLM and Air Baltic.
The flight details will be provided in the flight bulletin. Travel on the continent will be by private chartered coach based in The Netherlands.
May 23 Departures from the USA via gateways: Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington (Dulles), and New York (Newark) to Vilnius with arrival on May 24.
The telephone and fax numbers are indicated by the country code in parentheses followed by the city
code and then the number.
May 24-25 Vilnius, Lithuania - Europa City Hotel (370) 5 251 4477
J. Jasinskio Street (370) 5 251 4476 (Fax)
14 LT-01112 Vilnius
May 26-30 Klaipeda, Lithuania at Lithuania Christian College (370) 46 310 745
Kretingos 36 (370) 46 310 560 (Fax)
LT - 92307 Klaipėda
May 31 Overnight sleeper train from Riga, Latvia to Moscow, Russia
Russian portion: Although the address and phone number of the Russian hotel
is given we have found that it is virtually impossible to count on any mail arriving
while we are there. The phone and fax number are for EMERGENCY USE ONLY,
PLEASE. If there is an emergency and you have difficulty making contact with the group, you may contact our agent for the Russian program: Team Benns, Norregade 51,
DK-7500 Holstebro, Denmark. Kirsten Madsen, Group Desk, (45) 46910291.
June 1-4 Moscow, Russia - Gamma-Delta Hotel (7) 495-721-3322
71A, Izmailovskoe Avenue
105187 RUSSIA
June 5 Flight to Amsterdam via KLM (see flight bulletin)
June 5 Hotel Arnhem, West-End (31) 26 482 11 00
Amsterdamseweg 505 (31) 26 482 16 14 (Fax)
6816 VK Arnhem,
June 6-11 Heidelberg, Germany - Hotel Rega (49) 6221-5080 Bergheimer Strasse 63 (49) 6221-50 85 00 (Fax)
IBI - 2007 Address itinerary Page 2
June 12-16 Prague, Czech Republic - Hotel Pyramida (420) 233 102 780
Belohorska 24 (420) 233 356 159 (Fax)
169 01 Prague 6
June 17-22 Innsbruck, Austria - Sportcenter Tirol (43) 512-361 971
Olympia Strasse 10a (43) 512-361 97214 (Fax)
A-6020 Innsbruck
June 23-25 Lucerne, Switzerland - Hotel Chalet Seeburg (41) 41-512 375 5555
Seeburgstrasse 53-61 (41) 41-375-375 5550 (Fax)
CH-6006 Lucerne
June 26-28 Geneva, Switzerland - Cite Universitaire (41) 22-839 22 22
46 av. De Miremont (41) 22-839 22 23 (Fax)
1206 Geneve
June 29 Coblenz, Germany - Diehl's Hotel (49) 261-97070
Am Pfaffendorfer Tor 10 (49) 261-9707 213 (Fax)
56077 Koblenz
June 30-July 21 Oisterwijk, The Netherlands - Hotel Boschoord (31) 13-523 1600
Gemullehoekenweg 143 (31) 13-523 1605 (Fax)
5062 SB Oisterwijk
July 22-24 The Hague, The Netherlands - Hotel Bel Air (31) 70-352 5354
Johan De Wittlaan 70 (31) 70-352 5353 (Fax)
The Hague
July 25-28 Paris, France - Hotel Ibis Port de Clichy (33) 1-40 25 13 56
163 bis Avenue de Clichy (33) 1-40 25 26 00 (Fax)
75017 Paris
July 29-Aug 1 London, England - Bankside House - LSE (44) 207-107 5750
24 Sumner Street (44) 207-107 5757 (Fax)
London, SE1 9JA
August 2 Return flights from London to US gateways on KLM (See flight bulletin)
Contact information:
Ronald Webb P.O. Box 3042 Telephone: (717) 796-5364
Managing Director One College Avenue Fax: (717) 691-6057
International Business Institute Grantham, PA 17027 Email:

IBI Bulletin 2007
The International Business Institute is a ten week cooperative overseas program in international economics and business management. Cooperating schools include Anderson University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Cedarville University, Eastern Mennonite University, Grace College, Houghton College, King College, Messiah College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Milligan College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Olivet Nazarene University, Westmont College and Whitworth College. Students from other institutions are welcome but priority is given to the institutions that are affiliated with IBI. Students in the past have enrolled from the following institutions: Calvin College, Duke, Harvard, Pepperdine, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Wake Forest, Wheaton College, and The College of William and Mary. The International Business Institute has been registered with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The International Business Institute is designed to give students in economics, business management and related areas a distinctive opportunity for a term of study that incorporates the international dimension of these fields in an experiential context overseas. The program is ten weeks in length and includes periods of significant residence in key locations as well as coordinated visits and presentations in the major political and economic centers of Russia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the United Kingdom.
An essential purpose of this program is to encourage and facilitate the integration of academic study with the international field experience. The academic work is conducted in a variety of settings from the usual classroom to corporate headquarters, manufacturing plants, and the offices of governmental or international agencies.
There are several features which make this program particularly distinctive. First, there is a significant degree of involvement by a distinguished group of faculty and lecturers drawn from leadership posts in private business and finance, government and academic life. Students are given an opportunity for personal and in depth contact with these persons beyond the usual classroom or lecture presentation. In the past, these have included parliamentary leaders, cabinet officials, top management personnel, and outstanding academic figures.
Second, the program concentrates on visits and contacts with leading companies and institutions in the fields of economics, business and finance, as well as national and international governmental agencies. These have included British Aerospace, Credit Suisse, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank, KLM, European Union, Nestle, and Bosch. A visit to the British Parliament hosted by a leading former member and official of NATO is an example of the level of these visits which are not guided tours alone, but involve leading personnel of these firms and agencies.
Third, the academic or classroom work includes the standard level of coverage in an on campus course but is coordinated with the enriching and complementary field seminar experiences and visits along with the guest faculty. This combination provides the student with the intellectual and analytical background and then confirms that with the field experience and personal contacts with distinguished guest faculty and resource persons.
The International Business Institute is a rigorous academic program and all the participants are expected to have completed a full year of principles of economics, and a semester of accounting or finance. All applicants are also expected to have completed one course in management and marketing. These are the foundational courses which the student will find helpful in fulfilling the academic expectations of the program. Some exceptions may be made in consultation with the student's advisor and the director of IBI. A minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) is required at the time of participation which is usually following completion of the junior year. A positive recommendation from the faculty and the appropriate student affairs office is required along with the official transcript and notation of the student's GPA. PLEASE NOTE: All IBI courses must be taken for a grade. IBI courses may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.
IBI - BULLETIN - 2007 Page 2
The following is a projected calendar for the IBI 2007 program. There may have to be adjustments in this schedule due to factors beyond the control of program administration, but it is expected that any such changes will be minimal and the academic integrity of the program will be maintained. The Trans Atlantic flights will be from various gateways in the US and major travel on the continent will be by train and chartered private coach from The Netherlands.
May 23 Departures from the USA via Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC (Dulles) and Newark
May 24-25 Vilnius, Lithuania - orientation and tour old capitol
May 26-30 Klaipeda, Lithuania at Lithuania Christian College - orientation, classes, corporate and gov. visits
May 31 Overnight sleeper train from Riga, Latvia to Moscow, Russia
June 1-4 Moscow, Russia - classes, corporate and governmental visits
June 5 Flight from Moscow to Amsterdam
June 6-11 Heidelberg, Germany - classes, corporate and governmental visits
June 12-16 Prague, Czech Republic - classes, corporate, and cultural visits
June 17-22 Innsbruck, Austria - classes and cultural visits, mountain excursions
June 23-25 Lucerne, Switzerland - classes and corporate visit in Zurich
June 26-28 Geneva, Switzerland - classes, corporate and governmental visits
Day trip to Mt. Blanc at Chamonix, France. A day trip to Lausanne and Vevey.
June 29 Koblenz, Germany - Rhine cruise en route to Oisterwijk
June 30-July 21 Oisterwijk, The Netherlands - an academic conference center in the southern Netherlands. Classes, corporate and governmental visits, guest lecturers. This is a very comfortable setting in a hotel, which will be used exclusively for the IBI program during these three weeks. The location is a small charming village on the edge of a national forest. Every student will be assigned a bicycle during the three weeks the program is located here. There will be weekly coach excursions to company visits and places of historic or cultural interest.
July 22-24 The Hague, The Netherlands - classes, corporate and governmental visits, cultural excursions
July 25-28 Paris, France - classes and cultural excursions
July 29-Aug 1 London - classes, corporate and governmental visits, cultural excursions
August 2 Return flights to the US - same gateways as departures
IBI - BULLETIN - 2007 Page 3
In each of the major cities visited there is often an introductory tour with a professional guide for orientation. There are also planned briefings, academic presentations, or visits to major corporations and businesses as well as governmental institutions. Although the primary emphasis of the program is related to business and economics, a significant portion of time is also devoted to points of cultural and historic interest. Please note that this schedule and details are still provisional but we do not expect any major changes. Some adjustments may have to be made because of circumstances beyond the control of the program administration.
THE IBI PROGRAM IS ESSENTIALLY AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM AND NOT A TOUR. Academic work is continuous throughout the program, but an effort is made to include cultural, scenic, and historic points of interest and also free time is allotted for students to pursue their own interests. Some of the highlights for the IBI 2007 session are as follows:
LITHUANIA: Klaipeda - After visiting the old capitol of Vilnius we will travel to the famous port city of Klaipeda. We will stay at the Lithuania Christian College, the largest Christian University in Eastern Europe. In addition to classes we will enjoy visiting the port and other former Soviet manufacturing operations.
RUSSIA: Moscow - Corporate visits and presentations by Russian resource persons from various organizations. Guided visits to Red Square, the Kremlin, Lenin's Tomb, and GUM (the department store complex opposite the Kremlin.)
GERMANY: Heidelberg - This is our base for the industrial Ruhrland. It is a pleasant university town and we will use our chartered coach to travel to Frankfurt and other centers for visits. Frankfurt: Visit and briefings at the European Central Bank and Deutsche Bank. Mannheim: Visit and tour of DaimlerChrylsler assembly plant and the European head office and plant of John Deere, an American leader in agricultural machinery with presentations on the strategy of the firm. Guided visit to the venerable castle of Heidelberg.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague - Introductory tour of Prague and its wonderful medieval center. Classes and visits to Black and Decker's largest European manufacturing plant in Usti as well as Bosch, a large German manufacturer.
AUSTRIA: Innsbruck - Classes daily but in a charming city located in an Alpine valley with genuine Austrian atmosphere. The coach will take an afternoon for an Alpine excursion. On the way from Prague to Innsbruck we will visit the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau near Munich, Germany. A visit to Swarovski Crystal Company just outside of Innsbruck.
SWITZERLAND: Lucerne - enjoy the lakeside location with a view of Mt. Pilatus. Zurich - Day trip to visit Credit Suisse, a leading Swiss bank for presentations on Switzerland as a global financial center. Some free time to enjoy Lucerne. Geneva - Visit to points of interest in the city, including The Reformation Monument. Lausanne and Vevey: Visit to the head office of the Nestle Company in Vevey for a presentation on global branding and packaging.
GERMANY: Koblenz - A Rhine river cruise the following morning en route to The Netherlands. Overnight at a hotel on the banks of the Rhine.
THE NETHERLANDS: Oisterwijk (near Tilburg) - In order to provide a period of intensive academic work in a settled location, the program will be located for three weeks in an academic conference center hotel on the edge of a charming village, Oisterwijk, in the southern Netherlands. This center has very pleasant accommodations with ample classrooms and recreational facilities. Each student will be assigned a bicycle in order to take advantage of the myriad bicycle paths and lanes in the vicinity. Guest faculty will be involved during this time along with regular classes with the faculty of IBI. Several day trips will be made to include the EU in Brussels. The Hague: the program will move to the Hotel Bel Air in The Hague to allow for visits and activities in this capital city, introductory tour of the capital and guided visits to Parliament and the Knight's Hall. Visit to the harbor and fishing port of Scheveningen. Amsterdam will also be visited by guided coach and canal trip. The Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum will be included.
FRANCE: Paris - Classes and academic work with an introductory guided tour of the city. Versailles: a half-day tour of this historic palace complex.
ENGLAND: London - Travel from Paris to London on the high speed EuroStar train under the Channel. Introductory guided tour to major points of interest in London. Classes and final assignments along with visit to Parliament with a former prominent member. Final evening and carvery dinner at the Tower Hotel.
IBI - BULLETIN - 2007 Page 4
· To provide a global and cross cultural dimension to the economics and business curriculum.
· To enable students to have dialog with leaders in private industry as well as government.
· To enrich the economics and business curriculum by visits, briefings, and presentations at leading business, financial, and governmental or public institutions.
· To challenge students to relate Christian and biblical values to issues of economic organization, public policy and business ethics, especially in the international context.
· To form a closer community of students and faculty during the summer term by common activities, discussion, and shared experiences.
· To facilitate the integration of classroom work, reading, and research, with first hand contact and experience related to the fields of study.
The International Business Institute offers the student four courses of three credit hours each. Since the courses are upper division, the student is expected to have completed a year of principles of economics, including a micro and macro sequence. Participants are also expected to have completed a course in accounting and one each in marketing and management. Exceptions to these prerequisites should be cleared with the Managing Director at the time of application.
Economics 331 - Comparative Economics (3)
Economics 350 - International Trade and Finance (3)
Business Administration 339- Global Marketing (3)
Business Administration 357 - Global Business Strategy (3)
Course Descriptions: Faculty listed in bold print have primary responsibility for the course
Economics 331- Comparative Economics
This course provides an introduction to the comparative study of economic systems, their underlying ideological foundations and institutional arrangements. The historical and political context of various systems is analyzed along with the central organizational features of the major types of economic systems. The major topics covered are: The United States; The Netherlands; The United Kingdom; Germany; and France. The Japanese economy and the changing Chinese economic order are also covered. Special emphasis will be given to the attempts at transition from centrally planned economies to market oriented structures in the former USSR and Eastern Europe. In addition the crisis of the welfare state in Sweden and other countries of Western Europe are also discussed.
Since the field seminar portion of the program will involve several major types of economies, students will be expected to report on the contrast of economic and social conditions from a theoretical standpoint as well as in terms of personal observation. Presentations will be made by governmental representatives in most of the countries visited and in the Russia will include academic experts as well as governmental personnel.
Faculty: Greer, LaFrance (will be taught at the beginning and the end of the program)
Economics 350 - International Trade and Finance
This course is a survey of the analytical and institutional aspects of international trade and finance. The historical and contextual elements are the foundation for the examination of current theoretical and empirical approaches to international economic and business relations. The classroom and the reading coverage are supplemented by resource persons from the fields of economics and management as well as institutions related to this subject area.
The course is divided into several major areas of emphasis: International finance and monetary relations; International trade; and International economic integration. Topics include: The theory and analysis of balance of payments; Foreign exchange markets; Determination of foreign exchange rates and international adjustment; International monetary arrangements and financial flows. The portion on international trade will cover both classical and modern trade theory; commercial policy; current issues in trade policy and international investment. The section on international integration will deal with the theory of economic integration as well as current institutional arrangements for integration such as the EU and NAFTA.
Faculty: Koch (will be taught during the three (3) weeks in Oisterwijk)
IBI - BULLETIN - 2007 Page 5
Business Administration 339 - Global Marketing
This course focuses on the theory and practice of contemporary global marketing management. The context or environment of international marketing is covered along with the task of marketing in a variety of national domestic markets with their distinct cultural settings. The course is divided into three major areas: overview of the global marketing environment; moving into international markets; and advanced international marketing management. Classroom instruction is complemented by case studies and projects.
Participating students will have the opportunity to discuss marketing theory and strategy with marketing management of a number of leading international firms, which in the past, have included Unilever Corporation, Nestle, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Royal Ahold, Nokia, Electrolux, Thorne EMI, Philips Corporation, Daimler-Chrysler, Hoechst Chemical, and IBM.
Faculty: Bruce (will be taught 3 weeks prior to Oisterwijk and one week at Oisterwijk)
Business Administration 357 - Global Business Strategy
This course is designed to cover the major topics normally offered in a course in international business management and strategy. It also has a very important function of enabling the integration of field experiences, corporate visits, and presentations by guest faculty with the current theoretical developments and literature in this field. Students will be expected to prepare analytical reports on the various firms and institutions represented in the program.
The course is usually divided into several major components. (1) A general review of global business management and strategy; (2) International aspects of organizational management and behavior; (3) leadership and global strategy. The emphasis in each of these areas will depend on the faculty involved.
Faculty: Armstrong, Webb (will be taught one week in Oisterwijk and through the remainder of the program)
Dr. Kenneth Armstrong is Professor of Management at Anderson University in Indiana where he has been since 1990. He was Dean of the School of Business at Anderson for many years and was instrumental in leading Anderson in developing both an MBA and DBA (doctorate in business). He has an MBA from Central Michigan University and a PhD. from Northwestern University (ranked recently as the #1 business school in the country). Dr. Armstrong has taught a variety of courses over the years including: Global Business, Competition and Strategy, Administrative Policy, Business and Society, and Management Innovators of the 20th Century. He has published in numerous journals and has presented several papers at professional meetings to academic colleagues. Dr. Armstrong has also served as a consultant on strategic planning to academic institutions and private corporations. He has also traveled to Russia, China, and Mexico as part of academic initiatives. Dr. Armstrong has taught on IBI previously and will have primary responsibility in teaching the Global Business Strategy course in 2007.
Dr. Michael Bruce is Associate Professor of Marketing at Anderson University. Prior to Anderson, Dr. Bruce taught at two different universities in China and for eight years at Geneva College. He also has significant corporate experience on the marketing staff of Southwestern Bell Telephone. He has a Master's in marketing from Maryville University and a PhD in marketing from Saint Louis University. He teaches a variety of marketing and statistics courses at Anderson University at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including International Marketing. He has a reputation for being an excellent teacher who makes statistics understandable (just about impossible to do!) and marketing enjoyable (much more possible!) He is also known for his thoughtful integration of faith and business. In addition to his corporate experience, Dr. Bruce has considerable consulting experience. Dr. Bruce has taught on IBI previously and will be teaching Global Marketing in 2007.
Dr. William Greer is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and past Chair of Business at Milligan College in Tennessee. He has taught as an Associate Professor of Business and Economics at Milligan for more than ten years and has received several awards for his teaching and service to the college and community. He is even an alum of Milligan College! (Some of you on the IBI program should probably consider what Dr. Greer has done---go to graduate school and go back to your alma mater and teach international business!) His MBA is from East Tennessee State University and his PhD is in economics from the University of Tennessee. He has taught almost every economics course on the books including History of Economic Thought and Managerial Economics. Dr. Greer has served on the board and been President of the Board of Directors of the Johnson City Federal Credit Union and been a corporate officer and board member of Silver Creek Technologies, Inc. for several years. He has published a book titled, Ethics and Uncertainty and has presented several papers at professional meetings. Dr. Greer has taught on IBI previously and will be teaching Comparative Economics in 2007.
IBI - BULLETIN - 2007 Page 6
Dr. Paul Koch is Professor of Economics at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, where he has taught since 1992. A graduate of George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, he holds a master's degree in economics and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from Illinois State University, where he also taught for several years. While at ISU, he helped develop and teach workshops for public school teachers that were offered through the University's Center for Economic Education. Professor Koch received Olivet's Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996, and taught in the IBI program from 2001 through 2004. He has presented papers on various aspects of the relationship between Christianity and economics at conferences which were held at Baylor University (2002), Wheaton College (2004), and Point Loma Nazarene University (2005). Dr. Koch has taught on IBI previously and will be teaching International Trade and Finance in 2007.
Dr. Vincent LaFrance is chairman of the Department of Management and Business at Messiah College. He graduated from the University of Delaware where he majored in economics and had a minor in business. After working in the business world for several years, he completed his PhD in economics at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. LaFrance taught for eight years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania until he joined the faculty of Messiah College in 1988. He has taught a variety of courses at Messiah, including a popular cross cultural course in Costa Rica. He has been involved in teaching comparative economic systems in the IBI program for a number of sessions and will do so again in 2007.
Dr. Ronald Webb is Managing Director of IBI and Professor of Management at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Prior to assuming the directorship of IBI he was Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Huntington College in Indiana and before that Chair of the Department of Management and Business at Messiah College for many years. His MBA and DBA are from the University of Maryland. Dr. Webb has taught numerous management courses over the years including International Management and Ministry in International Business. He has developed and participated in student programs in Europe, China, Latin and South America and has taught on the IBI program many years. He has consulted with many private corporations over the years as well as with universities in Russia and China. His publications, most recently on the "motivation to lead," have appeared in numerous professional journals. Dr. Webb will lead the IBI program in 2007 and participate in the Global Business Strategy course.
ARRANGEMENTS AND ACCOMMODATIONS: Transportation on the continent and in the UK is via train and private chartered coach. The program accommodations are in university residences, tourist hotels, and similar facilities. Much of the time, the rooms will be on a double basis with a private shower or bath. There will be occasions when it may be necessary to assign triples or quads and there will also be times when there are not private showers or baths. Students will be expected to room with a variety of students from different schools on the program. All meals will be provided for in the program, including occasional packed lunches or a meal allowance when students are on their own.
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