Professor Hongyan Cong has been a member of the Saint Mary’s community since January 12, 2018. She is here as a visiting scholar, learning more about higher education in the U.S. and also taking classes in English as a Second Language and Art. She is the Director of Video and Animation Department and Assistant to the Dean at XPU, located in Xi’an, China. Her research interests are digital image art, audio-visual art, film art and photography. She has attended many events on campus, including theatre productions, an art gallery show, Page Professional Series events, cross-country skiing, and several women’s basketball games. She has even shared some of her dumpling-making skills with students and staff!

Professor Cong is the second visiting scholar from XPU and this type of interaction is part of developing a relationship with an international partner. Thirteen students from XPU have attended Saint Mary’s to date, and the hope is that continued development of the relationship will result in additional students and connections that are a part of our internationalization efforts. She will be on our campus through graduation in May. If you’d like to get to know her, please send her an email at hxcong18@smumn.edu.

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