Anderson University Professor Named State Coordinator
for Sister Cities International
Dr. Jane S. Cahaly, director of international programs at Anderson University, was selected to serve as the South Carolina State Coordinator for Sister Cities International at their annual conference, which was held in Kansas City, Missouri July 16–20. Also in attendance was Dr. Brena Walker, a retired Anderson University faculty member, who initiated the sister-city efforts at Anderson University in 2002. Dr. Cahaly currently chairs the Anderson Sister City Committee and recently helped facilitate the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and a community coalition made up of Anderson County, the City of Anderson, Anderson University, and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. The agreement promotes the exchange of citizens between communities as a means of increasing tourism, building business linkages and personal relationships. In addition, joint projects and initiatives such as linking schools in the two communities are being pursued to enhance international relationships and goodwill.
Dr. Cahaly has been involved in international education in South Carolina for many years, working with the South Carolina State Department of Education in a pilot program to link schools statewide with schools in other countries in the early 1990’s and also facilitating the signing of a Sister-City agreement between the town of Pendleton and Stornoway, Scotland in 2000. Dr. Cahaly hopes that by serving as the state coordinator for Sister Cities International, she will have the opportunity to bring international programs and visitors to the Anderson area and to build statewide and international relationships that will facilitate the new emphasis on international programs at Anderson University.
Sister Cities International is a worldwide organization promoting civic diplomacy that was envisioned by President Eisenhower as the 'main cog' for citizen diplomacy. Its history highlights many early sister-city relationships formed out of the post WWII aid programs to Western Europe and the lasting friendships that were developed through the cultural and educational interaction. The mission of Sister-Cities International is to “Promote peace through mutual respect, understanding & cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.”