Cowan with Dona Cady, left, and Elizabeth Buck of the East-West Center, celebrating MCC’s 20-year partnership with the Center. ▲ One of Cowan’s favorite projects has been the college’s long-time participation in the Asian Studies Development Program, a joint program of the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center, an organization that promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, research and dialogue. The program’s mission is to infuse Asian content and perspectives into the core curriculum at American two-year and four-year colleges and universities through programs that help faculty expand and refine their knowledge and teaching of Asia. Under the direction of Dona Cady, Associate Dean of Humanities, the program has blossomed through Cowan’s tenure, with numerous faculty dedicated to the program, including Julien Farland, Kent Mitchell, Joanna DelMonaco, Barbara Dexter-Smith, Orian Greene, Elizabeth Hastings, Stan Hitron, Sue Hunt, Rob Kaulfuss, Gail Mooney, Karen Oster, Peyton Paxson, Marie Ryder, Michael Rodman and many others. Lois Alves, MCC’s Vice President for Enrollment Services, Research & Planning, has been with the college since 1981, when she joined its ranks as registrar. She believes the college’s international partnerships elevated the college to entirely new plateaus. Cowan has always pushed college personnel to take a global approach to teaching and learning. ▲ “Evan (Dobelle) introduced the idea of international partnerships, then Carole perfected it. Once it started, it was if a window opened and everyone realized what a big world was out there waiting for us,” Alves said. “All of a sudden a little sleepy college got woken up, and we had a campus hungry for more. Now, it’s commonplace for Middlesex to be a leader. But we were once a small, little college. Now, we have an international reputation and the world is our classroom.” Under Cowan’s leadership in 1995, MCC was also the first college to open a charter school, the Lowell Middlesex Academy, which serves high school 68