Author Archives: Steve

  • Progress in 2019

    Posted on December 11, 2019 by in Blog

    It’s been too long since I blogged, but Cool Mountain has been busy with our new projects. Here’s a quick update: We have formed our Scholarship Advisory Council, composed of our former scholarship recipients who are now schoolteachers themselves, to nominate their own students for this year’s scholarships. We asked them to nominate students who […]

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  • We’re going to have a girls’ basketball team

    Posted on March 9, 2019 by in Blog

    CMEF Board Member Dr. Aga Rehamo wrote last night that 10 basketballs have arrived at Zeyue Elementary School, purchased through contributions from Cool Mountain contributors. Principal Ashuo can now start practice (uniforms will arrive later). He has been very successful as a boys’ coach, and is eager to extend his expertise and enthusiasm to the girls’ […]

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  • Paying it forward: CMEF’s New Scholarship Advisory Council

    Posted on December 8, 2018 by in Blog

    Since we started in 2005, Cool Mountain Education Fund has given scholarships to over 200 graduates of Yangjuan Primary School, and over 50 of them have graduated from 3-year or 4-year colleges.  They are now working as local officials, engineers, and businesspeople, but perhaps most important, 10 of them are now schoolteachers, serving in elementary […]

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  • Beginning a new Project: Zeyue Elementary School

    Posted on December 8, 2018 by in Blog

    I’ve recently returned from the Cool Mountains, and I want to talk about our two new projects. First, Zeyue Elementary School in Xide County. Xide County is in the heartland of Old Liangshan, and its local pronunciation was chosen in the 1970s as the standard for the Nuosu Yi Language.  The county seat is in […]

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  • Big Changes at Cool Mountain

    Posted on July 30, 2018 by in Blog

    I’m writing to announce two big changes that will happen at Cool Mountain Education Fund over the next year or two. First, our leadership is changing. 13 years after co-founding CMEF and leading it as President, I’m stepping down. It has been an immensely gratifying (and challenging) 13 years, and I want to thank all […]

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  • Celebrating Steve’s Retirement

    Posted on August 2, 2017 by in Blog

    This weekend, my students Luo Juan and Zeng Xiaoshun, both of whom visited Yangjuan last summer, CMEF vice president Tami Blumenfield and board member Kaitlin Banfill, and my collaborator Nuosu scholar Aga Rehamo, have organized a conference celebrating my career at the UW.  Board Member He Wenhai, another Nuosu scholar, will attend the conference also, […]

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  • Visiting with Teachers from Yangjuan

    Posted on November 19, 2016 by in Blog

      Last month, I went on a rather rollicking research trip with my Nuosu colleague Aga Rehamo, her husband Muge, who kindly drove the family car for a week over roads not meant for it, and two bright graduate students from Sichuan Normal University College of Education: Wang Huan and Feng Shuang.  We were visiting schools […]

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  • The Good Death of Yangjuan Primary School

    Posted on November 17, 2016 by in Blog

    Back in 1998, Ma Lunzy and Benoît Vermander had a dream; a primary school in Ma’s home village of Yangjuan, which would provide elementary education to a community where less than half the children ever went to school, and would also serve as a community center.  Through the efforts of many local and outside people, […]

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  • Moving to the Finish Line

    Posted on November 6, 2016 by in Blog

    We’re back, after way too long.  A lot has happened since we last blogged, and I’ll be posting every few days for the next couple of weeks. Today I wanted to lay out some of the more important things I’ll be writing about: 1) Yangjuan Primary school is closed.  The decision was made by the […]

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  • Calendars are Here!

    Posted on December 10, 2015 by in Blog

    This is just a quick note to let our subscribers know that the 2016 calendars are here. As before, please Order it here, or send email to Steve Tami Geoff (especially if you’re in the UK or on the continent), Rachel, Sara,Eddie (if you’re in East Asia), Lauren, or the calendar photographer and designer, Kaitlin. […]

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