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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa g The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., 14. 1974 Program Takes Sock Out Of Foreign Culture Shock LOS ANGELES (AP) What do you do when your landlord sacrifices a lamb in front of your apartment'; Get angry? Call the police? Move out? Those responses would be fitting enough in the U.S. But they weren't appropriate for the newly-arrived American family who had it happen to them in Shiraz, Iran. It turned out that the landlord had fallen from a second-story balcony the day before and suffered only a broken nose. He attributed his good fortune to the presence of (he Americans, and he sacrificed the lamb for them to show his gratitude. The family kept their cool and enjoyed the leg of lamb. 18-Hour Course Why? Because Hughes Aircraft Co., before transfer- ring them, had given them a specially-designed, 18-hour course on Iran, the people and their way of life. The prepara- tion took the sock out of culture shock. Hughes developed the orien- tation program after Iran awarded it a con- tract last April to design and equip an electro-optical production facility in Shiraz over the next few years. Economics and efficiency dictated the need for the course, company officials say. They had heard the business equivalent of horror stories about Americans sent to the Middle East who-could not cope with the unforeseen cul- tural differences and in turn soured relations with the local people they worked and lived with. Says George W. Goebel, manager of foreign programs for Hughes: "The program requirements dictate that we have a staff of about 170 there from at least two to five years. The more continuity there is in the personnel, the greater the NE Iowa Crime Unit Is Headed By Don Parrish OELVVEIN Don Parrish, Independence, Tuesday was named chairman of the North- east Iowa Crime commission, which to study tfranl requests. Parrish replaces Walter Kyle, Waterloo, who did not seek reappointment. Assistant Waterloo Police Chief Gil Hanson was named vice-chairman. The commission approved the following communications grants: Jackson county, Delaware county, Bremer county, Winneshiek county, Buchanan county, The crime commission serves Allamakee. Black Hawk, Buchanan, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, .Jackson and Winneshiek counties. Leaving Posts IOWA CITY Two mem- hers of the Iowa City staff are leaving the city to work for former City Manager Ray Wells in his new position in Lakewood, Colo. Kay Maune, 24, administrative assistant, will fill a similar post in Lake- wood. Charles Gillett, building and zoning coordinator, leaves Friday for a similar job in Lakewood. BIG GEORGE I efficiency and benefits to the program." Unusual Program Most companies that do a lot of business outside the 13. S. have similar orientation programs, but Hughes' is unusual in that they have chosen an Iranian psychologist to run it. She is Dr. Homa Snibbe, who came to the U. S. 15 years ago, worked as a language coor- dinator for the Peace Corps and now directs a research project at the University of California at Los Angeles. Of her Hughes course. Dr. Snibbe says: "I try not to select or deselect anyone. I just give them a realistic picture not a travelogue but a realistic picture of what it's going to be like, and if they don't think, they can handle it they'll drop out." Families receive hours of language instruction and six hours of cultural orientation. In addition to explaining Iranian customs, taboos and lifestyles. Dr. Snibbe also tries to prepare the individual family members for psychological problems that may arise, such as bouts with homesickness, loneliness and alienation. Just Different "In no way is the course geared to saying Iran's culture is worse or that it's better just that it's Goebel says. "For says Dr. Snibbe. "when you see two men holding hands on Hollywood boulevard it means one thing, but in Tehran it means something else. That's because in Iran, physical contact between men is a sign of friendship. Dick Hamilton, a 38-year-old bachelor who will be working in the Shiraz facility's calibra- tion laboratory.took the course and said later he felt en- couraged about the move. UFO Searchers i Find Flashlight CARBONDALE, Pa. (UPI) A strange object, said to have dropped from the sky, glowed from a neighborhood pond, alarming citizens. Three experts on Uniden- tified Flying Objects were called in to examine it. Police in a rescue boat hooked a net onto the object, but it slipped back into the pond. Curious onlookers, including a number of children out of school on a holiday, gathered in a carnival-like atmosphere to watch another try at re- trieval. A plan was approved to dig out a part of the lake and drain it with fire equipment. Ttye area was roped off and guarded by police and the Civil Air Patrol. Mark Steamey of Auburn, N. Y., a scuba diver, went into the water with a rope around him and snagged the glowing ob- ject. It was a 12-inch flashlight. Tipton Teachers Seek Base Hike TIPTON-Tlie Tipton Teachers Education Assn. asked a base pay for teachers to begin next school year at the school board meet- ing Tuesday night. Present base salary is S7.800. The board took no action cm the request, but indicated they would study the matter against available funds in the budget. Virgil Partch "The information that I got from it gave me a little insight into the country and the people and got me used to hearing the Persian language, which should be of help when I get Hamilton said. "Psucdo-Tljuana" "From things I'd hear I had an image of the place as a sort of psuedo-Tijuana (Mexico) type, but my reaction from the movie and slides was that it didn't look all that backward." Hughes employes making the transfer all of whom are volunteers, the company says attend small class meetings at Dr. Snibbe's home two nights n week. In addition to her instruction they have access to a variety of literature on Iran and a selec- tion (if Iranian newspapers and magazines. Children also participate in the course since they will have to make the same adjustments their parents do. Dr. Snibbe said. She says she makes a point to tell them about what the schools are like and also what the drug situation is availa- ble but subject to stiff penal- ties. High Murks Although most of the Hughes work force will be going over next year. Uoebel says those who already have transferred are giving the course high marks. There have been no major problems among the people there now and their experiences will be incorporat- ed by Dr Snibbe as more employes go through the course, he said. The dropout rate for the class is about one employe in 111, Snibbe said. Dropouts don't go to Iran. Among these was a man who was enthusias- tic about the move but who happened to be a golf addict. said the psy- chologist, "there are no golf courses in Iran. He wanted to go but I pointed out what a big change that would be in his lifestyle, in addition to everything else. He'd have 11 problem with how to fill his free time. He agreed it would be too much and dropped out." LAFF A DAY "How do you know they're my fingerprints when you haven't even called (he F.B.I.''" Steers, Hit by Truck, Killed on Highway 20 INDKI'KNDKNCK Three steers which hud leaped from a pick-up Iruck In which they were being transported' were killed Tuesday night when struck by a semi-lrailer truck on highway 20 seven--miles west of here. The semi was driven by William Dale Ott, 22, of Oelwcln who was traveling west. The driver of the pick- up, Husscl Arthur Young- blood, 22, Jesup, was traveling in the opposite direction. Nei- ther man was injured. One other which also jumped from its carrier was not hit. 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