Thai Consul-General to Visit Monday

September 28, 2012
Dr. Chad Stebbins
sukchanJOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Royal Thai Consul-General Songphol Sukchan, representing 14 U.S. states, will visit Missouri Southern State University on Monday in recognition of the university’s Thailand Semester.

Sukchan and his delegation will tour the campus at 10 a.m. and then attend Thailand Semester presentations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Corley Auditorium of Webster Hall. Marilyn Downing Staff, from Boulder, Colo., will be speaking on “Living on the Fringe: Hill Tribe Minorities in Thailand” and “Love Knows No Bounds: A Thai Adoption Story.”
The Consul-General will provide official greetings from the Royal Thai Consulate (Chicago office) at the beginning of both presentations. He represents Thailand in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.
Prior to his assignment in Chicago, Sukchan served in various offices in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. His previous assignments include director of the Press Division, director of the Passport Division, and chief of staff of the Foreign Minister. He also served in overseas postings at the Royal Thai Embassy in Beijing and the Royal Thai Embassy in London.
The Consul-General has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science (international affairs) from Thammasat University in Bangkok.
Marilyn Downing Staff will speak on “Threads That Bind a Culture: Historical and Contemporary Thai Silk Textiles” at 9 a.m. Monday in Corley Auditorium. She is the founder of Asia Transpacific Journeys, which specializes in cultural and educational travel to the Asia/Pacific region.