New Disney Exchange Students
Steve Flynn and Stephani Utt with new Disney students
Over the month of January, over 150 UNCG exchange students traveled to Orlando, Florida, to start their Disney exchange program. We would like to wish them all the best with their exchange and look forward to hearing about their experiences.
Universidad Estácio De Sá: Danielle Azevedo Benac, Luana Do Carmo Luiz, Lourenco Drumond Gadelha, Erika D'Urco, Laudemir Junior Muros de Miranda, Veronica Lentino, Olivia Maximo, Bruno Montiero de Arruda, Vanessa Pires da Silva, Hugo Reis Cardoso;
Instituto Brasileiro de Mercado de Capitais (Ibmec): Fernanda D'Alessandro Nogueira Portilho;
Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacíon: Valeska Carrasco Rojas, Emilia Carvallo Valenzuela, Nicole Farias Martinez, Catherine Gonzalez Loyola, Franco Lavoz Donoso, Carolina Maldonado Munoz, Maria Paillan Ojeda, Paula Segura Acuna;
Universidad Santo Tomás: Katherine Azocar Madrid, Camila Cabezas Arias;
Chongqing University: Qinting Chen, Shuyan Chen, Xiaodi Cheng, Lei Feng, Jingsi He, QiQi Jiang, Wei Jiang, Xiao Jiang, Jialin Li, Xiao Liu, Yuhan Liu, Yao Long, Siyun Shen, Yushuo Wang, Yuan Yuan, Baohua Zhang, Shuai Zhang, Haidi Zhou, Liuyin Zhu;
Chongqing Technology and Business University: Hongyu Bao, Zhuo Chen, Kai Dong, Yan Gao, Yue Hu, LanLan Jia, Yanxu Lai, Chao Li, Linman Li, Nimei Li, Shimin Liang, Yuan Liang, ChengHao Liu, Jia Liu, Lijia Liu, Zhen Ying Liu, Naiyi Luo, YunYun Ni, Nan Pu, PengYan Shen, Yan Shi, Fei Tan, Xin Tan, Feiran Wang, Wei Meng Wang, WenTing Wang, YuanYuan Wang, Yan Qing Xie, Ao Xue Xu, Jie Xu, Ying Yan, Dan Yang, Xi Yang, Xing Long Yang, Yang Yang, Dong Fang Yin, Chen Yu, Yue Yuan, Chen Yang Zhang, JunQiu Zhang, Liu Zhang, Ran Zhang, Lin Zhu;
Politecnico Grancolombiano: Sergio Andrade Martin, Andrea Aponte Gonzalez, Yenni Aponte Montenegro, Melissa Avendano Perez, Manuel Bravo Herrera, Maikol Cifuentes Grimaldo, Karla Coronado, Pablo Cruz Garzon, Juan Diaz Anzola, Marggye Forero Lopez, Carlos Gil Silva, Guillermo Gomez Mesa, Jackson Londono Lemus, Paola Montenegro Camacho, Catalina Nieto Rincon, German Nino Rincon, Diego Paez Jula, Jennifer Paipa Nungo, Julian Rojas Romero, Paula Sanchez Gonzalez, Andres Sierra Quintero, Cristian Sierra Quintero, Alvaro Silva Rengifo, Diana Tellez Amaya, Santiago Vargas Perilla, Pedro Vega Sierra;
Aichi University: Sayoko Sasamoto, Mami Watanabe;
Doshisha University: Shuhei Aoyama;
Kyoto Sangyo University: Ayaka Uesaka, Yukiko Yasuda;
Miyagi University: Haruki Abe;
Nagoya City University: Eri Hiramatsu, Izumi Hisazumi, Mai Koyasu, Mao Maruyama, Megumi Tamura, Ayana Wada;
Nanzan University: Tomoyo Okazaki;
Ritsumeikan University: Tsuyoshi Morita, Ai Murakami, Kumi Nakamura, Yuna Yoshida;
Soka University: Mayo Kuroki, Mayu Tsuchiya;
Yokohama University: Rie Kawamura;
Tech de Monterrey-Ciudad de Mexico Campus: Sarycarmen Diaz Gonzalez Salas;
Tech de Monterrey-Guadalajara Campus: Ana Montes Rivas;
Tech de Monterrey-Leon Campus: Daniela Hernandez Huerta, Elisa Lomelin Elizondo, Lizzury Rodriguez Ramos;
Tech de Monterrey-San Luis Potosi Campus: Juan Alvarez Palau;
Tech de Monterrey-Tampico Campus: Jorge Govela Sandoval, Isbet Rebaj Collado, Bertha Rodriguez Gomez;
Tech de Monterrey-Tec de Monterrey Campus: Jacqueline Gordoa Plascencia, Vania Lara Martinez, Aura Sandoval Guatibonza;
Tech de Monterrey-Zacatecas Campus: David Segura de la Cruz;
Hotel Institute Montreux: Jin Han, Kenechi Utaka, Hanna Wolimbwa;
IHTTI School of Hotel Management: Kwun Him Lee, Anna Shabalina, Osk Vifilsdottir, Veronica Wijaya, Monica Yatmatama Djufri;
Swiss Hotel Management Sschool, Caux: Dana Almughrabi, Stella Castrejon, Chou Im Chan, Holly Christmann, Ho Yi Fok, Gillian Johnston, Margarida Lourenco SaldanhaDosSantosRosa, Waralee Orwatthana, Enia Pais Cruz e Silva, Kim Schmid, Choudhry Sharif, Ka Yan So, Ritesh Sura, Un Teng Wong;
Swiss Hotel Management School, Leysin: Sing On Chan, Ming Hang Lai, Yang Ying Lim, Jo-Lynn Ong, Ksenia Penkina, Budi Santoso, Joongwon Yu;
Yuan Ze University: Wen-Yi Chiang, Chih-Yin, Chou, Chao-Pu Ho, Chia-Ling Hsu, Hsin-Yi Huang, Chin-Yi Lee, Yu-San Lu, Song-Shan Tsai, Yu-Hsuan Tseng, and Yi-Ling Yeh.
New Disney Exchange for Chilean Students
On Sunday, August 10, ten eager students from Santiago, Chile, arrived at the Faculty Center on campus. These students are embarking upon a new exchange program having been awarded scholarships from the Chilean Ministry of Education. UNCG regularly receives exchange students on the Disney College Program each semester through the Bryan School of Business, but the difference this time is that the students will be English Education majors, practicing their spoken English and learning about how to teach it to non-native speakers.
IPC welcomed the following students from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacíon (UMCE), Santiago, Chile: Nicolás Araya, Natalia Fuentes, Rodrigo Gaete, Daniela Olivares, Ana María Ortiz, Makarena Polanco, Andrea Riveros, and Cristóbal Rodríquez.
The group also included two students from the Universidad Santo Tomás (UTS), Santiago, Chile: Francisco Arredondo and José Ulloa.
The program is piloted by the Chilean students’ mentor Professor Samuel Fernandez, Head of the English Department at Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacíon, and Dr. Samuel Miller, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with the School of Education at UNCG, and Steve Flynn, Ph.D. candidate in ELC. Together they have worked to build relationships and a program that will allow these exchange students to gain first-hand teaching experience.
“The Ministry of Education in Chile is putting a lot of effort into teaching English,” Professor Fernandez told his students. “English teachers are the most important profession in the country. If the teachers are good, children will learn English as their second language and will leave the country as engineers. They’ll come back with new businesses, new ideas, and contribute to the economy of the country. Students are the most important part of our future. I’m so happy that you are here.” Steve Flynn added, “They are the trailblazers of the future.”
Professor Samuel Fernandez came to the U.S. while he was a MA student, on a Fulbright Award, to the University of Kansas. While there he met his best friend who, coincidentally, now lives in Asheville, NC. They planned to reunite briefly before Dr. Fernandez left with his students for Florida.
The Chilean students spent one week on campus at UNCG. While here they visited the Newcomers School. The Newcomers School is a school just entering its second year of handling newly arrived international children before they are placed into public schools. It is a culture and language habilitation center and Saturdays the school offers parents school to help newly arrived parents keep up with their children. This is a great opportunity for the Chilean students to see the importance of working with non-native English speakers and the experience will benefit them as future teachers.
Student Andrea Riveros was visibly excited about the program. “Our Government stimulates students to go out and learn. Work, study, leadership—all in one place. We are nervous but the experience will be worth it.” “It is a part of our culture that we are very close to our families,” Andrea said. “The hardest part was leaving. It was sad, leaving, but we have a deep responsibility to learn and accomplish as much as possible.” For many of these students it was their first time on a plane, let alone their first time abroad. The experience also comes with the price of leaving behind their close family ties for the semester.
Cristóbal Rodríquez seemed to speak for the class when he said that his biggest concern was being understood, but that teaching was what they are here for and that they want to experience everything that they can. Steve Flynn understood their concerns but agreed with the importance of this program. “Everything was profoundly changed by my experiences overseas,” Steve said. “What you will learn most is about you, and your place in your own culture.”
This is the first exchange program that UNCG has with Chilean universities and we look forward to a long and productive relationship.
Drs. Samuel Fernandez and Penelope Pynes with Ajaya Francisand the new Disney College Program participants.
For more information on the Newcomers School, please visit their website: http://www.gcsnc.com/schools/alt/newcomers/index.html
Welcome to new DISNEY International College Program participants!
COLOMBIA: Politecnico Grancolombiano: Laura Ardila, Maria Beltran Andrade, Diego Bolanos Colmenares, Yuly Cruz Ortega, Diana Fernandez Bustos, Katterine Garcia Garzon, Katherine Gomez Quimbay, Carolina Gomez Sanabria, Loren Jaramillo Bernal, Adriana Laverde Barrero, Natalia Laverde Pico, Monica Patino Sanchez, Diana Restrepo Loboguerrero, William Rodriguez Diaz, Camilo Rodriguez Herrera, Juan Rueda Rivillas, Jehisson Valenzuela Prieto, Maria Zopo Sanchez.
MEXICO: Tec de Monterrey-Leon Campus: Maria Lozano Salcedo; Tec de Monterrey- Queretaro Campus: Eva Uribe Mendoza; Tec de Monterrey- San Luis Potosi Campus: Angelica Escamilla Macedo; Tec de Monterrey- Monterrey Campus: Alfonso Cavazos del la Garza, Ivonne Orozco Hernandez, Emmanuel Aguado Rivas, Duby Armendariz Ogushi, Daphne Calderon Aguirre, Bernardo Fraga Hernandez, Elizabeth Lira Saucedo, Yolanda Retamoza Navarro, Javier Rodriguez Moncayo, Ana Tiscareno Contreras, Susana Mariann Valdes Sanchez, Enrique Villanueva Lugo.
BRAZIL: Centro Universitário: Camila da Silva
COLOMBIA: Politecnico Grancolombiano: Jennifer Gutierrez Pinilla, Maria Romero Posada.
SWITZERLAND: Swiss Hotel Management School Leysin: Yuen Hei Chan, Chi Ying Chan, Kam Fan Lo, Pak Yee Ng.
BRAZIL: Estácio de Sá: Camila Botelho de Freitas Souto, Priscila Cristina De Freitas, Mirela Da Costa, Stephanie Dam Menescal Conde, Bernardo De Moraes Arnoso, Bruno De Souza, Raquel Dos Reis, Arthur Dos Santos Barbosa, Carolina Esperon Kauer, Juliana Fernandes Pinto Martha, Fernanda Gomes Dos Santos, Welyn Lima de Sousa, Thiago Lopes Gil Ferreira, Yuri Marques, Gabrielle Nana Ferreira Bayer, Julia Silva, Rafael Simao, Vitor Vieira e Vieira, Rodrigo Perico De Magalhaes, Vitor Rezende Abreu Da Silva, Camila Veras Melo, Leonardo Almeida Do Vale.
CHILE: Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacíon: Nicolas Araya Carreno, Natalia Fuentes Rodriguez, Rodrigo Gaete Cortes, Daniela Olivares Salazar, Ana Ortiz Rivera, Makarena Polanco Moya, Andrea Riveros Fuentes, Cristobal Rodriguez Olivares; Universidad Santo Tomás: Francisco Arredondo Cerda, Jose Raul Ulloa Hidalgo.
CHINA: Chongqing University: Hsueh-Ting Chen, Yingdan Chen, Lijuan Fei, Ying Gao, Dingyuan Hu, Chao Li, Weixian Li, Xue Li, Yao Li, Yilan Li, Zhi Li, Yihan Liao, Xi Lin, Yihan Liu, Jingjun Liu, Jingbo Ma, Ansha Wang, Shuang Wang, Wenhui Xiao, Luyao Xie, Dandan Xu, Dongran Xu, Ping Xu, Shuangping Xu, Yang Yang, Jingsi Yu, Yu Yuan, Xiaoqing Zhang, Xin Zhang, Zhiying Zhang, Yawei Zhao, Yan Zhou, Min Zou.
JAPAN: Keio University: Aya Kondo; Nanzan University: Saki Mitsuda; Ritsumeikan University: Sayuri Hayashi; Waseda University: Moe Nagayama.
PERU: San Ignacio De Loyola University: Alexandra Apaclla Vizcardo, Rebeca Caritas Castro, Hellen Chavez Daviran, Alvaro Guerrero Suarez, Lorena Lopez de Castilla Elias, Oscar Ramirez Diaz, Pierina Saenz Salas, Tiffany Sanchez Mora, Ninoska Vargas Benites, Claudia Wilson Aratta.
SWITZERLAND: School of Hotel Management: Oi Ying Yeung; Swiss Hotel Management School Caux: Miguel Safie Infantozzi; Swiss Hotel Management School Leysin: Manasanan Nilcharoon.
TAIWAN: Yuan Ze University: Ying-Hsin Chang, Chiao-Hui Chen, Jui-Chieh Chen, Yi-Shan Chi, Ting-An Kang, Chih-Chun Kang, Ho-Chi Lee, Wan-Ling Lee, Yun-Chia Ling, Tsung-Lin Wu.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Polytechnic: Siew Fong Chian, Wei Wen Chua, Jiaxin Fan, Poovanes Govenda Samy, Hui Ting Koh, Si Min Lim, Diana Lim, Xinyi Lin, Shu Ting Ng, Sing Ying Ng, Pei Jing See, Wan Lian Tan, Qian Jun Tang, Wan Qin Ting, Lei Mun Toh, Min Jie Wong, Haoyun Zhou.