IPC Staff Attend NCAIE Annual State Conference
The 2010 North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) Annual State Conference took place at North Carolina Central University on March 12. During the one-day conference, a morning workshop on the F-1 visa was offered to all attendees, along with a variety of workshops throughout the day. The International Program Center’s own Kristi Parker, Assistant Director of the UNC Exchange Program, co-presented a workshop entitled “Pre-departure Orientation: Creative Ways to Prepare Students for a Study Abroad Experience.”
IPC staff at the conference
Additionally, at the NCAIE board meeting, Tom Martinek Jr., IPC’s Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, relinquished his duties as current chair and transitioned to being Past Chair of the NCAIE.
Kweku Atta Gives Back to Ghana
In January, the office of University Relations featured an article on Kweku Atta, a native of Ghana, and UNCG housekeeper who maintains the Foust building, where the International Programs Center (IPC) is located. The IPC appreciates of all the hardworking individuals who help make our daily working lives easier, and Kweku is one.
Before coming to Greensboro, Kweku was an active leader of his community in Ghana and led his hometown of Tema in improving the city’s infrastructure. During the 12 years he held an office in the District Assembly, he succeeded in convincing the government to build the first public school in the area. Additionally, Kweku established a scholarship program for students to attend the city school, sponsoring two or three students himself every year.
Kweku continues to look out for the well-being of his hometown, especially the children. He collects clothes and school supplies, sending his goodies in huge barrels to Tema.
The International Programs Center commends Kweku on his dedication and service to his home country.
To read this inspiring article in its entirety, see “To Ghana with Love.”
Meet Our New Staff!
Carrie Rosario is the new Program Coordinator, taking over the position from Katie Ostrowka. Carrie is a graduate student in the Public Health department at UNCG. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in France and traveled around Europe. The IPC staff welcomes Carrie and wishes her luck in her new position!
Jennifer Beam is a senior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management, currently working as an Intern with the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs staff. Last summer, Jennifer studied abroad in Ecuador.
Lindsay Armistead is IPC’s new transfer credit advisor for Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, where she will be meeting with returning students to ensure they receive credit for the classes they took while abroad. Lindsay just graduated UNCG with a Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies and Spanish. While attending UNCG, she studied abroad in Spain and Argentina.
Cinnamon Hunter has been working with IPC since November on various projects and is now gathering information for UNCG's internationalization self-study. Cinnamon loves to travel, enjoys trying international wines and ethnic cuisines, and speaks English, Spanish, French, and is learning German.
Happy Holidays from the International Programs Center!
IPC Holiday Party
The International Programs Center hosted our annual holiday party on December 4. International students and scholars, study abroad and exchange students, and UNCG faculty and staff from all over campus shared in the festivities, with tasty food, warm cider, and good cheer. Thanks to all our guests for joining us in celebrating the holiday season!
Meet Our New Faculty and Staff
Dr. Pynes’ promotion to Associate Provost was only one of several shifts that have taken place in the IPC. Denise Bellamy is now the Interim Director of Study Abroad & Exchange Programs; Ajaya Francis is our Incoming Exchange Coordinator; and Logan Stanfield has taken charge over our faculty-led, short term programs as the Study Abroad Coordinator. All three staff members have truly stepped up to meet the expectations of their new positions and have done a great job so far with help from the IPC team!
Additionally, over the summer, we said goodbye to several IPC staff: Drury Fulcher, Stephani Utt, Renée Kerkensen, and many of our student employees have all moved on to pursue various interests. We wish them all the best of luck in their future!
This semester, we would like to welcome the new members of the IPC team:
Christina Thompson is replacing Renée Kerkensen as our new Office Manager. Christina has been working with IPC for about five years, most recently with the UNC Exchange Programs office. Currently, she is a graduate student at UNC Greensboro in the Liberal Arts and Global Studies program with a focus in International Education and Affairs.
Jonathan Santos is our new Disney Program Coordinator, taking the reins from Stephani Utt. He is excited to be a part of the IPC Team. Originally from Queens, New York, and raised in Japan, Jonathan has always been a part of the International community. He studied abroad in China and is of Hispanic heritage. Multiculturalism, travel, and education are very important to Jonathan, who also loves to make music and eat great food!
We would also like to welcome our new Graduate Assistants:
Jacqlyn Baylis is working towards her Master’s in Public Health and will be assisting the International Student Association (ISA) as Student Activities Coordinator.
Lilit Ter-Azaryan joins us from Armenia and is a student in the MBA program. She will be working with the Study Abroad & Exchange Programs this year.
Sarah Schupp is working with Study Abroad as our Transfer Credit advisor.
Rui Jun (Carol) Zou, a student from China in the accounting department, is working with Pamela Harrod in International Admissions.
In addition to our graduate assistants we would also like to welcome our new undergraduate assistants:
E’cho Caldwell has returned to working with us after a one year hiatus.
Bianca Foye is a sophomore accounting major and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She plans to pursue a career as an Internal Auditor upon graduation.
Lam Haselden is a Bryan Business student and is originally from Vietnam.
Jennifer Kelly is also a Bryan student and has many years experience living and traveling abroad.
Brandie Reeder is a junior in the Political Science department with hopes to study foreign policy in Japan in the future on one of our study abroad programs.
Prasamsa Sharma was born in Nepal and is a freshman in the Nursing department.
Grainne O’Higgins, Laura Whittaker, and Claire Rainey are joining us from our partner university, the University of Northern Ireland, Coleraine. All three are students in the Nutrition department.
Carol Fuentes Parra and Maria Jose Zamora are Education students from our partner university UMCE in Chile.