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Seasons Greetings from IPC!

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday and happy New Year!!!

On Friday, December 3, 2010, the International Programs Center welcomed students, faculty, and staff from the UNCG community to our annual holiday gathering. This year, IPC hosted an Open House in order to bring people together in our relatively new work space. Many people came out from across campus to take part in the festivities. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!

Denise Bellamy with INTERLINK students

Nell Pynes shows off her office space to Angela Mahoney and Deb Carley

IPC student employees: Shaunesha Lindsay and Prasamsa Sharma

IPC Staff attend NAFSA Regional Conference

IPC staff members Tom Martinek, Kaitlin Ritchie, Lindsay Armistead, and Logan Stanfield attended the NAFSA Region VII conference in Jacksonville, Florida on November 7-10, 2010. NAFSA is the professional organization representing the field of international education. The Region VII conference is comprised of international educators from the southeast. It provides workshops and activities for all areas of international education, including study abroad and international student services. This conference was particularly ideal as IPC seeks to strengthen its current programs and support services and raise the profile of international education at UNCG. IPC staff members were able to bring back a wealth of information to contribute to new initiatives and programs for international students and students going abroad such as study abroad curriculum integration, community programming for international students, and effective study abroad marketing.

Logan, Tom, and Kaitlin with fellow educators, including Daniel Diaz, a former IPC employee

This is what Lindsay Armistead, Study Abroad Coordinator, had to say about her experience at the conference:

“As a first time attendee of any NAFSA conference, the Region 7 was definitely a memorable one for me. I was amazed at the sense of camaraderie and stewardship all of the members displayed and I quickly felt like I fit into the community of International Educators. The three days of the conference were packed full with great informational sessions and collaborative brainstorming.

Perhaps the best part of the event was having the chance to network with so many others who were experienced in the field. As a newcomer I requested a mentor to help guide me through the NAFSA experience. My mentor, Viet Ha from Presbyterian College, South Carolina, shared with me his experiences as an international educator and encouraged me to engage in other collegial relationships.

What a great way to culminate the end of the semester with some of the best colleagues a person could ask for! The NAFSA Region 7 was a tremendous experience that I will continue to be a part of in the years to come.”

Tom, Lindsay, Kaitlin, and Logan at the conference

Kavita Gosai: New American Citizen

On November 19, one of our staff members, Kavita Gosai, was officially sworn in as an American citizen. “I am proud and relieved to become an American citizen,” said Kavita, “because becoming a citizen opens up new opportunities that I didn’t have before and now I can be a part of the American system.” Her new citizenship brings mixed feelings as well, says Kavita: “I am sad because I am giving up the rights of my own country.” Kavita, originally from India, has been in the U.S. since 2004 and has been working with IPC since the fall of 2007.

In preparing to apply for citizenship, Kavita, like others who become U.S. citizens, had to work hard to learn all about America’s history, government, geography, and political system. The application for citizenship includes a 100-question civics exam, followed by an interview with an immigration officer to test her verbal and written proficiency in English.

Once she passed these exams, Kavita participated in a celebratory ceremony in Guilford Court House in Greensboro, where she swore an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S. and received her citizenship certificate and a small American flag. A choir group sang several songs to conclude the ceremony, including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

Kavita with her citizenship certificate

Everyone at IPC welcomes Kavita as a new U.S. citizen! We are lucky to have her as a fellow American!

 

 

Kavita received a congratulary card from the IPC staff

 

 

 

Read more about the process of gaining U.S. citizenship:

The Path to American Citizenship (American Visa Bureau)

Could you pass the citizenship test? (History Channel)

 

Previous editions:

Volume 10, Edition 3, November 2010

Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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