|Volume 10, Edition 5 February 2011|
|Welcome to newest member of the IPC team|
|Nor Othman joined us in December as IPC’s new Program Coordinator. Originally from Malaysia, Nor is no stranger to international programs as she attended California State University in Long Beach as an international student while studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Nor has also lived in Exeter, United Kingdom, where she completed her MBA, and in London. After completing her degree programs, Nor worked for several advertising and marketing companies in Malaysia before moving to Greensboro in 2006, where she has worked as the Principal at Greensboro Islamic Academy, as well as working for Guilford County Schools. Nor is married and she loves cooking, travelling, reading, and watching movies, especially fantasy and science-fiction. We are glad to welcome Nor to the IPC team!|
|IPC is growing a Community Garden|
Last year, faculty members and students set up the beginnings of a campus garden on a vacant lot with the first planting of the UNCG Gardens scheduled for March. As a part of UNCG's efforts to promote a sustainable campus and community, the International Programs Center will cultivate an 8-foot by 4-foot plot of land.
The hope for the IPC garden is that students—PALs, international students, study abroad students, etc.—will volunteer to help care for the garden. Whether it’s helping to plant seeds, water the ground, or pull weeds, every little bit will help the community garden. Lindsay Armistead, Transfer Credit Advisor, has taken on the project of gathering the volunteers in order to plant the seeds for some spring and summer vegetables, including leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and okra.
Additionally, she hopes to lead a monthly educational session for staff and students regarding sustainable living, organic gardening, and cooking. “The goal,” says Lindsay, “is to teach international students about the local Piedmont food community and to participate in a piece of daily life here in Greensboro.” After the first harvest, IPC plans to use what they’ve grown to cook an international garden dinner for staff and students.
With your help, we can promote local and organic eating habits as well as learn more about gardening practices in the Piedmont. If you would be interested in planning, growing or harvesting the crops in the garden, please email Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first gardening day is Saturday, February 12.
You can also follow our garden's progress on our blog: http://ipcgarden.tumblr.com/