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NCAIE Conference – MARCH 2013

UNCG NCAIE Participants
Our IPC team and friends at this year’s NCAIE conference
This year’s North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) conference was held at the NC A&T State University on March 7 (a half-day pre-conference workshop) and March 8 (full day conference). Our delegation was comprised of two UNCG students, Junyi Hu (IPC Graduate Assistant), Mike Elliott, Tom Martinek, Kaitlin Ritchie, Angie Kapely, Nor Othman, Pamela Harrod, Natalie Bondy, Jennifer Kelley, Logan Stanfield, Norma Velazquez, and Amanda Pelon (our SAE Advisor from the Bryan School of Business and Economics). IPC staff who presented at the conference this year were Mike Elliott, Norma Velazquez, Nor Othman, and Angie Kapely.

Norma presented with Amanda Mills, Assistant Director of UNC Chapel Hill's ISSS office, on "The First 30 Days: What does SEVIS reporting look like in your office?"

Mike coordinated an international student panel of UNCG and Elon University students. Entitled “Successes and Challenges of International Students: Straight from the Source!“ these five international students from China, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia and Vietnam shared with the audiences their actual university experiences. Three of these student panelists were Fatima (Saudi Arabia), Carla (Bolivia) and our own ISSS Programming Assistant, Junyi Hu (China).

Nor presented on the psychographics of international students for marketing and recruitment purposes and Angie presented with Sameer Tabbakh, PhD candidate and Founder/ex-President of Saudi Student Club at NC A&T, on finding the middle ground in understanding Middle Eastern students’ culture and traditions.

Congratulations to Tom Martinek, Jr. for being elected the State Representative for this year’s NAFSA Region VII conference. Tom addressed the audience during lunch break to promote and encourage participation in the upcoming student-led “Global Experience Conference” which will be held at UNCG on April 6, 2013. And, thank you to Pamela Harrod, our Director of International Admissions, who as an NCAIE Board member, was on site to ensure smooth flow of the day’s events and activities. Thank you all for your participation.

NCAIE MEMBERSHIP: If you are interested to join NCAIE as a member and receive regular news and updates, please visit this website to register: http://www.ncaie.org/stateconference.html Membership is open to all -- students, staff, faculty members, service providers, etc.

IPC Staff: Welcome and Farewell
Natalie O’Connor, IPC’s new Front Desk Supervisor and Administrative Assistant

Welcome, Natalie O’Connor!

IPC is pleased to welcome Natalie O’Connor to our staff. Natalie is our new Front Desk Supervisor and Administrative Assistant. She graduated from UNCG in Fall 2010 with a BS in International Business and a BA in Spanish. After studying abroad in Spain during the Fall 2008 semester, she decided to become a Study Abroad Peer Ambassador for the Bryan School of Business and Economics so that she could encourage others to study abroad. After her graduation, she returned to UNCG first as a volunteer for IPC’s Study Abroad and Exchange Program in Spring 2011 before becoming the Interim Office Manager for UNC Exchange Programs in October 2012. She was just accepted into the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education M.Ed. Program and is hoping to pursue a career in International Education. She is very excited to be here, and we are so glad to have her!


Jennifer James, former Front Desk Supervisor and Administrative Assistant for IPC
Farewell, Jennifer James

IPC bids a fond farewell to Jennifer James, who was our Front Desk Supervisor and Administrative Assistant for the Fall 2012 semester. We wish her the best in her future endeavors!













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