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Dr. Penelope Pynes and Denise Bellamy attend EAIE Conference in Nantes, France

From September 10-19, Penelope Pynes and Denise Bellamy traveled to France to conduct site visits and to attend the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference. Their first stop was in Lyon to visit Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3. There they met with Laetitia Belot, North America/Japan/South Africa Program Coordinator, and the staff of the International Relations Department. Also in Lyon, Pynes and Bellamy met with Roger Miller at the Université Catholique de Lyon in order to finalize a new agreement with the school.

Traveling on, the two visited the Université d’Angers on September 13 where they met with Michel Darmon, Faculte des Lettres, Langues et Sciences Humaines, and John Cassini. Penelope and Denise also had the opportunity to meet up with two UNCG students studying abroad in Angers this semester, Issa Gakou and Monica Scovell.

Issa Gakou, John Cassini, Monica Scovell, Michel Darmon, Denise, and Penelope

On September 14, Penelope and Denise met with François Henri, Gildas Le Vogeur, and Françoise Cieslarczyk at the Université Rennes 2, before continuing on to the EAIE Conference.

The 22nd Annual EAIE conference was held in Nantes, France, from September 15-18. There were 3,642 people from 82 countries around the world, and 384 institutions filled over 1700 square meters of exhibition space, making it the largest Exhibition to date.

 

 

Laetitia Belot and Denise Bellamy

Denise and Penelope with new partners from Sogang University in South Korea

IPC Staff participate in TeamQuest

On September 7, 2010, the International Programs Center staff participated in Team QUEST, a program offered through UNCG’s Campus Recreation, which sets up active, hands-on experiences for enhancing group development. Team QUEST creates programs for teams and groups across campus for students, faculty, and staff that aim at improving team and leadership development, creative thinking, communication skills, effective decision making, and trust building. Facilitators guide groups through the experiential learning process by leading activities and then processing or debriefing with the group to discover learning outcomes available for group improvement. The goal is to transfer knowledge or skills gained from the Team QUEST experience to the group's typical organization or team setting.

Denise Bellamy tries to get the washers rolling as Tom Martinek, Jr., Kaitlin Ritchie, and Logan Stanfield observe

The IPC team celebrates success

Here’s what some of the IPC team had to say about their Team QUEST experience:

Lindsay Armistead: I loved how each colleague's personality showed through each activity, as if it were a normal day in the office. The best part is seeing how great a team we have to work with not just on special days like this, but every day that we come to work!

Tom Martinek, Jr: I enjoyed interacting with staff in new ways outside of the office environment.

Carrie Rosario: I liked the big picture puzzle the most because I saw how well our minds could work together when we really engaged and put the effort to make something work. It was a great feeling.

The IPC team did several activities throughout the morning, including an activity that required them to spin five washers around a metal ring and pass it on to the next person and around their circle without stopping the spinning washers. After many attempts, the team finally made it around the circle two and half times without the washers stopping! During another activity, each teammate was given three or four picture cards that they could not show to anyone else. They had to rely on their verbal communication skills in order to figure out how the pictures related to each other. In the end, the pictures created a kind of linear story that the team could step back and admire.

Norma Velazquez: Activities such as the passing the ball and the wire spinning provided the space to be there for each other when we encounter difficulties and to support each other's efforts and applaud our success as a team.

Tom Martinek, Jr. shares "Food for Thought" with Lloyd International Honors College by Stacey Peebles

Every Wednesday during the academic year, the Lloyd International Honors College sponsors and hosts a lunch and conversation for students and faculty. This “Food for Thought” provides a unique opportunity on campus for members of the UNCG community to engage in thoughtful conversation about a variety of topics and issues.

During this school year’s first “Food for Thought” on September 1, Tom Martinek, Jr. of the International Programs Center led a conversation on “Coming to America: The International Student’s Perspective.” The discussion was about how the dramatic changes made to visa and immigration procedures after 9/11 have affected international students coming to study in the United States, and the vast differences between the U.S. college system and higher education around the world.  This was a great chance to hear from international students how their educational system at home differs from their experience at UNCG and how this reflects various aspects of their culture.

Held in conjunction with IPC's study abroad fair, this was a terrific way to kick off our "Food for Thought" series this year.  We had an excellent turnout of international students, Honors students, and UNCG students with international backgrounds, as well as faculty and staff.  The international students shared some of their stories about the policies and procedures necessary for studying in the States, as well as their initial impressions of the U.S. and North Carolina.  

One Honors student asked the international students why they were interested in coming here instead of another country, and the responses were interesting and surprising to some.  A Brazilian student said that the U.S. is the only nation that has competitive sports at the college level, and he came for the opportunity to play tennis.  Another student came with her family to seek medical care for a disabled sibling, and several mentioned educational opportunities they felt were unavailable elsewhere.  Finally, the students discussed the differences in educational systems and the experience of college generally between America and their home countries.  Students from South Korea, Iran, China, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Finland, Ghana, and the Congo were all in attendance. Overall, a great success!

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Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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