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|Volume 11 Edition 5: January/February 2012 Emily Holmes, Editor|
Chancellor Brady Welcomes New International Students
On January 17, 2012, Chancellor Linda Brady held her semi-annual International Student Welcome Reception. The reception was held in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center for new international students and UNCG students who have returned from study abroad in recent months. At the reception, Chancellor Brady personally welcomed the incoming students as well as international guests Dr. Tanya Castleman and Dr. Sergei Erofeev (see Visitors & scholars). The Chancellor also recognized Dr. Charles Lyons, the original founder of the International Programs Center (IPC), noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of IPC. Also in attendance was Dr. Joe Baer, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the German and Russian Department at UNCG.
This semester approximately 120 new international students have come to study at UNCG. About half of those students are part of international exchange programs, and most others are degree-seeking international students or part of the INTERLINK program. The reception was a wonderful opportunity to let these students know how much they are appreciated.
Chi Gava is the first international student on exchange from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Chi is originally from Zimbabwe and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Journalism. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Journalism.Helen Kim is from South Korea. She is an international undergraduate degree-seeking student, who is on a UNCG music scholarship. Her major is Music Performance (flute) and Music Education.
Huda Al-Zurfi is from Iraq and studying through the prestigious Iraqi Education Initiative, an Iraq government student scholar program. She is a degree-seeking student at UNCG who is studying to receive a Master's degree in the Computer Science. Huda is also a recent graduate of INTERLINK.
Arwa Al Taher is from Libya. She is seeking her Ph.D. in Geography at UNCG and is studying through a Libyan government scholarship program. Arwa is another recent graduate of INTERLINK.
We would like wish all of the international students a warm welcome and best wishes for the semester. UNCG and IPC are proud to be a part of each student’s journey!
Faculty and Staff!
Martinek Travels to the United Kingdom
Martinek’s first visit was to the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. UNCG recently established an exchange agreement with the University of Leicester, so this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the programs and resources available for potential UNCG exchange students. Martinek was also to meet the University of Leicester students who will be studying at UNCG in the fall.
Martinek then traveled to the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England. This visit provided Martinek with the opportunity to spend time with a long standing exchange partner and to meet with faculty and staff in various academic departments that had not been previously explored for exchange programs.
The final stop on Martinek’s tour was the University of Wales-Trinity St. David in Carmarthen, Wales. The visit to Trinity St. David came at an excellent time as the university has recently merged with another campus in Lampeter, Wales, and will soon be merging with Swansea Metropolitan University. The merger will greatly expand the academic opportunities for UNCG exchange students as well as for students from Trinity St. David at UNCG.
While in Wales, Martinek also presented at a symposium sponsored by Trinity St. David titled, "Internationalization: Beyond Student Recruitment.” Martinek was among four presenters from the U.S., the UK, and Australia that shared their experiences with internationalization efforts on their campuses. Martinek's session, "Internationalization Through Exchange," highlighted UNCG's internationalization initiatives and efforts and focused primarily on how the development of quality exchange partnerships does more than just provide exchange opportunities for students—that is, it plays a crucial role in creating an ethos and culture of internationalization across the campus.
IPC Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, Denise Bellamy, was recently accepted into the NAFSA Academy for International Education. The Academy is an intensive training program that prepares participants to take on additional leadership roles in the area of international education and provides extensive networking opportunities. During the 11-month program, participants attend training events, complete written assignments, engage in conference calls, and receive guidance from a professional coach. Each of these activities is aimed at giving participants an overview of the major practice areas within the international education profession and broadening awareness of professional resources.
Bellamy is honored to have been chosen to participate in the Academy. “I am very excited about joining the NAFSA Academy!” says Bellamy. “The Academy will allow me the opportunity to learn more about the innovative leadership and administrative strategies being implemented by international education professionals throughout the nation. The practical and professional knowledge I gain will also help to increase my contributions to the overall international mission and strategic goals of UNCG.” Bellamy also looks forward to the establishing and nurturing new connections that will be helpful for her throughout her professional career.
During the first week of January, the International Programs Center (IPC) welcomed 100 international exchange students to campus, including 56 new students and 44 students returning for their second semester. The new exchange students participated in a week full of orientation activities, including presentations, a campus tour, and trips to several local shopping centers. The IPC staff offered a number of presentations during the orientation week on topics such as academic advising, academic and non-academic life, and visa document information. In addition, staff from Campus Housing and Residence Life, UNCG Police, the Spartan Card Center, and the Student Health Center provided presentations, which helped orient the students to on-campus services and policies.
At the same time, UNCG welcomed 30 new international degree-seeking students. Due to the various other obligations of the degree-seeking students, their orientation was conducted in four hour blocks by Michael Elliott and Norma Velazquez.
During orientation week and throughout the semester, IPC is always thankful for the help and support we receive from faculty, staff, and our student volunteers in welcoming our international students. A special thanks to the PALs and study abroad returnees for their support. We look forward to a great semester!
International Students receive International Honor
Anupam Nath is from Bangladesh and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Management. Jussi Ailisto is from Finland and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. Mina Yu, an undergraduate student in Accounting, is from South Korea, and Truc Trinh, who is studying International Business and Marketing, is from Vietnam.
In order to be eligible for membership, students must study business at a university internationally accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), such as UNCG, and must be ranked in the upper ten percent of their undergraduate class during their junior or senior year or in the upper twenty percent of their graduating master’s class. Receiving membership into Beta Gamma Sigma is truly an honor since only about five percent of those graduating with baccalaureate or master's degrees in business receive the distinction. The mission of the international honor society is to encourage academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business.
To read more about UNCG’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, go to: http://www.uncg.edu/bae/bgs/
The purpose of the seminar was to allow participants to gain a better understanding of the innovative R&D activities taking place on campus and within the local community. Through presentations and personal interactions with many key UNCG personnel , participants were able to learn and share insights about business and research development efforts. Participants were particularly interested in topics relating to entrepreneurship and technology management and will be able to apply their new knowledge to their own business organizations. The guests arrived on January 29, 2012, and were greeted with a welcome dinner. A two-day seminar followed during which the guests attended six lectures by distinguished UNCG faculty from the Bryan School and others on campus. Topics discussed during the seminar included:
Seminar participants also took part in site visits to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, hosted by Dr. James Ryan, and Space Logix of Greensboro, hosted by Daryl Howard.
Our partnership with CNU was initiated by Dr. Dianne Welsh, Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and a colleague, Dr. Gyu C. Kim, at CNU in Korea. Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, and her staff were instrumental in organizing this effort. We also give special thanks to UNCG’s Executive Education office. IPC and the Bryan School of Business and Economics are thankful for the opportunity to host the Overseas R&D Management Seminar and look forward to growing our collaborations with CNU in the future.
Clairissa Anderson and Carlos Smith, Interior Architecture students at UNCG, were two of a group of thirteen UNCG students, faculty, staff, and alumni who traveled to India on an architectural sojourn in March 2010. The trip provided that group with the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit some of India’s most captivating structures. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Qutub Minar in Delhi, India, which is India’s tallest tower standing at 2.75 meters. Construction on the tower began in 1192 A.D., and it is considered a timeless example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.
I also remember a girl saying, ‘Your eyes are like precious stones from Jaipur.’ I was struck by her comment, and I tried to imagine a young American girl, of the same age, paying a similar complement to a foreigner. Would that American girl even know where natural resources in the United States come from? I asked the girls what grade they were in, and they told me that their ages ranged from eleven to sixteen years old. About half of their class was either already married or they were arranged to be married soon. They were appalled that I was twenty-one and looked the way I did and yet had no husband. Their teachers were equally interested in me and did not seem to mind the students studying me more than the architecture and history of the site we were all visiting.
Meanwhile, my professor, Tina Sarawgi, was franticly calling the bus driver to come and pick us up (woman in blue in the upper right corner of the photograph). After this first encounter with the people of India, Tina and I decided that it would be best for me to buy a hat or a scarf to cover my head so as not to become the main attraction of the existing structures and monuments that we had yet to visit.”
UNCG’s Model United Nations (UN) class participated in the twenty-second annual Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) in Atlanta on November 17-19, 2011. Nineteen students represented Canada and Namibia in simulations of UN committees and affiliated agencies. The conference brought together some 700 students from approximately 40 colleges and universities from around the region. Students assumed the roles of diplomats from their assigned countries and debated important international issues with the goal of writing resolutions to address those issues. Committee members then voted on these resolutions.
On January 17, 2012, Dr. Tanya Castleman, Associate Dean of Development and International Programs at Deakin University and professor of Business and Law, visited UNCG from Victoria, Australia. Dr. Castleman’s visit was initiated by Dr. Dianne Welsh, Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School of Business at UNCG. During her visit, Dr. Castleman took a campus tour and met with Dr. Welsh; Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director for International Student Services at the Bryan School of Business; Tuisha Fernandes, Associate Director of the Bryan MBA Program; and Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost of International Programs, to discuss student exchange programs in entrepreneurship. Dr. Castleman also met with Dean Mac Banks from the Bryan Business School and attended Chancellor Linda Brady’s Welcome Reception for international students.
Also, pictured is Amélie Jacquemin, a visiting scholar from the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies, which is part of the Louvain School of Management at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Jacquemin is conducting doctoral research on the “Impact of regulation on entrepreneurship.”
Also on January 17-18, 2012, Dr. Sergei Erofeev, Director of International Programs at European University of St. Petersburg (EUSP), visited UNCG from St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Erofeev’s visited was organized with the help of Dr. Kathleen Macfie, Associate Professor of Russian Studies and Chair of the Russian Studies Faculty Committee at UNCG. Upon arrival, Dr. Erofeev attended the Chancellor's Welcome Reception with Dr. Macfie and then proceeded to an information session about EUSP open to students and a discussion on the recent elections in Russia. Also during his visit, Dr. Erofeev met with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs at UNCG; Dr. Sarah Krive, Assistant Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College; and Dr. Roberto Campo, Director of International and Global Studies, to discuss collaborative opportunities between UNCG and EUSP for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as potential collaboration on the new Center for the Study of Modernity that EUSP is developing in Kazan, Russia. They also considered strategies for supporting faculty and student opportunities in both St. Petersburg and Kazan. Dr. David Crowe from the History and Geography Department at Elon University was also invited to join this discussion in order to explore the possibility of creating a regional Russian Studies initiative that would include cooperation with EUSP and a regional conference, the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, in Spring 2013, to be held at UNCG.
"Argentina's Furious Antigone: Transitional Justice and Performative Acts of Recovery"
In October 2011, Dr. Brenda Werth, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University, gave a fascinating talk titled "Argentina's Furious Antigone: Transitional Justice and Performative Acts of Recovery ". Professor Werth specializes in contemporary Latin American Theatre and Southern Cone Studies, and her areas of expertise include performance, memory studies, documentary theatre, and film. Her latest book Theatre, Performance, and Memory Politics in Argentina examines the intersection of theatre, memory, and human rights discourse in post-dictatorial Argentina.
In her talk, she discussed the transformative engagement of performance with memory politics and human rights in Argentina over the course of the post-dictatorial period. This event was of particular interest to the graduate and undergraduate students currently taking the courses on Latin American Literature and culture some of whom had previously read the play "Antigona Furiosa" by Argentinean writer Griselda Gambaro, a play that discusses memory and violence in Argentinean dirty war. After the talk students and faculty engaged in a lively conversation with professor Werth. This talk was particularly relevant to our community at a time of intense social and political revolutions in different parts of the world, where people and nations are struggling to resist and overturn dictatorial regimes. It provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of art, literature and performance in these complex processes.The event was organized by Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt and was sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as by the IPC Kohler Fund.
Worth Every Minute: International Health Serve and Learn In Zambia
Our HIV-related activities included HIV testing and consultation, education for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), education outreach in high schools and prisons, home-based care for households affected by HIV, and performing arts HIV prevention and outreach.
Although our work seemed very minimal to us, for many of our patients our assistance was huge. Our presence, interest, and willingness to spend time with them were just as important as the healthcare we provided.
While we loved the morning medical projects, the FUN really began each afternoon! We balanced our medical work with community projects such as participating in after-school reading and art clubs, sports, building, painting, farming, and adult literacy. The manual labor was not a hardship when you were able to look around and see the smiling faces of the beautiful children that would benefit from our hard work. Getting to spend time with them was especially rewarding. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the people of Livingstone in both the medical and community projects.
During our trip, we learned that health is important no matter where you live. We also learned that the people of Zambia are extremely resilient and that the elderly are a valuable asset to the community. We were also inspired by the Zambian people and their efficient use of their limited resources.
INTERLINK’s New Scholarship Program
Congratulations Graduates and Welcome New INTERLINK Students
INTERLINK students taking the lead in their English-language learning
Sofy Ribadeneira also explored UNCG in order to improve her speaking ability. “I like to go to UNCG classes as a visitor. It helps me to improve my vocabulary and my socializing. It helps me meet people in my field and in business. You never know who you are going to need in the future.” She says that living in the I-house and being exposed to different cultures helps expand her knowledge of the world, and talking with American friends helps her learn the correct way to use words. “It’s not just knowing a word, but knowing the correct way to use it,” says Ribadeneira, who is from Ecuador.
A new student, Omar Montasser, from Libya, plays soccer every Friday at the Student Recreation Center with other INTERLINK students and some American students. It gives him a chance to connect with other students, both inside and outside of the international student community.
International Conversation Partners Program (ICCP) and Learning Exchange and Assistance Program (LEAP)
Feb. 9 Student Academic Achievement Awards Spring 2012 Reception
Mar. 1 INTERLINK’s Spring I 2012 End-of-Term Ceremony