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INTERLINK: News and Announcements
Presentation at the NCAIE State Conference
On March 8, 2013, Dr. Brad Teague (INTERLINK Director) and Casey Thomas (Administrative Assistant) participated in the NCAIE State Conference held at NC A&T State University. Their presentation, “Busting the International Student Bubble: Involving Students in Campus and Community Life,” focused on ways to connect international students with opportunities both on- and off-campus that can positively impact their educational experience. The presentation included various interactive components that allowed attendees to share their own ideas about effective programming, which everyone found valuable.
Spring 1 End-of-Term Ceremony
INTERLINK staff, students, families, and friends celebrated the end of INTERLINK’s Spring 1 term on March 7. Thirteen students were awarded graduation certificates: Majed Alawami, Fadi Almalak, Dalal Bataweel, and Sondous Khan (Saudi Arabia); Shu-Han Chang, Heng-Ching Lin, and Shih-Han Hsieh (Taiwan); Rui Da, Zerui Li, Jun Liang, and Kun Chen (China); Lucia Vlad (Romania); and Soyoung Won (South Korea). Seven of the graduating students will begin their studies in academic degree programs at UNCG next fall. INTERLINK also recognized eight departing students with certificates showing the highest levels they had completed.
Shu-Han Chang (Taiwan) was chosen by INTERLINK staff as the Spring 1 term’s outstanding student, a top honor that allowed her the opportunity to give a speech on behalf of the program graduates. The ceremony also included recognition of students who achieved perfect attendance, those who were selected by their classmates as the “hardest-working” students (one student per class), and those who had completed more than thirty hours of modules.
Beginning of the Spring 2 Session
INTERLINK’s Spring 2 session began on Monday, March 11, with a two-day orientation. This term, we welcomed 27 new students from 10 different countries. The orientation consisted of staff introductions, placement testing, icebreaker activities, campus and community informational sessions, a meeting with the INTERLINK director, and a panel discussion with currently enrolled students. Classes then began on Wednesday, March 13. That same afternoon, the program hosted a welcome party for the entire INTERLINK community, which included pizza and interactive activities. With 27 new students and 95 returning students, INTERLINK’s total enrollment has now reached 122.
INTERLINK is glad to continue sponsoring the popular Conversation-Partners Program. We have continued our partnership with the Anthropology Department as well as established a new partnership with the UNCG campus chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. We are recruiting campus-wide and are still looking for volunteers for the current nine-week session. In this program, individual INTERLINK students are paired with a UNCG faculty member, staff person, or student and meet for one hour per week for informal conversation. Meeting times and activities are flexible depending on mutual availability and interest. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved.
Transnational Perspectives Discussion Series
Following much success last term, we are happy to announce the continuation of the INTERLINK-hosted Transnational Perspectives Discussion Series. This program brings together students from all over the world to engage in focused discussion about important global topics. The first session, entitled Languages and Power, was held on March 20 and was attended by more than 40 INTERLINK students and UNCG faculty and students. The second session, entitled People and the Environment, was held on April 3 and was also well-attended. Discussions take place bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm in the Faculty Center, with two sessions still remaining this term, as follows:
New Mind Education: News and Announcements
March was full of exciting events and new experiences for the students of New Mind Education at UNCG. We are pleased to announce that our first cohort of students, who arrived in August 2012, graduated from the University Preparatory Program at UNCG (UPP@UNCG) this month. On March 9, New Mind staff presented the eight graduating students with their certificates during an outdoor ceremony, which was followed by a celebratory cook-out. These UPP graduates will continue their progress through INTERLINK before applying to a college or university. Many of the students are planning on attending UNCG. Congratulations, graduates!
We would also like to congratulate Liang Wenchao (Rex), one of the recent UPP graduates, for winning UPP@UNCG’s inaugural New Mind Education Songtao Scholarship Award. This award is given to the student who best embodies the principles and goals of New Mind Education. After completing INTERLINK, Liang plans on enrolling at UNCG and double-majoring in psychology and economics. Eventually, he hopes to go into business entrepreneurship.
Current New Mind Education students began a new INTERLINK term on March 11. Shortly after starting their INTERLINK classes, the students participated in a volunteer service-learning event with the Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) on March 22. GUM works to provide support to the underprivileged and homeless in the greater Greensboro area. New Mind Education staff and students helped organize and prepare donated dried and canned food goods for distribution. The event served as an excellent way for the students to contribute to the greater Greensboro community and learn firsthand the importance of service. We look forward to engaging in more volunteer events with GUM in the future.