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INTERLINK Graduation Ceremony

INTERLINK teachers and students

The INTERLINK Language Center at UNCG recognized graduates at a formal ceremony on the evening of Thursday, October 14, at the College Park Baptist Church fellowship hall.

The graduates, who completed level five of the English-language program, were Ali Al Rebh (Saudi Arabia), Omar Doudou Salou (Niger), and Fatma Efil (Turkey). Other students were likewise recognized during the ceremony, specifically those who had achieved perfect attendance, those who were voted “hardest-working” by their peers, and those who would be leaving the program.

The formal ceremony was followed by an end-of-term celebration, which included a potluck dinner, music, and entertainment. The two hour event was almost entirely planned and executed by INTERLINK students under the supervision of their teachers.

The guest speaker was Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs at UNCG, who congratulated students for daring to step out of their comfort zones and pursue study in a non-familiar cultural and linguistic setting.

Guest speaker Dr. Penelope Pynes, accompanied on stage by Dr. David Parsons and Dr. Brad Teague

Dancing after the ceremony

Recent staff changes at INTERLINK

Dr. Brad Teague became Center Director at INTERLINK at the start of the Fall 2010 term. A recent graduate of a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University who joined INTERLINK in July, Dr. Teague studied, taught, and lived in Mexico for several years prior to his five years in Nashville.

Dr. David Parsons has become INTERLINK's Executive Director, with responsibilities in faculty development and oversight, alumni relations, and recruitment at all of INTERLINK's centers. He plans to use UNCG as the home base for these activities since the UNCG language center has considerable growth potential.

Sarah Gulley recently joined the INTERLINK teaching staff after recent experience working in Lebanon. A graduate of UNCG (’02) and of the School for International Training in Vermont, Sarah participated in a UNCG study abroad program in Argentina and also taught in South Africa.

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Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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