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Volume 10, Edition 5 February 2011

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IPC welcomes 95 new international students during Orientation Week
In order to successfully accommodate all the new students who arrive during Orientation Week, the International Programs Center provides two different orientations: one for exchange students and one for degree-seeking students. The exchange student orientation is led by Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad & Exchange, and Kaitlin Ritchie, Incoming Exchange Coordinator. For new degree-seeking students, Michael Elliott, Director of International Student & Scholar Services, and Norma Velazquez, Assistant Director, provide the orientation program. Each group has different needs and requires different information, so a split program is the best way to welcome the new students to UNCG.

About the exchange student orientation, this is what Denise Bellamy had to say:

We welcomed an enthusiastic group of new exchange students this Spring! (Click here for the full list). This group of 61 moved in on January 4 and attended our incoming exchange orientation through the rest of the week. Orientation topics covered everything from Campus Health & Safety to Life in Greensboro. They concluded orientation week by attending a Spartan Basketball game on Saturday and networking at our first ever PAL Social. Both events were well attended and allowed our international exchange students to connect with a UNCG 'PAL'. (Click here to find out how you can become a PAL!)

The new exchange students are joining 40 returning exchange students to complete the 2010-11 academic year. Our exchange students bring a wealth of resources and great ideas to our UNCG campus community, and serve as ambassadors from our partner schools from all over the world. We wish them all a successful semester at UNCG!

Manon Benariat (France) and Desiree Motta (Italy) during orientation

Stephanie Jong (Australia) talks with Muhuba Mohammend, her PAL

From left to right: Rachel Jones (UK), Hector Garza Montemayor (Mexico), Bok Min Choi (South Korea), Natalie Wu (Australia), Kaisa Tahe (Estonia) enjoy a slice at the I-House

Volunteer PALs Rachel Duncan and Danielle Mizerak greet students as they check in at the I-House

About the degree-seeking student orientation, from Michael Elliott:

Our four separate orientation sessions for fully-admitted students went very well. (Click here for the full list). Our presenters included Norma Velazquez, our graduate assistants Mook Chatvijit and Vinod Shanmugam, and Professor Joseph Erba from the Bryan School of Business. We welcomed 35 new students who join another approximately 350 international degree-seeking students.

As for our conditionally-admitted student orientation, we provided support and information to 10 new conditionally-admitted students who will be studying at INTERLINK this term.

Additionally, many of our new incoming students were assisted by student organizations like the Indian Student Association, the Chinese Student Association, the Saudi Club and the African Student Union. These organizations help students with airport pickup, short and longer term housing, settling in, and the logistics of registration and academic advising.

Previous editions:

Volume 10, Edition 4, December 2010

Volume 10, Edition 3, November 2010

Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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