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|Volume 11 Edition 6: March 2012. Zachary Dayhuff, Editor|
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Scenes from last year’s International Festival
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, The International Programs Center and the International Students Association will host the 30th annual UNCG International Festival (I-Fest). I-Fest is an annual celebration of global diversity and all the wonder of human cultures. The event aims to promote cultural awareness, appreciation, and understanding through music, food, crafts, demonstrations, and performance.
I-Fest is FREE and open to the public. It will be held along College Avenue on Saturday, April 14, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm. For more information or if you would like to volunteer or if you would like to host a "country" booth, please contact: Mike Elliott, email@example.com.
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Faculty & Staff!
Student exchange interviews
Join Penelope Pynes, Denise Bellamy and Tom Martinek in thanking the faculty and staff who conduct this crucial aspect of our exchange program, and we wish our study abroad candidates the best of luck! The nomination list will be posted in 207 Foust on March 16.
Good luck, Heidi Fischer! It is with mixed emotions that we bid a fond farewell to our colleague Heidi Fischer, who served as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Coordinator for International Student Services with the Office of Undergraduate Student Services in the Bryan School of Business & Economics. She has recently accepted the position of Director of Study Abroad at High Point University!
Farewell, Emily Holmes! IPC must also say farewell to eNewsworthy Editor Emily Holmes. A graduate student with the Counseling Program at UNCG, Emily earned a degree from Western Carolina University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad before joining IPC in September 2011. It is our great joy to congratulate Emily and her husband on their adopted daughter, Ezra Elizabeth, who was born on December 31, 2011. It has been a great pleasure to have Emily on our staff, and we wish her family the very best!
Welcome, Zach Dayhuff! Zach joined IPC on February 16, 2012, as the new Editor of eNewsworthy. Zach studied English at the University of Colorado and has previous experience as an editor and production manager at IHRA, a historical publisher in Boulder, Colorado. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Creative Writing Program at UNCG.
On February 9, 2012, UNCG honored its international degree-seeking students with a reception and awards ceremony that recognized outstanding academic achievement. The reception, organized by Michael Elliott, Director of International Students and Scholars Services, was attended by approximately 40 graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Laura Chesak, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. Brad Teague of INTERLINK were among those present to celebrate the students. In addition to recognizing the contribution of international students to UNCG academics, the awards highlight the students’ roles as international leaders, as they apply their UNCG experience to work they do in the U.S., their home communities, and elsewhere abroad.
UNCG Faculty, Staff, and Students Present at Wake Forest University's WISE Conference
On February 10-11, 2012, International Programs invited fourteen staff and faculty members from across UNCG's campus to participate in the Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement (WISE) in Winston-Salem. These faculty, staff, and students joined Dr. Penelope Pynes at Wake Forest University’s Graylyn Conference Center for an exploration of methods to prepare students for meaningful cross-cultural engagement in study abroad. UNCG faculty members Dr. Keith Mobley and Dr. Ana Hontanilla, along with Counseling and Educational Development doctoral student Laura Shannonhouse, presented the benefits they have discovered by incorporating additional intercultural preparation into the design of their respective programs.
Jack Register, Social Work, faculty
Amy Williamsen, Languages, Literatures and Cultures, faculty
Heidi Fischer, Bryan School, staff
Joseph Frey, Office of Leadership and Service Learning, staff
Seung-Hyun Lee, Media Studies, faculty
Sarah Krive, Lloyd International Honors College, staff
Keith Mobley, Counseling and Educational Development, faculty (presenter)
Laura Shannonhouse, Counseling and Educational Development, doctoral student (presenter)
Ana Hontanilla, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, faculty (presenter)
Corbin Jackson, student panelist
Penelope Pynes, IPC, staff (presenter)
Tom Martinek, Jr., IPC, staff
Catherine Holderness, IPC, staff
Logan Stanfield, IPC, staff
If you are interested in participating in a future WISE Conference please contact: Penelope Pynes, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the WISE conference, visit the website at http://www.wfu.edu/wise/
Emma is an undergraduate senior at UNCG majoring in Anthropology, Human Development & Family Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. This 2011 field season at Cerro Mejía, Emma participated in her first archaeological field school and was funded by the Archaeological Institute of America's Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship for first-time field students and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad students. In addition to her work in the field, Emma conducted research with Dr. Nash for her Senior Honors Project on the taphonomy of animal bone at Cerro Mejía. Her research was largely experimental and she is currently conducting the preliminary analysis of the collected data. This undergraduate research was funded by UNCG's Office of Undergraduate Research for the Summer and Fall 2011 semesters. Emma's interests include ethnozooarchaeology and modern Peruvian gender roles. To learn more about Emma's research, check out her Senior Honors Project. Information about how Emma navigated the study abroad experience in Peru is available at Studying Abroad: A Peruvian Experience!
Visitors and Scholars!
UNCG welcomed several international visitors this month. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of these visits!
University of Salzburg, Austria
The visit included meetings with several international programs staff, including Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges; Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs; Dr. C.K. Kwai, Director of UNC Exchange Program; Tom Martinek, Jr., Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges; and Kaitlin Ritchie, Incoming Exchange Coordinator.
, Chair of University Council for the University of Wales - Trinity St. David, visited UNCG on February 20. This visit was a chance for Mr. Thomas to become familiar with UNCG and learn more about our exchange relationship with Trinity St. David. Mr. Thomas was President of Kellogg College at Oxford University and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, University of Washington, University of California, Berkeley, and Northern Illinois University.
While at UNCG Mr. Thomas was able to meet with faculty in the School of Education and tour the new School of Education. He also had a chance to meet Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Perrin, as well as IPC staff.
UNCG and INTERLINK welcome Saudi visitorsOn February 28-29, UNCG and INTERLINK welcomed Dr. Hammad Al Oqla and Mr. Ziyad Alsaigh of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) of Saudi Arabia to familiarize them with international programs at UNCG. Dr. Al Oqla, Vice Governor for Training, and Mr. Alsaigh, Director General of Trainees Services, were joined by Marshall Brewer, Director of Training and Development, INTERLINK, for the visit.
TVTC, which oversees Colleges of Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, partners with INTERLINK to provide English language instruction for its students across the Kingdom. The purpose of the visit was to give TVTC officials the opportunity to learn more about INTERLINK and UNCG as they explore ways to strengthen the relationship between the three.
Dr. Brad Teague, Director, INTERLINK, Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, and Lynn Bergschneider, Academic Coordinator, INTERLINK, joined the delegation for dinner on the evening of February 28, followed by a tour of UNCG the next day. During the visit, Dr. Al Oqla and Mr. Alsaigh met with Pamela Harrod, Director, International Admissions, IPC, and Michael Elliott, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, before a discussion with Dr. William Wiener, Dean of the Graduate School, UNCG.
The delegation enjoyed lunch with Dr. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, Jerry McGuire, Associate Chancellor for Economic Development, and Dr. Reyad Sawafta, President and CEO of QuarTek Corporation, a nanotechnology company based in High Point, NC.
Following an afternoon meeting with Dr. David Perrin, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Al Oqla and Mr. Alsaigh met with Dr. Daniel Herr, Nanoscience Department Chair, and Dr. James Ryan, Dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), and toured the JSNN with Elie Azzi, Research Associate, Academic Outreach, JSNN.
Special thanks to all participants who made this a fruitful visit!
UNCG Faculty Teaches in China
Billy Lee, Professor of Art and Sculpture at UNCG, had the opportunity to spend more than two months in China in the summer of 2011 to teach the first postgraduate master class on abstract sculpture. Lee was the lead international professor and was invited to teach the course by China’s National Sculpture Magazine and the China Sculpture Professional Committee, who sponsored this program. Lee says that he believes this course to be “the first of its kind.”
Students had to be selected for the course and were hand-picked by the committee from all over China. Most of the students were faculty members from art academies and universities around the country. “All the students were post graduates who are already teaching at art academies and universities,” says Lee. “Four had Ph.D.’s and one was an assistant dean.”
While in Beijing, Lee was also invited to participate in an international sculpture exhibition called “Blue Symphony.” The exhibition took place in the coastal city of Nandaihe, which is the summer residence of the Chinese government. Lee has since written articles for publication in Sculpture magazine and has been invited to lecture at a number of academies.
Lee was born of Chinese and Dutch parentage in Uitenhage, South Africa. As a child, his parents immigrated to England, where he later received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with 1st class honors from Birmingham College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Upon graduation from the RCA, Lee received the prestigious Kennedy Scholar award to attend the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was later named a Fellow. He remains the only artist ever to receive the award of Kennedy Scholar. To learn more about Billy Lee’s works, visit http://www.billyleesculptor.com
INTERLINK’s Spring I, 2012 End-of-Term Ceremony took place on March 1 at the College Park Baptist Church. The ceremony was held to celebrate the accomplishments of INTERLINK students during the most recent nine-week term. INTERLINK students kicked off the ceremony with a musical performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” During the performance, they displayed a slide show of photographs taken throughout the term.
Love Talk InternationalOn February 9, INTERLINK hosted Love Talk International, a discussion on love, romance, and partnership traditions around the world. Participants included INTERLINK students, IPC staff members, and UNCG students, who worked in diverse groups to answer questions such as, “How do people meet each other for partnership where you are from?” and, “What different types of partnerships are there where you are from?”
Questions were met with a fascinating variety of responses. Some participants explained how in their cultures people have individual liberty to select partners, whereas in others the family plays a major role in selecting them. Though many sensitive topics were discussed, participants engaged each other with respect and open minds. As Nader Abutalib, an INTERLINK student from Saudi Arabia, put it, “Just because something is different, some people want to think that it is bad. It may not be bad just because it is different. You need to keep an open mind.”
Mar. 16 Study Abroad Nominations announced (Foust 207)
Apr. 5 CPT Workshop (Foust 206, 3:30-5:00 pm)