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|Volume 11 Edition 8: May 2012. Zachary Dayhuff, Editor|
International Farewell Reception: Bon Voyage to International StudentsOn April 18, 2012, IPC hosted a farewell reception for all international students about to depart UNCG. The event celebrated UNCG students about to embark on study abroad terms around the world, international exchange students about to return after a term at UNCG, and degree-seeking international students who are now graduating from UNCG. Guests enjoyed complimentary food and beverages and a slide show of images from various IPC events during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, opened the evening with a brief welcome and regards from Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, who was unable to attend the reception because she was away in China. Bellamy also described the breadth of UNCG’s international programs. She noted that in the coming year UNCG is sending abroad approximately 280 students, 131 of whom are about to undertake fall, spring, or full-year terms at schools in 22 countries, with another 148 students attending faculty led programs this summer in nine countries. She pointed out as well that UNCG is saying goodbye to 164 exchange students from 24 countries. She also highlighted the accomplishments of about 200 INTERLINK students and 30 degree-seeking international students who graduated from UNCG this May.
The highlight of the reception was an address by Dr. David Perrin, Provost, in which he discussed the importance of UNCG’s international programs. He emphasized that internationalization was one of the five strategic areas of the 2009-2014 UNCG Complete Strategic Plan, and that study abroad and exchange programs were a crucial aspect of that effort. Provost Perrin urged outgoing exchange students to take full advantage of the opportunity before them, and on behalf of UNCG he stated that, “We are proud to have you as our diplomats and know that as you meet others our reputation around the world becomes stronger.” Additionally, he thanked those international students who were finishing their terms at UNCG and affirmed, “We hope that you will bring treasured memories back to your home and remember UNCG fondly." And finally, to graduating international students, he offered best wishes for the future and urged them to keep in touch “so that we can bask in your accomplishments.”
Faculty and Staff!
Congratulations to Tom Martinek, Jr. and Norma Velazquez!
Please join IPC in congratulating both Tom Martinek, Jr. (Assistant Director, Study Abroad & Exchanges) and Norma Velazquez (Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services) for receiving their Masters Degrees in Conflict & Peace Studies (CPS) at UNCG. Norma graduated in December of 2011 and Tom received his degree in May 2012. Through her capstone practicum experience Norma examined issues surrounding off-campus housing for international students. Based on the results of her research she created resources for landlords and international students designed to aid in successful rental experiences. Tom’s capstone practicum experience centered on developing new programming and initiatives for study abroad students. The goal of these initiatives is to help students develop intercultural skills that will enhance their likelihood of becoming globally engaged students.
Painting 4 Diversity and IPC
See also our Student Highlights section for perspectives from international student participants.
On Saturday, March 17th, UNCG international students arranged a unique and first annual event for UNCG students as well as the Greensboro community. Sponsored by the International Programs Center, UNCG Iranian students hosted a Nowrooz Celebration which is a tradition dating back to the ancient Persian Empire. This festivity celebrates the 3,000 year old tradition of welcoming the Iranian New Year. UNCG students Mehrdad Tajkarimi, Minoo Modaresnezhad, Shahrzad Sabzehzar, Masoud Malekmohammadi and visiting scholar Farhad Hassanzadeh were the principal organizers of this event in coordination with Iranian community members in Greensboro. The event, which was located in the Associated Campus Ministries building, was a great success and around 120 people attended. The UNCG Iranian students hope to make this event an annual tradition at UNCG.
International Festival A Success!
A special THANK YOU to everyone who made the I-Fest such a success!
>> Please enjoy this slide show of photos from IFest!
Study Abroad Returnee: Nanette Kennedy, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Peru (Fall 2011)
My name is Nanette Kennedy and I am a senior at UNCG. I had the pleasure of spending August 2011-December 2011 studying at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru. Throughout my time in Peru I met some incredible people, ate some delicious food, visited some amazing places and learned a lot of Spanish.
International Exchange Student: Chi Gava, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Visitors and Scholars!
On April 23 – 24, 2012, IPC was pleased to welcome Mr. Joacim Martinsson, International Coordinator and Assistant Head of the School of Social Sciences at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden. Mr. Martinsson was hosted by Larry Hyjek and Dr. Elizabeth “Jody” Natalle, Professor of Communications Studies. After two days of leisure time in Greensboro, Mr. Martinsson met with several Study Abroad and Exchanges staff, including Director Denise Bellamy, Assistant Director Tom Martinek, Jr., Incoming Exchange Coordinator Kaitlin Ritchie, Faculty Led Programs Coordinator Logan Stanfield, and Swedish Graduate Assistant Paulina Flasch.
Mr. Martinsson also had the opportunity to meet with many UNCG faculty and staff, including Dr. Tom Matyók, Assistant Professor of Conflict and Peace studies, Dr. Julie Brown, Head of the Sociology Department, Dr. Robert Hansen, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. William Crowther, Head of the Political Science Department.
On May 3, 2012, IPC welcomed Dr. Mohamad J. Terro, Professor of Civil Engineering at Kuwait University. Dr. Terro was accompanied on his visit by Elie Azzi, MBA Research Associate at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoenginerring.
During his visit, Dr. Terro had the opportunity to learn about UNCG’s internationalization programs from several IPC staff, including Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, Michael Elliott, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, Pamela Harrod, Director of International Admissions, and Dr. Brad Teague, Director of INTERLINK Language Center.
Doing Business in Germany
By Dr. William Tullar, Professor of Business AdministrationSince 2006, The Bryan School of Business and Economics has offered MBA 745, Doing Business in Germany, a week-long, faculty-led study abroad course at the University of Mannheim in Germany. This course has always been well received, and many past students have indicated that their course in the ‘Spring School’ at Mannheim was the highlight of their studies at UNCG. The business school at Mannheim has always proven to be a warm host, going above and beyond regular hospitality to include UNCG students in parties and social gatherings with other students.
This year’s ‘Spring School’ was a little different than previous offerings in that this is the first year that the program included students from another university. MBA students from Washington University in St. Louis made up part of the students that went, and they mixed well with the Bryan School MBA students. The ‘Spring School’ always begins with a welcome dinner on Sunday night. This year it was at the Rheinterrassen Restaurant overlooking the Rhine River.
On Monday, the students got a walking tour of the University of Mannheim and a walking tour of the City of Mannheim. The City of Mannheim has many sights of historical significance including its water tower in the city center. The University is located in a recently restored palace on the east bank of the Rhine. Unlike many other European universities, Mannheim actually has a campus along with the palace where most classrooms are located. That afternoon the students visited the John Deere factory nearby. They took a tour of the plant and had a lecture and a Q & A with Mike Matero, finance director.
Graduating and Departing Students
This spring, we said goodbye to 33 students. Twenty-one students graduated from the program, 11 of whom plan to matriculate at UNCG in the fall. Twelve additional students transferred, left to pursue degrees at other universities, or returned to their home countries. As we bid these students farewell, we asked them what they had found most memorable about their time at INTERLINK:
Luning Deng from China was awarded this term’s Outstanding Student Award. He said about INTERLINK, “Although the teachers are strict, they push you and motivate you to work hard. Motivation is how you succeed.” He was also the recipient of the Module Attendance Award during INTERLINK’s Spring I Term.
We congratulate him on all his hard work.
INTERLINK hosted a gathering on April 25, 2012, for UNCG students interested in joining the center’s International Conversation Partners Program. A group of approximately 10 INTERLINK students attended the get-together at Foust Park and socialized with prospective participants, who plan to join the program this summer or fall, over pizza and icebreaker games. UNCG students taught INTERLINK students how to play Rock-Paper-Scissors, and INTERLINK students taught UNCG students words and phrases in their native languages.
INTERLINK Soccer Game
INTERLINK students and staff released a bit of end-of-term stress with an informal soccer game in Foust Park on Wednesday, April 11. Since soccer is played all over the world and is a popular sport for many of our students, the game was well attended. INTERLINK students from Saudi Arabia, Benin, China, and Mexico participated.
Attending a Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball Game
On April 19, INTERLINK staff and students attended a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game. Students from Benin, Korea, and Venezuela came out to learn about the history of Minor League Baseball and its regional significance. They also learned how the game is played and enjoyed hot dogs and cotton candy. The match-up against the Delmarva Shorebirds was a tense, high-scoring game, but the Grasshoppers came through with a one-run victory in the 10th inning.
No announcements. Enjoy the summer!