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Pre-IEW Event: Russian Language Society Hosts 24 hour Tolstoy read
By Kathleen Macfie, Director of Russian Studies

It was a beautiful fall Friday afternoon at UNCG when students from the Russian Language Society (RLS) gathered around the Minerva Statue in front of the Elliott University Center (EUC). They were on a mission: to read Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, cover to cover, in the next twenty-four hours. The event was organized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy’s death (November of 1910).

The reading kicked off at 1 pm on November 12 with a cake and the first of 1358 pages, read aloud by Ellen Lewis (’56) dressed in a period costume. Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Penelope Pynes, stepped up to take a turn reading, as did Dr. Sarah Krive, Assistant Director of Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC); Yekaterina Colon, lecturer in Russian; and about 35 students from the UNCG community and the Russian Language Society.

As it got dark, the group had reached page 250 and the reading moved inside to the LIHC parlor in the North Spenser Residence Hall. A hearty group spent the night, reading both silently and aloud in multiple groups to finish the novel (Epilogues and all!) just before noon on Saturday, November 13. The reading left faculty advisor, Dr. Kathleen Macfie, impressed and a little tired: “It was like having the luxury of a class meeting with no time limits—we had an on-going discussion of Russian literature and Tolstoy’s characters through the night!”

Ellen Lewis ('56)

Students start to gather for the Tolstoy reading

Another Successful International Education Week!

From November 15-19, UNCG’s International Programs Center (IPC) offered a special variety of events in celebration of the 2010 International Education Week (IEW), including study abroad panels, a photo contest, an Intercultural Workshop, and a special Friday Fest reception. The International Programs Center would like to thank all who helped make this year’s International Education Week a success, including organizers, presenters and workshop participants. We couldn’t have done it without you!

As part of UNCG's annual IEW schedule, the IPC traditionally offers an intercultural professional development opportunity to staff on campus. This year, on November 17, IPC’s Denise Bellamy and Michael Elliott presented an Intercultural Awareness Workshop to a group of UNCG staff members from departments such as Human Resources, Housing and Residence Life and the Career Services Center.

The workshop began with a discussion about culture and identity and included the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a measurement instrument to help participants understand their level of intercultural understanding, initially from a group perspective. With such a diverse campus and Greensboro community, participants of this workshop generally appreciate the dialogue around how to enhance cultural sensitivity, particularly in ways that take advantage of resources, organizations, and programs already in our community. While participants left the workshop with some basic ideas for follow up, interested staff members have the opportunity to meet and discuss their individual IDI profile with one of UNCG’s trained IDI administrators.

Regarding the workshop, Deb Carley, Director of Personnel Services in Human Resources, said, “We really enjoyed it and plan to incorporate some of the information into our training once a year or semester.” Angela Mahoney, Human Resources Consultant, also enjoyed the training and thought that it was a meaningful and very informative workshop.

We would like to thank the UNCG staff who participated in the intercultural workshop over International Education Week and encourage them to share what they learned about cultural awareness with others. If your office or department is interested in intercultural training opportunities, please contact the IPC at 334-5404 for more information.

Throughout International Education Week, the International Student Association (ISA) set up tables in the Dining Hall and the Elliott University Center (EUC) to hand out country buttons and sell Semi-formal tickets, while volunteers and staff from the Study Abroad and Exchange office regulated the Study Abroad Photo Contest. Over 60 students, faculty, and staff turned up to vote for their favorite photos in the contest. There were five categories with several photos in each from which to choose. The winners of the photo contest were announced at Friday Fest and each received a gift card to Barnes & Noble. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who submitted photos this year (we received over 250 submissions!): Amanda Headley and Blane Stanaland at the ISA booth in the EUC

People & Culture: Erin Lowe, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan

Cityscape/ Architecture: Katie Chapman, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

Landscape: Helen Pohlig, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Views of the U.S.: Joel Buncle, from Deakin University, Australia

Humorous/ Outrageous: Joey Green, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

Also during Friday Fest, students from YUVA India Students Organization presented some fun and interesting facts about their country and culture, along with a traditional dance performed by Sameera Nalam. A reception followed the presentation, where students gathered to socialize and enjoy a piece of cake in celebration of International Education Week. Sameera Nalam dances

"Parents Wanted!" And They Came

One of the Bryan School events during the 2010 International Education Week was the 6th annual "Parents Wanted" session, an evening geared toward providing study abroad information for parents and family members. A panel of Bryan School Study Abroad Peer Ambassadors and IPC staff addressed a crowd of Bryan and non-Bryan parents and their students—some already nominated to study abroad in spring 2011, some still trying to gather their family members' support.

From left to right: Audrey Lisk, Sebastian Fernandez, Samantha Sweet, David Friedrich, Caitlin Adams, and Roxanne Tave

"This event has been popular since its creation in 2005. But this time marked by far the highest attendance," said Heidi Fischer, Bryan School Study Abroad Advisor. Eighty-five parents and students attended on November 16, almost double of 2009. Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Penelope Pynes, welcomed the crowd, and Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, Denise Bellamy, served as a resource on the panel. Student panelists were Caitlin Adams (Int'l Business: Plymouth, UK), Sebastian Fernandez (Int’l & Global Studies & Economics: BNU, China), David Friedrich (Economics: Mannheim, Germany), Audrey Lisk (Marketing, Int'l Business: LIUC, Italy), Samantha Sweet (Int'l Business & Marketing: Deakin, Australia), and Roxanne Tave (Int'l Business, Economics & Political Science: Aarhus, Denmark).

The family of Meredith Underwood, in the front row to the right, had flown in from Massachusetts.

"It's nice to see so many parents supportive of their students going abroad. We may add a spring version of this session to the schedule," said Fischer. "But I've been told we need to reserve a larger room." Not a bad problem to have.

Previous editions:

Volume 10, Edition 3, November 2010

Volume 10, Edition 2, October 2010

Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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