Study Abroad & Exchange Orientation
On March 26, students going abroad for summer, fall, and full- year programs attended an all-day orientation put on by the Study Abroad & Exchange Programs staff. The orientation is an important step in the process of going to study abroad as the students are engaged in discovering information that will help prepare them for a safe and successful experience.
|Andrea Navas helps students check in during orientation
As students arrived, they had a chance to have their picture taken using some fun props, including their choice of banners to stand in front of. The day began with a Welcome exercise that got the students moving and talking to one another, finding out where they are studying abroad, and asking the question, “If you could only bring one thing with you abroad, what would it be?” Then Drs. Penelope Pynes and C.K. Kwai gathered all the parents who were present for a special orientation, where they addressed the issues and questions parents have when sending their child abroad.
|A lively game of 40 questions kept students engaged
In addition to the photo op, the IPC staff had a couple new activities for the orientation. Instead of just answering their “40 Questions” of things students should know before going abroad, they hosted a game show where students competed to answer the questions as quickly as possible to win points for their team. Pre-recorded video tips from students who have studied abroad added peer experiences. Later in the day, the staff made a Skype call to a UNCG student currently studying abroad in Germany so students could have the chance to ask questions and hear advice from someone on exchange at that moment. Additionally, a session on Intercultural Awareness was led by Dr. Mark Villacorta of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Denise Bellamy.
As usual, an international student panel made up of # students from # of our partner universities were present to talk about their experiences as exchange students at UNCG and what the others could expect when they went abroad. This activity always gets a lot of positive response from the outgoing students who enjoy hearing about the social and cultural details from international exchange students. Afterwards, students broke out into faculty-facilitated country-specific workshops where they had another opportunity to engage with exchange students from the universities they will be going to in the upcoming months.
Students have two more, shorter orientation meetings that deal specifically with financial matters and academics before they leave on their programs.
Thanks to all the former study abroad students who volunteered and to the following faculty and staff for their help: Dr. Jamie Anderson, Heidi Fischer, Steve Flynn, Wendy Jones-Worden, Dr. C.K. Kwai, Dr. Seung-Hyun Lee, Sara Poole, Dr. Chiaki Takagi, Dr. Mark Villacorta.
IPC congratulates all students who were selected for study abroad and exchange programs for the upcoming year! Here is the Nomination List for summer 2011, fall 2011, and full year 2011-12 programs:
Australian Catholic: Alysa Artis (Exercise & Sport Science), Dane Kenney (Pre-Entrepreneurship);
Ballarat University: Tracie Lesane (Accounting), Holden Weaver (International Business);
Deakin University: Taylor Williams (Communication Studies);
Edith Cowan: Shannon Green (Biology);
James Cook: Courtney Smith (Biology);
Macquarie: Sara Cifelli (Business Administration);
RMIT: Meredith Clavin-Marquet (Media Studies);
Plantijn: Telea Dula (Social Work), Jean Wegger (Social Work), Tina Yang (Social Work);
University of Botswana: Jessica Bray (Biology), Rebecca Hatley (Psychology);
UMCE: Sasha Moore (Spanish);
Beijing Normal: Joshua Williams (Pre-International Business);
Chinese University of Hong King: Ashley Carden (International Business), Sonia Deochand (Biology), Matthew Puzio (Business Administration), John Watson (Political Science); Desiree Bell (Psychology); Deryle Daniels (African-American Studies);
Aarhus: Shannon Boller (Business Administration), Corey Cornelius (Information, Systems & Operations Management);
EP Copenhagen: Gregory Clinnin (Political Science), Saed Qunbar (Psychology);
Oulu: Steven Burbage (Business Administration), Katherine Dadosky (Pre-Elementary Education), Sarah Goff (Anthropology), Joseph Hargett (Media Studies); Anthony Stewart (Biology); Daniel Partridge (Biology);
University of Turku: Annika Lepisto (Pre-International Business);
Lyon 3: Jelissa Dawson (Pre-International Business), Ivy Jump (Communication Studies), Samuel Otterbourg (English), Janelle Reed (Marketing);
Rennes 2: Jordan Garcia (French), Esha Grover (Music), Philip McClung (German), Juliet Osuji (Psychology), Rachel Stroud (Pre-Entrepreneurship);
ISEP- Savoie: Anna Young (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies);
Universite Jean Monnet de Saint Etienne: Maria Fischer (Music);
Universite Paul Valery: Seth Fisher (French);
EP Konstanz: Elizabeth Ashley (Psychology);
EP Mannheim: Tara Bitar (Business Administration), Christina Carrier (Information, Systems & Operations Management), Margarita Chala (Marketing), Andrew Clouse (Physics), Barton Cox (Business Administration), Drew Gehringer (Finance), Patricia Gentry (Pre-Marketing), Matthew Johnson (International Business), Paul Kelly (Pre-International Business), Catherine Lane (Psychology), Ansley Lawson (International Business), Chelsey Pany (Pre-Information Systems & Operations Management), Sarah Pickett (Business Administration), Anna Pollock (Pre-Business Administration), Taylor Ulrich (Information Systems & Operations Management), Michelle Yazvac (Environmental Studies);
EP Stuttgart: Justin Leiker (Religious Studies), Margaret Maurer (Pre-Deaf Education);
University of Ghana: Shaquinta Hedgepeth (Psychology);
Hyderabad: Autumn Farrell (Art); Olivia Kirby (English);
LIUC- Carlo Cattaneo: Brianna Bell (Business Administration);
ISEP- Sacro Cuore: Hannah Clary (Consumer, Apparel & Retail Studies), Myles Scott (Pre-International Business);
Chukyo University: Corey Biles (Computer Science);
Ritsumeikan: Eric Closs (History);
Seinan Gakuin: Amy Locke (International & Global Studies), Evan Small-Oie (International & Global Studies);
Sogang: Mary Beaman (English), Jamie Bloom (Media Studies), Kaylee Webster (International & Global Studies);
Yonsei: Charese Allen (Interior Architecture), Solomon Lennon (Pre-Economics), Kristen Willis (Interior Architecture);
EP ITESM Queretaro: Bradley Greene (International Business), Catherine Rachide (Spanish);
Arnhem- HAN: Adrienne Davis (Hospitality & Tourism Management), Sarah Lynes (Pre-Business Administration);
Massey: Jage Lothian (Business Administration);
Universidad Americana: Destiny Boyd (Spanish), Courtney Keeton (International & Global Studies);
USIL: Derek Boone (International Business), Smith Chipley (Human Development & Family Studies), Jessica Harris (Human Development & Family Studies), Nanette Kennedy (Religious Studies), Rachel McLaughlin (Pre-Business Administration), Joshua Porter (Communication Studies), Rayna Tyson (Sociology);
Kazan State: Robert Dalrymple (Sociology), Summer Griffin (undecided), Hannah Hemphill (Russian Studies), Brian Wilson-Walls (Russian Studies), Brody Wooten (Russian Studies);
Cape Town: Umair Awan (Exercise & Sport Science), Candace Butler (Pre-Hospitality & Tourism Management), Allison Easley (Religious Studies), Ayanna Haskell (Human Development & Family Studies), Whitney Johnson (Religious Studies);
Granada: Juana Martinez Rodriguez (Entrepreneurship), Ashley Troiano (Biology);
Toledo: Juliana Melton (Spanish);
ISEP- Almeria: Kristen Prosser (Anthropology);
EP Lund: Sarah Janda (Environmental Studies);
Yuan Ze: Adam Wiglesworth (International Business);
Yeditepe: Michael Wells (Anthropology);
Keele: Sharolet Latiolais (Political Science);
MMU: Jillian Anderson (Linguistics), Samuel Dalzell (English), Neil Grim (Media Studies), Allen Gunn (Communication Studies), Natalie Johnston (Media Studies, Ciji Singletary (Political Science), Ieisha Thomas (English);
Trinity: Terrance Johnson (Drama), Rebecca Lowe (History), Elizabeth Traub (Art), Megan Whinna (Elementary Education), Charlena Wynn (Art), Rachel Young (Drama);
Ulster: Jessica Abernethy (Communication Studies), Samantha Brown (Biology), Cathleen Fisk (Art), Meghan Kaufmann (Interior Architecture), Lauren Rhew (Business Administration);
EP Universidad Catolica del Uruguay: Aja Langford (Communication Studies).
Corey Biles (Computer Science), Destiny Boyd (Spanish), Dereke Clements (Dance), Maria Fischer (Music), Seth Fisher (French), Shaquinta Hedgepeth (Psychology), Courtney Keeton (SPLS), Annika Lepisto (PINT), Myles Scott (PINT).