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Visitors and Scholars!
UNCG welcomed several international visitors this month. Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of these visits!
Deakin University, Australia
On February 6, 2012, IPC was pleased to host Dr. Mardie Townsend, Associate Professor of Health and Social Development at Deakin University in Burwood, Victoria, Australia. After meeting with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs, Dr. Townsend met with Dr. Sharon Morrison and Dr. David Wyrick, Associate Professors in the Department of Public Health, and Tricia Kauffman, Ph.D. candidate in Public Health.
After lunch, Justin T. Streuli, MBA, Coordinator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship LLC at the Office of Learning Communities, hosted Dr. Townsend at the UNCG Spartan Trader retail store, and Kaitlin Ritchie, IPC Incoming Exchange Coordinator, led Dr. Townsend on a tour of campus.
Dr. Townsend concluded her tour with meetings with Drs. Joy Bhadury, and William Brown, Jr., Associate Deans of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, and Dinner with Dr. Catherine Holderness, IPC Special Projects.
University of Salzburg, Austria
In February 15, 2012, IPC was happy to welcome and host Dr. Ralph Poole and Dr. Joshua Parker (UNCG Alum '93) from Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in Austria, one of our International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) partner universities. Both Dr. Poole and Dr. Parker are professors of English and American Studies and assist with the development of global initiatives. The purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities to increase our student exchange numbers by reviewing curriculum offerings.
Left to right: Dr. Penelope Pynes, Dr. Joshua Parker, Dr. Ralph Poole, and Denise Bellamy
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.
University of Wales Trinity St. David, Wales
The group also met with Dr. Susanne Rinner, Director of German Undergraduate Studies at UNCG, and Dr. David Fein, Director of French Undergraduate Studies. This was followed by discussion with Dr. Alexandra Schultheis Moore, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, and lunch with Dr. Christian Moraru, Professor of American Literature and Critical Theory.
To learn more about residential college initiatives at UNCG, Dr. Poole and Dr. Parker spent part of the afternoon with Dr. Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Director of Ashby Residential College and Department of Educational Research Methodology, and Jeanne Aaroe, Assistant Director of Ashby Residential College.
, 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.
Left to right: Denise Bellamy, Heather Goldsmith, Geoffrey Thomas, Heledd Williams, and Dr. Sam Miller
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.
During his visit, Mr. Raig had the opportunity to meet a number of UNCG faculty and staff, including Drs. Penelope Pynes, Donald McCrickard, Professor of Economics (retired), David Olson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, William Crowther, Professor and Head of the Political Science Department, Joy Bhadury, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Bryan School of Business and Economics, Stuart Allen, Professor and Head of the Department of Economics, Vas Taras, Professor of Business Administration, and Alum Adam Landreth, Academic Advisor at the Bryan School of Business.
University of Talinn, Estonia
On February 27, UNCG hosted Professor Ivar Raig of the University of Tallinn School of Law in Estonia. Mr. Raig, an expert on Eurozone economics, gave a talk to Dr. Jeffrey Sarbaum’s European Union course in the Bryan Business School’s Department of Economics.
Left to right: Ivar Raig, Dr. Don McCrickard, Dr. Bill Crowther, and Dr. Penelope Pynes
UNCG and INTERLINK welcome Saudi visitors
On 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!
Left to right: Penelope Pynes, Brad Teague, Marshall Brewer, Terri Shelton, Ziyad Alsaigh, Jerry McGuire, Hammad Al Oqla, and Reyad Sawafta.