Happy New Year!
As we begin 2010 and a new semester, the International Programs Center (IPC) would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and welcome to a new semester! As usual, we began the spring semester with the semi-annual Chancellor’s Welcome Reception. On January 19, new international students and scholars, study abroad students, Global Leadership Program participants, Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) students, INTERLINK students, and others gathered in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House to meet and greet each other, IPC staff, and faculty from across the campus. It gave the students the opportunity to socialize with others within the university in a more casual setting.
Denise Bellamy and Ajaya Francis with a group of new international exchange students
Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost of International Programs at UNCG, greeted everyone by calling out each individual group represented so that all would be recognized. She welcomed the new students and said a few words on the subject of the earthquake in Haiti.
Dr. Pynes then introduced Provost David Perrin, who encouraged everyone to get involved in UNCG’s outreach efforts to the Haitian people. Provost Perrin was happy to see all the smiling new faces at UNCG from all over the world. He informed the crowd that internationalization is an important part of the university’s strategic plan and UNCG will work hard to encourage international awareness across campus. The Provost, along with IPC staff, then handed out several small gifts to representatives from the international exchange, degree-seeking, and INTERLINK student groups.
Provost Perrin awards a new student with a gift as Dr. David Parsons looks on
As we welcomed the New Year, IPC also welcomed exciting changes to our office environment. As of February 1, all staff offices are located in the Foust Building in the middle of the UNCG campus. By consolidating the IPC staff into one location, we hope to improve our services to our students and increase overall productivity in all programs. While challenging, the move has proved to be extremely beneficial in the IPC’s daily activities and communication.
(If you come to see any of our staff, please note that we ask everyone to check-in in room 207J).
Sad news regarding Director of UNCEP
Our dear friend and colleague, Madge Hubbard, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2010, after a valiant battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Madge was employed in the UNC system for over 17 years. From January 2006, Madge served as the Director of the UNC Exchange Program (UNC-EP)--housed at UNCG. Former Deputy Director of Study Abroad at UNC-Chapel Hill and active NAFSA member, Madge was dedicated to enhancing the educational experiences of UNC system students wishing to study abroad and of the numerous international students who chose to study at one of the sixteen UNC system campuses.
A memorial service celebrating Madge’s life was held Sunday, January 24. Madge's obituary can be found in The Greensboro News and Record, January 19, 2010.
Welcome to a New Academic Year!
The International Programs Center would like to welcome you to an exciting new academic year! Change is in the air again as we move into the fall semester. We welcomed a record-setting number of new international students and witnessed our own changes within the IPC office.
For International Programs, the highlight of the every new semester is the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception. On August 25, Chancellor Linda Brady hosted her bi-annual Welcome Reception for new international students and returning study abroad students. In her speech, Chancellor Brady welcomed these new students to UNCG. She was pleased to see all the new faces. Special recognition was given to four new students who represented the graduate, undergraduate, exchange, and INTERLINK populations.
Chancellor Brady with Graduate student, Tuamami Tamini
The Chancellor also discussed the importance of internationalizing our campus and how the UNCG Strategic Plan has included this goal as one of the strategic focus areas. She hopes that the next five years will see a growth in our international population through study abroad, international students and scholars, and volunteer service and exchange programs. Additionally, she congratulated Dr. Penelope Pynes on the removal of the “Interim” in her title, making her now Associate Provost for International Programs.
We at IPC along with Penelope are looking forward to continuing our endeavors in promoting UNCG throughout the world.
We anticipate great things will be happening this year so keep reading E-Newsworthy to hear about them. Good luck and welcome to all our new students and staff!
Incoming International Student Orientation – Fall 2009
This fall 2009, the International Programs Center welcomed 243 new students from all over the world, including 110 degree-seeking international students and 133 international exchange students. This semester’s orientation for incoming international students began with arriving students being met at the Piedmont International Airport, UNCG van transportation from hotels and airport, and on and off campus housing move-in assistance. Throughout orientation week, August 17-23, new students attended a variety of sessions, from “Safe Living” and “The UNCG Classroom” to “Visa Matters” and “Orientation to Non-Academic Life”.
Volunteers greet arriving students at the airport
Additionally, international students had the opportunity to meet other students, staff, and faculty, as well as volunteers from the UNCG Alumni Association Board of Directors at several different functions. Dr. JoAnne Safrit, a UNCG Alumni Relations board member, enthusiastically greeted newly arrived students from across the globe. The full article by Ex Officio board member Beth English can be viewed here.
First, toward the beginning of the week, students and guests gathered for an American style picnic at Phillips Hawkins Residence Hall, where the International House residents live. On another evening, students enjoyed an evening out on the town. Accompanied by International Student Association (ISA) board members, PALs (Peer Advisor and Liaison), and other student orientation volunteers, new international students visited Friendly Center where they shopped and socialized.
Students socialize with volunteers at the picnic
To finish out the week, the ISA and UNCG Athletics, in collaboration with the International Programs Center (IPC), hosted a dinner and social in the softball stadium followed by a women’s soccer match against Wake Forest University. Not only did International students experience first-hand soccer on a university campus but they also cheered as the game announcer officially recognized them and the ISA during the first half.
Sad news regarding Chancellor Emerita Patricia Sullivan
On August 20, former Chancellor Patricia Sullivan passed away after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. During her thirteen years as UNCG’s first female chancellor, Dr. Sullivan led the university in promoting its academic and research programs, greatly increasing student enrollment. She worked closely with the International Programs Center, encouraging students to study abroad and to seek out international experiences. Throughout the years, she met many of our international partners and helped foster close relationships with their universities. She will be missed by all who knew her at UNCG and in the greater community.
Click here for the press release on Patricia Sullivan’s legacy.