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President Ahad Shahbaz

INTERLINK President Ahad Shahbaz

INTERLINK’s President, Ahad Shahbaz, visited UNCG on November 21-22, 2011. During this visit, he met with the program’s teachers, students, and staff. He also met with Provost David H. Perrin, the staff of the International Programs Center, and other institutions in Greensboro.

Several INTERLINK students attended a “Night at the Theatre” and watched the production of Self Defense: Or the Death of Some Salesmen, which was produced by the UNCG Theatre Department. Before the show, the students went to dinner on Tate Street and discussed the premise of the play with INTERLINK’s student activities coordinator. They were able to meet and interact with the star of the show afterward.


INTERLINK students meet Leah Turley (second from left), a star from UNCG’s production of Self Defense: Or the Death of Some Salesmen   

Next term, INTERLINK will be expanding the International Conversation Partners Program (ICCP) and beginning a new program called the Learning Exchange and Assistance Program (LEAP). ICCP will continue to be social in nature, while LEAP will be more academic. The primary role of a conversation partner is to provide INTERLINK students with opportunities to practice conversational English while both participants enrich their cross-cultural understanding. Conversation partners are expected to meet for one hour per week. Volunteers in the LEAP program, on the other hand, work with INTERLINK students on class assignments and other academic tasks. A volunteer tutor in LEAP can work with an English learner as often as possible, depending on each participant’s schedule. We are seeking participants for both programs for the upcoming term. Please email Casey Thomas at thomascm@interlink.edu if you are interested in becoming a participant.


Dinner before the show: (L to R) Sofy Ribadeneira from Ecuador, Janaina Cereser Dente from Brazil, Clener Almeida from Brazil, Luisa Cesar from Brazil, and Casey Merie Thomas

INTERLINK’s Fall 2011 End-of-Term Ceremony will be held at College Park Baptist Church (1601 Walker Avenue) on December 16, 2011, from 11:30am to 2:00pm. This ceremony is meant to celebrate the conclusion of the term, to recognize students who have excelled, to congratulate those who are successfully completing the program, and to bid farewell to students who are leaving. We will also be honoring those who volunteered in our Conversation Program during the fall semester. The formal ceremony will be followed by a potluck-style luncheon. Contact Casey Thomas at thomascm@interlink.edu with any questions about the event or to confirm your attendance.

To see the attached flyer about the upcoming End-of-Term Ceremony, click here.

Previous editions:
- Vol 11, ed 3: November 2011
- Vol 11, ed 2: October 2011
- Vol 11, ed 1: September 2011

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