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INTERLINK: News and Announcements

Visit by Author Jennifer Thompson-Cannino

This past December, INTERLINK student Amira Ayad (Egypt) arranged a surprise for the students in INTERLINK’s level-5 reading and writing classes. After reading the class book, Picking Cotton, she was so moved by the story that she contacted one of the authors, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, and asked her to come speak to the classes. Thompson-Cannino generously agreed, and the students enjoyed asking her questions and hearing about her experiences since the book was published.

Spring 1, 2013 Session

INTERLINK’s Spring 1 session began on January 7 with a two-day orientation for new students. During orientation, new students took placement tests, met INTERLINK staff and other students, and participated in a variety of informational sessions designed to acquaint them with the program. Our 39 new students hail from 15 countries: Benin, Brazil, China, Germany, Kuwait, Iran, Libya, Morocco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Approximately half of these new students entered with conditional admission to UNCG. INTERLINK’s overall enrollment is 119, up from 98 last spring. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, INTERLINK students were offered the opportunity to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, located at the site of the former Woolworth’s Department Store in downtown Greensboro. INTERLINK’s program assistant, Lamar Gibson, accompanied the students. Before the tour, students witnessed the unveiling of a new exhibition of rare photographs from the Civil Rights Era. They also met with civil rights activists who were part of the museum's celebration, and they shared experiences about civil rights issues in their own countries.


INTERLINK students visited the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in downtown Greensboro in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Conversation-Partners Program

This session, our well-known Conversation-Partners Program took a different approach and partnered primarily with one UNCG class. Professor Dorothy Davis (Anthropology Department) saw the program as an opportunity for her students to connect with international students while simultaneously completing an assignment for her course, the Anthropology of Children. Twenty-five students from her class have been paired with INTERLINK students and will meet for one hour each week to discuss a variety of topics relating to childhood in different countries. Participating students have expressed excitement about the program and are looking forward to interacting with new friends from different cultures. This collaboration is a great example of cross-cultural learning that satisfies both personal and academic goals.

Transnational Perspectives Discussion Series

The Transnational Perspectives Discussion Series is a new INTERLINK-hosted program. The purpose of the program is to bring together students from all over the world to discuss timely issues from multiple perspectives. The discussions are moderated and semi-structured so that all participants have an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions. The first session took place on January 16 and focused on educational systems around the world. The second session, held on January 30, dealt with shifting economic structures. Approximately 35 INTERLINK and UNCG students participated in both sessions, which were lively and engaging. Future topics include “Partnership, Love, and Marriage Traditions” (February 13) and “Religion in Culture and Society” (February 27). Anyone on campus is welcome to attend. Sessions take place in the Faculty Center from 2:30-3:30pm on the dates indicated above.

INTERLINK Students in discussions

INTERLINK and UNCG students swapped ideas about education and the global economy during the new Transnational Perspectives Discussion Series

New Mind: Service-Learning Event at Kopper Top Life Learning Center, Liberty, NC

New Mind students with cats
New Mind students help feed two of the Kopper Top cats
In January 2013, the staff and students of New Mind Education welcomed three new students to the University Preparatory Program at UNCG (UPP@UNCG) family.  These students come from all regions of China, including Shanghai and Inner Mongolia. 

Soon after their arrival, the new students participated in a service-learning event at Kopper Top Life Learning Center in Liberty, NC, with New Mind staff and students. Kopper Top is a family-owned, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals, enhancing quality of life, and providing therapy, education, and recreation to individuals with or without disabilities through interactions with animals.  The New Mind team helped the center prepare their animals and facilities for upcoming therapy sessions by feeding the animals and cleaning stalls, coops, pens, and other areas of the farm.  At the end of the day, the directors of Kopper Top invited the New Mind team to join them in building a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, and eating s’mores, an American tradition that was new to many of the students.

This event was not only the first opportunity of the semester for everyone to bond and get to know each other but also an excellent way to show the importance of service-learning and giving back to the local community. The New Mind staff and students look forward to what the rest of the semester will bring!

For more information about New Mind Education at UNCG, please contact Hao Zhang at hzhang@newmindedu.com.

New Mind students at Kopper Top Life Learning Center

New Mind students and staff kicked off Spring Semester 2013 by volunteering at Kopper Top Life Learning Center in Liberty, NC

For more information about Kopper Top Life Learning Center, please visit http://www.koppertop.org/.

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