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INTERLINK: News and Announcements
Fall 1, 2013 End-of-Term Ceremony
INTERLINK held its Fall 1, 2013 end-of-term ceremony on October 10. INTERLINK graduate Wafa Almohmadi (Saudi Arabia) began the ceremony with an opening speech, which was followed by a warm welcome from INTERLINK director, Dr. Brad Teague. During the ceremony, several awards were presented, including Perfect-Attendance Awards, “Hardest-Working Student” Awards, Module Participation Awards, and the Outstanding Student Award, which was given to graduate Mouhamadou Nazirou Garba (Benin). Departing and graduating students also received special recognition. The ceremony ended with a closing speech given by graduate Khalifa Al-Mamari (Oman).

INTERLINK graduates Yifeng Li (left) and Yang Fan (right) with INTERLINK instructor Molly Anthony at the Fall I, 2013 end-of-term ceremony

We are very proud of our graduates and look forward to hearing about their continued successes. The Fall 1, 2013 graduates are:

  • Ahmed Abdulwahab (Saudi Arabia)
  • Khalifa Al-Mamari (Oman)
  • Abdullah Aldahous (Saudi Arabia)
  • Faisal Aldawood (Saudi Arabia)
  • Wafa Almohmadi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Wulan Bai (China)
  • Yang Fan (China)
  • Mouhamadou Nazirou Garba (Benin)
  • Tianyi Li (China)
  • Yifeng Li (China)
  • Hao Ma (China)
  • Eyman Mashyakhi (Saudi Arabia)
  • Zaixing Wang (China)
  • Cui Zeng (China)
Nine of the fourteen graduates plan to continue their studies at UNCG in the Spring 2014 semester.

Fall 2, 2013 Welcome Reception

New students Hanan Al Shaqsi (Oman) and Malak Modaresnezhad (Iran) joined returning students Feng Zheng (China) and Abdullah Alqasem (Saudi Arabia) to celebrate the beginning of the Fall 2, 2013 term at the INTERLINK Welcome Reception

INTERLINK’s Fall 2, 2013 session began on October 14, during UNCG’s fall break. Our 45 new students come from 15 different countries in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Africa. After two days of intensive orientation activities, the new students joined our eighty-five returning students for the first day of classes on October 16. Among the new students, 18 are conditionally admitted to UNCG for undergraduate study and 6 for graduate study. On October 18, all INTERLINK students and staff enjoyed a welcome reception in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function Room.

New Staff
This month, INTERLINK is pleased to welcome three new staff members. Gloria Darby joined INTERLINK as the new administrative assistant. A Greensboro native, she has extensive administrative experience, including several years in various departments here at UNCG. Andrea Fine joined us as a new full-time instructor. Andrea is a recent graduate of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and has experience teaching in Thailand, Ecuador, and New York City. Finally, Huda Kadhem Abdnoor, a graduate student from Iraq and former INTERLINK student, will be helping us with student activities and programs. Full staff bios, including those of our new staff, can be found on our website at http://uncg.interlinkesl.com/staff.html.

New Mind Education: News and Announcements

New Mind Education students and staff take a ride on the LaZoom Comedy Tour bus

From October 25-27, 2013, New Mind students from both UNCG and North Carolina State University travelled to Black Mountain and Asheville, NC, to experience the local culture and take in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain views during one of the peak “leaf looking” weekends of the year.

The students stayed in Hibbard Hall, one of the rustic, cabin-style lodges on the grounds of the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, a full-service conference center surrounded by 1200 acres of mountain woodlands. In addition to the beautiful mountain scenery, the students enjoyed the many recreational activities the Assembly had to offer, including tennis, Frisbee golf, and hiking. While there, they also did some volunteer work, helping with trail maintenance on one of the Assembly’s hiking trails.

New Mind students Jason Wen, Leo Li, Krystal Lan, Violet Zu, William Zhao, Tony Qiu, and Athens Wang in front of the Biltmore House

New Mind students also explored downtown Black Mountain and neighboring downtown Asheville, enjoying the sights, dining, and shopping in each town. In Asheville, they also took the LaZoom Comedy Tour, a hilarious historic bus tour through the city.

The highlight of the weekend was the visit to Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned house in the US. The 178,926-square foot, 250-room mansion was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1896, and the estate grounds span 8,000 acres, including 75 acres of gardens. While there, students took a guided tour of the house, gardens, grounds, and the Antler Hill Village farm.

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