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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).
Fall 2, 2013 Welcome Reception
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
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 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.