International Festival April 18!
The UNCG International Festival, one of the largest events on campus, is an exciting opportunity for the University and greater communities to celebrate diverse countries of the world, and to foster multicultural awareness.
The 27th Annual International Festival will be held on the UNCG campus around the fountain area of the Dining Hall on Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. The Festival promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations, and live entertainment from all regions of the globe.
Last year, 50 different countries, organizations, and vendors hosted booths for the 3,000+ people in attendance. This year, passports to the world, which will be distributed at the event, can be stamped as attendees visit numerous country booths and meet representative international students.
Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome and we hope that we will see you all there.
An alternative location has been arranged in the case of rain and will be in the HHP (Health and Human Performance) Building on campus.
To volunteer to help with I-fest:
The most help is needed in the morning for set up, but also during and after the event. Volunteers who are there by 9am and who help throughout the afternoon will get a free I-Fest t-shirt and lunch. Please contact Blane Stanaland (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Wright (email@example.com) if you would like to volunteer.
International Education Week: Welcome to the World!
The International Programs Center (IPC) is excited to announce UNCG’s celebration of International Education Week, November 17 through November 21, 2008. International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is promoted all over the world. The IPC, in conjunction with other campus departments and organizations, has planned an engaging schedule of international and intercultural activities.
One of IEW’s longer standing traditions at UNCG is the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest. The photo exhibit, which depicts UNCG study abroad students’ lives while overseas, will open November 18th in the EUC. Not only will members of the campus community be able to view the diverse photos but they are also encouraged to vote for their favorites. Another popular activity is ACIREMA (America spelled backwards), a simulation exercise designed to sensitize participants to the difficulties that international students encounter in their quest for an American education. UNCG staff who work with international students in various ways have been invited to participate in ACIREMA as a professional development opportunity.
Especially for faculty and academic departments is the information session “Inviting/Hiring International Faculty and Scholars to UNCG.” Faculty and department staff who deal with invitation/hiring paperwork are welcome to attend and learn more about inviting/hiring permanent or temporary faculty and researchers to UNCG in J-1 exchange visitor, H1b faculty, permanent residency and other categories.
Other events offered throughout International Education Week include the Study Abroad Fair sponsored by the Bryan School of Business, International Students Association Info Table, and the culminating Friday Fest where both the winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and students from Mexico will present their traditions and culture in the Phillip-Hawkins Residence Hall.
For a complete listing of International Education Week activities, please visit www.uncg.edu/ipg.
Winners from last year’s IEW Study Abroad Photo Competition:
Overall Winner: Megan Cobb (Australia)
Culture/People Winner: Emily Mader (Mexico)
Landscape Winner: Michael Way (New Zealand)
Cityscape/Architecture Winner: Jane Brownfield (Hong Kong)
Humorous Winner: Caitlin Cunningham (Spain)
Join ISA in New York City for Thanksgiving!
Nov 25 – 30 ~ New York City. International students and scholars from the University of North Carolina Greensboro are invited to join us in New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday! Students will travel by bus to New York where they will stay in a youth hostel and participate in several events, including Thanksgiving dinner and the opportunity to watch the world famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There are so many sights to see and adventures to be had! Visit the Statue of Liberty, see a show on Broadway, and go ice skating in Central Park! The cost is $275 (cash) and this will cover your bus transportation, and lodging for the 4 full days/ 3 nights stay at the hippest hostel in New York City. If you want to go, you may sign up with Carmen Prather in IPC on Wednesday, November 5th at 10:00 am. If you or a friend cannot come at that time, then you may sign up and pay for ONE other friend.
North Carolina International Leadership Conference
Saturday, November 1 to Sunday, November 2
Students are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual North Carolina International Leadership Conference at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The purpose of the conference is to introduce students who are currently enrolled in North Carolina universities and colleges to principles of international leadership. Funded through the NAFSA Association of International Educators coop grant, the conference will bring together international students, study and service abroad students, and students specializing in the fields of international and global relations.
Workshops, sessions, service projects, food, and fun keep the schedule full. Katie Krueger, a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar in Dakar, Senegal in 2004 will be the conference keynote speaker. Katie co-founded a nonprofit organization that promotes education in Senegal: Project Japalé Gouné. Through its school lunch program, this organization serves over 10,000 meals each year to 200 low-income students. Katie’s book, Give with Gratitude, chronicles the story of how the cultural lessons she learned in Senegal inspired the creation of Project Japalé Gouné. More information about Katie can be found at her website: www.KatieKrueger.com.
Registration for the conference is $35 and will end on October 10, 2008. For more information and a registration form, please visit the North Carolina Association of International Educators website: http://ncaieorg.ipower.com/page6.html.
ISA--Washington DC Trip
Come join us as we visit the United States capital! There are so many sights to see and adventures to be had! Visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museum, and even the White House! Cost is $200 and this will cover your bus transportation, and lodging for the 4 days/ 3 nights stay in Washington DC. If you want to go, you may sign up with Carmen Prather in IPC on Monday, October 6th at 10:00 am. If you or a friend cannot come at that time, then you may sign up and pay for ONE other friend. Please come early to guarantee your spot.
Also of interest next month is the African Fashion Show.
The UNCG African Student Union will be sponsoring a fashion show on November 1, 2008, 7pm-9pm in the EUC Auditorium. Tickets are $10. The show will include a fashion showcase and traditional African music dance and drumming. Proceeds from the event and ticket sales will go towards helping homeless children in Africa.