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                              The Close of One Semester and the

                                           Beginning of Another

Change: A New Year and a New Semester

2009 has begun, along with it a new semester, and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and thank you for reading our newsletter.  We began our spring semester with the semi-annual Chancellor’s Welcome Reception. On January 20, international students, returning study abroad students, Global Leadership Program participants, Lloyd International Honors College (LIHC) students and INTERLINK students gathered in the Elliott University Center to socialize and interact with International Programs Center (IPC) staff and faculty from across the campus.  It was a chance for students, staff and faculty to talk about their successes from last year and their hopes for the new one. Dr. Penelope Pynes, Interim Associate Provost of International Programs at UNCG, was pleased to see so many students attend considering it was also the highly anticipated inauguration day: “It was great to see so many of our students there celebrating both the start of a new semester and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.” What better way to start a semester?

Read more about the welcome reception and our plans for the future here.

Baden-Wuerttemberg Landesstiftung Scholarship and the University of Ulm Exchange

The Baden-Wuerttemberg Landesstiftung scholarship assists in promoting the exchange of students with complementing technical expertise, information, and reagents necessary to conduct collaborative research, between Germany and the world. UNCG has been lucky to capitalize on its strong relationship with the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Landesstiftung scholarship to enhance its collaborative research efforts.  Through this arrangement, graduate science students are able to study at the University of Ulm, Germany, to encourage an active dialogue between the two countries in the sciences.

Read more about the Baden-Wuerttemberg Landesstiftung Scholarship here.

Also in Newsworthy this month:

Welcome to New International Exchange and Degree-Seeking Students


We would like to welcome all of our exchange students and degree-seeking students to UNCG. We wish them well with the coming semester and look forward to getting to know them.

Read more about UNCGs new international students here.

Bryan Business School Students Win Gilman Awards

Towards the end of the fall 2008 semester, three students studying at the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship.  The scholarship goes towards their study abroad planned for Spring 2009. Adam Landreth, Xai Lor, and Lee “Wes” Salisbury received a combined total of $11,500. The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers need-based grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who study abroad. The scholarship is a congressionally funded program that is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Read more about the Gilman Award and the student awardees here.

Letter from Abroad: Russia by Julie Auxier


Secretly I had always harbored the desire to visit Russia.  Truth be told, I was/am obsessed more so than anyone I have ever encountered. The word "Russia" coming out of the lips of anyone is enough to make me want to drool, but the idea of a thirty something non-traditional student going for a semester was something that was out of the question, or so I thought.  Amazingly enough, the pieces started to come together and I was able to go and I have not regretted a second of it.  In the process, I discovered so much about myself and the hodgepodge group that I traveled with became my closest friends. 

Read more about Julie's experience in Russia here.

Global Leadership Program Still Going Strong

Our Global Leadership Program students have been very active this semester working towards completing the seven colloquia, two speaker events per semester, and 200 experiential points before they graduate.  We offered several colloquia last semester such as the Intercultural Development Inventory: Seeing through Other Eyes with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Denise Bellamy and Tom Martinek Jr.; Leadership in a Global Context with Dr. Cathy Hamilton and Preston Yarborough; and Intercultural Observation by Dr. Kathleen Ahern.  Dr. Jerry Pubantz will be offering his core colloquia on February 4th about the responsibilities of the global citizen.  Other colloquia are currently being organized and arranged for this semester. 

Read more about what Global Leadership Program participants were up to last semester here.


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