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Top Story!

Chancellor Brady Welcomes New International Students

Chancellor Charles & Anne Lyons

Left to Right: Chancellor Brady speaks to international students; Dr. Penelope Pynes with Dr. Charles Lyons and his wife, Anne. 

On January 17, 2012, Chancellor Linda Brady held her semi-annual International Student Welcome Reception. The reception was held in the Cone Ballroom of the Elliott University Center for new international students and UNCG students who have returned from study abroad in recent months. At the reception, Chancellor Brady personally welcomed the incoming students as well as international guests Dr. Tanya Castleman and Dr. Sergei Erofeev (see Visitors & scholars). The Chancellor also recognized Dr. Charles Lyons, the original founder of the International Programs Center (IPC), noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of IPC. Also in attendance was Dr. Joe Baer, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the German and Russian Department at UNCG.

Chi Gava

Chancellor Brady recognizing international student, Chi Gava

During the Chancellor’s address, she spoke of the importance of international education and UNCG’s commitment to provide “intercultural and international experiences and perspectives” in learning and service and laid out three goals for continued international efforts. First, UNCG will continue to make efforts so that no student will be prohibited from studying abroad due to financial concerns. Second, UNCG pledges to strengthen international volunteer service programs for faculty, students, and staff. Third, the university will work to continue to attract talented international students to study at UNCG.

This semester approximately 120 new international students have come to study at UNCG. About half of those students are part of international exchange programs, and most others are degree-seeking international students or part of the INTERLINK program. The reception was a wonderful opportunity to let these students know how much they are appreciated.

Huda Al-Zurfi & Arwa Al Taher

International graduate students, Huda Al-Zurfi (Left) and Arwa Al Taher

As is the tradition, several students were recognized individually and were able to meet the Chancellor. These students included Chivimbiso (Chi) Gava, Haeun (Helen) Kim, Huda Al-Zurfi, Arwa Al Taher, Amal Sadou, and Fay Alnajadah.

Chi Gava is the first international student on exchange from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Chi is originally from Zimbabwe and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Journalism. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Journalism.

Helen Kim is from South Korea. She is an international undergraduate degree-seeking student, who is on a UNCG music scholarship.  Her major is Music Performance (flute) and Music Education.

Huda Al-Zurfi is from Iraq and studying through the prestigious Iraqi Education Initiative, an Iraq government student scholar program.  She is a degree-seeking student at UNCG who is studying to receive a Master's degree in the Computer Science. Huda is also a recent graduate of INTERLINK.

Arwa Al Taher is from Libya. She is seeking her Ph.D. in Geography at UNCG  and is studying through a Libyan government scholarship program. Arwa is another recent graduate of INTERLINK.

Amal Sadou from Benin and Fay Alnajadah from Kuwait represented new INTERLINK students.

We would like wish all of the international students a warm welcome and best wishes for the semester. UNCG and IPC are proud to be a part of each student’s journey!

Helen Kim

Haeun (Helen) Kim being recognized by Chancellor Brady

arrowFaculty and Staff!

Martinek Travels to the United Kingdom

Tom & Kathleen

Tom Martinek and Kathleen Adnum, the International Officer at Trinity St. David

Tom Martinek, Jr.
, Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, traveled to the UK in December to visit three of UNCG’s partner institutions and to participate in a symposium at which he was invited to present.

Martinek’s first visit was to the University of Leicester in Leicester, England. UNCG recently established an exchange agreement with the University of Leicester, so this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the programs and resources available for potential UNCG exchange students. Martinek was also to meet the University of Leicester students who will be studying at UNCG in the fall.

Martinek then traveled to the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England. This visit provided Martinek with the opportunity to spend time with a long standing exchange partner and to meet with faculty and staff in various academic departments that had not been previously explored for exchange programs.

The final stop on Martinek’s tour was the University of Wales-Trinity St. David in Carmarthen, Wales. The visit to Trinity St. David came at an excellent time as the university has recently merged with another campus in Lampeter, Wales, and will soon be merging with Swansea Metropolitan University. The merger will greatly expand the academic opportunities for UNCG exchange students as well as for students from Trinity St. David at UNCG.

While in Wales, Martinek also presented at a symposium sponsored by Trinity St. David titled, "Internationalization: Beyond Student Recruitment.” Martinek was among four presenters from the U.S., the UK, and Australia that shared their experiences with internationalization efforts on their campuses. Martinek's session, "Internationalization Through Exchange," highlighted UNCG's internationalization initiatives and efforts and focused primarily on how the development of quality exchange partnerships does more than just provide exchange opportunities for students—that is, it plays a crucial role in creating an ethos and culture of internationalization across the campus.

Bellamy Accepted to NAFSA Academy

Denise Bellamy

IPC Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, Denise Bellamy, was recently accepted into the NAFSA Academy for International Education. The Academy is an intensive training program that prepares participants to take on additional leadership roles in the area of international education and provides extensive networking opportunities. During the 11-month program, participants attend training events, complete written assignments, engage in conference calls, and receive guidance from a professional coach. Each of these activities is aimed at giving participants an overview of the major practice areas within the international education profession and broadening awareness of professional resources.

Bellamy is honored to have been chosen to participate in the Academy. “I am very excited about joining the NAFSA Academy!” says Bellamy. “The Academy will allow me the opportunity to learn more about the innovative leadership and administrative strategies being implemented by international education professionals throughout the nation. The practical and professional knowledge I gain will also help to increase my contributions to the overall international mission and strategic goals of UNCG.” Bellamy also looks forward to the establishing and nurturing new connections that will be helpful for her throughout her professional career.

arrowInternational Students

Spring 2012 International Exchange Student Orientation

Incoming students with PALS

Incoming international exchange students meet their PALs!

During the first week of January, the International Programs Center (IPC) welcomed 100 international exchange students to campus, including 56 new students and 44 students returning for their second semester. The new exchange students participated in a week full of orientation activities, including presentations, a campus tour, and trips to several local shopping centers. The IPC staff offered a number of presentations during the orientation week on topics such as academic advising, academic and non-academic life, and visa document information. In addition, staff from Campus Housing and Residence Life, UNCG Police, the Spartan Card Center, and the Student Health Center provided presentations, which helped orient the students to on-campus services and policies.

Incoming student

Fatimah Hussain Algudaidhi, a degree-seeking student from Saudi Arabia

A student panel was also added to this semester’s orientation to increase the involvement of the full year exchange students. Students on the panel answered questions about non-academic life, which provided an opportunity for the new students to hear from their peers about life at UNCG and in Greensboro. In addition, a group dinner was arranged for the new and returning students to meet and mingle before the start of the semester. All incoming students also had the opportunity to meet with their PALs (Peer Advisor and Liaison) who will be available to provide information and friendship as the students adjust to life at UNCG..

At the same time, UNCG welcomed 30 new international degree-seeking students. Due to the various other obligations of the degree-seeking students, their orientation was conducted in four hour blocks by Michael Elliott and Norma Velazquez.

During orientation week and throughout the semester, IPC is always thankful for the help and support we receive from faculty, staff, and our student volunteers in welcoming our international students. A special thanks to the PALs and study abroad returnees for their support. We look forward to a great semester!

Incoming students

IPC staff members, Dr. Penelope Pynes and Michael Elliott, with some of the new degree-seeking students

Linxia Wu & Yaoxi Yang

Left to Right: Linxia Wu and Yaoxi Yang, degree-seeking students from China

Incoming students

Left to Right:  Exchange students, Anne Fonslev from Denmark, Tianyi (Sky) Song from Sweden, and Gry Moller-Kristensen from Denmark*


*Anne Fonsley
and Gry Moller-Kristensen are both part of the Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) program. The GWIK program was established in 2009 to support student and faculty exchanges between European and U.S. universities. The goal of GWIK is to educate new social service practitioners for work with immigrant and refugee children. GWIK exchanges are currently available between UNCG and universities in Denmark, Belgium, and Spain. The UNCG Coordinator of GWIK is Dr. Cathryne Schmitz.

International Students receive International Honor

Beta Gamma Sigma key

Beta Gamma Sigma key

UNCG’s Bryan School of Business and Economics inducted 38 students into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society on November 28, 2011. Among those inducted were four international students—Anupam Nath, Jussi Ailisto, Mina Yu, and Truc Trinh.

Anupam Nath is from Bangladesh and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Management. Jussi Ailisto is from Finland and is pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. Mina Yu, an undergraduate student in Accounting, is from South Korea, and Truc Trinh, who is studying International Business and Marketing, is from Vietnam.

In order to be eligible for membership, students must study business at a university internationally accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), such as UNCG, and must be ranked in the upper ten percent of their undergraduate class during their junior or senior year or in the upper twenty percent of their graduating master’s class. Receiving membership into Beta Gamma Sigma is truly an honor since only about five percent of those graduating with baccalaureate or master's degrees in business receive the distinction. The mission of the international honor society is to encourage academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business.

To read more about UNCG’s chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, go to: http://www.uncg.edu/bae/bgs/

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South Korean Visitors come to UNCG

CNU visitors

Participants in Chungnam National University’s Overseas R&D Management Program
Delegation Leaders are Dean Yoon Soo Lim and Professor Taiwan Kwak (front row)

The International Programs Center (IPC) and UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics were proud to host 24 Korean research professionals  from various industries for an “Overseas Research & Development Management Program organized for the Chungnam National University (CNU) Graduate School of Business located in Daejeon, South Korea. The researchers were accompanied by three faculty members from CNU. The CNU representatives included Dr. Yoon Soo Lim, Dean of the Graduate School of Business; Dr. Taiwan Kwak, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Director of the Research and Development Program; and Dr. Gyu C. Kim, Professor at CNU and Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University.

The purpose of the seminar was to allow participants to gain a better understanding of the innovative R&D activities taking place on campus and within the local community. Through presentations and personal interactions with many key UNCG personnel , participants were able to learn and share insights  about business and research development efforts. Participants were particularly interested in topics relating to entrepreneurship and technology management and will be able to apply their new knowledge to their own business organizations. The guests arrived on January 29, 2012, and were greeted with a welcome dinner. A two-day seminar followed during which the guests attended six lectures by distinguished UNCG faculty from the Bryan School and others on campus. Topics discussed during the seminar included:
CNU Award ceremony

Dean Yoon Soo Lim with Dean Mac Banks from UNCG’s Bryan Business School and Dr. Penelope Pynes from IPC

  • The Role of Higher Education Institutions in Regional Economic Development - Dr. Joy Bhadury
  • The Role of Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy: The Case of the Cross-Disciplinary Program - Dr. Dianne Welsh
  • Government and University Relations – Mike Tarrant
  • The Administration of Federal-level Research Projects at Government Agency and University Levels - Dr. Byoungho Jin
  • Redefining Work Space for Today’s Workers – Darryl Howard
  • Introducing Social Media: How Does it Work for Business?- Dr. Aprille Black
  • Patents and Intellectual Property: Practices and Policies in the United States - Lisa Goble
  • Leading Cultural Change – Kevin Lowe

Seminar participants also took part in site visits to the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, hosted by Dr. James Ryan, and  Space Logix of Greensboro, hosted by Daryl Howard.

CNU visit

From left to right: 4 CNU delegates, Penelope Pynes, Bjoungho Jin, CARS Doctoral student Sojin Jung & Denise Bellamy

Our partnership with CNU was initiated by Dr. Dianne Welsh, Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Professor of Entrepreneurship, and a colleague, Dr. Gyu C. Kim, at CNU in Korea.  Denise Bellamy, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges, and her staff were instrumental in organizing this effort. We also give special thanks to UNCG’s Executive Education office. IPC and the Bryan School of Business and Economics are thankful for the opportunity to host the Overseas R&D Management Seminar and look forward to growing our collaborations with CNU in the future.   



ArrowStudent Highlights

Architectural Sojourn to India teaches more than Architecture

UNCG student in India

Clairissa Anderson surrounded by school girls in India

Clairissa Anderson and Carlos Smith, Interior Architecture students at UNCG, were two of a group of thirteen UNCG students, faculty, staff, and alumni who traveled to India on an architectural sojourn in March 2010. The trip provided that group with the once in a lifetime opportunity to visit some of India’s most captivating structures. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Qutub Minar in Delhi, India, which is India’s tallest tower standing at 2.75 meters. Construction on the tower began in 1192 A.D., and it is considered a timeless example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.

Student in India

Carlos Smith at Qutub Minar

It was during their visit to Qutub Minar that Smith was able to take the above photo of Anderson, which he later entered in UNCG’s International Education Week 2011 Photo Contest. Anderson recalls the scene from the photo as follows:

“Carlos and I were so mesmerized by the size and scale of the structure as we were walking through the monument that we neglected to notice the class of about fifty young girls who were more interested in studying us than the monument. At one point Carlos said, ‘Hey Clairissa, look behind you!’ As soon as I turned around, I found myself in a swarm of young girls. Each girl was very anxious to ask me questions and to tell me their names. Yes, I was introduced to all fifty girls. I was quickly reminded that I was no longer in North Carolina. I specifically remember one girl asking me if she could touch my skin. She said that I looked so delicate that she thought I might break if she touched me. As soon as I replied ‘yes’ to her request, all of the girls reached out to touch the exposed skin of my arms. One girl asked which ‘lightening cream’ I had used. The confused look on my face must have said it all as another girl asked, ‘Where do you come from?’ I told them that I was an American, and they proceeded to tell me that they use beauty products to lighten their skin. Naturally, I could not help but to laugh and tell them that where I come from ‘girls and women pay a lot of money to have their skin darkened, like yours.’ They thought I was lying.

I also remember a girl saying, ‘Your eyes are like precious stones from Jaipur.’ I was struck by her comment, and I tried to imagine a young American girl, of the same age, paying a similar complement to a foreigner. Would that American girl even know where natural resources in the United States come from? I asked the girls what grade they were in, and they told me that their ages ranged from eleven to sixteen years old. About half of their class was either already married or they were arranged to be married soon. They were appalled that I was twenty-one and looked the way I did and yet had no husband.  Their teachers were equally interested in me and did not seem to mind the students studying me more than the architecture and history of the site we were all visiting. Meanwhile, my professor, Tina Sarawgi, was franticly calling the bus driver to come and pick us up (woman in blue in the upper right corner of the photograph). After this first encounter with the people of India, Tina and I decided that it would be best for me to buy a hat or a scarf to cover my head so as not to become the main attraction of the existing structures and monuments that we had yet to visit.”

Anderson goes on to explain how the experience changed her. She says that it was, “an enormous eye opener,” and that she remembers having more culture shock when she returned to the U.S. than she experienced in India. Anderson also says that she is now better able to appreciate her education and the opportunities that she has to learn and to share her new perspective with others.

Model United Nations

UNCG Model UN students in Singapore

WorldMUN participants in Singapore

UNCG’s Model United Nations (UN) class participated in the twenty-second annual Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) in Atlanta on November 17-19, 2011. Nineteen students represented Canada and Namibia in simulations of UN committees and affiliated agencies. The conference brought together some 700 students from approximately 40 colleges and universities from around the region. Students assumed the roles of diplomats from their assigned countries and debated important international issues with the goal of writing resolutions to address those issues. Committee members then voted on these resolutions.

The students prepared for the event by compiling information on their countries and studying the agenda topics posted on the SRMUN website, as well as learning about the UN and the rules of procedure for the conference. Model UN requires students not only to think about international issues from the perspective of foreign diplomats but also to experience the challenge of reaching an agreement on complex international problems. It also enhances students’ research, public speaking, writing, and negotiating skills. UNCG has participated in SRMUN for the last nineteen years.

Prior to the most recent regional event, seven UNCG students from the Lloyd International Honors College had the opportunity to participate in the World Model United Nations (WorldMUN). WorldMUN was held in Singapore in March of 2011 after a three-day delay due to the Japanese earthquake. The students were joined in Singapore by other students from around the world in simulations of the United Nations. Organized somewhat differently from SRMUN, UNCG students at WorldMUN represented several different countries. Andrea Schronce received an award for her participation and was recognized at the closing ceremonies at the conference.

UNCG is proud to participate in the Model UN activities, which have been supported over the years largely through an annual contribution from the IPC Kohler Fund.

ArrowInternational Visitors

Chancellor Linda Brady & Deakin visitor

Left to Right:  Dr. Dianne Welsh, Chancellor Linda Brady, Dr. Tanya Castleman, Amélie Jacquemin, and Dr. Penelope Pynes

On January 17, 2012, Dr. Tanya Castleman, Associate Dean of Development and International Programs at Deakin University and professor of Business and Law, visited UNCG from Victoria, Australia. Dr. Castleman’s visit was initiated by Dr. Dianne Welsh, Director of the Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program and Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bryan School of Business at UNCG. During her visit, Dr. Castleman took a campus tour and met with Dr. Welsh; Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director for International Student Services at the Bryan School of Business; Tuisha Fernandes, Associate Director of the Bryan MBA Program; and Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost of International Programs, to discuss student exchange programs in entrepreneurship. Dr. Castleman also met with Dean Mac Banks from the Bryan Business School and attended Chancellor Linda Brady’s Welcome Reception for international students.

Also, pictured is Amélie Jacquemin, a visiting scholar from the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies, which is part of the Louvain School of Management at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Jacquemin is conducting doctoral research on the “Impact of regulation on entrepreneurship.” 

Erofeev visit

Dr. Kathleen Macfie (far left), Dr. Sarah Krive (left center), Dr. Sergei Erofeev (center), and Dr. Penelope Pynes (far right) with students interested in studying at European University of St. Petersburg

Also on January 17-18, 2012, Dr. Sergei Erofeev, Director of International Programs at European University of St. Petersburg (EUSP), visited UNCG from St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Erofeev’s visited was organized with the help of Dr. Kathleen Macfie, Associate Professor of Russian Studies and Chair of the Russian Studies Faculty Committee at UNCG. Upon arrival, Dr. Erofeev attended the Chancellor's Welcome Reception with Dr. Macfie and then proceeded to an information session about EUSP open to students and a discussion on the recent elections in Russia. Also during his visit, Dr. Erofeev met with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Associate Provost for International Programs at UNCG; Dr. Sarah Krive, Assistant Dean of the Lloyd International Honors College; and Dr. Roberto Campo, Director of International and Global Studies, to discuss collaborative opportunities between UNCG and EUSP for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as potential collaboration on the new Center for the Study of Modernity that EUSP is developing in Kazan, Russia. They also considered strategies for supporting faculty and student opportunities in both St. Petersburg and Kazan. Dr. David Crowe from the History and Geography Department at Elon University was also invited to join this discussion in order to explore the possibility of creating a regional Russian Studies initiative that would include cooperation with EUSP and a regional conference, the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, in Spring 2013, to be held at UNCG.

 "Argentina's Furious Antigone: Transitional Justice and Performative Acts of Recovery"

In October 2011, Dr. Brenda Werth, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University, gave a fascinating talk titled "Argentina's Furious Antigone: Transitional Justice and Performative Acts of Recovery ".  Professor Werth specializes in contemporary Latin American Theatre and Southern Cone Studies, and her areas of expertise include performance, memory studies, documentary theatre, and film. Her latest book Theatre, Performance, and Memory Politics in Argentina examines the intersection of theatre, memory, and human rights discourse in post-dictatorial Argentina.

Brenda Werth

Dr. Brenda Werth, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University

In her talk, she discussed the transformative engagement of performance with memory politics and human rights in Argentina over the course of the post-dictatorial period. This event was of particular interest to the graduate and undergraduate students currently taking the courses on Latin American Literature and culture some of whom had previously read the play "Antigona Furiosa" by Argentinean writer Griselda Gambaro, a play that discusses memory and violence in Argentinean dirty war. After the talk students and faculty engaged in a lively conversation with professor Werth. This talk was particularly relevant to our community at a time of intense social and political revolutions in different parts of the world, where people and nations are struggling to resist and overturn dictatorial regimes. It provided an opportunity to reflect on the role of art, literature and performance in these complex processes.

The event was organized by Dr. Claudia Cabello-Hutt and was sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as by the IPC Kohler Fund.

ArrowFaculty Corner!

In July, 2011, Dr. Sharon Morrison, Associate Professor of Public Health, took a group of 10 students to Zambia for a multifaceted course, Community Service Learning in International Health (HEA 407/697), designed to provide an international experience to both graduate and undergraduate students in public health and other disciplines. While in Zambia, students did most of their work in and around the city of Livingstone, which is a home to Victoria Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Livingstone, however, is also home to one of the highest recorded HIV rates in the world. Students were grateful to have the opportunity to offer basic public health services to the people of the local community and say that it was “worth every minute!” Read more about the students’ experiences below.

UNCG students in Zambia

Dr. Sharon Morrison (center right) and UNCG students at the Livingstone Airport

Worth Every Minute: International Health Serve and Learn In Zambia
Submitted by August Elliott, Betty Foh, Laura Peoples, Sheri Vettel, and Dr. Sharon Morrison

Weighing babies in Zambia

UNCG student, Laura Peoples, weighing babies

“♪Beep beep mzungu bus, Beep beep mzungu bus.... ♫” This was the chant of the children of Zambia as they ran beside the bus that brought us to our project sites. We heard this chant each morning as we rode to the medical projects where we volunteered and conducted research. Our medical projects included clinic work, home-based care, and other projects, such as working at Maramba Old People’s Home and at the only hospice facility in the area. We also made special efforts to address the HIV epidemic since one in three people in Livingstone is living with HIV.

Our HIV-related activities included HIV testing and consultation, education for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), education outreach in high schools and prisons, home-based care for households affected by HIV, and performing arts HIV prevention and outreach.

Taking blood pressure in Zambia

UNCG student, Sheri Vettel, taking a patient's blood

In the clinics, we engaged a range of experiences which included giving health talks, providing antenatal care to pregnant women, and weighing babies. In order to offer home-based care, we walked for miles in the African bush alongside home-based caregivers who knew the patients and served as our interpreters as we visited patients in their homes. We applied “on the ground” training to cleaning wounds, taking vital signs, and recommending ways to improve general health with adequate hydration, nutrition, and exercise. In addition, we provided vitamins, oral re-hydration solutions, and pain relievers.

Although our work seemed very minimal to us, for many of our patients our assistance was huge. Our presence, interest, and willingness to spend time with them were just as important as the healthcare we provided.

While we loved the morning medical projects, the FUN really began each afternoon! We balanced our medical work with community projects such as participating in after-school reading and art clubs, sports, building, painting, farming, and adult literacy. The manual labor was not a hardship when you were able to look around and see the smiling faces of the beautiful children that would benefit from our hard work. Getting to spend time with them was especially rewarding. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the people of Livingstone in both the medical and community projects.

Zambian children

Worth every minute!

We tempered the intensity of this service-learning with a healthy dose of regional recreation. Our recreation included taking a safari in Botswana, hiking to the boiling point of Victoria Falls, relaxing on a sunset cruise, visiting a Zambia-style Sunday church service, and even witnessing a lunar rainbow. We also spent a lot of time walking through town and visiting local markets. Even a trip to the grocery store was an adventure! We immersed ourselves in as much of the local culture as we could squeeze in each day.

During our trip, we learned that health is important no matter where you live. We also learned that the people of Zambia are extremely resilient and that the elderly are a valuable asset to the community. We were also inspired by the Zambian people and their efficient use of their limited resources.

Reading club in Zambia

UNCG student, August Elliot, at the reading club

The adoration of the Zambian children as they ran beside our bus is just one memory that we have carried with us since our return to the United States. From the breathtaking scenery to the chance to sharpen our public health skills in an international setting, this was an experience we will never forget. The experience and skills we gained are priceless! We highly recommend that students take the opportunity to study and serve abroad. Zambia was an experience that touched lives forever.

For more information about this experience, please visit our class blog at: http://zamblogger2011.blogspot.com or the course website, http://www.uncg.edu/phe/zambia

The 5-week course with a 21-day course service-learning trip to Zambia is generally offered by the Department of Public Health Education during the second summer session and places special emphasis on understanding the primary health care system, the multiple effects of HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria on families and households, and factors impacting maternal and child health, nutrition, and the elderly.



INTERLINK Students Ali Almansour and Rajeh Almasradi celebrating the end of term

INTERLINK’s New Scholarship Program

INTERLINK is pleased to announce a new partial scholarship program for qualified applicants. The amount of the award ranges from $200-$600 per 9-week term and is determined based on an evaluation of students’ prior grades. This scholarship is designed to increase diversity in the program, so students will be selected from countries that are currently under-represented at INTERLINK. Please contact our director, Dr. Brad Teague, by email at bteague@interlink.edu for more details. 

Congratulations Graduates and Welcome New INTERLINK Students

INTERLINK held its Fall End-of-Term Ceremony on December 16, 2011. The ceremony celebrated the conclusion of the term by recognizing students who successfully completed the program. At the ceremony, participants also bid farewell to students returning home and honored those who had volunteered in the Conversation Program during the fall semester.
On January 2, 2012, INTERLINK welcomed 29 new students from 11 different countries for the first day of orientation. The incoming students hail from Benin, Brazil, China, the Ivory Coast, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Vietnam. We are excited to learn with all of them this term!

INTERLINK students taking the lead in their English-language learning


INTERLINK student, Sofy Ribadeneira

INTERLINK students are encouraged to get out and get to know Greensboro and UNCG. Some students, like newcomer Yosra Alsulimani from Saudi Arabia, have been getting out into the community to improve their English. “I met with students of the university and this helped me for my conversation skills class. I watched T.V. shows and went to the Speaking Center. It was very useful,” said Yosra.

Sofy Ribadeneira also explored UNCG in order to improve her speaking ability. “I like to go to UNCG classes as a visitor. It helps me to improve my vocabulary and my socializing. It helps me meet people in my field and in business. You never know who you are going to need in the future.” She says that living in the I-house and being exposed to different cultures helps expand her knowledge of the world, and talking with American friends helps her learn the correct way to use words. “It’s not just knowing a word, but knowing the correct way to use it,” says Ribadeneira, who is from Ecuador.

A new student, Omar Montasser, from Libya, plays soccer every Friday at the Student Recreation Center with other INTERLINK students and some American students.  It gives him a chance to connect with other students, both inside and outside of the international student community.

International Conversation Partners Program (ICCP) and Learning Exchange and Assistance Program (LEAP)


Omar Montasser and Mohammed Benhassan spend time socializing outside of INTERLINK

The INTERLINK Language Center is continuing its International Conversation Partners Program and is always looking for English-speakers who want to partner with an INTERLINK student for one hour a week to speak English. This intercultural exchange is very beneficial and enriching. Sometimes INTERLINK students are even available to help English-speaking partners practice other languages.

The Learning Exchange and Assistance Program (LEAP) is starting this term and pairs INTERLINK students who need extra help understanding concepts in English with long-time English speakers who are willing to assist them with their work. In exchange, the English-speakers get experience teaching, can learn more about other cultures, and can receive help with the language of their partner if they so desire. We are still seeking participants for both of these programs. If you are interested, please email Casey Thomas at thomascm@interlink.edu.

ArrowUpcoming Events

February 2012

Feb. 9              Student Academic Achievement Awards Spring 2012 Reception
Feb. 15            UNCG Study Abroad Application Deadline
Feb. 15            Tax Workshop for International Students
Feb. 16            Beyond OPT with Chad Collins (Attorney and Career Services)
Feb. 17            Beyond OPT Consultation
Feb. 20-24      Study Abroad Final Interviews (Foust Building, All Week)
Feb. 22            Faculty-Led Study Abroad Risk Management

March 2012

Mar. 1             INTERLINK’s Spring I 2012 End-of-Term Ceremony
Mar. 5             Beginning of INTERLINK’s Spring II 2012 Term
Mar. 14           Study Abroad Nomination List
Mar. 24           UNCG Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
Mar. 31           UNCEP Pre-Departure Orientation

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