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Top Story - Governor Bev Perdue welcomes International Students to North Carolina

Right to Left:  Vinod Shanmugam, Ravi Thambusamy, Sameera Nalam, Vasanth Subramanian, Governor Perdue, Ananya Huria, Srinath Jogina

Last month, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue welcomed Chinese and Indian international students from around the state into her home.  Governor Perdue first honored Chinese students on September 13, 2011, at a second annual reception to celebrate the friendship between North Carolina and the country of China. The group of students represented several colleges and universities around the state. UNCG Chinese students and the Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Michael Elliott, attended the function held during the week of Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.  Governor Perdue shared how proud she is of North Carolina's many partnerships with businesses in China and how impressed she is with the caliber of international students from China studying in our state. 
The following week, on September 20, a group of Indian students from UNCG, along with Mr. Elliott, attended the Governor's first annual reception to celebrate the business and educational ties the state of North Carolina has with businesses, universities and other organizations throughout India.  Many in the UNCG group had the opportunity to talk for several minutes with Governor Perdue just prior to her welcome address. Shilpa Beravolu, a graduate student in Biochemistry, attended the reception and shared the following:

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue with UNCG student Sameera Nalam

"The Governor's reception for Indian students was great.  It was the best opportunity to meet other Indian students around the state and share our experiences with each other about our education in North Carolina.  Also, we hardly have the chance to meet politicians in the state, especially the Governor, and it was nice to hear how she feels about the Indian community.  I was happy to learn how much she knows about and respects both India and the Indian community living throughout North Carolina.  Something I learned from this experience was that it is possible for international students to meet the Governor. I thought you would have to be a U.S. citizen to have this close an interaction with the state's Governor.  Finally, I enjoyed meeting the Governor's staff and her family.  It was so nice to have her husband help give the official welcome.  Overall, the reception was a very nice and warm experience." Governor Perdue commented at both the receptions on the importance of international students from China and India maintaining their connections with friends and colleagues in the U.S.  She also asked that those who return to their home countries after graduation talk to others about their varied and transformative experiences in our state and help continue to build relationships across the globe.  Likewise, the Governor encouraged those who remain in the U.S. following graduation to help foster new relationships between the U.S. and organizations, business and governments in their respective countries.

Faculty & Staff Faculty and Staff

IPC Staff Update

IPC would like to say farewell to a long time IPC staff member and express a warm welcome to new IPC staff this semester.

Christina Thompson began working at IPC in 2005 as a work study student.  Over the years she moved into other positions, including working for the UNC Exchange Program and most recently as the Business Services Coordinator at IPC.  Christina studied abroad in Mannheim, Germany during the spring of 2011, and following her time abroad, she returned to IPC as a graduate assistant.  Shortly after, Christina was offered a permanent position at Susquehanna University’s Office of International Programs in Pennsylvania which she accepted.  We wish Christina the best in her new position! 

Sadie Kneidel

Welcome, Sara (Sadie) Kate Kneidel!  Sadie is a graduate student with the Counseling Program at UNCG.  She is an alumna of Guilford College and works as an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) instructor at Guilford Technical Community College.   Sadie will be the coordinator of the Global Leadership Program.

Emily Holmes


Welcome, Emily Holmes!  Emily is also a graduate student with the Counseling Program at UNCG.  She is an alumna of Western Carolina University and previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa, where she taught English.  Emily will be the new eNewsworthy editor.





 flag International Students -- Pauline Van Aelst, international exchange student from Plantijn Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium, shares her experiences at UNCG

Text Box: Pauline with students in the Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) Program at the Newcomers School

Pauline with students

 “Congratulations, you are accepted as an international exchange student at UNCG, and you will have the opportunity to work at Doris Henderson Newcomers School!” These words are graphed in my memory. I will never forget the moment that my heart almost stopped beating; I was selected over ten other applicants to attend UNCG. At that point I already knew that it was going to be a wonderful experience. 

Being an international exchange student means that you are exotic to a lot of American students. Everybody is so nice to you, and they are really interested in you as a person. This feeling is something really special. It is hard to describe, but I think it gives you just that little sparkle, that little extra bit of confidence to make the most out of the experience.

Living on campus in the International House has three major benefits. First of all, I am learning about American culture, especially from my roommate who is from Charlotte, NC. Clichés from movies are becoming real or they are put into perspective. The second benefit is that I am learning a lot about all the different cultures and nationalities of my fellow students from around the world. Everybody has their own stories. These stories we share at the Friday Fest where two nationalities present on their country and culture. It opens your eyes about the world. It got my attention that I actually don’t know a lot about different cultures and countries, but I know now that I will learn about them while travelling to all those amazing places in the future. The third benefit is that I am experiencing personal growth. It is difficult to explain but when you are away from home you can really be yourself. I could start all over again because nobody knew me here. I can tell more about the things I have learned in the months I have been here but I think it is also important to tell that just living on a campus is great.  ‘I am having the time of my life!’ is one of the clichés that is definitely true.

Three days a week I am working at the Newcomers School as a social work intern.  I am part of the Global Work with Immigrant Kids (GWIK) program. I assist with the elementary classes and the high school art classes. The school is for children who have recently arrived to the United States as refugees or immigrants. The students receive education in English, mathematics, science and psychological art. All the teachers and staff members try to get the students ready to go to a traditional public school. I can relate with these students since I am also away from home, but for me it is a choice and for them it is a search for a better life. I am blessed to be here and I will take all of these experiences back home to Belgium. Go Spartans!

To learn more about the Doris Henderson Newcomers School visit: www.gcsnc.com/education/school/school.php

newsSpecial Programs -- International Student Academic Recognition Reception

International Student Academic Recognition Reception

Director Mike Elliott congratulates undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking international students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the previous semester.


On September 27, IPC held its semi-annual International Student Academic Recognition Reception.  The reception recognizes both undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking international students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the previous semester.  Of the 187 students who earned the distinction, almost 40 attended the reception.  At the reception, students received a certificate commemorating their accomplishment.  This recognition program is an important event for IPC and the international students as many of the students are leaders on campus in various capacities, emerging leaders in their fields of study, and preparing to enter leadership positions in their home countries.  IPC is proud to recognize these future global leaders who will work in government, business, and the non-profit sector.  Congratulations!

quote Student Highlights

Text Box: Maul in Aix-en-Provence, France, holding a baguette.

Maul in Aix-en-Provence, France, holding a baguette

Christina Maul was a study abroad student in France during the spring semester of 2011.  Maul lived in Lyon and studied business at Université Jean Moulin.  Maul recalls how her decision to leave the United States to live in another country was difficult, but she is glad that she went. The one of the thing that Maul loved most about Europe was the food.  She says that she has always loved cooking and learning about other cultures’ food.  Her passion led her to start a food blog entitled “Christina’s Cuisine.”  

“I wanted to share my experience with my friends and family back home,” Maul says, “so decided I would document my travels through food.  I traveled extensively throughout Spain, France, and Italy so all three cuisines are represented in the blog.”  Maul started the blog in early January and wrote about items as they caught her attention, usually at least once a week, throughout her semester in France. 
Maul says that her time in France influenced her greatly, and after she graduates from UNCG, she plans to attend culinary school.  She wants to cook and “eat like a European,” which in her view is much healthier than standard American fare.  Aside from the food, Maul says that she also “fell in love with the European lifestyle,” which she found to be more relaxing than life in the United States.  She recalls simply enjoying her time abroad with fabulous food and great people. 

Text Box: Ice Cream from René Nardone in Lyon, France

Ice Cream from René Nardone in Lyon

Most of all Maul feels that she learned a lot about herself.  “I became a lot more self-assured and confident in my ability to handle situations, and I had a really great time,” Maul says.  “I learned so much about other cultures and my perspective on life has completely changed.”

The following is a sample from Maul’s blog.  Maul made this post, titled “Ice Cream: a seasonal food in France,” in April 2011.

“I really love ice cream. I could eat it every day whether or not it is 20 degrees or 100 degrees outside. I was extremely devastated to learn ice cream shops in France are not open until it becomes sunny and warm. Last week it finally became warm enough for ice cream to be sold, according to French standards. There is a very cool ice cream shop in Lyon, René Nardone, that sells many unique flavors. They sell over 60 flavors including rhubarb, fig, ginger, basil, and lavender. I got a hazelnut ice cream sundae with salted caramel sauce. My friend, Taylor, got a more adventurous sundae with strawberry and violet ice cream.”
For more of Christina’s blog, visit http://christinascuisine.blogspot.com

clipboardInternational Visitors, Scholars & Students

Visiting Scholars & Students

From Left to Right: Denise Bellamy, Nadine Richardson, Rebecca Morris, Dr. Sam Miller, Dr. Cathy Matthews, Dr. Sharon Tindall-Ford, Dr. Colleen Fairbanks, and Katrina Gamble

On October 2 - 4, Dr. Sharon Tindall-Ford and Katrina Gamble visited UNCG from the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, Australia.  Their visit was organized by Dr. Sam Miller, Associate Dean of the UNCG School of Education.  On campus, the visitors participated in various School of Education activities designed to introduce them to UNCG’s K-12 program.  Besides observing at a local school, they also attended a luncheon hosted by the School of Education, which included Dr. Cathy Matthews and Dr. Colleen Fairbanks.  Also present were current exchange students Nadine Richardson from Australian Catholic University and Rebecca Morris from Deakin University.  While in Greensboro, the visitors toured the International Civil Rights Museum and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. 

Visiting Scholars & Students

From Left to Right: Drs. Daniel Kirchner, Cathie Witty, Tom Matyok and Cathryne Schmitz

Dr. Daniel Kirchner visited UNCG on October 9-12 from the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany.  His visit was organized by Dr. Tom Matyók, Assistant Professor of Program in Conflict and Peace Studies.  During his visit, Dr. Kirchner met with Dr. Cathie Witty, Dr. Cathryne Schmitz, and Dean Robert Brown.  The goal of the visit was to work out details related to a dual degree program.  Dr. Kirchner also met with students interested in the Konstanz-UNCG exchange program.


Visiting Scholars & Students

Tom Martinek, Jr. and Dr. Eny Di Iorio

Dr. Eny V. Di Iorio came to UNCG on October 10 from Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy, to promote the study abroad programs there and also to learn more about the academic programs in Art and Interior Architecture at UNCG.  While here, he was able to meet with Dr. Lawrence Jenkins and Dr. Patrick Lucas.



Visiting Scholars since September 2011

Recently IPC celebrated all visiting scholars with a small reception.  The scholars and their hosts got a chance to mingle with Ph.D. candidates and other scholars.  Some of the scholars who have recently arrived at UNCG include the following:
Mr. Jingyi Lu is currently a graduate student, working towards a M.D. degree, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) School of Medicine.  SJTU is one of the top five universities in China that is affiliated with 12 major hospitals in Shanghai, one of which, the 6th People's Hospital, is Jingyi's home institution for his medical practice.  He is studying Endocrinology and Metabolism, with a focus on diabetes.  As a visiting scholar supported by the China Scholarship Council, Jingyi will receive training with and conduct a metabolomics profiling study at UNCG's Kannapolis Center, investigating unique metabolic changes associated with obesity and early-stage diabetes.

Other visiting scholars include Ezgi Toplu, a research scholar from Turkey working with Dr. Jacquelyn White in the UNCG’s Psychology department, and Farhad Hassanzadeh from Iran who is also a research scholar working with Dr. Hamid R. Nemati of UNCG’s Information Systems & Operations Management department.

Visiting Students

Visiting Scholars & Students

South African student delegation (seated) with Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa of Appalachian State University, IPC staff, and student panel.

On October 4, a delegation of South African students from the University of Free State visited UNCG’s campus.  The students are currently undertaking a ten day student leadership program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and came to UNCG in order to diversify their experience.  During their visit, the students learned about UNCG Support Services and student opportunities that promote inclusiveness through a panel discussion, toured the campus, and had lunch with UNCG students before going to downtown Greensboro to visit the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.  While at the museum, students met with Dr. Bamidele Demerson, Executive Director of the museum.





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Text Box: Paulina Flasch at recess with children in a school with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation in the La Carpio settlement of Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica

Paulina Flasch at recess with children in a school with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation in the La Carpio settlement of Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica

Dr. Keith Mobley, Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director of the Counseling Department at UNCG, took his first group of graduate and doctoral students to Costa Rica in May 2011 for his course, Global Perspectives in Counseling in Costa Rica.
Dr. Mobley worked with an organization called Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation (CRHF) to place students with families and arrange humanitarian work in local communities (http://www.crhf.org).  The purpose of the program was to give UNCG students a cross-cultural experience, which would enable them to explore their own values and perspectives on culture as they prepare to become professional counselors.

“The program was very rewarding and important,” Dr. Mobley explains.  “We did service learning with the community which exposed students to a lot of the community that they wouldn’t otherwise have seen.” 
On September 27, 2011, students who participated in the Costa Rica trip shared their impressions as part of a dedication celebration for the newly completed School of Education Building.  Paulina Flasch (pictured above) spoke of how she enjoyed being immersed in the culture and living with her Costa Rican host family.  “Even though there were language struggles, there was an understanding of just being together,” Flasch recalled.  Other students shared similar sentiments as they described the powerful impact the trip had on each of them. 

Text Box: Group processing sugar cane with Juan Sanchez, indigenous shaman for the Huerta tribe. Sugar cane juice was often fermented and used in ceremonies for the tribe.

Group processing sugar cane with Juan Sanchez, indigenous shaman for the Huerta tribe. Sugar cane juice was often fermented and used in ceremonies for the tribe.


Dr. Mobley plans to take another group of counseling students to Costa Rica in May 2012.






bookmarkINTERLINK connects with the Local Community


Kick Off Pizza Party: Mario Robayo, Ashley Moody, Veronica Ibe, Sung Woo Chun, Megan Stevens, and Cristina Gonzales

INTERLINK is proud to report that one in every four INTERLINK students has a conversation partner, thanks to 23 English-speaking volunteers.  The conversation-partners program began in the fall of 2010 with the goal of connecting INTERLINK students with UNCG students, faculty, and staff.  The program benefits INTERLINK students by giving them opportunities to practice their English with proficient or native speakers.  Moreover, all participants benefit from meeting new people, learning about other cultures and having shared experiences.
One INTERLINK student, Clener Almeida (Brazil), says “My conversation partner helps me a lot! She is wonderful and it’s a really good program.” Another student, Yuchen Hou (China), stated that his conversation partner has helped him improve his vocabulary. The Conversation Club is very lively and meets Tuesdays from 5pm to 6pm at Coffeeology on Tate Street.


Cristina Gonzales and Kaylee Webster really getting into the conversation

Recently, we had a Conversation Club Kick-Off Pizza Party for English-speaking conversation partners, Conversation Club participants, and INTERLINK students. The event was well attended by INTERLINK students and English-speakers alike. Attendees participated in icebreakers to get to know each other and then spent the rest of the hour mingling and munching on pizza.
INTERLINK also took students to the Central Carolina Fair, where they got to see enormous rabbits and enjoy deep-fried Carnival fare like turkey wings and funnel cake. Assel Aljaied (Saudi Arabia) won Fuzzy, the INTERLINK Bear, by shooting five balls into a basket.


Fuzzy, the INTERLINK bear

On Tuesday, October 25, we will hold an INTERLINK Halloween Social from 5pm to 6pm! Come in costume! If you are interested in attending the Halloween Social, having a Conversation Partner, or in joining the Conversation Club, please email Casey Thomas at thomascm@interlink.edu.


flagUpcoming Events

October 2011 Events
Oct. 17            INTERLINK’s Fall II 2011 Term begins
Oct. 19            Faculty-Led Study Abroad Risk Management
Oct. 21            Friday Fest, Belarus*
Oct. 28            Friday Fest, TBA*
Oct. 28            Kohler Application Deadline

November 2011
Nov. 4            Friday Fest, India and Pakistan*
Nov. 11          Friday Fest, France*
Nov. 14-18     International Education Week (IEW)

*Friday Fest is located in the basement of Phillips Hawkins Building from 2-4pm


International Education Week Preview!

International Education Week (IEW) is a joint venture of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international exchange and education worldwide. The goal is to promote study abroad and exchange programs to help prepare students to be global leaders.  The week’s events will include a study abroad photo contest, employment workshops for international students, staff workshops, International Student Association activities, Friday Fest, and an end of the week reception.

Secretary Arne Duncan welcome message for IEW 2011

Learn more about IEW at http://iew.state.gov

International Education Week 2011

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