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Volume 10, Edition 1 September 2010

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Welcome to a New Academic Year!

The International Programs Center would like to welcome everyone to a new academic year! In following tradition, Chancellor Linda Brady hosted her semi-annual Welcome Reception on August 24 in honor of all new international students and all students returning from study abroad. The reception brought out a record-setting crowd of students, staff, faculty, and alum from across campus and the community.

After guests had time for some eating and mingling, Dr. Penelope Pynes stepped up to the podium to welcome all the various groups of students in the room before introducing Chancellor Brady. The Chancellor offered her words of welcome and support to all the new international faces and expressed the importance of study abroad experiences for all young people. She hopes everyone has a wonderful year and continues to support the internationalization of the UNCG campus.

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Chancellor Linda Brady shakes hands with Deepa Patnayakuni

Afterwards, several students were given special recognition and came forward to meet the Chancellor. One new international student was chosen from each category: Deepa Patnayakuni, India/Lebanon, Economics (Undergraduate); Tamam El-Elimat, Jordan, Chemistry (Graduate/PhD); Harri Huusko, Finland, History (Exchange); and Basem Madkhali, Saudi Arabia (INTERLINK).

When introducing her student, Director of Study Abroad and Exchanges Denise Bellamy shared the following with the audience: When the new international exchange students were asked to pinpoint a phrase that describes their group, they came up with “Hakuna Matata,” a Swahili phrase that translates to “There are no worries.” Indeed, this semester’s exchange students are incredibly positive and lively, as shown by their enormous presence at the Welcome Reception.

Thanks to all who attended the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception. It was a great turn out! From everyone on the International Programs Center team, we wish you all a happy and successful semester and year!

Faculty & Staff

Meet our New IPC Staff!

This summer, IPC wished farewell to Ajaya Francis, Jonathan Santos, and Cinnamon Hunter. Cinnamon will be living in Mannheim, Germany for one year. Ajaya left to study abroad in Costa Rica this past summer and is then moving to Los Angeles, California. Jonathan is pursuing his musical interests. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

In the past several months, IPC has made some additional transitions. First of all, we would like to congratulate Denise Bellamy on being officially appointed the Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs. We know that she will continue to lead the SAE team in achieving their goals! Another SAE team member, Logan Stanfield (’07 BA Economics), was officially named the Faculty-Led Coordinator and Study Abroad Advisor. Congrats!

Additionally, IPC welcomed a handful of new staff to the team. We would like to express a warm welcome to the new Director of UNC Exchange Programs, Dr. C.K. Kwai. C.K. joins us from Winona State University in Minnesota, where he was the Director of Study Abroad for four years. He has an MBA from Winona State and a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. Welcome, C.K.!

We also welcome Dr. Brad Teague, the new Assistant Director of INTERLINK. Previously, Dr. Teague taught ESL to international students as well as courses in the ESL education programs at Vanderbilt University. He also lived, studied, and worked in different parts of Mexico for four years. Brad earned a B.A. in Spanish and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in applied linguistics from the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (Mexico), and a Ph.D. in education from Vanderbilt University.

Taking over from Ajaya Francis, Kaitlin Ritchie (’09 MA Community Counseling) is our new Incoming Exchange Student Coordinator. Kaitlin previously worked at IPC as a Graduate Assistant doing transfer credit advising. While completing her degree at UNCG, Kaitlin studied abroad in Perth, Australia. Since graduating in May 2009, she has been living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is now excited to be back in Greensboro. Welcome back, Kaitlin!

In April 2010, Sara Poole (’08 BA Spanish/BS Commercial Recreation) was appointed Program Assistant with UNC Exchange Programs.   As a former UNC-EP study abroad student, Sara studied and worked in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Sara has also traveled to Honduras, Germany, and Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish and Sign Language, enjoys learning about different cultures, and loves planning events, including weddings.  Sara has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Bachelor of Science in Commercial Recreation, and Minor in Business from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Angie Kapely (’10 BA Spanish/Environmental Biology), IPC’s Front Desk Coordinator, started working in May 2010. Previously, Angie was involved with the International Student Association (ISA). As an undergraduate, Angie studied abroad at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Querétaro (ITESM) in Mexico, before interning with their International Office.

Deepthi Kurapati, a Graduate student employee, started working with IPC as a Budget Assistant back in February 2010. As an international student from India, she is working towards a MS in Accounting. Deepthi enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and would someday like to visit some historic sites in Europe.

Yang Ran, an international Graduate student in Accounting, is working with International Student and Scholar Services. She is originally from Beijing, China.

Rebecca Conley (not pictured), the new Programming Assistant for International Student and Scholar Services, is a first year Masters student working toward her MA in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. A native of North Carolina, Rebecca enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures throughout the world. As the new Programming Assistant, she will be planning trips for international students and working with the International Student Association (ISA) in planning various events.

Paulina Flasch, originally from Sweden, is a Graduate student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development. She will be primarily working with the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs staff on our study abroad integration project.

Eric Mecimore (not pictured), a former IPC work study student, is now back as a Graduate student volunteer, primarily working with the Study Abroad and Exchange Programs staff. He is working towards his Masters in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education.

In Memoriam

Our colleague in the Bryan School of Business and Economics, Frank Land, passed away on August 8, 2010. Mr. Land, Associate Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, taught classes on the legal environment of business and ethics, and was one of the most ardent supporters of internationalizing the Bryan School. Many of our early and continuing institutional and personal relationships resulted because of Frank's willingness to go almost anywhere in the world on behalf of the School and students to establish Study Abroad programs.  Some of these earlier agreements that are still active include Strathclyde, Hull, Mannheim, and ITESM. 

Additional information on Frank Land’s life and work can be found on the Hanes Lineberry website.

International Students

Welcome to New International Students!

During the week of August 16, the International Programs Center welcomed 109 new international exchange students and 94 degree-seeking students to UNCG. The week consisted of two different orientation schedules for the two groups, with Denise Bellamy and Kaitlin Ritchie leading the exchange student orientation and Michael Elliott and Norma Velazquez orienting the new international degree-seeking students. Click here to see where all our new students have come from!

The new students had the opportunity to meet each other during several picnics and socials. IPC hosted a pizza party on Monday night and an American-style picnic on Wednesday. The students also attended some back-to-school parties and events on campus, including a UNCG women’s soccer game on Friday night.

IPC introduced a new aspect to their orientation this semester: riding the HEAT bus. The HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit) bus services all the universities and colleges in Greensboro and brings students to various areas around town, such as the Friendly Shopping Center, Four Seasons Mall, WalMart Shopping Center, and downtown Greensboro. All UNCG students can ride the bus for free with their student ID card. Our new international students brought themselves around to the various shopping areas to purchase dorm and school supplies, as well as just to shop around and enjoy the company of their fellow students. We hope they will continue to utilize the HEAT bus service throughout the semester!

International students line up to board the HEAT bus to Friendly Shopping Center

Overall, orientation was once again a successful endeavor. Best of luck to our international students as they commence this fall semester!

Student Highlights

Swedish Athlete Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to student athlete Sofia Aidemark on her outstanding academic performance, landing her a spot in Phi Beta Kappa, one of America's oldest and most prestigious honor societies. Read the full story in UNCG Magazine.

Study Abroad Photos Featured in UNCG Magazine

This summer, UNCG Magazine ran a feature on Study Abroad through a slideshow of photos students took while abroad. These photos were on display last semester in the Study Abroad Photography Exhibition in Elliott University Center. Click here to view the photos.

UNCG Jazz Trio Wins "Best Band" Title in Bucharest International Jazz Competition

A UNCG jazz trio, Unit Three, participated in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition in Bucharest, Romania as part of EUROPAfest from May 7-13, 2010. Unit Three, composed of students Antonio Truyols, on piano, Daniel Faust, drums, and Joseph Dickey, bass, received the prize Best Band in the competition, equivalent to second place. Their participation in this contest was made possible with financial support from the School of Music, the International Programs Center, and Lloyd International Honors College.

The Trio performing on stage at competition

IPC congratulates these students on their hard work and competitive performances!

Unit Three was also featured by UNCG this summer. Find the full story at UNCG Magazine.

Visitors & Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

We congratulate and thank our faculty sponsors who have helped to bring these scholars to the university. Scholar sponsors are individual faculty members at UNCG who collaborate with the scholars on research and teaching. Sponsors work with their departments, their Dean and the Provost's office to invite scholars to their respective departments to work with them for several months to several years, depending on the scope of the research and/or teaching project. Their dedication to internationalization helps the International Programs Center bring in new scholars every semester.

This summer, the International Programs Center welcomed the following visiting scholars to UNCG:

Huang Zhu (China), Department of History, Charles Bolton sponsor
Susanna Saari (Finland), Department of Biology, Stan Faeth sponsor 
Maria Cordoba Solano (Spain), Department of Romance Languages, Carmen Sotomayor sponsor
Gary Lim (Singpore), Department of English, Jennifer Keith sponsor
Sami Yli-Piipari (Finland) - Fulbright Scholar, Department of Kinesiology, Catherine Ennis sponsor
Mario Figueroa Saldivar (Mexico), Department of Chemistry, Nicholas Oberlies sponsor

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to these visiting scholars who have arrived or who will be arriving this fall:

Shaleen Shukla (India), Department of Physics, Promod Pratap sponsor
Yao Chun (China), Department of Nutrition, Wei Jia sponsor
Pedro Saenz Lopez Bunuel (Spain), Department of Kinesiology, Tom Martinek sponsor
Li Xiadong (China), Department of Nutrition, Wei Jia sponsor
Denis Pasco (France), Department of Kinesiology, Ang Chen sponsor
Zhongming Xu  (China), Department of University Libraries, Sha Li Zhang sponsor
Jianheng Zhou (China), Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah sponsor
Yang Fan (China), Department of History, James Anderson sponsor
Issa Bashar Ifif (United Arab Emirates/United Kingdom), Joint School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering, Yousef Haik sponsor

University of Botswana Visit

On June 7, IPC welcomed Mrs. Charity Nkala-Castellon, the Assistant Manager of the Office of International Education and Partnerships from the University of Botswana. Mrs. Nkala-Castellon met with IPC’s Study Abroad and Exchange staff to explore and discuss the exchange program between her university and UNCG. The two have been exchange partners since 2008.

Additionally, Mrs. Nkala-Castellon met with Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director/Coordinator for International Student Services, Bryan School of Business and Economics; and Dr. Tara Green, Director and Associate Professor of the African American Studies Program.

Faculty Corner

Dr. Charles Orzech Visits China

This June, Dr. Charles Orzech, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, traveled to China for site visits and lectures.

Dr. Orzech was first in Beijing where he gave two invited lectures on recent Western scholarship on Chinese Buddhism. These lectures were held for the Department of Chinese Classics at Renmin University, and the Department of Overseas Sinology at the Beijing Waiguoyu University (Beijing Foreign Languages University).

Dr. Charles Orzech with Professor Shen Weirong at Renmin University

For the past year, Dr. Orzech has been the Henry Luce Fellow at the National Humanities Center, where he has been working on a monograph on medieval Chinese Buddhist pilgrimage. During his travels, he visited two important sites connected with this research: the Dunhuang on the Silk Road, and Wutaishan in Shanxi, which is still an active Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Dr. Jane Myers Receives Grant from Chinese University of Hong Kong

Congratulations to Dr. Jane Myers, Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, and her colleagues in Hong Kong on the receipt of a grant from the Research Grants Council at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The grant for $512,426 HKD ($65,796 USD) will fund a 30 month study of teacher wellness and hopefully the development of a new model of wellness for China. Dr. Myers began her research in China with partial support from the International Programs Center’s Kohler fund.
Co-researchers on the grant include Dr. Patrick Lau, Principle Investigator, Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Raymond Chui Chan from Hong Kong Baptist University, and Dr. Mantak Yuen from the University of Hong Kong.

Upcoming events

Sept 4-6           ISA Myrtle Beach Trip
Sept 6              Labor Day Holiday (University Closed)
Sept 8              Reentry Workshop I
Sept 15            Study Abroad Application Deadline
Sept 22            Reentry Workshop II
Sept 23            Student Academic Achievement Awards Reception
Sept 24            Kohler Application Deadline
Sept 28            International Scholars Reception

For more events, visit the International Programs Center Events Calendar.

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