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UNCG hosts UNCEP Summer Colloquium

Emily Christiansen (UNCEP Assistant Director) attended the UNCEP Summer Colloquium held in the Alumni House at UNCG

On July 18, 2013, UNCG hosted the 2013 University of North Carolina Exchange Programs (UNCEP) Summer Colloquium. As with past colloquia, the goal was to bring together study abroad campus coordinators from throughout the UNC system to share ideas, experiences, and expertise with each other and with UNCEP as it reviews processes and incorporates new ideas into its efforts to provide affordable, high-quality study abroad and exchange programs to students in the UNC system and its partner-institutions around the world.

In addition to the 18 campus coordinators who attended, 3 senior international campus officials were also present: Bonnie Parker (Director of Study Abroad/Study Away Office, UNC-Asheville), Olivia Jones (Assistant Director of International Affairs, NC Central University), and Dr. Penelope Pynes (Associate Provost for International Programs, UNCG).

Clayton Harrington, International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) Director of Membership and US Member Relations, traveled from Washington, DC, to attend the colloquium. He presented updates on ISEP programs and practices. The day also included a virtual presentation from Australia. Kate Smart, (Manager of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs at the University of Sydney and New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory [NSW/ACT] consortium coordinator) and Dr. Lyn Lawrance (Coordinator of Study Abroad and Loan Scheme, University of Technology Sydney; Former UNCG Associate Provost of International Programs) answered questions and encouraged all of the UNC campuses to send students to institutions in NSW/ACT.

IPC Staff: Welcomes and Farewells
Farewell, Natalie O’Connor
IPC bids a fond farewell to Natalie O’Connor, who was our Front Desk Supervisor for the Spring 2013 semester. We wish her the best in her future endeavors!

Welcome Back, Muhuba Mohamed!
Muhuba Mohamed is our new Front Desk Supervisor. Originally from Somalia, Muhuba graduated from UNCG in May 2013 with a BS in Business Administration. She first joined the IPC team in September 2010 as a Front Desk Coordinator. Her favorite part about being an IPC employee is having the opportunity to meet and work with so many different people. “I’ve loved discovering how diverse our campus is,” she says. She is excited to return to our team, and we are so glad to have her!

Welcome to our new Graduate Assistants
An international student from Cote d’Ivoire, Aymone Kouame is our new GA for International Admissions. She has been in the US since July 2010. After obtaining an MS in Management at Minot State University in North Dakota, she came to UNCG in January 2013 to earn an MS in Accounting. “As an international student, I have learned that studying abroad is one of the most enriching experiences one can hope for,” she says. “Joining the IPC gives me a great opportunity to assist students with the concerns and questions they may have. I know from experience that relevant information topped by a friendly face and a patient ear can make a huge difference!”

Shiuh-min Chiang is our new GA for International Student and Scholar Services. Originally from Taiwan, Shiuh-min has been living in Greensboro for three years. He first came to UNCG as an INTERLINK student and is now a second-year graduate student majoring in Accounting. “During my experience in both INTERLINK and in graduate school, I’ve visited the IPC many times for help and support. I understand the challenges that international students might face in their academic life, and I am glad to be involved with helping them.”

Welcome to our new Front Desk Coordinators
A junior, Alyssa Blair is majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She plans to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea, during the 2014 Spring semester. Originally from Pakistan, Zona Faraz moved to the US when she was fourteen. She is currently a junior, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Danielle Fiore is a senior majoring in International and Global Studies. A transfer student from Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, this is her third semester at UNCG. Prior to working at the front desk, she volunteered with Study Abroad and Exchange Programs. After graduating, she hopes to work in international education or for a US Embassy abroad. A freshman, Trevon Green is majoring in International Business. “Working at IPC puts me right in the middle of where I want to be,” he says. Lisa Vang is a senior majoring in Nursing and is looking forward to learning more about international affairs and education.

Our new Front Desk Coordinators, from left to right: Alyssa Blair, Zona Faraz, Danielle Fiore, Trevon Green, Lisa Vang

Welcome to our New Interns
Alaine Jacobs is one of our new IPC interns for the fall. She is a graduate student, pursuing a M.Ed in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education. “I am excited about working at IPC because I have a passion for traveling and learning about new cultures, and I can't wait to share this with others,” she says. “I am looking forward to working with international students and encouraging others to study abroad.”

Simone Capatti, who was our Front Desk Supervisor for the summer, will also be interning with us for the fall. Originally from Italy, he moved to Greensboro in January 2013 to earn a degree in International and Global Studies and Political Science to accompany his first degree in Public Relations and Communications, which he earned at IULM University in Milan. “The IPC was my first point of contact when I applied to UNCG,” he says, “and I decided to start volunteering at the office to learn more about the fascinating world of international higher education.”

Welcome to our New UNCEP Office Assistants
Our new Front Desk Coordinator for UNCEP is Tracey McGill, a junior majoring in Asian Studies. “I wanted to work at UNCEP because I’m very interested in doing a study abroad program, and I wanted to learn more about what it’s all about,” she says.

New German Fulbright Summer Institute Student Ambassador
Dagmar Irrig is a senior majoring in Economics and German. This summer, she worked as a Student Ambassador for the German Fulbright Summer Institute, an opportunity she learned about while studying abroad in Germany. “My role was centered around showing the students American culture, which is what so many Germans did for me while I was abroad,” she says. “It was an interesting role reversal, and the experience has given me a new perspective on my own culture and country.”

New Global Leadership Program Coordinator
Starting this semester, Katie Pegram, the current editor of the eNewsworthy, will also be the new coordinator of the Global Leadership Program. Katie is a third year graduate student, working on an MA in English with a concentration on Editing and Publishing.

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