Visitors and Visiting Scholars

May 2009

Recent Visitors

On March 31, Dr. Penelope Pynes and Pamela Harrod welcomed Dr. Steve Lai, CEO of PSB Academy, and Mr. Anthony Goh, Senior Vice President of PSB Academy, to UNCG. They met with Dr. Jim Weeks, Dean of Bryan School Business, Dr. Don McCrickard, Associate Dean, Dr. Joy Bhadury, Associate Dean, and Dr. Catherine Holderness, Assistant to the Dean, representing the Bryan School of Business, to discuss our current articulation agreement and to discuss future collaborations.

UNCG welcomed Mr. Lapologang Caesar Lekoa, Ambassador of The Republic of Botswana to the United States, Dr. Faidi Mitifu, Ambassador of The Republic of Congo to the United States, and Mr. Timothy S. McCoy, Vice President for Member Services with The Corporate Council on Africa, to UNCG as part of the Triad World Affairs visits, April 15.  While here, Mr. Lekoa, Dr. Mitifu, and Mr. McCoy met with faculty engaged in African research and students from the ambassadors’ home countries.


On April 15, Pro Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Resources, John Hoskinson, of the University of Northampton visited UNCG to get a better understanding of how universities in the United States operate. During his visit, Pro Vice Chancellor Hoskinson had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Alan Boyette, Vice Provost; Jorge Quintal , Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities; Reade Taylor, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs; Dr. Rebecca Adams, Chair of Faculty Senate and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee; and Stephen Honeycutt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Financial Planning and Budgets.


Our final visitor in April was Ms. Tomoko Hoshino, Career Counselor, Yokohama University, Japan, who arrived at UNCG on April 19. Ms. Stephani Utt introduced Ms. Hoshino to Japanese students in Phillips-Hawkins Dormitory. Ms. Hoshino later met Kristin Walker, Program Associate for the UNCG/Disney College Program, Terry Mullins, Bryan Business School, and Denise Bellamy.

On May 14, UNCG welcomed Jette Guldborg Petersen, Library Director at Malmö University, and Lotta Wogensen, Senior Librarian at Malmö University in Sweden. While here, they met with Denise Bellamy, Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean for Public Services in Jackson Library, Dr. Lee Shiflett, Chair of Library & Information Studies, before traveling to North Carolina A&T State University Library to meet with Doris Mitchell.


Madge Hubbard welcomed Ms. Karla Coria, Exchange & Study Abroad Advisor Tecnológico de Monterrey System, to UNCG on May 7, as part of a three week staff exchange. Mr. Coria spent one day with IPC staff and students from Tecnológico de Monterrey currently studying at UNCG on exchange.

IPC welcomed back Jennifer Barton, Tourism Studies-Administration Honours, from Brock University on May 8. Ms. Barton is a former exchange student at UNCG and now works for Brock University. While here Ms. Barton met with Denise Bellamy and other IPC staff members.

On May 12, Dr. Nona S. Ricafort, Acting Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education; concurrent Chair and Presiding Officer Naval Institute of Technology Board of Trustees and Eastern Visayas State University Board of Regents, headed delegates visiting UNCG from the Philippines. Mrs. Imelda De Guzman, Executive Assistant to Commissioner Nona Ricafort; Dr.  Edita S. Genson, SUC President III, Vice Chairperson, NIT Board of Trustees; Atty. Buenaventura Go-Soco, Regional Director of National Economic Development Authority; Member, NIT Board of Trustees; Engr. Edgardo Esperancilla, Regional Director of Department of Science and Technology; Member, NIT, Board of Trustees; concurrent Member, EVSU Board of Regents; Hon. Jose Genson, Member of Municipal Council of Naval, Biliran; Local Government Unit Representative; Mr. Daniel Ariaso, Director of Research Services Office and NIT Liaison Officer; Mrs. Guadelyn O. Esperancilla, Assistant Manager, National Food Administration, Province of Leyte; Dr. Catalino Beltran, SUC President III, Vice chairperson, EVSU Board of Regents; Engr. Samuel Paete, Private Sector Representative, Member EVSU Board of Regents; Dr. Danilo Pulma, Dean, College of Engineering & ITTDC Director, EVSU; Hon. Lourdes Go-Soco, Provincial Board Member, Province of Leyte; Local Government Unit Representative; Dr. Nimfa Beltran, Chief Administrative Officer, Department of Education, Regional Office No. VIII – Eastern Visayas; Mr. Dominador Aguirre, Jr., Vice President for Administration, EVSU; and Atty. Pacific Borja, Jr., Special Legal Counsel, EVSU, accompanied Dr. Ricafort. While here they toured UNCG with IPC staff and met with Drs. Jie Hu (Nursing), Catherine Holderness (Business School) and Cathryne Schmitz (Social Work). Rose Hankin of Moses Cone organized the trip and met with Drs. Dan Bibeau and Bill Evans (Public Health) and Debra Wallace of Nursing, who gave presentations about their programs and discussed possible collaborations.


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May 2009

Visiting International Scholars

During the month of March IPC welcomed the following scholars and researchers to UNCG:

Dr. Dauw-Song Zhu
, from Taiwan, is being hosted by Dr. Gwendolyn S. O'Neal with the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies;

Dr. Haiyong Ding
and Mr. Shengfang Shu, China, is being hosted by Dr. Ang Chen with the Department of Exercise & Sport Science;

Ms. Sarmadia Ashraf
, India, is being hosted by Dr. Lakshmi Kotra with the Department of Chemistry.

We would like to welcome all of the visiting international scholars and hope that enjoy being at UNCG!

IPC looks forward to welcoming Dr. Yunping Qiu, from China, who will be hosted by Dr. Deborah E. Kipp with the Department of Nutrition, in May.

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April 2009

Recent Visitors

On March 8, IPC was pleased to welcome Professor Nobukhiko Hibara, from the Graduate School of Technology Management at Ritsumeikan University, Japan.  While here, Dr. Hibara met with Dr. Penelope Pynes and Ajaya Francis, Study Abroad Coordinator. Dr. Hibara went on to meet with Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director for Academic Advising & Coordinator of International Student Services, before meeting with Dr. Vidyaranya B. Gargeya, Director of the MBA Program, Bryan School of Business.  Later that day, Dr. Hibara met with Drs. Bud Miles and Steve Lucas, Faculty Directors of the UNCG Disney International College Program, and Dr. Don McCrickard, Associate Dean, Bryan School of Business & Economics.

Dr. Hibara outside of the Bryan School of Business

During the month of March, IPC also welcomed Professor Toshiyuki Sano, Faculty of Human Life and Environment at Nara Women’s University, Japan.  Dr. Sano arrived at UNCG March 27, and while here met with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Tom Martinek, Jr., and Denise Bellamy. Dr. Sano later met Touger Vang of the Bryan School advising center and Dr. Susan Andreatta, Associate Professor with the Anthropology Department.

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April 2009

Ambassador to Moldova Visits UNCG's Jackson Library

On March 3, UNCG welcomed Ambassador to Moldova, Asif Chaudhry, Iurie Tabunic, First Secretary at the Embassy of Moldova, and Andrei Galbur, Minister-Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission with the Embassy of Moldova, to the Jackson Library.  Dr. David H. Perrin, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Ms. Rosann Bazirjian, Dean of University Libraries and Team Leader of the Partnership Project, and Dr. Penelope J. Pynes, hosted the event in the Jackson library and welcomed the Ambassadors to UNCG.

Also present at the meeting were Dr. Sha Li Zhang, Assistant Dean for Collections & Technical Services and the Partnership Project team member; Ms. Kathy Crowe, Associate Dean for Public Services; Mr. Mike Crumpton, Assistant Dean for Administration; Mr. Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean for Electronic Resources & Information Technology; Mr. Barry Miller, Director of Communications and External Relations at Libraries; and Ms. Michelle Hines, University Relations at UNCG.

The partnership project links five university libraries in North Carolina (UNC Greensboro, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, NC State University, and Eastern Carolina University) to the Free International University Library and the Belts University Library in Moldova.  

The collaboration is designed to provide electronic interlibrary loans between the libraries, training and educational sessions on site or via web courses for library staff, library visits in Moldova and in NC by librarians from both countries, and financial support from foundations through grant writing, to sustain the partnership projects.  Moldovan librarians are also able to provide NC libraries with translation assistance (from Russian/Romanian to English).


NB: There has been a memorandum of understanding between North Carolina and Moldova since 1999, and the State of North Carolina has benefited greatly from the close collaboration.  Dr. Bill Crowther of the Political Science Department has been involved as a member of the Bilateral Committee since its inception and to date as many as nine faculty members from UNCG have visited Moldova.  Dr. Bill Tullar, from the Bryan School of Business, and Robert Gutter, from the Music School who has been guest conductor of the Moldovan Symphony, have visited Moldova. 

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March 2009

Welcome Recent Visitors and Visiting International Scholars

February 12, Pierre Y. Ferrando, Associate Professor and Director of Master’s Programs at EBS-Paris, arrived at UNCG.  While here he met with Provost David Perrin, Dr. Penelope Pynes, Interim Associate Provost of International Programs at UNCG, and Tom Martinek Jr., Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs.

Dr. Ferrando later met with Dr. Jim Weeks, Dean of the Bryan School of Business and Economics, Dr. Don McCrickard, Senior Associate Dean, and Pam Cash, Assistant Dean.

Before he left, Dr. Ferrando also met with Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services and Coordinator for International Student Services, Dr. Vidya Gargeya, Director of the MBA program, and Tuisha Fernandes, Associate Director of the MBA Program.

We also welcomed several new visiting scholars and researchers to UNCG:

Mr. Krishna Kumar and Ms. Nidhi Gera, from India, are here to further their study of Chemistry. Dr. Amitabh Jha, from Canada, is also here to study Chemistry. Our visiting scholars will be hosted by Dr. Dasantila Golemi-Kotra with the Department of Chemisty and Biochemistry.

Dr. Rodrigo Carcedo Gonzalez
, Spain, hosted by Dr. Daniel Perlman from the Human Development and Family Studies program.

And Dr. Heejon Chung, South Korea, hosted by Dr. Kathy Jamieson from the department of Exercise & Sport Science.

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December 2008

Recent Visitors

On November 20, 2008, IPC welcomed Dr. Christa Vauguin, Director of International Relations and Programs at INSEEC Paris- Bordeaux-Lyon.  While here, Dr. Vauguin met with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Madge Hubbard, Director of UNCEP, and Heidi Fischer, Assistant Director for Academic Advising & Coordinator of International Student Services.  Later that day Dr. Vauguin met with Dr. Don McCrickard, Associate Dean of the Bryan School of Business & Economics, before having lunch with the Advisory Committee on International Programs.  Dr. Pynes then accompanied Dr. Vauguin to Friday Fest Mexico, before meeting for coffee with Tuisha Fernandes, Lecturer and Assistant Director of the MBA Program.


November 2008

Recent Visitors

During the month of October, IPC was pleased to welcome several visitors.

On October 10, Jenny Wolfe, Director of Study Abroad at St. John International University in Vinovo, (Torino) Italy, arrived on campus.  While here, Ms. Wolfe met with Tom Martinek Jr., Heidi Fischer, International Student Advisor with the Bryan School of Business and Economics at UNCG, and other IPC team members, Ajaya Francis and Logan Stanfield.

IPC then welcomed Dr. Gordon Smith, BA International Business Program Manager and Chair of Plymouth Business School International Committee, from the University of Plymouth, UK, on October 27.  Dr. Smith met with Dr. Penelope Pynes and Denise Bellamy before meeting with Heidi Fischer and Plymouth University students currently at UNCG on exchange.

Dr. Gordon Smith with Dr. Penelope Pynes

Our final visitors this month were Dr. Seiji Uchida, English Linguistics professor, Mr. Kenji Hayashi and Mr. Takayuki Shiose, Administrative Officers from Nara Women’s University, Japan, who arrived on campus on October 28.  They met with Kacy McAdoo, Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UNCG, Dr. David Wharton, Director of the Linguistics Department at UNCG, and Donna Seckar, Director of Career Services, and members of the IPC team.

Dr. Seiji Uchida, Mr. Kenji Hayashi and Mr. Takayuki
Shiose with Dr. Penelope Pynes and Denise Bellamy

October 2008

Visiting International Scholars

Recent Visitors

On September 4, 2008, IPC welcomed Ms. Justine Ball, from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, where she is International Marketing & Recruitment Manager.  While here, Ms. Ball met with Tom Martinek Jr. and other IPC staff.  She also met with Rachel Briley, Associate Professor of Theatre at UNCG and Artistic Director of the North Carolina Theatre for Young People, and Patricia Wasserboehr, Head of the Art Department.

Later, on September 15, Ms. Liz McCartney and Ms. Linda Moskowitz, representatives from the University of Sunshine Coast, Australia, arrived at UNCG.  While here they met with Dr. Penelope Pynes, Denise Bellamy, Tom Martinek Jr., Ajaya Francis and Logan Stanfield from IPC. They also met with Lisa O'Brien, Student Support Specialist and Advisor for undergraduate student services with the Bryan School of Business and Economics; Dr. Kathleen Williams, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programming; And Dr. Jerry Pubantz, Director of Lloyds International Honors College and professor of Political Science.

Our final guests this month were the Fulbright delegation from Germany who arrived on campus on September 30, led by Dr. Rolf Hoffmann, Executive Director of German-American Fulbright Commission. While here, the Fulbright delegation met with Dr. Ray Purdom, Director of UNCGs Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) who presented an overview of the support for teaching excellence.  The delegation also met with Drs. Scott P. Simkins, Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning, Peter Felten, Director of Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at Elon University, Frank T. Prochaska, Executive Director of the University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Collaborative, Jackie Greenlee, Director of Organizational Development at Guilford Technical Community College and Marian Harrison, Associate Director TLC. The delegation was welcomed by Provost Perrin and later shared a coffee break with German exchange and degree-seeking students studying at UNCG.

Welcome to the Fulbright Delegation:

Dr. Eva Maria Beck-Meuth, Mint Project at the University of Applied Sciences, Aschaffenburg;
Dr. Claudia Bornemeyer, Dean of International University of Applied Sciences, Bad Honnef –Bonn;
Dr. Franz Bosbach, Vice-President of Bayreuth University;
Dr. Michael Braun, President of Georg Simon Ohm University of Applied Sciences, Nuremberg;
Dr. Wolfgang Fach, Vice-President of Universität Leipzig;
LMR Helmut Fangmann, Group Manager for the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia;
Dr. Thomas Grünewald, Vice-President of Universität Potsdam;
Dr. Michael Hartmer, Executive Director of German Association of University Professors and Lecturers;
Bettina Jorzik;
Dr. Christine Keitel-Kreidt, Vice-President of Freie Universität in Berlin;
Dr. Klaus Kratzer, Vice-President Hochschule Ulm at the University of Applied Sciences;
Dr. Michael K. Legutke, Board member at the Center for the Education of Teachers Justus-Liebig University in Giessen;
Dr. Dorothee Meister, Vice-President of Universität Paderborn;
Dr. Kai Wuelbern, Vice President of Technical University, Munich;
Dr. Uwe Nagel, Vice-President of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin;
Dr. Marianne Ravenstein, Vice-President of the University of Münster;
Dr. Christina Reinhardt, Personnel Manager at Ruhr-Universität Bochum;
Dr. Jürgen Resch, Vice-President of Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden- University of Applied Sciences;
Dr. Michael Schlömann, Vice-President of Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg;
Jan-Martin Wiarda;
Also accompanying the group was:
Mr. Daniel Obst, Director of the Institute of International Education;
And Miss Shannon Bishop, Senior Program Manager at the Institute of International Education.

Visiting International Scholars

On September 25, IPC hosted a welcome lunch for new visiting international scholars.  New scholars had a chance to meet each other and various other UNCG faculty members while enjoying lunch.

Michael Elliott, Director of International Student & Scholar Services, explains why visiting international scholars are such an important part of UNCG life.  Every semester we welcome faculty and researchers from around the world.  The Exchange Visitor Program, administered by the US Department of State (DOS), allows UNCG to invite or employ foreign professors, research scholars, short-term scholars and specialists in the United States temporarily.  This is a vital part of education at UNCG because it allows professors, researchers and students access to different cultures, information and ways of teaching.

This month we welcomed:

Dr. Yeon-Jae Shin, Research Scholar from South Korea, hosted by Dr. Ruth H. DeHoog in the Department of Political Science;  
Dr. MiHye Cho, Research Scholar from South Korea hosted, by Dr. Diane Gill in the Department of Exercise & Sport Science;  
Ms. Izumi Ryono, Professor from Japan hosted by Pat Wasserboehr in the Department of Art;
Ms. Xiao Chen and Ms. Ling Xu, Short-Term Scholars from China, hosted by Dr. Sha Li Zhang in the Department of The University Libraries;
Mr. Thomas Binder, Short-Term Scholar from Germany, hosted by Dr. Alexander Chigogidze in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics;
Dr. Roussel Josse, Short-Term Scholar from France, hosted by Dr. Vidyaranya Gargeya in the Department of Accounting and Finance;
Ms. Menna Purohit and Mr. Ram Kumar Mishra, Research Scholars from India, hosted by Dr. Lakshimi Kotra in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
Ms. Yanfeng Kuan, Short-Term Scholar from India, hosted by the Department of Biology.

September 2008

Recent Visitors and Visiting International Scholars

On July 25, IPC was pleased to welcome the Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Education delegation. The delegation visited North Carolina to learn about various successful approaches pursued by universities in the United States to accredit their teacher preparation schools and programs.

Abla Hanafy Osman Ahmed, Adel Abdel Hamid Abd Elhamed Elbagoury, Adel Ibrahim El Baz Mohamed El Baz, Ali Badawey Mahrous Rossas, El Helali El-Sherbeiny El-Sherbeiny El-Helaly, Elham Mostafa Mohamed Ebaid, Faten Ibrahim Abdel Latif, Fatma Elzahraa Amin Mahmoud Elsherif, Gaber Mahmoud Tolba Elkaref, Hefney Ismaiel Mohamed Ismaiel, Hoda Mohamed Kenawi Fawwaz, Hussein Tawfik El Desouky El Badrawy, Khaled Hussien Mostafa Taman, Laila Ahmed Elsayed Karam El Din, Mansour Ibrahim Abdel Hady Elmansy, Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rahman Mosaad, Mohamed Metwally Kandeel Ramadan, Mona Said El Marzouky, Monir Hassan Mahmoud Hassan,    Mostafa Hassan Mohamed El Nashar, Nadia Mahmoud Mohamed Khalil, Said Ahmed Ibrahim Mahmoud, Samia Ibrahim Lotfy Moustafa Elseman, Sanaa Abou Serie Mohamed Hussein Haroun, Sawsan Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Sonia Saleh Zaky Hafez Elmarasy and
Tasbi Mohamed Rashad Aly Loutfi. 

While here they met with Drs. Dale Schunk, Dean of the School of Education at UNCG, Cheryl Greenberg, Assistant Director of Teachers Academy, and Ms. Christina O’Connor, Teacher’s Academy, UNCG School of Education. The delegation later met with Department Chair and Professor of Library and Information Studies, Dr. O. Lee Shiflett and Ms. Linda Gann, Instructor with specialization in the school library. Members of the delegation are deans of Faculties of Specific Education (FoSE) and Faculties of Kindergarten (FoKG), Board members of the Faculties, and members of the planning committees of FoSE andFoKG.

This program was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (ISAID), and hosted by Appalachian State University. 

While on campus at UNCG Hoda Mohamed Kenawi Fawwaz, the Acting dean of Faculty of Kindergarten, Suez Qanal, and Sawsan Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Professor of Faculties of Education, Suez Qanal, presented Dr. Pynes with a thank you plaque from their school.

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