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UNCG International Programs in the First Annual Dimensions Forum
In December, UNCG took part in an exciting new opportunity for Middle Eastern students that are currently on scholarship in the United States. The Abaad Foundation, a newly formed organization dedicated to meeting the educational, cultural, and social needs of Saudi students in the United States, held their first annual conference from December 18-20, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois. With over 1,000 students in attendance, the conference included a variety of speakers, performances, workshops, and a university admissions recruitment fair.
Angie Kapely with student volunteers at the conference’s university recruitment fair
Angie Kapely, our Study Abroad Coordinator and Faculty Advisor for the UNCG Saudi Student Club, served as the University Coordinator at the conference, working in collaboration with EducationUSA in the Riyadh-based US Embassy to coordinate the university recruitment fair. Over 85 universities from 32 states attended the fair to meet with students, share information about their schools, and even offer admission to undergraduate and graduate students. Approximately 400 students attended the fair, and 5 of those students were given admission to a university on site. Jennifer Kelley (IPC Financial Coordinator) and Grant Joliff (Admissions Specialist for the Graduate School) represented UNCG at the fair, meeting with over 75 students, several of whom have already begun the application process.
Angie also gave a presentation, entitled “Intercultural Communication Tools,” to over 120 representatives from US universities during the conference. The presentation was designed to help attendees better understand and serve students from the Middle East. Her presentation has also been selected by NAFSA to be presented as a Region VII highlight at the upcoming NAFSA 2014 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, this May.
Other highlights of the conference included workshops on professional and personal development, an Islamic fashion show, and performances from renowned Saudi singers and poets. Overall, the conference was a resounding success and is expected to become an annual event.
To find out more about the forum, please visit their website at www.dimensionsforum.com.
Staff Welcomes and Farewells
Farewell, Anne Marie
We bid a fond farewell to Anne Marie Roberts, who has been our Graduate Assistant for Study Abroad and Exchange (SAE) since Fall 2011. She graduated in December 2013, earning a dual Master’s of Science and Specialist of Education degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the Counseling and Educational Development department. In March, she hopes to receive her licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. As far as her future plans go, she hopes to work with children and families back in her hometown of Asheville, NC. “I loved working at IPC! Instead of coming to work every day, it felt more like coming home,” she says. “I love everyone at IPC dearly, and I am so grateful for the personal and professional growth I experienced there. I can’t thank everyone enough and am incredibly blessed to have been part of the IPC family.” Congratulations, Anne Marie! We will miss you!
Sade Mclain is our new SAE Graduate Assistant. Originally from Sanford, NC, Sade is a first-year graduate student in the Speech Pathology program here at UNCG. In addition to studying abroad in Peru, she has also traveled to Costa Rica for volunteer work. “I chose to work at IPC because I cherish the way visiting other countries and exploring various cultures has impacted my life, and I’d like to help others in their own journeys,” she says.
We are also saying goodbye to Shiuh-min Chiang, who has been our GA for International Student and Scholar Services since May 2013. Originally from Taiwan, Shiuh-min first came to UNCG as an INTERLINK student and is now a second-year graduate student majoring in Accounting. “I have been happy to work at IPC this past year,” he says. "Their work means a lot to each international student at UNCG.” We will miss you, Shiuh-min!
Welcome to our New Volunteers!
A UNCG senior majoring in Media Studies and Asian Studies, Jordan Griffin will be one of our new volunteers this semester. Jordan is originally from London, Kentucky. During the summer of 2013, he spent three months in Yangzhou, China, and plans to return to China to study abroad in Beijing or Shanghai in Fall 2014. In addition to volunteering at IPC, he is also an intern for New Mind Education.
Hitam “Sam” Alsharif will also be volunteering with us this semester. An international student from Saudi Arabia, Sam is a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Technical Theater, Chemistry, and American Sign Language. He has traveled to many places in the US, including New York, Florida, and Washington, DC, and he hopes to travel to Korea later this year. “I chose to volunteer at IPC because I will be able to improve my communication skills and interact with people from all over the world,” he says. “That diversity is the best part of the experience.” In addition to volunteering at IPC, Sam is also a volunteer Arabic instructor at the Islamic Center of Greensboro and a UNCG representative for the Saudis in USA organization.
An international degree-seeking freshman from Saudi Arabia, Nada Alnajjar is also one of our new volunteers. She is studying English through INTERLINK as well as pursuing a degree is Dietetics. In addition to studying in the US, she has also traveled to Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Jordan, and the United Kingdom. She loves to travel and hopes to visit many more countries in the future. “Volunteering at IPC is a great opportunity for me,” she says. “I am really happy to join the team and be a part of this wonderful community.”
Alyssa Blair and Danielle Fiore, two of our Front Desk staff, will be studying abroad this semester. Alyssa will be studying at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and Danielle will be studying at the University of Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany. We wish them both safe travels and best of luck in their studies, and we look forward to seeing them again here at IPC when they return.