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UNCG and IPC celebrate International Education Week 2013

UNCG and IPC held another successful International Education Week (IEW) from November 11-15, 2013. IEW is a joint venture of the US Department of State and the US Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international exchange and education worldwide. The annual initiative was first held in 2000 and is celebrated today in more than 100 countries. The goal of IEW is to promote study abroad and exchange programs that prepare students from the US to live and work in a global environment while attracting future leaders from abroad to study in the US. The event aids in developing mutual understanding and respect, building leadership abroad, and investing in future relations between the US and people from around the world.

IEW 2013 at UNCG featured a variety of events, seminars, and workshops, including African Night, employment workshops for international students, study abroad info sessions, staff workshops, film festivals, Global Leadership Program (GLP) events, and a special Friday Fest showcasing the history and culture of South Korea.

Participants were also invited to take part in a couple new events this year. During the month of November, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures held The Tournées French Film Festival and showed two films as part of IEW, Le Bonheur d’Elza (Elza’s Happiness) and La Pirogue (The Pirogue). The Global Village also presented the Global Village Movie Series, which featured a film from a different country almost every night of IEW. The films shown included Shaolin Soccer (Hong Kong), Spirited Away (Japan), Black Lightning (Russia), and Life is Beautiful (Italy).

Throughout the week, the International Student Association (ISA) also distributed country buttons in the Elliott University Center (EUC) Commons, which are given out each year to the UNCG community as a way of visually recognizing UNCG’s international spirit. This year, the ISA students were also joined by students from the Global Village who distributed special postcards as part of the newly launched “Teach Your Peer” project. UNCG community members were invited to collect seven different postcards, one for each of the language communities in the Global Village: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Written on the back of each postcard were several phrases in the language represented, and project participants were encouraged to learn as many phrases as they could and engage in conversation with Global Village students.

Students, faculty, and staff passing through the EUC Commons could also cast their votes in the Study Abroad Photo Contest, which highlighted photography taken by students traveling both abroad and in the US. The winners were announced during the IEW closing reception on November 15. IPC would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Congratulations to all our winners:

  • Landscapes and Natural Beauty: Mohammad Algaraawi for “Hierve el Ague” (“Boiling Water”), taken in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Cityscapes and Architecture: Alex Pokas for “Cinque Terre, Italy,” taken in Cinque Terre, Italy
  • People and Culture: Julian Weichel for “Musicians at one of the best restaurants in Cape Town,” taken in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Humorous and Outrageous: Marina Merrow for “Giant Pillow Fight,” taken in Trafalgar Square, London
  • The United States by International Students: Deborah Buccolini (Italy) for “Untitled,” taken near New Orleans, LA


Photo Contest Winners (hover over thumbnail to see full photo)


Landscapes and Natural Beauty: “Hierve el Ague” (“Boiling Water”) by Mohammad Algaraawi. Taken in Oaxaca, Mexico
 
Cityscapes and Architecture: "Cinque Terre, Italy" by Alex Pokas. Taken in Cinque Terre, Italy
 
People and Culture: "Musicians at one of the best restaurants in Cape Town" by Julian Weichel. Taken in Cape Town, South Africa
 
Humorous and Outrageous: "Giant Pillow Fight" by Marina Merrow. Taken in Trafalgar Square, London
 
The United States by International Students: "Untitled" by Deborah Buccolini. Taken near New Orleans, Louisiana



The Week in Pictures (hover over thumbnail to see full photo).


Muhuba Mohammed (left, IPC Front Desk Coordinator) and Nor Othman (right, IPC Program Coordinator) prepare for the week's festivities
 
The Mwasi Kitoko Modern African Dance group performs during African Night 2013
 
The Habesha Dancers, an Ethiopian and Eritrean dance team, performs during African Night 2013
 
UNCG student Brittani Taylor models traditional African dress during the African Night 2013 fashion show
 
Students interested in joining the Global Leadership Program (GLP) were invited to attend a GLP Info Session led by Dr. Roberto Campo (seated, far left; GLP Steering Committee Chair and Director of the International and Global Studies Program ), Dr. Penelope Pynes (seated, far right; GLP Steering Committee Member and Associate Provost for International Programs), and Katie Pegram (center, GLP Coordinator)
 


UNCG faculty and staff discuss intercultural sensitivity during the IPC-HR workshop, "Intercultural Sensitivity: Seeing Through Other Eyes"
 
UNCG students vote for their favorite photos in the Study Abroad Photo Contest
 
IPC Graduate Assistant Au'brie McKoy-Marshall runs the Study Abroad booth in the EUC Commons
 
Global Village students distributed educational postcards representing each of the Global Village language communities as part of the “Teach Your Peer” project
 
INTERLINK students give a presentation on the benefits of studying with the INTERLINK Language Center
 


For the first time this year, the Tournées French Film Festival showed two films as part of IEW, Le Bonheur d’Elza (Elza’s Happiness) and La Pirogue (The Pirogue)
 
Kyungmin Kim, a Korean exchange student from Sungkyunkwan University, shares the rich history and culture of South Korea during a special Friday Fest
 
UNCG students Michole Miller (left) and Mary Chong (right) give a Taekwondo demonstration as part of the Friday Fest: South Korea
 
Kyungmin Kim (right) with one of her fellow Friday Fest presenters, who donned traditional Korean dress, or hanbok
 
Food served during Friday Fest included bulgogi(marinated beef) and Korean-style sushi, pictured here.
 


Students celebrate with food and friends at the IEW closing reception
 
Denise Bellamy (right, Director of Study Abroad and Exchange) and Dr. Penelope Pynes (left, Associate Provost for International Programs) with Julian Weichel (center), one of the Study Abroad Photo Contest winners
 
Dr. Penelope Pynes (left, Associate Provost for International Programs) talks with Study Abroad Photo Contest winner Mohammad Algaraawi about his photo
 

We would like to thank everyone who helped make IEW 2013 a success!


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