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Dear International Alumni,

Greetings to all!

A new ECU academic year is once again upon us—and it promises to be another great one. You'll see that ECU has welcomed a record number of new international students this semester, with every broad category (degree-seeking undergraduate students, degree-seeking graduate students and exchange students) showing gains. The number of new international faculty and staff is also very strong this year. Since August 1st, our Office of International Affairs has welcomed two new staff members: in August Rai d'Honoré, PhD, became the Interim Director of the new ECU Language Academy (ECULA); and Ms. Sandy Dumpor began work in September assisting Ms. Rhonda Brown with international scholar work. We are pleased to have them with us!

As always, we look forward to hearing from you, our international alumni. Do let us know where you are and how you are doing.

James N. Gehlhar, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

Fall 2010 Orientation
Thousands of students from across the globe move to the United States each year to attend college. In fall 2010, many new East Carolina University international students are not only beginning a new educational program, but are also experiencing a whole new culture for the first time. International students at ECU can enjoy a rich university experience and intensive academic career as a member of the diverse student body.

This fall we welcome our largest group of incoming international students topping more than 140 new arrivals. ECU and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) welcomed international students from 35 countries at a special orientation program designed for these students. All students were warmly welcomed by Dr. Austin Bunch, associate provost; Dr. Pat Dunn, professor emeritus and mayor of Greenville; and Dr. James Gehlhar, associate vice chancellor for International Affairs. Each of these individuals urged all our new international students to take advantage of the many services offered by ECU and the OIA.

The ultimate goal of the program was to help incoming international students adjust to their new lives in the United States, Greenville, and at ECU. This event, which was held August 19th-22nd, allowed new international students to meet their peers as well as faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff will be available to provide them assistance with academic advising, cultural adjustment, and an introduction to the many services on campus. On Friday, August 20, the City of Greenville sponsored a special reception for our new international students as well.

New international students listen to informational sessions during Fall 2010 Orientation.
 New and returning international students attend a pool party during orientation week held at the ECU Student Recreation Center.

ECU Honored by EducationUSA
On June 29, 2010, ECU was honored by the U.S. Department of State at its annual EducationUSA Forum held in Washington, DC. ECU was among the academic institutions that were honored for providing financial assistance to economically disadvantaged international students. This financial support helped defray the upfront application costs incurred by international students during the admissions process. To accept the award on behalf of the University, Monika Wojciechowski attended the ceremony. Congratulations, ECU!

Monika Wojciechowski receives certificate on behalf of ECU
in recognition of financial support provided to economically
disadvantaged international students from the
U.S. Department of State at the EducationUSA Forum.

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