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Dear ECU Alumni,

Greetings! The Office of International Affairs has been very busy this spring. In April, international faculty and staff participated in the Pirate Fest International Festival, which is held annually at the Greenville Town Common; hosted the yearly ECU International Research Symposium where international faculty presented the abundant fruits of their current research; and hosted the semester’s International Pot Luck Dinner, which offered a variety of tasty culinary delights and opportunities to meet new people. Additionally, at the end of the spring semester, graduating international students and exchange students were recognized at the International Student Farewell Celebration held at the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

OIA is eagerly looking forward to the fall semester when, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and the Office of the Provost, ECU will sponsor its first language study program expressly for faculty and staff. This inaugural Faculty Language Development Program will be in beginning Spanish, encompass two academic years and, we hope, include time during the intervening summer spent at a partner university in a country where Spanish is spoken. If this initial program is successful, OIA plans to follow up with other languages or other language levels in future years.

OIA always welcomes your comments and suggestions for future programming. Please let ECU benefit from your ideas.

ECU Language Academy (ECULA) graduation held

ECULA students receive graduation certificates at a reception held at the International House.
On Friday, May 13, the ECU Language Academy (ECULA) held its first graduation reception at International House. Two students (one from Vietnam and another from the Czech Republic) passed Level V, the highest level of ECULA, and received certificates from Dr. James Gehlhar, associate vice chancellor for International Affairs. After intensive courses in (1) grammar and writing, (2) reading, written comprehension and vocabulary, (3) oral comprehension, note-taking and study skills, and (4) listening and speaking (in conjunction with ECU's Department of Communication Sciences), these students are now eligible for regular admission to the University. One will become an undergraduate student here at ECU while the other plans to continue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Other ECULA students who received certificates for different levels and will be continuing their ECULA studies include one each from Brazil, from China, and from Korea, plus three from Saudi Arabia.

Congratulations to these students for their hard work. The ECULA program is just beginning and hopes to attract many more international students from different countries. Once these students have experienced a positive and welcoming academic and social experience on campus, we hope that many of them will choose to continue as matriculated students in ECU's undergraduate and graduate programs. When asked what he thought about ECULA, one student replied, "You do it right!" ECULA plans to keep doing just that!

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