Dear International Alumni,

The year 2009 has begun both busily and well for the Office of International Affairs. The first week brought ECU thirty-nine new international students representing twelve countries, the largest contingent coming from Mexico. We were pleased once again that ECU Provost and Vice Chancellor Marilyn Sheerer and Associate Vice Provost for Latino Affairs David Condé could add their official welcome to the students. During the second week we welcomed thirty-three students of tourism and hospitality management from two universities in Ecuador for a six-month program co-sponsored by ECU's Hospitality Management Program and Walt Disney International. In addition, forty ECU students are enrolled this semester as exchange students at universities outside the US, perhaps in your country.

Rhonda Brown gives new international students an overview of immigration regulations during Spring 2009 Orientation.

Brandi Dudley responds to questions from new international students during Spring 2009 Orientation.

Surprising to many was that five inches of snow came to Greenville in January, causing ECU classes to be cancelled and offices closed for two days. The first of those days was when the US presidential inauguration took place, which meant that many people were able to stay at home and watch the event on television. View the Snow Days 2009 photo gallery to see images from around campus.

We hope that all of our readers are having a grand 2009!

James Gehlhar, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

Great Decisions Program

ECU is hosting the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Program which began on January 17, 2009, and will continue for eight consecutive Saturday mornings. The program is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance. The 2009 topics are US and Rising Powers, Afghanistan/Pakistan, Energy and the Global Economy, The Arctic, Egypt in the 21st Century, Global Food Supply, Cuba after Castro, and Universal Human Rights. For a complete schedule and additional information see the Great Decisions Web page.

Chinese New Year Celebration

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration, the Year of the Ox, was held on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at ECU’s Murphy Center and began with music and dance performances. The event was well attended by not only ECU students, faculty, and staff, but also members of the community. ECU assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management and principal of the Greenville Chinese School, Xiaoming Zeng, was a featured speaker at the event as he explained many of the traditions associated with the celebration. In addition to enjoying many traditional Chinese dishes, the event provided an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese culture firsthand.

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Meet an International Student!

Hi! My name is Katixa Gonzalez and I am from Spain. I am enrolled in ECU’s International Studies Program at the graduate level and also pursuing a graduate certificate in Hispanic studies.
I first came to ECU as an exchange student in 2007 under a partnership program that the University has with the Moroccan Institute for Language and Communication Studies (ILCS) in Rabat. I was working as a Spanish teacher there, while pursuing a Master’s degree in marketing and communication.

I had always been attracted to Arab countries because of their different cultural values and way of living. Before Morocco I worked and lived in Egypt for almost two years and never thought I would end up in the United States. It would be more of the same, I thought (as in Spain I mean…), but somehow life brought me here. After an exchange semester, I decided to stay for a while longer and pursue a second Master’s degree in international studies.  

When I am not spending time studying for courses, I enjoy swimming at the recreation center, watching films at Hendrix Theater, and attending International workshops such as Japanese writing and origami, and different lectures offered throughout the campus. I am also working in the Office of International Affairs where I am gaining firsthand experience in the field of International Higher Education Administration, which will help me pursue my professional career goals.
East Carolina University’s willingness to enhance global understanding by promoting internationalism has brought me here and is making me realize what no one else could ever relate, which is that only through our personal experiences are we truly able to discover. So…thanks! And have a nice journey!

East Carolina Alumni Association
Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center
901 East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
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