Dear International Alumni,
Welcome to this edition of the Office of International Affairs' Alumni Newsletter.
I'm sure that you will join me in welcoming a new member of our OIA staff. On February 1 Mr. Christopher M. Brown became the first person to hold our entirely new position of Education Abroad Advisor. Chris, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, comes to us with degrees from the University of Connecticut and Northwestern University, and has also spent time studying in Egypt. His fresh perspectives on our work are invaluable.
Although OIA has long felt the need for an Education Abroad Advisor, the timing of Chris' arrival is ideal. He will primarily work with Assistant Director for Education Abroad Brandi Dudley, who has been awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship to spend the months of April, May, and June in Venezuela studying Spanish.
OIA and ECU congratulate Brandi on her Rotary Scholarship and happily welcome Chris!
James N. Gehlhar, PhD
International Student Recruitment
In April, Monika Wojciechowski will be a part of a Council of International Schools recruitment tour to the Middle East. Together with other universities, Monika will visit high schools in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Doha, Qatar; Muscat, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Amman, Jordan; and Beirut, Lebanon.
ECU Language Academy Established
ECU's Office of International Affairs is happy to announce the ECU Language Academy (ECULA). The Language Academy will provide high quality intensive language instruction to international students and professionals seeking to improve their English skills for both academic and professional purposes.
ECULA provides opportunities for students to engage in American culture through involvement in the University and Greenville community. Diversity on the ECU campus creates opportunities for interactions with students and faculty from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Additionally, attending ECULA provides a wonderful introduction to ECU's campus, facilities, faculty, and classes. Upon successful completion of the highest level of classes offered at ECULA, students will have satisfied the language requirement for admission to ECU; however, all other academic requirements for admission will still need to be met. Because of the unique relationship between ECULA and international admissions, students are encouraged to apply simultaneously for conditional admission to ECU.
ECULA classes will range from advanced beginner level to superior level and will meet five days per week for four hours per day. Topics will include: reading and vocabulary building, note-taking and study skills, oral communication skills, and writing for college. Upon special requests, English for Special Purposes classes can be offered in a variety of professional areas.
The inaugural session of ECULA will begin June 7, 2010 and end July 30, 2010. All sessions will be eight weeks long and will coincide with the University calendar. Applications are now being accepted for the summer and Fall 2010 sessions. For additional information, please contact Ms. Debbie O'Neal at ECULA@ecu.edu.
Chinese Students Visit ECU
On February 1, 2010, our office welcomed a group of students who were visiting the Oakwood School from the Chengdu Experimental Modern Foreign Language School in Chengdu, China. Having been welcomed by Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn '58, the students learned about the opportunities that ECU has to offer for international students and toured the campus with one of our current students from China.
Mayor Dunn with Chinese students.Intercultural Outreach Program "World Through Our Eyes" Developed
We recently initiated a K-12 intercultural outreach program "World Through Our Eyes" which allows international students and returning exchange students to present to classes in Pitt County. If you know of teachers that might be interested in having our students talk about their country of origin or the country they have visited, please kindly e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2010 International Student Orientation
ECU welcomed its new international students during orientation held in January. Students were welcomed by Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; Dr. Pat Dunn '58, Professor Emeritus and Mayor of Greenville; and Dr. James Gehlhar, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs. As part of orientation, students participated in several activities including informational sessions, shopping trips, luncheons, and a pizza and bowling party.
International students bowling.