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Dear ECU Alumni,

We hope that March finds you well. As you'll read, the Office of International Affairs is keeping busy with bringing the world to school classrooms in the Greenville area, and working to bring more of the world (in the form of new international students) to Greenville. We see both activities as critical to the mission of our office. One new initiative, that some of you in China may already have witnessed, has been the thirty-second advertisement for ECU that aired on cable television in the Shanghai region at the end of last month. That ad was created and narrated in Chinese here at ECU and should be available for your viewing on the OIA website. We are also pleased to report that the ECU Language Academy is now up and running, offering intensive English instruction to people whose native language is not English.

Do enjoy the newsletter!

James Gehlhar, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

International Student Recruitment

This spring Monika Wojciechowski, assistant director for international admissions, will be traveling with the Council of International Schools on the 2011 Middle East Tour to Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Manama, Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Amman, Jordan; and Beirut, Lebanon. During this recruitment tour, she will meet with counselors, and potential students and their parents from some of the best international high schools in the region. Additionally, she will attend the EducationUSA Triennial Conference 2011 in Doha, Qatar where she will consult with EducationUSA Advisers and U.S. higher educational representatives and have the opportunity to increase East Carolina University’s visibility abroad.

Dr. Jim Gehlhar and Ms. Wojciechowski are also on a UNC-wide committee looking into how we might, as a system, be more effective in recruiting new students from overseas.

World Through Our Eyes

The World Through Our Eyes program began at UNC-Chapel Hill and was started at ECU in spring 2010. This new and exciting community outreach program pairs ECU's international students and returning exchange students with K-12 (kindergarten – grade 12) classrooms in Pitt County to give creative, interactive presentations on their home or host countries. Our students are screened and trained in giving presentations appropriate for the wide range of ages, and teachers specifically request presentations by country, region or topic. Students tailor each of their presentations to the needs of the individual classrooms, focusing on culture, families, geography, music, dance, and holidays, to name just a few. This program allows students to explore countries and cultures that may have been previously unknown to them and helps them to learn, think, and act from a more international perspective—skills that are imperative in an ever-globalizing world. This program will hopefully encourage students to travel and study abroad when they reach the university level as well.

The program expanded during fall 2010 to teach more than 1,000 K-12 students in the Greenville area, and our 14 participating students gave a total of 78 presentations. This semester we had even more student interest and have hired 18 international and returning exchange students to participate in the program.

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