International Graduate Sash Ceremony Fall 2014

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International Education Week

IMG_8342International Education Week was a great success this year, with daily events and cultural activities, this was our biggest International Education Week. The following is a summary of just a few of the exciting activities held on campus.  For more details and photos, please click here.

World Fest

With over 70 international students representing over 25 different countries, UCA’s World Fest was a fantastic success. Cultures from around the globe as well as UCA departments and study abroad presented at over 50 tables with food samples, traditional clothing, games, music, and more. The highlight of the event was an ethic clothing and dance show, held at the UCA amphitheater.

World Cup Soccer Tournament

The tournament with eight teams made up of international and domestic students played a single elimination tournament with one of the teams representing the nations of Africa winning the championship.

“Taste of Africa”

The newly formed UCA African Student Association supported the “Taste of Africa” event with presentations, a fashion show, a dance show, and African food. Held in the McCastlain Ballroom, the event was filled with students, faculty, staff, and families.

Diwali Festival

Organized on the UCA campus and hosted by the Indian community in Conway and Little Rock was attended by nearly 200 people. The program featured performances from UCA students and included songs, cultural and Bollywood dances, a traditional fashion show and other varied performances.  The event ended with delicious Indian cuisine and Dandiya.

Thanksgiving Potluck

International Engagement invited the International Friendship Outreach (IFO) community and all international students to share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. More than 20 American host families brought traditional American dishes to share with the international students and community at UCA.

UCA International Engagement Presents at NAFSA Regional Conference

During the week of November 1st, two representatives from the University of Central Arkansas Office of International Engagement presented at the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) regional conference in Fort Worth.

International Student Services Coordinator, Casey Jackson-Aceituno participated in the Poster Fair at the NAFSA Region III Conference on Thursday, November 4th.  Titled University of Central Arkansas Pre-Arrival: From Admit to Orientation, Casey’s poster exhibited various strategies that International Engagement is utilizing to increase the percentage of admitted students that enroll at UCA.  The strategies include interactive emails, social media communication, and coordinated arrival.

International Student and Scholar Services Project Manager, Ron Hudson co-presented in a presentation entitled, “Circle Your Wagons,” he collaborated with Julia Bay (University of Central Oklahoma) and Jose Martinez and Sheena Connell (University of the Incarnate Word) to cover important contacts and resources available to international student advisors that influence daily policy and practice. This interactive session identified how to access regulatory information from the agencies within the Departments of State and Homeland Security.

UCA signs MOU with Chamber of Professionals of Puerto Quequén

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UCA Associate Provost for Enrollment and Globalization, Jane Ann Williams signing the MOU

During their recent visit to Necochea, Argentina, officials from the University of Central Arkansas signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chamber of Professionals of Puerto Quequén. The event was detailed in an article in the Ecos Diarios newspaper and can be seen here.

An English translation of the article follows:

The Chamber of Professionals of Puerto Quequen Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Central Arkansas

The Chamber of Professionals of Puerto Quequén, an entity formed by over 30 partners representing different activities carried out in Necochea, signed a memorandum of understanding with the authorities of the University of Central Arkansas, of the United States. The signing took place during the visit that authorities from the University made to our city and that was coordinated by Rotary Club of Necochea.

The agreement aims to achieve continuous cooperation on various issues ranging from the academic, cultural and technological. This agreement was signed by the president of the local Chamber, Bartholome Zubillaga, and Jane Ann Williams, representative of the President of the University.

The agreement takes dimensions when one considers that the said educational institution located in Conway is a city with less population than Necochea, but has three top-level educational institutions,  and it is known as the “city of universities.” Forty percent of the population of Conway holds a University degree, and Conway has become one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in the United States.

Entrepreneurs Exchange

Similarly, the Conway Chamber of Commerce has been identified as the best of its country, competing with similar institutions in bigger cities, such as New York, Washington, Dallas and Chicago.

The Conway Chamber has invited, through a letter sent by its authorities, to explore the exchange of business leaders, and reciprocal internships for employees at local companies that want to gain experience and improve their English.

Members of the Chamber of Puerto Quequén have recognized this agreement as extremely positive and the first step towards a continuous relationship, between the University of Central Arkansas, the community of Conway, thus opening a wide range of possibilities.

International Education Week 2014

Schedule of Events:

World Fest
Tuesday, November 18th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UCA Amphitheater
Come travel the world and get a free t-shirt.
We will have representation from UCA international students from over 20 different countries.
 
Understanding and Serving the International Student Population
(For UCA Faculty and Staff)
Wednesday, November 19th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (lunch served)
Student Center 213
World Cup Soccer Tournament
Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm
Pepsi Center
Put together your team of six (two girls per team) and register here: http://uca.edu/go/soccer
Korean Festival
Thursday, November 20th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McCastlain Ballroom
Korean Games, Music, and Performances
Going Global: Passport Application Fair
Irby Room 101
Thursday, November 20th from 1:40 pm – 2:30 pm
Are you traveling internationally in 2015? Come submit your passport application.  Details posted at uca.edu/studyabroad
Taste of Africa
Friday, November 21st at 6:00 pm
McCastlain Ballroom
Come experience African food, dance, and culture
Diwali
Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30 pm
McCastlain Ballroom
Come experience Indian food, dance, and culture
 
Thanksgiving Potluck
Monday, November 24th at 6:30 pm
Student Center Ballroom
Make a dish to share and come experience Thanksgiving traditions
For students, register here
For faculty/staff, register here

UCA Welomes International Student Scholarship Recipients

IMG_7436The University of Central Arkansas office of International Engagement is pleased to announce that 38 students from more than ten countries were awarded scholarships this semester.

For more information regarding scholarships for international students at UCA, please visit uca.edu/international/scholarships.

 

 

 

The recipients are as follows:

Rwandan Presidential Scholarship: Edouard Niyonsaba, Gerard Munyazikwiye, Jean Paul Ngabonziza, Enock Rwamuza, Clement Mugenzi, Jules Maurice Kwizera, Paul Niyonkuru

International Student Mobility Scholarship: Lucia Benova, Aditya Dendukuri, Anastasiya Klimiankova, Oscar Nieves Santana, Nicolette Russell, Rashan Stubbs, Alejandra Cuellar Gonzalez, Warrick Wang

Global Citizen Scholarship: Hiuman Poon, Stephanie Gonzalez, Anastassiya Khvan, Yao Li, Sergio Perez Bakovic, Denise Mallmann

Distinguished International Student Scholarship: Ha Ram Kim

Democratic Republic of the Congo Scholarship: Isimbi Ibale, Tony Kanyinda, Ruth Noella Lukuka, Jonathan Onyumbe Onosumba, Michee Ilunga, Angie Bali, Anne-Marie Lupanda Feza, Marise Nyango Gbia Mbuy, Moise Mokoy, Alexis Glody Modua Petelo, Martha Kabengele, Josue Mpia, Jonathan Kabulo, Yannick Nzinga Nzau

Argentine Federal Judge Visits UCA

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Judge Frieler with Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and Delegation from UCA

Argentine Federal Judge Dr. Eduardo Freiler visited the campus of the University of Central Arkansas from September 24th to 28th to present a lecture entitled “The Global Citizen and the Rule of Law: A Latin American Perspective.” In addition, Dr. Frieler also spoke with university officials about upcoming events for the UCA “Leaders of the World” conference and lecture series including “Environment- Coastal Cities” to be held in Necochea, Argentina to be lead by UCA Science faulty this November and “Justice and Civil Society” attended by Argentine Federal Judiciary and Attorney General at UCA later this month.

During his visit, hosted by UCA International Engagement, Dr. Freiler also met with Governor Mike Beebe, was given a guided tour of the Arkansas State Capitol by Judge Rhonda Wood, and attended a lecture and reception for East China Normal University Chancellor Tong as a part of the UCA Confucius Institute Anniversary Celebration.

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Judge Rhonda Wood and Judge Freiler

In addition to his work prosecuting human rights violations and political corruption, as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Public Prosecutors, Dr. Freiler has developed an extensive educational career being a faculty member and lecturing in multiple Law Schools in the Americas and Europe such as the University of Buenos Aires, University of Seville, and the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala. Currently he serves as a Federal Judge at the Argentine Criminal Court of Appeals.

 

For a full gallery of photos from Judge Freiler’s visit, please go here.

 

University of Central Arkansas Hosts Lecture from the Chancellor of East China Normal University

IMG_7686On September 26th, Dr. Tong Shijun, the Chancellor of the University of Central Arkansas partner school, East China Normal University, presented lecture at the Clinton School of Public Service in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute.

Chancellor Tong’s lecture was entitled “The Idea of Multiple Democracies” and addressed the current political, economic and cultural development of China and its worldwide effects.

Prof. Shijun Tong is the Chancellor of East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. He is also a member of the Social Science Committee of the National Ministry of Education of China, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Federation of Social Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of Philosophical Analysis.

Tong got his PhD from University of Bergen in Norway in 1994 and has been a professor of philosophy at ECNU since then. He was a visiting professor at the University of Marburg of Germany and a Fulbright research scholar at Columbia University in the United States. In 2010 Tong was elected foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Tong has published more than 10 books and over 100 papers in areas of epistemology, practical philosophy, and social theory.

The UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas was established in 2007 with East China Normal University, one of the most prestigious universities in China as its partner university. It is the 24th Confucius Institute created within the United States and one of 350 worldwide. It is the only such institute in Arkansas and one of the very few located in the South.

The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas is to strengthen the ties between the State of Arkansas and the People’s Republic of China, to enhance the mutual understanding of each respective culture, to promote Chinese language and culture within the State of Arkansas. This is done in a variety of ways including “Teaching Chinese in Arkansas” program, cultural experience, business translation and consultation services, seminars, as well as cultural performances and exhibitions.

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University of Central Arkansas to Host Musical Performance from Beijing Normal University

As part of the University of Central Arkansas Confucius Institute’s series of activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute, the University of Central Arkansas will host an art performance entitled “Enchanting Melodies From China” by the art troupe from Beijing Normal University on September 20th at Reynolds Performance Hall. The performance features traditional and contemporary Chinese music and dances, such as a drum dance and Chinese harp music. The performance will start at 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 and is free to the public.

The UCA Confucius Institute for Arkansas was established in 2007 with East China Normal University, one of the most prestigious universities in China as its partner university. It is the 24th Confucius Institute created within the United States and one of 350 worldwide. It is the only such institute in Arkansas and one of the very few located in the South.

The mission of the Confucius Institute at the University of Central Arkansas is to strengthen the ties between the State of Arkansas and the People’s Republic of China, to enhance the mutual understanding of each respective culture, to promote Chinese language and culture within the State of Arkansas. This is done in a variety of ways including “Teaching Chinese in Arkansas” program, cultural experience, business translation and consultation services, seminars, as well as cultural performances and exhibitions.

This performance is one of many events the University of Central Arkansas is hosting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute. For a full schedule of events please visit uca.edu/international/ciday.

Mayor Townsell Declares “Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas-Grupo UNIS Day” in Conway

UNIS-0136Mayor Tab Townsell declared September 9th, 2014 to be “Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas-Grupo UNIS Day”  in the City of Conway in honor of the delegation from Grupo UNIS of Varginha, Brazil’s visit to the University of Central Arkansas last week.

UNIS Education Group, founded in 1965, is a non-profit organization whose values are service, excellence and innovation and is one of Brazil’s most recognized educational institutions. The delegation included UNIS Presitdent Dr. Stefano Gazzola, Director of International Relations Carol Garcia Telles Brito and International Coordinator Genaro Campregher.

UCA Vice President of Advancement Shelley Meh read the proclamation and presented the key to the city to President and Rector of UNIS Stefano Gazzola in a ceremony at UCA on Tuesday.

During their visit, the delegation from UNIS met with UCA President Tom Courtway, Executive Vice President and Provost Steve Runge, Associate Vice President and Associate Provost, Jane Ann Williams to discuss projects including UCA’s “Leaders of the World 2016” program to be held in Brazil, as well as the Culture and Language Immersion Program in which 26 UNIS faculty and senior leaders will participate in on the UCA campus in January 2015.

Regarding their visit to UCA, Mrs. Brito commented: “President Stefano and I are very happy with the connection between UNIS and UCA. We hope to strengthen the ties between our institutions through joint projects, such as courses, conferences, research articles, language courses and cultural events.”

Mayor Townsell’s proclamation is as follows:

Whereas, The City of Conway recognizes the importance of higher education and specifically the positive impact of the University of Central Arkansas in sustaining the vibrancy and attractiveness of Conway to students, residents, and the business community; and,

Whereas, the broadest possible exposure to the full breadth of humanity is critical to create an enriched and engaging higher educational experience; and international studies, exchanges, and engagements are a critically important component of that exposure; and,

Whereas, the University of Central Arkansas of Conway, Arkansas and Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas – Grupo UNIS of Varginha, Brazil wish to strengthen the relationship between the two schools in order to better enrich the collegiate experience; and,

Whereas, the Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas – Grupo UNIS has sent a distinguished delegation of guests to the University of Central Arkansas and the City of Conway, in the pursuit of such an enriched relationship, including Mr. Stefano Gazzola, President and Rector, Ms. Carol Garcia Telles Brito, Director of International Relations, and Mr. Genero Campegher, Coordinator of International Relations; and,

Whereas, the City of Conway celebrates the multicultural experiences of all its citizens as it basks in the wonderful glow of higher education and the benefits and benevolences it brings,

Now therefore I, Tab Townsell, Mayor of Conway, do hereby on behalf of the City of Conway, welcome the Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas – Grupo UNIS of Varginha, Brazil and distinguished guests, Dr. Stefano Gazzola, Ms. Carol Garcia Telles Brito, and Mr. Genero Campegher to our Fair City and proclaim it, “Centro Universitário do Sul de Minas – Grupo UNIS Day” in the City of Conway.