Education Week observed at UNCP
By Andrea Vukcevic
from China, Germany and France displayed artifacts from their native
countries at UNC Pembroke's University Center, and other tables presented
information about study abroad programs.
The displays were
set up as part of International Education Week at UNCP. A record number
of students have opted to become exchange students next semester, with
the majority going to Germany.
On one tables were
everyday items found in the homes of most Germans: a giant jar of Nutella
chocolate hazelnut spread, a knit towel, a chocolate Christmas calendar,
a book and soccer memorabilia.
Lefke Boysen, an
exchange student from Germany and member of the women's soccer team,
said she has enjoyed her time at UNCP very much.
to learn from another culture and other people," she said. "This
campus is small so you get to know everyone, and it is more personal."
men's soccer team surprised the sports community by recruiting six talented
German exchange students who helped the team to its first NCAA Championship
game and national top-10 ranking. Several American players will participate
in an exchange program to Germany next semester.
As UNCP's enrollment
increases, so does interest in study abroad programs.
is so globalized that if students want to excel, they need to learn
new perspectives and maybe even another language," said Alex Chen,
associate vice chancellor for International Programs.
Howard Ling promoted his summer travel program in Mexico and wore a
tie with little flags on it. Former exchange students Judd Sanders and
Caleb Taylor spoke with enthusiasm about their experiences and tried
to recruit new candidates.
There are 52 international
students at UNCP, many on semester or year-long exchange programs.
of UNCP students will study abroad next semester
By Andrea Vukcevic
It was hard to ignore
the German influence on UNC Pembroke's men's soccer team this semester
as they helped the team achieve its first-ever NCAA invitation and a
top-10 national ranking.
But the half-dozen
exchange students will return to their homelands at the end of the year
and will take some of their teammates with them.
Don't worry. Many
of UNCP's soccer players will return the favor by becoming exchange
students during the spring semester and return for next fall's soccer
About a dozen other
UNCP students will go to universities in Sweden and Brazil in the spring,
making this the largest group to ever study abroad.
"Our hard work
has finally paid off," said Beth Carmical, director of the International
Student Services and the Multicultural Center. "It is important
that students experience other languages and cultures because it helps
them mature and assert their independence."
assistant soccer coach Marco Genée for the soccer team's significant
participation. Genée himself is from Germany and was instrumental
in recruiting the talent that boosted team performance and led to the
best season in school history.
and soccer player, Graeme Little, will join some of his international
teamates at their native school next semester.
He looks forward
to "just getting thrown into the deep end" and learning a
teammate, Rafael Parra Román, is also going to a German university
and hopes the historic monuments and European influence will improve
his artistic ideas and techniques.
"I want to
study art and see the way [Germans] live," he said.
Junior Leah Bailey
is one of a handful of students headed for Sweden and is interested
in seeing the sun shine continuously for 24 hours. She looks forward
to traveling around the country and learning about Nordic culture, and
she can't wait to "meet some people who can show me what's fun
Bailey has never
traveled by train or left the continental U.S.
At least two members
of the women's soccer team are going as well. Jacqueline Bower and Erin
Rowley will be the first UNCP students to participate in a new exchange
with Umea University, also in Sweden.
is an international student and feature editor for the Pine Needle,
UNCP's student newspaper.
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