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Monday, July 2, 2007

Carol Mandzik will direct UNCP’s International Programs

UNC Pembroke’s new director of International Programs brings a wide range of experiences to her new job.

Carol MandzikCarol L. Mandzik comes to UNCP from Husson College in Bangor, Maine, where she was director of human resources and of international programs and supervised the student employment base.

She also brings academic experience to her new post, having taught business and English courses at Husson, a private college with an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students. She also taught evening courses at Eastern Maine Community College.

In her role, Mandzik is responsible for the recruitment of international students, establishing new market niches in Korea and Japan. She brings to UNCP the business relationships she started while in Maine. As an example, 17 students from Suwon Womens College followed her to UNCP where they will be learning ESL (English as a Second Language) and participating in community and nursing related activities, beginning on June 27.

Another group is set to arrive in December, and Korean and Japanese undergraduate students are also choosing UNCP as a result of her direct recruitment recently in these countries. She also developed six new articulation agreements with universities while abroad.

While at Husson, she developed a successful ESL program and customized study abroad programs to attract a diverse international student base. She is also skilled in promoting baccalaureate degree programs while enhancing international student engagement with their local communities. In addition, Mandzik is upstarting a study abroad, academically centered experience for UNCP students to Yonsei University, Korea. She is also responsible for improving international faculty exchange opportunities while upgrading the ESL program.  Her knowledge base in immigration and human resource management will help incoming students and their career planning after graduation.

Dr. Robert Schneider, associate vice chancellor for International Programs, said Mandzik’s experience in starting and building programs is especially valuable.

“Carol brings great experience in international program creation and administration as well as a wealth of expertise,” Dr. Schneider said. “International Programs will be positioned to be more proactive as a direct result of her ability and energy.

“Her addition is a vital part of our efforts to ensure that we have a first class infrastructure in place to advance the important and growing mission of UNCP to make international experiences a vital part of the learning environment for all of our students,” he said.

Mandzik said she enjoys the entrepreneurial and managerial aspects of international program administration.

“I enjoy the agility required to work in international programs,” she said. “It is a fast-paced and energizing field that is constantly changing.”

At UNCP, Mandzik sees great potential for growth of international programs of all kinds. As Husson College, she has a record of growing enrollment and developing long-term relationships abroad.

“UNCP’s campus is very impressive, and there are world class scholars here,” she said. “There is also a history of faculty and staff contributing their time and talent to internationalize students’ higher education experience.”

Building and recruiting internationally is a very competitive business, Mandzik said.

“We’re not the only game in town, so we must be competitive,” she said. “We have many strengths that we can capitalize on - a robust and lively campus, a high quality faculty and degree programs and a friendly atmosphere. It takes an aggregate, systems-approach toward building a solid international base of students and scholars. I believe UNCP has such a commitment.

“I am very impressed by the efforts that are going on at UNCP, and things are moving very quickly. I am extremely optimistic for growth enrollment for both incoming international students and UNCP students studying abroad,” she said. “I have a positive outlook on the prospects for increased enrollment in all of our programs.

“I will continue to engage in the direct recruitment of international high school and college students, and I will build customized programs for them and for our students going abroad,” Mandzik said. “The biggest obstacle for study abroad is money. We must vigorously go after grant money and engagement with select universities overseas that offer scholarships.”

Mandzik said that beyond the numbers, she will maintain her eye on the “didactic component” of international education.

“The by-product of every connection and every opportunity is to benefit our students,” she said. “Everything is about enriching the educational experience of all of our students.

“The educational component of international programs must serve a student’s education in a practical sense - Has the student grown professionally and personally? What are the learning outcomes gained from the experience?” Mandzik said.

At Husson College, Mandzik increased international student enrollment by 20 percent in one year, and enrollment in ESL program enrollment surged 40 percent. She forged six agreements with international universities and received recognition from the Korean government in 2006 for producing the highest rated internship, ESL and community based programs.

Community service and community relations are also important components of international programs, she said.

“For international students to obtain the great American North Carolina experience, they must volunteer in the community and intern in area businesses,” Mandzik said. “This is how we can show them our critical values regarding family, friendships and the value of freedom.”

With nearly eight years in higher education, Mandzik began her career in human resources in industry in Maine and Florida. A New York native, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in Business from Husson College.

For more information about International Programs at UNCP, please call 910.521.6224 or email Their Web site is

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