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Monday, January 22, 2007

Jessica Hall named associate director of International Programs

Jessica Hall was promoted within the Office of International Programs to the position of associate director for International Student Services at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Jessica HallIn her new job, Hall will work with UNCP’s growing enrollment of international students in a variety of day-to-day operations including transportation, advising, healthcare and immigration issues.

In five years with International Programs, Hall has demonstrated her effectiveness in the administration of critical services to our international student population, said Dr. Robert Schneider, associate vice chancellor International Programs.

“Jessica’s energy, commitment, and experience make her an excellent choice for this important responsibility,” Dr. Schneider said. “Student services are a component that must be constantly improved in today’s competitive higher education market, and this is especially true with respect to international students.  Jessica has the ability to help make UNCP a leader in this area.”

Hall, who started as a student worker in the office as a UNCP undergraduate in 2001, said working with international students is challenging and rewarding.

“My goal is to build opportunities for successful experiences for our internationals that will enrich them academically, culturally and personally,” Hall said. “We focus on involvement in campus activities. We want them to experience U.S. culture and take back ideas, memories and friends that last a lifetime.”

International students may participate in one or more special UNCP programs, such as the International Student Organization and the Global Connections programs where they may interact with host families in the community.

“I want international students to find for themselves the answer to the question: ‘what is American?’” Hall said. “Engagement at this level is how international students become an asset to all UNCP students.”

Born on the Aleutian Islands and brought up around the globe, Hall is a natural fit in International Programs.

“I want to be the first person our international students interact with on campus and the last person they see when they board the plane for home,” she said. “It’s an interesting and very unique job opportunity for me.”

Although communication issues are paramount, the more usual duties sometimes involve simple transportation.

“Most internationals are used to public transportation, so we work hard on this area,” she said. “They also are accustomed to bicycles, so I get bikes for them.”

Hall graduated from UNCP in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and history. She is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree in English Education.

For questions about International Programs at UNCP, please call 910.521.4095 or email

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