Monday, September 14, 2015

Experiencing China: Bringing Global Ideas to Local Classrooms

by Dr. Ye (Jane) He and Dr. Kristine Lundgren

Making dumplings at Dong Li Feng Mei 
special education school
 Sponsored by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program, Dr. Ye (Jane) He, Associate Professor, School of Education, and Dr. Kristine Lundgren, Associate Professor, School of Health and Human Sciences, led a group of 12 local teachers and education specialists to China this past summer.

Participating teachers included elementary, middle grades and high school content area teachers, special educators, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) from 11 schools in North Carolina. Through this project, teacher participants not only explored many cultural sites in Shanghai, Su Zhou and Beijing, but also broadened their understanding of internationalization in local K-12 settings.

Learning about Chinese paper cutting and 
knot tying at Shi Er Middle School
Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai Xuhui Education Bureau hosted the group in China and offered opportunities for participants to learn the Chinese language and culture, observe Chinese K-16 classrooms and share teaching ideas with Chinese students and teachers. During their visit at the Shi Er Middle School, for example, teachers learned Chinese paper cutting, making Chinese knots and enjoyed the performance from the students in the dance club.


In Dong Li Feng Mei special education school, teachers learned how to make dumplings together with students in their life skills class. At Nan Yang High School, teachers visited the new campus and had opportunities to learn from one another ways to integrate technology in instruction. In addition to observing and participating in class activities, teachers were also invited to co-plan a science lesson as a group and co-taught the lesson to a group of 5th graders in Guang Qi Elementary School as a demonstration for teachers and administrators at the school.

Teacher participants co-teaching a 
lesson for Chinese students
Each participant was also paired with a Chinese teacher partner to exchange teaching ideas and discuss future collaboration opportunities. Many participants have brought back great ideas to include in their own classrooms and some have been keeping in contact with their Chinese partners to extend their instructional collaboration using web 2.0 tools.

While working with the teacher participants to carry out their ideas in their classrooms, Dr. He and Dr. Lundgren are busy planning for next summer’s study abroad opportunity to China. In Summer 2016, they plan to lead 
a group of UNCG students to explore and experience Shanghai, China.

For more information about the Experiencing China program, please contact Dr. He at y_he@uncg.edu.

To learn more about Fulbright opportunities, visit http://fellowships.uncg.edu/ or contact Steve Flynn, Coordinator of Prestigious International/National Fellowships at stflynn@uncg.edu.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Global Engagement QEP Newsletter: OLSL Funding Recipients Announced, IFest a Success, and GE-URCA Funding Deadline Extended








Global Engagement QEP Newsletter
April 15,  2015

OLSL Funding Recipients Announced, International Festival a Success, GE-URCA Funding Deadline Extended
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OLSL Global and International Service-Learning Course Development Award Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the 2015 OLSL Global and International Service-Learning Course Development Award recipients! 

 Service-Learning Global Course Development Award

  • Professor Janet Allard, Department of Theatre, THR 481: Creating Theatre Within a Global Community
International Service-Learning Course Development Award

  • Professor Rachel Briley, Department of Theatre, THR 516: Puppetry Arts
For more information on Office of Leadership and Service-Learning faculty funding opportunities, visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/service-learning/additional-resources/
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International Festival a Success
On April 11, UNCG hosted its 33rd Annual International Festival. It was a great success, drawing, faculty, students, and community members together to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness. 

The Global Engagement QEP was among the exhibitors, along with its trademark inflatable globe. The QEP ran a “take your #selfiewiththeglobe” campaign, which encouraged International Festival participants to learn more about global engagement at UNCG.


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GE-URCA Funding Deadline Extended
The final funding deadline for 2015-2016 Globally Engaged Undergraduate Research and Creativity Awards (GE-URCAs) has been extended to April 19, 2015. Please see link below for application information.

http://ursco.uncg.edu/funding/urca/Instructions.php
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Global Engagement Spotlight Features Dominique Brown
Check out the latest edition to our Global Engagement Spotlight featuring UNCG Scholar Dominique Brown. Dominique shared how her experience at the Global Opportunities Conference, hosted by the Global Engagement QEP in January, helped her to discover new global opportunities at UNCG.

Read about her experience at http://globalengagementqep.blogspot.com/ 

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Next CAIE's webinar “Indicators for Internationalization,” with Dr. Eva Egron-Polak
The CAIE's Secretariat invites international educators to participate in “Indicators for Internationalization,” presented by DR. EVA EGRON-POLAK, Secretary General and Executive Director of the International Association of Universities -IAU (France). This webinar will be held on April 21, 2015 at 12h00 (Montreal Time).

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To download a brochure with all International and Global funding opportunities, please visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/intlgebrochure.pdf
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Please direct questions to the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu or contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu

Monday, April 13, 2015

"A True Global Citizen": Discovering Possibilities at UNCG

by Dominique Brown

Dominique Brown is a first-year UNCG student from Raleigh, NC, double majoring in Pre-Med/Biology and Spanish, with a minor in Deaf Studies. She is a UNCG Scholar and a member of Lloyd International Honors College. She is also a Bronze Leadership Challenge participant and volunteer at the Center for New North Carolinians.

My name is Dominique Brown and I am a freshman Biology and Spanish double major.  In the future, I hope to work with a non-profit healthcare organization, providing healthcare for those in low-income countries. I hope to live my life as a true global citizen. 

Study Abroad panel presentation at the
Global Opportunities Conference,
January 2015
When I was researching colleges, one of the things that stood out to me about UNCG was its focus on global citizenship and community engagement. There were so many opportunities available! They included study abroad, Interlink, volunteering with the Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) and many more. However, when I arrived for my first semester, I was slightly overwhelmed. I wanted to do EVERYTHING and I didn’t really know how to get involved. That’s where the Global Opportunities Conference came in. 

This past January, I joined other globally-minded students and UNCG QEP faculty to learn about specific ways to get involved with the global community here at UNCG. I listened to panels on study abroad, global undergraduate research and the Global Leadership Program. Then, I was able to talk to students who had done things that I wanted to accomplish during my college years. Through my experience at the Global Opportunities Conference, I discovered that it was indeed possible to do everything I wanted. 

Center for New North Carolinians
Main Office
Within the next month, I had started volunteering with the community center at Glen Haven through CNNC and made plans to join the Global leadership program and conduct undergraduate research. Since then, I have cultivated relationships with faculty and other students that have encouraged me in my journey to truly becoming a global citizen.

To learn more about the Global Leadership Program, visit https://www.uncg.edu/ipg/glp/

To learn more about the Leadership Challenge, visit http://olsl.uncg.edu/students/leadership/leadership-challenge/

To learn about volunteer opportunities with the Center for New North Carolinians, contact volunteer.cnnc@gmail.com or visit http://cnnc.uncg.edu/

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Global Engagement QEP Newsletter: Funding Recipients Announced, Call for Faculty Graders, IFest April 11







Global Engagement QEP Newsletter
March 31, 2015

QEP Funding Recipients Announced, Call for Faculty Graders, International Festival April 11
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Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the second round of 2015 Global Engagement QEP Course Development Award recipients! These awards were $500 or $1000. 


  • Dr. Deborah Bell, Department of Theatre, HSS 205: The Age of Masquerade
  • Dr. Sarah Daynes, Department of Sociology, SOC 290: Thinking Sociologically: Classical Theory
  • Dr. Donna Duffy and Professor Lisa McDonald, Department of Kinesiology and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, HHS 589: Exploring Intersections of Latino Individual, Family and Community Life
  • Dr. Cerise Glenn, Department of Communication Studies, CST 410: Social Identity in Popular Culture and Media
  • Dr. Lavinia Hirsu, Department of English, ENG 363: Digital Rhetorics: Global Identities in a Multimediated World
  • Dr. Brooke Kreitinger, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, GER 406: Advanced Topics in German Culture: Unsettling Images and Issues of Transnational Migration
  • Dr. Derek Krueger, Department of Religious Studies, REL 503: From Constantinople to Istanbul: A City and Its Monuments
  • Dr. Nir Kshetri, Department of Management, MGT 400: Cybersecurity Management
  • Dr. Justin Lee, Department of Social Work, SWK 5XX: Global Transmigration: The Immigrant and Refugee Experience
  • Professor Janet Lilly, Department of Dance, MTD 338/638: Dancing in the Heart of Italy
  • Dr. Alexandra S. Moore, Department of English, HSS 227: ‘Just’ Fiction: Human Rights in Literature and Culture
  • Dr. Sharon D. Morrison, Department of Public Health Education, HEA 589C: Refugee Experiences and Protection in Global Contexts
  • Dr. Noelle Morrissette, Department of English, ENG 374: Early African American Writers and ENG 376: African American Writers After the 1920s
  • Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, Department of Art, ARH 370: African Art
  • Dr. Chiaki Takagi, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, JNS 305: Roles of Children and Youth in Modern Japan, JNS 306: The Elderly in an Aging Nation, and JNS 306: Disaster, Energy Crisis, and Sustainability in Post-Fukushima Japan

For more information on global engagement faculty funding opportunities, visit http://globalqep.uncg.edu/faculty/grants.htm 
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Call for Faculty Graders
We are looking for faculty to assist in the grading of QEP student writing prompts. This prompt was created to measure four specific Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and is one of the primary measures of the success of the QEP. The assessment of these prompts will provide important baseline data as the QEP moves forward.

QEP Writing Prompt Assessment Workshop
Date: Monday and Tuesday, May 11-12
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Compensation: Each participant will receive $250/day
A two-day commitment is required
Coffee, lunch and snacks will be provided both days

We are now accepting applications here for participants. Please apply as soon as you are able, as space is limited.
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International Festival April 11
The International Programs Center (IPC) will host the 33rd Annual International Festival on April 11, 2015.


The 33rd Annual UNCG International Festival is the largest community event on campus each year. It is an exciting opportunity for the University and greater community to celebrate diverse countries of the world and to foster multicultural awareness. The International Festival will be held on College Avenue on Saturday, April 11th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. Alternative rain location is the Coleman Building (formerly known as the Health and Human Performance Building).

The Festival promotes cultural appreciation and understanding through music, food, exhibits, educational demonstrations, and live entertainment from all regions of the globe. Last year, some 50 different countries, organizations and vendors hosted booths for the over 3,000 people in attendance. Parents, children, students and all community members are welcome as this event is FREE and open to the public! 

Here is a video from a previous I-Fest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrtcmUPcuMM
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Global Engagement Spotlight Features Summer Drum
Check out the latest edition to our Global Engagement Spotlight featuring Lloyd International Honors College student Summer Drum. Summer shared her decision to pursue study abroad and her experiences studying at Plymouth University in the UK.

Read about her experience at http://globalengagementqep.blogspot.com/ 
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Final OLSL Funding Deadline
The final funding deadline for 2014-15 OLSL Service-Learning Global Course Development Faculty Grants is April 1, 2015. Please see link below for application information, or email globalqep@uncg.edu.

http://olsl.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/InternationalSVLCourseGrant2015.pdf

To download a brochure with all International and Global funding opportunities, please visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/intlgebrochure.pdf
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Please direct questions to the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu or contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu

Monday, March 23, 2015

"My Future is in My Own Hands": A Student's Decision to Go Abroad


Summer Drum is a student at the Lloyd International Honors College at UNCG. Born and raised in North Carolina, she is currently on the adventure of a lifetime studying history and education abroad at Plymouth University in Plymouth, England. You can learn more about Summer and her journey abroad by following her travel blog at summerdrum.wordpress.com.

I believe that a heavy fear of mediocrity rests within many of us. For me, this fear has crawled to the forefront of my mind and constantly whispers into my ear. The first semester of my freshman year in college, I was sitting in a classroom at UNCG, fighting sleep as my professor droned on about a topic I had no interest in. That night, a wave of worry washed over me. “Sure, I’m only 18,” I thought to myself, “But I feel like life is so much more than this.” I pictured myself sitting through more uninteresting classes in the future, the sole purpose to check off a box so I’d be able to graduate; I saw myself with my college diploma, rushing to get a job; images of a house and a family began to surface; and, soon, I was in a fit of uncontrollable tears. That illustration of my future depicted me settling for a life of mediocrity, a normal and expected path, and it frightened me. I realized what I was craving- risk. Deviation from the norm. Adventure.

At the Oxford University School of Divinity, used as the
Hogwarts Infirmary in the Harry Potter films
Shortly after this little breakdown freshman year, I began planning my study abroad experience through the Honors College and the IPC Office. I’d always been interested in travel, and yet I had very little experience with it. Study abroad sounded like the perfect prescription for challenge and exploration.

Today, I am writing this from a dorm room at Plymouth University in England. It is my second semester of my sophomore year, and I am currently 19 years old. I am living in a country 3,000 miles from the comfort of home, an entire ocean apart from the people I love. I almost can’t believe that I’m actually here.

When I gave my teary goodbyes to my family members and boarded my plane to the UK, I envisioned something close to a perfect vacation; endless traveling, incredible food, crazy stories, and consistent activities. However, study abroad is grittier than a glossy vacation ad. It’s hard. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s emotional. It’s frustrating. It’s… incredible.

Plymouth is a port city on the southwestern coast of England, located in the county of Devon. The Pilgrims left from Plymouth on their famed Mayflower voyage. The weather is typically cold, windy, and cloudy. Because it rains so often, the grass maintains a vibrant green color year-round. The city is close and compact, so you can travel almost everywhere on foot. The university is one of the world’s leaders in sustainability. 33,000 students learn here. With such large numbers, one would assume the campus would be quite large. Instead of growing outward, however, the campus grows upward. Most school buildings are very tall, but that means that I can cross the entire campus in five minutes.

Plymouth was bombed heavily in WWII, so the city center consists of mostly modern buildings with the occasional historical treasure thrown in. The harbor area is called the Barbican, and its streets contain some of the oldest buildings in Plymouth.

View of Plymouth Sound
English culture has its similarities to American culture, but the differences are what make things interesting. Fridays are for eating fish and chips, while Sundays are for traditional English roasts. Instead of saying hello, strangers greet you with, “Are you alright?” Because British drivers travel on the opposite side of the road, you must be extra careful crossing the street. When someone says “That room is on the first floor,” that means the second floor to Americans. Most courses have only two graded assignments scheduled for the entire term. Coursework is submitted anonymously to a faculty office and not to the specific instructor. The steady accumulation of these little observations is what has made me fall in love with England.

The challenges I’ve experienced so far are what have sparked growth and change. I live in the cheapest dorm on campus. The ceiling in our bathroom fell in, the lock broke, and the flat above and below mine stay up until six in the morning blasting music. However, given the chance, I wouldn’t move to another dorm. I am simply thankful to have shelter and a place to stay, and in a nicer dorm, I probably would not have as much of an authentic experience. I spend a lot of money on groceries every week, and have had to learn how to cook all of my food. I have to balance my schoolwork alongside my other endeavors, as well as an online class through UNCG. On a bus trip to Oxford, the bus broke down seven times. We spent twelve hours on the bus and only managed to have three hours to explore the city. It was a miserable feeling, but when the group of Germans behind me cracked open some hidden beers and toasted to the tragic adventure, the whole bus fell into hysterics.

International friends
It’s extremely easy to become homesick, but the amazing international students I have met serve as the best medicine. Study abroad tears down the walls of comfort zones and envelops students in vulnerability. Each student is going through similar challenges, so it forms connective bonds between us. We travel together, eat together, and go shopping together. I now have a priceless network of friends from all across the globe. I could not ask for anything better. The best part? I still have three full months left in Plymouth, which means that those friendships are only going to strengthen.

The risks I’ve taken studying abroad have opened my mind to trying a whole variety of new experiences. I’ve gone mountain-biking, joined a weight training class, attended church services for various religions, booked spontaneous trips, and tried new cuisines. I even got a tattoo to commemorate my experience. It says “fearless,” and it inspires me to give everything new and interesting a try.

Exeter Cathedral
While study abroad isn’t the vacation I dreamed of, I think it’s better. Without this experience, I
would be still fighting the desire to sleep through a boring lecture. I wouldn’t have stood in awe on a busy London street corner. I wouldn’t have spent an hour in solitude, overwhelmed by the beauty of the Exeter Cathedral. I wouldn’t have spent Valentine’s Day stuffing my face with pizza with fifteen other amazing souls around me. I wouldn’t have a twenty-day trip around Europe on my itinerary. I wouldn’t have the ability to ask random strangers for directions. I wouldn’t know how to rely solely on myself. I wouldn’t know just how strong I actually am.

My time here at Plymouth has lit a spark within me, one that pushes me to constantly better myself. I’m in love with this area, these people, and this opportunity. I feel more connected to myself than I ever have before. I am no longer scared of living a mediocre life, because I realize now that my future is in my own hands. There is no limit to what I can achieve, and I am going to consistently push myself toward success. I believe that a heavy fear of mediocrity rests within many of us. For me, this fear has crawled to the forefront of my mind and constantly whispers into my ear… except now, when I look around me at the beauty of England, it is silenced.

To learn more about study abroad opportunities, visit the International Programs Center website at uncg.edu/ipg.

To learn more about Lloyd International Honors College, visit honorscollege.uncg.edu.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015







Global Engagement QEP Newsletter
March 17, 2015

Registration for Global Engagement Summer Institute, Funding Deadlines Friday
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Global Engagement Summer Institute Registration 
As part of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan on Global Engagement, a summer institute for faculty development will be offered through the University Teaching and Learning Commons May 13-15, 2015. 
  
The purpose of the institute is to provide professional development opportunities for faculty to build new knowledge about intercultural-global topics; to develop coursework or teaching applications for use in delivering global engagement student learning outcomes; and to build campus participation through faculty sharing of expertise.  


In addition to speakers, activities, and panels, the heart of the experience will be project based.  All participants will work with a facilitator and other group members each afternoon to develop a course, or redesign a course, or create a teaching application that supports the delivery of the global learning competencies using QEP student learning outcomes. 

Please fill out the application below by April 1, 2015 to register.

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Upcoming Funding Deadlines
The final funding deadline for 2014-15 Global Engagement QEP Course Development Awards and Kohler Awards is Friday, March 20. Please see links below for application information, or email globalqep@uncg.edu.

March 20: Global Engagement QEP Course Development Awards

March 20: Kohler Awards

April 1: OLSL Service-Learning Global Course Development Faculty Grants
To download a brochure with all International and Global funding opportunities, please visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/intlgebrochure.pdf
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Global Engagement Partner Button Unveiled
Want to show your support for Global Engagement at UNCG? Now you can!

The Global Engagement QEP Office has created a 'button' you are encouraged to consider adding to all appropriate pages on your office's web site so visitors to your site can link directly to us.  Simply copy and paste the button (shown below) to your site and then hyperlink it to our page at globalqep.uncg.edu



If you need technical specifications, please email globalqep@uncg.edu. Thank you for showing your support as a Global Engagement Partner!
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Please direct questions to the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu or contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu

Monday, March 9, 2015

Global Engagement QEP Newsletter: GE Summer Institute, Partner Button, Audio Spotlight







Global Engagement QEP Newsletter
March 4, 2015

Registration for Faculty Global Engagement Summer Institute, Partner Button Unveiled, First Audio Spotlight
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Now Open: Global Engagement Summer Institute Registration
As part of UNCG’s Quality Enhancement Plan on Global Engagement, a summer institute for faculty development will be offered through the University Teaching and Learning Commons May 13-15, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, including lunch. 

The purpose of the institute is to provide professional development opportunities for selected faculty to build new knowledge about intercultural-global topics; to develop coursework or teaching applications for use in delivering global engagement student learning outcomes; and to build campus participation through faculty sharing of expertise.  

In addition to speakers, activities, and panels, the heart of the experience will be project based.  All participants will work with a facilitator and other group members each afternoon to develop a course, or redesign a course, or create a teaching application that supports the delivery of the global learning competencies using QEP student learning outcomes. 

Please fill out the application below by March 17, 2015.  Selected participants will be notified by March 23.

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Global Engagement Partner Button Unveiled
Want to show your support for Global Engagement at UNCG? Now you can!

The Global Engagement QEP Office has created a 'button' you are encouraged to consider adding to all appropriate pages on your office's web site so visitors to your site can link directly to us.  Simply copy and paste the button (shown below) to your site and then hyperlink it to our page at globalqep.uncg.edu

If you need technical specifications, please email globalqep@uncg.edu. Thank you for showing your support as a Global Engagement Partner!

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Introducing our First Audio Spotlight
This week, we’re trying something new… our first-ever audio Global Engagement Spotlight! 

Visit globalengagementqep.blogspot.com to hear Dr. Corey Johnson and Dr. Jay Lennartson discuss the joys and challenges of taking 9 UNCG students overseas to Thailand and Cambodia.

Click below to view their talk on YouTube.

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Upcoming Funding Deadlines
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March 16: OLSL International Service-Learning Course Development Faculty Grants

March 20: Global Engagement QEP Course Development Awards

March 20: Kohler Awards

April 1: OLSL Service-Learning Global Course Development Faculty Grants

To download a brochure with all International and Global funding opportunities, please visit http://www.uncg.edu/ipg/intlgebrochure.pdf
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Please direct questions to the Global Engagement Office at globalqep@uncg.edu or contact David Nelson, QEP Director, at david_nelson@uncg.edu