Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Intensive English Institute “Becomes the West”

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The Intensive English Institute “Becomes the West”

The first cohort of UW-Whitewater’s Intensive English Institute graduated in August 2014, but not before a travel study experience exposing them to a quintessential American experience – the road trip – while learning about Native American history and the history of the western United States.

Four Brazilian students studying in the United States as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program visited sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota between August 16 and 24 led by new IEI coordinator Karen Wislocky and teaching assistant Emilia Cedron.

The student participants, Lucas Zardo, Lucas Ozzetti, Diogo Coimbra and Valdir Amorim, remain at UW Whitewater as degree seekers with the exception of Zardo, who transferred to UW Milwaukee to study Civil Engineering with a cartography emphasis. Ozzetti and Amorim both study Computer Science, while Coimbra majors in field biology.

However, in “Becoming the West” the four immersed themselves in American cultural history visiting Fort Snelling, the Mall of America, Wall Drug, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and a prehistoric Native American village, among many other locations. Each stop included reading and /or DVDs for contextual knowledge and guided follow up discussion. In addition, the four will present their travels and what they have learned at an International Student Association meeting.

TA Emilia Cedron called the trip “ideal for IEI students both for the connection to academics as well as the traveling experience of going out west” and a “fun, educational, and thrilling opportunity.”  On the basis of its inaugural success, this opportunity will be incorporated annually into the IEI student experience.

UW Whitewater English Language Academy programs like the new Intensive English Institute are helping to increase diversity and international student numbers.  IEI courses, like this one, help non-native speakers of all levels of proficiency improve their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater Welcomes New International Students

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University of Wisconsin Whitewater Welcomes New International Students

The Center for Global Education hosted approximately 80 new international students on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in the University Center Ballroom for a dedicated dinner. This year’s new international students enhance the diversity of the UW-W student body, hailing from approximately 25 wide-ranging countries to include Kuwait, France, China, Sweden and Australia, among many others.

UW-Whitewater students, faculty and prominent staff to include Chancellor Richard Tefler, Provost Beverly Kopper, and CGE Director Candace Chenoweth attended the event. International students enjoyed a traditional Wisconsin dinner of fish fry complete with potato pancakes and coleslaw and a desert of apple pie and ice cream while interacting with the campus community and enjoying a slide show documenting their recent arrival in the country.  

Other orientation activities included information sessions from campus offices, culture presentations, shopping trips, and administrative sessions. The week culminated in a trip to Devil’s Lake where students swam, hiked and cooked out, enjoying some of the natural beauty Wisconsin has to offer while making friends with peers and learning about native traditions.

The new international students join over 100 returning students from across the globe.  Together new and returning international students enhance the educational experience of all UW-Whitewater students with unique global perspectives and long lasting cross-cultural friendships.

Five UW-Whitewater Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

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Five UW-Whitewater Students Receive Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Five University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students were awarded Gilman Scholarships for international study beginning in summer or fall of 2014. These scholarships are for undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding and are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. The five students are among over 2,300 receiving awards of up to $5,000 nationally.

UW-Whitewater Gilman scholarship recipients include:

Senior Ashley Cuathorn, majoring in Japanese Studies, studying for an academic year at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan;

Junior Taylor Weerda, majoring in Japanese Studies, studying for an academic year at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan;

Senior Azra Kuehmichel, majoring in Biology, participating in the UW-W exchange with Deakin University in Australia for an academic year;

Senior John Piazza, majoring in History, enrolled for the fall 2014 semester at the School of Oriental and African studies at the University of London in England; and

Senior Matthew Boelter, majoring in International Business, completed a summer 2014 program in Chinese Language and International Business Studies at Shanghai University in China.

Applications for Gilman Scholarships for study abroad in spring 2015 are now being accepted. Since its inception in 2001, the Gilman scholarship program has funded over 16,819 students to study in 142 countries. In additions, students studying critical need languages are eligible for an additional critical need language award of up to $8,000. For more information on this important program, visit: http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program.