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Vol. 11, No. 3

Fall 2012

Capstone International Center Welcomes Dr. Teresa Wise as Associate Provost for International Education Capstone International Center is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Teresa Wise as its new Associate Provost for International Education. Born and raised in Alabama, Dr. Wise’s move to the University of Alabama is both a homecoming and a career move. Dr. Wise comes to CIC with an extensive background in the field of international education with professional experience in Study Abroad, Teaching English as a Second Language, and International Student and Scholar Services.

inside International Academic Programs Capstone International Agents JASSO Scholarship Recipient: Kelsey Yates CIAP Application Deadlines International Education Week International Exchange Students and Special Programs CIAP Welcomes Amy Linden

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International Student & Scholar Services Tuscaloosa International Friends CIS Welcomes Two New Staff International Enrollment Increase International Peer Advisory Council

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English Language Institute ELI Tuition Scholarship Recipients ITAP Program Brazil Science Without Borders Chiba Culture Tour

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Teresa Wise

Dr. Wise is an honor graduate of Vanderbilt University, a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School, and a member of the Georgia Bar. In addition, Dr. Wise holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language from Georgia State University and a PhD in Language Education with a specialty in teaching additional or second languages from the University of Georgia. Prior to her appointment at the University of Alabama, Dr. Wise served as the Executive Director of International Programs at Clemson University. Under her stewardship, Clemson significantly increased the number of faculty-led programs as well as the number of students studying abroad with a 67% increase in students studying abroad from 2006-07 to 2010-11. In addition to her extensive knowledge of international programming, Dr. Wise brings to her role at UA experience in international student and scholar services. During transitions of personnel at Clemson University, Dr. Wise assumed responsibility for and oversaw the J-1 exchange visitor program as well as the issuance of immigration documents for degree-seeking students. Dr. Wise worked closely with international services staff and served as a mentor for new international services advisors. Concerning the role of an International Services office, Dr. Wise states, “As an attorney, I am quite familiar with the need for strict regulatory compliance in this area, but as an educator, I understand that the main mission of the office is to serve students, faculty, and staff and to support the goals of the university.” Prior to her position at Clemson University, Dr. Wise served as the Director of International Programs for the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS), an Atlanta based consortium of sixteen liberal arts institutions. Additionally, Dr. Wise taught English as a second language, sociolinguistics, and research and writing skills both in the U.S. and overseas for several years. Capstone International Center is proud to have Dr. Teresa Wise as its new Associate Provost for International Education. She brings to the position a unique educational background and work experience. About her new role at UA, Dr. Wise states, “I am eager to have the opportunity to meet new challenges, to serve The University of Alabama, and in collaboration with all its units, to help advance the University to even higher levels of achievement in the international arena.” Dr. Wise may be reached at and welcomes your comments and suggestions.

International Academic Programs 2012-2013 Capstone International Agents CIAP is excited to announce the 2012-2013 Capstone International Agent (CIA) team! The Agents are study abroad alumni who serve as interns in the CIAP office, primarily marketing and recruiting new students to study abroad. They hold information sessions in our office every day, promote study abroad all over campus, speak in class or organization visits, and help at special events. We are very excited about this group of students and the year ahead! We have one returning Agent this year - Linda Taylor who studied in New Zealand. Joining her this year are Rosemary Brennan, Ireland and England; Ginny Cooper, France; Haley Flanagan, Spain; Clare Garrett, Spain; Gracie Gerlach, England; Katrina Kessler, Jordan; Libby Loveless, Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica; Monica St. Amant, Japan; and Dominique Yantko, France. CAPSTONE INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER Editors LaDonna Foshee Diedre Van Zandt Bill Wallace

Layout Lauren Hurn Design Office of Marketing Communications Capstone Inter national Newsletter is published three times per year by the Capstone International Center for UA friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Editorial offices are located at 135 BB Comer, Box 870254, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487. Phone: (205) 348-5312; fax: (205) 348-5298. Send news items, comments, and address changes to Capstone International Newsletter, Box 870254, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 or email: The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity educational institution/employer.

JASSO Scholarship Recipient: Kelsey Yates Kelsey Yates, a junior majoring in Japanese, has been awarded the prestigious Japanese Student Service Organization (JASSO) Scholarship. The JASSO program administers scholarships and student support programs to foster the development of leaders for the next generation. When asked why she chose to study Japanese, Yates replied, “I decided to major in Japanese because it is such a multi-faceted discipline that not only interests me, but relates directly to my future goals. With this study abroad opportunity, I aim to bolster my Japanese abilities, become more versed in modern Japanese culture, as well as establish valuable connections. This will be an important stepping stone that will lay the foundation for my overall aspiration to become a certified public school English teacher in Japan.” Yates will spend the academic year at a UA Exchange Partner university in Japan furthering her knowledge of the Japanese language, immersing herself into that culture, and taking one more step toward her life goals.

CIAP Deadlines Students interested in applying for study abroad scholarships should start planning soon. Scholarship deadlines for 2013-2014 will be on March 1, 2013. Be sure to check the Capstone International Academic Programs website for details and more information: Other deadlines for applying for Capstone International Academic Programs are as follows:


October 15, 2012

2013 Spring Affiliate and Exchange Programs

February 22, 2013

2013 Summer & Interim Faculty-led Programs

March 1, 2013

2013-2014 Scholarships 2013 Summer Affiliate Programs

April 1, 2013

2013 Fall Affiliate and Exchange Programs 2013-2014 AY Affiliate and Exchange Programs

International Academic Programs International Education Week to Take Place November 12-16! International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of The University of Alabama’s effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. This week of activities is coordinated by numerous departments on campus including the Capstone International Center, Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, Crossroads Community Center, the Department of Modern Languages, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Events will include a food and culture fair, an international quiz bowl, film screenings, lectures, and Capstone International’s annual study abroad photo contest. Mark your calendars in November for this series of events!

New Arrivals: International Exchange Students and Special Programs This fall Capstone International Academic Programs (CIAP) welcomes 42 international students from 13 different countries to UA from partner universities around the world! Of these, 25 are on the exchange program, and 17 are on the concurrent international undergraduate degree program. Long before we ever meet our new international students, the Capstone International Center team provides application, U.S. visa, and travel assistance for this group. We are always delighted to greet them at the airport and help them settle into housing and campus life. Navigating Wal-Mart is a fun adventure for this group of first-time, big-box store shoppers! Through different programs, UA’s study abroad office (Capstone International Academic Programs) offers students the chance to experience life as a student at an international partner university. Program lengths vary but are typically one to two semesters. For more information about exchange programs and which partner universities UA works with, please refer to our website:

CIAP Welcomes Amy Linden! Amy Linden joined the Capstone International Academic Program staff in September 2012. Her main responsibilities include advising students on study abroad and internship possibilities and assisting them through the application process. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages with an emphasis in French from The University of Southern Mississippi. She studied abroad as an exchange student her junior year at the Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur, a business school in Paris. Experienced in the field of International Education, she has coordinated and been the on-site manager for semester-long study abroad programs in France as well as summer programs in England. She has taught university-level French in the U.S. and taught English in France. More recently, she has managed the international exchange programs by working with American students going abroad and visiting international students. Amy Linden

She continues to develop her skills in an ever-changing field by attending conferences and workshops. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. They love to travel and discover new places together. CAPSTONE INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER • 3

International Student & Scholar Services Capstone International Services Welcomes Two New Staff Members! Charter Morris joined The University of Alabama Capstone International Center as the new Director of Capstone International Services in March 2012. Charter came to UA from Syracuse University, where he served as the Assistant Director for Immigration and Scholar Services.

Tuscaloosa International Friends Every year, Tuscaloosa International Friends (TIF) pairs new international students with local American families. These families serve as the students’ familial support while living so far away from their own families. Students who choose to participate in TIF also get the opportunity to experience life in an American family and learn more about American Southern culture. Students who signed up to participate in TIF were introduced to their families on August 26th at the Ice Cream Welcome Party. Students and families enjoyed lots of ice cream, music, and fellowship. This year Tuscaloosa International Friends paired 160 international students with American families. If you are interested in becoming a TIF host family, please visit: edu/programs-activities/ tuscaloosas-internationalfriends/.


Charter brings to his position 11 years of experience in the field of International Education. Besides his service at Syracuse University, he worked for 2 years as the Director of International Recruitment at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and for 7 Charter Morris years at the University of Mississippi’s Office of International Programs, advising and providing immigration services for international students, scholars, faculty, and staff. Charter received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Hendrix College and his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. Charter’s primary areas of expertise are in international student and scholar visa regulations and advising, and he is excited to work with a dedicated team of professionals in Capstone International Services. His goal for CIS is to provide the best possible service and support to the international students, scholars, faculty, and staff of The University of Alabama. Towards this goal, Charter has begun a series of workshops to help academic and support office staff who serve the international community to navigate the complicated and ever-changing world of immigration. Charter is joined in his new life in Tuscaloosa by his wife and two sons, who love the warm and inviting character of UA and the surrounding community. Lauren Hurn joined the Capstone International Services team in February 2012 as the new Immigration Assistant. Lauren graduated from The University of Alabama in May 2011 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in French. Prior to her position with CIS, Lauren worked at Little Friends School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she taught pre-school aged children. Lauren also interned at Compassion International, a child advocacy ministry that seeks to release children from spiritual, economic, social, Lauren Hurn and physical poverty. The internship group traveled to the Dominican Republic on a vision trip in order to witness firsthand the work that Compassion International is doing in developing countries. Lauren also interned at Lifeline Children’s Services in Birmingham, Alabama, where she assisted Birth Mother Counselors with adoption casework and helped the Marketing Team with event planning and communications for the organization. During her junior year at UA, she participated in the Alabama in France faculty-led study abroad program in Tours, France. Because of this experience, Lauren is able to relate to the international students who have traveled far from their home country to Tuscaloosa. Lauren recently married her husband, Jeff. In their spare time, they love to travel and watch sports. They have recently added a new puppy to their family - a Great Dane named Riggins.

International Student & Scholar Services International Student Enrollment Increases at UA for the 4th Year This fall, Capstone International Services (CIS) welcomed 409 new international undergraduate, graduate, and ELI students to UA, bringing the total number of international students served by CIS to 1484. Of the 1484 total international students served by CIS, 1377 are currently-enrolled students, and 107 are recent graduates who remain on The University of Alabama’s visa sponsorship while working on Optional Practical Training (OPT). The 1377 active, currently-enrolled international students come from 71 countries and regions of the world and represent 4.1% of the 33,602 students enrolled at the University of Alabama for Fall 2012. At a total of 1484 , The University of Alabama served 242 more international students in Fall 2012 as compared to the 1,242 international students in Fall 2011. This accounts for a very significant 19.6% increase in the total number of non-immigrant international students served by UA’s Capstone International Services. In fact, in the last four years, the year-to-year growth in international students served by CIS has been between 15.4% and 19.9%, resulting in an increase of students served by 592 from the 892 international students served in Fall 2009 compared to the 1484 students served in Fall 2012. The massive increase in international students at UA is due primarily to the growth of undergraduate student numbers. Between Fall 2009 and Fall 2010, there was a 56% increase in the number of undergraduate students; between Fall 2010 and Fall 2011, there was another 30.7% increase in the number of undergraduate students; and again, from Fall 2011 to Fall 2012, there was another 48.5% jump in undergraduate numbers. One explanation for the explosion in undergraduate numbers in just 3 years is that the number of undergraduate students from China has grown significantly, especially due to the conditional admission process which allows students to meet UA’s English proficiency requirement through enrollment and successful completion of studies in the English Language Institute. For more information on International Student Enrollment Data and to access the 2012 International Student & Scholar Report, please visit:

International Peer Advisory Council (IPAC) Every year CIS selects a council of undergraduate and graduate students to the International Peer Advisory Council (IPAC). IPAC members assist newly-arrived international students at UA with cultural adjustment and provide an opportunity for intercultural exchange among students, both international and domestic. IPAC members assist CIS staff with International Student Check-In and Orientation, the weekly International Coffee Hour, and other social events throughout the year. This year’s IPAC is managed by the CIS Graduate Assistant, Amber Duncan. The members include: Liu Liu, China - IPAC Leader; Emily Swanson, U.S. - IPAC Leader; Ahmed Alrumaithi, United Arab Emirates; Anestis Arampatzis, Greece; Richard Arnatt, United Kingdom; Sarah Johnson, U.S.; Amanda La Rue, U.S.; Xiaping Li, China; Tatiana Monroy, U.S.; Kristen Pugh, U.S.; JingCi Song, China; Wenchen Tai, China; Andrew Tuck, U.S.; May Troung, Vietnam; Shashank Wattal, India; Denice Xu, China; FanFan Yin, China. 2012-2013 IPAC Members CAPSTONE INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER • 5

English Language Institute ELI Tuition Scholarship Recipients The ELI Tuition Scholarship, established in the spring of 2001, is awarded each 8-week session to a continuing ELI student who is enrolled on a full-time basis in the Intensive English Program. The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition for one 8-week session of full-time study at the English Language Institute. Selection of the scholarship recipient is based on a variety of factors, including academic performance and financial need. The ELI is pleased to have been able to award nine such scholarships for the 2012 Summer 1, Summer 2, and Fall 1 sessions. The recipients of the ELI Tuition Scholarships are Sangae Jeung, Zejing Liu, Adriana Lopez, Ivan Pineros, Jaeheon Shim, Satori Tatemoto, Nozomi Terahara, Orsolya Czelne Toth, and Biao Wang.

Sangae Jeung

Ivan Pineros

Sangae Jeung is a student at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea and majors in architectural engineering. She came to the ELI to improve her English language skills and learn American culture. Ivan Pineros comes from Colombia, where he works as an urban designer. He would like to study landscape design at a graduate school in the U.S. in the future.

Zejing Liu

Jaeheon Shim

Nozomi Terahara is from Osaka, Japan, and is now studying at UA. She plans a career in education.

Nozomi Terahara

Adriana Lopez is an ELI student from Bogota, Colombia. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in public health administration.

Zejing Liu comes from Wuhan, China. He is currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UA. Adriana Lopez

Jaeheon Shim is from Pyengchang, South Korea. He plans to enroll in graduate school or work in a Korean company once he finishes his language study here.

Satori Tatemoto

Orsolya Czelne Toth is from Budapest, Hungary. She came to the ELI to improve her English so that she would be able to teach biology in English. Orsolya Czelne Toth

Satori Tatemoto comes from Japan, where she studies architectural engineering at Keio University. She is taking classes at UA during the fall semester.

Biao Wang is from Taiyuan, China. After he completes the ELI, he will begin his undergraduate studies at UA. Biao Wang

We congratulate Sangae Jeung, Zejing Liu, Adriana Lopez, Ivan Pineros, Jaeheon Shim, Satori Tatemoto, Nozomi Terahara, Orsolya Czelne Toth, and Biao Wang on their awards and wish them continued success in achieving their educational and career goals.


English Language Institute ELI and UA Host “Brazil Science Without Borders” Students During the summer of 2012, the UA English Language Institute (ELI) was pleased to host ten students from Brazil for a six-week program of pre-academic intensive English study. These ten students were selected by the Brazilian government to participate in its “Brazil Science Without Borders” scholarship program. The program provides full funding for undergraduate students to spend one year studying abroad at a recognized university and then transfer their earned academic credits back to their home university in Brazil. The ten students who studied at the ELI this summer came to the Capstone to improve their English language skills and to ensure that they were prepared to function effectively in English-speaking undergraduate classes. Four of the students remain at UA for one year of undergraduate study, while the other six transferred to other universities. The ELI and UA look forward not only to welcoming more “Brazil Science Without Borders” students in the future but also to developing linkages and partnerships with universities in Brazil.

Chiba Culture Tour

Spring 2013 International Teaching Assistant Program WHO: All non-native English speakers who wish to be Graduate Teaching Assistants at UA WHEN: January 9 - April 26 MWF 8:00 - 8:50 TR 8:00 - 9:15

Chiba Culture Tour participants in Selma, AL

The ELI hosted a group of 24 students from Chiba University in Japan for the 9th Annual Southern Culture Tour, which combines a series of lectures and seminars on historical and cultural aspects of the deep South with visits to the actual sites. Each September a group from Chiba spends part of the two-week stay in Tuscaloosa, where they attend a UA football game, prepare a Southern meal, and participate in seminars on various cultural and historical topics related to the history and culture of this area. The seminars are followed by visits to Civil Rights Movement historical sites in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. The students also attend seminars on the history of New Orleans and New Orleans jazz, and then travel to New Orleans, where they participate in a walking tour of the French Quarter and a dinner Jazz-Cruise on the Mississippi River.

WHERE: 129 BB Comer For more information, please contact Bill Merriman at 348-7413 or by email at CAPSTONE INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER • 7

Nonprofit Organization US Postage Paid Tuscaloosa AL Permit No. 16 Capstone International Center Box 870254 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0254

CAPSTONE INTERNATIONAL CENTER MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Capstone International Center is to initiate, promote, and support The University of Alabama’s international efforts on campus as well as throughout the state and the world. The Center, comprised of International Academic Programs, International Services, and the English Language Institute, coordinates the University’s international endeavors, facilitates the development of a global perspective campus-wide, and supports students, faculty, and staff in global outreach, teaching, and research.


Capstone International Center November 2, 9, 16, 30 - CPT/OPT Seminars (CIS) 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Coffee Hour (CIS) 12-16 - International Education Week 21-23 - Thanksgiving Holidays (US), classes dismissed 21, UA closed 22-23

December 7, 14 - CPT/OPT Seminars (CIS) 13 - Fall 2 Session Ends (ELI) 15 - Commencement 21-1 - University Closure - Holiday Break

January 1 - New Year’s Day (US) 2 - UA Reopens 4 - New International Student Check-In and Orientation (CIS) 7 - Spring 1 Session begins (ELI) 9 - Academic classes begin 19, 25 - Coffee Hour (CIS) 21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - UA Closed

February 1, 8, 15, 22 - Coffee Hour (CIS) 12 - Study Abroad Fair (CIAP) 22 - Summer & Interim 2013 Faculty-led Programs Application Deadline (CIAP) 28 - Spring 1 session ends (ELI)

Dr. Teresa Wise, associate provost for international education & global outreach International Student and Scholar Services (CIS) 105 BB Comer • (205) 348-5402 • fax (205) 348-5406 • Charter Morris, director Sheila Malone, SEVIS coordinator LaDonna Foshee, assistant director Stephanie Freeman, immigration advisor Janet Edmonds, immigration advisor Lauren Hurn, immigration assistant English Language Institute (ELI) 101 BB Comer • (205) 348-7413 • fax (205) 348-9266 • Bill Wallace, director Charlotte Lewis, instructor Ann Ramos, associate director for external programs Demetria Li, instructor Bill Merriman, associate director for internal programs Julia Lindsey, instructor Carol Weaver, program assistant Kelly McPherson, instructor Amanda Burroughs, accounting assistant Marc Metzler, instructor Wendy Grof, accounting assistant Emily Mitchell, instructor Vicky Wyatt, student services coordinator Sarah Nowak, instructor Monica Hollie, receptionist Jay Robbins, instructor Kim Andrus, instructor Drew Sanford, instructor Allison Callahan, instructor Jenica Smith, instructor Marci Daugherty, instructor Catanya Stager, instructor Catherine Dockery, instructor Amy Taylor, instructor Al Evans, instructor David Taylor, instructor Laura Hebert, instructor Michael Townley, instructor Bill Henderson, instructor Kendall Yates, instructor Brad Hodges, instructor International Academic Programs (CIAP) 135 BB Comer • (205) 348-5256 • fax (205) 348-5298 • Amy Linden, study abroad coordinator Holly Hudson, director Jackie Maye, office associate II Diedre Van Zandt, assistant director Vickey Phillips, accounting assistant Sharon H. Le, exchange program coordinator Brittnay McMillian, study abroad coordinator

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