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Contact: DeMarr Vereen Public Relations Manager (803-123-4567) For Immediate Release

Winthrop takes steps to internationalize its campus

As part of a 5-year global leaning initiative, Efforts to internationalize the campus will enable students to participate in events that will help them become more culturally educated. Winthrop is working to become a more culturally diverse campus that will allow students and faculty alike to learn more about the cultures that the international students stem from. Winthrop will begin internationalizing its campus in the fall 2011, with special events to kick off the initiative and welcome all international students to the Winthrop community. This initiative will bring students and faculty closer to the international students who have chosen Winthrop to continue their studies.


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With participation from the Winthrop community the efforts to Internationalize Winthrop’s campus has the potential to become a success, by creating culturally diverse programs and activities for students and the community to enjoy. For more information on programs and activities contact the Winthrop’s Worldview office at (803-323-2133) or visit ### Tel: 803-323-0001 Fax: 803-323-2340

Social Media Release to: B. Stuart Spokesperson: Jim Burnstein VP of Communications 803-323-0003 Contact: DeMarr Vereen Public Relations Manager Skype # 803-123-0002 For Immediate Release

International Center Joins Homecoming Tradition International students tailgate for basketball game. The International center will participate in the homecoming celebration by tailgating in the Winthrop Coliseum parking lot before heading inside to cheer on the Winthrop men’s basketball team as it takes on Queens University. This event is sponsored by Winthrop’s Worldview an organization dedicated to raising awareness of different cultures and traditions possessed by other countries. Core News Facts •

The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. right before the Eagles are set to tip-off. 701 Oakland Avenue 218 Dinkins Hall Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

Everyone is welcome to tailgate with the International Center however Winthrop’s rules and regulations for tailgating will be in effect. For information on Winthrop’s rules and regulations of tailgating:

This event is part of Winthrop’s efforts to create a more internationalized campus. The initiative to internationalize the campus is expected to bring students and faculty closer to Winthrop’s foreign exchange students through various events and activities.

Photo This is a photo of students and Winthrop’s mascot, Big Stuff, cheering on the eagles at a basketball game.

Additional Information For information about other events and activities hosted by the International Center, visit or call at 803-323-0001.

Approved Quotes Amandine Farrugia, International Center PR coordinator, says, “This event will allow foreign exchange students to become more involved in Winthrop’s tailgating celebration through the first-hand experience as a Winthrop student.” Lindsey W. Hill, assistant director and international student advisor says, “I am excited to see the merge of cultures and traditions during this homecoming tailgate experience.”

Available Upon Request: Past pictures, additional fliers and follow up videos

Winthrop’s Worldview is uniting cultures one student at a time. Visit or call at 803-323-0001.


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Interview with Amandine Farrugia an International student from southern France By: DeMarr Vereen Amandine Farrugia, 22, is a French student who now studies Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) at Winthrop University. Her accented voice fills the apartment that she shares with three other international students. “Come on in” she says and motions with her hand, Farrugia is a self proclaimed party girl who loves in her opinion, the family atmosphere that Winthrop has been able to slowly develop throughout its years. Farrugia, is a fan of Hip Hop music and she enjoys the freedoms that Winthrop provides for its students, such as sports, recreation, and movie nights. Farrugia wasn’t able to enjoy these freedoms because she attended a private school in France. After sitting with her for about 15 minutes I could feel the warmth and inviting nature that is Farrugia personality, and I decided that this time was better than any other to begin the interview.

Vereen: What made you choose Winthrop University to continue your studies? Farrugia: My school that in France had a partnership with Winthrop for my IMC studies. So if I wanted to study in the United States I had to go to Winthrop because of that program.


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Interview with Amandine Farrugia pg. 2 Vereen: Do you feel that was a good decision? Farrugia: Oh Yes! I always knew that I wanted to come back to the US, I visited Chicago once before with my mom, and I fell in love with the culture and the people.

Vereen: How different is the academic cultures in the US and France? Farrugia: Really Different! We didn’t have any syllabi or books and the school work wasn’t as hard as it is here in the US. Also you guys have Spring break in the US, France has nothing like that. Vereen: What was your school like back in France? Farrugia: In my private school there were no organizations on campus we would just go to class and then go home. There weren’t any fraternities or sororities and there weren’t any international students because my school wouldn’t allow any. Vereen: How many students went to your school? Farrugia: Just around 500 students it was really small. Vereen: Tell me about your involvement on Winthrop’s campus? Farrugia: I am a Public Relations coordinator for the Multicultural Student Council. I create poster ads for them. And each month we feature a new and different culture such as this month is Hispanic heritage month and we celebrate all things Hispanic. Vereen: What can Winthrop do to make its campus more internationalized? Farrugia: Winthrop could have more International events so American and international students can formally meet each other. Vereen: What was your first memorable moment at Winthrop? Farrugia: Friendship Dinner! This dinner, held by the Baptist Church, is set up so international students can meet American families. These families agree to become like our host families, and they help us with different tasks to make our transition easier. Vereen: What are your plans after graduation? Farrugia: I graduate in December 2010 and I hope to obtain a work visa which will allow me to remain in the US for another year. The visa costs about $200, so I am saving my money. Vereen: What three words would you use to describe Winthrop? Farrugia: Community, Experience and relationships because this is how I perceive Winthrop. Vereen: Are the classroom atmospheres different in the US and France? Farrugia: We call our professors in France “Madam” and they do not have offices. In France professors aren’t as willing to help students as they are here in the US. The classrooms in France are noisy too. -more-

Interview with Amandine Farrugia pg. 3 Vereen: What have Winthrop students done to welcome you to Winthrop? Farrugia: A girl told me that if I do not understand something in class I could contact her and she would help me. Vereen: What do you think about the campus culture at Winthrop? Farrugia: The people are nice. People are interested in my culture. I get the impression that the campus is laid back and I like that. Vereen: How often do you travel home to France? Farrugia: I will go home for Christmas. It’s very expensive!

Vereen: Why did you choose to study abroad? Farrugia: Because I love to travel I want to know other cultures, I don’t want to stay in just one part of the world. I wanted to learn more about the American culture. Vereen: Is there anything else that you would like to say? Farrugia: Thanks to the International Center we arrived here welcomed, by host families and people all around campus with open arms it would be great if they can continue in that right direction.

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Contact: DeMarr Vereen PR Manager (803)323-0002 Winthrop University Seek Intercultural Education

Colleges and universities have begun to develop ideas as to which ways to intertwine cultural education with curriculum requirements. Winthrop University has borrowed some strategies from institutions such as Vanderbilt, who included a specific intercultural education degree field for students who wish to build an academic career dedicated to the study of education and its effect on social and economic development. Intercultural education is an important issue because of the number of foreign-born students who now study in the United States. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, an academic daily newsletter who publishes news, information, and jobs for university faculty members and administrators, an Estimated 671,616 international students attended U.S. institutions in the 2008-09 school year, an increase of almost 8 percent from a year earlier. Winthrop University accounted for 198 foreign students in the 2008 academic year.

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Winthrop seek Intercultural Education pg.2 The arrival of foreign students, require students, faculty and the surrounding communities to become aware of the cultural similarities and differences in order to better understand, accept and appreciate the influx of foreign students. Dr. Don J. Hager, research director for the Commission on Community Interrelations of American Jewish Congress and author of “New Problems in Intercultural Education” states “In general, intercultural education seeks to establish and promote productive intergroup relations within the confines of the school community.” Intercultural education enhances the emotional and intellectual growth of students, through various forms of cultural learning , beginning with programs and activities that highlight different cultures to course curriculum that educate students of other traditions and cultures that are different from their very own. “Winthrop’s Worldview,” a global awareness organization created at Winthrop University addresses the influx of new cultures and traditions. “Winthrop’s Worldview” is designed to internationalize Winthrop through programs and activities. Through this organization Winthrop wants to give students as well as the surrounding community a chance to acquire an extended knowledge of the importance of intercultural education. For more information on programs and activities contact the Winthrop’s Worldview office at (803-323-0001) or visit


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