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UFIC invites the public, alumni
Dean's Message to its new offices in the Hub
Florida Tomorrow is key
to international success
Ambassador Dennis C.Jett (Ret.), Ph.D.
Dean of the UF International Center
The University of Florida recognizes that to be
a world class university, UF has to be a worldwide
institution of learning. Our students have to be
prepared to compete in an ever more globalized
economy, and our faculty must ensure their re-
search, teaching and service benefit from and have
an impact on the world beyond our campus.
The mission of UF's International Center is to en-
hance the educational environment and experience
of UF's students, faculty and staff by promoting a
global perspective. We do that by helping students
to study abroad, assisting international students
and faculty in making the most of their time at UF,
supporting faculty in their international efforts and
through a wide range of other programs.
At the announcement of the university's capital
campaign, Florida Tomorrow, we are reminded of
how vital private funding is for universities to
keep pace with the global demand for well trained
professionals and to advance research on an endless
range of issues that impact our one world.
Financial support from individuals, corporations,
and foundations has fostered many of the successes
that UFIC has realized through time. And more of
that support is needed if UFIC is to continue to suc-
ceed and lead in the Florida Network for Global
Studies, at the UF Paris Research Center, at the UF
Beijing Center, and beyond.
Share with us a common goal of continuing to
enhance the international education programs at the
University of Florida and increasing the number of
Please make your campaign gift to UFIC. Your
investment in our common future will net returns
for us all.
To celebrate the kickoff of UF's capital campaign, the Inter-
national Center welcomes alumni and the public to learn about
its programs and new facilities at the Hub.
UF has a long and distinguished tradition in international
education and research in addition to a wide range of resources
including faculty, staff and students with international inter-
ests. To respond to the rapidly changing global environment,
UF established the International Center in 1991. The Center
serves as an internal and external liaison for the university,
providing assistance to faculty, administrators and students,
and enhancing their ability to pursue and develop international
activities and initiatives.
Joining the International Center at the Hub are the following
centers and programs:
Center for Latin American Studies
The Center's mission is to advance knowledge about Latin
America, the Caribbean and peoples throughout the hemi-
sphere, and to enhance the scope and quality of research,
teaching, and outreach in Latin American, Caribbean and
Latino Studies at the University of Florida.
IFAS International Programs
The mission of IFAS International Programs is to support
and promote the development of an international dimension
throughout UF/IFAS programs; to facilitate greater appre-
ciation of global food, agricultural, and human and natural
resource issues; and to enhance the status of UF/IFAS and the
state of Florida in the international arena.
France-Florida Research Institute
FFRI builds on the strengths of UF's program in French and
Francophone studies in the Department of Romance Lan-
guages and Literatures, and its longstanding excellence in the
sciences. FFRI serves as an umbrella organization to centralize
and promote the existing partnerships between UF and French
and Francophone research centers and academic institutions.
See Campaign, p. 2
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The Peace Corps traces its roots to 1960, when then-
Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students at the Univer-
sity of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of
peace by living and working in developing countries.
More than 170,000 Peace Corps volunteers have been
invited by 136 host countries to work on issues including
AIDS education, information technology, and environ-
mental preservation. More than 800 of those volunteers
are UF graduates, the highest number among colleges
and universities in the Southeast.
The Center for European Studies
The Center for European Studies in the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences is a Title VI National Resource
Center funded in part by the U.S. Department of Educa-
The Center's mission is to assist in the development
of area and language skills among the country's best
students by fostering rich academic and cultural environ-
ments including broad language and areas studies cours-
es, degree options and study abroad opportunities.
The Center for African Studies
CAS promotes excellence in teaching and research
on Africa in all the disciplines. The Center disseminates
knowledge about Africa to the wider community through
an integrated outreach program to schools, colleges, com-
munity groups, and businesses.
Central to this mission is sustaining contacts and ex-
panding interactive linkages with individuals and institu-
tions in Africa. In addition to undergraduate education,
the Center promotes and supports graduate studies as
essential for the development of a continuing community
of Africanist scholars.
The University of Florida
Room 170,the Hub
UFIC welcomes new
International students and scholars starting their work at
UF mingled at a reception Sept. 5 sponsored by the Univer-
sity of Florida International Center.
Some 350 international students and visiting scholars
attended the event in the Reitz Union that included a buffet,
tables with displays from international organizations, and
people from every region of the world.
"It's an opportunity to get to meet one another and an
opportunity for the university to say, 'We're glad you are
here,"' said Debra Anderson, coordinator of International
The welcome provided international students and scholars
an opportunity to make new acquaintances during their first
days or weeks in Gainesville, which can be a difficult time
for people adjusting to a new culture.
"I try to meet people at events like this and in organiza-
tions and activities like soccer," said Levy Odera, a begin-
ning doctoral student from Kenya who is studying political
Cesar Arrese-Igor, a visiting scientist from Spain who
See welcome, p. 3
Six UF students intern in
World Citizenship Program
This summer six UF students Gina Canales, Kathleen
Jean, Candice Pauley, Karine Pena Ochoa, Elizabeth Porter,
and Ni Xu traveled to different countries to serve as 2007
World Citizenship Program Interns.
Karine Pena Ochoa, a master's student
in the College of Journalism and Com-
munication, was chosen for Project
Concern International in Bolivia. PCI is a
nonprofit dedicated to promoting com-
munity health, human rights, and integral
development in 11 countries and reach-
ing more than 3 million people a year. Karine Pena Ochoa
Kathleen Jean, a master's student in
the College of Public Health and Health Professions, trav-
eled to Guinea to work with the Christian Children's Fund,
one of the world's largest international child-centered devel-
opment organizations. See Interns, p. 3
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Welcome, from p. 3
recently arrived at UF for a one-year program in agronomy,
said the gathering of international students was an oppor-
tunity for him, his wife, Mercedes Royuela, and his two
children, Alex, 9, and Mikel, 11, to learn about a multitude
"We really like to see a different way of life and a differ-
ent way of how a university works," he said. "It's very nice
to see people from so many different countries."
Joey Yip, a business management major from Hong Kong,
is staying in Weaver Hall, where many international students
live. She said meeting U.S. students is more difficult than
meeting international students.
Mary Byrd, a volunteer who organized the UF Friendship
Family Program, is trying to help newly arrived students
meet Gainesville residents. Byrd tries to match international
students with U.S. families so they can socialize and share
"I recruit students and I recruit families, and I try to match
them," she said.
The UF Friendship Family Program was among the orga-
nizations that provided a table and display for international
Interns, from p. 2
Ni Xu is a master's student in Computer Information
Science and Engineering who worked
with the Christian Children's Fund in the
Xu spent most of his time in the nation-
al office's program department, research-
ing programs to prioritize the management
information needs. He also had the op-
portunity to travel into the communities
of Reina and South Luzon area to see how Ni Xu
CCF reaches the grass roots.
Since 2000, the World Citizenship Program at UF has
granted students internships to work with nongovernmental
organizations around the world on projects in education,
health, economic stability, nutrition and agriculture.
Visit http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/wcpintems.htm in October
when the interns' personal essays will be posted.
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International topics discussed at Speakers Series
The UF International Center's Student Speaker Se-
ries Brown Bag Lunch featured two speakers, one who
described his native Eritrea and the other, a veteran study
Mussa Idris gave a presentation about Eritrea, an
African country on the Red Sea, where he grew up. He
shared his insights and how his background related to his
doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at UF.
Jessica Ducey, a 2007 UF graduate described her ex-
tensive study abroad experiences. Ducey holds the record
for the most study abroad programs completed by a UF
student, with seven programs. She is entering the Peace
Corps in Ethiopia to help with HIV/AIDS awareness.
International students and scholars
at record numbers on UF campus
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strong recovering after a slump in international enrollment
following terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The increasing enrollment of international students is
partly the result of incentives at UF, said Debra Anderson,
UFIC coordinator of international students.
Many students are benefiting from UF's recently en-
acted policy of allowing students on assistantships to pay
in-state tuition, Anderson said. In addition, some colleges
have incentives to attract international students, such as
the Achievement Award in the College of Engineering.
Attracting international students and scholars is one
element of UF's goal of internationalizing the campus and
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Study Abroad News
Student in Australia on Ambassador Program
UF student Krystal Tomlin is studying in Australia this academic year through
the Australia Education International Student Ambassador Program.
Tomlin is one of 10 students or graduates participating in the pilot program that
runs from September through June.
Tomlin's program began in September with an orientation program in Washing-
ton, D.C., to help participants understand program expectations and requirements.
They receive background information on Australia and guide books.
The program requires that Tomlin participate in four events that promote the
program. She also will participate in FaceBook groups to encourage networking
and sharing of ideas.
At the conclusion of the program, UFIC study abroad adviser Kirsten Eller will
evaluate Tomlin's performance and impact on UFIC study abroad programs.
Fall/Winter Calendar of Events
5 AyadAli College of Pharmacy Student Speaker Series Brown Bag Lunch 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.
International Center, Large Conference Room
7 Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff "An Open Letter to the New President:
Six Changes to U.S. Foreign Policy." Reitz Union
23 Deadline for entries in The 4th Annual Global Culture Photography Competition, contest rules
will be posted by Oct. 17 at http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/index.htm
2007 Global Culture Photography Exhibition
7 p.m. 9 p.m.
8 Global Culture Photography Artists Reception