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Beijing this summer. A ninth student from
Auburn University also attended the program.
The UF Beijing Center was developed to meet
the growing demand for educational opportunities in
In the heart of Beijing's educational district
known as the "university zone," the center supports
existing international study programs and the cre-
ation of new ones focusing on Chinese language
and culture. With 12 adjacent university campuses
nearby, UF participants are surrounded by educa-
inrougn tne ut- being center, students can earn
UF credits and visit cultural and historic sites.
Students can earn up to 15 credits a semester in
courses in Chinese language, history and culture,
and a variety of other subjects taught by faculty
from Tsinghua University, one of the top Chinese
The center provides students with more than an
educational experience. Center staff meet students
at the airport, conduct an on-site orientation, provide
emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a
See UF Beijing Center, p. 6
UFIC's Donna Rowland, center, meets with international research
scholars for welcome orientation.
A Record Number of
And Faculty at UF
A record number of international students, scholars,
faculty, researchers and professionals are studying and
Working at the University of Florida this year.
Some 4,600 members of the UF community from abroad
play key roles in almost every aspect of the University of Flor-
ida's education, research, and extension activities. They come
from every continent, bringing their unique experiences, knowl-
edge and culture to share with the university community. As
UF seeks to internationalize its curriculum and provide a global
perspective on campus, international visitors contribute by
sharing their knowledge, cultures and languages with the uni-
versity community. For UF students and faculty whose inter-
national experience is limited by finances and tight schedules,
these international students, researchers and faculty members
help bring their part of the world to the UF campus.
Many serve as volunteers in programs such as the Intera-
tional Student Speakers' Bureau. Others take leadership roles
in their departments, organizing international events, launching
research projects of international significance, and presenting
their works at conferences worldwide.
Some are professionals who come to campus to teach spe-
cific courses, bringing an international perspective to the class-
room and helping UF students prepare for careers in a global
Most international students, faculty and scholars eventually
return to their home countries, but they remain members of the
See International Students, Scholars, p. 4
UFIC Recognizes International Students' Achievements
rhe UFIC recognized seven international students at
I the University of Florida for their outstanding
academic achievements and their contributions to the
university community. The awards were presented in
April at the International Student Academics Awards
Alec Courtelis Award Winners
The Alec Courtelis Awards were established by Lou-
ise Courtelis in 1996 in honor of her late husband, a fin-
ancier and former chairman of the Board of Regents.
The awards recognize academic excellence and out-
standing contributions to the university community.
Aparna Baskaran is a doctoral student in physics in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Baskaran, from
India, has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her UF studies.
She has published and presented research papers in the
United States, Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium and
Among her achievements is co-organizing the intera-
tional physics workshop in 2004 at the Paris Research
Center and on-campus research seminar. She is recog-
nized as a leader and volunteer in her department.
Juan D. Castro-Anzola is a master's student in the
Department of Food and Resource Economics in the Col-
lege of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He has main-
tained a 3.77 GPA and has co-authored numerous pa-
pers. He has won awards in his field of study and is serv-
ing his second year as a graduate adviser for this year's
National Agri-Marketing Team.
His internship with Florida's Natural Growers prompt-
ed the company to provide future internships to other stu-
dents in his department.
Maisa A. Haj-Tas is a doctoral student in the Depart-
ment of Communication Sciences in the College of Liber-
al Arts and Sciences. She has maintained a 3.77 GPA at
UF. Haj-Tas, from Jordan, has completed three predis-
sertation projects and presented the findings at national
and international conferences.
She has participated in the International Student
Speakers' Bureau and Graduate Student Council in plan-
ning the GSC Forum, where she will present her re-
International Awards for 2006
Alec Courtelis Award
Aparna Baskaran, College of Liberal Arts &
Juan D. Castro-Anzola, College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences, $1,500
MaisaA. Haj-Tas, College of Liberal Arts and
The Scarborough Award
Gabriel N. Kasozi, College of Agricultural and
Life Sciences, $1,000
The Diane Fisher Scholarship
Francesca Spedalieri, College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences, $500
Olawunmi Oduyebo,Warrington College of
The Scarborough Award winner
The Scarborough Award was initiated this year
by the Scarborough Company Insurance Inc.,
which provides insurance options for internation-
Gabriel N. Kasozi is a doctoral student in the
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, where he
has maintained a 3.76 GPA. He won the Victor W.
Carlisle Fellowship in 2005. He was recognized in the
See Awards, p. 7
is published by the University of Florida Interna-
Dean: Dennis Jett
Executive Editor: Sandra Russo
Editor: Larry Schnell
We welcome submission of articles and photo-
graphs on international themes from faculty and
students. Send submissions to email@example.com.
The University of Florida International Center
P.O. Box I 13225
Gainesville, FL 3261 I
(352) 392-5323, Fax: (352) 392-5575
New Staff Bring Strong International
and Academic Backgrounds to UFIC
Mabel Cardec, Public Events Coordinator
M abel Cardec has joined the International Center as
public events coordinator in charge of organizing
events and assisting Dean Dennis Jett.
She brings a wealth of international experience to the
For the past seven years, she
has worked for the Palm Beach
County School District as public af-
fairs specialist and spokeswoman
to the Hispanic population of the
county. Important programs in part-
nership with the Hispanic communi-
ty leaders and cultural groups in-
clude the Hispanic Teacher of the Cardec
Year Award, the Latino Student
Career Day, "Kaleidoscope, A Celebration of Many
Cultures," Hispanic Parent Forums and others.
Her career experience includes more than 15 years
as advertising manager, marketing assistant, public rela-
tions and hospitality coordinator for a Spanish publishing
house with 30 distributors in Latin America, Europe and
Kirsten Eller, Study Abroad Adviser
K irsten Eller is a new UFIC
JXstudy abroad adviser for
programs in the United Kingdom,
Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Eller received her bachelor's
degree in Asian and Middle Eastern
cultures from Columbia University
in 2002 and her master's degree in
international education from
Stanford University in 2003. During
her undergraduate studies, she
studied abroad in England.
After completing her studies, she worked in Japan at
Ehime University School of Medicine and at Kanagawa
Institute of Technology. She speaks Japanese.
On her return to the United States, she worked in
California at Legend Education Service, where she
coordinated overseas programs for American and Asian
Contact: Kirsten Eller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cardec earned her bachelor's degree from the Uni-
versidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in public commu-
nication. Her master's degree is in education with em-
phasis on English for speakers of other languages from
Florida Atlantic University.
Cardec said she was attracted to the position with
UFIC because she believes in the center's mission.
"I believe that cultural diversity and multicultural
awareness are imperative in education at all school lev-
els, to enhance and enrich people's lives," she said.
"From the enjoyment of multiethnic food, literature, art,
dance, and music of all backgrounds, we can find a
great deal of things to admire and celebrate. More im-
portant than that, I believe our younger generations are
not exposed enough to other cultures different than their
own, and because of that, they are almost blind and ig-
norant to international politics and globalization issues
that affect them, directly or indirectly."
Cardec was born in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. She is
married with two children.
Aleks Nesic, Educational Outreach
Aleks Nesic is a new UFIC intern working with
educational outreach programs that promote a
greater cross-cultural understanding among international
and domestic students.
She coordinates the Intema-
tional Student Speakers Bureau,
International Coffee House,
Welcome Table, The People
Speak and other social events.
Originally from Serbia, Nesic
studied at the University of
Florida and graduated with a
bachelor's degree in psychology Nesic
in the summer of 2005. She went
on to a graduate program in international education at
the School for International Training in Vermont. After
completing a year of courses, she is at the University of
Florida for a six-month internship at the Transnational
and Global Studies Center, International Center.
Contact:Aleks Nesic, email@example.com.
International Students, Scholars
Bring Expertise & Culture to UF
From p. I
Gator Nation, a community of people throughout the
world who have worked or studied at UF. They become
part of a growing international network of people who
partner with UF faculty, other researchers and students
in research and education projects.
Researchers, Scholars, Visiting Professors
About 1,800 international researchers, scholars and
visiting professors are working on the UF campus or at
one of the research and education centers. Professionals
from People's Republic of China comprise the greatest
number, with more than 300 on campus during the 2005-
2006 year. India follows with about half that number, and
South Korea is third. The number of Italian researchers
shows the greatest increase, having grown 10-fold in two
Donna Rowland, the UFIC program assistant who
works with research scholars and visiting professors, has
seen the numbers from all countries climb in recent
"We have a tremendous number of researchers. Our
program has grown three-fold in the past two years," she
said. "I expect it to continue to grow. The university as a
whole has a tremendous number of research projects that
are of interest to other countries, and that is what we are
all about collaborative research. Many of these short-
term scholars teach in the Levin College of Law or the
Warrington College of Business. From my experience,
they are the best of the best."
Among this group are international faculty, researchers
such as post-doctoral associates, and professionals. The
growth in these numbers mirrors the increase in the
scholarly category, according to Yvette McKinney, UFIC
coordinator for Academic Programs. Many international
faculty members teach courses in the fields of medicine,
engineering, agriculture and liberal arts and sciences.
Their contributions to the University of Florida have been
especially valuable. A substantial number of these profes-
sionals are functioning in important positions in the Col-
lege of Medicine both on the Gainesville and Jacksonville
Positions in medicine, agricultural sciences, engineer-
ing, chemistry, physics and information technology are
among the most sought after by international profession-
als at UF. International professionals bring valuable skills
to the university in fields where private industry is typi-
cally a strong competitor for exceptional applicants. The
International students sign up for insurance programs with
university's global reputation and subsequent increase in
the acquisition of grant funds that support the work of
faculty and researchers, is a factor in the increase in out-
standing international employees on campus, McKinney
An estimated 2,800 international students will be at the
University of Florida this year.
International student enrollment was stagnant following
terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when U.S. visas be-
came more difficult to obtain and international travel de-
clined. However, the recent increase in applications
shows that UF continues to be a high profile educational
resource for students throughout the world, said Debra
Anderson, coordinator of International Student Services.
"We seem to have gotten through the period following
9/11," Anderson said. "The federal government is making
an effort to improve the visa process, and as a result we
are welcoming more international students."
International students come from every part of the
globe, but India and China send the largest numbers. The
most popular fields for international students are the hard
sciences and computer technology, Anderson said.
International students play an important role on campus
and in the community, she said. In classrooms and in cam-
pus activities, they share their cultures and knowledge
with domestic students. Many are active in campus orga-
nizations and contribute to research and educational pro-
grams. International graduate students are among the
achievers who present their research at conferences.
In the community, many international students give pre-
sentation to community organizations such as Rotary In-
ternational and the Kiwanis Club. Through the Interna-
tional Student Speakers' Bureau, they share the experi-
ences with Alachua County School youths.
As the University of Florida seeks a greater interna-
tional presence on the campus and in the community,
these international visitors play an important role, contrib-
uting as much to the university as they take with them
when they return to their home countries.
UFIC has Resources for International Students, Faculty
The UFIC has developed and supports a series of programs and opportunities for international students, faculty and
professionals. These programs are designed to help people get accustomed to their new home at the University of
Florida and to provide opportunities for them to share their cultures with the community.
International Student Speakers' Bureau
The International Student Speakers' Bureau is a group
of international students from the University of Florida
who volunteer to give presentations about their home
countries to school children. The main goal of the pro-
gram is to promote global awareness among kindergarten
through 12' grade students attending both public and pri-
vate schools in Alachua County.
During fall 2005, ISSB volunteers visited 15 schools in
the Gainesville area with an estimated audience of more
than 1,600 school children. During the spring 2006, 86
speakers from 36 countries volunteered.
ISSB is recruiting new and returning speakers for the
fall semester 2006. Visit the International Center's web-
site for more information: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/
issb.htm or contact Aleks Nesic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Coffee House
Beginning Sept. 1, every Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9
p.m., students are invited to the Bryan Lounge in the Re-
itz Union for coffee, cookies and cross-cultural conversa-
The International Coffee House, an opportunity for in-
ternational and domestic students, faculty, staff and visit-
ing scholars to mingle in a relaxed environment, is free
and open to public. Last semester, the event attracted
more than 900 students.
To sponsor a night of the International Coffee House,
please contact Aleks Nesic at email@example.com.
The People Speak
Oct. 24, also United Nations day
The People Speak is a community forum hosted at the
University of Florida that provides a venue for discussion
about international policy and the role of the United Na-
Last year, The People Speak featured a debate on
Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism by a UF
professor of political science and a retired U.S. Ambas-
sador. More than 400 high school students involved in the
Model United Nations as well as UF students, faculty and
staff attended the event.
July 24-Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Grinter Hall Lobby
International and domestic students will volunteer their
time to welcome new international students, answer their
questions and/or refer them to the right places on campus.
This is an opportunity for new students to meet one an-
other, current students and staff of UFIC, and to learn
more about studying at UF and living in Gainesville.
Weeks of Welcome Pizza Party
Sept. 7 from 2-4 p.m., Grinter Hall Lobby
The International Center will host a pizza party for all
new, transfer and returning domestic and international stu-
dents. This event is a part of the Weeks of Welcome
(WOW), a campus-wide series of events designed to wel-
come first-year and transfer students as well as students
returning to UF. Staff from UFIC will serve pizza and
provide answers to students' questions.
International Student Scholarships
UFIC maintains a list of scholarships that may be avail-
able to international students. Visit the website http://
International Student Services is committed to ensuring
the integration of international families into the University
of Florida and Gainesville community. The spouses of in-
terational students meet once a week to talk about rele-
vant topics and issues. Spouses are invited to join the
group to share experiences and develop friendships. Addi-
tional information is available at http://ufic.ufl.edu/
Contact: Yanina Morero, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Students Run Bed & Desk Program
Student volunteers collect beds and desks to make
available to international students at no cost.
Visit the international students website http://ufic.ufl.edu/
iss.htm for information on resources, forms, frequently
asked questions and an international handbook.
UFIC Dean Jett Participates in Law Conference in Peru
UFIC Dean Dennis Jett participated in the planning and
presentations of an international law conference in
Peru in May.
Jett joined Levin College of Law Dean Robert Jerry
and Dean Emeritus Jon Mills, Center for Latin Ameri-
can Studies Director Carmen Diana Deere, and more
than a dozen other UF faculty at the conference.
The 7' Annual Conference on Legal and Policy Is-
sues in the Americas, Creating a Consensus for Justice
Reform in Peru, was a collaborative effort of the Levin
College of Law's Center for Governmental Responsi-
bility, its Law and Policy in the America's Program, and
the Pontificia Universidad Cat6lic in Peru.
Faculty from UF and law schools in Peru discussed
topics including citizen security and human rights, alter-
native dispute resolution, economic integration, legal ed-
ucation and professionalism, market standards, appel-
late systems, and property rights. Jett moderated the
panel discussion "Status of Justice Reform in Peru:
Building a Consensus for the Future."
Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo was the key-
Jon Mills Award
At the conference, Peruvian attorney and law pro-
fessor Jorge Santistevan de Noriega was awarded the
Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Rela-
tions Between Florida and the Americas for his commit-
ment to developing and maintaining collaboration be-
tween the University of Florida, and legal and educa-
tional institutions in Peru.
Santistevan de Noriega is a distinguished attorney,
professor of Law at the Catholic University of Peru, the
Judicial Academy of Peru, and the Lima University
Law School. He is a foreign enrichment professor at
the Levin College of Law and formerly was the national
More information is available at http://
University of South Africa Representatives Visit UF to Build Collaboration
Representatives of the University of South Africa tion, and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
JLare seeking to develop collaboration with Universi- seeking areas of collaboration and exploring opportuni-
ty of Florida faculty. During a visit in May. ties through distance education.
Professor N Barney Pityana, principal and vice The team found UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension
chancellor (equivalent of president), and Siza materials particularly useful in their programs in South
Magubane, director of international relations at the Uni- Africa. Their visit follows a visit to the University of
versity of South Africa met with representatives of the South Africa by UFIC Dean Dennis Jett and pharmacy
UF International Center, the Warrington College of professor Ian Tebbett in February.
Business, Distance, Continuing and Executive Educa-
UF Beijing Center Offers Comfort and Convenience in an Educational Setting
From p. I
week, and are available for consultation. Students
have opportunities to volunteer and conduct internships
at the center.
The program also has a cultural component. Stu-
dents can tour Beijing's downtown "hu-tong," taste lo-
cal specialties including Peking duck, see the sites in
the greater Beijing area and visit local companies.
Accommodations on the Tsinghua University cam-
pus are comfortable and private. Students stay in
dorms with a single room and private bathroom, televi-
sion, telephone and Internet connection. Three meals a
day are included.
Sherman Bai, associate professor of industrial and
systems engineering, is the UF Beijing Center's
The center is catalyst for a growing UF involvement
in China. In March, UFIC Dean Dennis Jett, College of
Pharmacy Dean William Riffee, and pharmacy profes-
sor Ian Tebbett visited a dozen educational institutions
including Tsinghua University, Peking University,
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications,
Zhengzhou University and Fudan University as a first
step toward establishing diverse programs in China for
The team initiated the discussion of online and
exchange programs in English and Chinese language,
culture, communications, forensic sciences, clinical
pharmacy, public health and joint degree programs.
Contact: Kirsten Eller, email@example.com
Awards, from p. 2
poster presentation category in the 2005 IFAS grad-
uate Student Research Symposium and won the Gradu-
ate Student presentation by the 65th Soil and Crop Sci-
ence Society of Florida. Kasozi was awarded the Dav-
id L. Niddrie Graduate Travel Award in 2004.
He is a volunteer in the International Speakers' Bu-
reau and has given presentations on his home country
of Uganda to more than 1,000 Alachua County stu-
Diane Fisher Service Scholarship
The Diane Fisher Service Scholarship recognizes
exemplary service to the University of Florida and the
Gainesville community. Diane Fisher was a document
specialist for the UFIC. She passed away in October
2003. The scholarship was established in her memory.
Francesca Spedalieri is an undergraduate student
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she
has a 3.96 GPA.
She is a member of the National Society of
Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key International
Honors Society of Collegiate Scholars. She participates
in Italian language activities on campus and is an
orientation leader for the seven new United World
Scholars studying at UF this fall.
Olawunmi Oduyebo is an undergraduate at the
Warrington College of Business, where she has
maintained a 3.61 GPA. She is a member of the
National Society of Collegiate Scholars and served as
vice president for Preparing for College Success, which
involves mentoring middle school children.
She is a member of the prestigious Florida
Leadership Academy and has represented the college
at national academic conferences.
When you need to reach us
International Center Contacts
Dennis Jett, Ph.D., Dean
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 501
Lynn Frazier, Executive Associate Director
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 502
Pat Schauweker, Coordinator, Administrative
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 504
International Faculty & Scholar Services
Yvette McKinney, Coordinator, Academic
(352) 392- 5323 ext. 650
International Student Services
Debra Anderson, Coordinator of International
Phone: Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 601
Study Abroad Services
Susanne Hill, Ph.D., Coordinator of Study
Phone: (352) 392-5323 ext. 503
Office of Program Development
Sandra Russo, Ph.D., Director of Program
Development & Federal Relations
Phone: (352) 392-5834
The University of Florida
P.O. Box I 13225
Gainesville, FL 3261 I
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Summer and Fall 2006 Calendar
Every weekday through August 25
International Student Welcome Table Grinter Hall Lobby
16 New Faculty Orientation: Resources for Success
17 New faculty Orientation: Roadmaps for Success
22 International & Exchange Orientation
29 Study Abroad Re-entry Event
31 Study Abroad Re-entry Event
1 and every Friday evening following
International Coffee House
7 Weeks of Welcome Pizza Party
24 The People Speak
Reitz Union Auditorium
Rion Ballroom, Reitz Union
Rion Ballroom, Reitz Union
Bryan Lounge, Reitz Union
Grinter Hall Lobby
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
3 p.m.-5 p.m.
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Time to be determined