‘Pakistan: Going Beyond Borders’ event on Wednesday (May 1)

The event “Pakistan: Going Beyond Borders” will take place at the Mauthe Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come and join four exchange-semester students from Pakistan as they share their experience of living in the United States over the past few months. They will present the diversity they enjoy in Pakistan, not only in culture but in landscape as well. There will be a musical performance on the Rabab (a traditional musical instrument, originally from Afghanistan) and on an eastern flute, and lots of good Pakistani food prepared by them. For questions, please email Kristy Aoki at aokik@uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay international students introduced to Door County

Last week’s international student orientation week culminated with a trip on Friday, August 31, 2018 to the Door County peninsula. Students from all over the world along with faculty from UW-Green Bay’s Office of International Education loaded on the bus at 9 a.m., with a first stop at Renard’s Cheese. The students got a chance to try Wisconsin cheese curds along with chocolate cheese. The next stop was Cave Point County Park, Sturgeon Bay, where students explored some of the finest landscapes in Wisconsin and had fun taking pictures on the beautiful cliffs. After that, the trip took students to Sister Bay, where they enjoyed lunch (and swimming for some) at a park. At Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream in Ephraim, students got to experience what a “small portion” in the United States truly is. The final stop was Fish Creek, and students enjoyed walking around and shopping in the small boutiques.

Say "Phoenix!"
Say “Phoenix!”
Lunch in Sister Bay.
Lunch in Sister Bay.
Director of International Education Brent Blahnik (right) and students
Director of International Education
Brent Blahnik (right) and students.

Text and photos by student Roosa Turunen

Beijing Normal University Students

Welcome to our Beijing Normal University friends and colleagues

UW-Green Bay and Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China, share 34 years of history.

This week (August 21-24, 2018), nine undergraduate and graduate students from Normal University’s School of the Environment (SOE) led by faculty member Ouyang Wei are exploring UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee on a cultural and environmental sciences exchange tour.

It started with a graduate student from China, Yue Rong, who arrived on campus in 1984 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science. Rong, a graduate of Beijing Normal University (BNU), was interested in UW-Green Bay’s environmental science program led him to (now retired) Prof. Emeritus Robert Wenger’s office. After several meetings and conversations, Wenger agreed to be Rong’s major professor. Rong graduated with a M.S. degree in May of 1986. He continued his path to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to earn a Ph.D. degree in Public Health, and after that landed a job at the California Water Authority.

In 1985, while still a student at UW-Green Bay, Rong’s former professors from China paid him a visit. Wenger hosted the three professors who were starting a master’s program in environmental science at BNU. Wenger was invited back to serve as a visiting professor at BNU and spent a year teaching a graduate class at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (IES) at BNU from 1987 to 1988. During his time at BNU, he also helped to organize the International Symposium on Environmental Impact Assessment sponsored by IES, held in October 1987 in Beijing.

The exchange of knowledge, research and personnel has continued through all these years between the two universities. The first UW-Green Bay student was accepted to SOE’s Master’s Program was Anthony Sirianni. He graduated with a M.S. in July of 2017 and stayed at BNU to learn the Chinese language. This sparked an interest in a formal relationship between the two schools to promote student exchanges and other activities. In October 2017, UW-Green Bay’s Brent Blahnik (Office of International Education) and professors Kevin Fermanich, Le Zhu, Mathew Dornbush and Wenger traveled to Beijing to discuss with faculty at SOE about a proposed formal exchange agreement.

Which brings us to this week’s visit… and a warm welcome to UW-Green Bay!

Story by student Roosa Turenen. Photo by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication.

Nice mention for NSE, UW-Green Bay exchange with The Hague

If you were unaware that UW-Green Bay has a student exchange program with an institution in The Hague, Netherlands, the people at the New College of Florida know it. One of their students, Fred Carriles has won a scholarship to take advantage of the opportunity through National Student Exchange. Carriles, whose area of concentration is religious studies/gender studies, will be enrolled at The Hague University under a NSE program administered by UW-Green Bay. The Hague is known globally as the world’s center for international business and affairs. “This melting pot of global academia and Dutch culture is a progressive city in a country uniquely supportive of gay rights,” states Carriles. See the feature online.