Congratulations to Theodore Mason, summer 2017 intern with the UNF English Language Program (9/7/17)
Congratulations to International Studies major Theodore Mason, who interned with the English Language Program (ELP) at UNF in summer 2017. In this position, Theo provided support to the international students from 12 different countries speaking eight languages by responding to inquiries in person and over the phone. He also organized and led some language activities for students after class, and assisted ELP instructors and staff during field trips and out-of-class activities. Irene Silas, ELP director, supervised Theo's work, and reported to us as follows: "During his work at the ELP, Theodore was courteous and friendly. Our international students and staff enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm. He was always ready to help and was willing to provide our students with anything they needed. He worked well as a part of our team and took instruction easily." Theodore received academic credit for this experience through INS4990 International Studies Internship. Photo: Theodore (back row, far left) with the ELP students on an ice-skating field trip.
Alumni Update: Camila Gonzalez, territory manager for Nespresso USA (9/5/17)
Alumni Update: Camila Gonzalez graduated from UNF in 2015 with a double major in Spanish and International Studies. After graduation, Camila spent six months traveling through Eastern Europe and Morocco. After her travels, she moved to San Francisco, California, where today she is a territory manager for Nespresso USA. In this role, she works with a variety of vendors to ensure daily business operations run smoothly, while simultaneously developing a strong customer network, effectively presenting the B2B products to potential new and existing clients, and closing new business. More generally, she also leads and enhances Nespresso Business Solutions in the office service division, conducting sales presentations and customer trainings. Congratulations to Camila! Photo: Camila in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Alumni Update: Bozena Bakula, client associate with Bledsoe, Baker, Busch & Associates (8/31/17)
Alumni Update: Bozena Bakula graduated from UNF with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2013. Today she is a client associate with Bledsoe, Baker, Busch & Associates, a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Team. In this position, Bozena provides dedicated operational and sales support to multiple financial advisors. She feels that has found her calling in wealth management, a field in which she is able to employ the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills she developed through the International Studies Program. Congratulations to Bozena!
Alumni Update: Grace Namchaithotsaphon, summer 2017 participant in Thai American National Internship Program (8/28/17)
Grace Namchaithotsaphon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2015. This past summer, Grace participated in the Thai American National Internship Program in Washington, DC. She interned in the office of Congressman Robert Brady for six weeks and in the Royal Thai Embassy for one week. At Congressman Brady's office, she answered constituent calls, attended briefings and hearings, and wrote memos about specific issues to help inform his vote. "Being at the heart of politics allowed me to learn so much about all the behind the scenes work needed to make policy and legislation," Grace reflected. During her week at the Thai Embassy, she learned how to process passports, visas, and Thai IDs, as well as how to legalize documents going to Thailand. "My favorite part was helping Thai citizens in distress or emergency situations," she told us. Congratulations to Grace! Photo: Grace with Congressman Brady
In the summer of 2016, Sara Baranda (International Studies, 2016) participated in the six-week summer internship program sponsored by the nonprofit organizations Border Community Alliance (BCA) and Fundación del Empresariado Sonorense, A.C. (FESAC). Sara and her colleagues were housed in Nogales (the US side) and received a stipend for living expenses. They witnessed first-hand the strong economic activity between Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, and learned about the complexities of immigration policy and social justice through such experiences as touring maquiladoras and a produce distributor; witnessing a plea hearing at Tucson's courthouse and seeing approximately 70 migrants receive their sentence for illegal entry into the US; attending meetings with the Mexican Consulate, the American Consulate, and Border Patrol; and volunteering at a soup kitchen where deported migrants received a meal and were given toiletries, clothes and shoes before setting off for home. The group visited a camp located near Arivaca, Arizona, where a humanitarian organization known as No More Deaths/No Más Muertes gives migrants temporary shelter, food, and basic medical treatment, and explored towns like Sasabe, which was once a tourist area, and is now a ghost town because of drug cartels that have extorted money from the local population. Sara and the other participants also trekked through the desert to replenish water/food supplies along trails known to have heavy migrant foot traffic, and toured a gymnasium, built by BCA and FESAC, that serves as a safe space for young people and a cultural center.
Congratulations to Abbie Bernet (International Studies, 2016), who in June became the youngest Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset. Abbie has long volunteered for Rotary Youth Exchange and the Ponte Vedra club decided to create a special program to allow young people like her to join. "I am so thankful for yet another opportunity Rotary International has provided me with and look forward to serving my community with my fellow club members," Abbie commented.
Photo: Abbie at a recent event with Paula Roderick, who sponsored her membership as a Rotarian and who also volunteers with Rotary Youth Exchange
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