Archive | September 2015

Manning the docks at the Dragon Boat Festival

The Cultural Exchange Network helped make the 2015 Triangle Dragon Boat Festival a major success.

DSC01042CENet volunteers helped to man the docks and keep the races running like clockwork. They also enjoyed performances by cultural groups and lots of international foods.

The NC State Office of International Affairs was one of 20 teams competing in the Dragon Boat races.

The OIA team took home the gold medal after a full day of competing. Go Pack!

NCSU Dragon Boat Team


9/11 Day of Service with CENet

The 9/11 Day of Service is a community-wide day of service coordinated by Activate Good, in partnership with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the City of Raleigh. On Friday, September 11, local businesses, groups, and individuals unite to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteerism and acts of kindness around Raleigh and the Triangle.

911.fw In order to get involved with the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, 14 students in GTI’s Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) signed up to serve our local community in fighting hunger by growing gardens. This is the mission of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle focusing on growing, feeding and teaching local populations at risk for hunger or malnutrition.

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Assisting with various tasks around the community garden, including weeding, mulching and cleaning, our volunteers from China, Italy, Brazil, the USA and France worked alongside volunteers from Red Hat. All together we contributed to the Camden Street Learning Garden in Downtown Raleigh. At this garden location, local children learn the richness of homegrown vegetables by leasing their own plot of garden and attending classes to see how their produce can be used most efficiently and economically.Inter-Faith 911 mow

Other CENet service projects this semester include: Shack-A-Thon, Miracle League of the Triangle, Habitat for Humanity, Yam Jam and Dragon Boat festival.

Showing Off in Talley

The Office of International Affairs unveiled the “Wolfpack World” display as a part of the Grand Opening of Talley Student Union this week. This display highlights accomplishments in International Education at NC State and will remain through the end of the Fall 2015 semester.

Where will you find this special showcase? The Culture Hearth at Talley.
Like the fireplace near University Dining’s One Earth- World Cuisine, the Culture Hearth is a newly designated lounge area of Talley–fully equipped with an electric fireplace! Located on the main floor of the Student Union, the Culture Hearth is a meeting place of cultures and nations. In addition to acting as a showcase for international programs ranging from Study Abroad to Intensive English Program, the Culture Hearth serves as a comfortable environment for intercultural exchange and global collaboration.

Check out the Cultural Hearth (located around the left corner of the main entrance off Cates Ave) next time you’re in Talley.

GTI students at Entrepalooza

The GTI’s visiting students from Japan’s Nagoya University braved the heat to stand in line for a chance to win a prize at the Entrepalooza festival hosted by the Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State. The festival capped off a day of English classes and a tour of the museums in downtown Raleigh.

Many students walked away with back packs, caribiners, and t-shirts.

The cookout was fun and many of the students from Nagoya enjoyed talking to NC State students, SKEMA students, staff, and each other.

These three weeks will produce an incredible portfolio of memories for these visiting students from Japan. They are also leaving an indelible impression on the NC State students they meet.

Day 1 of the GTI Campus Challenge

Day 1 of the GTI’s campus challenge for new SKEMA students sent the students scrambling around Main Campus to solve clues and meet NC State students.

See the highlights in our Storify page:


Sharing American Culture: Line Dancing


On Wednesday, September 2 GTI hosted 2 hours of American Line Dancing in Talley Student Union. As a part of the 3-week program for visiting students from partner institution Nagoya Univeristy in Japan, this cultural activity highlighted some of America’s country-western dance tradition. GTI students from the SKEMA Business School, the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, and the Cultural Exchange Network also joined in this cultural experience.