Archive | August 2016

Shiori visits the Drone Racing Club

Have you ever played with drones?

Shiori attended the first interest meeting of the Drone Racing Club at NC State last Friday:

“After listening to a presentation about their club activities in the classroom, we moved to the soccer field in order to see the flying demonstration. Club members controlled drones that had mounted cameras and visitors wore head-mounted-displays to enjoy the world that the drone camera captured. Also, we had a chance to play a simulation game on the PC. It was first time for me to see drones flying, but it was really exciting!

The Drone Racing Club meets up on every Friday and builds drones together. Why don’t you try making your own drone? Club members say you can build one for as little as $300.”


Welcome Back, Wolfpack!

Shiori spent this past Saturday immersed in one of our favorite Wolfpack Welcome Week traditions: Packapalooza. This big street party involved tens of thousands of people enjoying tasty foods, live music, and interacting with returning students, new students, university staff, and the local community. Here are her thoughts on the sights, sounds, and smells of […]

CENet Scholarship Blog: New World, New Life

The next installment in the adventures of Sam LaFell in Peru:

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CENet Cookout hosts hundreds

panoramic queueA huge success! Alexander Global Village and Cultural Exchange Network worked together to host a Wolfpack Welcome Week event that attracted hundreds of NC State students. On Thursday night, the grill fired up at 6:30 in anticipation of a huge #NCStateWWW crowd. Students from Global Village and CENet worked together to grill veggie burgers, hot dogs and hamburgers for 400 attendees.

 @NCStateGlobal is hosting a #CENetCookout Instagram photo contest through Monday, 8/22 at noon. Post your pics from the event for the chance to win $25 to the NC State Bookstore.

Although the lines were long, students chatted with new and old friends in the Thunderdome, the grassy area between Alexander and Turlington Halls. Students finishing a Carmichael workout or walking across Wolf Plaza joined in the fun when they saw corn hole, hula hoops, frisbee and burgers. Many students hung out in the Thunderdome long after the last plate was served around 9:30.


The Global Colors Shack crew even took the cookout as an opportunity to raise some funds–providing attendees with the option to tie-dye a t-shirt in exchange for a $5 donation.

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Welcome Shiori!

Hello Wolfpack! I am excited to work with Global Training Initiative (GTI) and the Office of International Affairs as a visiting scholar/ intern for the next 8 months.

I am an administrator in the University of Tokyo, Japan and now participating in an overseas training program for education administrators, which is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. I am here to learn about the higher education system in the United States and do internship as a part of my practicum training.

My main desk will be at GTI, but I will also support some international programs and events around the campus. I am so excited to cooperate with students and staff and learn about campus internationalization at NC State. If you have any interests and inquiries about Japan, Tokyo or anything, you’re always welcome to visit or drop me an email!



CENet Scholarship Blog: Sam LaFell in Ecuador

We’re very excited that Sam LaFell, one of our CENet Leadership Council members and a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish, is currently studying in Quito, Ecuador.


Sam will be blogging during his semester abroad. Read more about his adventures here or click below.

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Farewell to Summer Intern: Molly

It is hard to believe that my summer as the GTI intern has come to an end. As I think back on all of the events that have been packed into the past eight weeks, I know that I will always remember the interactions I had and the new friendships I made with international students and faculty. Just a few of my favorite parts of the job have included taking the Chinese Summer Math students all over the Triangle (UNC, Duke, NC Science Museum, an Imax movie, and the list goes on!), giving the Lebanese Fulbright grant recipients a tour of campus, traveling to DC with the Chinese Technical Communication program, and even attending a Ramadan Iftar with the Saudi KAUST students. Who would have thought that I would even get to play with drones my first week? I will be sad to leave the office for the last time this week, but I won’t be too easy to get rid of as a CENet member this fall!