Archive | November 2016

CENet Scholar Blog: Twice is Nice

Read more about how CENet scholar Sam LaFell (and his friend Sam) return to a small Ecuadorian town:

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Cards for a Cause

20161129_115140The Cultural Exchange Network at NC State celebrates #GivingTuesday 2016 by mailing 72 cards to Zach’s Toy Chest, a North Carolina non-profit organization that delivers donated toys, games, books and other items to pediatric cancer patients. Our holiday cards will be distributed to children spending the holiday season in hospitals around the state.

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November 2015 – Leadership Council collect donations in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Last November, CENet celebrated the end of the semester by renting all of the lanes at The Alley, the beloved Hillsborough Street bowling alley which closed its doors this past weekend.

After raising $150 for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Leadership Team has continued the tradition of celebrating with service!

Last night, crafting met culture as students from around the world sat down to create cards to donate to local ill children. The exchange of greeting cards has become a unique part of American culture, especially in the last 6 weeks of the calendar year when over 2 billion cards are sent each year.

CENet students took a break from the stress of exams and essays to share some pizza and perspective. Although crafting a greeting card may be a simple task for our creative Wolfpack, the activity was both relaxing and rewarding. We are so happy to be able to send 72 holiday greeting cards to Zach’s Toy Chest this season.

Home Sweet Homestay – Thanksgiving 2016

This holiday season, the Global Training Initiative is thankful for our 19 local families and 40 visiting students who applied for and participated in the GTI Thanksgiving Homestay Program. Thanks to everyone who participated in this cultural exchange!

Sign up to be a host for other holiday and homestay opportunities:

“We had a great time with the students this weekend! Thanks for letting us be a part and we look forward to doing it again in the future!” – Thanksgiving Homestay Host

CENet Scholar Blog: A trip to the Ecuadorian coast

Nothing better than a trip to the beach in November for CENet Scholar Sam LaFell:

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CENet Scholarship Blog: The best coffee in the world?

CENet Scholar Sam LaFell may have found the best coffee in the world – and was totally following that nail-biter Game 7 of the World Series:

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Global Student Successes

GTI student leaders really shined this past week at NC State’s annual global storytelling competition and the North Carolina Association of International Educators’ annual student global leadership conference.

Four students who have been involved in GTI programs were selected to be among the 8 finalists who shared their personal tales at the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Global Storytelling Competition. Two students, Paola Centola and Bhavika Mittal, are at NC State as part of SKEMA Business School’s US study program. Ahmed Mashal was a graduate of GTI’s Global Leadership Institute (along with Mittal). And, freshman Sarah McConnell is an active member of the Cultural Exchange Network, although McConnell wasn’t able to present Wednesday night due to an illness.

The finalists shared their cultural perspectives and personal travel stories in 2 minutes with 6 photos. And, the live audience voted on their favorite presentations.

Kiyana Harris took home the grand prize of a $150 Amazon Gift Card for her poem entitled “Bronx to Belize.” Prizes for First Runner-Up and Second Runner-Up were awarded to Mashal and Mittal, respectively.

More information about the 2016 Think & Do in 2 Competition as well as photos from the event can be found on the NC State International Affairs Website:

ncaie-presentationGTI Leadership Council members Zana Johnson and Angela Yarn were also selected to lead a workshop at the NCAIE Student Global Leadership Conference. Their topic was “Navigating Cultural Conversations: A Critical Leadership Skill.” Several other NC State students who are part of the Cultural Exchange Network also attended the weekend conference that was hosted at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.


We’re very proud of all the great things our students are doing. Go Wolfpack!