Pictured above: (left) GWS140 students before attending APLNG220 poster session; (right) Ellen Wu and Hasan Alkhajah are two of the recipients of the excellent poster award in Ai140.
As always, the IECP had an eventful semester; however, this semester was quite extraordinary with the long snowy winter and the office move from campus to the new-and-improved downtown location at 112 W. Foster Avenue! Nevertheless, neither the snow nor the move got in the way of the IECP’s remarkable group of students.
Pictured above: (left) Hussain Abdulaziz, Abdulaziz Johar and Chris; (middle) Ayad Aldossary, Sadeq Alhamar and Erin Mathis; (right) Ai140 instructor Nikki Mattson assesses Merhan Askandar and Yiji Chen.
The achievements of students were highlighted at the Many Faces of Intercultural Dialogue event on April 16 in Pattee Library and at the Spring 2019 Awards Ceremony on Thursday April 25th in 100 Huck Life Sciences. Ellen Wu and Hasan Alkhajah (Ai140A) and Yiji Chen (Ai140B) were honored along with their conversation partners (Taylor Young and Merhan Askandar, respectively) for their excellent work on the poster presentation. In addition, for the first time ever, the IECP honored an AL140 student with the Best Paper Award. Norah Aldobaiy received the honor for her paper entitled, “The advantages and disadvantages of online education”.
Another highlight of the Awards Ceremony was the recognition of hard work of the Royal Saudi Navy students. All RSN students were awarded certificates for their outstanding attendance. In addition, RSN instructors Munire Bozdemir and Ahlem Yazidi both shared beautiful speeches as a tribute to the hard-working students.
Speaking of speeches…Ellen Wu delivered the IECP student speech and Ahmed Aldakeel gave the first-ever IECP alum speech. Ahmed garnered the audience’s rapt attention with a PSU trivia quiz that included Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks gift cards for the winners! Associate Director of Academics Jackie Gianico won a gift card for knowing that Peachy Paterno was the most popular flavor at the Creamery.
Enjoy the Awards Ceremony slideshow here.
Pictured above: (left) Ellen Wu gives the IECP student speech; (middle) Student Adviser Tom Spencer poses with RSN students honored for outstanding attendance; (right) AL140 instructor Alex Magnuson poses with Best Paper Award Winner Norah Aldobaiy.
During the week of final exams, IECP students were still involved with end-of-term projects. In GWS140, for example, instructor Jackie Gianico took her students to visit the APLNG220 Multilingual Lives poster session on April 23 in Sparks Building. While students visited the poster presenters, they had to make note of any similarities or differences from their own experiences which they could then add to their Ironically Academic Autobiographies.
Pictured above: GWS140 instructor gives the thumbs up with her students before attending the APLNG220 poster session.
Finally, IECP faculty and students enjoyed a beautiful spring day on Monday April 22 while visiting the Arab Tent on the HUB lawn. It is always great to see current IECP students and alums so involved with the organizations activities Penn State has to offer. See any familiar faces below?
Thank you all for a wonderful semester! We wish you the best in all your future endeavors and look forward to seeing some of you over the summer.