Alumni Class Secretaries: Cambodia & El Salvador

Alumni Class Secretaries Cambodia After returning to Cambodia from Rochester, New York, Sophina Neang (11-12) finished her TEFL degree and graduated last September. From January to September 2012, she interned at the International Republican Institute (IRI), helping with the U.S. alumni projects and participating in some political and youth events abroad and locally. Now, she is in Riga, Latvia on the Erasmus …

Warm Winter Wishes

With the fall semester drawing to a close and a new year quickly approaching, the World Learning team has looked back at some of the UGRAD students’ amazing and transformative experiences of the past four months, including including those of students like Simon Jean Francois from Panama who joined the rugby team at Juniata College in Pennsylvania and traveled throughout the …

Farewell UGRADers!

Working with the Global UGRAD program these past nine months has been a fantastic experience. I’ve met some of the brightest minds from around the globe, and am amazed at the courage and confidence you UGRADers show in becoming leaders on your campuses and in your communities. Although you often refer to me as an advisor or mentor, I have learned …

Makin' It Count!

The end of the fall semester can be a stressful, hectic time for all undergraduates but there’s no need to fret because your next opportunity to relax and unwind is only a few weeks away.  Now that Thanksgiving break is over, some UGRADers might be looking ahead and thinking about what to do over the upcoming winter break. For those …

UGRAD Post

Dear UGRAD Post, It was a memorable birthday for me here in the U.S. as I had a chance to watch an ice hockey game in Vermont. The first impression for me when the game started was “fast”. Not only were the players fast but the Zamboni also did its job quickly. This sport is fascinating to me because it …

UGRAD Alumni Innovate in DC

Panamanian UGRAD Alumni Denisse Gonzalez (University of Wyoming 2011) and Franklin Gomez (University of Missouri-Columbia 2010) are in Washington, D.C. this fall as participants in The U.S. – Panama Innovation and Competitiveness Program.  This honors program is funded by the Panamanian government in cooperation with The Washington Center in Washington, DC and aims to promote local leadership through the ideals of responsible …

Remembering Sorayah Lemaine

It is with great sadness that we share news of the recent passing of Haitian UGRAD alumna Sorayah Lemaine. Sorayah was a talented and driven young woman who studied Business Administration and Accounting at the University of Missouri-Columbia during the 2010-2011 academic year.  During her time on the UGRAD Program, she made an impact on both her university and community …

Alumni Class Secretary Updates

Venezuela Ginet Cristina Ochoa (11-12) is starting to produce a new TV show for musicians and cultural events that support art.  She is also creating documentaries about the different cultures in Venezuela, such as indigenous people and immigrants. The documentaries will be used to teach kids about all the cultures in Venezuela. After graduating this December, Ginet plans to apply …

Travelin' in the North Country

In November Tom Bruey ventured to Minnesota and Wisconsin to visit UGRADs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota.  The university staff were very welcoming and the students amazing hosts –Tom enjoyed devouring giant burgers in Eau Claire, getting chased by ducks and geese at St. Kate, and visiting one of his favorite coffee spots in Minneapolis. …

Cupcakes, Koalas and Pink Wookies, Oh My!

Every October, World Learning holds a Halloween Costume Contest.  This year, many UGRADers donned unique costumes, painted their faces to match and collaborated with friends to compete for the most original, cutest, most elaborate, scariest and best ensemble Halloween costumes.  Congratulations to the winners! You will soon find out if you receive a Trick or Treat!