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A Big Welcome to all International Students

By Amanda Cinquemani


On Tuesday, Jan.22,
Dean Frank Nash hosted
the Spring International
Welcome Reception on
Dunwoody campus.

Veronique Barnes, Director
of International Student
Admissions said, “GPC’s
International Peer Assistants
(IPA) do a phenomenal job
welcoming our students from
abroad, starting off with the
Welcome Reception, which
has been taking place each
spring and summer for about
11 years.”

16 students, representing
10 different countries
and seven faculty/staff
members attended this
spring’s reception.
Nadia Gherasimenco
stated, “the Clarkston and
Dunwoody campuses have the
highest international student
enrollment rates.”

According to study
Georgia.us, Georgia Perimeter
College’s international
students make up 15% of the
student population, from 157
different countries.
Presenters for the IPA
Program included, Mr.
Michael Anderson from
Disability Services, Ms.
Cheryl Sessoms from
Advising Counseling and
Retention Services, Professor
Fred Bound representing
Study Abroad, Professors Beth
Wallace and Eric Kendrick
from the English as a Second
Language Department, and
Ms. Andrea DiBernardo,
Interim Department Chair of
Foreign Languages.

The IPA Program is a great
way for both international and
local students to get involved
in the College’s activities and
develop leadership skill while
planning cultural events and
helping students become a
part of the GPC family and
adjust to the changes of living
in a new country.

Interested students should
plan to attend the CultureFest
on March 27, Dunwoody
campus and the International
Festival on April 5, Clarkston campus.

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