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UNC-system happenings, November 15, 2013

Part of a weekly update on UNC-system schools

ASU fourth for study abroad

Appalachian State University was ranked fourth among master’s degree-granting institutions in the 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange for the number of students participating in short-term study abroad programs.

A total of 672 students from ASU studied abroad in the 2011-12 academic year.

“We are working hard to send students abroad,” said Jesse Lutabingwa, ASU’s associate vice chancellor of international education and development.

The most popular destination for students is Europe, but efforts are being made to diversify study abroad destinations — more students are now going to places such as Latin America and Africa, Lutabingwa said.

“Every student should have global awareness and global competencies,” he said.

UNC-G plans Classics Day

UNC-Greensboro’s campus will be the scene of gladiatorial battles, Roman military exercises and Greek tragedies on Saturday.

The UNC-G Classical Society, an organization dedicated to promoting appreciation of the Greco-Roman world, will be hosting its second annual Classics Day festival. Visitors can participate in a traditional Olympic Games, watch chariot races and attend a showing of the Greek tragedy “Oedipus Rex.”

Macie Imholt, president of the Classical Society, said she hopes the festival will highlight the importance of the classical world to people today. She said about 400 people are expected to attend.

“The development of Western society came from the Greeks and Romans,” she said. “You can see a lot of parallels between our society and theirs.”

A top school for veterans

The Military Times has named Fayetteville State University the best school for veterans in North Carolina, as well as one of the best in the nation for veterans.

According to a release from Fayetteville State, The Military Times looked at total student veteran enrollment, availability of programs to support veterans and the percentage of students covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides armed services veterans with aid for higher education.

“We have gone to great lengths to make certain our veterans have the resources they need to be successful academically and socially,” said Chancellor James Anderson in a statement.

WSSU holds intertribal festival

For Native American Heritage Month, Winston-Salem State University held its second annual Intertribal Native American Festival on its campus Sunday.

The festival featured Native American dancers and singers in traditional dress as well as music and Native American crafts.

Ronnie Speer, the event’s promoter, said the festival is an opportunity to teach people, especially children, about Native American culture.

“We try to hold onto our culture the best we can, but we have lost some of it because it is passed down from person to person,” Speer said.

Next year, the festival will be expanded to a two-day event on Veterans Day weekend.

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“If you have any native blood in you, when you hear the beat of the drums then that will do something for you,” Speer said.

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