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Graduating International Student Reception

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Agenda | Brunch Menu | Keynote Speakers | Attire | Parking | RSVP | Essay & Photo Contest

The University of Texas at Austin enrolls an estimated 5,000 international students each year. These students represent approximately 120 countries, and come to The University to pursue degrees in a variety of disciplines. The University of Texas at Austin is ranked 14th in international student enrollment, and each year awards degrees to approximately 600 of these students.

International Student & Scholar Services will be hosting a reception to honor our graduating international students.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Santa Rita Room, located in the Texas Union

A formal program, including brunch and an address by John Kidenda, Vice President of the African Leadership Bridge, will take place.  Please read below for more details and to RSVP for the event.

Agenda

Time Event
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Check-in and Brunch
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Guest Speakers and Presentations
10:45 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Presentation of Essay and Photo Contest Winners
11:05 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Keynote Addresses

Brunch Menu

The following will be served:

  • Sausage Kolaches
  • Bell Pepper, Spinach, Tomato & Cheese Quiche Diamonds
  • Muffins & Danish
  • Diced Fruit with Honey Yogurt on the side
  • Orange Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Coffee
  • Water

Keynote Speakers

Biographies

Dr. Teri Albrecht, Director of International Student & Scholar Services

Dr. Teri Albrecht is Director of International Student & Scholar Services at The University of Texas at Austin and has been with the International Office since 1999. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Albrecht held positions at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Albrecht completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation research focused on the experiences of undocumented students in institutions of higher education. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University. – Active in NAFSA – Association of International Educators, Dr. Albrecht has written several articles for NAFSA’s publication, International Educator and has presented numerous sessions at the NAFSA annual conferences.

John Kidenda, Vice President of the African Leadership Bridge

Mr. Kidenda was the first recipient of the RSC Foundation “Alfajiri Scholarship” and is currently the Vice President of the African Leadership Bridge. He graduated from the McCombs School of Business majoring in Engineering Route to Business with concentrations in Computer Engineering and Accounting/Finance. During his time at UT, he was a member of a number of student organizations, including The Texas Blazers, The Roden Scholars and the Texas Investment Banking Association. He was a student participant at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative and recipient of the McCombs School's “George Mitchell Student Leadership Award”, as well as the Texas Exes “President's Leadership Award”. His professional experience includes working as an intern in the Investment Banking - Consumer Industries Group (summer 2008), the Equity Linked Technology (summer 2008), and the Foreign Exchange Trading Technology (summer 2006) departments at Merrill Lynch & Co in New York City, as well as interning with Bazaarvoice in Austin, TX. He is currently working as a business analyst with the Advisory Board Company. He has been a panel speaker and organizer for South by Southwest Interactive 2012 and 2013 and is a regular speaker on Africa, Technology and Education.

Attire

For this reception please come in business casual attire – no shorts or jeans.

Parking

Guests can find parking at the San Antonio garage or at the San Jacinto parking garage. Please see map (PDF).

RSVP

To ensure we may accommodate all attendees and their guest, we require that you complete our online registration form. The deadline to reserve a space is Friday, April 26, 2013.

Essay and Photo Contest

Essay Contest

We would love to hear about your time as a student at The University of Texas at Austin! Students who will graduate in the Spring or Summer 2013, and who plan to attend the reception are eligible to enter the essay contest.  The winning essay will be shared at the reception and published on the ISSS Website.

Essay Topic

UT’s motto is “What Starts Here Changes the World”. Describe your experience as an international student at The University of Texas at Austin, and how these experiences have prepared you to be a leader as a UT graduate.

*Consider you arrival, transition, and expectations for the future.

Essay Requirements

  • Format:
    • Microsoft Word document
    • Times New Roman
    • 12 pt. font
  • Word Count
    • Minimum: 500, Maximum: 1500

Submission Instructions

Essays should be submitted by email to intercultural@austin.utexas.edu.

The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, April 26, 2013.

Photo Contest

We would love to see your perspective as a student at The University of Texas at Austin! Students who will graduate in the Spring or Summer 2013, and who plan to attend the reception are eligible to enter the photo contest. Students may submit a MAXIMUM of 3 photos for consideration. The winning photo will be shared at the reception and published on the ISSS Website.

Photo Theme

Submit a picture, where YOU were the photographer, which best captures your time at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo Requirements

Photo must be at minimum, 1 MB in size

Submission Instructions

Photos should be uploaded to http://www.flickr.com/groups/2013reception/

Please include the following when uploading a photo:

  • Your name
  • Your UT EID
  • Title of the photo
  • Location where the photo was taken
  • Description, up to 100 words, of the photo’s significance/ why you feel that this photo best captures your time here at The University

The deadline to upload a photo is Friday, April 26, 2013.

Publication

If you submit a photo, it may be used in future ISSS publications and promotions. Please let us know if you DO NOT wish for your photos to be used in ISSS print and/or web publications.