Thursday, December 17, 2009

Spring 2010 Exchange Students

Congratulations Spring 2010 exchange students!
"I consider myself lucky and fortunate for having been chosen to participate in this program. I am eager to be in Brazil and ready to immerse myself in the culture. I believe this opportunity will help me with my Portuguese skills and in the future. As a Global Studies Major, understanding of other cultures is necessary. This program is an experience I had hoped for, and look forward to gaining much insight on the Brazilian Culture" Sabina de los Diaz, SJSU
"I look forward to the opportunity to be an ambassador for West Valley, and I hope to have a chance to make the college proud of my accomplishments", Greg Hedling, WVC
"My hope is to take all that I can from this experience so that it may serve some purpose throughout my life. Although the process to participate in this program has not been the easiest, I feel that by venturing outside of what I'm used to will help me mature and broaden my education". Brian Ornelas, WVC. " I'm very happy he is pursuing what he wants", Maricruz Ornelas, Brian's mother

"I can't wait to get started! This semester studying in Brazil is going to be a great opportunity to have new experiences. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning as much as I can." Matt Garcia, WVC
"This experience will add so much to my life. I'm very excited to be part of this program and study at Inatel". Rashel Alexin, WVC

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Exchange students received a warm welcome from West Valley College and San Jose State University administrators and faculty.
The program committee has selected five students who will travel to Brazil on February 2010 to attend the Fall semester at partner universities in Minas Gerais and Amazonas.
West Valley College president, Dr. Lori Gaskin, congratulated the Spring 2010 exchange students, along with college's staff and faculty.
From right: WV student Matt Garcia; Lance Shoemaker, Business Instructor and Academic Senate President; Dr, Lori Gaskin, WVC President; Bernie Weiss, Director, SV-CITD; student Rashel Alexim; Fred Prochaska, Dean, Career Programs and Workforce Development; student Brian Ornelas and Margarise Correa, Program Manager
Brazilian students Igor Campos and Juliano F. da Silva with SJSU professor Michael Conniff, Director, Global Studies, and Margarise Correa, Program Manager