Spring 2017: Second Mini-Semester Newsletter

Spring 2017 was a fun and exciting semester, and we finished out the Spring with high spirits. Above, Kaina Arias (Concordia University of Chicago) and Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University) wear the traditional dress at the Sichuan Opera.

They are joined below by Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute) and Joseph Johnston (University of Colorado/ Boulder).

Kaina and some friends took the high-speed train to Chonching, a thriving industrial city famous for its hot pot and river boats.

Above, Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) shops for curiosity items on Jinli Street.

Above, Pro. Andrew Bosworth’s Professional Development class visits Decathlon for a manager’s tour, joined by Professor John Dulmage and intern Michelle.

Above, David Hampton (Norwich) returned to Chengdu for another semester, making great progress with his Chinese lanaguage skills.

Above, our cohort playing sports with the Amazing ILTS students. The students played touch rugby, ultimate frisbee, and badminton.

Who can spot our students? Karina M., Kaina, Iryna and David joined the event “Youth League Debate Challenge.”


Above, Karina Ramos (Norwich University) cooks up an Italian dinner for our food celebration, and she celebrates her birthday in the Mexican style, including having her face smeared with some frosting.

Above, Alexa and Kaina surrounded by panda bears at Jinli Street.

One of our 2014 students, Joseph Hope (Norwich) passes through Chengdu on his way to Tibet, after having visited dozens of countries in just two years. To his right, Dr. Jingyu Wang, our Center’s Director, and Professor John Dulmage.

Joseph, Iryna and Karina M. visit a music group of Chinese students associated with the Sichuan Conservatory.

Above, our cohort visits a Chengdu mental health community center, with Prof. John Dulmage and our Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Sherry Sun.


Above and below: Our magical farewell dinner, on the rooftop of a beautiful hotel, with singing in Chinese. The dinner included barbeque food, including oysters.

Our Center’s Director. Dr. Jingy Wang, entertains guests from the Foreign Affairs Office, and delivers our farewell speech.



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High-Tech Internship: Joseph Johnston

With my internship with Effect Mobi, I became friends my team and developed a good grasp of their strategies. The company is a Chinese digital advertising firm, composed of four teams, each  focusing on complementary tasks.

The first team is the legal team, responsible for any legal questions or issues. The second is the technical team, with the job of building and maintaining the necessary software.

The third team is the provider team, working with digital advertisement providers such as websites to fill their available advertising spaces.

The fourth and last  team is the seeker team, searching the web for companies or any organizations that would like to advertise their products or services but have difficulty finding an appropriate host for their advertisements. The provider and seeker teams work closely together to connect those who want to advertise with those who can advertise.

I was assigned to the seeker team. There were seven of us, and our primary source for finding organizations that would like to advertise themselves was the social networking site LinkedIn. We would pour through company listings, which would change by the hour, examining what we could about companies and whether they may be a candidate for our advertising providers. If we thought so, we would email the company and discuss further.

Though LinkedIn is used most the company, I am happy that I was able to introduce my team to another site called AlgelList that focuses on connecting investors with early stage companies and as such provides a lot of public information on these companies.

I think the best way I was able to assist my team was by helping them communicate with partners and clients in English over email. Since Effect Mobi focuses on customers around the globe, they communicate with them in English as an international language. Reading emails and understanding what the sender intended to say was often difficult for them, so knowing English well enabled me to help them communicate over email more efficiently.

For a total of ten weeks working at Effect Mobi, I had a lot of fun working closely with my team. Interacting with those from another country with another culture and another language, especially in the context of problem solving, has presented many humorous situations due to our different perspectives. For example, when we read emails together, we often had different ideas of what the sender was trying to communicate, and comparing our ideas and arguing over the sender’s intention was particularly funny and engaging for us.

I am grateful for having had this opportunity.

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G-MEO’s Spring 2017 Excursion: Xi’an

The G-MEO Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad recently led the Spring 2017 students on a trip to Xi’an, China’s historical city and former capital during the Tang Dynasty.

Here are some of the most memorable moments.

From left to right: Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University), Joseph Johnston (U of Colorado/ Boulder, Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute), Kaina Arias (Concordia U of Chicago), Karina Ramos (Norwich U) Prof. John Dulmage (Norwich U), Prof. Andy Guth (American U), and Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) - with intern Michelle Wu taking the picture.

Enjoying the scenery rolling by.

Above and below, our students in the Shaanxi History Museum.

Above, the famous “Terracotta Warriors” that are being restored.

Above, posing in front of the enormous display for the warriors.

Above, Prof. John Dulmage is a terracotta warrior!

Above and below, visiting the HuaQing Palace.

Above, at the famous statue by HuaQing Palace.

Everyone was surprised at how large the terracotta warrior display was. Students were also impressed at the magnificence and long history of Xi’an.

Fortunately, the cohort enjoyed beautiful weather with clear blue skies. All in all, this trip created a memory to cherish.

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Spring 2017: First Mini-Semester Newsletter

This Spring 2017 semester has been busy and fun for the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad, with G-MEO.

The Spring 2017 cohort enjoying a the Panda Center. From left to right: Karina Ramos (Norwich University), Iryna Chorniy (St. Peter’s University), Kaina Aria (Concordia University of Chicago), Joseph Johnston (University of Colorado/ Boulder), Alexa Pieragowski (Rose Hulman Institute), David Hampton (Norwich University), Karina Moreno (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and our staff member Mandy Li.

Students visiting the Wenshu Monastery with Chinese buddies from Sichuan university.

An SCU Buddy and Joseph lighting incense.

Here, students from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music playing traditional Chinese folk music.

Iryna and Karina wearing traditional Chinese dresses.

Wednesday mornings we play various sports: touch rugby, ultimate Frisbee, badminton and basketball.

Chasing down Michelle, who is our new intern.

Above: Playing cards with Chinese students at the English corner.

We also learned how to play Ma Jong this semester.

Above and below: Playing “Running Man” with students from the University of Electronics, Science and Technology of China. This game was adapted from a popular Chinese television show.

Joseph as a Running Man.

Students visiting the Chengdu International Sister Cities Exhibition Hall. The students are writing what they like about Chengdu.

Above: Students enjoying a family visit in Chengdu.

Our Spring 2017 semester is halfway over…

Goodbye for now! Another update coming soon!


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Joseph Johnston’s Internship with EffectMobi

Joseph Johnston’s Internship with EffectMobi

Joseph is an Applied Mathematics major at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In an effort to broaden his base of experience, Joseph is pursuing an internship a little outside of his usual comfort zone by entering the world of online marketing. Joseph chose to conduct an internship with EffectMobi, a company that specializes in e-commerce, gaming, and app development for clients from over 50 countries.

EffectMobi is a startup company founded in 2014, with an offices in Chengdu’s Tianfu Software Park. EffectMobi also has branches in Hong Kong and Beijing, and it will soon establish itself in San Francisco.

“I help them seek out customers (companies with products/services to advertise) by searching the internet. Our department then hands over the customers to another department that outsources the advertising to other companies. It’s a good experience.”

Joseph recognizes that future work in the field of Applied Mathematics or Engineering will demand workers with adaptability, flexibility, and a diverse set of skills. His internship with EffectMobi is a great way to widen his professional experience.


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Iryna Chorniy at DeHeng Law Offices

Iryna Chorniy / DeHeng Law Offices

Iryna Chorniy – a Political Science Major from St. Peter’s University - is conducting an internship with DeHeng Law Offices.

DeHeng Law Offices, based in Beijing, is one of China’s top largest firms with branches in major cities, including Chengdu. DeHeng law firm branched out from the Ministry of Justice in 1993 and became a private partnership.

Iryna is engaging in a range of activities, including editing legal documents for spelling, grammar and other issues. Many of these documents are the English versions of association agreements and business contracts. In fact, corporate law represents a large part of DeHeng’s activities.

Also, Iryna has reviewed the cases for Chinese nationals moving to the United States. This is bringing Iryna up to date regarding US immigration law and the documentation needed for permanent residency.

Iryna is enjoying her internship. “It is very professional and very nice. They make me tea every time I work. I like all the people I work with.”

Iryna’s practical experience with international law will help her in her career goal. She aims to work in the international and diplomatic field in the future.

For Iryana, this experience is personally and professionally valuable.


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Karina Ramos: A Research Internship

Karina Ramos / Sichuan Academy of Social Science

Karina Ramos will perform an internship with the Sichuan Academy of Social Science (SASS). The SASS is a prestigious governmental think tank devoted to research and analysis of various social issues.

Founded in 1978, this think tank provides the Sichuan Provincial government with precise analysis that is often used for economic development.

Karina Ramos is majoring in Criminal Justice at Norwich University. She will be focusing on topics related to criminal justice, prison reform and the courts in China. She will also compare and contrast the Chinese and American legal systems.

Books, books, everywhere…

The SASS think tank, located on the outskirts of Chengdu, combines rigorous researched with a relaxed, natural setting that is family friendy. In fact, the principles of SASS include “innovation,” “opnenness,” and “harmony.” These qualities make for an effective “think tank,” as people need time and space for contemplation.

Karina Ramos is enjoying an internship that is intellectually stimulating in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

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Karina Moreno’s Innovative Internship

Karina Moreno / DWRtisan

Karina Moreno – a Psychology Major at Fairleigh Dickinson University - is conducting an internship with DWRtisan, a dog training and walking facility.

DWArtisan stands for “Dog Walking Artisan.” Their slogan is “dog walking makes you a better person and changes the world for the better.” The theories and training techniques are based on Cesar Millan’s Pack Leader theory, which regards dog walking as the most important training tool.

Karina’s internship includes actively training and walking dogs using the latest theories in animal psychology and animal training.

Karina will also help DWArtisan uses the most popular and advanced media in China to share their English-version of training techniques. Karina’s tasks will include writing blogs on Weixin, Weibo (like Twitter) and video channels. Karina will also help the company conduct mini experiments between various pet products, and test products then provide recommendations to users.

Regarding her supervisor, Karina says “The manager, Rock, is really friendly and generous!”

Karina enjoying a little “dogtime” with her internship!


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Kaina Arias at Lansen Rehabilitation

Kaina Arias is interning with Lansen Rehabilitation, a health and wellness center combining the latest Scandinavian and Chinese methods.

As explained by the supervisor, the main internship tasks for the Training Assistant include helping the nurses with reports written in English as well as translating files and checking for spelling and grammar. In addition other duties include providing language assistance for the faculty, with class lectures and explanations. The focus is on medical English.

Over the course of the internship. Training Assistants are supposed to rely less on the supervisor and to develop independence and flexibility with the delivery of lessons.

It is also expected that Training Assistants should make effective class arrangements and increase their interaction with the students. This requires the ability to multitask and to be versatile.

As a Training Assistant, Kaina teaches in a classroom setting to help the staff and administration master “Medical English.”

Kaina is a student at Concordia University in Chicago, majoring in Psychology and Pre-Art, the later focusing on Art Therapy.



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Spring 2017: Kickstarting New Internships

Iryna Chorniy / DeHeng Law Firm

Iryna Chorniy will intern with DeHeng law firm. DeHeng law firm, based in Beijing, is one of China’s top legal firms with branches in major cities, including Chengdu.

Iryna will help with editing English documents, tutoring conversational English to staff, and assisting with legal tasks. Iryna is a Political Science Major from St. Peter’s University.


Karina Ramos / Sichuan Academy of Social Science

Karina Ramos will perform an internship with the Sichuan Academy of Social Science, a prestigious governmental think tank devoted to research and analysis of various social issues. Karina will be focusing on topics related to criminal justice and the courts.

Karina Ramos is majoring in Criminal Justice at Norwich University.


Karina Moreno / DWRtisan

Karina Moreno will intern with DWRtisan, an animal training facility specializing in pet dogs. She will not only train dogs but also make instructional videos and material.

Karina is a Psychology Major at Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Alexa Pieragowski will intern as a Marketing Research Assistant at the Chengdu Israel Incubator, for the Moss Alan company, which sells multiple products online. She will develop webpages and provide consulting.

Alexa is a Computer Science major at Rose-Hulman Institute.

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