Congratulations to Dr. Belinda Ong!

The Association of International Educators recently honored University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) reference librarian Dr. Belinda Ong with the community volunteer award. 

Ong has been employed at UAHuntsville for nine years in the M. Louis Salmon Library. She specializes in science and nursing subjects and provides orientation to library research and guidance for student projects. She has extensive experience initiating and implementing educational programs that help promote diversity on campus. Ong also serves as the university’s Turnitin administrator. Turnitin is the university’s web-based plagiarism detection software service.

You can read more about Dr. Ong and this award at

International Education Week: Nov. 14-19, 2011

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Join us for one or all of the following activities to celebrate International Education Week at UAHuntsville Nov. 14-19, 2011:

Event: Country Exhibition
Date: November 9-18, 2011
Location: Salmon Library Lobby
Description: Poster presentations by UAHuntsville International Programs or International Student Organizations that highlight a country/region or their mission abroad or on campus.

Event: Harvest Dinner
Date: Monday,  November 14, 2011, 4:30-7:30 PM
Location: Baptist Student Center, 450 Sparkman Dr.
Description: A full Thanksgiving dinner provided with the support of the Department of  Housing, the International Student and Scholar Office, and numerous other volunteers across campus and in the Huntsville community.  The holiday gathering allows the student and scholar community a way to experience the holiday season with their UAHuntsville family.  RSVP required so visit our IEW Facebook Page.

Event: UAHuntsville Without Borders: Intercultural Exchange Forum
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 11:10 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Frank Franz Hall 138 (Multipurpose Room)
Description: Come share and learn about UAH’s international spirit! UAH international students will discuss and display their countries, cultures, and experiences in the U.S., and non-international students who have furthered their education by studying or doing research abroad will let you in on their adventures.

Event: International Film Festival:  The Concert 
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 8:00 PM
Location: UC 126
Description: In this new comedy Andrei Filipov, a once celebrated Russian conductor of the Bolshoi, has hit rock bottom and is now working as a depressed custodian who drinks too much.  But when he intercepts an invitation meant for his former orchestra to perform in Paris, Andrei masterminds a plan to pose as the leader of the group in order to make a triumphant return to the music scene.  Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor.  Along the way, he will reunite with a young, beautiful violin virtuoso who holds the key to his past and his future.  In French and Russian with English subtitles.

Event: Keynote Address – “Connecting Cultures: Competency, Awareness, and Communication” by Lobna “Luby” Ismail
Date: Thursday,  November 17, 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Salmon Library, Room 111
Description:  Luby Ismail, founder and president of Connecting Cultures, Inc., is a training specialist with over fifteen years of experience in the areas of cross-cultural communication, cultural competency, Arab and American cultures, Islamic awareness, and religious diversity. She is the author of “Doing Business in the Middle East and North Africa” and “Finding Diversity.” She is frequently used as an expert by national media and major international news programs. Ms. Ismail will discuss how cultural competency, awareness, knowledge, and skills are more essential than ever to communicating across diverse and multicultural settings. For more information visit: Presented in partnership with the International Services Council of Alabama as part of the Global Perspectives Institute.

Event: World Traveler Photo Contest/Gallery Reception
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 7:00 PM
Location: Salmon Library Art Gallery
Description: An informal reception to follow the keynote speaker to view award-winning photos and award prizes.  Refreshments will be served.

Event:  International Film Festival: I Saw the Devil
Date: Friday, November 18, 2011, at 8:00 PM
Location: UC 126
Description: Lee Byung-hyun stars as Dae-hoon, a special agent whose pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a disturbed and brutal serial killer, captivatingly played by Oldboy’s Choi Min-sik. Vowing revenge, Dae-hoon blurs the lines between hunter and hunted and good and evil, eventually becoming a monster himself in his twisted pursuit of revenge. In Korean with English subtitles.

Event: Nashville Extravaganza
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Description:  Spend an afternoon in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, also known as “Music City.” Then visit the famous Opryland Hotel, which will be extravagantly decorated for the Christmas holiday. The transportation and events are free. Only meals and personal expenses will be on your own. All international students are encouraged to get out and do some traveling! Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP required so visit the IEW Facebook page for more information.

Sign up here: for students to register for the Nashville trip.

International Education Week is sponsored by:  International Student and Scholar Office, Office of International Programs and Services, the UAHuntsville Salmon Library, Study Abroad, and Student Affairs.

2nd Annual International Festival on Sat., Oct. 29


We are pleased to announce that the International Society of Huntsville in conjunction with the University of Alabama in Huntsville will be hosting the 2nd Annual International Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 10 am – 3 pm at the UAHuntsville Shelby Center Atrium and Courtyard.  Admission is free and food (served from 11:30-2) is only $5 per person.  There will be performances and country displays.

The 1st Annual International Festival was a huge success last year. We had close to 1,000 people who attended the festival.  Everyone who served as country chairs or performers had a great time at the event.  We are currently looking for sponsors, country exhibitors, and international performers for this upcoming event.  Please contact Belinda Ong, the festival chair at 256-824-6432 or by email at if you are interested in participating.

Below are pictures from last year’s festival.