News Release

Belgian Students Arrive at Dalton State

February 17, 2012


Belgium Student Arrive at Dalton State
Belgian students studying at Dalton State and their internship sponsors are, from left, seated, Laurence Lambert, Lonny Ying, Kelly Vermeiren, and Kevin De Kock; standing,
Jennifer Harvey (Balta Group), Lori McDaniel and Candice Peeler (Dalton Utilities), Eunice Cooper (Dalton State School of Business), and Kimberly Harper and Brant Mason (Beaulieu).

In the first exchange since an agreement was signed one year ago between Dalton State and Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel (HUB) in Brussels, Belgium, four Belgian students have arrived to study business at Dalton State.

The students are rooming with other Dalton State students at the College’s Wood Valley apartment complex and taking classes in the School of Business. In addition to their studies, they will be engaged in internships with three local companies as well as the College.

“We are very excited to have the students here from the Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel and look forward to getting to know them,” said Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President of Academic Affairs for Dalton State. “They will be living in our residence halls and are eager to experience life in the United States.

“Our international students are a welcome addition to our campus community and serve as wonderful ambassadors of their countries,” she continued. “In the process of learning more about them and their culture, we enrich our own lives, and I hope that holds true for them as well as they learn more about us.

“The School of Business is delighted to host the first group of students from HUB,” said School of Business Dean Dr. Donna Mayo. “Our faculty and staff have welcomed these talented students and integrated them into our classes and programs.

“The students are taking two courses, Leadership and Strategic Management, working as interns in local companies, and are ready to learn all they can about life in the United States,” she said.

“It is our plan to send a small number of Dalton State students to Brussels in the near future to study at HUB; we also plan to exchange faculty,” Dr. Stone said. “We hope this will be only the first of many such groups that come to study at Dalton State from HUB, and we look forward to a long, productive partnership.

The educational exchange is an extension of the city of Dalton’s sister city relationship with Dilbeek, Belgium, located near Brussels; the sponsor of the exchange program is former Dilbeek Mayor Dr. Jef Valkeniers who has made many trips to Dalton over the past 25 years.

The students are Laurence Lambert, a logistics student, who will be interning with The Balta Group; Lonny Ying, a marketing major who will serve her internship with Dalton Utilities; Kelly Vermeiren, also a marketing major, whose internship responsibilities with be split between Dalton State’s School of Business and Office of Marketing and Communications; and Kevin De Kock, an insurance major, who will serve his internship with Beaulieu.
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