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Ha Duong, Van-Anh Nguyen, Tin Tran, Huy Nguyen and Man Huynh are five Vietnamese students joining Mizzou in Fall 2014. They all are graduate fellows who are the scholarship recipients of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) and Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) program. Ha, Van-Anh, Man and Tin join he Division of Plant Science while Huy majors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Top: Ha Duong, Van-Anh Nguyen, Tin Tran; Bottom: Man Huynh, Huy Nguyen

The VEF/VIED Orientation Program on August 22nd, 2014, organized by the Office of Graduate Studies, Asian Affairs Center and the Vietnam Institute, was one of the first events in the welcoming month.

From the Office of Graduate Studies, Dr. Mannie Liscum (Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs), Ruth Erwin (Business Manager) and Janet Bradshaw (Sponsored Student Information) presented an overview of supporting services that Mizzou offered to sponsored students.

Dr. Joe Hobbs, Director of the Vietnam Institute, followed up with a talk on class integration and academic issues with various tips and articles on communication and active participation. Mr. Sang Kim, Director of Asian Affairs Center shared his opinions on cultural awareness, suggesting that the students should start living the language for a much deeper experience on the culture. Quang Nguyen, Long Le and Linh Ngo – student representatives from VIED and VEF also offered their insights on their U.S experience.

The orientation ended up with a tour to the Vietnam Institute office at Stewart Hall.

Later, on September 6th, 2014, the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at Mizzou held their annual welcome party to celebrate the new school year, welcome new Tigers and introduce their new Board members.

Our five students, together with the VSA members and friends, got a great opportunity to introduce themselves, mingle in the community. Some Vietnamese students from other colleges in Columbia also showed up at the party creating a crowded and fun group. Dr. Jerry Nelson and Dr. William Meyers from the Vietnam Institute, Mr. Sang Kim from the Asian Affairs Center were among the professors who joined the gathering.

On this occasion, the VSA also introduced their 2014 – 2015 Board members. We took chance to show our gratitude towards the former Board members of the previous year who worked very hard to make it a successful year.

It is just going to be another exciting year for the Vietnamese community, for we know we are in good hands. And we also hope that our new Tigers will master the M-I-Z Z-O-U very soon!