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college students in Bordeaux in the 60s

Alumni Profiles

All UCEAP alumni agree that studying abroad is a transformative experience. UCEAP alumni are leaders in the fields of language and culture, international education, politics and more.  Read interviews with alumni and learn about their lives before, during and after UCEAP.

Alumni Profiles
50th Anniversary of Exchange with Mexico!

One hundred alumni came together at UCSD on June 30 to celebrate 50 years of study abroad in Mexico!

The program included remarks by Aída Espinosa Vázquez, the Academic Dean of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Los Ángeles, as well as Karen Mead, Program Director at UCEAP, Vivian-Lee Nyitray, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of UCEAP, and Monica Lopez, UCEAP alumna who studied at UNAM in 2015 and received the UCEAP Mexico Scholarship in support of the UC-Mexico Presidential Initiative. The reception was held in the Great Hall of the International House, with views of the Pacific Ocean. We look forward to continuing the celebration in Mexico City in September!


UCEAP Celebrates 50 years of Exchange with Hebrew University

On June 2, UCEAP alumni and friends gathered at UCLA to celebrate our 50th anniversary of exchange with Hebrew University!

It was an evening of great emotion and friendship. Thank you to our wonderful alumni speakers Mindy Mann and Marc Rosenbach, and to Hebrew University Vice-Provost Jonathan Kaplan for helping us honor our special relationship with Hebrew University. All alumni are invited to join UCEAP and Hebrew University in Jerusalem on October 24-25 to celebrate this milestone. 

1990-91 Reciprocal Alumni Reconnect in Germany

Every overseas student who comes to study at UC Riverside will gain experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Many will also create lifelong friendships as was demonstrated recently in Leer, Germany, when four students who studied at UCR in 1989 reunited. Daniel Kärrholt from the University of Lund in Sweden, Steven Lawther from the University of Stirling in Scotland, Kresten Schultz Jørgensen from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and host Carsten Wilken from Gottingen University in Germany got together to talk about their experiences in Riverside - especially in the Barn and in the legendary Bull ‘N Mouth - and the paths their lives had taken since. It was the first time all four had been back together since 1990 but the friendships they forged at UC Riverside remained as strong as ever

Donors meet Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco

UCEAP staff and alumni donors had the opportunity to meet 2016-17 Guardian Scholar Tiara Francisco at a reception on Monday, February 26.

Tiara received the first Guardian Scholarship, a $2,500 award specifically for former foster youth who study abroad. After spending the year abroad at the University of Edinburgh, Tiara graduated from UCSB with a degree in psychology. She is back in California, working with foster youth and applying for graduate programs in social work. We wish Tiara the best as she pursues her dream of becoming a social worker and influencing policy related to the foster care system.If you would like to support future Guardian Scholars, please donate online or contact Stacey Lydon, Associate Director of Scholarships and Alumni Engagement, directly at 805-893-2832.

UCEAP Alumnus Justin Gallen Gives Back

"Situated in a beautiful small valley, among the rolling hills southwest of Bologna, Sergio Navacchia and his sons Vittorio and David produce wines that are among the most respected in Italy. UCEAP students studying abroad in Bologna were invited to visit Tre Monti winery by UCEAP alumnus Justin Gallen (Padova 1988-89), whose work in the wine import industry as owner of Rinascimento Wine Company introduced him to the Navacchias a number of years ago.

The students met Justin and were given a tour of the winery by Vittorio. He pointed out the various areas where grape varieties were grown, before moving on to the details of wine production after the grapes are collected. The evening was then capped off with dinner and a wine-tasting session of the vineyard’s select wines, some of which carry the name Thea, Vittorio and David’s now deceased mother who, according to Sergio, was the initiator of the winery and the secret behind its success.Justin's invitation was a perfect example for our students to see how a UCEAP experience had developed into a life of travel, cultural exchange, appreciation, and livelihood. We all found it inspiring and were more than happy to have had this opportunity, one that we hope to repeat in the future through the generosity of Justin and the Navacchia family."- Pasquale Verdicchio, Director, Study Center ItalyAre you interested in giving back to UCEAP by sponsoring an educational opportunity for students?  We would love to hear from you! Contact alumni@eap.ucop.edu for details. 

News & Events

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Alumni News
In Memoriam

The UCEAP family offers sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Professor Steven Botterill, who passed away on Saturday, May 5th, with his husband, Craig Davidson, at his side.

The news brings great sadness to those of us who worked with Steven during his time as UCEAP’s Italy Faculty Director. His dedication to the academic success and well-being of UCEAP students, and his commitment to the program in Bologna were exceptional. He was an outstanding guardian of academic excellence and a pleasure to work with. His dry wit and amusing observations about life in Italy enlivened his communications with staff, who remember him with respect and fondness. We are grateful for Steven’s longtime support for study abroad and his service to UCEAP. He twice chaired the Academic Senate’s review of UCEAP's programs in Italy (2003 and 2013) and he also served on the UCEAP Faculty Advisory Committee for Italy for a number of years. As recently as January, he indicated he wanted to be kept in the loop about developments in the program. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of Steven’s colleagues at UC Berkeley.

New Grant available for Mexican and Mexican-origin UCEAP students

UCEAP is pleased to announce that the Institute for Mexicans Abroad has awarded matching grants to support scholarships for Mexican and Mexican-origin students from UCLA and UCR. These awards, managed by the Consulates of Mexico in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, will support students who go abroad through UCEAP in summer and fall 2018.


Introducing 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

UCEAP is excited to introduce the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awardees Monique Kovacs Nathan and Christine Liboon. 

018 Linda Duttenhaver Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Monique Kovacs Nathan

Monique is an International Volunteer Coordinator who has established lasting connections between maternal and child welfare non-profits in Nepal and the U.S., including Pushpa Basnet’s Early Childhood Development Center, One Heart World-Wide, Next Generation Nepal, and BlinkNow/Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School. She manages internship placement for international volunteers, and coordinated relief efforts after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. In addition, she successfully crowdfunded and currently manages a pilot program to provide nursing scholarships for disadvantaged young women from rural Nepal. Monique is also a professional photographer and business owner, who has collaborated with organizations in Nepal for product development in sustainable fashion and to promote the #MadeInNepal brand and campaign. She received a U.S. Department of State Professional Development Fellowship grant for photography in 2011. Monique received her B.A. in Political Science from UC San Diego, and spent two years abroad with UCEAP in Italy (University of Padua and University of Bologna). She later received her M.Sc. in Government from the London School of Economics. Monique is fluent in Italian and Spanish

2018 UCEAP Emerging Leader Award Recipient - Christine Liboon 
Christine is the Employment Services Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego. She coordinates the Vocational ESL Plus Program for nearly 500 refugees every year, many newly arrived from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She started with IRC four years ago as an instructor in the VESL instructor, and has taught English to over 450 adult refugees. She works in San Diego, home to a large resettled population, to educate the greater community about the barriers faced by people forced to leave their homes due to war and violence and shape a more positive understanding of what it means to be a refugee. She has also advocated for enhancing trauma informed care processes within the IRC programs. In addition, Christine volunteers with the United Nations Association of San Diego, and has worked as an interviewer and evaluator for non-profits conducting evaluations of educational organizations. Christine received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC Riverside, and she spent a semester abroad with UCEAP at the University of Santo Tomás, in Concepción, Chile. She received her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Barcelona in 2012, and speaks Spanish, Castellano, and Tagalog.



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