Six EducationUSA cohorts’ alumni from Turkmenistan are completing their Associates degree at Snow College and successfully transferring to 4-year institutions to complete their Bachelor’s degree in the US. In fact, the “2+2” pathway is very popular in Turkmenistan and both students and parents find it to be the most affordable and viable way in getting a US degree. As a result, four of these cohorts’ alumni are going to pursue their Bachelor’s degree at Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU), whereas others are going into Dixie State University, Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University in Fall 2020 with generous scholarship awards.
Further, Dr. Phillip Hull, Director at International Involvement Center notes that the NMSU “has a transfer agreement with Snow College”, and shares this as a great example of a successful collaboration and partnership between the US HEIs and EducationUSA. Snow College and Northwest Missouri State University were both among participating institutions at the EducationUSA Fall 2019 Central Asia Tour.
EducationUSA Turkmenistan Opportunity Funds Alumna, Zarina Davletova graduated from Garden City Community College in Kansas and attended virtual graduation of the 100th Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2020.
Furthermore, Zarina was chosen as a commencement speaker and also was announced as an Outstanding Female Graduate of the Class of 2020 for her academic excellence and extraordinary commitment to community service.
She received the Associate of Science degree and completed the program with 4.0 GPA. During her academic studies, Zarina has demonstrated her leadership by becoming a member of many student club organizations and served as the Residential Life Adviser, Math and Economics Tutor in the College Comprehensive Learning Center.
In addition, she has been named PTK All-Kansas Academic team along with the 50 other Scholars in the state too.
Currently, Zarina is transferring to the Mississippi State University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics major
To view virtual commencement ceremony and Zarina’s commencement speech, please follow the link: https://youtu.be/b_vt6oB12wY
On May 16th FLEX Alumni of Turkmenistan gathered together on a traditional annual event – May Picnic at Monument of Independence Park in Ashgabat. This event is very popular among Alumni of all ages; the youngest participants were “baby” Alumni and the oldest was FLEX Alumna ’03. Many senior Alumni brough their kids, and that fact creates a family-like atmosphere at the picnic.
The event took place in a fun, friendly, and active way. In the beginning participants played frisbee and ball games. Later everyone joined a lunch with pizza and drinks.
The special and most anticipated part of the Alumni Picnic was the “White Elephant” game. Each FLEX Alumni brought a small present nicely wrapped. Among the presents were a set of greeting cards, marshmallows and hot chocolate, decorative candles. All participants got very excited.
The last part of the picnic was devoted to games: Uno and Mafia. This is the most active and loud part of the event, as Alumni dove into the process with all their emotions, gumption, and sense of humor.
Besides the fun part, the picnic helped FLEX Alumni to get to know each other better.