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Concord Student Yuri Beloded Serves As Special Interpreter to Mikhail Gorbachev

Concord Student Yuri Beloded Serves As Special Interpreter to Mikhail Gorbachev

Athens, W.Va. - Concord College transfer student Yuri Beloded recently served as an interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev. Beloded is seeking a degree in Business Administration with a major in Management from Concord College.

Beloded traveled to Moscow State University with a Canadian delegation as their interpreter. While there, he met Gorbachev advisor Vadim Medvedev. Beloded was very well versed in the subject being discussed by Gorbachev so he interpreted short conversations and explained a project he was familiar with and its goals. "Mr. Gorbachev is very respected and courageous," said Beloded. Following the interpretation, Beloded called his parents and told them of his chance meeting with Gorbachev. His only regret was not getting a photograph with the former Soviet leader.

Beloded is from Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia. According to Beloded, "The government is promoting the city as a future tourist center with its some 200 bridges, gold palaces and lots and lots of cathedrals. The city is built on a unique plan —no curved streets. All streets are straight except river embankments. The center of the city is devoted to scientific academies and government facilities."

When asked why he decided to come to Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, he replied, "There are lots of options to choose from. Concord College was the best option for high academic representation and low related cost compared to similar institutions found on the Internet. I actually found Concord College accidentally. I requested literature and was impressed by the high quality of the printed material and the pictures of college students."

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Concord College Notes: Concord College has a very diverse international population consisting of 130 students making up 5% of the student body. These students represent over 30 countries including Russia, Poland, Canada, Japan, India, Venezuela, and Peru.

International Student Advisor Nancy Ellison stated that her office helps international students with immigration issues and informal advising and counseling. She also administers the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) and helps students find host families during the holidays and other times when American students are home with their families.

The Concord international students share how life is from their homes with local community groups.

In October, 1999, the International Students, for the first time, nominated candidates for Homecoming Queen and King. For the first time in the history of the College, two international student were elected.

Another first at Concord College this year—a student from Japan playing on our women’s basketball team.

Yuri Beloded