For most international students, Big Red Weekend incites rather nostalgic and homesick feelings, as our parents in general are unable to come to Denison to visit us. However, thanks to the Big International Potluck Dinner, hosted by International Student Services (ISS), my quiet weekend was spiced up quite a bit. The idea was very simple: students signed up to cook and bring one dish of their choice to Curtis West Lounge on Saturday of Big Red Weekend. Everyone present would then share the dishes, simulating the concept of a family sharing food.
I do not tend to have great experiences with orientations in general. The icebreakers are always awkward. There are way too many team activities for bonding purposes – in the end, people keep running around without doing the actual talking and getting to know each other part. And, most importantly, the orientation part – which I define as setting expectations and providing basic navigations for students – is severely lacking.
International Pre-Orientation (ISS Pre-O) defies all of those negative notions I hold.
Two Denison students wanted to keep in touch during their summer apart. They decided to become ‘pen pals’ with a twist: they both focused on using their photography skills. At 10pm every Saturday they would upload pictures to their Facebook album. The Denison artists worked with photo prompts that had them capturing not only their personal lives but those around them. Having it open on Facebook for all their friends to see, it quickly became a popular photo project that will now be open for all Denison students to see starting 6:00 p.m Friday, September 12th at their opening reception in the Bryant Arts Center.
The 24th annual Students of Color Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) and hosted by a GLCA member institution (this year, DePauw University), will take place November 7-9, 2014. The Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCCE) at Denison University has a limited number of spots for students to attend and is asking interested students to fill out the participant application form. If selected to attend, all associated fees (registration, hotel accommodation, transportation, and conference meals) will be covered.
The International Student Services would like to formally congratulate the 2014-2015 International Pre-Orientation Staff. Find the staff names below.
Yaw Okyere Thompson
Find out more about our 2014 orientation staff members:
I used to think that only Chinese people celebrated the Lunar New year. However, after I came to Denison, my friends from Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, Vietnam also celebrate this festival. So let’s call it Lunar New Year! Did you know that the Lunar New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival for Chinese people? This is due to the fact that it starts at the beginning of spring. It’s origin is too old to be traced. There are several theories about the origins of this celebration.
Unknown to some of us, this week is International Education Week. International Education Week is when there is extra focus given to study-abroad programs and international students. As stated by
US Department of Education, “The world is enriched and we all win when everyone gets globally smarter.” This is why this week; the government is raising awareness of the different cultures not just in America but also the world. By connecting American students with the world, either by studying abroad or bringing international students to their campuses, both sides invariably benefit from sharing experiences and a better education that neither can provide alone.