March Archive - International Student Newsletter
2/28/2014 ISS Newsletter
International Programs News
Spring Culture Series
Facilities on Campus
Upcoming Events on Campus
Events in the Community
International Programs News
International Women's Day panel
In honor of International Women's Day, the Women & Gender Studies program is hosting our annual panel featuring women from all over the world. Please come and join us Friday, March 7 from 12pm-1pm and listen to these women share their stories. The panel is free of charge and there will be free pizza and pop for those who attend. The event will be at the International Centre.
Advisor On Call Hours
Feel free to visit the Advisor on Call to address short questions, have letters written, or receive signatures.
Advisor on Call hours do not require an appointment and students are seen in the order in which they arrive.
Spring 2014 Advisor on Call Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Spring Culture Series
The Office of International Programs has teamed up with the Memorial Union to hold the cultural nights in the Loading Dock. The program is FREE and includes tasty food from that country! The series will be held on the following Thursdays at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you in the Loading Dock!
The Spring 2014 Culture Night Series schedule will be as follows:
March 27: Sri Lanka
April 10: Nepalaise Speaking Bhutan
April 24: Norway
**If you are interested in hosting a Culture Night or if you would like to help, please contact Colleen Hutchinson (701-777-2033).
Volunteers for Cultural Presentations at Holy Family-St. Mary School
THE STUDENTS AT HOLY FAMILY-ST. MARY'S WOULD LOVE TO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM ANY COUNTRY VISIT OUR SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL WEEKS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. PLEASE CALL TRISH MOHR @ 701-740-3319 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO A PRESENTATION ON YOUR HOMELAND. THANKS!
Volunteer at the GF Public Library
On Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Children's Dept. of the Grand Forks Public Library will be hosting World Cultures Day. The library is looking for volunteers to share information and artifacts about their culture. There will be many different tables set up in the Children's Dept., each representing a different country, and volunteers will share information about their country/culture to small groups of people throughout the hour. International students have volunteered for this event in the past, and have always had a good time. If interested, please contact Aaron Stefanich, Children's Librarian at 772-8116 ext. 13.
Facilities on Campus
The Memorial Union
Lifetime Sports: Renting for many different activities: billiards, Wii, table tennis equipment, tandem biking, etc...
Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM, Saturday 12PM-6PM, Sunday-CLOSED
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:30AM – 11PM, Saturday: 9AM-8PM, Sunday: 12PM-9PM
Culinary Corner: Cheap, Fast, & Healthy- Every Tuesday, 5:30PM. Learn how to make a fast and easy meal in just 30 minutes.
Outdoor tennis courts: Near the Wellness Center and in University Park and open to students
Rock Wall*: Hours: Monday-Friday: 4PM-10PM, Saturday: 4PM-9PM, Sunday-Closed
*First trial climb is free, Day Pass is $5, Semester Pass is $30
The International Organization is a great way to get involved on campus while meeting other international students. The organization meets every Monday in the International Centre at 4:30pm. Feel free to stop by and see how you can get involved. Some of the events that the organization helps with are the Thursday Culture nights at the centre and the Feast of Nations in the spring.
Concerts at the North Dakota Museum of Art
This season of concerts will bring "serious" music. There will be five different concerts throughout the season, and the concerts will take place Sundays at 2 PM at the ND Museum of Art here on campus. Cost for students is only $10 per concert. The dates and musicians are as follows:
March 23, 2014, 2 pm - Trio Solisti
April 27, 2014, 2 pm - Cecilia String Quartet
Meet, Eat, & Learn
Come listen to a great speaker Wednesday, March 5. The event will take place from 12pm-1pm and there will be free food as you celebrate Women's History Month with Jessy Hegland. Jessy is the creator of a documentary called "Freedom Barrel: North Dakota Voices on Feminism and Sexism". Learn about Jessy's thoughts and experiences on how North Dakota women and men view feminism.
Screening of "Freedom Barrel: North Dakota Voices on Feminism and Sexism"
After you listen to Jessy's take on her film, head to the Memoril Union Lecture Bowl for a screening of her documentary Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion on the history of feminism and sexism in North Dakota and around the globe.
FREE Practice tests for Graduate School
Interested in taking the GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT? Kaplan is offering FREE practice tests for students in our Live-Online environment through March. Each attendee will get a detailed score report highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, complete explanations of every question and strategies for improvement. It's not too late to register for Kaplan's Free Practice Test Event: www.kaptest.com/practice.
Come cheer on the men as they take on Eastern Washingtion Saturday, March 1 at 2pm in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Come check them out again as they take on Northern Colorado Tuesday, March 4 at 7 pm at the Betty.
Breakfast Chat Fridays (Breaking Bread and Conversation)
Come to the Multicultural center for some networking and conversation for students of color (Mixed Race, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African-American, Latino/a) and allies. It will be held on Friday, March 7 from 9 AM to 11 AM and refreshments such as bagels with spread, juice, coffee, coffee cake, and breakfast bars will be served.
Dearly Departed- Comedy at the Fire Hall Theatre
You'll die laughing! A macabre, little comedy opens at Fire Hall, Feb. 13th, running through Mar. 1, Thurs - Sundays. Co-produced by the Historic Norman Funeral Home -- be part of the show and wear your funeral attire. Black hats will be for sale for the ladies in mourning.When the patriarch of the Turpin family dies, the laughter begins. Family stories unfold as everyone gathers for the funeral, somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.
Who is Bud Turpin, you may ask? That's hard to say. One night he'll be played by Mayor Mike Brown, another night by President Robert Kelley. One thing for sure, is whomever he is, he will be remembered for years to come.
*Celebrity appearances each night. Full schedule of who and when can be found on website. Please call 777-4090 for tickets.
Show runs Thurs - Sat. at 7:30, and Sundays at 2 p.m.
UND Fan Luncheon
Come join us on Friday, March 7 to hear from UND coaches and student-athletes about the upcoming games during a buffet style lunch at the UND Fan Luncheon.
Doors open at 11:30 with the program lasting from 12 noon-1pm and the cost is $10.
Men's Hockey vs. Western Michigan
Come cheer on the men's hockey team as they take on Western Michigan in their last home series of the season Friday, March 7 at 7:35pm and Saturday, March 8 at 7:05pm.
Global Interactions: 100% World Fabric
Come by Swanson Hall Atrium Lobby every Tuesday at 9pm for pre-shrunk, sweatshop free 100% world fabric!
Income Tax Assistance
The Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA) is pleased to announce the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for 2014 (2013 tax year).
The VITA program offers free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their individual income tax return. IRS-certified volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing at no cost. Volunteers are IRS certified to prepare U.S. citizen, resident, and non-resident (international student) returns.
No appointment is necessary. Individuals are seen on a first come, first served basis. There is no cost to have a VITA volunteer prepare your return.
The program will take place in the Memorial Union Computer Lab room 1B Monday evenings, 5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 10 through April 14 (except Monday, March 17.)
Any questions can be directed to co-chairs Angela Beason, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Kuntz, email@example.com.
North Dakota's International Borders
During the spring 2014 semester, International Studies at UND will invite scholars to give interdisciplinary lectures exploring approaches to the theme of "North Dakota's International Borders," specifically focusing on issues in the oil patch. By focusing on the myriad borders present within North Dakota, the series will highlight how the interaction of international, national, and internal issues construct the state as a unique contact zone at the center of 21st-century globalization. The schedule for the semester is as follows and the sessions will begin with a reception at 6:30pm and the lecture beginning at 7pm:
March 5- Bakkenization: 300 Years of Globalizing Frontiers in ND By Sebastian Braun
April 16- Student Projects
April 30- Like Oil and Gender: Work and Play in ND's Oil Patch By Ann Reed
2014 Community Skate
Bring out your ice skates and come to the Ralph Engelstad Arena to skate on the main stage Sunday, March 9 from 2pm-4pm. If you do not have skates of your own, you can rent them at Gerrells for $8.
Events in the Community
Writers Conference 101: Jessica Lott
The 45th Annual UND Writers Conference (April 2-4, 2014) is fast approaching, and now's your chance to get to know the works of this year's authors (if you haven't read them already)! Join members of the UND and Grand Forks communityin a discussion of The Rest of Us by Jessica Lott led by Meghan Hurley from 2-3:30pm. All WC101 discussions will be held starting at 2 p.m. on Sundays in February and March at Ferguson Books & Media.