International Student Newsletter
3/05/2014 ISS Newsletter
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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, email@example.com or Kevin Kuntz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
Would you like to take a free trip to a local community Saturday, April 26? Network with UND faculty & staff and regional community members at the annual Community Connect Forum in Emerado, N.D.. The forum, sponsored by the UND Center for Community Engagement, is free and transportation is provided from UND's Memorial Union. There is also a complimentary lunch served by the host community.
Program and registration information is available at www.communityengagement.und.edu, or you can contact the Center for more information at 701-777-0675.