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September

Library Basics in Chinese

mlibrary
Date Time Location Room
Fri, Sep 9 1-3pm Hatcher Library Gallery 100 (north entrance)

Description: This workshop is for international students and scholars who speak Chinese. Gain insight into the resources and services available and strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects. Join the two Chinese librarians as the questions below are explored.

  • Where do I find a good book to read at UM?
  • What kind of technology help can I get at the library?
  • How can I find scholarly books and articles?
  • What are some of the research tools the library provides that may help me with my research?

This workshop is co-sponsored by MLibrary and the International Center.


International Picnic (Rain or Shine)

picnic
Date Time Location
Sun, Sep 11 12-2pm New Shelter, Island Park (145 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)

Description: International Picnic is one of most popular social events attended by international students. It takes place at a spacious and beautiful park not far from campus. Come and make new friends, enjoy the outdoors and take part in the fun and games. Food and drinks will be provided. No registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR), Foundry Lofts and the International Center.


Exploring Spiritual Communities

community
Date Meeting Time & Location Spiritual Community
Sun, Sep 18 3:30pm in the lobby of ECIR (921 Church Street) Zen Buddhist Temple

Description: The Ann Arbor area and Southeast Michigan are home to a great diversity of religious communities from many traditions. Exploring Spiritual Communities is a great opportunity for international students and scholars to learn about several differentreligious communities and to visit their places of worship. No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Jessica Greenfield at jgreenfield@ecir.org

Co-sponsored by the International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR).


American Football 101

football
Tentative Schedule Location
Late September To be announced

Description: American football is popular amongst sports fans in the United States. The University of Michigan is home to Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House.” Many college students like to spend Saturdays watching college football and attending on-campus sporting events is one way to show school spirit.

Come to learn some basic rules about American football game and enjoy snacks.


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

Sleepng Bear Dunes
Date Time Location
Sat, Sep 24 7am to midnight Empire, Michigan

Cost and registration information will be available in mid September.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up and Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

** Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for the Sleeping Bear Dunes. 

Description: Miles of sand beach, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. Join the International Center for a day trip to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. We will first stop at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center and then drive to the Lake Michigan Overlook. Lastly, you will have the option of climbing the dunes or walking by the beach.


October

Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

Chicago
Date Time Location
Sat, Oct 15 7am to midnight Chicago, Illinois

Cost and registration will be available in early October.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up and Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

** Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for Chicago. 

Note: Estimated arrival time in Chicago will be 11:30am local time (Chicago is on Central Time and is one hour behind Ann Arbor/Eastern time). Attendees will return to the bus in Chicago at 7pm local time (8pm Ann Arbor time) and will arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately midnight.

Description: Join the International Center in a day trip to Chicago. You decide how to explore Chicago for the day. The drop-off and pickup location in Chicago will be by the Millennium Park Welcome Center, so you can plan your route from there.  There are museums, shopping, excellent dining, and famous sites for all interests and all ages. Check the web site in advance so you will have an idea about the activities you plan to do for the day.


Tipping Etiquette

tipping
Tentative Schedule Location
October To be announced

Description: While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is expected in many circumstances for service. We will discuss typical tipping customs in the U.S. such as when you should tip and how much would be considered acceptable. 


Preparing for Winter

winter
Tentative Schedule Location
Late October To be announced

Description: Are you new to the world of cold winters and snow? Or maybe this is not your first winter in Michigan, but you would like to be more comfortable during the winter months. At this workshop, we will give you some basic information about dressing for winter and things to do in the winter.

If you plan to join the International Center’s shopping trip for winter clothes/shoes, you may consider attending this workshop so you have a better idea about the items you need to buy.


Understanding U.S. Presidential Elections

US Elections
Tentative Schedule Location
Late October To be announced

Description: The U.S. elects a president and vice president every four years. 2016 is an election year and Americans will elect a new president on November 8. During the workshop, you will learn how U.S. presidential elections work and what the issues are. At the end of the presentation, you will cast your vote by secret ballot. Find out who international students and scholars would elect as the next president of United States when we announce the result via International Center’s Facebook after the workshop!


November

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

>Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Date Time Location
Sat, Nov 12 9:30am to 6:30pm Auburn Hills, Michigan

Cost and registration information will be available in early November.

Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 9:30am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 9:50am

** Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 10:00am for the Outlets. 

Event Description: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting people throughout the Midwest and Canada. There are over 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores. The enclosed shopping center is home to Michigan’s largest food court (1,000 seats). Everyone will receive “Passport to Shopping” which offers great discounts on name-brand merchandise, fabulous food and entertainment at certain stores and restaurants.


Ongoing Opportunities

Community Service at Delonis Shelter for Students

community service

International student volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Registration Deadline: Three business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at delonis.ecir@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see http://www.ecir.org/about/directions/

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.


Coffee Hour

coffee hour

Description: Join members of the International Center Student Council (ICSC) at the Coffee Hour to relax and socialize with other students, scholars, and families. No registration is required.

 

 

Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 16

3:30 – 4:30pm


ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School.
Fri, Oct 14
Fri, Nov 11
Fri, Dec 2

60 Minutes Around the Globe

world map

Description: 60 Minutes Around the Globe is an opportunity for international students to present a variety of topics they choose (e.g. food, music, sports, politics, religions, etc.) from their home countries. Through an informal presentation, followed by questions and answers, it promotes awareness and discussions among those attending the events.

Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required.

Date Time Location Country
Fri, Sep 23

3 – 4pm


ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School.
India
Fri, Oct 21 Brazil
Fri, Nov 18 Nigeria
Fri, Dec 9 Philippines

American Literature Book Discussion for Scholars

literature

Description: If you love to read, join us for this scholar book discussion group. First read the featured book, then we'll meet to discuss the story. This is a great way to improve your vocabulary, practice your English reading and conversational skills, learn about American culture, and have FUN! Each book is fewer than 200 pages. 

Date Time Location Topic
Thur, Oct 13



4:30 – 6pm




International Center Conference Room
The Premature Burial (short story) - Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado (short story) - Edgar Allan Poe
Thur, Nov 10 Letters From the Earth - Mark Twain
Wed, Dec 14 The Gift of the Magi - O.Henry
Thur, Jan 5 The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien
Thur, Feb 9 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave – Frederick Douglass

Scholar Conversation Class

conversation

Description: This series is designed to meet the needs of international scholars at U-M. Each session features a different topic and you can attend as many of the sessions as you want. The group will practice conversational English and discuss U.S. customs related to informal social interactions in a university setting. 

Open to international scholars only.

 

Date Time Location Room
Thur, Sep 29



3:00 – 4:30pm




Michigan Union




Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room
Thur, Oct 27
Tue, Nov 22
Tue, Dec 22
Thur, Jan 26
Thur, Feb 23

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu


Peer-To-Peer Chat for Students

peer-to-peer chat

Description: International students are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to build relationships, explore resources, share any challenges you experience academically and socially, and support each other. The Chat is facilitated by members of the International Center Student Council (ICSC) and International Center staff. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 30

3:00 – 4:00pm


International Center Conference Room

Fri, Oct 28
Thur, Nov 17
Thur, Dec 1

 

Last reviewed: 08/16