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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Graduate Assistants on the Global Engagement Team

Kristen Korisma Charisma
Kristen Canavan
Master: Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Korisma Grant
Master: Social Work
Charisma Thapa
Master: Urban and Regional Planning


January

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

NAIAS
Date Time Location
Sat, Jan 16 9:30am - 5pm Detroit

Cost: $26/person including transportation and group discounted ticket for the Auto Show. NO REFUNDS. Students, scholars, friends, and families are welcome. Same price for all, regardless of age (including infants). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Latest News: This trip is sold out and we do not keep a wait list. If you are unable to purchase a ticket and still wish to come, on the day of the trip, bring the exact amount of cash for the trip and meet us at one of the meeting locations. We cannot guarantee you will be able to get on the bus.

Registration: In order to reserve your spot for this trip, you must pay in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO). Ask for the International Center Auto Show trip. Cash or credit cards accepted. A UMID must be presented by the person purchasing the tickets. Limited space is available and each person is allowed to purchase up to two tickets. On the day of the trip, you will receive the Auto Show ticket on the bus.

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

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

Description: Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy. For more information about the autoshow, visit: http://naias.com/

Questions? Contact Kristen Canavan at kcanavan@umich.edu


University Health Service: Information & Tour

um health
Date Time Location Room
Fri, Jan 22 3-4pm University Health Service Conference Room 1 & 2 (4th floor)

Description: University Health Service (UHS) staff will describe campus health care services available to students and scholars, how to use services and how services relate to insurance. The workshop includes a 30-minute presentation followed by an optional tour of UHS.

This workshop is co-sponsored by University Health Service (UHS).


Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Dinner at Mezzevino

restaurant week
Date Time Location
Fri, Jan 22 6pm At 5:40pm, meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street. The group will walk over to the restaurant together.

Description: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week comes to town twice a year (January and June). It is a local celebration of dining in the community. Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly fixed low price. RSVP here if interested. 

Cost: During the Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, Mezzevino is running a special menu (dinner 2 for $28 plus tax and gratuity). You can pay with cash or credit card. If you do not want to order from the special menu, you can order something else off its regular menu and you will be responsible for the full-price.

Questions? Contact Charisma Thapa at thapacha@umich.edu.


Bed Bath and Beyond Shopping Trip

Bed Bath and Beyond
Date Time Meeting Time and Location
Sat, Jan 23 12-2pm At 12pm, meet outside the International Center (515 East Jefferson Street, Student Activities Building) for the bus.

Meet inside the store at 2pm to return to campus.

Cost: Transportation is free and no registration is required. First come, first served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Upon return to Ann Arbor, you will be dropped off at the same meeting location.

Description: Join us for a day of shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond store located in Ann Arbor’s Arborland Shopping Center. The store is filled with a varied selection of home goods, including bedding, kitchenware, towels and decor items.

You will receive 10% discount on the entire purchase made during the day. If you purchase large items during the trip, the store offers free delivery to your residence. Snacks will be provided at the store.

This event is co-sponsored by BED BATH & BEYOND.

Questions? Contact Charisma Thapa at thapacha@umich.edu.


Library Basics in Chinese

umich library

Description: This workshop is for international students and scholars who speak Chinese. Gain insight into the resources and services and strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects. Join 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?
Date Time Registration Location Room
Wed, Jan 27 2-4pm Register here Hatcher Library Gallery 100 (north entrance)

Please note the Library also offers Library Basics in English sessions (Tue, Jan 19, 4pm-5:30pm and Wed, Jan 27, 10am-11:30am). Please register here if interested.

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


February

Navigating Diversity and Inclusion at U-M

the connector
Date Time Location Room
Fri, Feb 5 1-2pm The Connector (603 E. Madison, between the Michigan Union and South Quad) 1520

Description: As an international student, when you study in a foreign country, the way you think about yourself and about your home country and culture may change. In the U.S. international students are frequently exposed to the discussion on diversity and inclusion. Yet, quite often, some international students have found it challenging to follow the conversation.

Join the Diversity Peer Educator team at the Connector to learn more about what it means to create inclusive campus community at the University of Michigan. This program is designed to encourage international students to work and collaborate effectively across cultural differences.

Enjoy interactive relationship-building activities and discussion. Please RSVP here if you are interested. Open to international students only.

Cosponsored by the International Center and University Housing Diversity and Inclusion.

Questions? Contact icenter@umich.edu


Lunar New Year Celebration

monkey
Date Time Location Room
Fri, Feb 5 2-4pm North Quad Space 2435

The 2016 Lunar New Year is the year of the monkey. Join us for live music, fun activities and free food. RSVP on Facebook

The event is co-sponsored by North Quad Programming, International Center, Global Scholars Program, Language Resource Center, Confucius Institute and the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.


Common Idioms in Academic Environment

english idioms

Description: An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but must be learned as a whole. It can be literal in one situation and mean something entirely different in a separate situation (e.g. to sit on the fence). Learning idioms can be a difficult part of learning another language, and the U.S. academic environment has its own set of idioms. This workshop will introduce some common idioms and discuss the meaning and usage of the idiomatic expressions you are likely to hear in academic situations.

Date Time Location Room
Tue, Feb 23 4:30-5:45pm Language Resource Center (1500 North Quad). Enter North Quad from the Thayer and East Washington entrance, take the stairs to your right down one floor and look for signs for LRC. Video Viewing Room

Co-sponsored by the International Center and Language Resource Center.

Questions? Contact Charisma Thapa at thapacha@umich.edu


March

Ice Skating

ice skating
Date Time Location
Sun, Mar 13 12:30-3pm Yost Ice Arena

Registration and Cost: Please bring M card and cash or credit card. For admission and skate rental prices, please visit: http://yost.umich.edu/?page_id=609. If you have your own ice skates, you can bring them to avoid skate rental fees. Registration opens in early March.

Meeting time and Location: Meet outside the International Center (515 East Jefferson Street) at 12:30pm. We will walk over to the ice arena together. Public skate starts at 1pm.

Description: Come join other international students, scholars, and family members as we enjoy an afternoon of ice skating! This event is for skaters of all levels. Dress warmly and bring mittens/gloves and scarfs as we will be in an indoor hockey arena and it is very cold. Limited coin lockers (bring quarters) are available for storing personal items.

Questions? Contact Korisma Grant at korismag@umich.edu 


International Potluck

putluck
Date Time Location
Fri, Mar 18 6-7:30pm ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School.

Event Description: A Potluck is a social gathering where people bring dishes they like and share amongst one another. This is a chance for you to exchange recipes, eat some delicious food, and connect with other international students and scholars.

Each participant will bring a dish that will serve about five people. There is a kitchen with a microwave and an oven which you can use to reheat your dish if necessary. It is totally acceptable to bring a prepared dish, buy something from the store, order a dish from your favorite restaurant, etc. Registration opens in early March.

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

Questions? Contact Korisma Grant at korismag@umich.edu 


Communicating by Email

email

Description: It’s important to understand how to communicate by email with people on and off-campus. During this workshop, we’ll talk about email customs and etiquette at U-M and in the U.S., and how best to write emails in different contexts (to friends, mentors, professors, colleagues, etc.). Co-sponsored by the International Center and Language Resource Center.

 

Date Time Location Room
Fri, Mar 25 4:30-5:45pm Language Resource Center (1500 North Quad). Enter North Quad from the Thayer and East Washington entrance, take the stairs to your right down one floor and look for signs for LRC. Video Viewing Room

Questions? Contact Kristen Canavan at kcanavan@umich.edu


April

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Date Time Location
Sat, Apr 9 9:30am - 6:30pm Auburn Hills, Michigan

Cost and registration information will be available in late March.

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 Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 9:50am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 10am 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

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: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12, Jun. 9, Jul. 14, Aug. 11, 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
Date Time Location
Fri, Jan 15 3-4pm ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School. 
Fri, Feb 12 3:30-4:30pm ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School. 
Fri, Mar 18 3-4pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Apr 15 3-4pm International Center Conference Room

Description: Join us at the Coffee Hour to relax and socialize with other students, scholars, and families. No registration is required.


Exploring Spiritual Communities

community

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 different religious communities and to visit their places of worship.

Registration: Though registration is not required, if you are interested, we strongly encourage you to email Jessica Greenfield at jgreenfield@ecir.org so she will have an idea of how many people plan to come.

Date Meeting Time & Location Spiritual Community
Sun, Jan 24 Meet in the lobby of the ECIR at 9:50am and walk over to the meeting location together. The group will first learn about Quakers (10am-11am) and observe a service (11am-12pm). Quakers
Fri, Feb 12 The group will gather in the lobby of the Michigan Union at 1:50pm and observe the service held in Anderson room (1st floor) at 2pm. Islam

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


Scholar Conversation Classes

conversation group

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
Thur, Feb 25 3:30pm – 5pm Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union

 

Last reviewed: 01/16