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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Lindsey Miller
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December

January

Bed Bath and Beyond Shopping Trip

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Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Time: 10am-5pm

Cost: Free and no registration is required. First come, first served. There is one bus that goes back and forth. If the bus is full, you will have to wait for the next available one. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Upon return to Ann Arbor, you will be dropped off at the same meeting location.

Date

Meeting time outside the International Center

(515 East Jefferson Street, Student Activities Building)
Meeting time outside the store
Sat, Jan 10 10am 11:30am
12pm 1:30pm
2pm 4pm (this is the last bus going back to campus)

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.

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Banking 101

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Date Time Location Room
Fri, Jan 16 1:30-2:30pm Michigan Union 2105B (2nd floor)

Description: This workshop will answer questions about starting and using a bank account as well as tips used to protect yourself from “identity theft.” This workshop is co-sponsored by TCF Bank.


North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

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Date Time Location
Sat, Jan 17 9:30am-5pm Detroit

Cost and registration information will be available on Monday, January 12, 2015.

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 10:00am for Detroit. 

Description: Experience the next generation of transportation at the North American International Auto Show. You will see more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America's largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. For more information about the autoshow, visit: http://www.naias.com/home.aspx


Library Basics

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Description: Gain insight into the resources and services available and strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects. Join a Learning Librarian 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 owns that may help me with my research?
Date Time Registration Location Room
Thur, Jan 22 10am-12pm Register here Duderstadt Center (North Campus) 1180 (Videoconference Suite)
Tue, Jan 27 10am-12pm Register here Hatcher Library Gallery 100 (north entrance)

Students and scholars may attend either the Central Campus or North Campus session, but the one on North Campus will be of most interest to engineering, art, and architecture students.

This workshop is co-sponsored by MLibrary.


Coffee Hour

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Date Time Location
Fri, Jan 23 3:30-4:30pm Johnson Rooms (3rd floor), Lurie Engineering Center, North Campus

Description: Join us at the Coffee Hour to socialize and network with other students, scholars, and families. You can join and leave at any time during the event. No registration is required.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education Programs, College of Engineering and the International Center.


University Health Service: Information & Tour

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Date Time Location Room
Fri, Jan 30 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).


February

Driving in the U.S.

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Date Time Location Room
Wed, Feb 11 3-4pm Pierpont Commons Boulevard Room

Description: Driving conditions and customs in the U.S. may be different than what you are used to in your home country. This workshop will provide information to help you prepare for driving in the U.S., including driving tips, driving etiquette, and important skills to keep you safe on the roads in good and bad weather.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Michigan AAA.


March

April

Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

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Date Time Location
Sat, Apr 11 9:30am-6:30pm Auburn Hills, Michigan

Cost and registration information will be available in early April.

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 10:00am for the Outlets. 

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

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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:
Dec. 11, 2014
Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, 2015

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.


English Conversation Group for International Scholars

Scholar 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 Room
Thur, Dec 18 3:30pm – 5pm Michigan Union Room 4016 (SORC Conference Room on the 4th floor)
Thur, Jan 22 3:30pm – 5pm
Thur, Feb 26 3:30pm – 5pm
Thur, Mar 26 3:30pm – 5pm
Thur, Apr 23 3:30pm – 5pm

 

Last reviewed: 12/14