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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Meet our cultural and social events student staff

Lindsey
Lindsey Miller
Graduate Student
School of Social Work


November

Preparing for Winter

snowman
Date Time Location Room
Wed, Nov 5 1-2pm Michigan Union 2105B (2nd floor)

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.

Workshop Presentationpdf icon

Be advised that the workshop presentation will not be provided at the workshop. If you have questions about the presentation, please save your questions for the workshop.

Questions: contact Lindsey Miller at millelin@umich.edu


Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

outlets
Date Location Time
Sat, Nov 15 Auburn Hills, Michigan 9:30am – 6:30pm

Cost: $20/person for round trip transportation. NO REFUNDS. You will need to bring money for food and shopping. Students, scholars, friends, and families are welcome. Same price for all, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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’s Great Lakes Crossing Outlets shopping trip. Cash or credit cards accepted. When purchasing the tickets, you must present a valid UMID and provide a phone number (in case of emergency during the trip). Limited space is available and each person is allowed to purchase up to two tickets. *SOLD OUT*

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. 

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.

Questions:  contact Lindsey Miller at millelin@umich.edu


December

January

Bed Bath and Beyond Shopping Trip

Location:  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Time: 10am-5pm

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)

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.

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.


Banking 101

tcf
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)

autoshow
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


Ongoing Opportunities

Coffee Hour

coffee hour

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

 

Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 12 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room
Fri, Oct 17 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room
Fri, Nov 21 3:30-4:30pm International Center Conference Room
Wed, Dec 10 1-2pm International Center Conference Room

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


Community Service at Delonis Shelter

community service

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

English 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
Wed, Oct 22 3:30pm – 5pm Michigan Union Room 4016 (SORC Conference Room on the 4th floor)
Thur, Nov 20 3:30pm – 5pm

Exploring Spiritual Communities

Spiritual Communities

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 different religious communities and to visit their places of worship. Free.

 

Date Meeting Time & Location Registration Spiritual Community
Sun, Sep 21 10:30am at ECIR (921 Church Street) Register by Wed, Sep 17 Vineyard Church
Fri, Oct 17 6:30pm at ECIR Register by Wed Oct. 15 Temple Beth Emeth
Sun, Nov 16 9:30am at ECIR Register by Thurs Nov 13 Zen Buddhist Temple

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

 

Last reviewed: 11/14