PART I (IMPORTANT reminders/announcements)-
1. Help “LIKE” OCAT on Facebook and stay up-to-date with cultural & academic opportunities!
2. View NATIVE Heritage Month Calendar Here!
3. View Photos from the “Asian Invasion Myth” Symposium Here!
4. Make sure to scroll all the way through email for upcoming events. Get out your calendars!
PART II (JOBS/VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES)-
1. Intercultural Aide 2014-2015 applications are NOW AVAILABLE. Deadline is January 11, 2014. Find application here: www.ocat.msu.edu
Intercultural Aides are undergraduate student staff members who work in the residence halls to help students make successful social, cultural, and academic transitions at Michigan State University. MSU students come from many different backgrounds and cultural experiences, sometimes from different parts of the world, and when first entering MSU, it is often an overwhelming experience. Therefore, Aides are responsible for providing individualized student contact, informing students about the numerous resources on campus, and providing opportunities for students to meet and interact with students of different cultural backgrounds and experiences. Along with other residence life staff like Resident Mentors and MRULE student leaders, Aides plan engaging and informative activities that bring individuals as well as groups of students from diverse racial, ethnic, international, and domestic backgrounds together to engage, explore, and learn about issues of academic transitions, culture, social class, geography, religion, race, gender, and ethnicity. Working as a student staff member of the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions, the Aide serves as a student leader, role model, peer educator, and resource person. The Aide’s overall goal is to help create an inclusive environment within both the residence halls and the University at large. To gain a better understanding of the Aide job, please ask a current Aide, contact a staff person in OCAT. Visit website for more details about the Intercultural Aide positions.
2. SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers) is looking for new eboard (and general body) members.SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential.
LIKE SASE on Facebook!
General Member Sign Up
3. Need a one-credit course for Spring 2014? Want to increase your cultural awareness? Register for SSC 291 “Intro. to Asian Pacific American Studies Program”
Details: Once a week (Tuesdays) for 10 sessions (beginning 3rd week of classes January 2014) Register today!
4. The student group, International Volunteer Action Corps (IVAC) is looking at restructuring and is looking for students who are interested in using their leadership in highly diverse settings. IVAC is looking for energetic and fun students who are interested in planning events and designing IVAC to attract domestic and international students. IVAC values service-learning, and learning about different cultures. If you are interested/would like more information, please contact IVAC at email@example.com
5. Free Practice Test for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, OAT, DAT, & PCAT!
Kaplan is offering free practice tests. This is a great opportunity to see how you might have scored if you had taken the real test. MCAT, LSAT, & GRE will be held on campus at the Kellogg Center. GMAT, DAT, OAT, & PCAT will be held live on-line. The day will be a great experience giving you the opportunity to take the practice test, receive a score report explaining your performance by question type, and a strategy session to learn test taking strategies from a proctor who has scored in the 90th percentile on the actual test. For more information & to pre-register: http://bit.ly/MichiganStateUfreePracticeTest
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6. View listing of Career Fairs offered by the Career Services Network.
Spartan LINKS: Advertising, Design, & Media
Thursday, November 14 , 2013 | 2:00-8:00 | On the Road to Old Town, Lansing Get ready to tour the most creative businesses in the Lansing area! Every year the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance welcomes the public to tour their advertising, marketing, and design studios. This is a chance to network with professionals and leave with insight and advice on how to break into these industries. The cost to addend the event is $10. Crawlers can travel on their own or transpiration from campus is available. Please RSVP with MSU to be updated: visit careernetwork.msu.edu and login to MySpartanCareer click on the ‘events’ tab > click the ‘workshops’ tab > keyword: Crawl. Questions? Contact Becky Brewer, firstname.lastname@example.org
PART III (UPCOMING EVENTS)-
Tuesday, November 12th
1. Examining Civil Rights
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Education Wing (6:00pm)
Free and open to the public
What are civil rights? Who gets to decide what civil rights are? How does the recent George Zimmerman case and Supreme Court decisions on voting rights and LBGT rights affect civil rights? What is the psycho-emotional impact of debates about civil rights? How are these deeply personal and at the same time pervasively public issues depicted through art? Join a panel of faculty, students, civil rights advocates, and community activists as we explore the contemporary state of civil rights in our society, presented by the LGBT Resource Center and the Broad Art Museum.
2. Screening of the film, The Dialogue, held in association with the U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Education Week (IEW).
Kellogg Center (6:30pm)
In collaboration with Crossing Borders Education (CBE), International Studies & Programs and affiliated offices and centers will screen the CBE created and MSU co-produced documentary. Following the screening, there will be a facilitator-discussant panel that will engage the audience in discussion of a range of intercultural issues that are explored in the film. Please feel free to share this announcement with anyone who you believe would like to attend this event. a This event is also posted the MSU Cbe (MSU Crossing Borders Education) Facebook page and on the OISS Facebook Page and we encourage you to share the post with your friends and on any pages that you manage.
If you use Twitter, please tweet with #MSUCrossingBorders.
The MSU documentary screening is part of a larger national screening event series. Through our collaboration with CBE, MSU will offer similar screening opportunities to affiliated schools during IEW. We anticipate over 500 high schools, community colleges, and universities will register to host a facilitated screening of The Dialogue at their institution. If you have questions, please contact a member of the planning committee: Dawn Pysarchik (email@example.com), Brett Berquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Briggs (email@example.com). A trailer and the accompanying MSU toolkit, containing resources to aid facilitators in exploring the intercultural content of the film, are available at: (http://isp.msu.edu/cbe).
Wednesday, November 13th
1. “Life in the U.S. Culture Series” presented by OISS (Office of International Students & Scholars) Monthly Topic: “Winter Wonderland: Staying Safe and Enjoying Michigan Winters”
117 Berkey Hall (300-4:00 PM)
Learn how to dress and drive, fun activities to do in the snow, and how to avoid depression. View FLYER here!
2. BSA presents the 41st Black Power Rally “Code Black: Stand Our Ground”
Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall (7:00pm)
Thursday, November 14th
1. Marathon of Majors
Union Building – 2nd Floor Ballroom (new location) (5:00-7:00 PM)
Sponsored by: Undergraduate University Division
FOR ALL STUDENTS EXPLORING OR SEEKING NEW MAJORS
This event is a one-stop opportunity for students to meet with representatives from the Colleges to learn about MSU’s majors and programs. Students can learn about choosing a major, major & College requirements, internships & career opportunities, tutoring and other support services.
2. NAISO presents Free Concert featuring Frank Waln & Samsoche Sampson
Kellogg Center, Lincoln Room (7:00pm)
View Facebook Event Page Here!
Friday, November 15th
1. Being a Spartan: A Cross-Cultural Experience “Why Do I Have to Take This Course?”–Careers Across Cultures
McDonel Hall Kiva, Room C107 (3:00 – 4:00pm)
MSU Counseling Center, Office of International Students and Scholars, Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions, and Resident Education and Housing Services are excited to present a series of 1-hour workshops to help all students be successful at MSU! These interactive workshops are applicable to ALL students at MSU, international and domestic students who recognize that intercultural relationships and a multicultural education will prepare them for study abroad, internships, and securing a job in our global workplace. Contact John Lee or Duk-Hae Sung at counseling @cc.msu.edu or call (517) 355-8270.
2. “Beyond Black Atlantic Paradigms- The New African Diaspora” presented by AAAS (African American & African Studies’ “Renegotiating Black Studies Today” Series.
Brody Complex Auditorium (6:00-8:00 PM)
Featuring: Dr. Baffour Takyi, Dr. Regine Jackson, and Dr. Dawne Curry.
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3. Screening and Panel “The Central Park Five”
RCAH Theater (6:00-9:00pm)
Panelists will include: Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam, two of the Central Park Five exonerees and Innocence Project speakers, Dr. Pero Dagbovie, Michigan State University Professor of History, and Barbara O’ Brien, Michigan State University Associate Professor of Law. Members of the Central Park Five will offer personal testimonies about the case. They will discuss their experiences within New York City?s criminal justice system; reveal how the case impacted their families; describe how the documentary project developed; and their local activism within New York City. More broadly, the panel, in the wake of the shooting death of Trayon Martin and the premier of Ryan Coogler’s 2013 film Fruitvale Station, a dramatization of the 2009 killing of Oscar Grant, will discuss the historical and contemporary criminalization of and violence against young African American men.
Department of History, School of Law, and RCAH is hosting on Friday, November 15 in the RCAH. The Department of History plans to screen the two-hour documentary The Central Park Five on Friday, November 15, 2013. The film examines a racial charged criminal case that garnered national attention. In 1989, four African American teens and one Latino teenager were arrested, charged, and convicted for brutally beating and raping a twenty-eight year old white female jogger in New York City?s Central Park. Publicly labeled a “wolfpack,” the five teens spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit. In 2002, DNA testing confirmed that the five young men were wrongly accused of the crime. Author Sarah Burns and filmmakers Kevin Burns and David McMahon’s riveting documentary, The Central Park Five (2013) tells the long forgotten story of five innocent young teens blamed for committing one of New York City’s most heinous crimes. The documentary brilliantly captures the case from the perspective of the five young men. It highlights how deeply ingrained prejudice impacted the legal investigation and media coverage of the case and New Yorkers’ perceptions of young African American men. Moreover, the film underscores the socioeconomic and political conditions of one of America?s most fascinating urban cities during the late 1980s: New York. An hour-long panel discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.
4. APASO’s Annual Pageant
McDonel Kiva (6:00-9:00pm)
View Facebook Event Page Here!
Sunday, November 17th
Global Festival 2013
Brody Square Complex (12noon-4:00pm)
Travel the World in One Day!
Global Festival 2013 will be held on November 17th at the Brody Square Complex and offers the greater Lansing community the chance to explore cultures from around the world. Every year, international students participate in showcasing their home country with features such as children’s games, international exhibits, and performances.
During the festival explore the World Gift Shop, which offers a variety of international art works, jewelry, glassware, clothing and a multitude of gift items. Proceeds support the CVIP Scholarship Fund for spouses of international students to attend MSU classes. The Global Festival is the best family event in town – and it’s free!
Would you like to learn more about the Global Festival? Here’s more information.
Thursday, November 21st
Lunch & Learn: Legal Career Opportunities in Indigenous Law
MSU Law College, 648 N. Shaw Lane (12:00 – 12:55 pm)
Individuals who are interested in legal career opportunities focusing on issues that affect indigenous peoples and tribes are invited to our “Lunch and Learn” presentation featuring remarks by faculty and staff members of the MSU Law Indigenous Law and Policy Center. There is no cost to attend and undergraduates at all levels of their education – freshmen through seniors – are welcome to attend. College graduates and graduate students are also welcome. A complimentary lunch will be served. Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or 517.432.0222. Please RSVP on or before November 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22nd
1. 7th Annual “Michigan Response to Hate: 2013″ a conference presented by The Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes and The Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Kellogg Center (8:00–3:30pm)
Conference Website Here:
For seven years, we have brought you to the table with award winning speakers and engaging programming. This year we embark on another great adventure together as we build great Community Response Systems to create bias prevention and response efforts statewide.
2. NAISO Round dance
Kellogg Center, Big 10
To close out Native Heritage Month in a good way, NAISO is hosting a round dance on November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm at the MSU Kellogg Center (Big 10 Room). Please join us while we celebrate our culture, traditions and honor our ancestors. There will also be FOOD and PRIZES. This will be an amazing event that you will not want to miss!
“The Cultural Connection” is a bi-monthly email highlighting the cultural/academic events offered by the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT) as well as other departments and organizations at Michigan State University. This email is organized into three parts (Part I/Important reminders/announcements, Part II/Jobs/Volunteer/Internship/Scholarship Opportunities, and Part III/Upcoming Cultural & Academic Events). This is only a partial listing of the cultural/academic events that take place at MSU. If you would like a cultural/academic event(s) offered by your organization or department highlighted in this bi-montly email and/or know of someone who would like to receive these emails please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the OCAT office at (517) 353-7745. If you would like to stop receiving these emails, please respond with your request.