The Omani Students Association at OSU celebrated the Omani Woman’s Day on October 17th at the Memorial Union Lounge appreciating and honoring the woman’s role in the national development movement of Oman where the visitors enjoyed the gallery and knowing about the woman’s accomplishes in many different fields. The Omani Students association would like to thank everyone made this event happen by coming and supporting us, and special thanks to our sponsor “Monroe Dental Avenue” for being our supporter. Thanks to the photographers of he event: Abdullah Al Zadjali, Husam Al Hinai, Hood Al Mayyahi, Hamdan Al Qasmi, Al Moatasim Al Ismaili. And a big thank you to all who participated!

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The Omani Student Association celebrates Women's Day
The Omani Student Association celebrates Women’s Day

The Student Events and Activities Center here at OSU, supports and encourages cultural celebrations, and we thank the Omani Student Association for educating the public about the Omani Woman’s day. We also encourage the students of OSU to participate in these amazing free, yummy, and exciting events! You don’t want to miss out.

Sincerely,

Valeria Ursu (SEAC Event Specialist)

 

Halloween Around the Globe

Hey beavers!

Hope you’re having a good start to your week! Midterms are over for many of us here at OSU, which gives us a chance to wind down and enjoy life. As you all know, Halloween is fast approaching, so in the spirit of the season, I went around and asked members of the ISOSU team a very important question this time of year:

How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture?

China

Quingming (Tomb Sweeping Day)

Melissa Feng
Melissa Feng

Our internal coordinator, Melissa Feng was born in China, and to this question, she answered: “Nothing.”

In China, people don’t do anything for Halloween. In fact, they don’t know what Halloween is.

Chinese may not know about Halloween, but they honor their ancestors every year for during a festival known as Quingming on the fifth of April.

“People burn fake paper money so the dead can spend it in the underworld,” Melissa said. “It’s not a celebration, it’s more like a sad day. Usually people go to the headstone of their loved ones.”

Melissa has never participated in Quingming, but says it’s a way to remember and appreciate ancestors who have passed. Acts of respect and remembrance vary throughout the country, but in most cases, money is burned and tombstones are swept clean.

Colombia

Dia de las Brujas (Day of the witches/Halloween)

Estefania Arellana
Estefania Arellana

In a show of how cultures may appear different but share many aspects in common, ISOSU co-director, Estefania Arellana, shares how people in her culture celebrate Halloween.

“The kids dress up,” Estafania said. “They go out to the streets to ask for candy.”

Sounds familiar?

In Colombia, people celebrate this spooky holiday much like we do in the United States. Every October 31, they have a festival of the dead, children dress up, and candy is disbursed.

Cambodia

Pchum Ben

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Rone Nop

“We don’t do a Halloween, per se,” said co-director Rone Nop. “But we have celebrations of the dead.”

These celebrations include large feasts where family members set aside portions for their ancestors.  “And we burn fake money,” Rone said. “It’s called ‘heavenly money:’ money that goes to heaven. It’s very similar to Chinese culture.”

How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture? Does it follow the western style where children dress in frightening costumes and go door-to-door for candy? Or does it resemble the honor and respect for one’s ancestors as seen in many Eastern cultures?

Share your Halloween here or comment on ISOSU’s Facebook page!

 

And don’t forget to join the SEAC crew for the 2014 Halloween Beaver Bash in Memorial Union Ballroom, October 31!

This event is presented by SEAC, ASOSU, ISOSU and Diversity Development! There will be free food, prizes, a haunted house to explore, and a costume content! You will also get a more in depth version of how Halloween is celebrated within cultures across the world. So come celebrate the night with us as we celebrate culture, tradition and community. OSU’s Halloween Beaver Bash is a family friendly event!

 

I was a shy, 17-year-old teenager when I first came to OSU alone with 2 trunks.

I still remember the first night I was in my dorm room alone and I was so scared to go out. Four years ago, I could have never imagined that I would become a student leader in America; in a cultural organization different from my own culture. Now I have gained a lot of event planning experiences, a lot of friends from different cultural groups, more confidence of speaking in front of a crowd and a job I enjoy.

In my junior year, I was looking for some changes. My friend asked me if I wanted to dance K-pop at Korea Night. I was not confident since I had never danced on stage. “YOLO” is always the line in my head which pushes me to keep going forward. I am so glad that I made the right choice. Dancing with a group of people for months and a completed performance on stage was one of the best things I did in college.

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Korea Night 2013
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Korea Night 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was the treasurer and vice-president of Japanese Student Association, and yes, I am a Hong Kongese. I performed in Japan Nights with people that share the same interests. I am glad that Japanese Student Association is a club that welcomes everyone who are interested in Japanese culture. Putting up Japan Nights were great opportunities to learn about working with different people. The feeling of completing the shows with a group of officers altogether is the best feeling ever.

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Culture Shock 2013
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Japan Night 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College is definitely a place where you can find out more about yourself. Find a time to go explore other things outside of your academic life. Don’t just stay in your dorm room or apartment after you’re done studying because you are going to miss out on a lot of fun, irreplaceable experiences and memories that you would regret not having. Step out of your comfort zone! You never know who you will meet, what you will experience, but you will definitely learn something.

I am really lucky to have such a chance to study abroad in the United States. If I had to choose again, I will still come to OSU because it is such a nice, friendly place.

 

#beBEAVERBOLD. Do a little more every day and explore your own potential.
#beBEAVERBOLD. Thrive hard for what you desire, speak your voice, be visible, and be BOLD.

 

 

Author: Joyce Lam, Hong Kong
Student Events and Activities Center – Event Specialist
Computer Science, Senior
Japanese Student Association Vice-president(2013-2014), Treasurer(2012-2013)

 

1. Tell the target group “Why”

2. Tell the target group “When/Where”

  • When the event/activity/campaign is taking place is very important to be visible in a video/flier for ease of checking and seeing if it fits in their schedule or if it’s happening today or in a week so they can place it on their calendar
  • Where is equally important, if it’s a building on campus most of the time the building name and room number is enough but other times if your target population is also the community placing a link with a  map of the buildings is equally as important

3. Tell the target group “How”‘

  • How is the issue/educational topic/activity beneficial or relevant to them
  • How they should be dressed
  • How they should present themselves
  • How prepared they should be
  • How many people will be allowed to enter the event

As an example for the pints above you can see this flier:

Halloween Beaver Bash Flier
Halloween Beaver Bash Flier

4. Reach different users via the methods they use to gather information

 

 

5. Make the event/activity/campaign appealing/captivating or Create an incentive

  • Create a 30 sec advertising video which is exciting and captivating & provides an overview
  • Provide incentive by giving prizes (ex: first 10 people buying tickets will receive a prize)
  • Make it captivating by describing the activities or benefits

For example, for the event above the Halloween Beaver Bash, our team made a commercial: http://youtu.be/Uusjv_UTwFI?list=UUF04U3o7uAtgm6hd6rlmWCQ6. Have a marketing team/collaborators that can advertise the event/activity/campaign

  • Delegate marketing tasks specifically (each need to advertise on which medium how many times per week)
  • Delegate who is going and placing the posters/fliers in the reserved advertising spaces or the free open boards advertising spaces
  • Bounce ideas off of each other and create some new exciting ways of marketing like videos giving a “Sneak Peak”

7. Face to Face – tell your friends & tell them to tell their friends

  • Tell your friends & tell them to tell their friends it will be appealing to them since you’re going and they have a buddy present
  • Tell people in your club or organization or even those in your class
  • Tell people you randomly meet during the day or just distribute fliers while waiting in line at Java

8. Create a Marketing backwards timeline

  • Ten or more weeks in advance of the event date create a backwards timeline detailing the specifics of each marketing component and who does it (http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/guide8)
  • Go through the timeline and check off once a task has been completed or add others that come up
  • If there is something that comes up try to work around it and change things around & talk through it with your team

9. Day of event advertising

  • Try to reach those who you didn’t get a chance to, send last minute texts to remind your friends
  • Remind your target group by sending reminders through the different communication tools
  • Chalking in the MU Quad
  • Make sure to have fliers/information about your department as a whole, or future events
Team picture with Benny
Team picture with Benny

Last but not least, enjoy the event! Take a team picture and celebrate your accomplishments as a team. If you have more tips, or if you’d like to share your story with us to be posted on the blog comment bellow or email events.sli@oregonstate.edu Thank you all for reading! Valeria Ursu

Internal Coordinator, Melissa Feng, Shares Passion for Job & Culture

By Melissa Feng

Student affiliates are an important part of ISOSU. One main way that ISOSU

supports its affiliates is through funding the culture events. This year, ISOSU aims to

build an atmosphere that centers around the community, and I am honored to be a

part of this big family.

 

As the internal coordinator this year, my main job is to manage the

affiliate organization budget. What I wish to accomplish this year is beyond that:

I wish to help connect different affiliate cultures with the OSU community on a deeper

level.

In the beginning of the term, I attended Hmong OSU’s first general meeting.

Before this meeting, I only had a brief idea of what Hmong was. While listening to

their stories, I realized that Hmong culture is becoming a lost art. Though

not everyone in the community is aware of the Hmong group, I am truly touched

by their stories: how their ancestors fought and sacrificed for a better life for

the current generation is inspiring. I recognized that there are priceless values

contained in every culture.

 

I am thankful that my job allows me to engage with the affiliate leaders

frequently. Through every conversation I had with an affiliate member, I can feel

their passion, drive, and pride. If you haven’t been to any of the culture events/

meetings on campus, I strongly encourage you to do so.

 

Once you step out of your comfort zone, and get to know different cultures, you’ll start to realize that, by the

end of the day, we are the same despite our external differences.

 

We all have a mouth to talk, a mind to think, and heart embrace.

“Like independent music? Come be a radio DJ for KBVR-FM!”

That was what the flyer said. I had only been in my dorm room a few moments. I had just waved goodbye to my parents, and they drove away without me as I went up into my dorm room by myself. In the dorm room, there was a stack of flyers at my dorm desk. And in that stack, I found the flyer that changed everything.

I had never been on the radio before. Five days later, I was a trained DJ for KBVR-FM.

4 years later, I’m one of the oldest DJ’s on the station.

 

Shane McKinnon at KBVR
Shane McKinnon being a DJ outside in the MU Quad.

 

I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t take that leap of faith as a freshman. That initial act of courage lead me to meeting some of my best friends, and ultimately lead to me finding KBVR-TV, which developed my passion for video production. I quite simply wouldn’t be the same person, if it weren’t for that day when I decided to throw caution to the wind and try something new.
This year, challenge yourself by trying something new. You never know how much you’ll like it, what kinds of people you’ll meet, or what kind of experiences you’ll have until you do. Who knows, trying something new could find you an entirely new passion and career, like it did for me.

For more information on KBVR-FM or KBVR-TV, check out their offices in Snell Hall (or the Student Experience Center in Spring) or visit www.kbvr.com

The school is well underway and as many of you, returning students, noticed the Memorial Union building is now looking quite different. The space which used to be occupied by the bookstore is now filled with exciting new stores, a newly built university kitchen, and even a new multipurpose room!

Here’s a quick video I made showing the new wing

The completion of the MU East Wing is one of the many renovations that are happening. Many more projects are under way. Visit SEC & MU Planning and Construction web page to get more insight about current projects happening with the MU:

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/sec/

 

 

Meet ISOSU’s 16 Student Associations

Affiliate Presidents & VP’s at the Cohort Meeting

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The International Students of Oregon State University isn’t devised of just six coordinators who spearhead ISOSU’s events. We are devised of our supporters, as well.

In that class, we proudly lump in the OSU community, particularly those who frequently attend our events. Support is also found through similar international organizations on campus, such as INTO OSU, who share and promote our cause. Of course, this post would be incomplete without mentioning the obvious departmental support, Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) and the Student Events & Activities Center (SEAC).

While I’m on the topic of being “incomplete,” many of us here at ISOSU would say that our story and our role on campus would be incomplete without our student affiliates. As of now, there are 16 student associations affiliated with ISOSU. These student leaders have taken it upon themselves to help diversify OSU. Their events create a home away from home among the international community, which is why ISOSU proudly supports and sponsors them. Their yearly culture nights produce an audience designed of multiple cultures. And by acting as leaders on campus, our student affiliates inspire other students of different cultures to get out of their comfort zone, join an association, become a leader and bring diversity to this campus.

One of our co-directors at ISOSU has such a story!

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ISOSU acts as a catalyst to bring international and domestic students together, which can be done through student involvement, such as the work demonstrated within our student associations. They also work to bridge the gap between international and domestic students by accepting multiple cultures into their association.

For many reasons, we’re proud of the students within these associations and the stories they tell with their cultural programs, and the story they help ISOSU tell here on campus. So hopefully you will get to know these faces throughout the year – within their programs, and ours.

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Meet the Team: ISOSU Executives

Part 2

You met half of our ISOSU staff this summer:

  • Rone, co-director/program coordinator
  • Shane, IRC coordinator
  • Ria (that’s me!) marketing coordinator

Now meet the rest of ISOSU’s executive team! Together, we work around campus to help make OSU a more culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

Estefania Arellana, ISOSU CO-Director

Estefania Arellana
Estefania Arellana

Major: Junior in Graphic Design and minor in Multimedia and Writing.

Fun Fact: I love Mexican Bread!
What does #beBeaverBold mean to YOU?
“#beBEAVERBOLD means to be inclusive. Regardless of your religion, language, and race, you should embrace and strengthen your community. We come from different places around the world, but we share the same space!”
Dulguun Baasansuren, International Coordinator
Dulguun Bassansuren
Dulguun Bassansuren
Fun Fact: I speak Russian, Mongolian, English and a little bit of Korean.
Year: Junior
What does #beBeaverBold mean to YOU? 
“Being Beaver Bold to me means accepting yourself for who you are, letting go all the fears for being judged by others and let yourself just be you. I personally have a hard time doing that but now it’s time for a change and I know that by the time when I will be bold enough to stand for my opinions and thoughts or just be me, I will be the happiest person I wanted to be, not a person someone else wanted me to be.
“Accepting yourself is important, but respecting others is what comes next. As an international coordinator I will be working and interacting with a diverse community and I have to make sure that I am aware of cultural boundaries and beliefs they follow. We all come from different backgrounds and cultures and trying to adjust yourself to every person you meet is just impossible. However, when you add a little bit of compassion and thought process,  you can find the fine balance between your culture and theirs.
“So I am Beaver Bold. I am my culture.”
Melissa Feng, Internal Community Coordinator
Melissa Feng
Melissa Feng
Year: Senior
Fun Fact: I was the tallest in my class (in) 2nd grade, but haven’t grown since.
What does #beBEAVERBOLD means to YOU?
“It means stepping out of my comfort zone and getting to know more people. As an 80% introvert, I feel that it’s important to find the other 20% of me. Everyone has a passion. I want to find it and share it.”

Fall is finally here and the beavers are back in their den!

Fall term is one of the best times to be in school. Current students and faculty are back in town and our newcomers especially the first-year students are integrating into the OSU community. There’s a lot of excitement to look forward to now that everybody is here!
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It is now the second week of school and things are up and going in full mode. As a former freshman, I really enjoyed the After Dark events that OSU has at the Dixon Rec Center and it was especially fun when students come with their new friends that they’ve made on campus. It’s always exciting yet nerve-racking to meet new people but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Don’t miss out on the chance to build new friendships and connections that will open so many great opportunities that are awaiting for you!

My biggest advice for first-year students and even returning students is to take advantage of the resources that are available on campus if you haven’t already. There are many ways to stay academically successful and still have fun by coming to any of the events that are happening. Like during the first week of school, there was the Beaver Community Fair. I hoped many of you checked it out because I know I found most of the involvement that I am a part of today through that fair. But if you happened to miss it, don’t fret because it is never too late! Always be on the lookout for other campus events and other things around Corvallis that may find your interest.

IMG_2605OSU provides us with so many different activities to choose from and that’s what makes this place such an amazing place. There’s always something to do! If you’re into sports, then there’s the football games to go to or you can join the sports clubs and teams that are available on campus. For those of you who enjoy learning about new culture, we have a diverse cultural groups and centers that you can check out! And if you’re open to new things, then there’s the craft center, adventure leadership institute and many others that you may want to try out. So you see the options are endless!IMG_3395

 

So here’s to a great start of the school year and be sure to make the best out of it! Be excited! Be involved! Have fun but also prioritize your study! And, of course, #beBEAVERBOLD!

Go Beavs!