Win #CulturalTrivia for 2 FREE Tickets to Julius Caesar in the Quad

Hey Beavers!

Erin Cunningham and Joseph Workman performing Julius Caesar in the MU quad
Erin Cunningham and Joseph Workman performing Julius Caesar in the MU quad

Want a chance to win two tickets to see Julius Caesar in the Memorial Union quad? Join us for our next Summer Chill-out Wednesday August 13 in the IRC (across from the MU lounge) where the ISOSU summer team will be hosting #CulturalTrivia! It’s a fun competition and also a way to meet like-minded individuals.

We have TONS of questions related to the USA, so if you want to learn more about North American culture, #CulturalTrivia gives you that opportunity.

How much do you know about the world outside of your hometown? Put your knowledge to the test!

The winner with the most points wins bragging rights AND two tickets to see Julius Caesar, a Shakespearean summer play, in the MU quad August 15, 16 or 17.

Hope to see you at our next Summer Chill-out!

P.S.: Even if you don’t win first place, the ISOSU summer staff is giving away prizes for second place and third place winners.

Spicing up Summer Chill-out

We chalked on the Memorial Union quad, created videos, and updated Facebook daily to spread the word about ISOSU’s Summer Chill-out. But Wednesday (“chill-out” day) came and only two participants showed up!

Rone, Shane and myself saw a problem, and we came up with (hopefully) a pretty good solution: Cultural Trivia.

In the spirit of culture, knowledge and having a good time, Cultural Trivia will be much like Jeopardy, but all the questions and categories will pertain to facts about the world. Team members get to show off their knowledge of countries outside their own, and the top three winners will get a prize!

This will be held during our Summer Chill-out in the IRC, located near the MU lounge. You also get a chance to meet the ISOSU team staffed this summer (we’re actually pretty cool people).

So we hope to see more Oregon State Beavers at our next event, Wednesday August 13 for a chance to meet new people and win really cool prizes!

#beBeaverBold!

 

Meet the Summer ISOSU Exec Team 

Because it’s summer, we’re down to just a few members of our original staff. However, the International Resource Center is open Monday-Friday all summer long. ISOSU is also hosting the 2014 ISOSU Summer Chill Out, a bi-weekly event to enhance cultural education and just have a good time. Check out one reason you should attend the Chil Out, by Rone Nop!

Meet the “Summer Team”

You’ll get to know the whole team during the 2014-15 school year, but if you come to the IRC this summer, you’ll meet one of these three coordinators.

Rone Nop, Event Coordinator/Co-director

Year: Senior

Fun Fact: “I am a film fanatic and love to watch every genre. My favorite genre would have to be Horror.”

What does #bebeaverbold mean to YOU?

“#beBeaverBold to me means to have pride in your community and in yourself. It means to stand for the things you believe in and doing what’s right, even though it may not always be the easiest decision.”

Mohamad Shane Iman Bin Mohamad Reezal, International Resource Center (IRC) Coordinator 

Year: Junior

Fun Fact: “(I’m the) President and founder of the Malaysian Student Association in OSU. (I) snorkeled with 12 tip sharks, sea turtles…stingrays and jellyfish in Perhentian Island, Malaysia.”

What does #bebeaverbold mean to YOU?

“It was never easy to adapt into a new environment after years in high school in Malaysia, but when I took that leap, emerging into the world of opportunities, that’s when I felt and realized that I am in for something greater…#beBeaverBold is to inspire and lead, make a difference to help and better the people and community, and standing with your head held high to what it means to be a Beaver, an OSU student, a part of the world!”

 Ria Rankine, Marketing Coordinator

Year: Senior

Fun Fact: I am addicted to grilled cheese sandwiches.

What does #bebeaverbold mean to YOU?

“When I’m walking through campus and a student I don’t know smiles and says ‘Hi’ to me is what it means to be #beBeaverBold. It’s knowing that a simple act of kindness can go a long way.”

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So what does #beBeaverBold mean to you? Post it on ISOSU’s Facebook page!

 2014 Summer Chill Out – Hosted by ISOSU 

The International Students of Oregon State University is holding a summer event to engage with students, enhance the education of culture through OSU. You’re invited to come!

We Want to Hear From You!

We welcome members our affiliate organizations, the cultural centers, incoming international students, and everybody who is interested in hanging out and making plans for the coming year. This is a good opportunity to meet new students leaders, make friends, and create change.

We’ll be providing snacks and drinks!

So if it hasn’t already been said…WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Jane Crider McHenry Ringo International Doll Collection

Jane McHenry International Doll Collection
Jane McHenry International Doll Collection

Yesterday, members of the ISOSU executive team stared into the eyes of over 240 dolls that, if they could speak, may have a beautiful story to tell.

We all know the dolls can’t speak, but the story of Jane Crider McHenry Ringo is known throughout Oregon State University. Jane’s mother, Ruth, began collecting dolls through Europe and Asia over a 100 years ago. Jane expanded this collection to nearly every continent on the globe, creating the Jane Crider McHenry International Doll Collection.

A few members of the ISOSU exec team, and the Memorial Union graphic design studio got an opportunity to see the dolls for the first time.

Shane taking the measurement of each doll
Shane taking the measurement of each doll

Rone Nope, ISOSU event coordinator, who created the inventory catalog list, enjoyed participating in the project for its message of diversity.

“I enjoyed the significance that these dolls hold towards diversifying the OSU community,” Rone said. “It shows many different cultures and how they dress from all over the world.”

As we worked to count, catalog, and photograph each doll, we were curious to find a doll that represented our national background.  For most of us, that proved to be a simple task.

Staff from the Memorial Union design studio helped catalog the dolls
Staff from the Memorial Union design studio helped catalog the dolls

Shane Reezal, IRC coordinator, found a Malaysian doll, Shane’s homeland. He immediately established a personal appreciation for that doll. It made him feel as though a piece of his culture was with him.

“It gives some sense of identity, representation,” Shane said.

The Jane Crider McHenry International Doll Collection is a wonderful representation of diversity, which is why we at the International Resource Center are pleased to make a home for them in the new Student Experience Center at the start of Winter term. The dolls will be on permanent display at the new International Resource Center.

We’re Here All Summer!

Just like the construction, the International Resource Center will be open all summer long. The dolls won’t make their debut until December 2014/January 2015, but we’ll provide updates on the project leading to their debut!

 

HOLI

Holi is festival of colors and it signifies a day to get rid of past errors, to learn to forgive and forget.

It is customary to wear white when playing Holi.

If you enjoy the color run, HOLI is all the fun without the RUN! The event was hosted in the grass fields on East campus, by McNary Dining Hall. The actual Holi festival was March 17th but the Indian Student Association celebrated by bringing OSU the festival of colours on Sunday, June 1st!

Holi - festival of colors
Holi – festival of colors

The Oregon State Indian Students Association thanks all of you who participated in their event this weekend. Watch the video to see how much fun the participants had, and don’t forget to join it next year!

Some comments that students gave after the festival:

“On my way to check this off my bucket list!” – Sami AL-AbdRabbuh

“This was so fun and inspired me to do some more reading on Holi to get the bigger picture. Thank you for sharing some of your culture, ISA!” - Maureen Cochran

“Just the perfect event to end the year with! Awesome job ISA! ” - Zahra Mohammad

“Holy cow, Holi was so fun! Props to Indian Student Association for putting on another great event.” – Andrey Morozov

Did you attend? How was it? if not… Will you attend next year?

And here is a link with more photos from the event. Enjoy the COLORS!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/SEAC.OSU/media_set?set=a.850294874999080&type=1

ISA had a lot of fun putting this event together and having fun with all of you! If you would like to keep in touch follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateISA

- Valeria Ursu (ISOSU Marketer)

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The Omani Students Association at OSU (OSA at OSU) participation in Spring Festival 2014.

The OSA appeared with its usual booth but in different theme this time to be all about stories our mama told us and some awesome superstitions, where the visitors enjoyed being in our booth and know about the old stories that we have. The Omani Student Association at OSU gives thanks to everyone who had sometime in our booth and supported us to make this festival such a success for the Omani booth.

The following are several pictures depicting the fun we had at the Spring Festival with all of you!

The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival

 

The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival
The Omani Student Association at the Spring Festival

The Omani Student Association at OSU sincerely thanks everyone of you who came to the ISOSU Spring Festival and interacted with their booth. We hope you participate next year! Like us on Facebook to stay updated with our events: https://www.facebook.com/OSA.OSU?ref=br_tf and Like ISOSU’s Facebook page as well to stay updated with all the Cultural Events on Campus!

Sincerely, the Omani Student Association at OSU

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Do live in the residence hall and want to be a part of something big?! Check out the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Organization. YES, National!

The NRHH is a national recognized organization that is recognized here at Oregon State University. NRHH is dedicated to recognizing outstanding individuals who work to improve life within the residence halls. Membership in the organization is only granted to the top 1% of residents living on campus. For this organization to excel in the way they do, they live by their four pillars which are leadership, service, recognition, and scholarship.

“A typical meeting in NRHH consists of Roll Call, Minute Approval, New Business–Officer Reports (typical reports revolve around the budget, induction progress, etc.), Old Business, Money Request, Committee Work, and then adjournment” said Alfred Garcia.

Alfred is currently the Faculty Adviser of the organization along with Lea Griess, a Graduate Teaching Assistant, who is the co-adviser. When Alfred arrived at Oregon State University this past July, he volunteered to be an Adviser for NRHH, which just started up again after a while of being dormant. Lea and Alfred were the only individuals to have been involved with NRHH before so they played a strong role in acquainting these student leaders to what it means to be part of NRHH.  The main role Alfred play is that of support and guidance in all NRHH decision making. Do you have what it takes to be part of NRHH? Check out this link for more information: http://www.nrhh.nacurh.org/

Some events that the NRHH is looking forward to is to recognize outstanding contributions to the residence hall environment through “Of the Month” (OTM) writing that serves to acknowledge all of the wonderful things people do in and for residence life. The organization also facilitates “The Leadership Challenge” which is a program designed to enhance the leadership qualities of our residents. In addition, NRHH will be seeking to award scholarships/assistance to select individuals who exhibit our pillars in all that they do for residence life. We are also seeking out community service opportunities throughout the weeks and months to come!

How do you present leadership, service, recognition, and scholarship in your college life?

SSA’s story

Hello everyone! We are the Slavic Student Association here at OSU, and we would like to share with all of you our story. We started our journey this year when our two current co-presidents decided that it would be such an awesome idea if we could make an organization at OSU where people from the same region could share about their culture, traditions, and have a support system. The group started small, in the fall of this year we had about 10 members, and our meetings consisted of getting to know each other, tea & sweets as well as trying to plan for events.

During winter term we decided to actuarially take action, so we had a small event called “The Slavic Student Association’s Dialogue” in which we talked about where we come from, where the Slavic region is located (which is the region in which the former Soviet Union extend to and from which we share similar traditions and culture). At that time we also discussed the things happening in Ukraine and we wanted to spread give out a message of hope to those who are in that region. That’s why we shared our message of #PrayForUkraine on Instagram @SSA_OSU and on our Facebook page (which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/SlavicStudentAssociation). At that event we also met different people from different backgrounds and cultures and they were also interested in our culture so they joined our association! You see, you don’t have to be from that region to enjoy and want to help out in sharing our culture with the OSU community, so join our organization next year if you are interested!

The Slavic Student Association's Dialogue, #PrayForUkraine @SSA_OSU
The Slavic Student Association’s Dialogue, #PrayForUkraine @SSA_OSU

Since we are an affiliate organization of the International Students of OSU we participated in a lot of ISOSU events. One of them was the Spring Festival. There we had a booth where we shared different stories our mother told us when we were young, and we also served “piroshki” which is a sweet pastry from our countries, which has apple filling in the inside.

Piroshki is served by the Slavic Student Association
Piroshki is served by the Slavic Student Association

Our journey didn’t end there though! We also had our first cultural night! During our cultural night people who attended got to paint a “matrioshka” – russian doll as creatively as they liked!

Painted "matrioshka" like minions, at SSA's 1st Cultural Night
Painted “matrioshka” like minions, at SSA’s 1st Cultural Night

We also had some wonderful dance performances!

Three dancers from SSA's 1st Cultural Night
Three dancers from SSA’s 1st Cultural Night

And we also had a band who was just AMAZING!

SSA's 1st Cultural Night band performers
SSA’s 1st Cultural Night band performers

During this event we all got to bond with the OSU students, tell people about who we are, and also got to share some of our cuisine.

We are so happy that we got to share our year with all of you, and we hope that you will want to be part of our year next year!

Sincerely: The Slavic Student Association

(if you would like updates from this organization please email: ursuv@onid.orst.edu)

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Photo of Magali SanchezName: Magali Sanchez
Year: Sophomore
Major: Ethnic Studies

Magali is from Woodburn, Oregon and is currently in her second year at OSU. Upon starting at OSU she has been very involved within the campus community. She joined the student organization MECHA as a freshman and was initially drawn to join because of a tabling event at the Beaver Community Fair. She has helped to plan the Noche de Gala event and has worked with the Chicanito program which provides workshops for high school students on attending university. She is still a member and goes to support various events as well as engages in volunteer opportunities.

Magali is also a member of the multicultural sorority Kappa Delta Chi, a sorority that values unity, honesty, integrity and leadership with an emphasis in community service, diversity, and academics. She currently serves as the historian and social chair of the sorority. As a member of Kappa Delta Chi, she has been able to build relationships with other student organizations and encourage students to engage in volunteering and service projects. Members of the sorority complete over 25 hours of community service a term and much of that time is spent volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, the cultural resource centers on campus, and at higher education workshops through the 4H program. Magali helps to facilitate study hours with her sisters, as well as supports various programs on campus such as sponsoring a LGBTQ panel and recently served as member of the planning committee of the I Too, Am OSU campaign and the Solidarity March.

Magali holds two paid positions at OSU. The first of which is the Center Coordinator for the Native American Longhouse Cultural Center. She offers staff and students helpful campus resources as well as works with other coordinators to collaborate in planning cultural events. Magali also serves a Community Relations Facilitator through University Housing & Dining Services. As a facilitator, part of her job is to live in the residence halls and program events around social justice issues. She helps to raise awareness among students regarding intersecting identities as well create a safe space and opportunities for students to take action. Three to four times a term, Magali and her fellow facilitators will program workshops around important topics such as adultism, transgender awareness, cultural appropriation, and heterosexualism to name a few. These workshops are for residents of the residence halls and are discussion-based and aim to encourage students to connect their personal experiences to “-isms” as well as facilitate a greater awareness of privilege and identities. Magali says the best part of this job is the “interaction with students, helping them to be more aware, and be more involved and a part of the community.” She really enjoys the collaboration opportunities offered from the position as well as building community among students. 

When asked what her personal definition of leadership is, Magali says “someone that works with the community, for the community.” One characteristic that Magali believes every leader should have is the “ability to connect with others in order to relate to the issues that they value. This will help others to ultimately reach their goals.” Magali’s personal advice to students wanting to get involved, “try every, and then figure out what fits best. Find things you are passionate about.” 

Magali has found her involvement experience very beneficial so far and has gained a greater awareness of social justice issues, connections in the community, event planning skills, as well as countless meaningful friendships. Magali plans on returning as a Community Relations Facilitator next year and plans on completing a graduate program in Student Affairs in the future. Thank you Magali for your dedication to social justice, community, and service. Your involvement in the campus community is greatly appreciated!