I-Students Newsletter

A Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Project from the OIA

Dear International Students!!!

Welcome to our new edition of the I-Students Newsletter! In this issue we have included the latest events in the CMU international students community, some interesting tips for new students, and some exciting and interesting events to get more involved at CMU campus life.

We hope you find it helpful and interesting!

Passing it on:Tips from our peeps!

These are some tips that some international students who have been here for a while want to share with those who came this semester:

1. Alejandro Mejia, El Salvador: One important tip is participating in events and professional training provided by different associations or departments on campus. It is really rewarding for our future professional development and some of them are free.

2. Dessy Ferdinandus, Indonesia: If you want to eat fresh, healthy and organic fruits and vegetables, you might want to try the Farmer's Market (during summer and fall), or the Green Tree co-op. Prices migh be a bit higher than the corporate stores such as Meijer and Walmart but it will be worthy as you'll be eating healthy and supporting local producers.

3. Blanca Dinora, El Salvador:

If you ever need to ride the bus and need to get to your destination at a certain time, you need to let them know, so you can be on time. Also, you should call at least 2 hours ahead and they will tell you what time you should be ready. The bus fair is $2 and you need to have the exact amount.

4. Jairo Garcia, Colombia: Since for many of us this is our first time in the US, my advice is about language. Try to look for native speakers. A conversation partner should be perfect to improve the language skills and practice it in real life. Also, look for a roommate who does not speak your native language. The best way to improve our English is to use it with everyone, everywhere and every day.

5. Anonymous 1: It's important to be aware of non-academic but very important processes such as how to get a Social Security Number and what it is for, as well as filing taxes. Don' hesitate to ask if you are not sure of how to do these things.

6. Anonymous 2: If you are very hungry and want to save some money while on campus, have lunch at the Towers food court. They charge around $7.00 and it's all you can eat!

7. Anonymous 3: If you live off-campus and decide to change apartments before your lease is up, most apartment complexes will let you sublease (check the lease or ask about policies first) but you will have to pay a fee.

8. Anonymous 4: Join facebook groups within Central Michigan if you want to: buy or sell household items, clothes, cars, phones, textbooks, ask for a ride out of Mt. Pleasant, sublease your apartment, find an apartment, etc.

9. Anonymous 5: If you want to go out of Mt. Pleasant and don't have a car, there's a bus that stops at the Events Center at around 1:20 going to Lansing. It comes back at around 7:15 pm. Check the company's website for more info: http://www.indiantrails.com

What to do at CMU?

Whether you like theater performances, live concerts, movies, or attending academic/cultural talks and workshops, here's a wide array of such events for the upcoming four weeks. We hope you can attend some of them and have fun!

Central Michigan International Film Festival

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 7pm to Sunday, Feb. 16th, 10pm

Park Library Auditorium and Celebration Cinema

Failry 16 movies will be part of this international festival that features several countries, such as France, South Africa, Demark, Norway, Mexico and the USA. Click here for more details: https://www.cmich.edu/featured/Pages/cmiff.aspx

House of Several Stories

Friday, Feb. 21st, 7:30-10pm

Bush Theatre at Moore Hall, CMU

According to CMU's website, this is "An absurdist comedy about a dysfunctional family’s unusual Thanksgiving, This play explores how stories help fill voids in people’s lives. (by A. John Boulanger; Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn )"

They also warn that "This production includes: strong language, alcohol and mild adult themes."

ADDITONAL DATES FOR THE SHOW: Wednesday Feb/19 and Saturday, Feb/22 at 7:30-10:00 pm, Sunday Feb/23 at 2:00-4:00 pm.

GET TICKETS AT CMU TICKET CENTRAL: by phone at 989-774-3045, online at cmich.edu/ticketcentral or in-person at northeast corner of the CMU Events Center

Advance Purchase Tickets:
- $9 for general public
- $7 for students and senior citizens

All Tickets purchased at the door - $10

Source: www.cmich.edu

Black History Month Documentary & Discussion

Friday, Feb. 14th, 2-3pm

Boveee UC: 302 auditorium

If you are interested in learning more about African American history, this FREE event is for you.

Details from CMU website: In "Soul Food Junkies,: filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Co-sponsored with the Organization for Black Unity.

This event is a part of: Black History Month

Vocal Faculty Recital

Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 8-9:30pm

Music Building: Staples Family Concert Hall

Do you like vocal recitals? Come see the faculty of the School of Music this Feb/23rd.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Central Box Office by calling 774-3000 or at the door. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors.


Wind Symphony and Symphony Band

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 8-9:30pm

Music Building: Staples Family Concert Hall

More music!

Tickets are available for purchase at the Central Box Office by calling 774-3000 or at the door. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors.


Jordan World Circus

Sunday, March 9th, 1-8pm

Finch Fieldhouse 110

Details from CMU website: "Producer Jody Jordan, has gathered a superb collection of artist and animals from around the world, that are sure to amuse and thrill you at the same time. From Aerialist, acrobats, rare white tigers, and of course funny clowns. All that plus something every child is sure to talk about long after the circus has left. “The gentle giants” Our amazing circus elephants. You won’t want to miss all the excitement coming to. Performances at 1pm & 5pm"

Contact: Delisa or Esteban at Jordan World Circus |esteban@thejordanworldcircus.com | 702-456-2642 or -295 | www.thejordanworldcircus.com

Admission: Adult $18.00 * Children $14.00, Look for you free kids tickets at your Area Merchants

Spurce: www.cmich.edu

Managing Your Time & Life

Thursday, March 13th, 9-11am

Rowe: room 229

In case you are having trouble balancing work and life ....

Details from CMU website: "Managing Your Time & Life. Life and work balance...how often it is talked about and how seldom it is achieved. This workshop is aimed at developing skills to help you identify and achieve your highest priorities. Solid time management principles will be covered along with tips for effective execution, thereby producing a more organized and peaceful life."

Facilitated by Harley Blake. Register at CentralLink/My Account/My Workday/Employee Training.

Contact: Deb Spranger | Human Resources | spran1dj@cmich.edu | 774-7194

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