"Home Away from Home"

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Last Thursday, the Asian Student Union, held an event in the Game Room of the IC. This was ASU’s first event of the semester, and all the students where very interested in this unique Japanese and Korean dessert. Kakigori is a popular dessert. Many students that attended the event had never heard about Kakigori before. For instance, Victoria Thomas WS’16 had never tried Kakigori before, was very interested in the foreign food and was thankful that the IC was able to provide her with this opportunity. Here are some pictures from the event,

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Staff Matters: Kaylyn O’Brien

Last Wednesday, during lunchtime, Kaylyn O’Brian from the Centennial Center for Leadership came to the Intercultural Affairs to talk to students about leadership and possible leadership opportunities. All the students around the table participated in the conversation. This was an opportunity for the Centennial Center for Leadership to show their different programs that they put on without students needing to go to their office. Some of the topics from the conversation were ranging from the Pitch, to club leadership and being involved in the community. Kaylyn let us interview her, here is what she had to say,

Here are some pictures from the event,

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Kely’s Birthday

On Saturday, it was a great celebration for Kely’s 19th Birthday. Earlier in the evening, at the Abbe Center, all the many of the international students at HWS came together with a few HWS students to have a gourmet meal. Between the laughs and the entertaining stories, the vibe was playful and enjoyable. It was a great way to meet the international students and learn about different cultures that were all seated at the table. After dinner, all of the students hung out and played Cards against Humanity. It was during the middle of the game that Kely was surprised with his birthday cake. Here is a picture of Kely with his Birthday cake. Happy Birthday Kely!



Check out this preview of what you’ll learn on September 23rd in Scandling!

Discofox is a popular German partner dance young and old people in Germany. Come and join us on September 23rd in the ATM Lounge and get a step closer to Germany. Here is a video of how the dance is done.” – Yvonne Brieger German FLTA


This Summer we welcomed the incoming HEOP class of 2019! They endured a rigorous summer of work but had many opportunities to enjoy their home away from home at HWS. Through the IC the students learned of many activities to do on campus and at the very own IC itself, enjoying a night of karaoke and food as well as a night of movies and popcorn!

Welcome Class of 2019!

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IC Open House

Last Tuesday, the Intercultural Affairs hosted their annual Open House. Many students and faculty came together to celebrate the beginning of the semester. Here are some pictures of students, faculty and staff at the Open House.

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Here are some comments that some attendees had to say about the Intercultural Affairs,

Involvement Expo

Last Friday, HWS hosted its annual Involvement Expo on the Quad. Every year dozens of student organizations and campus departments sign up to host tables in order to spread awareness of their missions and also to recruit first year students to their organizations. Here are some of the featured social justice and cultural clubs who were represented at the Expo:

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Waterloo Mall Trip

During the first week of classes, the Intercultural Affairs Center held a mall trip to the Waterloo Outlets. This gave an opportunity for international students and domestic students to get some much needed items for the semester that they were not able to bring with them on their trip back to campus. Here are some pictures and comments from the attendees:

Thank you for providing us with an opportunity to visit the area” – Hiba Amro Arabic Fubright 

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German Welcome Dinner

This past weekend, the German Studies department held a welcoming dinner for International and Exchange students that came from Germany as well as students who are interested in German studies. This reception has become a tradition here at the IC, where this group comes and enjoys a delicious German meal and lovely weather on our front lawn! Here are some pictures, comments, and a video we were able to capture from the event:

It was an awesome event that allowed me to meet some great people.” – Jason Filipa H’19

A wonderful event that I will attend again!” – Micco Sarno H’19

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Summer Interns: Yi Lei

Today we will be featuring Yi Lei ’15. Yi comes to us from mainland China with a wide range of interests. This summer Yi helped around the IC with some film editing and archiving of material and this Fall she will be continuing on with the IC as the International Student Services intern. 945758_10200155964485459_1688187931_n (1)

Hi my name is Yi Lei and I’m the International Student Services Intern at the Intercultural Affairs Center. I majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in International Relations. In my current position I plan events and programs to help international students with their transition into college. My interest in cross-culture communications had led me to IC and I really appreciate the opportunities IC had provided during the past few years. IC has always been a “home away from home” for me, and it’s certainly a place where you can always find help when you need it.” Yi Lei, WS’15


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