"Home Away from Home"

Archive for December, 2015

Finals Week!

Finals were a busy time for everyone, but there is always some time for some extra help and nourishment! We hosted the Writing Table with Alexandria Janney, ESOL Specialist on Monday and Tuesday before finals period really started. “I really enjoyed the diversity of writing challenges and needs that students bring to the Writing Table”–Alex Janney, ESOL Specialist, Writing and Rhetoric Department

Then on Wednesday December 16, Miss Edith Wormley, Assistant Director of the Academic Opportunity Programs, hosted a homemade breakfast for students at the IC– eggs, toast, sausage and orange juice–yum! What a nice way to get some energy while building some community.

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De-Stress Yoga!

In collaboration with the Office of Student Activities, we organized a de-stress yoga session with brunch. This was the last day of Reading days so students were able to come, stretch and mentally prepare for finals! “Yoga was a very relaxing way to start finals week and it really helped to clear the mind and relax muscles”–Denise Polanco ’11, Program Coordinator, Office of Student Activities

The Green Tea Connection

On Monday December 7th, the Intercultural Affairs Center in association with the Environmental Studies Department to discuss different green ways of life on campus. It is a new wave of conversations bringing together environmental and social justice issues together. The two presenters led the discussion exposing the difficulties that the community in Geneva and HWS face when it comes to social justice and the environment.

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On Saturday December 5th, Sankofa: The Black Student Union on campus hosted their Kwanzaa event in the Vandervort Room. The event had multiple performers ranging from a gospel choir to Modern African dance to a Hipnotiqs performance. In addition, there was a video tribute to Professor King, the advisor to the club. The theme of the night was Ubuntu, I am because you are.

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Here are some videos from students about there reactions from the event,





German Club Winterzeit

On Wednesday December 2nd, the German club held a German presentation by the German FLTA, Yvonne Brieger, on how the Holidays are celebrated in Germany. She discussed the many different festivals and traditions that Germans partake in during this time of the year. On Saturday December 5th, some students from the German club went out to a German dinner at Rheinblick to enjoy some German food and some last minute bonding as a group and a club.

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Islamic Fashion Show

On Wednesday November 4th, Professor Anwar’s Gender and Islam Class and Project Nur collaborated to present an Islamic Fashion Show in the Vandervort Room. The show included performers that did traditional dancing from Indonesia and models all kinds of fashions from South East Asia.

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Thanksgiving @ IC

Over Thanksgiving, the Intercultural Affairs Center hosted a Thanksgiving meal for the students who were unable to go home for the holiday. The Intercultural Affairs Center tries to provide a sentiment of home for all the students who attended the dinners provided throughout the weekend. This is what Justin Partyka H’16 had to say about the gathering, “It was so nice to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at the IC. Though I wasn’t able to make it home to see my family, the IC provided a wonderful “home away from home” for me over the holiday. We had a full turkey, sweet potatoes, pie, and even sparking apple juice!  More importantly though, I got to spend Thanksgiving with other students with many different interests and backgrounds who I may not have otherwise met on campus. I’m truly thankful to the IC for all they did to create such a wonderful community for me this break!“.

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