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Celebrating Culture through the Arts

The 5th annual Celebrating Culture Through the Arts was held this year on Dec. 4 from 5-7 p.m. in the Scandling Center. This year’s theme was “What is Culture?” and incorporated students’ artwork, photography, dance, singing, spoken word and sculptures.

The event provided attendees to think and reflect on the concept of culture and the importance of artwork as a part of culture. The various artists had the opportunity to explain their pieces, while offering some history of their families and heritage.

“This program is great because its a public display of art in a “street art” fashion because attendees are able to pass by, appreciate artwork, and stay for as little or as long as they want.” Darline Polanco Wattles, Intercultural Affairs

For more photos of the event, check out the online album here.

Craft and Conversation

Professor of Religious Studies, Fay Botham invited students to “Celebrating Heritage through Crafts and Conversation: Dream Catchers” at the IC this past Nov. 30. Professor Botham explained the importance of the dream catcher, as well as their cultural significance and history. Students had the opportunity to make one of their own, with Professor Botham’s guidance.

For more photos of the event, check out the online album here.

Life at IC

Students spent time together at IC over Thanksgiving break relaxing, playing pool, hanging with friends and catching up. The IC is always open for all HWS students to hang out or do homework. Stop by and grab a warm drink and destress!

Grace Church Youth Group Campus Visit

On Friday, November 17, a group of high school students from Grace Episcopal Church came to do an overnight visit on campus. This was coordinated by Dean Montrose Streeter and his college roommate. The students visited classes, went to an Admissions information session, had a campus tour, were paired with HWS students and were taken to see Koshare. Overall the students had a great experience visiting the Colleges.

“The students really grasped the essence of college life by staying with their hosts  and also by attending the Koshare event.  Each one of them express astonishment that the college would allow students to express themselves in this art form using music most adults would ask them the turn off.  All in all, this college experience was priceless for my students and I am so grateful that […] the college worked so hard to create an environment where students from the roughest part of Philadelphia could feel at ease and welcome.”Lawrence Spears, Grace Episcopal Church

Conversation on Technos International Week

This past June 2017, Professor Alejandra Molina, Director of Intercultural Affairs, and two HWS students, Adrian Shin H’20 and Stephanie Pichardo WS’20 attended the Technos International Week in Japan. On Nov. 16, the three finally had the opportunity to present their work, “Identity Matters: Our Experiences at Technos” and reflect on their experiences in Japan.

HWS has the opportunity to attend Technos Week through their relationship with the Tanaka family, a friendship that began in the 1980s. In 1992, the Colleges bestowed upon Dr. Tanaka an honorary degree to convey their gratitude and high esteem of Dr. Tanaka. The Colleges formed the Tanaka Memorial Foundation, and in addition, 1992 marked the beginning of two exchanges with Technos International College, sponsored by the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust: the exchange of International Prizes for Academic Excellence and International Understanding, and Technos International Week. -20th Anniversary Tanaka Memorial Foundation Report

To read more about Technos International Week, check out the IC’s blog here.

Healing and Empowering Kenya’s Orphans

On Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. HWS welcomed Pastor Nelson Ida from the Kakamega Care Centre. Pastor Ida presented “Healing and Empowering Kenya’s Orphans” in the Faculty Dining Room in the Scandling Campus Center, where he discussed his work in Kenya while working with children.
Pastor Ida was born in Kenya in 1978, and after graduating high school, he attended the Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya, where he received his diploma with Upper Honors in 2008. He worked as an intern with the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre, and was immediately drawn to the Care Centre out of a love for children and their mentors. Since 2008, Pastor Ida has been working for the Centre, first as a pastor/counselor, and then in 2016 was appointed to be their managing administrator.

The Care Centre program, provides a supportive boarding residence to orphans and vulnerable children so they have the safety and stability they need to learn, develop and aspire. For more information about the program, check out their website.

“I have seen the home, the kids, and myself grow, and the whole program mature greatly. My joy is seeing young people’s lives being transformed at this place. No life remains the same once one comes to the Care Centre, and I see bright futures for those who have passed through the program, those who are in it now, and many who are yet to come.” Pastor Nelson Ida

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Career Update with Brandi Ferrara

Brandi Ferrara hosted another Career Update at the IC. Brandi Ferrara is the Director of Career Services at HWS, and is always willing to help students with resumes, applications or questions about their job search, internships, grad schools and volunteering. We invite all students to attend these sessions because they’re helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused about your next steps in your professional life. This collaboration between Career Services and IC has lasted many years and we’re excited for it to continue!

Unfortunately, this was the last session this semester, but the IC is invited Brandi back for a few Career Updates next semester. Look out for updates on our Facebook page or on our Upcoming Events. If you would like to visit Career Services directly, or would like more information about their office, check out their website.