International Events

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January 2017

Thursday, Jan 5-6

  • International Student Orientation and Registration Program—Jan 5 to Jan 6, hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. HIGE welcomes new international students to campus Jan 5-6. We thank you in advance for your help in making our new students feel welcome at WMU. Information.

Monday, Jan 9

  • WMU Study Abroad Classroom Presentation Initiative—ongoing, hosted by WMU Study Abroad. The beginning of the Spring 2017 semester means a return to the WMU Study Abroad classroom outreach initiative. WMU is a proud partner of the Generation Study Abroad national initiative which aims to double the number of students studying abroad by 2020.  Reaching students through classroom presentations is one of the most successful outreach strategies in working toward this goal. Fill out a classroom presentation request to invite WMU Study abroad to present in your classroom. Information.

Monday, Jan 9-13

  • Call for CELCIS Conversation Circle Leaders—Jan 9 to Jan 13, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. CELCIS conversation circles are designed to help international students make connections with other students and practice conversational English. Conversation Circle leaders meet weekly with a group of international and domestic students to facilitate discussions on dynamic topics. Paid position open to the public; contact thomas.marks@wmich.edu to apply. Information.

Wednesday, Jan 11

  • College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Expo—11 to 2 p.m. in Brown Hall, hosted by WMU Study Abroad and the College of Arts and Sciences. The 2017 CAS Study Abroad Expo will highlight short-term faculty-led programs before the Summer I application deadline on January 31 and the Summer II application deadline on February 28. Free and open to the public. Information.

Thursday, Jan 12

  • Call for CELCIS Conversation Circle Leaders—Jan 9 to Jan 13, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. CELCIS conversation circles are designed to help international students make connections with other students and practice conversational English. Paid positions open to the public; contact thomas.marks@wmich.edu to apply. Information.
  • Applications open for English-Japanese Language Partners—Jan 12 to Jan 20, hosted by the Soga Japan Center. The English–Japanese Language Partners program is for Western Michigan University students (native speakers of either language) and offers an opportunity to practice Japanese and English outside of the classroom. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 20 for Spring 2017. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • Registration opens for Chinese Culture Classes—Jan 12 to Jan 30, hosted by the Confucius Institute at WMU. Registration is open for a selection of Chinese culture courses, taught in English, designed for personal enrichment rather than academic credit. Low-cost and open to the public. Information.

Friday, Jan 13

  • Applications open for Gilman Scholarship—Jan 13 to March 1, hosted by the Institute of International Education. The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for undergraduate students who are recipients Federal Pell Grant Funding. Eligible students should contact the WMU Gilman Advisor, Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, at michelle.metro-roland@wmich.edu. Information.

Monday, Jan 16

  • Martin Luther King Day Global Sessions: “Addressing threats to justice, the climate, and civil rights”—10 to 3 p.m. in the Bernhard Center room 208, hosted by WMU’s Dr. Allen Webb and Dr. Lewis Pyenson on behalf of an organizing committee of professors and students, the Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations, and the Frostic School of Art. Sessions combine short inspirational speeches, focused discussion, action plans, and connections to students, faculty, and community organizations. Topics include immigration and citizenship, Islamophobia, and supporting refugees in Kalamazoo. Free and open to the public. Information.

Tuesday, Jan 17

  • College of Education and Human Development Study Abroad Expo—11 to 2 p.m. in the Sangren Atrium, hosted by WMU Study Abroad and the College of Education and Human Development. The 2017 CEHD Study Abroad Expo will highlight short-term faculty-led programs before the Summer I application deadline on January 31 and the Summer II application deadline on February 28. Free and open to the public. Information.

Wednesday, Jan 18

  • College of Health and Human Services Study Abroad Expo—11 to 2 p.m. in the CHHS Atrium, hosted by WMU Study Abroad and the College of Health and Human Services. The 2017 CHHS Study Abroad Expo will highlight short-term faculty-led programs before the Summer I application deadline on January 31 and the Summer II application deadline on February 28. Free and open to the public. Information.

Friday, Jan 20

  • Night of Rafiki—7 to 9 p.m. in Rooms 208 and 209 of the Bernhard Center, hosted by WMU International Student Activities and the Western Student Association. This night offers a chance for international students and domestic students to get to know one another, create friendships, and welcome each other to campus through a fun game night. The event includes crafts, music, and snacks. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • Japanese Conversation Table—4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Cafeteria (main floor), hosted by the Soga Japan Center. This is a free opportunity to practice your Japanese language skills! To register, send an email to Michiko Yoshimoto that includes your name and Japanese level at Michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. Information

Saturday, Jan 21

  • CANCELED DUE TO NO SNOW
    Winter Fun at Echo Valley with CELCIS Students
    —day event at Echo Valley in Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS students for a day of skiing and sledding at Echo Valley! Open to the public. Information.

Friday, Jan 27

  • Japanese Conversation Table—4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Cafeteria (main floor), hosted by the Soga Japan Center. This is a free opportunity to practice your Japanese language skills! To register, send an email to Michiko Yoshimoto that includes your name and Japanese level at Michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. Information

Saturday, Jan 28

  • Kalamazoo Chinese New Year Celebration—7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, hosted by the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo. The event will feature live performances, dancing, and activities from China. Low cost and open to the public. Information.
  • Ski Trip with international students—day event, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students for a day of skiing! Open to the public, transportation provided. Information.

Tuesday, Jan 31

  • Grand Opening of the WMU Global Lounge—3 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Global Lounge (lower level), hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education and the Bernhard Center. A grand opening of the Global Lounge space in the lower level of the Bernhard Center. The event will feature live student performances, raffles, and free food. Free and open to the public. 

February 2017

Thursday, Feb 2

  • "The Unifying Power of Education" Panel—6 p.m. in room 213 of the Bernhard Center, hosted by the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. The panel is part of the 2017 Martin Luther King Day Jr. Celebrations and is hosted by Keagan Potts, graduate assistant in the WMU Philosophy Department. Free and open to the public. Information.

Friday, Feb 3

  • Japanese Conversation Table—4 to 5 p.m. in the Bernhard Center Cafeteria (main floor), hosted by the Soga Japan Center. This is a free opportunity to practice your Japanese language skills! To register, send an email to Michiko Yoshimoto that includes your name and Japanese level at Michiko.yoshimoto@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. Information

Wednesday, Feb 8

  • “Organizing To Prevent Violence and Build Peace: The Transformative Potential of Everyday Citizens in West Africa and Central America” Lecture6:30 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall, hosted by the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the WMU School of Communication. The lecture will be given by Stacey Connaughton from the Purdue Peace Project as part of the 2016-17 Visiting Scholars and Artists Program. Coffee and dessert will be provided after the talk in 2026 Brown Hall. Free and Open to the Public. Information.

Wednesday, Feb 22

  • “How to Take on Hate: A Dialogue on Islamophobia and Racism" Lecture—12 to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College Lounge, hosted by the Lee Honor's College Spring 2017 Lyceum Lecture Series. The lecture will be giving by Asha Noor from the Arab American Center for Community and Social Services in Dearborn, Michigan and Alisa Perkins WMU Assistant Professor of comparative religion. Free and open to the public. Information.
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