The Society for International Students has been hosting bi-weekly Coffee hours for the past 2-3 years. Coffee hours were created to encourage interaction between International Students and American Students. These Coffee hours have been successful and our students really enjoy it! Since the friendship between students has been created, we now want to implement our goals and values as an organization.
The SIS officers decided on changing Coffee hour to Cultural Hour! Cultural Hour will now focus on a different country every time it is held. It will highlight students from that country and interesting facts they would like to share. By encouraging the students to share about their country, we will be fulfilling our duty as an organization. We want students to learn about other cultures and share their own. Cultural Hour will not be an event whereby you will just sit and listen, it will be very interactive and fun. Students are always eager to share their experience of living in the U.S and how life was when living in their home country.
Apart from sharing culture, Cultural hour will feature a traditional dish from the country being featured for that day! It will be a great way to experience a taste of abroad right here in Valdosta! The SIS hopes to attract new and returning students and anyone who would like to learn more about what the SIS is all about.
The next Cultural hour will be held on Friday, September 20th. The country being featured is Belize, Central America because it will be celebrating its Independence on September 21st!
Society for International Students Blog
The SIS would like to thank all students who took the time out to stop by its tent on Thursday August 29th. This student organization is working on improving its presence here at VSU. The Happening was a success for the SIS because it gave a chance for our International students to share their college experience with other students. The SIS would like to mention that anyone attending VSU can become a member of this organization. Some countries that were represented under the SIS tent were Nigeria, Belize, Korea, Honduras. If anyone is interested in meeting more students from other countries we want to invite you to our bi-weekly coffee hours. There will be one this Friday September 6th at 2 p.m. See you there!
It’s that time of year!
Despite the South Georgia heat and humidity, Summer is moving along steadily. Good luck to all students enrolled in Summer classes and CONGRATULATIONS to our Summer Graduates.
As you might guess, there are students full of anticipation and excitement (and sometimes dread?) as Summer comes to an end and Fall semester comes closer in to view.
We are officially 2 weeks away from welcoming NEW international students to begin their studies at Valdosta State University.Â Fall 2013 Orientation week will take placeÂ August 5thÂ through August 9th. Â As part of our Fall traditions, the Society for International Students plays a key role in orientation week. They do so by serving as Orientation Leaders and hosting a welcome cookout for new and returning students.Â This year, the cookout will be hosted at the VSU Center for International Programs on THURSDAY, August 8th. Â ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
At this time we are welcoming VOLUNTEERS to assist the VSU Center for International Programs during Orientation Week. It will also be a chance for our new students to meet currently enrolled international (and domestic!) students.
If youâ€™re interested in volunteering to be an International Student Orientation Leader, please contact Lauren or Danielle.
Â NOTE: There will be 2 Orientation sessions for new F-1 international students and a separate orientation for new J-1 exchange students.
Â Students receiving the international student scholarship– becoming an Orientation leader will count towards your scholarship activities (volunteering also counts towards community service hours!).Â Â
WeÂ hope youâ€™ll consider being a new student leader and welcoming new international students and exchange students to VSUâ€™s campus.
Â Enjoy these last few days of Summer!
As you can see, there has been a lot of changes going on.Â Another change aside from our new look, is the new e-mail platform that VSU has moved to: Office 365.
What does this mean?
- There will be changes in how to log-in to your VSU e-mail accounts. Check the followingÂ pageÂ for the steps you would need to do before logging in to your VSU e-mails for the first time after the migration.
- Check their FAQ page for the more common questions & answers, regarding the changes.
- If you’re having trouble with getting/sending e-mails on your mobile devices, check out the guides listed on this page, to see if solves your problem. As always though, contact the IT Helpdesk if you’re having any issues.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the NEW Society for International Students BLOG.
SIS students and officers will be asked to contribute various articles throughout the year. We hope this STUDENT DRIVEN site will be a space for new and returning international students to share their experiences about what it’s like to be an international student Valdosta State University.
We also hope to feature and highlight upcoming SIS and VSU Events.
If you are interested in being a blog contributor, or have ideas about the content, please contact me or Danielle Bacud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also send reminders to the Society for International Students Facebook and Campus Connect web pages.
We look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas!
Have a great Summer!
Sr. Educational Specialist, Coordinator of International Student Services