Japanese Culture Night at Ihouse

On Sunday night, April 22th, WVU International House held the Japanese Culture Night as the last culture night for this semester.

Four Japanese students in their traditional clothes gave a presentation about the Japanese culture and their customs before the Japanese dinner as usual.

So, the most popular part– enjoying the Japanese food! They included different kind of Rolls, Sashimi, salad and Miso soup.


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Women Across Cultures

“Women across Cultures”is a program held by WVU OISS at REC Center.

I remember when on the first day of the International Students Orientation, we were all invited to attend the women across cultures lectures and program to share our cultures and make friends with the female students from other countries. The regular meetings are held in E. Moore Hall where OISS locates.

Here is the detailed information provided by OISS:

During the school year, meetings are held every Friday, 10:00 am to 12 noon (unless otherwise noted) at the WVU Student Recreation Center, except for occasional trips. Free parking is available during the meeting and the Rec. Center is easy to get to by the PRT and by bus.

We will be from 10:00 am to noon in the conference room (we will post signs) unless otherwise listed. Children are always welcome. We also welcome newcomers and visitors and can help with transportation if needed.

If you need a ride to any of these meetings, please call Liz or Karen no later than Thursday.

Liz can be reached at 304-291-1755 or 304-685-8312 any time. Karen can be reached at 304-293-3519 during office hours.

Time: March-May 2012

March 30  Field Trip to Hemlock Trail. Karen will lead this morning’s expedition to Hemlock Trail, a unique state park with easy walking trails. We will leave from the Rec. Center at 10:00 am. Bring your own sack lunch.


April 13  Yoga Class with Samata Sturm. Join us this morning for an introduction to yoga, suitable for all ages and abilities (location to be announced)

April 20  The Tea Cupboard. Today we will take a trip to the Seneca Center to visit the tea shop which recently opened there. They have a long list of different loose teas available to try or buy and serve light refreshments.

April 27  Let’s Explore Preston County! Join us today as Karen hosts today’s meeting at her home in Masontown. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring a dish to share for lunch. Please call Liz to let her know if you plan to join us or if you need a ride. For directions, call Karen at 304-293-3519 during office hours.

May 4  Trip to Shields Herb and Flower Farm in Spraggs, PA (just over the state line from Blacksville, WV). This family-owned nursery specializes in herbs and scented leaf geraniums as well as the more usual flower and vegetable seedlings. Join us this morning for a trip to see what they have now that planting time is here. We will carpool from the Rec. Center, leaving at 10:00 am.

May 11  Laurel Caverns a few miles north of Morgantown in Pennsylvania, is the largest natural cave in Pennsylvania. We will carpool from the Rec. Center, leaving at 10:00 am. The guided tour through lighted passageways lasts about an hour. You will need a light jacket and good walking shoes. Bring a snack to share.

May 18  Badminton. Today we will meet at the Rec. Center to play badminton. There will be a fee of $5 If you do not already have a membership to the Rec. Center. Come and try it!

May 25  TBA

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Facebook Group of WVU International House

As I talked a lot about the WVU International House and the events held by it, actually, there is a Facebook Group for it. Here is the wordle of the most used words in their recent two months’ posts (from March 1st to April 12th).

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International House Easter Party!

As an international student, I have several friends living in International House and they always invite me to their pasties.

Yesterday, April 5th, International House hold an Easter party which includes the egg hunt and eggs painting.

In the egg hunt, whoever found the egg with a number in it can get the prize of the same number. About 150 eggs with candies, chocolates, toys or number tags in each egg were put in the first floor and the outside of International House. The prizes were sponsored by International Office which include WVU T-shirts, WVU wallets, WVU earrings, a large basket of candies, etc.

After the egg hunt is the egg painting. Everyone was encouraged to paint on the raw eggs in whatever ways. On the Good Friday, the faculty of International House will use these painted Easter Eggs to make pancakes as their Good Friday breakfast which is new to all the international students there.

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African Culture Night– Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria

I talked about the international culture events in WVU International House before, and last Sunday night I attended the African Culture Night held at International House.

Although it was called the “Africa Night”, it only presented four countries– Morocco, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. All the culture nights are held by the international students who live in International House and just present their own countries, so the students from the only four African countries provided traditional food, drinks and cultural presentations of these four countries representing the whole Africa.

Before enjoying the exotic food, four African exchange students in their traditional clothes, representing Morocco, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya, introduced their culture, history and the things we didn’t know about these countries by the presentations with a lot photos of African.

The food includes sour fried potatoes, spicy fried potatoes, cakes, chicken wings, fried rice with noodles  and fried bananas. My favorite one is the fried rice with noodles. It tastes like Chinese fried rice, and the noodles are very special. The drinks are the Morocco tea and the Kenya tea. The Kenya tea is really good. It is mixed with black tea, spice and milk, the spice in it is from Kenya.

There will be more culture nights in next few weeks. Whoever interested in foreign culture are welcome:)

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D.C Trip, Festival of Ideas and Women’s Studies Scholarships

Washington D.C. Trip!

When: Saturday, March 17th
Time: Bus leaves sharp at 7:00 AM sharp and will return at 10:00 PM Where: Bus leaves from the front of the Mountainlair

WVU’s Organization for Native American Interests (ONAI) is chartering a second bus for a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The bus will leave the Mountainlair on March 17th at 7:00 AM sharp and re- turn at 10:00 PM. Bus tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the Native American Studies Office at 202 Eiesland Hall. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, contact the Native American Studies at (304) 293-4626 or visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/WVU-Native-American-Studies-Program/287569261271676?sk=wall&filter=12. For a glimpse of the exhibits that will on display at the Smithsonian, visit http://www.nmai.si.edu/

Festival of Ideas:  Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

When: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 7:30 PM

Where: Ruby Grand Hall (Erickson Alumni Center)

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, best-selling author and TEDxWomen speaker, will address the WVU community on March 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruby Grand Hall of the Erickson Alumni Center. Lemmon is the author of “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” which tells the story of an ingenious young Afghan female entrepreneur who created jobs for 100 women in her community during the Taliban years. The book highlights the relationship between women and work, showing that leadership and empowerment can come out of even the most difficult situations.

Lemmon is a major voice on the role of female entrepreneurs in the developing world and writes frequently on economic and development issues. A former Fulbright Scholar, Lemmon earned an MBA at Harvard and is currently the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program.

For more information, visit the Festival of Ideas website at http://festivalofideas.wvu.edu or direct questions tofestivalofideas@mail.wvu.edu.

The Center for Women’s Studies & Scholarships

The Center for Women’s Studies is pleased to announce several scholarships and awards to be given out in 2012. Awards are avail- able for both graduate and undergraduate students, faculty associates and staff at West Virginia University. Please distribute this information to those who are eligible to apply for these opportunities. These scholarships and awards are made possible through the generous support of friends of the Center for Women’s Studies.

The application forms are available at http://wmst.wvu.edu/. Unless otherwise indicated, the application deadline for the- se awards is Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

                                       — By WVU OISS

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New International Events for This Month

Tuition Merit Scholarship Award
The Office of International Students and Scholars is inviting undergraduate international students to apply for the Tuition Merit Scholarship for the 2012-2013 school year. This scholarship will cover tuition for the Fall and Spring semesters and is limited to undergraduate students who are planning to enroll as a full-time continuing undergraduate student for the next academic year. For more information, visit http://oiss.wvu.edu/students/current_students/f1/scholarships/tuition_merit_award. The deadline for the application is March 23rd.
Extension Service Scholarship
Extension Service is offering a scholarship opportunity for freshman and sophomore undergraduate students only. The scholarship is awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. For more information, please contact Richard Fleisher at (304) 293-8130 or (304) 290-6161 or e-mail him at RLFleisher@mail.wvu.edu The deadline for the application is March 15th.
Mountaineer Middle School: International Fair
Would you like to share your country and culture with American students? If so, please come and be a part of Mountaineer Mid- dle School’s International Fair. It is being held on April 12, 2012 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Please e-mail Kathy Fisher at kifish- er@access.k12.wv.us if you have any questions. The school can provide a laptop and projector for presentations and food will be provided.
Vincent Who?
When: Wednesday, March 21st Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Mountainlair Ballrooms
Filmmaker Curtis Chin will be showing his 40-minute documentary detailing the case of Vincent Chin, a man whose murder and the actions following it sparked an Asian-American civil rights movement. Presented by the WVU President’s Office for Social Jus- tice and the Community Coalition for Social Justice.

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