How the International Student Employment Assistance Award (ISEA) Changed My Life

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Guest Blogger Fangyun Zhong is the Student Technical Assistant in the Commissioning Services Department at MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. She is a Masters degree student majoring in Environmental Engineering and recipient of an ISEA from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS). In her job at MSU, she deals with phase I documentation of on campus buildings for further energy usage analysis as well as steam trap survey and trapping documents. Fang enjoys traveling and, through this picture, sends you greetings from the Bahamas! 

For international students, finding a job here in the US is very hard without a doubt. Because we come from different cultures, we speak English as a second language and we do not have enough experience to get a chance to prove that we can actually do it!

So I came to MSU in 2012 and started to work at cafeteria for about one year before I heard about the ISEA award. I mean cafeteria is a good place to work at, but for most of us, it might not be so related to our majors and it would be better for us to find jobs that not only pay our bills but also benefit our future careers. So I luckily got this ISEA award in August 2013 and it gave me so much courage that I started to search actively for on-campus jobs through myspartancareer.com. I got an interview at the beginning of October and I could still remember the smile of the interviewers when I showed them this award. Yes, I believe this was one of my biggest advantages over other applicants. I worked for them and I helped to cut the budget by 50% for them to hire a new employee! I knew that I could get this job immediately after walking out of the office. Then I got the good news in the following a couple of weeks, and I liked this job. Now they are willing to offer me a temporary position after my graduation this May and possibly extend to a real full-time job in the near further. Thanks to the ISEA program, it gave me a more powerful reason why I was wanted, and it had really boosted my career.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “Ability is of little account without opportunity” and the ISEA program would be the door leading you to such opportunity! So don’t hesitate to open it! Good luck!

Apply now for an ISEA! Go to http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/students/ISEA.htm for application instructions.

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The Travel Journal: United Kingdom

“The Travel Journals” are entries submitted by Spartans who have chosen to transform their educational journey with experiences outside of the United States. Both international and domestic students at MSU are encouraged to consider studying or interning abroad as part of their program of study. If you are interested in studying or interning abroad, start by visiting the website of the Office of Study Abroad. With over 275 programs taking place in more than 60 countries, you are sure to find something that works for you.

Name: Audrey Mabiza

Year: Senior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Location of Study: United Kingdom

What was the study abroad/through what program?  History/Social Sciences  Program

What was your normal day like?

We would wake up and dine on an English breakfast. After that, we would typically have two hours of lecture time and class time, and in the afternoon we would go on educational field trips. The evenings were times where we could do our readings in preparation for the next day, explore the places while bonding with our fellow classmates, and also rest up for the next day. We had most of the weekends off, and this is when people traveled to places like Paris and Ireland. I used my weekends to visit family and friends that I had in the UK.

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Favorite moment? In Cambridge we had a chance to go on the punts. We got to see the old buildings and appreciate the scenery from the punts.

What surprised you most? How quickly I adjusted to the culture there, how rich the European history is and how much pride the English have for their history.

How was the food? The food was delicious! I really liked the way they prepared their fish and chips. I liked the food they had, especially because some of it was similar to what we have in Zimbabwe.

Three things you learned:

1)    Always be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

2)    Make each experience a learning and growing experience whether it is a good experience or a bad experience.

3)    Where ever I go, I am always an ambassador of my country. I should always make sure that I am raising the Zimbabwean flag high.

Would you go back? Yes, I definitely would go back and hopefully visit the places I wanted to visit but never got the time to.

 

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Undergraduate Research at MSU – Enhance your skills and build your portolio

From finding a cure to breast cancer to exploring voter behavior, Michigan State University (MSU) research is being conducted not only by people in “white coats” or professors in labs. More often it is explored by the youngest members of campus life – undergraduates. Undergraduate Research at MSU offers opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty on their scholarship and to gain a deeper understanding of the research process for a particular field. MSU is renowned nationally for its support of undergraduate researchers with programs, funding and support available across the colleges.

As one international student puts it, “research is a medium for creating good change in the world.”  Students who are involved with research have a lot of valuable information to share.

But just how do you gain interest in research and how will it help you? To begin, you have the option to work with a faculty member’s current research project or develop an independent project guided by a faculty member. Whether you would like to find out more on the effects of being sleep deprived or linking Electrical Engineering to the Central Nervous System, you have the autonomy to explore various ways in which you can generate knowledge and, as they say; knowledge is power. Students spend hours a day yet may not be aware of the continuous added benefits of research. Researchers develop enhanced analytical skills, improved oral and written communication skills, self-confidence and it can even help you identity a career focus. Research experience can be a vital qualification for admission into advanced education and could also earn you several letters of recommendation from faculty members. Where else can you learn so much and gain even more?

This year, MSU will continue to host the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). This is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to showcase their creative activity that they have spent a substantial amount of time and effort in. During the 2013 forum, about 545 students presented oral and poster presentations to members and guests while receiving constructive feedback from numerous judges.

When it comes to international students, they are not left behind when it comes to research. In this year’s UURAF forum, roughly 26 students from a range of countries including Egypt, United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, South Korea and the Dominican Republic will be presenting a variety of topics within their majors; from Journalism and Lifelong Education to Human Biology and Finance. These students are generating knowledge to further our understanding of various subjects.

So, how will you make your impact?

For more information about Undergraduate Research and UURAF visit: http://urca.msu.edu/

36b07b7Wendy Emali is an Undergraduate Senior from Nairobi, Kenya pursuing a degree in Finance from the Broad College of Business. She is currently the Experiential Learning Intern at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Her campus activities include involvement with organizations that promote African culture and unity.

The Asian Invasion: Coming to Terms with My Identity Through Music

By Elise Yoon

Elise Yoon is a senior Chemistry major at MSU and host of the Asian Music Show, Asian Invasion, on 89 FM The Impact every Monday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Star Chen and Elise Yoon in the studio at WDBM East Lansing (2014)

Star’s friend had just requested one of the latest singles by Girls Generation. “In China, guys call them ‘legs generation’” he told me.  I laughed, thinking about the rumor I once heard that the girls had taken out insurance policies on their legs. Here we were, myself and two students from China, singing in Japanese along to the K-pop sensation Girls Generation. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, this moment was the culmination of years of work, and ultimately what the Asian Invasion was all about: bridging cultures through a common love of music.

Music has always been a huge part of my life.  My parents named me after the Beethoven piece “Für Elise”, and like any good Korean-American parents, they enrolled me in violin and piano lessons at a young age. In my angsty teenage years, I spent most of my free time with my friends at local shows in dive bars and dark basements, more than likely doing some damage to my hearing.

I grew up sitting next to an FM radio. I spent my youth singing along to the dance, R&B, and rock songs of the 90s, sometimes even gathering up enough courage to call up the DJ and request a song by Sarah McLachlan or Cake.  I still remember declaring to my brothers that I had a favorite song for the first time.  It was “Waterfalls” by TLC; even though I was ignorant to the story and message in the lyrics, I loved the way the song sounded. It didn’t matter that I was unaware of the mature themes of the 90s songs I was singing along to, because I loved the music, and I was able to do so without needing to know the meaning of the words.

I preferred punk rock shows to playing in an orchestra; although I did enjoy it, the violin isn’t exactly cool especially compared to an electric guitar or the drums.  Being an Asian-American in a primarily white community also doesn’t seem cool when you’re a teenager, or any age in development, because you just want to fit in.  As a child, I refused to go to Korean school, and not just because it was school on a Saturday morning.  I didn’t want to learn how to speak Korean, because I was an American, living in America, speaking English with other Americans.  I didn’t want to be different.  Because I had grown up in a primarily white community, and had had US History drilled into my head so many times, I had this misconception that an “American” was a white person, and everyone else required a hyphenated name like African-American or Native-American or Korean-American.  By that logic, I was only like, pseudo-American.

When my two older brothers went off to college, they started taking Korean language classes and even did study abroad programs in Seoul.  Finally, learning Korean and being Korean was somewhat acceptable in my teenage mind, maybe even a little cool.  If my cool older brothers were getting into Korean, maybe there was something to it.

Pretty soon after, I got my acceptance letter to Michigan State University, and in no time had applied to my favorite radio station: 88.9 The Impact.  I started training to be a DJ, and after a short time on The Fix (our online-only training station), I was ecstatic to accept a spot as the Sunday night/Monday morning 2-6 AM DJ.  The hours were hard, but I was hooked.  I loved being able to share music with people, to tell listeners random facts about artists, upcoming concerts, and even identify songs for callers as previous Impact DJs had done for me and my friends when we were younger.

Pretty soon I was doing everything I possibly could at the radio station.  Joining the promotional street team, writing reviews for new CDs each week, interviewing artists, and even getting into audio production.  I changed my major from History to Telecommunications.  At the same time, I was taking an introductory Korean language course.  That summer I went to Korea to stay with my brother; while still in Seoul I knew I had to come back, and I applied to study abroad at an internet café in Seoul.

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Baeknyeong Island off the coast of North Korea (2008)

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Lanterns for Buddha’s Birthday celebration in Seoul, South Korea (2008)

Though I had visited Korea a couple of times as a child, it felt like I was discovering my parents’ homeland for the very first time.  I wandered around the city, walked through random public parks, hiked up mountains, visited small art galleries, stumbled upon protests, ate in more than one restaurant that was actually some grandma’s living room, and I fell in love with Korea.  When I was with my friends, many of whom were also Korean-Americans (or Korean-Canadians, or Korean-Australians), we came to know our parents’ land through its culture.  We ate spicy food, we watched movies (though we didn’t always understand them), we learned drinking games from native Koreans, and of course, we spent countless hours singing karaoke in dark basement rooms.

Let me be clear about one thing: karaoke is not just something you do for fun in South Korea.  Karaoke is a national pastime.  Everywhere in Seoul, you see “노래방” which means norae-bang, Korean for “song room”, or karaoke.  Alleys are lined with neon noraebang signs, and you can hear the latest pop songs blasting out of each establishment.  When we had a family reunion, my uncle put on his glasses and studiously wrote down song names along with their five-digit codes before we left for the noraebang in order to maximize our time there.  Like I said, Koreans are serious about karaoke.

In the spring of 2008, Big Bang was huge, and it was the song “Lies” that got me into K-pop.  The song’s success lasted for a surprisingly long time considering how quickly K-pop moves, and how quickly an artist can become irrelevant.  I absolutely loved K-pop, its dance beats and unique style of combining ballads with rap felt refreshing.

My first semester in Korea, I enrolled in a class on Hallyu, or the Korean Wave.  Hallyu is the term used to describe the recent phenomenon of Korean popular culture’s extreme success around the world, first starting in China and Japan, and now making its way around the world to places like Russia, South America, and even the Middle East.  It was fun to watch movies in class and discuss their cultural impact, but I never thought Hallyu would have personal implications.

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Local indie band Seogyo Group Sound performs at Club FF in Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea (2008)

In Seoul, there is a neighborhood called Hongdae, short for Hongik Dae-hakyo, or Hongik University, a small school known for its arts program.  Hongdae is where punk music in Korea first emerged in the mid-90s, and where most live music in Korea has lived for the past two decades.  I discovered Club FF when a guitarist invited my friend to see his band play.  Walking down those dirty steps for the first time, I knew I was in the right place.  It felt like it could have been any dive bar in America, and I immediately felt right at home.  Finally Korea was providing me with a great live music experience, and I didn’t have to shell out a lot of money or sit quietly in an auditorium.

On Saturday nights, I’d throw on some sneakers and head to Club FF to check out live local bands.  I was so excited to see Koreans playing rock, punk, and even ska music.  I knew there was more to Korean music than just K-pop, but I was finally experiencing it.  I eagerly bought CDs, either at live shows or from my favorite hole-in-the-wall store Hyang Music.  When I temporarily left the radio station for my study abroad in Korea, music had been missing in my life, and now I felt like I had discovered a whole new world of it.

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Elise with K-Pop group 2PM at KBS Music Bank in Seoul, South Korea (2009)

I was fortunate enough to get an internship with KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) and to work with the weekly program Music Bank.  Each week, the biggest K-pop stars would perform their latest hit live on stage in front of a live audience.  Before my eyes, K-pop and K-dramas were quickly expanding in popularity into Southeast Asia, Europe, and even the Americas.  I encouraged our show’s producer to create a Twitter account to interact with the many English-speaking fans – at the time, corporate businesses were just figuring out how to use Twitter – he told me I could do it, giving me the opportunity to wander around backstage and take somewhat candid shots of some of K-pop’s biggest stars (somewhat because agencies and managers can be super controlling about their artists’ images).  In the Western world, fans loved Twitter because it allowed their favorite stars more freedom to be themselves; in the Eastern world, it made stars more human.  Music Bank’s Twitter quickly took off, and has since helped the show do live productions around the world in places like Hong Kong, Indonesia, France, Chile, and Turkey.

When I came back to America, I was excited to share Korean music with my friends.  Throughout my whole life, I’ve loved making mixtapes (or CDs, rather) for my friends.  The radio station had an open specialty music show slot on Monday nights, and the timing felt right.  As long as I had been at MSU, there was a large international community of students and faculty, including a decent-sized Korean student population.  I wanted to create a show for both the international and domestic communities to enjoy; I wanted to share the joy of discovering new music.  From my experience as an indie music fan and DJ at the radio station, I noticed that pretty much all of the artists we were playing were from America, Canada, Great Britain, or Scandinavia.  From my experience in the basements of Hongdae, I realized there was great indie music being made in other places; it just had to be discovered.

I chose the name “Asian Invasion” because I didn’t want to limit the program to any one nation’s music.  Anyway, a term like “K-pop” becomes more encompassing every day, with K-pop stars singing in English, Japanese, and Mandarin.  “The Asian Invasion” was meant to be a playful take on the British Invasion, but for a new generation.  When The Beatles came to America, girls screamed until they fainted.  Similarly, when K-pop artists travel to different countries, they’re greeted by hordes of fans at the airport and arena, some having camped out for days just for the possibility of a glimpse of their favorite K-pop star.  It was exciting to see more and more Americans around me discovering Korean culture through music or dramas, or even showing interest.  It was as if Hallyru was quietly invading America and the Western world, just as Japanese culture did before it.  The “Asian Invasion” meant more than a name for a program, it represented me taking back my Asian-ness and owning it; I realized I was now proud of my ethnicity and I didn’t have to apologize or be ashamed.

I went to the director staff with my proposal for a new type of specialty music show playing Asian music.  I started with primarily Korean music, because that was what I knew, but also eagerly searched for any Asian music.  Whether it’s a new K-pop group from Seoul, a Chinese punk band, death metal from Japan, or even a mixtape of Cambodian artists imitating 1960s American surf rock, I try to expose our listeners to a wide range of music; partly to illustrate that there is way more to Asian music than K-pop, but mostly to provide something fun and new to anyone with an open mind.

In a time when global dynamics are changing rapidly, it is exceedingly important to bridge cultures and realize that we are all human beings, and we have more in common than we think.  One thing I hear the most is, “I didn’t know they sang in English.”  K-pop songs have always included English, and takes many of its cues from American culture.  These days, I feel that culture transcends national borders more than ever.  Pretty much anyone with internet access can tell you who Psy is, and my cousin tells me that in Chicago, the Korean dramas have both English and Spanish subtitles.

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Mayday Now Here World Tour at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago (2014)

I recently got to see Mayday in concert when they stopped in Chicago on their latest world tour.  If you don’t know who Mayday (五月天 or Wǔ Yuè Tiān) is, they’re the “Chinese Beatles”, the first rock band out of Taiwan, and if you’re counting fans, they’re the biggest band in the world.  Ask anyone who’s been to a Mayday concert what that experience is like, and the first reaction is speechlessness. A Mayday concert isn’t just a rock show; it’s an interactive experience like no other. Imagine thousands of screaming fans who know every word to every song – Mayday has nine studio albums to date – a sea of glow sticks that change color according to the mood of each song, a stage filled with talented and hardworking performers, and film-quality videos between the songs that tell the story of a dystopian, yet hopeful future. The NOWHERE World Tour isn’t just a series of songs performed live; it’s an incredible experience centered around the band’s most recent album The Second Round, with two versions and a clever play on words. The album contemplates the end of the world in both positive and negative ways, named Now Here and No Where.

One thing I’ve heard over and over is how dedicated Mayday is to their fans. The Chicago concert was evidence of this in itself. For a band that has the fan power to sell out 200,000 seats for two nights at Beijing’s Bird Nest Stadium, and considers 30,000 people to be a small concert, coming all the way to America to perform for several thousand fans seems like it’s not worth their time. Yet they made it to Chicago, and managed to make a hall with 6000 people seem like an intimate event.  Something in Ashin’s voice is honest and eager, not to mention the thought and care behind every lyric.  The band makes sure to bow and thank their fans at the end of the show. Despite only knowing a few words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese, I was able to enjoy the concert thoroughly, and I spied some of the theatre staff tapping their toes and nodding their heads to music they were hearing for the first time.  It was more than singing along to the anthemic songs, or having this immediate connection with thousands of strangers that suddenly felt like close friends; Mayday puts their heart and soul into their art, and the result is something that can be seen, heard, and felt.

As I wrap up my studies, I am also slowly letting go of the show that I have hosted for the past four years. We are currently looking for new hosts. You certainly don’t need to be of any certain ethnicity or background to be apart of this.  My previous co-host Danny grew up in Kuwait, but later became passionate about Japanese culture. My current co-host Star grew up in Southern China, and I grew up here in mid-Michigan. All that is required is a passion for music and a desire to learn new things.

If you are interested in working for Impact 89FM, we are always looking for more DJs, videographers, engineers, writers, music reviewers, news team members, sports reporters, producers, promoters, and more!  You can apply online.

If your student group would like to partner with the Asian Invasion for announcements or events, please contact us at: impactasianinvasion@gmail.com

What is the International Volunteer Action Corps?

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Carlos Fuentes is the Assistant Director of Internationalizing the Student Experience at Michigan State University. He implements educational support to enhance students’ global competencies and global citizenship. These programs embrace intercultural and cross-cultural understanding and development for MSU students. Carlos is also the advisor to the MSU International Volunteer Action Corps (IVAC).

What is IVAC?

The International Volunteer Action Corps (IVAC) is a registered student organization at MSU whose goal is to bring together diverse students to learn about and embrace the different cultures that these students come from. IVAC strives to create environments conducive to creating meaningful interactions. IVAC values giving back to the community you are in and therefore provides many service opportunities in the greater Lansing area.

In the past, IVAC has had service projects during winter and summer breaks to Panama, Belize, Mexico, and Canada.

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Photos are from the IVAC webpage

Students interested in learning more about IVAC or would like to volunteer with IVAC, can contact IVAC through the info provided below:

Email: ivacmsu@gmail.com

Twitter: @ivacmsu

Facebook: International Volunteer Action Corps

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The Travel Journal: Malaysia

“The Travel Journals” are entries submitted by Spartans who have chosen to transform their educational journey with experiences outside of the United States. Both international and domestic students at MSU are encouraged to consider studying or interning abroad as part of their program of study. If you are interested in studying or interning abroad, start by visiting the website of the Office of Study Abroad. With over 275 programs taking place in more than 60 countries, you are sure to find something that works for you.

Name: Julia Miller

Year: Senior

Major: Plant biology, Genomics and Molecular Genetics

Location of Study: Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo

Study Abroad program: It was a study abroad through MSU called Wild Borneo:  Exploring the Biodiversity of S.E. Asia

“I was interested in tropical biology and I wanted to see a Rafflesia, a giant parasitic flower that has the largest single blossom in the world.”

What was your normal day like?

Wake up early and do a birding hike while the sun comes up, eat breakfast, go on another hike, eat lunch, lectures, or relax in the afternoon, dinner, then more relaxation time, and working on journals.

Favorite moment?

Seeing a flowering Rafflesia tuan-mudae two days before we were going to leave Borneo.

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What surprised you most?

The variety and size of the insects! We went on a night hike to look for forest creatures and we probably saw 6 different types of walking sticks, all at least 3 inches long!
Biggest cultural difference?

We were in Malaysia during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, when people fast from sunrise to sunset. So most restaurants and stores were closed during the day.

How was the food?

It was based on rice, vegetables and chicken, with elements of Indian and Chinese cuisine. Some of it was very spicy but it was all delicious.
Three things you learned:

1. Birding can be very fun.

2. Oil palm plantations are degrading the ecosystem in Malaysia

3. I learned where Brunei is! It is a tiny country that is on the island of Borneo.
Would you go back?

Yes! I would like to explore more of South East Asia and of course, look for more amazing plants!

International Corporate Tour

maya craft photoBy guest blogger, Career Services Network Events Manager, Maya Craft

What is ICT?

The MSU Career Services Network International Corporate Tour (ICT) is designed for MSU students interested in networking with employers, exploring various professions, touring company facilities, making friends, and discovering new cities. The ICT is experiential learning (non-academic credit) that brings students and career practitioners into actual work environments.

The intent of ICT UK/Europe (May 7th to May 25th, 2014) is not to secure internships and full-time positions at these international locations.  However, for ICT/China (May 30th to June 16th, 2014), Chinese national students are encouraged to participate as one of the goals is to connect these students with our partner companies in China for internships and full-time positions.

ICT / CHINA
Travel Dates: May 30th-June 16th
Location: Shanghai and Hong Kong
Application: China Application

In early June 2014 the group will head to China for a 15 day excursion. We are preparing for tentative company visits in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Companies may include Procter & Gamble, International Paper, Bosch, and Dell.

Objectives/Outcomes

  • To give students the opportunity to learn more about the corporate world
  • To practice business etiquette and professionalism
  • To provide networking opportunities
  • To meet new people and visit exciting places
  • To expose the students to a variety of social and business cultures
  • To advance the students understanding of the global marketplace

HOW TO APPLY

The application deadline for ICT-CHINA is Friday, March 14, 2014 and only fully completed applications will be considered. We will be taking no more than 20 participants on this trip.

Application materials should include: 1) the attached application; 2) your resume; 3) a reference list of two academic and/or professional contacts; 4) a 300-word essay addressing the following:

  • What are your professional goals and ambitions?
  • Why would the CSN International Corporate Tour be a great opportunity for you?
  • What would you like to gain from this experience?

You can apply by emailing your application materials to msuict@gmail.com or drop your application off at: The Lear Corporation Career Services Center (21 Eppley, Broad Business College Complex), The Center for Spartan Engineering or Career Services @ Spartan Stadium (2nd floor of stadium tower).

International Tea at the Gast Business Library

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By guest blogger, and librarian, Emily Treptow

The Gast Business Library’s mission is to support the academic success of the faculty, staff and students of the Broad College of Business as well as anyone in the MSU and local community looking for assistance with business research.  Tomorrow, Tuesday March 11, the Gast Business Library is hosting an International Tea from 2-4pm in Room 13 of our library. 

With this event, we hope to provide a friendly venue for interaction between our international students and our librarians.  We want to increase awareness of the services that we can provide to aid the success of all of our business students!  For example, each major in the Broad College of Business has its own liaison librarian who can help you find resources for your classes.  Come by to enjoy some tea, coffee and snacks and learn more!

Sparty in the College of Law Library, with a copy of the Accounting Review.

Sparty in the Business Library, photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy.

International Women’s Day

me 2014By guest blogger, and international student advisor, Takhmina Maralbaeva

In anticipation of the International Women’s Day on March 8, this blog entry is focused on women and the resources MSU has to assist them. Whether you are an international student, scholar or dependent, you may have questions about how MSU can help meet your needs. For example, if you are pregnant and about to have a child, where do you start looking for child care services? If you were assaulted, how do you find a professional who can help you and will keep it in confidentiality? If you want to develop your leadership skills, where do you find a workshop or seminar to attend that would meet your needs? MSU provides a variety of resources for women to address these and many other issues.   Please take some time to explore these resources with me.

The aptly named Women’s Resource Center “serves as the first point of contact for women’s issues and information” at MSU.  They offer services ranging from communication skills development seminars to self-defense workshops. You can follow them on Twitter, visit their Facebook page, or you can go to their website and see the list of upcoming events.  Most of their events are open to the public and have online registration.

The MSU Safe Place program provides emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy to victims of stalking and relationship violence.  All their services are confidential and free of charge. Visit their website for more information about the services they provide.

If you feel overwhelmed by your current workload or depressed because of this long and cold winter, you may notice that not only your mood and wellbeing are being affected by it, but it also negatively affects your academic performance and relationships with loved ones.  The MSU Counseling Center has professional staff that can help to address these issues and many others, all while keeping your information confidential.  Visit their website for more information.  They also have the Sexual Assault Program which provides crisis intervention and advocacy to victims of rape and sexual assault.  If you or someone you know needs this service, please call their 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line at (517)372-6666.

The MSU Family Resource Center is a great starting point for those of you who have children and are looking for schools and child care services in the area.  They also aim to help MSU employees, students and their families maintain a healthy balance between family, work, and studies.  Visit them online.

These are just some of the resources MSU has to offer.  If you know of others that you think would be helpful, please email maralbae@msu.edu and we will post them here.

Finally, please note that we intend to organize a workshop later this semester to focus on issues of health and wellbeing for international women.  Possible topics for the workshop include: how to navigate U.S. health care system, the difference between urgent care and primary physician clinic, learning common health terms such as PCP, OB/GYN , and Pap smear. The event will be open to students, scholars and dependents.  Please look for dates in OISS weekly email.

Take care and have a wonderful March!

OISS Ice Skating

Ice skating at the Munn was a hit! A Spartan Village and OISS collaborative event to skate onto the “icy” arena was filled with chit-chat, laughing, falling, get back up, falling again, and getting back up again to keep composure.

There was a ton of smiling, and people were not afraid to make mistakes because everyone was figuring it out together. Some were holding hands together, some were in a group, some people skated solo into the brave new world.

People were out there having fun at Munn with a pair of ice skates and a bunch of friends.

Leaving the adrenaline at the ice is inevitable, but there is always next year!

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