Sunday, March 13, 2011
Dear Members of our Community,
The staff of the International Studies Office along with our colleagues across the University are saddened at the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. We hope that any family and friends you may have in the affected areas were not hurt and are now safe.
The earthquake and tsunamis are traumatic events. Please know that there are resources at the University for you.
Office of the Dean of Students: 434-924-7133
Dean on Call: 434-243-3326 (cell)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on Call: 434-243-5150 (day); 434-972-7004 (night)
International Student and Scholar Advisor: 434-981-6505
NAFSA: Association of International Educators shared this tool with members earlier today: Google People Finder: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/ I provide the link in case it may be of use to you.
The people of Japan are in our thoughts and prayers as are all of you. Please contact us if we can be of assistance to you.
Dudley Doane & the Staff of the International Studies Office
Friday, March 4, 2011
New seminars co-sponsored by your ISO:
The first seminar is "An Introduction to Cross-Cultural Miscommunication" and begins April 4. Organizers call it a "crash course in semiotic theories of language and how they change the way we understand what happens when communication and, above all, miscommunication between people occurs."
The second seminar, "Cultural Stereotypes, Generalizations, and Particulars," begins April 18. It tackles the thorny issue of stereotypes and generalizations and introduces the analytic skill of suspension of judgment.
The final seminar, “Self, Person, and Identity in Cross-Cultural Relation," starting May 16, introduces theories of how the experience of cultural difference can transform a person and their sense of self, identity and their role in the world.
The seminars are being led by graduate and post-doctoral anthropology students.
Registration opened in late February. "Students can register for as many of the seminars as they would like," project coordinator Catarina Krizancic said. The maximum enrollment for each session is 100 people. Both graduate and undergraduates are welcome to register here. Participants are asked to commit to one 90-minute lecture and an hour-long discussion session for each topic.
The International Studies Office partnered with the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences and the interdisciplinary Global Development Studies program to design the seminars.
The spring series is a pilot and organizers hope to make the offering permanent as a one-credit course.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sikh Students Association
The 6th Annual
UVA Di Shaan, Mahogany, Sharaara and Mary Washington Bhangra
LIVE DJ, FREE INDIAN FOOD, FREE DANCE LESSONS AND RAFFLES TO BE WON
It can’t get better!!
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Student Activities Building
Monday, January 24, 2011
Dear International Student,
The International Studies Office will be providing bus service to Dulles International Airport on Saturday, May 7, 2011, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, and Saturday, May 14, 2011. There is a $25 non-refundable fee per person. This service is based on first come, first served.
Buses will be available for boarding at 6:00 AM at the University of Virginia Chapel. Buses will depart promptly at 6:30 AM.
Please see Valerie Spears or Bridget Ganey in the International Studies Office located on the second floor in Minor Hall to reserve your seat.
The $25 non-refundable fee is due by February 25, 2011. If payment is not received by then, your seat reservation will be released and made available for others.
The $25 non-refundable fee is due at the time of reservation for any seat requests after February 25, 2011.
Payment may be made by check or cash (exact amount only). Credit cards are not accepted.
If you have any questions, please contact the International Studies office at 434-982-3010.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The International Studies Office would like to extend an invitation to all members of UVa's international community to participate in World Wide Wahoos, our new global outreach program. Students, faculty, and staff from more than 120 countries provide global perspectives that enrich the life of our university. World Wide Wahoos will be dedicated to sharing this wealth of international experience with current and prospective students, and with the wider Charlottesville community. World Wide Wahoos will serve as a portal to the International Student Ambassadors, the International Speakers Bureau, the Global Student Council's international high school visitors program, the Education Abroad office's outreach initiatives, and the MiX mentoring program.
Would you be willing to serve in any one or more of the following capacities?
*Be a contact for prospective and current students and their parents looking to connect with someone from their home country.
*Be a volunteer speaker who could share some aspect of your culture with local schools and community groups.
*Be a volunteer who could help out during summer orientation for incoming international students.
*Be a volunteer interpreter for visiting scholars, international spouse/family orientations, schools, hospitals, etc.
*Be a contact for high schools looking for students who could give presentations about UVa to prospective applicants.
Please take a moment to fill out the attached questionnaire, indicating the ways in which you would be willing to help make this program a success.