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February 2017

Thursday, Feb 16

  • International Film Night Screening: "The Band's Visit"—7 to 10 p.m. in 2028 Brown Hall, hosted by the Sigma Iota Rho, Zeta Phi Chapter. Eight Egyptian musicians arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel's Negez Desert. With no transportation out of the town or any hotels to stay in, the band is in for a cultural awakening. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • Bowling with CELCIS Students—4 to 7:30 p.m. at Pinz Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS students as they learn about the sport of bowling. Registration is $5 and includes food and beverages. Open to the public. Information

Friday, Feb 17

  • Spring Convocation: Recognition of Discovery, Diversity, and Global Engagement—3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center Kirsch Auditorium, hosted by Western Michigan University. Join WMU in recognizing staff and faculty in the areas of discovery, diversity, and global engagement. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • Japanese Cooking Classes (Registration Full)—1:30 to 4 p.m. in Kanley Chapel, hosted by the WMU Soga Japan Center. Participants will learn how to cook two traditional Japanese dishes: Gyudon and Daifuku. Registration is $5 and includes all ingredients. Open to the public. Information.

Saturday, Feb 18

  • Kalamazoo Region Conversation on Respecting Diversity—8:30 to 12:30 p.m. in the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University, hosted by Western Michigan University, the City of Portage, and the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. This talk presents a conversation to reaffirm the regional commitment to embracing the unique American value of respecting diversity. Four discussion panels will feature law enforcement, state regulators, education professionals, and elected officials. Free and open to the public. Information.

Tuesday, Feb 21

  • Discover WMU with International Students: Reindeer Ranch—day event, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students as they learn about one of the things that makes the West Michigan community special. Registration is $5. 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.
  • "Identity in the Media" Real Talk Diversity Series—6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Trimpe Building Multicultural Center, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The talk will be given by Dr. Sue Ellen Christian, WMU professor of communication. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • You Are Welcome Here: Town Hall—6 to 8 p.m. in 1920 Sangren Hall, hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Haenicke Institute invites WMU and Kalamazoo community to a Town Hall to discuss the current state of affairs for our students and community, what we can do to remain a welcoming community, and what opportunities exist to get involved. Free and open to the public. Information.

Friday, Feb 24

  • Biennial Diversity and Inclusion Conference—9 to 3:30 p.m. in the College of Health and Human Services, hosted by CHHS. The theme of this year's conference is "Health and Well-Being within a Diverse Health Community." Open to the public; registration required. Information.
  • "Engineers Without Borders: Moving the Norm" Talk—1 p.m. in Floyd Hall of the WMU Parkview campus, hosted by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Michigan representative for Engineers Without Borders, Mr. Bruce Nieman, will give a talk on the importance of the organization. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • Japanese Cooking Classes (Registration Full)—1:30 to 4 p.m. in Kanley Chapel, hosted by the WMU Soga Japan Center. Participants will learn how to cook two traditional Japanese dishes: Gyudon and Daifuku. Registration is $5 and includes all ingredients. Open to the public. Information.

Saturday, Feb 25

  • Ski Trip with international students—day event, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students for a day of skiing! Registration is $30 and includes transportation. Open to the public. Information.

Tuesday, Feb 28

  • Deadline for Summer I Study Abroad Applications—midnight, hosted by WMU Study Abroad. Students can browse study abroad programs and apply online. Information.
  • International Ladies Sports Club—4 to 5 p.m. in the WMU Student Recreation Center, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join female international students for an hour of exercise the second and fourth Tuesday of each month of the Spring 2017 semester. Registration is $5 and includes a t-shirt. Open to the public. Information.

March 2017

 Friday, March 3

  • Farewell Reception—3 to 4 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's Bronco Global Lounge, hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Join the farewell reception for Associate Provost of the Haenicke Institute, Dr. Wolfgang Schlör. Refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.
  • Deadline for applications for short-term summer I faculty exchange—midnight, hosted by the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Universidad de Burgos, Spain, and the University of Passau, Germany, invite applications for a short-term faculty exchange during the summer I semester. To apply, send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to michelle.metro-roland@wmich.edu by Friday March 3, 2017. WMU faculty members from any discipline are eligible. Information.

  • Deadline for CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar funding—midnight, hosted by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Haenicke Institute for Global Education is inviting faculty who are interested in joining a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) this summer. Applications should be submitted Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, Director of Faculty and Global Program Development, michelle.metro-roland@wmich.edu. Information.

Monday, March 6

  • Spring Break Day-Trip with International Students: Gilmore Car Museum—10 a.m. to noon at the Gilmore Care Museum, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join the international students as they spend a day of spring break learning about the history of cars in Michigan. Registration is $5 and includes admission and transportation; register by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu. Open to the public. Information

Wednesday, March 8

  • Spring Break Day-Trip with International Students: Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets—10 to 2 p.m. at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join the international students as they spend a day of spring break at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Indiana. Registration is $5 and includes admission and transportation; register by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu. Open to the public. Information

Saturday, March 11

  • Spring Break Day-Trip with International Students: Gilda's Laughfest—day event at the Super Saturday Kids Zone, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join the international students as they spend a day of spring break at Gilda's Laughfest at the Super Saturday Kids Zone. Registration is $5 and includes admission and transportation; register by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu. Open to the public. Information

Sunday, March 12

  • Discover WMU with International Students: Maple Sugar Festival—11 to 2 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students as they learn about one of the things that makes the West Michigan community special. Registration is $5. Open to the public. Information.
  • Learn About Teaching English Abroad—4 p.m. in 3025 Brown Hall, hosted by the global and international studies program. This informational panel will discuss opportunities for teaching English overseas. Free and open to the public. Information.

Tuesday, March 14

  • Volunteering with International Students—10:30 to 2 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students as they give back to the Kalamazoo community. Register in-person in rooms 3516, 3521, or 3530 of Ellsworth Hall or via email at intl-outreach@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. Information.
  • International Ladies Sports Club—4 to 5 p.m. in the WMU Student Recreation Center, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join female international students for an hour of exercise the second and fourth Tuesday of each month of the Spring 2017 semester. Registration is $5 and includes a t-shirt. Open to the public. Information.

Thursday, March 23

  • Volunteering with International Students—10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Kresa West Campus Head Start, hosted by WMU International Student Activities. Join international students as they give back to the Kalamazoo community by reading stories to head-start students from all over the world. Register in-person in rooms 3516, 3521, or 3530 of Ellsworth Hall or via email at intl-outreach@wmich.edu. Free and open to the public. Information.

Saturday, March 25

  • Model UN Conference for High School Students—3 day event at Western Michigan University, hosted by the WMU Model United Nations Club. High school students from around Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio are invited to simulate Model UN activities and introduce potential future students to Western's campus. Open to high school students in the Midwest. Information

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