Take advantage of global engagement opportunities in August

contact: Korey Force
| WMU News
Photo of WMU's International Student Activities' ice cream social.

International Student Activities hosts events like ice cream socials for international and domestic students to meet and enjoy WMU life together.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University and the extended Kalamazoo community will offer a number of global engagement opportunities in August. Highlights include an International Ladies Sports Club, Garba Dancing Night, various art exhibits, and biking, blueberry picking and conversation circles with international students.

Opportunities to get globally engaged are published weekly at wmich.edu/global/events by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

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August 2017 opportunities

Tuesday, Aug. 1

  • "Our People, Our Land, Our Images" exhibit—daily through Oct. 22 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, sponsored by Warner, Norcross and Judd Attorneys at Law. The exhibit features first-hand photographic accounts from indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq and New Zealand. Entrance is $5 for adults and $2 with a valid student ID; open to the public.

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study group—7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Yoga, 1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by Western Michigan Jewel Heart. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

  • International Ladies Sports Club—1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center, hosted by International Student Activities. Bond with women from all over the world through sports and exercise. Free and open to all women in the community.
  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • "Gender Equality in Science and Technology: A New Paradigm?" physics forum—6 to 8 p.m. at the Ladies' Library Association, 333 S. Park St., hosted by the Department of Physics. Speakers for the forum include: Dr. Sylvaine Turck-Chieze, president of the Association Femmes et Sciences in France; Jennifer Lentner, senior director of marketing communications at Stryker; and Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean of the WMU College of Arts and Sciences. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 3

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to women in the public.

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • "Women Warriors: Portraits by Hung Liu" exhibit—daily Aug. 5 through Nov. 26 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts. The exhibit features the photographic work of Hung Liu and shows the power and perseverance of Chinese women throughout history. Entrance is $5 for adults and $2 with a valid student ID; open to the public.
  • Kal-Haven biking with CELCIS students—9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Kal-Haven Trail State Park, 4143 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS in showing international students local culture by riding the famous Kal-Haven bike trail. Free and open to the public; bike rental is $10.

Monday, Aug. 7

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study group—7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Yoga, 1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by Western Michigan Jewel Heart. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 10

  • End-of-semester party with CELCIS students—1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the east stairwell entrance of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join CELCIS students, instructors and staff in celebrating a successful semester. Free and open to the public; registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 12

  • Blueberry picking with International Student Activities—11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Brookside Farms Fritz's Blueberries, 1475 116th Ave., Otsego, hosted by International Student Activities. Join international students in experiencing one of Michigan's favorite summer pastimes. Registration is $5 and includes transportation; open to the public.

Monday, Aug. 14

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Aug. 15

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.
  • Tibetan Buddhist meditation and study group—7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Yoga, 1919 Stearns Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by Western Michigan Jewel Heart. Explore in a practical way the practices associated with Tibetan Buddhism, including concentration, mindfulness, analysis and visualization. Free and open to the public.
  • Garba Dancing Night—7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rootead Dance Studio, 1501 Fulford Ave., Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Garba Club. Join the Kalamazoo Garba Club for a pop-up dance night to learn and practice the traditional folk dance from India. Entrance is $3; open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug. 16

  • CELCIS conversation circle—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, Aug. 17

  • CELCIS conversation circle (women only)—2 to 3 p.m. in the fourth-floor reception area of Ellsworth Hall, hosted by the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students. Join students learning English in relaxed conversation about local and social topics. Free and open to women in the public.

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Volunteer at International Orientation—all day Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Admissions and Services and International Student Activities. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to help welcome new international students to campus during WMU's International Orientation. Sign-up is required by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

  • Volunteer at International Orientation—all day Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Admissions and Services and International Student Activities. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to help welcome new international students to campus during WMU's International Orientation. Sign-up is required by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Volunteer at International Orientation—all day Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Admissions and Services and International Student Activities. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to help welcome new international students to campus during WMU's International Orientation. Sign-up is required by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu.

Thursday, Aug. 31

  • Volunteer at International Orientation—all day Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at the Bernhard Center, hosted by International Admissions and Services and International Student Activities. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to help welcome new international students to campus during WMU's International Orientation. Sign-up is required by emailing intl-activities@wmich.edu.

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