End of the Year Party 2013

 

For the fifth year in a row, OIS held its annual End of the Year Party to celebrate the successful completion of another academic year, to thank their dedicated volunteers and to celebrate NC State’s wonderful international population.  This year’s party was held on the afternoon of Friday, April 19th at the Centennial Campus Oval.  Approximately 600 people came out to enjoy food from three caterers; Barry’s Cafe (American), Virgil’s Jamaica (Caribbean) and Kaplan Catering (South American).  Outdoor games (and free frisbees!) provided students, scholars and their families a chance to relax and spend time with friends.  The event also featured the 4th Annual OIS Invitational Donut Eating Competition where teams of two had to complete a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts  with the fastest team walking away as champions.  The 2013 winning team completed the challenge in 1 minute 37 seconds and hailed from Bangladesh.  A well deserved congratulations to Tahmid Latif and Adnan Choudhury!  Ms. Wuf also made a special appearance and posed for pictures with her international fans.

NC State is home to 3,600 internationals and their families representing over 130 countries.

For more photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page.

France: Cultural Showcase

On April 4th, 2013 from 4pm to 6pm, a group of French students from SKEMA program at NC State and under the wonderful leadership of one particular student, Ms. Mathilde Decamp,s helped OIS showcase their home country – France.

Dozens of French students provided a two-hour long experience for the NCSU community on French language, music and culture through thoughtful displays, food samples, music and various short workshops. Apart from a fun display on French gastronomy, the students provided samples of French toast, crepes, and apple pies for the guests in Caldwell lounge. Students also created an opportunity for visitors to practice their French with native speakers, and enjoy their visit through enjoyable sounds of guitar music in the background.

To read more about the event, please refer to the article in the Technician about this particular event – OIS Offers Student a French Experience.

End of the Year Party 2013

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End of the Year Party is our way of celebrating the end of another successful academic year. You are part of that celebration!

Please join us on April 19th, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Centennial Campus Oval for free food, music, donuts eating competition, fun and a chance to dunk your favorite OIS staff or faculty member! Looking forward to seeing you there!!!

Intercultural Communication in the US Classroom

On March 20, 2013, OIS partnered with the NCSU Graduate School to conduct a FIT (Fundamentals in Teaching) workshop on Intercultural Communication in the US Classroom. This is the fifth time that the OIS has participated in the execution of this workshop and we are happy to announce that we’ve added fifteen new attendees to our workshop alumni list.

This workshop focused on some expectations inside the US classroom, cultural values that may influence such learning environment, as well as various teaching techniques that would address different cultural values and contribute to effective teaching and learning.

This time we decided to try a different format in order to incorporate more audiovisual material created to illustrate different cultural values as they may manifest themselves in the classroom, and to motivate insightful and interesting discussions on the above mentioned topics. The workshop was very successful and fun, and as always, it was a great pleasure to work with Dr. Barbi Honeycutt and Ms. Kamon Hester from Graduate School. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next workshop in Fall 2013!