Centre for International Programs and Activities, fall 2011 – Intelligent Partners


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On behalf of Shawnee State University, the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA),
Welcomes all their new international students attending SSU for their first Semester this fall.

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Centre for International Programs and Activities, fall 2011 – Intelligent Partners

  1. 1. ISSUE VOLUME YEARCENTER FOR INTERNATI ONAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIESFALL, 2011 CIPA focus On behalf of Shawnee State University, the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA), under the guidance of Director Rita Haider, fosters and promotes international understanding and global perspective to the university community and the region served by Shawnee State. Welcome New and Returning Students CIPA would like to welcome all want to welcome back all our our new international students returning international students attending SSU for their first who have decided to stay at semester this fall. Our study Shawnee for their college educa- abroad program here at Shawnee tion. The diversity of cultures, is as vibrant as it has ever been. ethnicities, and thought that our This semester we have 22 new international students bring to students from every corner of SSU makes them one of the the world. They are ready to most important segments of the leave their mark on SSU, and student body. We at CIPA want perhaps SSU will leave a lasting to wish them all the best of luck impression on them. We also for the fall semester. Crop Hunger Walk CIPA will once again be supporting the annual Crop Walk on October 16th at 2:30 pm. The walk will begin in Tracy Park and walkers can choose to walk either a 1-mile or a 3.5-mile course. Admission is one can of food, and walkers look for sponsors who will also donate to the organization. The money that is raised will go to support local food pantries, as well as provide food and growing supplies to the poor and hungry of the world. Over 1 bil- lion people are hungry in the world today and the goal of the Crop Walk this year is to raise $30,000, which would help thousands of hungry families.
  2. 2. M EET T HE I NTERNATIONALS From left bottom. El Mehdi Rahoui from Morocco, Eric Allou from Ivory Coast, Alina Dashkevich from Russia, Cemil Guezel from Germany, Lusine Tovmasyan from Armenia, Nida Zafar from Pakistan, Rita Haider CIPA Director, Alexandra Martinez from Honduras, Huang Xueping and Li Jingxuan from China, Ellen Berry CIPA Associate, Maria Sanz-Taus from Spain, Anna Shchetinina from Russia, Ali Noordin from Kenya, Hala Akoushli from Syria, Marina Garcia Marcos from Spain, Julia Schirholz, from Germany, Eugenia Neaga from Spain, Emma Sun from China, Clement Allou from Ivory Coast, Raffaele Tufano from Italy, Joseph Webster from England, Sam Garcia from Philippines, Inna Tarzhinskaya from Turkmenistan, Oleksandr Vovk from Ukraine. Sending SSU Out Into the WorldThis fall semester we have three Ludwigsburg.Shawnee students who are studying Until 1918,abroad at our sister universities. Ludwigsburg wasJasmine Tilford (pictured part of the kingdom ofright), and Ryan O’Donnell Trust me, the memories Wurttemburg. Theare studying this semester you make while abroad principal royal palacein Morocco. Our Moroccan will stay with you of Wurttemburg is stillsister university is called Al forever. in the heart ofAkhawayn University, in KARLA BROWN, MOROCCO Ludwigsburg and isthe city of Ifrane, and is one 2008 said to be one of theof the most prestigious most beautiful palacesuniversities in Morocco. We also in Europe.have 1 student studying in Germany We want to wish all our SSUthis semester. Audrey Howard is students abroad a fun and safestudying at the University of semester.
  3. 3. International Mentor ProgramHere at SSU we do our best to make sure that our international stu-dents are well adjusted to this new environment. The InternationalMentor Program has become one of our most successful efforts to-ward that goal. All of our international students are paired with a lo-cal student, who shows them the ropes around here. The pair worktogether and plan trips, events, and all types of activities. The localstudent also gets to have the experience of spending time with some-one from a different culture who may have a totally different way ofthinking. The International Mentor Program helps both students tolearn new things about each other, and usually they end up learningmore about themselves. Internationals Learn about “Real” Football The Portsmouth High School Spartans football program gave a lesson to several international students, teaching them about American football. In the internation- al world their football is our soccer and our football is called American football. Soccer is the dominant sport in almost every nation in the world, and most of our international students have never even seen an American football game. The coaches at PHS took the students out on the field and taught them the basics of America’s game. The next day many students went to the PHS Spartans game and got to see our sport in action. International Week On November 14th through the 18th, we will be having our annual International Week. We have a great deal of activities and fun planned for that week—all with an international theme. Come and experience the different cultures and ideas that make our world go round. You will have an opportunity to meet all the international students and other people who are interested in all things international. You’ll find games, an international meal, poetry and much more. So come and experience the world right here in Portsmouth, Ohio. Tecumseh The SSU international students enjoyed another unique experience of American and Southern Ohio culture when they traveled to Chillicothe to see the outdoor drama Tecumseh. These students had no exposure to Na- tive American culture prior to their coming to the states, and this show was certainly something they will remember. Tecumseh was a great hero to all Native Americans and his contribution to the history of the United States and to Ohio was vast. Being able to learn about his life and impact was a great insight to some of our rich local culture.