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Sharing Friendship & Thanks at the University of Colorado Denver
Dozens of pumpkin pie slices, steaming trays of green beans, mashed potatoes and stuffing, and plenty of turkey slices (as well as pumpkin ravioli for vegetarians) were abundant at a festive Thanksgiving feast for international students, hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office at the University of Colorado Denver. Students came from diverse global regions around the world but all were focused on one thing: having fun.
There are approximately 500 international scholars contributing their expertise to CU Anschutz and CU Denver. While these individuals come from different nations, backgrounds and disciplines, they all share two commonalities—the scholars are standouts in their fields, and they have worked …
It seems that 2016 has not been an easy year for anyone. In fact, it’s been so noticeably bad that a quick Google search of the contiguous numbers “2016” yields results such as: Slate’s, “Is 2016 the Worst Year in History“, The Atlantic’s, “How to Deal with 2016 Despair“, and Foreign Policy’s, “2016: The Theory Behind a Very Bad Year (And It’s Only Half Over)“.
With these headlines competing for the most clicks, views, or some other version of media traffic, it can feel like the world is crumbling apart. Then people like University of Colorado Denver Political Science majors Alexander Peck and Max Dalton seem to put those fragile pieces back together.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Globally Competent Citizens & Professionals
Ten thousand international educators from around the world recently converged at the Colorado Convention Center for the spring NAFSA 2016 Association of International Educators conference, the largest annual event of its kind. The goal? To sharpen focus on best practices, emerging trends, and new programs designed to prepare tomorrow’s generation of globally competent citizens and professionals. At the top of the list was an interest in how to maximize educational approaches in increasingly diverse classrooms of first-generation college students, minority populations, and international students.
On April 21, 2016, the University of Colorado Denver celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rosa Parks Diversity Award, honoring staff, students and community members for their dedication to promoting diversity, inclusion, and unity. Among the six award recipients was Tayud Mongkolrat, a sophomore in anthropology, who was born in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
When Mongkolrat was a young teenager, his family moved to Colorado so that his mother could pursue a PhD in Special Education. Mongkolrat was somewhat familiar with social activism – several of his family members in Thailand had fought for the rights of social equality and religious diversity – but when he came to the United States, he gained a true understanding of what this meant.
CU Denver Student Studies Abroad to Jumpstart Career
With an end goal in sight – that of helping communities in rural regions of Africa with sustainable development for climate change — University of Colorado Denver senior Patrick Woodruff knew that learning to speak Swahili and taking a study abroad trip were important next steps. To obtain help in facilitating the process, Woodruff contacted the Global Education: Study Abroad office at CU Denver, where the staff helped him with the course credit transfer and pre-departure orientation.
Intercultural Club Beijing Celebrates Spring Festival
“I was excited to see two ‘lions’ dancing in front of my eyes; it made me feel like I was in China,”
said Yisi Lu, an International College Beijing (ICB) student who is currently studying at the University of Colorado Denver. She was joined by dozens of other CU Denver students and faculty at this year’s annual Spring Festival banquet, which was held on February 8th. The event was hosted by the Intercultural Club Beijing.
The Spring Festival is one of the most important holidays celebrated in China, with more than 4,000 years of history. According to the lunar calendar, it signifies the end of the past year and the beginning of the new year.
CU Denver Student Hones Language Skills in Jordan
Did you know that the English words “sugar” and “cotton” come from Arabic? Although different languages may share similar words or derivatives, learning another language can still be challenging; Arabic, for example, takes an average of at least 88 weeks of classroom study for a native English speaker to acquire proficiency. To dive even further into learning Arabic, Aaron Ferencik, a senior at the University of Colorado Denver, took the plunge and spent a summer studying abroad at the Princess Sumaya University of Technology in Amman, Jordan.
“I decided to study abroad because I had been overseas before in the military and wanted to go back outside of the country. I also knew that I would not be able to advance my Arabic language skills as far if I did not go to the Middle East and study intensely among native speakers,” said Ferencik.
International Architecture Alumnus Leads Delegation to CU Denver
Your college years at the University of Colorado Denver can leave lasting impressions, rich in knowledge gained and friendships developed. More than 85,000 university alumni make their home in Colorado, throughout the United States, and in countries around the world. Recently, alumnus Rino Wickasono traveled almost 10,000 miles from his home in Jakarta, Indonesia, to visit his CU Denver alma mater and to learn the most recent best practices surrounding sustainable development. Wicaksono is the former Dean of Civil Engineering and Planning and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indonesia Institute of Technology and is currently active as a lecturer; he is also a professional consultant for development acceleration for the Indonesian government and a significant number of provinces, cities, and regencies in Indonesia. Wicaksono earned his master’s in architecture in 1992 and his master’s in urban planning in 1993 at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP), and received his PhD in Urban Regional Planning from the University of South Australia (UniSA), Adelaide, in 2004.
Students from France to Japan to Vietnam Share Traditional Feast at CU Denver
A diverse group of international students from countries around the world – China, Nepal, Turkey, Thailand, Ukraine, France, Burundi, and Vietnam – joined faculty and American friends to celebrate a traditional American holiday feast at this year’s International Student Thanksgiving Lunch, hosted by the Office of International Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. The event, organized by Aditi Nigudkar, a graduate student at CU Denver’s Business School and student assistant in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), gave students a chance to learn more about the history of the national holiday, socialize, and celebrate the season.