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May

Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day

Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day
Date Location Time
Sat, May 17 Downtown Ann Arbor, MI 8:45am - Noon

Registration and Release and Waiver Form: In order to participant in this event, you must register by Sunday, May 11th. In addition, you are required to read, print, sign and bring the “City of Ann Arbor Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability” form to the event.

Meeting location and time: The group will meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street at 8:45am to walk over to Liberty Plaza (between East Liberty and South Division).

Description: Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day is a great volunteering opportunity where you can help beautify the city and connect with other international students/scholars/families in a meaningful way. We will plant flowers, mulch planters, and help make the downtown areas along State, Main, South University, and Liberty Streets more attractive. Supplies will be provided for planting flowers throughout downtown, although you can bring your gardening gloves and trowel if you have one. Please dress for the weather. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a free pizza lunch after the activities. 

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu


Best Practices to Prepare Yourself against Banking Scams and Fraud

Banking Scams
Date Time Location
Fri, May 23 1 - 2pm Wolverine ABC, Michigan Union (1st floor)

Description:

Has this happened to you??

You placed an ad on Craigslist for a roommate or to sublet your apartment, or you tried to sell something on Craigslist.

AND the person who answered your ad sent you MORE money than you asked for, then asked you to return part of the money by Western Union or MoneyGram.

This has happened to international students at University of Michigan.

Avoid becoming a victim of the “Craigslist Overpayment Scam.” Come to this session to learn how to protect yourself and your friends from this and other types of fraud.

No registration is required. Presented by Elgin Batie, University of Michigan Credit Union

Workshop Handoutpdf-icon

Be advised that the handout will not be provided at the workshop. If you have questions about the handout, please save your questions for the workshop.

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu


June

Cedar Point Amusement Park (Rain or Shine)

Cedar Point Amusement Park
Date Location Time
Sat, Jun 14 Sandusky, Ohio 8am – 11pm*

*Estimated return time with 2 hours of travel each way.

Cost: $65 (Includes transportation and admission to the Cedar Point). NO REFUNDS. Some parts of the park (for example, Soak City) cost additional money. Students, scholars, friends and families are welcome. Same price for all regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring additional money for food and games while at Cedar Point.

Registration: In order to reserve your spot for this trip, you must pay in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO) by Thursday June 12. Ask for the International Center Cedar Point Trip. Cash or credit cards accepted. When making the payment at MUTO, you must present a valid UMID and provide a phone number (in case of emergency during the trip). Limited space is available and each person is allowed to purchase up to two tickets. 

Meeting time and location: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return to Ann Arbor, participants can be dropped off at the Central or North Campus location.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 8:00am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 8:20am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 8:30am for Cedar Point. 

Event Description: Cedar Point is an amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula. It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. It features a world-record 72 rides. The park offers spectacular views of Lake Erie, live shows, gift shops, restaurants, a beach, boardwalk, calm and gentle rides, and much more. If you’d like to go outside the park to see Lake Erie, you can get your hand stamped as you exist so you can reenter.

Questions: contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu   


Dinner at Marnee Thai

thai food
Date Time Location
Thu, Jun 26 5:30pm Marnee Thai

Meeting time and Location: meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street at 5:30pm. Wear comfortable shoes as we will walk over to the restaurant together. No registration is required.

Description: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week comes to town twice a year (January and June). It is a local celebration of dining in the community. Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. Come join the group for a delicious and fun meal at Marnee Thai.

Cost: During Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, Marnee Thai is running a special menu (dinner 2 for $28 plus tax and gratuity). If you do not want to order from the special menu, you can order something else off its regular menu but will be responsible for the full-price. Please note the restaurant will not issue separate checks for large groups so you will need to pay with cash.

Questions: contact Jessica Greenfield at jrenae@umich.edu  


July

Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

chicago
Date Location Time
Sat, Jul 26 Chicago, Illinois 7am – midnight

Cost: $45 for round trip transportation. NO REFUNDS. You will need to bring money for local transportation, food, shopping, museums, etc. Please note: This is not a guided tour by the International Center. You will be responsible for your own plans for the entire day upon arrival in Chicago. Students, scholars, friends, and families are welcome. Same price for all, regardless of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: In order to reserve your spot for this trip, you must pay in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO). Ask for the International Center Chicago Trip. Cash or credit cards accepted.  When making the payment at MUTO, you must present a valid UMID and provide a phone number (in case of emergency during the trip). Limited space is available and each person is allowed to purchase up to two tickets. 


Meeting location and time: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up/Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7:00am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for Chicago. 

Description: Join the International Center in a day trip to Chicago. You decide how to explore Chicago for the day. The drop-off and pickup location in Chicago will be by the Millennium Park Welcome Center, so you can plan your route from there. There are museums, shopping, excellent dining, and famous sites for all interests and all ages.  Check the web site in advance so you will have an idea about the activities you plan to do for the day.

Questions: contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu   


Ongoing Opportunities

Coffee Hour for New International Students, Scholars and Families

coffee hour

Description: Coffee Hour is designed to welcome new international students, scholars and families and introduce them to leisure, cultural and educational activities at U-M and Ann Arbor. You will have the chance to ask any questions you may have, learn about programs organized by the International Center, and connect with other new students, scholars and their families. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, May 9 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room
Fri, Jun 13 3-4:30pm International Center Conference Room
Fri, Jul 11 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room

Co-sponsored by the International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR).

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu

Community Service at Delonis Shelter

community service

Volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Registration Deadline: Six business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at delonis.ecir@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see http://www.ecir.org/about/location.php

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.

 

Last reviewed: 07/14