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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

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Lindsey
Lindsey Miller
Graduate Student
School of Social Work

September

International Picnic (Rain or Shine)

island park
Date Time Location
Sun, Sep 7 12-2pm New Shelter, Island Park (145 Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105)

Description: International Picnic is one of most popular social events attended by international students. It takes place at a spacious and beautiful park not far from campus. Come and make new friends, enjoy the outdoors and take part in the fun and games. Food and drinks will be provided. No registration is required.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR) and the International Center.


October

American Football 101

football
Date Time Registration Location Room
Sat, Oct 4 6pm Register Now Rackham Graduate School Assembly Hall (4th floor)

Description: American football is popular amongst sports fans in the United States. The University of Michigan is home to Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House.” Many college students like to spend Saturdays watching college football and attending on-campus sporting events is one way to show school spirit.

During the program, you will learn some basic rules about American football game, enjoy food, and watch a game (starts at 7pm) on the screen with other international students.

This event is co-sponsored by the International Center and Rackham Graduate School.


Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

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Date Location Time
Sat, Oct 25 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. 

Note: Estimated arrival time in Chicago will be 11:30AM local time (Chicago is on Central Time and is one hour behind Ann Arbor/Eastern time). Attendees will return to the bus in Chicago at 7PM local time (8PM Ann Arbor time) and will arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately midnight.

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 Lindsey Miller at millelin@umich.edu


November

Preparing for Winter

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Date Time Location Room
Wed, Nov 5 1-2pm Michigan Union 2105B (2nd floor)

Description: Are you new to the world of cold winters and snow? Or maybe this is not your first winter in Michigan, but you would like to be more comfortable during the winter months. At this workshop, we will give you some basic information about dressing for winter and things to do in the winter.

If you plan to join the International Center’s shopping trip for winter clothes/shoes, you may consider attending this workshop so you have a better idea about the items you need to buy.

Questions: contact Lindsey Miller at millelin@umich.edu


Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Shopping Trip

outlets
Date Location Time
Sat, Nov 15 Auburn Hills, Michigan 9:30am – 6:30pm

Cost and registration information will be available in early November.

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 9:30am
North Campus: outside Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 9:50am

**Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 10:00am for the Outlets. 

Event Description: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting people throughout the Midwest and Canada. There are over 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores. The enclosed shopping center is home to Michigan’s largest food court (1,000 seats). Everyone will receive “Passport to Shopping” which offers great discounts on name-brand merchandise, fabulous food and entertainment at certain stores and restaurants.


December

Ongoing Opportunities

Coffee Hour

coffee hour

Description: Join us at the Coffee Hour to socialize with other students, scholars, and families. During the first hour of the Coffee Hour, we will have a planned activity (e.g. a conversation about food, weather, travel, brainstorming program ideas, etc.). The remaining time will be for socializing and networking. You can join and leave anytime you like. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 12 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room
Fri, Oct 17 3-4:30pm ECIR Community Room
Fri, Nov 21 3-4:30pm International Center Conference Room
Wed, Dec 10 2-3:30pm International Center Conference Room

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


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: September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 11.

Registration Deadline: Three 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/directions/

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


English Conversation Group for International Scholars

English Conversation Group

Description: This series is designed to meet the needs of international scholars at U-M. Each session features a different topic and you can attend as many of the sessions as you want. The group will practice conversational English and discuss U.S. customs related to informal social interactions in a university setting. Open to international scholars only.

 

 

Date Time Location Room
Wed, Oct 22 3:30pm – 5pm Michigan Union Room 4016 (SORC Conference Room on the 4th floor)
Thur, Nov 20 3:30pm – 5pm

Exploring Spiritual Communities

Spiritual Communities

Description: The Ann Arbor area and Southeast Michigan are home to a great diversity of religious communities from many traditions. Exploring Spiritual Communities is a great opportunity for international students and scholars to learn about several different religious communities and to visit their places of worship. Free.

 

Date Meeting Time & Location Registration Spiritual Community
Sun, Sep 21 10:30am at ECIR (921 Church Street) Register by Wed, Sep 17 Vineyard Church
Fri, Oct 17 6:30pm at ECIR Register by Wed Oct. 15 Temple Beth Emeth
Sun, Nov 16 9:30am at ECIR Register by Thurs Nov 13 Zen Buddhist Temple

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

 

Last reviewed: 10/14