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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Meet our cultural and social events student staff

Lindsey Nate
Lindsey Miller
Graduate Student
School of Social Work
Nate Gire
Graduate Student
Ford School of Public Policy

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.

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


October

American Football 101

football
Date Time Location Room
Sat, Oct 4 6pm Rackham Graduate School TBD

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 light refreshment, and watch a game (starts at 7pm) on the screen with other international students.

Questions? Contact Nate Gire at girenat@umich.edu


Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

chicago
Date Location Time
Sat, Oct 25 Chicago, Illinois 7am – midnight

Cost and registration information will be available in mid-October.

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.


November

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 social and network. You can join and leave anytime you like. No registration is required.

Date Time Location
Fri, Sep 19 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
Fri, Dec 12 3-4:30pm International Center Conference Room

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

Questions? Contact Nate Gire at girenat@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: 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/directions/

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


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 program 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 Spiritual Community
Sun, Sep 21 10:30am at ECIR (921 Church Street) Vineyard Church
Fri, Oct 17 6:30pm at ECIR Temple Beth Emeth
Sun, Nov 9 9:30am at ECIR Zen Buddhist Temple
Fri, Dec 12 1pm in the lobby of the Michigan Union (by Campus Information Center) Islam

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

 

Last reviewed: 08/14