CGE Newsletter March 31, 2016

Global Connections Newsletter

March 31, 2016

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CGE to Co-Host Commons Courtyard Block Party with Tolerance & Dialogue Group

Block Party

Fri Apr 8 | 5-7 pm | Commons Courtyard
The Center for Global Engagement will host the monthly Block Party at the Commons Courtyard (the outdoor area between the ASLC and the Globe) with the Tolerance and Dialogue Group.

The Tolerance and Dialogue Group's primary goal is to help bring together communities in order to promote compassion, cooperation, partnership, and community service through intercultural dialogue and conversation.

The Block Party is in conjunction with the CGE's weekly International Coffee Hour where they will be serving Noah's Pudding, also known as asure, a dessert made from grains, nuts, and fruits. Noah's pudding is a symbol of unity and stands for the harmony of differences. It is traditionally shared with friends and neighbors.

Many Division of Student Affairs departments will be tabling and sharing information about their programs in the Commons Courtyard. Free and open to the public. Qualifies for the Global Citizenship Certificate

CGE Hosted 2016 Fulbright Fellow Ekaterina Stepanova

Native Tribes of the Southeastern US

From March 5-19, the CGE had the pleasure of hosting the first half of the practicum portion for Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova, 2016 Fulbright Russian International Education Administrator's (RIEA) Fellow (shown above, back row fourth from the left, with other CGE staff members).

Stepanova is a Public Relations Specialist responsible for International Education Administration and Public Affairs at the Volgograd branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). She spent two weeks touring FSU, interviewing staff, shadowing the day-to-day efforts of the CGE, as well as working on a research project related to international student orientation.

"I feel at home here, and I love the team that you have here," said Stepanova at the end of her two-week visit. "After meeting with staff who generously shared their best practices, I am confident that I will apply new skills and experiences in my home university."

Stepanova is currently spending two weeks of her practicum at Seminole State College before returning to Russia.

More Upcoming Events


International Coffee Hour - Every Friday | 5-6:30 pm | The Globe Lounge & Dining Room
U.S. students, scholars, and faculty gather for coffee and snacks every Friday. It's a great place to meet new people from various parts of the world, see old friends, and make plans for the weekend. Qualifies for the Global Citizenship Certificate


English Conversation Club - Every Monday-Friday | 4-5 pm | The Globe Lounge
International students, scholars, and their families at all levels of speaking English as a second/other language are invited to meet in a relaxed atmosphere to practice conversational English. Groups are led by experienced English tutors.


Intercultural Program Series: The Islands of Indonesia - Thu, Apr 14 | 7 pm | The Globe Auditorium
Come explore the diversity of Indonesian culture through music, dance, food, and more! Featuring members of the FSU Gamelan Ensemble. Free and open to the public. Qualifies for the Global Citizenship Certificate


CGE International Student Graduation Reception - Fri, Apr 15 | 3:30-5 pm | The Globe Auditorium
All international students who completed their programs in Fall 2015 or will finish in Spring 2016 are invited to attend the CGE Graduation Reception. Guests (faculty, staff, family, and friends) are welcome. RSVP to by April 8, 2016 confirming how many guests you plan to bring.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop (for F-1 international students) - Fri, Apr 22 | 2-4 pm | The Globe Room 2300
Note: Date change to April 22. Only for those registered. All F-1 international students nearing graduation are required to attend an OPT workshop (in person or online) if they are interested in working in the U.S. after graduation to gain experience in their field of study. Registration for this workshop is full.

Qualifies for the Global Citizenship Certificate  Denotes a Global Citizenship Certificate event

The Global Citizenship Certificate is designed to help undergraduate students maximize the rich cultural learning experiences available to them on campus, in the community, and abroad.