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Hispanic Heritage Month

We are now halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th). But don’t let that discourage you! There are still a number of activities that you can participate in! Come to the AIC, located in the University Union lower level, this Wednesday, October 2, at 11am for a Tapas demonstration. Make sure to check back on the blog, on the AIC website, our Facebook, and our twitter for event details. You can find links in the side bar.

Common Theme: Global Citizenship in an Evolving World

Why do we need a common theme? A common theme is a good way to represent the interdisciplinary aspects of UWGB. The theme may be one phrase; in this case it’s Global Citizenship in an Evolving World. But that one phrase means different things to different people. Each one of us will interpret it differently. By sharing those interpretations, not only are we learning to think in different ways, but we are also learning to listen to each other openly.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Whether you are a student of color or not, you can join a multicultural organization and learn more about the people! There are several student organizations on campus that help with cultural identity and keeping their cultures alive. The organizations include the Black Student Union (BSU), Intertribal Student Council (ISC), Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA), Southeast Asian Student Union (SASU), Women of Color (WOC), and Chinese Club of UWGB. If you are interested in these organizations, drop by the AIC, located in the lower level of the University Union Room 150, and ask for information! You can also visit the AIC website to read about each organization. Each club’s focus is learning about the different struggles of each culture, overcoming them, and celebrating them.

Are you new to the AIC?

Somebody told you of this place called the American Intercultural Center, or AIC for short. As you walk past the Grille and toward the hallway that leads to Mac Hall, you find it. A variety of people sit there: laughing, doing homework, eating, and generally just having fun. Wow, you think, walking inside, your heart thumping loudly in your chest. They look like they’re having fun…but I don’t know what to do or where to start. Someone tells you to sign in. You wonder why. After you sign in you awkwardly sit on a couch as far away from everyone else as possible, unsure of how they will treat you.

That was my experience as a Freshman. When I first visited the AIC, I was really nervous. I wasn’t always treated the greatest and I learned long ago that it’s easier to hide away in a corner and do something solitary. But then I got to know people who were regulars. They were great people to talk to, always nice and willing to help! The best part is when people come up to you and introduce themselves. Now, you may be wondering why you have to sign in at the front desk. Simply ask Mai and she will explain that the reason behind the sign in sheet is to keep the AIC in business. More people  the more reason to keep the AIC open. Students only have to sign in once between 8 am and 4:30 pm, then only once between 4:30 pm and 8 pm (which is when the AIC closes).

There is no seating chart here at the AIC. You can sit wherever you want! I even suggest randomly sitting by somebody and saying hi. Everyone is very friendly in the AIC and won’t give you grief. We have your back! This is a great place for those of you who commute to hang out. There are a lot of people to be around and talk to.

Now, this is the most important rule. Possibly the most important rule of the AIC. Are you ready? Are you sure? I don’t think you are…okay, I will tell you. It is the refrigerator rule. Anyone can use the refrigerator and store their stuff there (make sure to label it)! And if you happen to forget a plate to eat on, need a bowl, fork, or spoon, there are plenty of them hiding in the kitchen. Mai’s rule of thumb is: if it’s labeled, you can use it. There is also a toaster and a couple of microwaves open for public use.  

So just remember, the AIC is a great place for everyone to hang out and be with a great community of people! And when I say everyone, I mean everyone!

Human Mosaic Events This Week


The Human Mosaic is a great way to get involved on campus! The Human Mosaic is a list of events that happen on campus with relevance to the common theme and culture. If you want to find out more information about what I have listed, feel free to go to the AIC website, click on events, and then download the pdf. It names various events throughout the fall semester. This week on Wednesday, September 25, listen to a Transgender Guest Panel from 5:30pm-7pm in the Christie Theater. On Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 pm in the Weidner Center, enjoy the 360 Series: Apple Train. It’s all about music, music, and more music! On Saturday and Sunday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm, again at the Weidner Center, attend the 12th Montreal Czech/Slovak International Voice Competition. All of these events are free and everyone is welcome.

Dia De Los Muertos: Ofrendas and Origins

This upcoming Monday, the 23rd, Nicole Acosto is bringing a great workshop opportunity for students on the UWGB campus! She will give a brief history of Dia De Los Muertos (day of the dead) and give you a chance to make Ofrendas. The supplies are provided, so stop by Room 103 in the lower level of the University Union anytime between 11 am and 3pm!

Org Smorg

Org Smorg opened up its doors and gave UWGB students the opportunity to explore the wonders that students may miss on campus. Not only is it great that students got the opportunity to sign up and get in tune with organizations, there was also free stuff. There were mesh laundry hampers, cell phone prop ups, pens, post-it notes, candy, and plenty of reading material for someone who has down time! All of our multicultural student organizations set up stations: Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA), the Black Student Union (BSU), Intertribal Student Council (ISC), Women of Color (WOC), and the Southeast Asian Student Union (SASU). Hopefully a few of you got to say hi! If you didn’t get a chance to visit them at their tables, stop in the AIC for more information. The AIC is located in the lower level of the University Union, Room 150.