This Thursday, September 18th, there will be a free film hosted in the Christie Theater called Aqui Y Alli. This movie tells the story of Pedro, a man who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the United States. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to finally make a better life with his family, and even pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band: Copa Kings. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family. English Subtitles will be provided, along with snacks and refreshments. After the film, there will be a discussion session led by the UW-Green Bay Spanish Language Program.
There are many multicultural student organizations on campus for students to join. The organizations include the Southeast Asian Student Union (SASU), Intertribal Student Council (ISC), Women of Color (WOC), Black Student Union (BSU), and Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA). They will have tables at OrgSmorg on Wednesday, September 17th, from 11am until 2pm in the Phoenix Rooms, so you can come and learn more about them! OrgSmorg is also a good opportunity to check out other student organizations as well as get a lot of cool, free stuff and meet your fellow students.
Hopefully everyone has had a good start to the semester. Keep in mind that add and drop deadlines are coming up quickly! The last date of adding and dropping a class without penalty is Monday, September 15th. If classes are added after that date, there will be a $15 fee and instructor permission is needed. If classes are dropped after that date, any tuition and fees that were charged will only be 50% refunded, as well as a DR grade (meaning the class was dropped) on transcripts, until September 29th. After the 29th, students will get no refunds after dropping a class as well as a DR grade on transcripts. Now is a good time to reflect and make sure that all classes are in order. More semester registration dates at the Registration Calendar: http://www.uwgb.edu/registrar/calendar/registration/
There will be a presentation about studying abroad on Monday, September 15th, from 12-1pm in the American Intercultural Center. Jemma Lund (from the Office of International Education) will be coming to present about Student Study Abroad options. This is a good time to learn information about studying abroad as well as ask any pressing questions that you may have. Also, check out more information at the OIE website: http://www.uwgb.edu/international/
There will be a Fall Welcome student showcase on Tuesday, September 9th, 4pm-6pm in the American Intercultural Center and Christie Theater. This is a great opportunity to check out the various multicultural student organizations on campus as well as get to know the students running them. All students are welcome to this event, and snacks and refreshments will be provided.
This coming school year we welcome a new Diversity Director, Dr. Justin Mallett. He will be taking over responsibilities for the American Intercultural Center, which is located in the University Union Room 150 (in the Student Union across from the Student Government Office.) He originates from Kosciusko, Mississippi, and has a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Communication from UW-Stevens Point. He also earned his Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Edgewood College in Madison. He has a wife named Dana, and two children, Jayden and Maya. He loves to play basketball, videogames, and watches reality television. He is a fun, caring guy, so do not hesitate to pay him a visit in his office.
And thus Spring Semester 2014 has come to a close. Hopefully you have had a successful semester and congratulations to all of those graduating! And to those coming back, Fall semester will be a fabulous year.
Remember to study a little bit of your material each day for exams. They can be a stressful time, but if you eat right, get enough sleep, and study a little at a time, you will be successful. Don’t overwork yourself and keep your health in mind. If you are sick and stressed out, you’re more likely to do poorly on an exam and stress yourself out even more. You can also visit your stress supports on campus. Friends are one good support system- you can make a date and study together as a group. Another is the American Intercultural Center. There are many open and friendly people, and if you need to talk to somebody there are Advisors there to guide you. You can also study in the LGBTQ center, which is a quiet and very supportive area on campus. If you find yourself too stressed out to visit any of these areas, why not visit a counselor in the counseling and health center? Simply call them ((920) 465-2380) and make an appointment between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday.