General Meeting & Film Screening!

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Hey ISSAers!
We’ll be having our second general meeting of the Spring semester this Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 PM in SSPA 106. (There will be FREE FOOD!)

We’ll be discussing events for this semester and at 5:30 we’ll all head over to the USU Beach Auditorium for a screening of Half the Sky!

See you all there!

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Sorry for those of you who missed out on last week’s “Languages Worskshops” general meeting! We had a great time learning new and silly phrases and meeting all the new faces! We hope you can join us for tomorrow’s general meeting, in SSPA 107 at 4 PM, featuring the I/ST Department’s very own Nathan Gonzalez. He is a political scientist specializing in Iran, and will be discussing conflict in the Middle East during tomorrow’s meeting. Please join us for what should be an enthralling discussion afterwards. To better understand what he will be discussing, feel free to read Professor Gonazlez’s Huffington Post article here before tomorrow’s meeting.

This week is Islamic Awareness Week, and the Muslim Student Association has put together a very promising line-up of speakers starting tonight through Thursday evening. The lectures will be on Prophet Muhammad (Tuesday), Women in Islam (Wednesday), and Pathways to Peace (Thursday). To get further details, please refer to their Youtube video. They will also be outside of the Multicultural Center this Wednesday and Thursday answering questions, and handing out Qurans and information. And just an FYI, MSA always puts out a good spread! 😉

This Wednesday, join the History Student Association for a very special performance by vocalist and percussionist, Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, a bilingual Chicano rock band based out of Los Angeles. RSVP on Facebook here.

Also on Wednesday, the German Department is putting on an outdoor film screening at 8 pm on campus. Bring your blankets and heißer Kakao to keep warm while watching the German silent horror film, Nosferatu (1922). What a perfect way to start off this year’s Halloween festivities! It is free for all and extra credit for German Cinema students. RSVP on Facebook and gather additional information here.

 

Don’t forget to join ISSA this Saturday, October 22 for our 2nd social night of the semester at Hollywood Forever Cemetary for the annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival. The festival will be held from noon to midnight, but ISSA will be heading out of Long Beach around 330pm. Let us know if you would like to join a carpool. Entrance is $10, and prepare to pay for parking. There will be food, music, and traditional Mexican festivities celebrating this “day of the dead” in the very beautiful and historic venue. Hope to can join in on the fun!

We hope everyone has an awesome week. It’s Week 7 for ISSA, but it’s WEEK 8 for the semester!! PEOPLE!! We’re halfway there!!!

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We’re sorry if you weren’t able to join us at last Wednesday’s Social Night because it was mmmm mmm GOOD! Make sure to try Ashoka the Great for yourself because they are a fantastic business. I think it’s safe to say we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and left well fed! Click here to see pictures of our feast.

This Wednesday, October 5th at our regular time, 4PM in SSPA Room 107, join us for a special meeting “International Students at the Beach.” Our discussion will be based on international students who study abroad in America, specifically those at our own school. Our panel of students come from all different area concentrations! We invite you to come for an open forum to meet them and ask questions about their experience going to college in a country other than their own. From casual discussion, we hope to learn and reflect on how our countries shape our perspectives of people and places, and how that changes or doesn’t when we travel and study abroad.

We’d also like to remind you that our main event for this semester, Lingua Franca at the University Art Museum on Thursday, November 10th from 7 to 10pm is officially in its planning stages! The UAM’s Peace Press Exhibit will be the backdrop of our event, a fundraiser to raise money towards the ISSA Study Abroad Scholarship. The night will feature a silent art auction and complimentary food. We need YOUR help looking for artists, photographers, sculptors, and more willing to show and donate their work for our silent auction. Please contact us if you would like to somehow be involved in this event, whether or not you are an artist! Help us promote international education to our campus, Long Beach, and the greater LA and OC community!

Make sure to check out events in the community during the month of October by going to our Staying Connected page and some of the newly update ambassador pages for great events pertaining to your area concentration! 
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Join us Wednesday, October 12 at our regular time 4 PM in SSPA Room 107 for a new and special feature—ISSA Language Workshops. Come learn new and fun words and phrases in multiple languages. There’ll be food and games, and of course great company! Hope to see you!


Kimberly Conchada & Katarina Eleby
ISSA Executive Co-Chairs

Quattra Settimana

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This week we would love for you to join us for our first ISSA Social Night!

We are incorporating Social Nights into our calendar this semester so that…
1) Students can experience an aspect of a different culture
2) We can give members the opportunity to meet outside of the regular classroom setting
3) Students who cannot make normal meeting hours will have a chance to actively participate in the club.

We are organizing carpools and will be meeting at SSPA-107 at 5pm to leave from campus.

What: Dinner at a local Indian restaurant for ISSA members and non-members
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Ashoka the Great, 18614 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia 90701
Cost: $15 (includes appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and drink)

Next week we are going to get back to the grind for a regularly scheduled general meeting in SSPA-107 at 4 PM for “International Students in Long Beach.” Our discussion will be based on international students who study abroad in America, specifically those at our own school. We invite you to come for an open forum to meet students and ask questions about their experience going to college in a country other than their own. From casual discussion, we hope to learn and reflect on how our countries shape our perspectives of people and places, and how that changes or doesn’t when we travel and study abroad.
 

 

We would also like to take this time to announce our main event for this semester! CSULB’s ISSA is proud to present Lingua Franca at the University Art Museum on Thursday, November 10th from 7 to 10pm. The UAM’s Peace Press Exhibit will be the backdrop of our event, a fundraiser to raise money towards the ISSA Study Abroad Scholarship. The night will feature a silent art auction, multi-lingual DJs and musicians, and complimentary food. We are currently looking for artists, photographers, sculptors, and more willing to show and donate their work for our silent auction. Please contact us if you would like to somehow be involved in this event, whether or not you are an artist! Help us promote international education to our campus, Long Beach, and the greater LA and OC community!

 

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
ISSA Executive Co-Chairs

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We finally have our official Executive Board for the Fall 2011 semester! CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected officers!

North America Ambassador/Community Outreach Maarit Koivula
Latin America and the Caribbean Ambassador John Torres
Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador Jordan Hattar
Middle East and North Africa Ambassador Melissa Nordall
Europe Ambassador Luis Yòdu
Russia and Central Asia Ambassador Joe Flores
East Asia Ambassador Melody Lao
South Asia Ambassador Brittany Romero

Treasurer Samie Blasingame
Social Meeting Planner Hanna Lee
Historian Britney Ralston
Art Director Morgane Laffiche
Technology Director Cookie Partansky
ISSA Citizen Blogger and Webmaster Kimberly Conchada

Secretary Britney Ralston
Recruitment Chair Samie Blasingame
College of Liberal Arts Student Council Representative Cookie Partansky
International Education Committee Representative Alex Shrove

In other news, this week in lieu of our traditional general meeting setting, we will be going to the CLASC Student & Faculty Mixer – “A Trip Around the World” at the Soroptimist House on campus. It will be an evening of great food and great company, giving all students and faculty from within our college a chance to meet each other and expand our networks. Go straight to the Soroptimist House, and we will see you then!

What: Social for College of Liberal Arts students & faculty
When: this Wednesday, September 21
Time: 4-6pm
Where: Soroptimist House (on Beach Drive by Nursing Dept.)
Cost: Free!

Next Wednesday, ISSA will have our first Social Night. We are incorporating Social Nights into our calendar this semester so that 1) students can experience an aspect of a different culture, 2) we can give members the opportunity to meet outside of the regular classroom setting, and 3) students who cannot make normal meeting hours will have a chance to actively participate in the club. Our first social night will be a culinary experience, and we hope you can all attend! We are organizing carpools and will be meeting at SSPA-107 at 5pm to leave from campus. 

What: Dinner at a local Indian restaurant for ISSA members and non-members
When: next Wednesday, September 28
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Ashoka the Great, 18614 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia 90701
Cost: between $10 & $15 (final price TBA)

We hope you can join us for these next two great opportunities to better acquaint yourself with your fellow internationally-minded 49ers! After these two awesome events, ISSA will get back to the grind with interesting open forums discussing international education on our very own campus!

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
ISSA Executive Co-Chairs

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We hope everybody had a great and restful weekend and are ready for the upcoming week. We had a very successful turnout for our first general meeting of this semester, last Wednesday, September 7th. Special thanks to Recruitment Chair & Treasurer, Samie Blasingame, and Secretary & Historian, Britney Ralston who put in the extra effort to bring those stragglers in! Also a special thanks to Social Meeting Planner, Hanna Lee who prepared an awesome spread of culinary goodness.

We’d like to remind you all to RSVP to the International Studies Department’s Annual New Year Party which will be at Dr. Marcus’ home tomorrow evening from 6-9pm. This will be an opportunity to informally meet with fellow I/ST majors as well as faculty from several departments and make connections that will definitely be beneficial to you for the following year. Come hungry and happy! Please see the attached photo for all necessary information.

This Wednesday, September 14th, we will be holding nominations for the following officer positions:

  • Art Director
  • Technology Director
  • Oceania Ambassador
  • South Asia Ambassador
  • North America Ambassador
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador
  • Russia and Central Asia Ambassador
  • Middle East and North Africa Ambassador
  • International Education Committee Representative
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Council Representative

Attached to this email are the responsibilities of each officer. Holding an officer position is a great way to network on campus, build your resume, as well as to let your voice be heard through voting on our Executive Board. Please email us here if you are interested or if you have questions regarding the positions.

Along with this week’s events, we are inviting you to spend Friday, September 16th, with us at the annual International Students Association (ISA) bonfire at Bolsa Chica State Beach from 5-10pm. This is a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world who are studying abroad here in Long Beach. Please bring your own drinks and snacks, as a BBQ dinner will be provided. Click here to RSVP and for details on their location.

We hope you all can join us during this week’s festivities. We promise great discussion, great people, and (of course) great food at each one! Hope to see you Wednesday!

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
ISSA Executive Co-Chairs

Welcome to Fall 2011 at CSULB

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Welcome back I/STers!

We hope you are as excited for this Fall semester as we are! We have been planning for what we hope to be an exciting and fun-filled season of activities with the International Studies Student Association. We are a group of students eager to talk about and learn about the world, striving to become true “global citizens.” We promise you engaging conversation, new and interesting friends, advice and tips only I/ST students can give, and of course, food!

This semester our general meetings will be on Wednesdays at 4 pm in SSPA Room 107. We want to focus on international education this semester, with “languages” as our central theme. If you want to know more about studying abroad, find out about different careers you can have with an International Studies degree, how to graduate on time, and how to begin your educational and professional network, please join us this Wednesday! Along with meetings, there will be plenty of social events where you will be able to meet more students within the International Studies department and other departments.

If you are seeking a way to get more involved on campus with extracurriculars, we have officer positions open! Every position holds different levels of responsibility and commitment, some more time-consuming than others. We will describe them in detail at tomorrow’s meeting. Please note that if you are unavailable to attend any or all general meetings, you can still hold any of the following officer positions. Please reply back to this email if this is the case or if you have any questions.

Art Director
Technology Director
Oceania Ambassador
South Asia Ambassador
North America Ambassador
Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador
Russia and Central Asia Ambassador
Middle East and North Africa Ambassador
International Education Committee Representative
College of Liberal Arts Student Council Representative

We’d also like to invite you to drop by and say hello at our table during Week of Welcome at the Commencement Lawn, this Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 7 & 8), from 11am to 2pm.

Also, please take the time to “Like” our Facebook Fan Page and “Add” our Facebook Personal Page.

Best of luck during your second week back on the grind. We urge you to take the plunge and try something new and exciting this semester. Hope to see you Wednesday!

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
ISSA Executive Co-Chairs

The Future of International Studies

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This academic year has been filled to the brim with its stresses, joys, papers, office hours, beers, laughs, tears, critically acclaimed documentaries, hours in the library, caffeine fixes, and everything that goes along with being a student at CSULB. We’ve been through the basic rundown of I/ST majors, and look at us now: we’re still alive! Whether we’re still sane is another matter, but we are still conscious, and more importantly, still standing!

We’ve done great things within our student association, and although it is sad to say goodbye to the executive board, the excitement for a refreshing transition into an era of new officers may just surpass our initial sentiment. CONGRATULATIONS to our new executive board!

Mariam Hakim
Middle East and North Africa Ambassador

Miss Melody
East Asia Ambassador

John Torres
Latin America and the Caribbean Ambassador

Katarina Eleby
Europe Ambassador

Kimberly Conchada
ISSA Citizen Blogger and Webmaster

Hanna Lee
Social Meeting Planner

Mariam Hakim
Community Outreach

Britney Ralston
Historian
Secretary

Samie Blasingame
Treasurer
Recruitment Chair
College of Liberal Arts Student Council Representative

Kimberly Conchada and Katarina Eleby
Executive Chairs

Congratulations to our new leaders! There are positions still available for incoming members: Technology Director, Art Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Ambassador, Russia and Central Asia Ambassador, North America Ambassador, Oceania Ambassador, and International Education Committee Representative.

Although there is much excitement for the new change of officers, there is even more excitement for all of the graduates of 2011!  On Thursday, May 26th, the College of Liberal Arts said “Bon Vonyage!” and “C’est tout!” to over fifty 49er’s graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Studies. No words can describe what a special moment it was for parents, families, friends, and loved ones alike on such a beautiful day. A job well done to all of our I/ST majors and minors. We are so proud of you! The world is yours!!

Alica Rose Albertson
Meg Crescent Aquinde
Noelan Paolo Arbis
Enkhmaa Baatar
Christine M. Bagarino*
Justin P. Benning*
Jon Bradley Michael Brown, Jr.
Megan E. Brushey
Stephanie Joan Bryson*
Karen Claire P. Calicdan
Yvette Mercado Cooley
Megan J. Cutler
Danielle Jean Dana*
Caitlin H. Dickerson
Serena Do*
Sonia Elizabeth Esquibel
Erick Thomas Haman
Lindsay Rose Hernandez
Jeffery Michael Hungerford
Lauren Alyss Hutain
Aleen Jaghalian*
Christopher A. Jensen
Miyako Johnstone
Lyric Destiny Kesteloot*
Daniel Dongil Kim
Nahomi Kitamura
Deanna N. Lam
Arturas Lazdauskas
Abdelghafour Louhmadi*
Jessica Elizabeth Cherington Mark*
Paxcely Leticia Marquez*
Tiffany Ming*
Christopher Myint*
Stephanie Minh Nguy
Wendy Ortiz
Nicole Clair Pivaro
Lorena M. Porqueras*
Christina Reyes*
Nicole Marie Rivera
Shina Riane Robinson
Heidy Rodriguez
Louis A. Roupoli III
Daisy Saenz
Shahani A. Salcedo
Andrea Giuliana Sattui
Justin Frederick Schafer
Kiersten Nicole Stadelmann
Amanda Michelle Glassman Thyden*
Redeana Corman Umland
Damaris Nohemi Ventura*
Teresa I-Ying Wan

* Denotes a graduate with more than one major

Please email istassociation@gmail.com if there are any mistakes to the list of graduates.

Congratulations Class of TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN! It’s summertime in the LBC! CHEERS!!