International Week - Connecting the World

By Ryan Greene
Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

The International Student Center and the Office of Global Engagement welcome you to the 2012 Seattle University International Education Week (I-Week). This week is a time for the entire campus to come together to engage international issues and raise important topics of a global nature that assist the University community in preparing leaders for a just and humane world.

I-Week is truly a central part of Seattle University’s Mission and the week provides SU students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to engage in 25 different programs sponsored by 30 different campus and community sponsors.

Humanitarian Engineering
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
12:30pm - 1:20pm
Bannon Building, Room 402
This talk describes how engineers can apply their knowledge and skills for the benefit of humanity. Examples from Seattle University projects in Zambia, Africa and elsewhere are given. The particular work in Zambia was a collaboration between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professionals without Borders—an SU organization including staff, students, faculty and alumni involved with development projects around the world. Students interested in combining engineering and service work are encouraged to attend.
Contact: Dr. Henry Louie,, 206-398-4619
Sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering

Peace Corps Recruiting at Seattle U
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
12:30pm - 1:30pm 
Boeing Room (Library, 1st Floor)
As the Peace Corps celebrates its 51st year as a global program that provides support to areas of the world that need it most, it’s actively recruiting the next generation of volunteers. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
Contact: Career Services at 206-296-6080.
Sponsored by Career Services, Division of Student Development.

International Opportunities Fair
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Student Center, Room 160 (Le Roux Room)
This event will give undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to explore opportunities to study, serve or work abroad.
Contact: Education Abroad Office, 206.296.2226,
Sponsored by Seattle University’s Education Abroad Office
Explore A Transformative Graduate Opportunity

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Admissions & Alumni Relations Community Room, Admissions & Alumni Building
Learn how you can impact the lives of people of all ages with limited English proficiency living around the world. SU's TESOL graduate program is a six-quarter program that prepares students to teach English and foreign languages to adults in the United States and adults and youth overseas. Graduates of the program work in Adult Education Programs with refugees and immigrants, at Community Colleges, with English Language Programs in non-English speaking countries, at non-profit organizations, in schools, and in many more arenas to help improve daily communication skills, minimize language barriers and improve life skills. Join program director Jian Yang, current students and graduates of the program as they share details of this transformative program. Light refreshments will be served.
Contact: For more information, visit or call 206.296.2682. 
Sponsored by the Seattle University TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program in the College of Education.

The Internship and Job Search Processes for International Students at SU:
A Panel on Working in America (Lunch will be served)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
12:30pm – 1:30pm
PAVL160 – International Student Center Lounge
This program explores and demystifies the job and internship search process for international students at SU. Come here from a panel of current SU students and alumni about their experiences interviewing and searching for internships and employment in the greater Washington area. This workshop is specifically for SU international students and you MUST RSVP in order to reserve a seat at this private event.
RSVP to attend to Ryan M. Greene at and please include this I-Week program title in the subject line of your email.
Sponsored by Career Services and The International Student Center

Thailand Rainwater Catchment “Global Grant” Project
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
James Pigott Pavilion for Leadership Room 50 (Across from Reprographics)
Dr. Phillip Thompson, PhD, PE, Associate Professor and Chair in the College of Science and Engineering
Will discuss how he and a team of six Seattle University students built a rainwater catchment system for a dormitory in Mae Nam Khun, Thailand this past summer. The students worked with the local community and fellow college students from the Chiang Mai University civil engineering program to acquire materials to construct the system. The catchment system provides an additional source of water for the dormitory residents and makes them less reliant on their current, intermittently available water source. This is merely one of many ways SU is becoming more and more global.
Sponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Great Grandfather’s Drum
An Award Winning Film About Japanese-American culture and history in Hawaii
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wyckoff Auditorium, Engineering Building
"Great Grandfather's Drum" celebrates Japanese-American culture and history in Hawaii. An inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the greatest American tradition -- of plantation life, patriotic heroism during World War II, and helping to create statehood for Hawai'i. We are privileged to have the producer-director on hand to discuss the film after it is shown.
Contact: Dale Watanabe at or at 206-296-6260.
Sponsored by the International Student Center and the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington
Liberia: A Peace Discussion

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Engineering Building, Room 311
By viewing the global community through the lens of Liberian peace fighters, a discussion will be led on the importance of the fight for personal freedoms and civil unity.
Contact: President Laura Minkiewitz, 425.457.3257,
Sponsored by the Seattle University Teach Peace Club

Engaging the Global: A Conversation of the Hows and Whys
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Pigott Building, Room 308
Students and faculty will be invited to a facilitated conversation about ways in which we ethical engage in global dialogue and action.
Contact: Ruth C. White,, 296-5351.
Sponsored by the Seattle University Social Work Program.

Eid Celebration
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6:00pm - 8:00pm
PAVL160 – International Student Center Lounge
The Muslim Student Association is a part of the interfaith student groups underneath the Office of Campus Ministry. The mission of the MSA is to spread awareness about the Islamic faith, answer any questions students have and to form a sense of community among the Muslim students on campus.
Contact:  Ayesha Pirbhai, / Mohammed Alturki / Abdullah Alohli
Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Campus Ministry.

Journey From The Fall – Movie Showing with Reception to Follow
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wyckoff Auditorium, Engineering Building
Inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees who fled their land after the fall of Saigon—and those who were forced to stay behind, Journey From The Fall follows one family’s struggle for freedom. April 30, 1975 marked the end of Vietnam's two-decade-old civil war and the start of the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees. The film also depicts the struggles involved in Vietnam’s Communist Reeducation Camps.
Contact: Sandra Bui,, 296-6260
Sponsored by the Vietnamese Student Association & The International Student Center

Say My Name
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Noon – 1:00pm
Student Center, Room 210
Learn how to pronounce names of people from different countries around the world.  This program will be lead by international students and lunch will be provided.
Contact: For more information and/or to RSVP please contact Dale Watanabe at
Sponsored by The International Student Center, Division of Student Development.

Interfaith Prayer for Peace
Thursday, January 26, 2012
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Chapel of St. Ignatius
All are invited to join as clergy and students of different faith traditions lead our campus community in prayer for peace.
Contact: Carissa at
Sponsored by Seattle University Campus Ministry.

International Humanitarian Law: A Panel of Red Cross Docents Discuss Current Issues
Thursday, January 26, 2012
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Wyckoff Auditorium, Engineering Building
Come here a panel of staff from the International Red Cross discuss the current issues that revolve around International Humanitarian Law.
For more information contact Irene Diaz Soto at
Sponsored by the International Red Cross.

Protest Movements: What would it take to get you off the couch and onto the street?
Thursday, January, 26, 2012
7:00pm – 8:00pm Panel in Pigott Auditorium
8:00pm - Breakout Sessions in the Pigott Building
Deep Dialogue in a Complex World is a dynamic series that explores the social, cultural and religious complexities of the contemporary world. The panel will be moderated by Ted Fortier, Associate Professor of Anthropology & the Reverend Louis Gaffney Chair in the College of Arts & Sciences. Panelists include former war journalist Doris Gray who will be discussing the Tunisia Uprising. She is the recent author of the groundbreaking book, Muslim Women on the Move, about Muslim feminism. Serena Cosgrove will discuss the El Salvador Conflict. Dr. Cosgrove moved to Central America in the 1980s during the revolutions against harsh dictatorships. An Occupy Seattle student participant will also be part of the panel.
For more information contact or phone 296-6363.
Sponsored by Global Engagement, Office of the Provost.

Lunches with Leaders: Sahar Fathi
Friday, January 27, 2012
12:15pm – 1:15pm
Student Center, Room 210
This is a Lunch Presentation for 40 students, faculty, & staff (Please be sure to RSVP)
Prior to joining Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s staff, Sahar Fathi served as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, an extern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and a legal intern at the Attorney General’s Office of Washington. Sahar graduated from the University of Washington Law School and passed the New York bar exam. She also earned a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a dual Bachelor of Arts in French and International Relations. Sahar currently serves as Vice President for the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington.
Contact: Sarah Swihart,, Leadership Development, Pavilion 150
Sponsored by Leadership Development (Main Sponsor), Integrity Formation (Main Sponsor), and the International Student Center (Secondary Sponsor).

Seattle University Youth Initiative Immersion
Friday, January 27, 2012 - Sunday, January 29, 2012
Takes place from 5:00pm on January 27th, 2012 – 2:00pm on January 29th, 2012
Students will be housed at the Meredith Mathews YMCA and Volunteering at Various Locations in the Central District.
Students will spend the weekend learning about the diverse immigrant history of the Central District. In addition an emphasis will be placed on the education of children in the CD. The Immersion program is grounded in the Seattle University Youth Initiative and housed in the Center for Service and Community Engagement.
Contact: Chris Olsen, or Alex Cratsenberg,
Sponsored by the Center for Service and Engagement.

Connecting the World: 2012 International Dinner
Saturday, January 28, 2012
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Campion Ballroom, Campion Residence Hall
Join us for the largest international student event on Seattle University’s campus. Enjoy food and performances from around the world! This SU Tradition is not to be missed! A large amount of raffles and giveaways are distributed at this event and the ISC will be raising money for the Children of Peace Foundation at the event.  Get your tickets at the International Student Center in PAVL 160 – Students $10, Staff/Faculty/Community Members $20.
If you are interested in volunteering email to Melissa Archuleta at
Contact: Melissa Archuleta,, 296-6260.
Sponsored by The International Student Center, Division of Student Development.
*A Big Thank You to Bon Appétit for their support of the different I-Week events including for their menu planning and support of the International Dinner!!

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