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Saint Mary’s promotes international culture, abroad programs

first_imgSaint Mary’s will promote both international culture and study abroad opportunities this week as part of International Education Week (IEW), an annual program celebrated at colleges across the nation. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and Department of Modern Languages will co-sponsor the week’s events, which began Monday with several lectures and a French dinner. Jill Long, the assistant director for CWIL’s International Student Scholar Services and Recruitment, said the week’s activities will promote an understanding of other countries and foster intercultural relationships. “The idea is to bring awareness to the Saint Mary’s campus,” Long said. “We want people to realize how small our world really is and how important it is that we are up to date with what is going on in other corners of the globe.” IEW features cultural presentations, discussions and panel presentations led by faculty and students for the College community, Long said. Dinners and lunches featuring international cuisine will also be served each day in the Noble Family Dining Hall. Long said she hopes the events will unite international and domestic students. “One of our goals is that people will feel more comfortable approaching our international students on campus and appreciate how much work and preparation they have done in order to study in the United States,” Long said. “[In particular, the International Cultural and Study Abroad Fair] on Friday [in the Student Center Lounge] will be a relaxed setting for people to enjoy music and dance from other countries.” Long said another purpose of IEW is to promote new study abroad opportunities Saint Mary’s recently added to its list of available programs. In addition to traditional programs like those in Ireland, Rome and Innsbruck, students can now study abroad in Morocco, China, France and at Oxford University in England. Additionally, Long said the College recently opened a new spring break option in Ireland. The events of IEW will educate students about these study abroad opportunities, Long said. “If you’re thinking of studying abroad, you can get a better of idea of what the program is like from someone who has experienced it that is your own age,” Long said. While some events are similar to those hosted during last year’s program, Long said CWIL and the Department of Modern Languages made a few adjustments this year to allow more student attendance and discussion. “We looked at event attendance from last year and tried to make them more accessible for students,” she said. “We wanted to make students feel more comfortable and feel like they are actually participating and that their questions are welcome. The goal is to open things up more so a dialogue starts that will continue throughout the year.” For a schedule of International Education Week events and updated study abroad information, visit the CWIL website at www.centerforwomeninleadership.orglast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Holidays Harrisburg, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf joined cabinet members for the 28th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“I am so proud of the Holiday Wish Program and all the joy it brings to so many seniors, families and children across our commonwealth,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “And I am particularly proud of the state employees who take part in the program each year. It truly shows the dedication and generosity of our state employees and reflects the best values of Pennsylvania – support for our neighbors and care for those among us who are in need.”Cabinet members from the departments of Human Services, Aging, Transportation, and Labor & Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while Santa Claus visited with children from local child care providers.Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.“We work all year to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvanians but the holidays give us the opportunity to see that work in action. Hundreds of Pennsylvania families have so much to look forward to thanks to the generous support we’ve seen from employees around the commonwealth,” Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller said. “I am proud to work with people who care this much and I want them to know that we all sincerely appreciate their efforts.”The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in numerous departments. Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season December 06, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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