Say Hello, Bonjour, こんにちは, and More at the Language Tables

The Language Tables are back for International Education week! Stop by PUB Lobby on Thursday, November 16 from 11:30am – 1:00pm to try out languages like Japanese, Punjabi, and French.

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You’ll learn some quick and useful phrases as well as see some student work from the languages taught here at Shoreline. If you’re interested in world languages and traveling, this is a great event for you to visit.

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For more information about International Education Week, check out the International Education Facebook page. Don’t miss the Photo Contest, Study Abroad Fair, International Myths & Tales Panel, and Badminton Tournament!

– Meg Humphrey

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

The Short Run Comix & Arts Festival is taking place on Saturday, November 4 at Seattle Center, from 11:00am – 6:00pm. This free event is all about showcasing independent artists, writers, and creators.

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The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will be where the Book Expo is held, and the Vera Project will house all of the programming. There will be spotlights on featured creators, an Animation Tent, a bake sale, screen printing demonstrations, and a life size coloring book mural. There’s also an all-ages after party at the Vera Project from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

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If you are interested in art or publishing, make sure you check out Short Run! There is a full list of exhibitors and programming on the Short Run website. For more information on events on campus and around Seattle, follow the International Education Facebook page.

– Meg Humphrey

International Education Week Photo Competition

We are looking for submissions for the International Education Week Photo Competition! The contest is open to all current Shoreline students, and each participant can submit up to three photos. The deadline to submit photos is November 8 at 11:59pm. Make sure you include a title/caption relating to the photo and the theme of “Transitions.”

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Submissions should be emailed to iwelcome@shoreline.edu using the subject like “IEW Photo Contest.” The top 10 photos will be displayed around the PUB during November 13 through 15 for public voting. Each person can only vote once on their favorite three photos.

Winners will be announced at the International Myths & Tales Panel on November 15, from 12:30-2:30 in the Quiet Dining Room. The winners will be awarded movie vouchers. Take advantage of the nice weather and go take photos!

For more information and entry rules, check out the event post on the International Education Facebook.

– Meg Humphrey
Photo by Linda Du

Get Spooky and Shake Your BOOty!

Friday, October 27 is the Halloween Dance hosted by the International Peer Mentors. Join us in the PUB from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm for dancing, refreshments, a costume contest, raffles, a photo booth, and games! Costumes are not mandatory, but are encouraged.

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The Adventure Builder’s Club will also be hosting an escape room, and the International Club will be hosting a Zombie Room. There will be limited space for both of these rooms, so plan to arrive on time!

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Fill out this survey to make sure your favorite song is played during the night: Music Requests for Halloween Dance.

Make sure you review the guidelines for the event before you arrive:

  • All attendees need to bring their Shoreline ID
  • No cultural appropriation
  • No weapons, real or fake
  • No big bags – coat and bag check will be available
  • No alcohol allowed – intoxicated people will be asked to leave

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and activities around campus!

Japanese Cultural Festival

It has become a tradition for the Japanese students in Shoreline’s TRAJAL Hospitality Program (TJHC) to host a Japanese Cultural Festival for the school. Cultural festivals (bunkasai) are very popular in Japan, in all levels of schools, from kindergartens to universities.

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At the Shoreline Japanese Cultural Festival, attendees got to play games with the students, try on kimono and yukata, and make origami. For a souvenir to take home, you could get your name written in Japanese calligraphy (shodo).

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This year, students performed Soran Bushi, a traditional dance about a prosperous fishing haul. They also had a wishing tree where you write your wish on a small piece of paper (tanzaku) and hang it from the tree. These are often see in Japan during festivals like Tanabata.

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If you see the TJHC students around campus, make sure to say hi! Keep up to date with more events around campus by following the SCC International Education Facebook.

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– Meg Humphrey

Join a Club at Shoreline!

Now that you’ve had time to adjust to your new classes and catch up on your reading, it’s time to see what else Shoreline has to offer! Join us on Wednesday, October 18 for the Back to School Kick-off event. It will take place in the PUB Main Dining Room from 11:30am – 2:30pm.

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There will be over 50 student organizations there, covering a wide range of interests and causes. Joining a club is a great way to meet people and make new friends.

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Whether your goal is to learn about other cultures (or celebrate your own), find a fun way to exercise, improve your skills, or make this world a better place, you’ll find the right organization for you.

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Check out the active club roster to get an idea of who will be there! Follow the International Education Facebook for more events and school news.

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– Meg Humphrey

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival at Shoreline

On October 4, Shoreline celebrated the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the Quiet Dining Room. Students came to try many flavors of mooncakes, watched the Chinese TV Gala, and decorated their own paper lanterns.

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The Mid-Autumn Festival is meant to give thanks for the harvest and for peaceful unions. It also celebrates the gathering of family and friends, and gives the opportunity for people to pray for good fortune in their future.

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Mooncakes are a traditional food of the festival because it symbolizes completeness and reunion. Making and sharing round mooncakes celebrates families. Some traditional flavors are pineapple, salted egg yolk, mixed nuts, and mungbean.

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Colorful lanterns are a staple of many Chinese celebrations. They like to hang them from buildings or carry them around. Sometimes people write riddles on them and have others guess. People also make Kongming floating lanterns, and children often write wishes on them before releasing them into the sky.

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with us! To find out about more events on and around campus, make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page.

-Meg Humphrey