What is International Education Week?

Every year for one week in November, schools, colleges and universities, and even embassies throughout the U.S. and around the world celebrate International Education Week (IEW). The official website explains that IEW ” is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” and is and effort ” to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

This year, Shoreline Community College is celebrating IEW with a wide variety of events.

International Coffee and Tea Tasting

Monday, November 18 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
PUB Lobby
Drop by the PUB on Monday morning to kick off IEW by tasting coffee and tea from different countries and cultures around the world! You’ll also have the chance to learn about the many different traditions and customs related to coffee and tea.

Study Abroad Fair & Passport Day

Monday, November 18 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
PUB Lobby
Want to study abroad? Learn about all the fascinating places you can go with Shoreline’s study abroad programs and the scholarships that are available. We’ll also have a representative from the Seattle Passport Agency who can tell you all about how to get a passport!

Trivia Night

Tuesday, November 19 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
7262 Great Room (in the on-campus residence hall)

Test your knowledge of the world! Compete against small teams and individuals to see who can answer the most questions in our globe-spanning trivia night. Winners will receive prizes, and everyone will get free pizza!

Global Perspectives

“Old Masters, New Skills”
Perspectives on Teaching in Modern China
Wednesday, November 20 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
PUB 9208

Listen to the tales of an American laoshi (that’s “teacher” in Mandarin) spanning what it’s like to teach in China as a foreigner and interesting places to visit along the way! Shoreline ESL faculty member Tom Genest will be sharing his experiences and taking questions about his time in China.

South Africa Study Abroad Panel
Wednesday, November 20 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
PUB 9208

Join Dr. Ernest Johnson, Dr. Elena Esquibel, and a group of students who recently returned from a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Students will make a presentation about their experiences and answer questions from the audience.

Language Tables

Thursday, November 21 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
PUB Lobby

Learn words and useful phrases from native speakers of languages hailing from countries around the globe! Each language will have a table with games and snacks.

Badminton Tournament

Friday, November 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3000 Main Gym

Show off your skills in a doubles badminton tournament! Badminton is popular in countries around the world, from Britain to China to Indonesia. Join us in celebrating this sport whose popularity can’t be contained by borders. All current Shoreline students are welcome to sign up – if you don’t have a partner, we can help you find one. Finalists will win prizes!

3 Reasons to Stay in Seattle During Winter Break

With almost a whole month between Fall Quarter and Winter Quarter, many international students choose to travel, whether back to their home countries or around the U.S. and Canada.

But there are plenty of reasons to stay right here in the Seattle area during the winter break! Here are three of our favorites:

Go Skiing!

Even though it rarely snows in Seattle or Shoreline, and when it does it’s gone in just a day or two, in the mountains nearby, there is plenty of snow for skiing. From Shoreline, you can be on a snow-covered mountain in less than two hours.

Experience a Bavarian-Style Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth

See beautiful Bavarian architecture dressed up in lights for the holidays, walk through the snowy mountain village, or stay warm and cozy inside while enjoying traditional German foods and drinks. Or better yet, do all three!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center

Dan Bennett from Seattle, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Ring in the new year on the dance floor at a free dance party at Seattle Center, and finish the evening off watching the fantastic fireworks display at the Space Needle!

Shoreline Celebrates Earth Week

Earth Day is observed all around the world on April 22nd annually. Shoreline Community College holds a yearly celebration for Earth Week each spring quarter. Earth Week reminds students of how important it is to take care of our environment.

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On Friday, April 20th, four clubs and organizations, Environmental Club, World Philosophers and Dismal Science Society club (WP&DSS), Tree Campus USA, and the Washington Native Plant society as well as Student Life all participated in Shoreline’s Earth Week events. All throughout the week, members of Environmental Club and WP&DSS were providing information through creative booths and fun games.

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Shoreline’s own Environmental Club provides information for the students about our environment and gave out volunteering opportunities to the students. Members of the club usually work in the Deep Roots garden and the greenhouse at Shoreline campus.

The Environmental Club encourages students to get closer to nature, which is why they take trips every quarter to observe plants, trees, and learn about animals and the ecosystem around them. They are also involved in planting trees in Boeing Creek Park which is right beside Shoreline’s campus. This year during Earth Week, the Environmental Club gave out free baby plants they grew themselves.

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Another fabulous activity of this year’s Earth Week is Student Life promoting the three Es of sustainability that not only relate to ecological issues but also issues of economics and equity. Student Life has a student committee called SCOF (Sustainability and Commuter Options Fee committee) that all students are welcome to attend and express their ideas. SCOF provides free reusable water bottles and many other things to help maintain the sustainability of the campus.

If you still want to help make an impact on the environment, SCOF holds meetings every other week on Wednesdays.

Destiny Hartanto, International Marketing Assistant

MLK Week at Shoreline

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shoreline Community College. Learn about the events and opportunities happening around campus for students, staff, and faculty to get involved.

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Tuesday, January 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Volunteering at Mary’s Place

Join Student Life as we honor MLK Jr. by serving our community. We will be volunteering at Mary’s Place from 9am-3pm (2-hour shifts). Mary’s Place provides housing, employment, and wellness resources for women and families experiencing homelessness in Seattle. For more information and to sign up, visit the Student Life Volunteering Page.

Wednesday, January 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB 9208: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney. She has been actively involved in social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and No Youth Jail. In 2015, she received the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle for her artist and activist work. Last year, Oliver ran for Mayor with the Peoples Party of Seattle – a collection of community and civic leaders, lawyers, artists, activists, and teachers.

Thursday, January 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB Lounge: BSU Open Mic

Inspired by MLK Jr.’s work and legacy, this open mic invites the campus community to collectively explore and critically think about social justice through artistic expression.

Thursday, January 25, 2:00pm – 4:30pm PUB 9208: Social Justice Collective Open House

The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. We are a new group that will be recruiting members from all over campus. Come to this meet and greet! Come for pizza! Learn more about social justice and how to participate in social justice on campus. ALL are welcome!

– Meg Humphrey (event descriptions from the events calendar)

Holiday Festivities in Seattle This Weekend

Take a break from homework and studying this weekend and check out these great and FREE holiday events around downtown Seattle!

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Sheraton Gingerbread Village – Tuesday, November 21 through January 1
The Downtown Sheraton Hotel is celebrating their 25th year of exceptional gingerbread creations. This year the theme is honoring Seattle. They have viewing hours every day, so stop by when you have the chance.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade – Friday, November 24
If you’re an early riser, head downtown to see watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade! The parade route is along Fifth Avenue and University, ending at Macy’s. The parade starts at 9:00am and will last for around an hour.

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Magic in the Market – Saturday, November 25
If you don’t want to fight against Friday’s crowds, you can still kick off holiday celebrations in Pike Place Market on Saturday! Starting at 11:00am, there will be live music performances, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5:00pm.

– Meg Humphrey

Badminton Tournament

International Education Week wraps up with a Badminton Tournament on Friday, November 17. The tournament is held in the main gym from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Even if you don’t play, go and cheer on your fellow Phins! Winners of the tournament will receive movie vouchers.

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Sign up online or visit the International Education Department (9302) and sign up at the front desk. The deadline to sign up is 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 15. This event is open to all current Shoreline students.

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Make sure you check out other International Education Week events and follow along at the International Education Facebook Page.

– 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