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Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter

Volume 2 Issue 3 November 2013

“Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!”

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Non-Traditional Student Appreciation Week! ational Non-Traditional Student Appreciation Week is

November 4th—8th. The Office of Non-Traditional Student Services has a

A-State Non-Traditional Student Appreciation Week

week full of events that are educational and social to celebrate our nontraditional students. Non-traditional Students (25 years and older) will be honored on campus at the inaugural Non-traditional Student Recognition program

Monday, November 4th Grab n Go Mondays 8:30am-11:30am Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center

held on Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Centennial Hall. Undergraduate non-traditional students who have a 3.75 or higher GPA will receive a certificate of achievement. The categories are school pride award, above and beyond award, leadership award, and volunteerism award. This program is invite only. “We have many academically astute non-traditional students who have the added pressures of balancing school with family and work. This program is to recognize and celebrate them for their hard work in the classroom,” stated Niya Blair, director of the multicultural center. Visit our website at www.astate.edu/nontrad for more information about Non-Traditional Student Services

Come by the Multicultural Center to have coffee and pastries and meet other non-traditional students. Scholarship Opportunity for Study Abroad Noon Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center Come hear from non-traditional student Jonathan Carmichael about how he received the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Costa Rica. Tuesday, November 5th Educational Workshop: Affordable Care Act Info 101 Noon Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center Learn about the Affordable Care Act and other insurance options . Wednesday, November 6th Motivational Wednesday Noon Carl R. Reng Student Union—Multicultural Center Hear success stories from non-traditional students on how they balance school, family, and work.

Maria Villegas and young student Jorge Villegas and young student

Thursday, November 7th Non-Trad Recognition Program 6:00pm Carl R. Reng Student Union—Centennial Hall Nominated non-traditional students will be recognized for their outstanding achievements inside and outside of the classroom. This event is invite only.

Jorge Villegas, artist

Families at paint night

All photos courtesy of Maria Villegas

Friday, November 8th Movie Night: Monsters University 7:00pm & 9:00pm showings Carl R. Reng Student Union—Auditorium

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he Multicultural Center (MC) strives to sustain an inclusive campus environment that values and respects all members of the university community. We educate the campus through programs and initiatives that are educational, cultural, and social. The MC’s programs are designed to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority and underrepresented student populations. We enhance intellectual growth by providing a welcoming space for all university constituents to come and share their culture with others. The center provides a collection of artifacts, books, and magazines that cover a diverse range of topics and provide insight into various cultures. We also enhance the campus by showcasing art exhibits from various local and national artists throughout the year. We enrich lives daily through our diversity and safe zone trainings and by working with student organizations affiliated with the MC. The trainings educate and enhance students’ knowledge about other cultures. Our student leaders attend leadership retreats and conferences that equip them with the necessary skills for success.

The MC is Not Just a Space, but a Place for All!

Meet Youssef! Where are you from? -Kuwait, Middle East How long have you been attending Arkansas State University? -I have been attending ASU for two months Youssef Aldaihany International Student

What is your major? -Mass Communication, Multimedia What do you like about Arkansas State University?

-It has a good staff, campus, and it's famous for media and mass communication What do you like about the United States? -It has a high level of democracy, advanced universities, and encourages students to do their Scientific research What are some things you like to do for fun? -Get on Twitter and Facebook

~ November 11th -14th, International Education Week is sponsored by the Multicultural Center, the Office of International Programs, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad, and The International Center for English. Visit the Multicultural Center’s website at www.astate.edu/multiculturalcenter for a list events during International Education Week.

Student Organization Spotlight: Circle of Trust Circle of Trust (COT) is a student organization that provides an avenue to help retain minority females in higher education. The group offers academic and social support, leadership development, and community involvement. COT also features a mentorship component and meets twice a month. For more information about Circle of Trust email president Summer Jackson at summer.jackson@smail.astate.edu.

Meet the Executive Board!

Summer Jackson President Senior Exercise Science Little Rock, AR

Tianna Baker Vice President Junior English Education Little Rock, AR

Delia Turner Secretary Senior Social Work West Memphis, AR

Kenya Weatherspoon Academic Chair Senior Accounting West Memphis, AR

Fantasia Griffith Community Service Chair Senior Accounting Hot Springs, AR

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Snapshots

Hispanic Mixer Viva La Noche

Immigration Forum

Cultural Conversations

All photos courtesy of A-State Yearbook

MC Affiliated Student Organizations          

Black Student Association Brother 2 Brother Circle of Trust Gay Straight Alliance Hispanic Outreach & Latino Appreciation Minorities in Healthcare Professions Multicultural Center Ambassadors National Pan-Hellenic Council Non-Traditional Student Organization Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter

Join Today! Next Newsletter Issue: December 2013

Multicultural Center Hours

CONTACT US

Monday—Thursday 8:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m.

Carl R. Reng Student Union 3rd Floor Suite 3003

Friday 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Niya Blair Director Multicultural Center

Candence Williams Program Coordinator Multicultural Center

James Hines Graduate Assistant Multicultural Center

870-680-4052 astatemc@astate.edu Visit our website

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MC Connection Nov. 2013