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GSA SUMMER NEWSLETTER Summer 2013 |

MY BESTFRIEND When I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. He looked as if he was carrying all his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned ahead (parties and a football game with my friends) so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running towards him. They ran into him, knocking him down and causing all his books to fly out of his arms. His glasses went flying and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. Hence, I jogged over to him and tried to help him as he crawled around looking for his glasses with a tear in his eye. I handed him his glasses and said, "Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives." He looked at me and said, "Hey, thanks!" There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books and asked him where he lived. It turns out that he lived near me so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to a private school previously. That was when I realized I had never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home and I helped carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I invited him to play a little football with my friends and he agreed. We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. He was equally popular with my friends. When Monday morning came, I saw Kyle with a huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are really going to build some serious muscles with this pile of books every day!" He simply laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke I knew that we would always be friends and the miles separating us would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for a business degree on a football scholarship. Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was glad that it wasn't me having to get up there and do the speech. I saw Kyle on graduation day and he looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.

"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

Boy, I was jealous sometimes. Today is one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. Hence, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be great!" He looked at me with one of really grateful looks and smiled. "Thanks." He said. He cleared his throat as he started his speech. "Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Some people thank their parents, teachers, siblings or maybe their coach. However, most people must thank their friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story." I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home when he met me. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. "Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable." I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome and popular boy told us about his weakest moment. I saw his parents looking at me and smiling with the same grateful smile. I never realize the depth of my actions until that single moment. Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse. We’re on the Web! God puts us all in each other's livesWeb to impact one another See us at: site address in some way. Look for God in others.


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BACKGROUND ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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The purpose of the class is to prepare a community a community of learners to improve our world.

2013 The ELC program has been running for five years. It is held at Winona State University. It has hosted people from different countries like, Thailand, China, South Korea, Kenya, Ghana, and Ukraine among others. The program was put together by the Director of the school. The program was planned to give students education on the science field, English field and lots of cultural and physical activities. In the science field it deals with ecology- the study of fishes, and the English field which is the college prep.

CULTURAL AND PHYSCIAL ACTIVITIES. There were lots of activities both physical and cultural planned for us. We started with bowling which was amazing. And lather that day we went to mall to shop. The following day we went to church and I must admit church was really great. The following week we started with the orientation and had some hours of swimming lessons. The same for the following day and later went for paddling in the Mississippi. Classes began and the activities also kept going on. Some of them were, hosting a karaoke event and an ice cream social, hanging out in Lanesboro, going to the gym, playing basketball. And also going to biggest hall in the America.


AN INTERVIEW WITH BAN FARIS International Services, Office Administrative Specialist Loyalty and Service, Ban Faris- Style By Sam Banks

Mrs. Faris was born in Iraq. She is married with two lovely kids, a boy and girl. Her husband is also from Iraq but was born in Texas. She loves to run and loves to spend more time with her family. She does a great work by teaching the children both cultures and helps with learning of the language too. And she is kind and loving towards her work. Can you tell me about your job here? I work with international students and my actually field is taking care of their visas. We have this software which is the students Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). I use this software to prepare their I-20(a document that allows you to study abroad).

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – Ban Faris

What are some of the hardships you go through with students? Actually I don’t really have problems with them but some students don’t report to the school after they have been issued the visa. As my work states, I have to report them to the U.S Embassy so that they can be caught and sent back to their country. I must say it’s not easy but it’s all part of the job. Mrs. Ban is still do working her Master’s degree and as she said “even thou it’s too late I think it’s my greatest achievement.

Ban Faris Preferred: (507) 457-2767 BFaris@winona.edu Kryzsko Commons 233

International Services Office Administrative Specialist Winona State Campus Kryzsko Commons 233 We’re on the Web! (507) 457-5303 See us at: Web site address


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THE ISLAND CITY Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the U.S. State of Minnesota. Located in picturesque bluff country on the Mississippi River, its most noticeable physical landmark is Sugar Loaf. The city is named after Princess We-Noh-Nah, daughter of Chief Wapasha (Wabasha) III.

institutions, Winona has two professional theater companies, the Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Theatre du Mississippi. Additionally, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival brings world class artists to Winona for a month long season each summer

The population was 27,592 at the 2010 census. Its annual celebration, Steamboat Days, is held in the summer. It is also known as the stained glass capital of the United States. Winona became the site of the first normal school west of the Mississippi in 1858 with the establishment of Winona Normal School (now Winona State University). This was the beginning of Winona's tradition as a center of higher education. Winona is home to five Catholic Parishes, twenty nine Protestant Churches, one meetinghouse of the LDS Church, and one Islamic prayer center. In addition to the arts brought to the community by local educational

NATURES PARADIES- WINONA

There are so many things here that will catch your attention. Here are some of them. Sightseeing- Spectacular views Signature Festivals- Beethoven to bluegrass Outdoor reaction- Paddle climbs hike and relax Arts and heritage- Cultural treasures Dinning and nightlife- Taste of life Hotels and B&B- Sweet dreams Shop Winona- Cool finds. All this and more are some of the things you can find in Winona- Minnesota. But the most important thing one needs to know about the people of Winona is that they are really friendly and welcoming. If am not exaggerating they are the best people you can ever find on earth.


THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA

It was a typical chilly July day outside the Kravis Center on Thursday afternoon. But inside, the atmosphere was torrid. The cause of the temperature change was the brilliant concert by the Russian National Orchestra. Led by Vasily Petrenko, with piano soloist Barry Douglas, the orchestra played works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) and Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953).The strings of the orchestra were seated in a formation different from most American orchestras. The first violins and the cellos were on the conductor’s left, and the second violins and the violas on his right. The double basses were behind the cellos.

The interest in the third movement is in the lower winds. The opening measures feature the tuba, and the brass keep the music moving. There is considerable percussion, wellintegrated into the music. The finale presents all of the principal wind players with solos as well as in ensemble. The focus again is on the lower instruments, particularly the tuba and the bassoons. The movement is much like a march, with continuous development and new themes. The effect of the movement is greatly enhanced by the outstanding timpani playing.


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Interview with Ke Huang Freshman Student- ELC Ke Hang otherwise known as Grace is an 18 years girl who was born in Yun Province, the Southern part of China. She started learning English when she was 8 years old. But she has been learning it for 10 years now. She completed her high school at Winona high school. She got to know of the ELC program through her boyfriend who a current student of WSU. How do you feel about the program? I think it is very good and their teaching skill is also amazing. It helps me to speak good English and I can interact more with others. But I must say it’s sometimes difficult especially since it’s my second language. So what is education like in China different from here? Education in china is more of book knowledge and homework. But I think here it’s much different. But I think if you are child, then Chinese education is good for but when you grow up, then the U.S education is better. How is the grading system in China like? In china, they do not promote students neither do they grade them with A, B, C e.tc. But you can stay in the same class after every final exam you take and when you fail you can the class behind you. Huang believes that china’s culture is very nice but she also thinks America’s culture is the best any one can ever find.


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TV Shows

During the trip I did some survey to see which kind of TV series people really love. And after days of gathering information and stuffs, this is what I got.

Teen Woolf The Vampire Diaries

23%

We can see that 23% of people like the Teen Wolf series

46%

We can also see that 46% of people like The Vampire Diaries TV show.

8%

We can see that just 23% of people like the series The Originals

23%

We can see that 23% of people like the series Supernatural

The Originals Supernatural


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ROCK CLIMBLING

I went for rock climbing at the sugar loaf with friends on Tuesday, 16th July, 2013. Climbing to the rock was quite tiring, difficult and even at a point scary but we got used to it later on. But after some few minutes of training all the fears turned into energy and strength. I suddenly had a great enthusiasm to climb the rock even though I was extremely scared of height.

It was very challenging at the beginning thou. Most of my friends were also afraid of height but later were able to conquer their fear. It was our first time but we were able to it. And most of us were able to partake in all the climbing. But I in particular was able to climb even to the highest point. It was a unique activity because it was more fun and very nice. And also because it was an outdoor activity. I really like outdoor activities because it helps to meet new people and see certain part of the town we haven’t seen before.


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