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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Senior Mwambo: RSVP Today Highlights from Island Styles Night Diversifying the U!

April 15, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 8

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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013

Senior Mwambo Attention 2013 Graduates: RSVP Today May 9th at 2:00PM

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Asian American Student Association and the Filipino Student Association for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony that marks the transition of black graduates from their lives at the University of Miami to advanced education and professional careers. This ceremony was established in 1992 through the vision and love of a very dynamic and caring international student from Malawi, East Africa; Mr. Patrick A. Masala.

April 17th · Sushi Workshop with Sushi Maki UC Rock · 2:30PM Sushi Maki will teach students how to roll their own sushi rolls! April 25th · Origami on the Rock UC Rock · 2:30PM

The term “Mwambo” literally means ceremonial rite of passage. It is Chichewa and comes to us from Malawi, East Africa where it was founded. The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony designed to recognize the accomplishments of our black graduates and their families. It is a celebration of the transition from one stage of life to the next.

Learn how to make a square flat piece of paper into Asian art. This event is sponsored by the Asian American Student Association. For more information, visit,, or

This year’s ceremony is scheduled for May 9th at 2:00PM in Gusman Hall. For additional information regarding Senior Mwambo or to RSVP, visit

Did You Know... More than 90 percent of the world’s rice is grown and consumed in Asia, where people typically eat rice two or three times daily. Rice is the staple diet of half the world’s population.

Congratulations to Miss Raquel Zaldivar for being nominated for the 2013 Student Employee of the Year

For more facts, visit www.did-­you-­

Kickin’ it Old School Finals Fiesta/Thumpin Thursday April 25th at 7:00PM Join Multicultural Student Affairs, United Black Students and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for Kickin’ it Old School: Finals Fiesta/ Thumpin Thursday as we end the spring semester. There will be free music, food, games, and a live performance from NPHC and MGC Greek Letter Organizations. This event will take place on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00PM on the UC Rock. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 305.284.2855. April 15th


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Campus Involvement Opportunities

U.S. Student Fulbright Program: Information Session April 15th at 3:00PM

State of Continued Emergency Relations in Hispaniola After the Haiti Earthquake April 18th at 7:00PM

The Fulbright Program awards grants to support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project, or teaching assistantship during one academic year in a country outside the U.S. This session will be held in UC 233 and will cover the application process and will help students begin to organize their proposals. Descriptions of the various grant programs can be found at UM graduate and undergraduate students with exceptional scholastic and leadership records are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact

Join the members of the Haitain Student Organization (HSO) and the Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) for a discussion on the state of relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Delicious Haitian and Latino food will be served prior to the event. This event will start at 7:00PM on April 18th in Shoma Hall. For more information, visit

Strong Women, Strong Girls Want to be a mentor? Apply Now.

Islam Awareness Week

Strong Women, Strong Girls is a nationally recognized mentoring program dedicated to raising the aspirations and self-esteem of elementary school girls. Currently, Strong Women, Strong Girls is now accepting applications for next year's mentors. Applications are due April 25th at 5:00PM. Please email Ajiah Daley for an application at Applications can be droppred off in the Bulter Center of Service and Leadership. For more information on Strong Women, Strong Girls, visit

Come join the Muslim Students of UM (MSUM) for their first Islam Awareness Week! April 15: Get to know Islam April 16: Trivia Day April 17: Sunnah Day April 18: Meet the Muslims April 19: Project Downtown

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For more information, email

Unity Roundtable Consortium Join Today

Student & Alumni Career Symposium April 17th at 10:00 AM

Are you passionate about diversity awareness and social justice issues? If so, become a part of the Unity Roundtable Consortium. The Unity Roundtable Consortium provides an opportunity for students to discuss issues relevant to the multicultural community and assist MSA in planning events such as Diversity Week. For more information, please contact MSA at 305-284-2855 or email Jesse Ford at

Register now to attend the Student & Alumni Career Symposium on April 17th at 10:00AM in the Newman Alumni Center. This one-day conference will provide students with invaluable career development experiences and networking opportunities with successful UM alumni, local recruiters, and UM Staff and Faculty. Learn from past Canes and gain insight into how they are utilizing their UM degrees and carrying on the “U� tradition of excellence. For more information or to register, visit

Did You Know... The Chinese calendar is based on the Lunar Cycle . It is the oldest known calendar , originating in 2600 BC. It has twelve Zodiac signs. A complete cycle would take 60 years to complete. For more facts, visit

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Heath and Wellness/ Island Styles Night Recap

Bench Press Competition April 18th at 6:00PM

Studio Cycling Passes Slashed 50% May 6th

FREE Towel Service May 10th

Hit the gym often? Show off your capability in the intramural bench press competition. This is a free event! The event will take place on April 18th at 6:00PM. To sign up, go to room 210 at the Herbert Wellness Center. For more information on any of the following, call the intramural hotline at 305-284-8501 or e-mail

Yes, you read it right! Starting May 6th, the cost of a full semester Studio Cycling pass is only $30 for student members and $50 for non-student members. Additionally, the Herbert Wellness Center will offer two free Studio Cycling classes per week for members who are novice cyclists and need instruction on how to set up the bike and learn the different cycling positions. To purchase a Studio Cycling pass, visit the sales office located on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. Questions? Call 305-284-5433.

Attention students! Purchase a full semester summer membership to the Herbert Wellness Center by Friday, May 10, and you will receive free towel service during the summer. Summer memberships will go on sale April 22. The cost is only $130 for the entire summer. Don’t wait for your spring semester Wellness Center membership to expire! For more information, contact the Sales Office at 305-284-5433.

Island Styles Night Recap:

This event took place on April 3rd at 7:00PM on the UC Rock . Island Styles Night represented the Pacific Islands during COISO’s International Week. It incorporates themes from Hawaii, Philippines, Taiwan and other islands.

“Tonight was a great turnout from start to finish with awesome interactive tent activities, lots of delicious food, and a well-organized, and fun show. Never a dull moment! Congrats to the Island Styles chairs for a successful night!” - Kimberly Carrasco

“I’m so thankful to everyone who came and experienced our night, and I’m so proud of everyone who dedicated their time and effort to making this happen” - M.B. Miranda

“It was an amazing experience. We put a lot of effort into this and I’m so glad everything came together in the end” - Patrick Corcino

“It was an awesome night filled with a lot of culture and good food. The skit was really funny. That dolphin kid was extremely good looking too!” - Pranav Reddy

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Scholarships/Internship Opportunities

Scholarship/ Internship

UM Service Fellowship

Rhodes Scholarship

Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship

2013 CIC/ Anna Chennault Scholarship

Xerox Scholarship

Who is eligible?

Rising UM sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing

Rising and graduating seniors/UM Nomination required

All students

Rising sophomores

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Full Scholarship for Graduate Study at Oxford University

$500 grant

$3,900 plus $1,100 for travel to the annual convention

$1,000 -­ $10,000

Brief description of the scholarship/ internship.

Awards $3000 to students who will participate in full-­ time, unpaid internships in government, education, QRQSURÀWRUDGYRFDF\ sector.

The Rhodes Scholarship was created to bring outstanding students from around the world to the University of Oxford in England.

The winning applicant may use the grant to pay for training-­related expenses, such as registration fees, travel expenses and/or tuition.

The CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship was created to encouarege students to pursue careers in journalism

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Is anything else provided?

Support from Toppel Internship Program

Tuition, maintenance stipend, & travel expenses


Travel cost


What is the duration of the scholarship/ internship?

Summer 2013

2-­3 years of graduate study

1 year

1 year

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What is the deadline?

April 15

April 15

May 1st

May 3rd

September 30th

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t Title: Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

tHometown: Miami, FL tWhere did you attend college and/or graduate school and what was your field/fields of study: Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Language and Master’s of Education from Florida International University

tJob Duties: I help students navigate the complicated world of immigration regulations, and assist them keep up with their immigration status. I also advise the Council of International Students and Organizations.

tOffice Location: Building 21-F

MSA Connection/ April Events

tOne piece of advice you would give students: “Please, please, PLEASE read whatever you receive! Particularly if it could impact your status as a student in the United States!” t Favorite Quote: “Do unto others as you’d have done unto you.”

Cristina Florez

April 2013 Sunday














AASA - Sushi Workshop with Sushi Maki 2:30PM - UC Rock

SPE - Drag Race 9:00PM - UC Rock

ǻȈĬ ƟƞƜ- All of the Lights Yard Show & BBQ 7:00PM - UC Rock




ǻȈĬ - The Big (Red) Apple: Cake Cutting Opening Ceremonies 12:00PM - UC Rock SPE - Breaking the Silence: Candlelight and Open Mic 8:00PM - UC Rock

NABA - General Body Mtg. 6:00PM - Hecht Classroom 101 FEC - General Body Mtg. 6:30PM - UC 245

SPE - Marriages on the Rock 11:00AM - UC Rock

SPE - General Body Meeting 7:00PM - UC 245

OJU - General Body Mtg. 5:30PM - UC Ballroom C

ǻȈĬ - People’s Choice Awards Talent Show 7:30PM - Newman Alumni Center

ǻȈĬ - cultuRED: ‘Empire State of Mind’ 7:13PM - Shoma Hall



Asian American Students Association Canes Night Live Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Multicultural Student Affairs National Association of Black Accountants Office of Academic Enhancement Organization for Jamaican Unity Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Planet Kreyol SpectrUM United Black Students


AASA - Origami on the Rock 11:00AM - UC Rock FEC - General Body Mtg. 6:30PM - UC 245

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PK - General Body Mtg. 5:30PM - Eaton Classrooms SPE - General Body Mtg. 7:00PM - UC 245

CNL - ‘Canes Carnival 8:00PM - UC Foote Green/UC Rock


OAE - End of the Year Banquet 6:00PM - Newman Alumni Center * by invitation only*

MSA/UBS/KAΨ - Finals Fiesta/Thumpin’ Thursday 7:00PM - UC Rock

For a complete calendar of events, visit

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