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Multicultural & International Fall Semester 2010

Fall is here It is Novemeber already and we start to fall into a nice routine. I was just thinking about the new students, some of whom I have not met other than a wave or a distant hello, and how the returning students feel more at ease to just drop by for a chat.

Studying abroad The key element to understand who we are

Simpson and Indianola continue to run smoothly when there is three inches or more of accumulated snow.

by Gaston Akerman

******************* Language can be barrier. Classes and living at Simpson may feel uncomfortable if you are not yet familiar with the English language. After spending almost two years in the United States, I can tell that learning a language is a matter of time. For most people this is a slow process and can be frustrating. From time to time you just cannot express your opinion, recall a word or phrase. But it is ok to make mistakes.

Seemingly, there is a difference in the multitude of “getting to know you” activities to find new friends and to meet people who have come from faraway places. I count almost nine students from the continent of Africa, four from South America in Argentina and four from Germany.

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Keep in mind you do not need a get to know you activity to meet new people. A friendly smile or asking someone about their background is an easy way to break the ice.

We had a great turnout for the food sampler with help from Armando Cornejo’s mother, Maria. She helped to make the event a true success.

******************* Please enjoy the newsletter and have a great semester. *******************

The diversity of our experience comes with knowing others and really good diversity comes with making sure that people feel valued and respected in all that we say and do. In September we celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Latino Heritage Month and the holy month of Ramadan.

Many international students come to the United States of America because they want to explore the world, experience a different culture and improve their English.


Walter A. Lain


When I first heard about the opportunity to come to Simpson, I hoped my friends would not ask me if the college was in Springfield. Then I wondered where Iowa was located on the map. I arrived in the spring semester of 2009 and was shocked by the weather. In Argentina, I was enjoying some 85 degree weather. But hey, that is part of the experience. It is interesting to see how

Studying abroad is a journey every student should take. It is amazing to see how much you grow intellectually and, thanks to Pfeiffer, physically as well. You learn about yourself, your culture and your country. Experiencing other cultures helps you to understand the differences.

In the end, I am thankful to study at Simpson College and to the lovely people of Iowa. I will be able never to forget the Simpson experience.

International & Multicultural Student Affairs Fall Semester 2010

The Latino Heritage Month by Dana Lain The smell of papusas with rice, beans, and tacos fill the house. Large groups of people crowd our kitchen, pitching in a hand to help cook a delicious feast for the entire Simpson campus. With the food as delicious and rich as the culture, we always enjoy the Latino heritage month at the Carver Cultural Center. Our house turns into a place for students to enjoy a great time of fellowship and cultural enlightening.

ties. In addition to providing support and community, it is LGBTQA’s mission to reach out to members of the student and faculty bodies unaccustomed with issues pertaining to the LGBTQA community.

We were actively involved in the current election by holding bi-weekly phone banks in conjunction with OneIowa’s Political Action Committee and the Fairness Fund. Student volunteers

Every month we have a roundtable discussion about issues in the Women’s Resource Center.

called and identified supporters committed to social change and to protecting marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Iowa.


Simpson College L G B T Q A by Meagan Gamble and Cory Keasey What does LGBTQA stand for? It is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Allied. We seek to promote a sense of unity and diversity at Simspon College, especially as it pertains to the issue of public acceptance of alternative sexual and gender identi-

The first session was about hate speech and stereotypes. We examined the meaning of “no homo” and some Lady Gaga songs.

Another event was the Halloween Fashion Show hosted by special guest Drew Riebhoff on October 25th in the BSC Gallery.

Summer research at Des Moines University by Norah Owiti I am a biochemistry major with the intention of attending a graduate school in the United States. When applying for graduate schools, it is highly recommended to have done some research. When I started applying for research opportunities, I was worried to get accepted since most research programs are funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). These programs are available for the US citizens only. So I went through a list of universities that were not funded by the NIH and applied to six research institutions. I was very excited when I got accepted at Des Moines University in the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition. I worked with yeast cells (Saccaromyces cerevisiae) with Dr. Wilson Wayne. We were interested in determining the amount of glycogen produced in yeast cells when certain genes were deleted from the cells. Dr. Wayne is from Scotland, and apart from learning about yeast and glycogen, I learned about the Scottish culture. It was a great experience, not something I could learn by taking a biochemistry class at Simpson College.

Multicultural & International Fall Semester 2010

My Study Abroad in Tahiti by Briana Willams

Ia ora na! I am a senior French major and last semester I took the opportunity to study abroad on the small tropical island of Tahiti. When I tell people that I studied abroad in Tahiti, they usually say something like "Wow! That must have been great!" Although I did have a great time, my experience was not always like a tropical vacation. It is difficult to explain an entire semester's worth of experiences,

her morning cigarette before taking her daughter to school. On the days when the electric heater is working, I get to take a mostly warm shower. Then I grab some breakfast, which is usually baguette with

After school I get a ride back home and then watch a few T.V. shows with the family and do homework until supper time. The TV is almost always tuned to Spanish soap operas that are translated into French.

mosquito repellent coil, turn out the light, and rest up for another early morning. Studying abroad was a deeply enriching experience for me. I have a lot more confidence in my French and in my ability to adapt to new situations. I learned about and gained respect for another culture, and in doing so I have learned more about my own culture. In order to experience personal growth, I first had to experience challenge and conflict. Sometimes I felt like my head would explode if I had to translate another sentence. *******************

jam and grandma's "special" juice. Then I head off to the University of French Polynesia with my host mother. so I decided to describe a daily snapshot of my life in Tahiti: It's 5:00 am, but already most of my six host family members are awake and preparing for the day ahead. My host grandmother is making fresh juice from an odd mix of fruits and vegetables, including papayas, cucumbers, and ginger. My host grandfather is reading the daily news and drinking coffee and my host brothers gather tools to cut down trees in the yard. My host mother is having

******************* At the university, some of my classes are in French and others are in English. I take courses that cover subjects from Polynesian culutre and Tahitian language to ecomonics in France and Switzerland.

******************* Most of my family members have changed out of their work clothes for the day and are wearing the traditional pareo. A pareo is a large colorful cloth that can be tied and wrapped in many ways. I wear a pareo sometimes as well, because it is a cool option in the 80+ degree weather and the house does not have an air conditioner. What's for supper? Who knows, but most likely it will include some raw fish. I had never tried raw fish before, but now I love it! Before long, it is time to go to bed and so I light the

Other times I just wanted to see my family and friends from back home again. Although my study abroad was not always easy, I will be forever grateful for the lessons I learned in Tahiti. If you have any quesitons about Tahiti or the semester abroad program, come find me in the Carver Cultural Center. I will be more than happy to share with you!

Fall 2010 newsletter  

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