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OISS has initiated several cross-cultural activities to support LMU’s international student body and to promote diversity on campus:
International Club PANGAEA
Pangaea at LMU is the coming together of international and domestic culture, experience, and socialization within the LMU community. The club promotes bonding of international and domestic LMU communities by organizing multicultural events.
The International House of People (IHOP):
Beginning with the Fall 2000 school year, OISS was provided with one of the LMU houses on Loyola Blvd. for International Housing and Programming. The mission of IHOP is to promote and celebrate cultural diversity and awareness within the LMU community. Throughout the year, the house hosts various events and activities geared towards celebrating different cultures and regions of the world. Once a month, an IHOPer hosts a cultural dinner for the rest of the OISS staff and the rest of the IHOP family. The house consists of seven undergraduate students, international or domestic, with an interest in internationalizing the LMU community.
Super Sushi Social:
annual sushi dinner sponsored by OISS and hosted by the residents of the International House. Students and staff from the LMU community are welcome to attend.
International Education Week/World Fest:
The series of events is sponsored and collaborated by Campus Ministry, Beyond LMU, the Center for Service and Action, Career Development Services, World Music Ensembles, Study Abroad, Ethnic and Intercultural Services, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Campus Recreation, Student Life, the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, Chicano/a and Latino Student Services, Sigma Lambda Beta, LMU’s international faculty and scholars, OISS, and IHOP. Events include: an international fair, a Hunger Banquet, Dance and Martial Art demonstrations, international coffee tasting, and other workshops and seminars.
International Thanksgiving Dinner:
An annual tradition sponsored by the OISS staff, this dinner introduces the American Thanksgiving tradition to international students, staff, faculty, and their guests.
Spring Welcome Back Barbeque:
A dinner put together by the OISS staff to welcome new international students and staff who come in for the spring semester. It is also a BBQ to welcome back all other international students, staff, and faculty from the winter break. The event brings together all the new and continuing international community at LMU.
Lunar New Year Celebration:
This celebration is sponsored in collaboration with Asian Pacific Student Services, IHOP, Kyodai, Han Tao, and the Korean American Student Association to commemorate the New Year.
International Graduate Celebration:
International graduates and their families are welcome to attend the gathering to recognize the achievements of graduating international students.
In collaboration with other LMU divisions, OISS organizes:
International Etiquette Dinner (with LMU’s Career Development Services):
An annual event that allows students to gain valuable insight regarding methods for interviewing while in a dining setting. Employers interact with students through a networking mixer and also through the dinner itself. Throughout the dinner a LMU etiquette specialist guides students on etiquette pointers.
International Athletes Luncheon (with LMU Athletics):
An annual reception of new international LMU athletes.
Exchange program between LMU and DAMU (with LMU Department of Theater Arts):
An international student production tour at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), Czech Republic.
Bridging Cultures Program (with Mount St. Mary's College and Asian and Pacific Studies):
A Chinese Visiting Fellowship to bring young Chinese faculty members to LMU for a two to three week stay each year. The joint program is designed to provide students the opportunity to become more familiar with and to give a human face to a rapidly changing China. Selected from a pool of candidates recommended by a prestigious Chinese university and interviewed by the director of the Bridging Cultures Program, the Chinese Visiting Fellow is an articulate young faculty member fluent in English. The Fellow meets students in classes and other casual gatherings to engage in informal conversations about life in China.
Russian Presidential Fellowship (with the College of Business Administration):
The College of Business Administration at LMU hosts a group of undergraduate and graduate students from Russia. Students are selected nationwide by a panel of well-respected academics and administrators in higher education. The program is organized and funded by the Russian government through the Ministry of Education.
Visiting Jesuit Staff (with the LMU Jesuit Community):
Visiting Jesuit staff members come to the LMU campus.
Visiting Artists (with LMU’s Department of Music):
Visiting artists come for classical guitar series and workshops held at LMU.
International Law Faculty (with Loyola Law School):
Visiting international law faculty teach at Loyola Law School.
Athletic Overseas Trip (with LMU’s Athletics Department):
Each LMU athletic team makes an overseas trip every four years.
Athletic Training Abroad (with Center FOR SERVICE & ACTION):
Summer training abroad in Europe for LMU athletic teams.
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