Culture Connect is a new program sponsored by International Cultural Exchange (ICE) in collaboration with other student organization and WSU departments. In contrast to the regularly scheduled group-centric ICE events, events through the Culture Connect program will present a one-on-one opportunity for fun and learning in the form of obtaining a language partner or an American/International buddy through off-campus activities.
International students will be matched by their preference with American students from Wright State University in order to gain:
• New American friends
• A guide to the local area and customs
• An English language partner
American students can look forward to:
• New International friends
• A new perspective and understanding for foreign cultures
• A language partner (option)
• Learn about a culture before studying/travelling abroad
• The opportunity to help International students get acclimated to WSU and Dayton
The Culture Connect program will have recurring events which will grow in number of participants every semester, but seating is limited while the program expands.
ICE has an active group on Facebook. Facebook is used as the main means of communication amongst its members and events are announced on the group page. Join the Facebook group to stay connected! http://www.facebook.com/groups/8651726324/ (login required to view Facebook page)
It's official! The next Culture Connect event is a canoeing expedition to be held on Saturday, August 3 from 10AM - 5PM on the Little Miami River in Morrow, Ohio. ICE will be paying for a charter bus to and from the event, and will offer a discounted group rate of $13/person ($7 off regular price). The group will be stopping by Buffalo Wild Wings on the way back from the event (so bring money for lunch!) The canoe ride will be on a 6-mile stretch of calm water.
Please sign-up in the UCIE office by July 31 to secure your spot on a first-come-first-served basis. A $13 non-refundable cash deposit is required during sign-up. In case of rain, the event will be moved to an indoor event as Scene 75 (arcade, mini golf, cart racing, etc.)
As this is a Culture Connect event, we will be matching canoe partners on a one-to-one basis between international and American students. Matching will be done according to your preferences at sign-up (gender, country, hobbies, language level, etc.) Although every effort will be made during the matching process, there is no guarantee that we will be able to match each group according to their preferences. There will be 20 spots for American students and 20 spots for international students (40 total).Event schedule:
Date: August 3, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 10AM - 5PM
Depart/Arrive Location: In front of the Student Union
Canoe Location: 219 Mill St, Morrow, Ohio, 45152
Lunch Location: 1248 Columbus Avenue, Lebanon, OH 45036
Alternate Location (rain plan): 6196 Poe Avenue. Dayton, OH 45414
• Pay $13 cash at sign-up
• Sign-up in-person for the "ICE Culture Connect Canoeing Event" at E190 Student Union in the UCIE office
1) ICE is paying for your bus ride
2) ICE will provide bottled water
3) ICE will provide you with a canoeing partner
4) Your $13 at sign-up gets you a canoe, paddle and life vest.
1) Money for lunch
2) Sunblock (if needed)
The first Culture Connect event is a free-form event in which the actual event location will be chosen by the participants. Students will choose their own destination of an event, location, or restaurant off-campus to explore.
Sign-up sheets are available in the UCIE office at E190 Student Union (937-430-5250). Interested students must sign up by April 1 to be considered for the first event, and will be notified by April 2 as to whether they have been paired for the first Culture Connect event.
Students who are not paired will be eligible for all upcoming Culture Connect events over the summer and the following semesters (notifications will be sent to your e-mail address).
Since event location is up to each pairing/group of students, students are recommended to attend a pre-event meeting on Friday, April 5 between 3-4PM to meet their partners and discuss a choice of location for the Saturday outing. Food and fun will be provided at this Friday pre-meeting, as it will be a part of the University Center for International Education's (UCIE) Coffee Hour event which happens to be an end-of-the-semester potluck.
ICE has designated Saturday, April 6 as the first Culture Connect event date. You can meet with your group members at any place previously decided upon by your group.
ICE will also provide partial refunds after the end of each event. Please save all receipts during your official outings.
Click here for the online sign-up form. Students can also sign-up in person at the UCIE front desk in E190 Student Union.
The matching process has been completed according to the preferences indicated during the sign-up process. Notifications have been sent to the matched groups, the few students who were unable to be matched, and the students who only wanted notifications about upcoming events. Please check your e-mails. If you haven't received an e-mail notification, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with any concerns.
We encourage students to still use the sign-up form below if they only want updates about upcoming events: please check the box that states "I just want to be informed about future events" while filling out the sign-up form.