Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

 
NEWSLETTER
FOR STANFORD FAMILIES, SPOUSES & PARTNERS
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Hi everyone,

...are you excited about Halloween? Hopefully you have already had a chance to see the houses decorated with pumpkins, fake spiders and webs, skeletons and other 'scary things'! Halloween originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, and the holiday was brought over to the United States by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most potent and spirits can make contact with the physical world. In the US, Halloween is celebrated by hosting costume parties, playing 'trick-or-treat', watching scary films or carving lanterns out of pumpkins. If you are interested in reading more about Halloween, follow this Wikipedia link.

In true Halloween spirit, the I-Center is hosting a number of exciting events this week. We are open as usual as Halloween is not an official holiday. Not only do we have our Halloween Party this Friday, October 31st, (don't forget to RSVP to the Halloween Party using this link), but we are also hosting a pumpkin carving workshop later on today as well as a special Halloween themed Friday Morning Coffee this Friday.

We also have plenty of other workshops and events happening. For example, this Wednesday, we will be taken for a tour of the Cantor Arts Center. Later that evening, we will also screen the film 'Women in a new land', a documentary made by one of our spouses. See the 'Upcoming Events' section below for more details.

Finally, make sure to read all about American Education and getting your degree here in our latest blog post American Education: The importance of being active entry by Natasha. Enjoy!

Looking forward to celebrating Halloween with you here at the I-Center!

Warmly,


Magdalena Bull
Coordinator for Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Stanford University
Bechtel International Center

584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305

mbull@stanford.edu

 



 
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RESOURCE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES
Be sure to stop by the Resource Center, located along the hallway that leads to the back lounge! Our advisors offer basic information for new arrivals, including the spouse handbook. We also have information on driver licenses, shopping, classes, schools, employment volunteering, and recreation. Whether you have just arrived at Stanford, or have been here for a while, we look forward to seeing you!

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OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS IN THE AREA

DEBORAH'S PALM RELOCATION SUPPORT
Did you know that Deborah's Palm in Palo Alto offer many workshops and events to support with transition, relocation, career and many other things. Visit their website to find out more.
 


 

VOLUNTEERING WITH STANFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
As a membership-funded volunteer organization, we count on volunteers to sustain our mission and to continue the success of SHS programs, publications and oral history projects. We hope you will join our ranks. You will be gratified by being part of a vibrant Stanford community. Read more on their website!



SheRa MAG MARKETING VOLUNTEER
Have the gift of the gab? A Twitter expert? SheRa Mag, an online magazine for girls who think, is looking for a marketing volunteer. This resume-building position offers the chance to hone in on your marketing skills and promote an exciting magazine for the modern girl. You will be in charge of SheRa Mag's daily social media plan and other ad-hoc marketing duties. Come be part of a groundbreaking publication that has 30,000 views per month. Email enquiries@sheramag.com for more info.

 

CCIS EVENTS VOLUNTEERING
Are you interested in joining a committed group of dedicated volunteers to organize CCIS events? If you would like to get involved, there are different volunteer opportunities:

  • SWAPS. Swaps are held once per Quarter, during the Friday Morning Coffee at the Bechtel International Center. Join the fun! Help set up tables, assist with arranging items, clean up, and donate remaining things to Goodwill.
  • POTLUCK & MUSIC NIGHTS. Three times a year, CCIS hosts a Potluck Dinner at the Bechtel International Center so that community members and internationals can socialize and meet others from all over the world through an exchange of food and music. Help organize this special evening.
For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer please email  events@ccisstanfordu.org



CAREER WORKSHOPS IN ALBANY
Find out more about career workshops especially designed for people from other countries who are looking for volunteer work or paid employment.
  • How to Find A Volunteer Job - October 22, 10:30-12:00
  • Clarifying Your Skills - October 29, 10:30-12:30
  • How to Write an American-style Resume and Cover Letter - November 5, 10:30-12:30
  • Interviewing for a Job the American Way - November 12, 10:30-12:30
  • Networking the American Way - November 19, 10:30-12:30
For a full description of workshops and how to register, please visit this link.

BECHTEL NOON DISCUSSION SERIES
The Bechtel Center will be hosting four speakers in the Autumn Quarter for the Noon Discussion Series. All talks take place at 12-1pm in the conference room. Lunch will be provided. We hope you can come hear the talks!
  • November 4 - Sabina Cehajic Clancy, Fullbright Scholar: "Reconciliation in Post-conflict Settings
  • November 10 - Najia Ashar, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow:  "The Use of Technology to Protect Journalists in Pakistan
  • November 17 - Dickens Olewe, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow: "Drone Journalism in Africa"
  • December 1 - Izabela Moi, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow: "Empowering Local Communities in the Media"



 

 
UPCOMING I-CENTER EVENTS
Please note that the below is only a snapshot of upcoming classes and NOT a complete list of all the classes going on in the program. Please make sure to check our website for a complete list, updates and changes. You can also stop by the I-Center to check our bulletin board and sign up for events. The I-Center Web Calendar is also a great resource to check and make sure your class or event is taking place. Finally, you can also sign up to the social digest list, another email list for events at the I-Center.


 HALLOWEEN-THEMED FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
Friday, Oct 31st
10:00am - noon
Assembly Room
With Olga
Free


On Friday October 31st, we will hold a Halloween themed Friday Morning Coffee. We encourage all children (and adults who want) to dress up and join us at the I-Center between 10am and noon. The I-Center will provide tea, coffee and juices as well as some Halloween themed snacks. Feel free to bring any of your home-made or bought Halloween-themed cakes, biscuits or sweets!

DON'T MISS THE I-CENTER HALLOWEEN PARTY
Friday, Oct 31st
7:00pm-midnight
Assembly room, garden & lawn
With Vananh & Magdalena
Free - sponsored by the I-Center

Clear your calendars! Graduate students, post docs, visiting scholars and your partners and spouses: You are all invited to take part in the festivities. Join us for a night of fun and excitement: Come one, come all and wear your favorite costume! Beer & snacks will be provided.
RSVP to the Halloween Party using this link!

 

JAPANESE CONVERSATION & CULTURE (INTERMEDIATE) 
Monday, Oct 27th
2:30-4:00pm
Back Lounge
With Mako

This class is the fourth series from the fall quarter. You will learn grammar and useful conversation through Japanese culture; greetings, traveling, shopping, a way of life, etc. Fee: $5 for photocopies.

CANCELLED - YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, Oct 27
5:00-6:30pm
Assembly Room
With Magdalena

Please note that this class has been postponed this week, and will resume on Nov 3rd. Hope to see you then!


PUMPKIN CARVING WORKSHOP
Monday, Oct 27
4:00-6:00pm
I-Center courtyard
With Magdalena

We will share some basic pumpkin carving techniques, provide tools for carving and some templates for design. Bring your own pumpkins - feel free to donate one of your creations to decorate the I-Center ready for Halloween!

YOGA FOR ALL: DETOX FLOW
Tuesday, Oct 28
5:15-6:45 p.m.
Assembly Room
With Yuko
Free

This fun, emerging set to mellow healing music teaches the fundamentals of Vinyasa and Detox yoga combined with flow yoga. Including sun salutations, standing poses, balancing poses, seated and reclining poses, backbends, core isolation and strengthening. Detox benefits: Squeezed the abdominal organs and stimulates digestion and elimination. There is no set sequence and the teacher brings her own style.  Special emphasis is placed on moving into and out of postures safely, correct alignment, using the breath, and learning to quiet the chatter of the mind to find place and inner stillness. Aimed primarily at newer students and those with a casual practice. Come along and discover just how good yoga can make you feel! Please bring your own yoga mat, towel, ice water, and wear a comfortable clothes. Free. To be added to the mailing list, email Yuko yukosj@yahoo.com

TOUR OF CANTOR ARTS CENTER
Wednesday, Oct 29
10:30-1:30pm
Meet outside the I-Center at 10:30am. We will walk to the library together at 10:40am.
With Danielle
Free

Join us for a tour to learn more about the Green Library and Hoover Tower. Meeting point: 10:30am at the I-Center. We will walk over to the Cantor Arts Center together at 10:40 and the tour is from 11:00am. Bring cash if you would like to have a coffee or snack after the tour, possibly at the museum cafe. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board at the I-Center!

FILM SCREENING: WOMEN IN A NEW LAND
Wednesday, Oct 29
5:30-7:30pm
English Classroom
With Magdalena, Anna & Mai
Free

Join us for the screening of this film by Maria Vaccaro, herself a spouse. The film features the lives of four spouses who came to Stanford to accompany their husbands. After the film, we will also hear from three spouses about their different experiences. Refreshments will be served.

THE WORKS
Wednesday, Oct 29
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Assembly Room
With Lindsay
Free

Fun and fitness at the same time! Full body cardio and muscular endurance using your body weight with Kinesiologist and personal trainer Lindsay Walker. Suitable for all fitness levels and goals. Bring water and close-toed shoes, wear comfortable clothes. Free

JAPANESE CONVERSATION & CULTURE (BEGINNERS) 
Thursday, Oct 30th
2:30-4:00pm
Back Lounge
With Mako

You will learn grammar and useful conversation through Japanese culture; greetings, traveling, shopping, a way of life, etc. Fee: $5 for photocopies.


JOB SEARCH NETWORKING GROUP
Thursday, Oct 30th
7:00-8:30pm
English Classroom
With Emrah
Free

A panel and support group for professional spouses looking for jobs at companies in the area. The idea is that we support each other: we can do some workshop sessions for resumes, case interview practices, etc. This group is intended for those who are eligible to work in the US (unlike the “Professional Liaison for International Spouses” program). Although our group is open to anyone and everyone, it is more geared towards professionals looking for full-time positions in for-profit companies (rather than academic, volunteer or on-campus positions). Particular focus on “the American way” to look for jobs including how to write resumes, interview and network the American way. The fee for this program is a promise to buy drinks to the group when you get a job and receive your first salary payment :)

PROFESSIONAL LIAISON WORKSHOPS
Friday, Oct 24
9:45-11:00am
Back Lounge
With Henry
Free

Provides opportunity for international spouses who cannot work in the U.S. with an opportunity to talk with local professionals in their career field. Enhance your English communication skills through presentations, discussions of idioms commonly found in newspapers and discussion of articles of current interest.

CANCELLED - FRIDAY MORNING SINGING
Friday, Oct 31
11:00 - 11:30am
Back Lounge
With Cris
Free

Please note that there is no singing this week as we will be celebrating Halloween together. Singing will return next week!

WELLNESS BOOK & FILM CLUB
Tuesday, Nov 4
7:30-8:30pm
English Classroom
With Ilane
Free (but members are responsible for sourcing their own books & films)

Start reading in preparation for the next Health & Wellness book club! If you want to understand more about the constantly changing field of health, the obesity epidemic, sustainability issues… this is the club for you. Join us for friendly discussions of wellness-related books and documentaries aimed at increasing our knowledge of worldwide health problems and what we can potentially do to decrease them. Contact Ilane on cultiv8health@gmail.com to join the mailing list.

Upcoming meetings
Nov 11: Omnivore’s dilemma
Dec 9: TBD together.

HIKING GROUP
Saturday, Nov 22nd
10:00am meet up at Palo Alto Square
Año Nuevo State Park
With Janina & Voila
 

Meet other spouses who are interested in hiking and exploring the beautiful Bay Area. If you are interested in joining the group and finding out more about the next hike, email international.hiking@gmail.com


 
Do you have a schedule change or a new class that you would like to highlight? Maybe a photo you would like to share with our community?

Please send me an email by Friday, and I will make sure include it in the next newsletter!

 

 
 

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I-CENTER RESOURCES FOR SPOUSES & PARTNERS:
Magdalena Bull, Coordinator of Spouse Classes & Programs mbull@stanford.edu
Resource Center for International Families http://icenter.stanford.edu/families/resources.html
For advice please send an email to stanfordfamilies@gmail.com
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