I hope you had a nice, long weekend, prepared for another few weeks of fun and interesting talks and classes at the I-Center. On Friday, we will have our quarterly Swap at Friday Morning Coffee where you can trade things that are no longer useful to you. This week, we have our new Family Group starting on a Tuesday evening, between 4.30-6.00pm. We also have Women's Night Out on Tuesday, as well as a Dance Exercise class on Thursday evening 5.30-6.30pm. Finally, do not miss the Art & Craft class this Saturday from 5.00-6.00pm. You can read more about all these classes in the 'Upcoming I-Center Events' section below!
Want to teach a class here at the I-Center next quarter?
Are you interested in teaching a class here at the I-Center in the Spring Quarter? If so, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can share the class proposal form with you. Please note that all proposals have to be submitted by Feb 23rd, 2015.
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Finally, don't miss Michelle's review of her favorite apps in the most recent 'Life In The Bay' blog post here. Enjoy!
Hope to see you all soon at the I-Center!!
Coordinator of Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Bechtel International Center
584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305 email@example.com
SPOUSE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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.
SPRING QUARTER PLANNING MEETING
Tuesday, Feb 17
Want to help plan the Spouse Program Spring Quarter? Want to teach a class here at the I-Center? Join us for the meeting, or send your ideas to Magdalena via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that class proposals for the next quarter have to be submitted by Feb 23rd.
WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, Feb 17
This is a great opportunity to meet fellow spouses or just to catch up with old friends. To join the mailing list, please email Sally at email@example.com
Tuesday, Feb 17
This is a great opportunity to meet other Bechtel parents, and to have fun with the little ones! Come along for different activities together.
CANCELLED NUTRITION & CANCER: WHAT IS THE LINK?
Wednesday, Feb 18
Please note this talk is CANCELLED. Stay tuned for more information about a new date!
JOB SEARCH NETWORKING GROUP
Every Wednesday evening
A group of professional spouses looking for jobs at companies in the area. The format is a combination of a panel (learning from other internationals who have successfully found jobs) and a support group of peers sharing learning – we can also do some workshop sessions for resumes, case interview practices, etc. This group is intended for those who are eligible to work in the US. 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). This group helps members in 3 ways: 1) Learn from the experience of other internationals that have gone through the job search process in the US and successfully found jobs. Particular focus on “the American way” to look for jobs including how to write resumes, interview and network the American way. 2) Share contacts at target companies with each other to extend network (Lack of a local network is one of the biggest disadvantages of internationals looking for a job). Learn from each other’s experiences interviewing at target companies. 3) Use each other as resources for proofreading resumes, mock interviews, case interview practicing, etc. 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 :) Contact Emrah firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Thursdays, on the following dates: Feb 19, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12
Come follow some basic, low-impact ballet and jazz steps as viewed from the screen. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring water to hydrate! Email Vida with questions email@example.com
FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE
10:00am - 12:00pm
This informal gathering is an ideal way to meet other spouses and learn about the many options for enriching your stay in the Stanford area. Conversation tables offer an informal way to meet others, practice English and share experiences. Join us every Friday, between 10 a.m. and noon! You are welcome to join the Friday Coffee for Songs for Children, around 11:00 am in the Back Lounge! We each bring a snack or fruit or juice to go with the coffee and tea provided by the I-Center. Volunteers are always needed to help setup (at 9:30 a.m.) and put away afterward. Everyone (with and without children, new and returning) is equally welcome. Welcome!
FRIDAY MORNING SINGING
11:00 - 11:30am
Come with your baby or toddler and join our singing circle every Friday at 11.00am as part of Friday Morning Coffee in the Back Lounge. We sing songs together and perform finger plays and movement for kids of all ages. You are all welcome to join us and bring your own favorite songs to our circle! Free.
PART 2: BOLLYWOOD FUSION DANCE WORKSHOP
Friday, Feb 20
2.00 - 4.00pm
Bollywood fusion is what I like to call an "Indian Spin" on the international dance styles like jazz, theatre, dance hall, hip-hop, Latin, Salsa. These styles are made Bollywood by adding a flavor of "thumka" and "jhatka" to them and performing them on some Desi Beats. Each song has its own feel and its own style associated with it. The class will have a choreographed stretching session, some basic techniques as well as a little bit of "across the floor" technique. We will also focus on actual choreography.
Please note that this is a one-off two day workshop and that it is different to the 'Freestyle Bollywood Dancing' class offered on Tuesday evenings.
ART & CRAFT CLASSES
Saturday, Feb 21
With Margo & Lijun
Fee: $5 / class for materials
It is time for our next Art & Craft class! Join us this week for part 1 of the Decorative Card making - an introduction to colic marker coloring. Contact Margo with questions and to sign up for the class firstname.lastname@example.org
BABY & TODDLER GROUP
Monday, Feb 23
10.30 - noon
With Marta & Nevin
If you're looking for buddies for your baby/toddler to play with and you also want to make connections with other parents at Stanford, you're all welcome to the group. We meet every Monday at Bechtel's patio at 10:30 a.m. We have a singing together activity at 10:45, then free play inside or outside (depending on the weather) and we finish with story time! Bring a song or a tale from your own country and explain it to all of us (you can bring a book, or puppets, ...whatever you want!). It would be wonderful for our kids to hear tales and sing songs from all around the world! And it's also a nice experience for parents too. Contact Marta email@example.com with questions or suggestions. All are welcome at this informal playgroup!
YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, Feb 23
Come and join us for a playful yoga class with a focus on conscious and mindful exploration of movement - a moment to stop and connect with yourself and others. Although this class is aimed at beginners, those with an already existing practice are also encouraged to join. Bring yourself, a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise and stretching – you will get warm! Free. Contact Magdalena prior to joining the class, and to be added on to the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org
CHANGING THE WORLD
Tuesday, Feb 24
Come and learn how social good is a part of many new business models. Explore how innovative thinking and new technologies can address important global challenges. We will discuss social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, the power of change of an individual, the broad meaning of philanthropy, etc, from our international point of view. Tools and resources to support us to create, measure and evaluate sustainable social impact in different areas will be presented. Let’s be the change we want to see! Free. Email Ana with questions email@example.com
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS IN THE AREA
Please note that if you are on an F-2 visa, you cannot work, either on or off campus. There are no exceptions to this federal regulation. If you are on a J-2 visa you can apply to the USCIS for work permission which allows you to work in almost any employment you can find. However, this employment must be for your benefit and cannot be used to support your J-1 spouse. Those with J-2 visas can find out how to apply for employment authorization by visiting our website.
Do you have a passion? Do you want to live an extraordinary life? Please join us on Tuesday 2/24 at noon. You will be inspired by this by Sehin Belew, author, model, consultant, and public speaker and formal Miss Ethiopia. We all need a shot in the arm to keep our dreams and passions alive. When life gets busy, we find ourselves just barely catching up with the demands of the day and our dreams seem to vanish. When Sehin motivates, she has a gift of awakening even the most dormant dreams. Her own life story is motivating by itself. It reminds people that regardless of where they come from, they can still end up on top.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Mandarin & French teachers needed
LanguageArts, a small language studio in downtown Palo Alto is looking for teachers to fill two positions to teach Mandarin and French on an hourly basis. If you are interested to teach, please contact Katja at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience.
CCIS FILM SERIES – Madagascar
Friday, Feb 20
With Bob Spears About the film series
This film series is designed to help first year foreign students understand us Americans. For many it is difficult, confusing & frustrating. Who are we? How do we relate to other people? How do we convey respect or not? We send mixed messages. You are traveling through a minefield. So is everyone else in their first experience in America. My hope is that through this film series, you can laugh at us & with us in our inconsistencies & poorly conveyed social signals. I want you to be able to understand us as I want to be able to understand you as a person and as a people that you represent. I also chose these films because I find them enormously entertaining.
Feb 20 - Madagascar
Feb 27 - Adam's Rib
Mar 6 - Catch me if you can
Magdalena Bull Coordinator for Classes & Programs for Stanford Spouses, Partners & Families
Bechtel International Center584 Capistrano Way
Stanford, CA, 94305 email@example.com
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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!
HOURS: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.