Spouses / Partners / Families Newsletter

 

 

 
NEWSLETTER
FOR STANFORD FAMILIES, SPOUSES & PARTNERS
OCTOBER 20, 2014
Hi everyone,

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend!

Did you know that the I-Center is hosting a Halloween Party for graduate students, postdocs, visiting scholars and their spouses on Friday, Oct 31st? You are all invited! We will party from 7:00pm until midnight so mark the date in your calendars and RSVP using this link!

The same day, we will also 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 scary cakes, biscuits or sweets!

This week, we have a few more new additions to our Programs & Classes. On Tuesday, we will be taken for a tour of the Green Library and the Hoover Tower. Don't miss Women's Night out on Tuesday night! Bechtel's very own Job Search Networking Group will meet for the first time this Thursday - do not miss this networking opportunity if you are looking for a job or want to find out more about job searching 'The American Way'. This Friday, we will have our CCIS Fall Swap during Friday Morning Coffee. Bring clothing, kitchen utensils, books, toys and other things in good condition for trading. See the 'Upcoming Events' section below for more details.

If you are interested in gaining experience through volunteering while at Stanford, check out the 'Opportunities & events in the area' section as there are several exciting opportunities at the moment!

Finally, make sure to read all about gardening in California in our latest blog post 'Fall 'Mystery Fruit - exploring CA' entry by Jessica. Enjoy!

Wishing you all a wonderful week and looking forward to seeing you soon 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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www.life-in-the-bay.com
Great tips & tricks for settling into life the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford Community.
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.
The Spouse Program
The Spouse Program
Bechtel International Center
Bechtel International Center
Classes & Programs
Classes & Programs
I-Center Web Calendar
I-Center Web Calendar
Social Digest List
Social Digest List


OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS IN THE AREA

TRICK OR TREAT AND BLOSSOM HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
Join other families in organized trick or treating at participating businesses at California Avenue. There will be performances by the popular Stanford band, a costume contest, a raffle, games and many more things. Suitable for children of ages 0-12 years old. To find out more, visit the website.



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



FRENCH SPEAKING VOLUNTEER NEEDED
Bonjour. Le lycée public de Redwood City recherche des volontaires francophones pour intervenir auprès de petits groupes d'élèves afin de les aider à préparer l'épreuve orale de français du baccalauréat internationnal. Les horaires sont flexibles mais idéalement, nous recherchons des personnes qui pourraient intervenir 1 ou 2 heures, une fois par semaine, dès le mois de novembre. Ce peut être une belle expérience que de voir les progrès des élèves en français! Le Sequoia Highschool de Redwood City est situé juste en face de la gare. Contactez-moi à kachin@seq.orgMerci, Karina Chin, professeur de français.

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 ?ehaji? 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.

CONVERSATION & CULTURE (INTERMEDIATE) 
Monday, Oct 20th
2:30-4:00pm
Back Lounge
With Mako

Please note that this class has been postponed and will resume on Oct 27th. Hope to see you then!



CANCELLED - YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Monday, Oct 20 & Oct 27
5:00-6:30pm
Assembly Room
With Magdalena

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



TOUR OF GREEN LIBRARY & HOOVER TOWER
Tuesday, Oct 21
10:30-1:30pm
Meet outside the I-Center at 10:30am. We will walk to the library together at 10:40am.
With Magdalena
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 library together at 10:40 and the tour is from 11:00am. We will walk over to the Hoover Tower together for a self-guided tour. Bring cash if you would like to have a coffee or snack after the tour. Please sign up in advance at the bulletin board at the I-Center!



YOGA FOR ALL: DETOX FLOW
Tuesday, Oct 21
4:30-6:00 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



WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, October 21st
From 8pm
Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto
With Sally


Women's night out is on again this Tuesday (October 21) at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto  from 8 pm. This is a great chance to catch up with other spouses and have a wine or coffee.  If you would like to come, or would just like to join the mailing list, please email Sally at wnostanford@gmail.com.



THE WORKS
Wednesday, Oct 22
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

AMERICAN FOODS: RECIPES FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thursday, Oct 23
11:00am-2:00pm
Kitchen
With Robert
$12 ($45 for all four classes)

MENU: Oct 16: Sausage and Sage Stuffing with Dried Cranberries and Toasted Hazelnuts. Oct 23: Jello Fruit Salad, KoDu Salad. Nov 20 Nov 19: Country Potatoes au Gratin, Sweet Potatoes. Dec 4: Pies – Apple & Pumpkin. Class size is limited to six students. Class fee is $12.00 per class, $45.00 if you sign up for all four classes. To attend, sign up and pay fee please contact Robert rlpaugh@gmail.com



CANCELLED - JAPANESE CONVERSATION & CULTURE (BEGINNERS) 
Thursday, Oct 23rd
2:30-4:00pm
Back Lounge
With Mako

Please note that this class has been postponed and will resume on Oct 30th. Hope to see you then!



JOB SEARCH NETWORKING GROUP
Thursday, Oct 23rd
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 :)

FRIDAY MORNING COFFEE & CCIS SWAP (see poster above)
Friday, Oct 10
10:00a.m - noon
Assembly Room /patio
With Olga
Free

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. We each bring a snack / cake / fruit /milk to go with the tea  and coffee provide by the I-Center. Please make a name tag on your first visit, and use our board to keep it safe until next time! Volunteers are always needed to help with the setting up and putting away afterwards, as well as meeting and greeting newcomers. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Magdalena mbull@stanford.edu.



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 24
11:00 - 11:30am
Back Lounge
With Cris
Free

Come and join our singing circle every Friday as part of Friday Morning Coffee! We include songs, finger play and movement for kids of all ages. You are welcome to bring your own signs to the circle!

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. Please RSVP using this link!



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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