March Events Recap
It was a busy month at Auburn Global! As we say goodbye to March and welcome April, here is a recap of some of the fun things that Auburn Global students did throughout the month.
Auburn Global ESL instructor, Heike Williams, and student services advisor, Whitley Dykes, started an English Corner every Thursday evening. This provides students with an opportunity to practice and improve their English speaking skills.
The Big Event
Every year since 2003, Auburn University’s Student Government Association has hosted one of Auburn University’s largest outreach events called The Big Event. The Big Event is a student-run, university-wide volunteer event during which Auburn students and faculty perform basic community service activities for local businesses, organizations, churches, and residents. The day-long event serves as a way for Auburn University students and faculty to thank the Auburn and Opelika communities for welcoming and supporting students and for making the Auburn/Opelika community such a great place to live and learn. This year, 55 Auburn Global students participated in The Big Event and worked alongside domestic students across nine different service sites. Students raked yards, painted fences, and gardened for residents. As you can see, they had a great time volunteering!
International Friendship Picnic
International friends and neighbors who live in the Auburn area gathered for the International Friendship Picnic at the Donald E. Davis Arboretum on campus. The event was a warm demonstration of Southern hospitality and provided an opportunity for members of the Auburn family to come together for food, fellowship, and fun.
Almost 400 students, staff, and community members welcomed spring by celebrating Holi the Festival of Colors. The event began with Zumba on Cater lawn hosted by instructors from Auburn University’s Recreation and Wellness Center, followed by a delicious authentic Indian meal catered from a restaurant in Atlanta. And of course, the main event was the throwing of the colors!
For several Auburn Global students, this is their last semester at Auburn University because they will be graduating in May! To ensure that they are prepared for the big day, Auburn Global, the Alumni Association, and the AU Bookstore held a graduation orientation. We can’t wait to watch these students walk across the stage on graduation day!
International Women’s Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Auburn Global hosted a social in the office. Students were encouraged to grab some candy and watch videos about inspirational women. Students also had the option to leave their handprints on large sheet of paper to symbolize that they would #beboldforchange and take a stand for gender equality.
Business and Engineering Employer Panel
Local representatives from the business and engineering fields provided advice to Auburn Global students during the Career Accelerator’s business and engineering employer panel. Students asked questions about industry standards and how to make themselves stick out to potential employers.\
Martin Hydro Plant Tour
Students had the opportunity to tour the almost 120-year-old Martin Power Plant through the Career Accelerator during Spring break. One Master’s Accelerator Program student, Vidit, shared, “The plant is very old but very well-maintained, which should serve as a benchmark for others in the industry. Our guide gave us a good overview of the plant and how the plant impacts the local economy.” This was just one of the many Career Accelerator activities including outings, mock career fairs, and employer panels that students have access to throughout the year.
Students who chose not to travel outside of Auburn over Spring break had the opportunity to take a trip to the local trampoline park. Trampoline parks are common facilities in the U.S. and consist of large rooms filled with trampolines, rock climbing walls, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and other recreational equipment. The trip was a great opportunity for students to unwind and get some exercise.
World Poetry Day
In celebration of World Poetry Day on March 21, more than 50 students gathered to witness a poetry contest hosted by the Peace Corps at Auburn, the International Buddy Program, and Auburn Global. Ten students competed with an array of original and famous poems. Auburn Global student and avid poet, Nelson Muthanji, served as the host during the event and was awarded first place for his original poem titled Time.
A Motivational Message from Dr. Esther
Students had the pleasure of listening to a motivational message from Dr. Esther Ngumbi. Dr. Ngumbi is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Entomology Department at Auburn University and a Food Security Fellow with New Voices, The Aspen Institute. A native of Kwale County, Kenya, Dr. Ngumbi is a global leader in the areas of hunger, gender, education, youth activism, agriculture, and sustainability. She encouraged them to follow their dreams and never give up.
Sherlock Holmes Play
Students travelled to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama, where they enjoyed watching a performance of Sherlock Holmes. Many of the students in attendance are reading Sherlock Holmes in one of their classes.
International Buddy Program (IBP) Formal
The International Buddy Program (IBP) is a student organization that connects international and domestic students to form meaningful friendships. The organization provides opportunities for domestic and international students to share their cultures and embrace a culture other than their own. Each Fall and Spring IBP hosts a formal during which students wear formal attire, enjoy a meal together, and dance!