March 2017

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Bia Yiang

Friday, February 17, the International Center hosted its annual open house as part of this year’s Multicultural Week celebration. Approximately fifty members of the Saint Mary's community enjoyed cuisine from around the world and listened to Hmong music performed by Bla Yang. As always, the international students welcomed the opportunity to share their cultures and interact with Americans.

students sitting at table

This semester, the De La Salle Language Institute’s students and instructors are especially fortunate to be interacting with the university’s elementary and secondary education students. Elementary education students in the Advanced Literacy for Diverse Learners course are meeting weekly with the institute’s English language learners to provide one-on-one practice and assistance with their language skills. In addition, secondary education students in the Addressing Learning Needs course are spending 20 hours observing instruction in a number of the institute’s courses. The assistance provided by these future educators is much appreciated.

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Scholarship Program

In November 2015, Horton Inc. donated $153,000 to the Minnesota Private College Fund for a newly established scholarship, the Horton Global Scholars Program, focusing on study abroad scholarships for students studying business or STEM. Each of MPCC’s 17 member institutions will receive one $3,000 scholarship for each of the next three years. Horton Inc. is interested in selecting and supporting students who may not be planning on studying abroad but would greatly benefit from the global experience.

This scholarship will be above and beyond the institutional aid a student receives.

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

• Student must be a business related, informational technology, physical sciences or math major.

• Study abroad program must be a semester long program.

• Student must demonstrate unmet financial need.

• Student must be eligible to participate in a Saint Mary’s approved study abroad program (meets minimum GPA requirements and does not have any holds on his/her record).

• Student does not need to be approved for study abroad before applying.

• Student is required to write an exit essay about his/her experience and a thank you letter to Horton Inc.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants must provide some basic information on their academic major and study abroad plans, an essay, and a faculty recommendation to the Study Abroad Office no later than April 3. The application and recommendation forms are located in the Study Abroad Office, the Heights.

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Yu-Min

What is your name?
My name is Yumin Lin, and people call me Yu.
Where are you from?
I am from Taiwan, located in the southern part of Asia.
What are you doing now?
I am a student in the De La Salle Language Institute in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am learning English. After this program, I will go to the undergraduate college to study computer science.
What do you like and dislike?
I like to play games in the game room of Saint Mary’s University, watch movies and hangout with friends.
I dislike the TOEFL test, but I have to pass the test in order to start my undergraduate courses.
Do you have some favorite phrases from your country?
Yes, one of the best among them is, “Be not afraid of going slow, be only afraid of standing still.”
不要害怕生長緩慢,只害怕站立不動
What has been interesting to learn about American culture?
It was interesting to learn the new culture which is different from the culture of my home country, like classroom culture, the functioning of the university, the food and also the traditional values.
How similar or different is your native culture to American culture?
Some of the traditions are the same, like celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving, but the way they celebrate in my home country and here in the U.S.A. is different.
How have you incorporated your home culture into your American experience?
My uncle and aunt live in Rochester, so I frequently visit them. So, in that way I am able to talk to them in my native language and also have some traditional food. I also speak to my parents every day, so in that way I can keep my language skills and also learn the new things happening in my country.

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What is your name?
My name is Guillaume Yame. I am a Christian Brother.
Where are you from?
I am from Togo. Togo is located in West Africa.
What are you doing now?
I am a student in the De La Salle Language Institute in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I am learning English.
What do you like and dislike?
I like soccer, so I like playing or watching it. I also like reading literature and philosophical or theological books. I dislike cooking, traveling, and I hate crowds.
What is your favorite quote?
I have two important quotes. They are, “piece of cake” and “see the bright side of things.”
Do you have some favorite phrases from your country?
Yes. For instance “ l’union fait la force” which means, “unity makes strength.”
What has been interesting to learn about American culture?
I am very happy to learn American culture, especially about foods, winter, snow, Halloween, and the kindness people have shown to me.
How similar or different is your native culture to American culture?
I think we share almost the same virtues for common life. A little difference is money and clothing. Individualism is much stronger in the U.S. than in my country.
How have you incorporated your home culture into your American experience?
I have my clothes that I can wear. I also listen to the news from my country.