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SEMO of the World

"SEMO of the World” is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the numerous internationally-focused activities happening across campus and in the community during the remainder of the semester.  Not everyone is aware of the deep and meaningful ways SEMO is engaged in international education, and “SEMO of the World” is an opportunity to demonstrate that engagement.  “SEMO of the World” is also an opportunity to demonstrate how much we, as a university community, respect and value all that international students and scholars bring to the educational environment here.  We hope you’ll take the time to attend some of these events to show people from around the world that #youarewelcomehere.

Here is a list of the many events hosted by various university members, departments, and groups:


Interfaith Forum-- Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm, UC Programs Lounge
Sponsored by Diversity Peer Educators (DPE) and the Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
This will be an informal discussion involving volunteer speakers from different religions or spiritual beliefs in the hopes of spreading clarification and understanding of the many diverse opinions found on campus and in the world.

Cultural Workshop-- Friday, March 31, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, UC Redhawks Room
These workshops will provide an enjoyable way to learn more about cultures and practice your English listening & speaking skills. Please join us and feel free to share your cross-culture experiences or any useful information. This Friday's Cultural Workshop will include a presentation by a U.S. American about phobias and two presentations by international speakers about Chinese Superstition and Tibetan Culture.

Sihanada: Sri Lankan Night--Friday, March 31, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Centenary United Methodist Church
Sponsored by the Sri Lankan Student Association
Ayubowan! Come join Sihanada for the fifth time at Southeast Missouri State University for a night when you get to experience the diversity of Sri Lanka filled with cultural performances and food.

Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Discussion Group-- Wednesdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Cape Girardeau Public Library
Hosted by Dr. Frank Nickell, Associate Professor of History

Great Decisions is a series of facilitated discussions on what the Foreign Policy Association considers to be the United States’ most important foreign policy issues. These events are hosted by Southeast Professor Dr. Frank Nickell, and each week features a presentation by a local person with expertise in the given topic.

April 5 “U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum”
April 12 “Latin America’s Political Pendulum”
April 19 “Prospects for Afghanistan & Pakistan”
April 26 “The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons”

Brazilian Carnaval Night: Welcome to Rio!-- Friday, April 7, 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Centenary United Methodist Church
Sponsored by the Brazilian Student Association
Join us for a high-energy night exploring the richness and diversity of Brazil by enjoying traditional Brazilian cuisine, a live samba performance by renowned Brazilian music and dance group Samba Bom, a capoeira (Brazilian martial arts) show by Nação Capoeira from Memphis, live musical performances by José Miño from Ecuador and Brooke and Ken DeArman, and a freestyle soccer presentation by students from Missouri Valley College. You can also witness tap dancing, bossa nova performances, carnaval dancers, samba lessons, cultural exposition, and much more!

Southeast Serves Weekend, April 7 - 10
Southeast Serves is a program that provides students, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to engage in community service on and off-campus.   

South Campus Clean Up-- Friday, April 7, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The Office of International Education & Services (OIES) is organizing a south campus clean up event around the International Center, Pacific Hall, Dearmont Hall, Kent Library, and the UC as part of Southeast Serves Weekend. Volunteers will need to meet at the International Center (939 College Hill) at 2:30pm to pick up a SE Serves t-shirt and clean-up supplies.

Cape Splash Clean Up-- Saturday, April 8, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Cleaning up Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center on Kingshighway is an annual event that Southeast Serves helps with. Volunteers will help with a variety of projects around the water park to help get ready for the 2017 pool season. This event is a part of Southeast Serves Weekend. Transportation will be arranged by the Office of International Education & Services (OIES). Meet at the International Center at 12:00pm noon to pick up your SE Serves t-shirt and drive to Cape Splash.

Bangladeshi New Year-- Friday, April 14, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, UC Ballroom
Sponsored by the Bangladeshi Students’ Association
BSA cordially invites everyone to the Bangladeshi New Year on the 14th of April. Enlighten your night with Bangladeshi music and culture, not to mention the Bangladeshi food!

University & Chamber Choir Concert—April 18, 7:30pm, River Campus, Bedell Performance Hall
The choirs will be singing songs from Ecuador, various provinces in Canada, Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Argentina, Israel, Galicia, the Channel Islands, Venezuela, and Aruba. Tickets: $12 / Students $3

International Fashion Day-- Wednesday, April 19
Everyone is encouraged to dress in clothing that is representative of different countries and cultures from around the world. Be creative and respectful. Then, everyone is invited to come together for the group photo:
#Youarewelcomehere Photo-- at 12:30pm in front of Academic Hall
Sponsored by the Office of International Education & Services (OIES)

Interfaith Community Dinner--Friday, April 21, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Christ Episcopal Church EVENT ALREADY FULL

Nepal Night-- Saturday, April 22, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Dempster Hall, Glenn Auditorium
Sponsored by the Nepalese Student Association
This event will showcase different cultural and traditional aspects of Nepal along with fun games, cultural performances, Nepalese food, and much more!

I-Talk Series
I-Talk is a new series of Interactive discussions on various International topics.
Sponsored by the Office of International Education & Services (OIES)

I-Talk “The State of International Education at SEMO”-- Tuesday, April 25, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, UC Redhawks Room
Presentation by Kevin Timlin, Executive Director of International Education & Services (OIES)
Kevin has been at Southeast since July 2016. His presentation will be an update on all the different ways Southeast is engaged internationally, as well as address future opportunities and challenges.

I-Talk “Studying Abroad…Remembering is to Live Again”-- Thursday, May 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, UC Redhawks Room
Presentation by Elena Duenas
Elena is from Colombia, and graduated from SEMO in 1987 with her twin sister Enith.  Elena currently works in HR for the United Nations in Bogota.  She will share her experiences as an international student in the US, and the impact that experience has had on her life and career.

Burma New Year: Water Festival-- Saturday, April 29, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Parker Field
Sponsored by the Burmese Student Association
The Water Festival is the most famous festival in Burma, so we all want to share it with you and teach you how to celebrate it. We will also be introducing the Burmese cultures and traditional food that are usually offered at the Water Festival.

Ladies Night Out-- Saturday, April 29, 8:00pm - 12:00am midnight, Recreation Center, West Gym
Sponsored by the Office of International Education & Services (OIES) and Intensive English Programs (IEP)
This event provides a safe and supportive environment for Muslim women to socialize with other ladies.  All ladies welcome.


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