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Global Gopher Events


Schedule for All Global Gopher Events

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During Global Gopher Events, we want you to meet other international students, connect with campus resources, and learn how to succeed academically and personally at UMN.

Below is the schedule of events that will be happening throughout Global Gopher Events. You can view it by date or by our Destination Theme tracks—a series of events organized around specific goals.

After reviewing the schedule, please register for the events you plan to to attend.

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Throughout August
Monday, August 21 | Tuesday, August 22 | Wednesday, August 23 | Thursday, August 24 | Friday, August 25
Saturday, August 26 | Sunday, August 27
Monday, August 28 | Tuesday, August 29 | Wednesday and Thursday, No Events Scheduled |
Friday, September 1

 

August

Campus Tours with International Student Global Gopher Guides
Daily, August 11 to August 25
Leaving at 4:00 p.m. from Centennial Hall

Get to know the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus from those who know it best: current students! The Global Gopher Guides are all current international students dedicated to you and other welcoming incoming international students.

International Tea Time
Monday-Sunday in August
4:30-6:30 p.m. - Centennial Hall

Meet other new international student friends and enjoy tea and snacks at International Tea Time in Frontier and Centennial Halls.

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Monday, August 21

Global Gopher Events Kick-Off
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. - Willey Hall Room 125

Come to the Global Gopher Events Kick-Off to learn about all the events we have planned for you! This kick-off will be a great opportunity meet the Global Gopher Student Leaders, connect with other new international students, and enjoy performances from some of the cultural student organizations on campus.

Mall of America Trip with the GGE Leaders and Current Students
Destination Theme: Minnesota Explorer
Meet 3:00 p.m. - Willey Hall Atrium
NOTE: We will be using public transportation to get to the Mall of America. Please bring a U-Pass $4.50 in exact change for transportation (change cannot be given).

Join us as we take a trip to the Mall of America with the International Buddy Program! The Mall of America is the largest mall in the United States, and it is home to over 500 stores, restaurants, a movie theatre, and an amusement park! We will also learn about getting around Minneapolis-St. Paul using transit when we take public transportation to the mall.

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Tuesday, August 22

Intensive Writing Workshop for New International Graduate Students with Sheryl Holt (Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Academic Advantage
10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. - Walter Library Room 101
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Are you concerned about all the writing you need to do in graduate school? This one-day workshop will help you understand and practice the expectations of graduate writing, provide extensive information and exercises to prepare you for graduate writing, and introduce you to the writing resources in your field and on campus for ongoing improvement. The key focus of this workshop is how to write formally so you sound sophisticated, and how to be precise, concise, and direct in graduate writing in your field. We will also spend time understanding the conventions of documentation to avoid plagiarism. Additionally, we will focus on the very difficult grammar points of English such as article use, prepositions, and use of verb tenses. This popular Graduate Writing Workshop has prepared hundreds of new graduate students as they begin their graduate education journey at the University of Minnesota.

As part of your registration, you will receive a lunch voucher good for use with any of the food vendors in the Minnesota Marketplace Food Court in Coffman Memorial Union.

Visa Options for After Graduation with Mark Schneider of ISSS (For Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Future Leader
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 330

If you are considering looking for a job in the United States after completing your graduate degree, come to this session to learn more about student visa work options. International Student and Scholar Services staff will also provide an overview of non-immigrant employment options and avenues to get a “green card.”

New International Student Welcome with President Kaler, Mrs. Kaler and Goldy Gopher
Destination Theme: Minnesota Explorer
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Northrop

Enjoy a special welcome from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, Mrs. Karen Kaler, the Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs Meredith McQuaid, and the Assistant Dean of International Student and Scholar Services Barbara Kappler. We will begin the Welcome Party with a University Student Group Fair where you will be able to meet leaders from some of the 900+ student groups on campus, and you will have an opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Kaler and take a picture with Goldy Gopher! We are very excited that you're here, and we think the best way to start out the new semester is with a Welcome Party!

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Wednesday, August 23

Graduate Academic Advantage (For Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Academic Advantage
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Walter Library (Program starts at 9:00 a.m.)

Tour the UMN Libraries and the Center for Writing, two of the important resources on campus that will help you do your best in your graduate program at the UMN. You also will learn tips and techniques on improving your ability to understand the American classroom and research resources. There will also be a resource fair where you can meet staff from the UMN offices dedicated to supporting your academic achievement, social, and leadership support.

How to Manage Your Money in College
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. - Walter Library Rooms 401 and 402

Please join One Stop staff members for lunch and an interactive session on finances. We will be providing pizza and prizes for those who attend this informative, yet fun, event. Topics include how to pay tuition, money basics, and a panel of current international students that you can ask questions!

Plagiarism Is Bad! How Do I Avoid it?
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 420B  

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty can lead to severe consequences in the United States. This workshop will help you understand what plagiarism in writing is and some of the most common mistakes that international students make. Through interactive activities, you will learn strategies to avoid plagiarism and other resources to get additional support.

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Thursday, August 24

Graduate Student Academic Panel: “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” (For Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Academic Advantage
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Carlson School of Management Room 1-127

The focus of this workshop is to sharpen participants’ vision and mission for their graduate studies. A panel of returning graduate students will share their opinions about specific scenarios in academic settings and provide practical tips for academic success in graduate school. Participants will discuss with other participants their experience of challenges in graduate school,  gain knowledge about how to maximise their research support, expectations about graduate level class assignments, and learn  strategies for developing a relationship with an advisor.

Intensive Writing Workshop for New International Graduate Students with Sheryl Holt (Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Academic Advantage
10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 420A
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Are you concerned about all the writing you need to do in graduate school? This one-day workshop will help you understand and practice the expectations of graduate writing, provide extensive information and exercises to prepare you for graduate writing, and introduce you to the writing resources in your field and on campus for ongoing improvement. The key focus of this workshop is how to write formally so you sound sophisticated, and how to be precise, concise, and direct in graduate writing in your field. We will also spend time understanding the conventions of documentation to avoid plagiarism. Additionally, we will focus on the very difficult grammar points of English such as article use, prepositions, and use of verb tenses. This popular Graduate Writing Workshop has prepared hundreds of new graduate students as they begin their graduate education journey at the University of Minnesota.

As part of your registration, you will receive a lunch voucher good for use with any of the food vendors in the Minnesota Marketplace Food Court in Coffman Memorial Union.

How University Student Legal Services Can Help You
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Carlson School of Management Room 1-127

University Student Legal Service (USLS) is an office on campus that helps students understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and they provide advice and representation to students with legal problems. The legal staff at USLS are available to assist with reviewing apartment leases, immigration concerns, insurance issues, and other legal matters. Come to this session to learn more about this on-campus resource that is free for U of M students who pay the Student Services Fee.

University Recreation Center Open House for All New International Students
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., University Recreation and Wellness Center

Explore and participate in fun activities at the University Recreation and Wellness Center (also known as “the Rec”)! You will have the chance to tour our spectacular facility! Dress comfortably if you want to try a dance class called Zumba, rock climbing, or playing basketball. We are excited and happy to welcome you to the Rec!

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Friday, August 25

Why Do We Still Need a Women's Center at the U of M?
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Carlson School of Management 1-149

There has been a lot of progress made in the areas of human rights and gender rights in the U.S. and around the world. However, the fight for equal rights for women (and all people) is not over. In this interactive session, you will learn about gender equality and gender rights at the U of M. In addition, you will learn about other forms of discrimination based on race, class, sexual orientation, and more. Join this session to meet the staff of the Women's Center and learn how you can get involved with us!

All About American Healthcare Session
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Carlson School of Management 1-127

When you feel sick and need some medication – where should you go? Your University Health Insurance offers you coverage at Boynton Health Services, right on campus. Come to this session to learn about what your University Health Insurance covers and all of the services Boynton has to offer! Boynton not only offers medical services; it also provides stress relieving activities such as free yoga classes and the chance to pet therapy animals!

SAFE-U session with the University of Minnesota Police Department and Security Monitor Program
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Carlson School of Management 1-149

The safety of the community is everyone’s priority! Have snacks at this session while learning about how you can stay safe on campus and the safety resources available from the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) and Security Monitors.

Graduate Student Mental Health Workshop with Chia-Chen Tu (Graduate/Professional Degree Students Only)
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Appleby Hall Room 219

1 in 3 graduate students deal with mental health issues. There are many unique challenges for international graduate students including cultural adjustment, imposter syndrome, and changes in career direction. Anxiety and depression are NOT weakness, but they need to be addressed and managed properly to achieve academic success.

The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health concerns among graduate and professional students, provide information on how to maintain mental health, and address how to seek help when needed. This workshop will be hosted by an experienced licensed psychologist from Student Counseling Services, and panel of international graduate students will share their own experiences with mental health including how to manage stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will also introduce mental health services available (student support groups, counseling services and course or work accommodations) and answer questions throughout the session.

 

ISSS Office Open House For All New International Students
Destination Theme: Wellbeing and Future Leader
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - ISSS Welcome Center (Humphrey School of Public Affairs Room 190)

Play games, get snacks, and meet the International Student and Scholar Services staff at the ISSS Office Open House! During this session, you can learn about the many services, leadership opportunities and programs offered to international students at the University of Minnesota!

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Saturday, August 26

Como Zoo Trip with Global Gopher Leaders
Destination Theme: Minnesota Explorer
Meet 10.30 a.m. - Northrop Plaza
NOTE: We will be using public transportation to get to the Como Zoo. Please bring a U-Pass or $4.50 in exact change for transportation (change cannot be given). Zoo admission is free.

See a hidden gem in Minnesota right by our doorstep! With its iconic conservatory and spacious zoo areas filled with animals from all around the world, the Como Zoo offers a unique (and free) experience! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to see what Como Zoo has to offer and have fun with the Global Gopher Events group.

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Monday, August 28

How to Build Friendships with Americans
Destination Theme: Minnesota Explorer
Choose One Session
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 312

At the University of Minnesota, you can make friends from all over the United States and the world. Sometimes, starting a new conversation with a person of a different culture can be difficult. Come to this workshop to practice having casual conversations like the ones you will have to meet new friends in class and at social events!

All About American Healthcare Session
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 312

When you feel sick and need some medication - where should you go? Your University Health Insurance offers you some coverage at Boynton Health Services, right on campus. Come to this session to learn about what your University Health Insurance covers, and all of the services Boynton has to offer! Boynton not only offers medical services; it also provides stress relieving activities such as free yoga classes and the chance to pet therapy animals!

Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) for Queer and Trans Life Open House
Destination Theme: Wellbeing
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Appleby Hall Room 46 (East Bank)

This open house will be an opportunity for you to meet students, as well as, staff members of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) for Queer and Trans Life. During this session, you can learn about what the University of Minnesota has to offer for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Allies (LGBTQIA) individuals on campus.

How to Prepare for Winter
Destination Theme: Minnesota Explorer
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 330

Winter in Minnesota can be a challenge — but there are also ways to make it fun and worthwhile. Come to this engaging workshop and fashion show to learn how to dress for Minnesota winters! We will talk about what to expect in the winter season, how to dress, fun things to do during the winter, and tips to stay healthy during the long season.

Multicultural Center Kick-Off Talent Showcase
Destination Theme: Future Leader
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Ted Mann Concert Hall

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is inviting undergraduate international students to participate in the Kick Off Talent Showcase. It's a night of talent ranging from dance crews like Hip Hope to MGC/NPHC fraternity and sorority step shows. It's an evening to celebrate being a Golden Hopher!

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Tuesday, August 29

Graduate Student Orientation Day

All new graduate and professional degree students are encouraged to attend the Graduate and Professional Student Welcome and Orientation (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). You can connect with current international graduate student leaders during the resource fair. Visit grad2.umn.edu/orientation to learn more.

Afrikan Student Connect
Destination Theme: Future Leader
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 230

Meet fellow African students and staff to learn about resources and opportunities to be successful at the University of Minnesota. Undergraduate and graduate students will talk about how to overcome challenges with weather, culture shock, and academic differences between their home countries and the United States. This is an interactive workshop with opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

Latinx ConneX: Evento Para Estudiantes/Estudantes Latinoamericano/as
Destination Theme: Future Leader
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 230

Meet fellow International Latin American peers, students and staff to learn about resources and opportunities to be successful at the University of Minnesota. An ISSS staff member from Argentina (and current board member at the Latino/a/x Faculty and Staff Association) will be there to answer questions and be there as a support.  

Salaam: Muslim Student Support
Destination Theme: Future Leader
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Bruininks Hall Room 230

Meet fellow Muslim students and staff while learning about resources and opportunities to be successful at the University of Minnesota. Current students and alumni will talk about their own challenges in transitioning to the U.S. as a muslim, including navigating culture shock, dietary restrictions, and prayer and religious holiday accommodations. This is an interactive workshop with opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

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Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31

No Global Gopher Events Scheduled

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Friday, September 1

Small World Coffee Hour in collaboration with Welcome Week
Destination Theme: Future Leader and Minnesota Explorer
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Yudof Hall

Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) is a bi-weekly event where international and globally-minded students come together to enjoy coffee and food and learn about cultures from around the world. Come to this Small World Coffee Hour event to learn about this fun program and the amazing events you can experience throughout the year! SWCH is sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Student Services Fees, Student Unions and Activities (SUA), the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), Global Minnesota, and Dunn Brothers. This event is offered in cooperation with Minnesota Student Association and the Orientation and First Year Program's Welcome Week.

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