Virtual Conversation Hour with Dr. Natasha Garrett

Please join a Virtual Conversation Hour hosted by Chatham English Language Program to discuss the topics of gardening, food, family life, and finding a “Common Ground” with Dr. Natasha Garrett.

Speaker: Dr. Natasha Garrett, Writer, Translator, Director of International Student Services at La Roche University

Host: Dr. Linh Phung, Director of the English Language and Pathways Programs at Chatham University

Topic: Common Ground: Gardening, Food, and Family

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Time: 9am-10am US Eastern Standard Time

Registration link: https://chatham.zoom.us/meeting/register/upErduqpqzgiQBagSG4VmNxwg1nvEH-Lqg

Description: If you ask an immigrant what they miss most about home, they will likely say: the food! In this interactive session, Natasha will discuss her essay Common Ground, in which she writes how gardening connected her with her own family members and her ancestral roots. It will also give participants a sneak peek into everyday life in the U.S. and share about theirs. Participants are encouraged to read her essay Common Ground published in her Motherlands book before the session: https://www.gravelmag.com/natasha-garrett.html

Speaker’s bio: Natasha Garrett was born and raised in Macedonia and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She came to the U.S. as an international student. She is a writer and a translator whose work has appeared in numerous national and international publications. She works at La Roche University as a director of international student services and an adjunct professor.

Apple pie

 

Cook with OIA: Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet Meal

by Julissa Soto, OIA Student Assistant

Here is how to make this delicious Beefy Italian Ramen Skillet meal. These are all super easy things to find in your cabinets or easily bought at the store.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 can diced tomatoes

1 cup of water

2 packages beef-flavor ramen noodles

Green bell paper (frozen or fresh)

Cheese (optional)

Directions

In a large skillet, cook beef until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir tomatoes, water, and seasoning packet contents from the ramen noodles.

Break ramen noodle block into halves and add with the green bell pepper. Cook until noodles soften, about 5 minutes

– Remove from heat. If adding cheese, sprinkle cheese over beef mixture and place over skillet; let the mixture sit until cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes.

This recipe serves about 5 people. Enjoy your meal!

– Recipe found at https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/239029/beefy-italian-ramen-skillet/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringId=17566&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub&clickId=cardslot%2065

 

VIDEO – Click here recipe video beefy italian skillet meal

Bon appetit! Did you try it? Let us know internationalaffairs@chatham.edu

 

Virtual Resources for Students

Self – Isolation? Bored at home? We totally understand about having difficulties in hanging out and just staying at home due to the critical situation that we all are facing, but we understand that too that we all are doing this for our health. Please, try to stay healthy.

In order help you while being stuck at home; we have a lot of resources for you where you can make yourself a little busy and have some fun.

  • Museums – virtual tours, fun activities on museums’ websites

This article shares 12 famous museums who are offering virtual tours of their museums. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

The Canadian Museum of History shares a really interesting art piece on their website that you can play with.  https://www.historymuseum.ca/morningstar/explore/

Online, you can zoom in on the mural and spin it to see the four quadrants in high detail. A click of the plus sign in the corner causes a series of links to pop up over the mural itself, with photos and videos attached that explain the significance of each part of the artwork.

  • Virtual Concerts – We know due to the Coronavirus crisis, many of you had to cancel plans of attending live concerts. Here are some recommendations of watching some virtual live streams and recorded concerts.

Updated information and details about virtual concerts dates and times  https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

John Legend, Coldplay, Keith Urban and a lot of other musicians are still performing. Watch their virtual concerts. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/03/17/coronavirus-john-legend-coldplay-play-virtual-concerts-instagram/5066024002/

Los Angeles Times shares 7 ways to experience live music! https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-13/coronavirus-streaming-concerts-online-self-quarantined

More livestreamed concerts. https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/all-musicians-streaming-live-concerts.html

 

  • Wellness Sites – Don’t worry! We have got you covered with wellness activities too. Now you can even livestream exercise classes, warm-ups, yoga and meditation videos too while you are at home.

Check out ideas from 15 wellness youtubers. They’ll give you live tutorials, and recorded videos of exercises and warm-ups. https://theblissfulmind.com/wellness-youtube-channels/

This resource shares wellness and health related videos plus live streams plenty of healthy tips. https://www.zubialive.com/

  • Entertainment – there are so many websites offering free movies and shows.

YouTube – check out on YouTube, they have free movies and shows (search for “free with ads”).

There are many YouTubers worth checking out – try Zack King! If you have not heard this name,  his brief introduction would be as a video creator and magician. Go and check it out his YouTube page. You’ll love his videos. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq8DICunczvLuJJq414110A

Podcasts – listen to podcasts to get your mind off things – many good suggestions here https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/best-comedy-podcasts-coronavirus-quarantine-recommendations.html

Take this time to learn some art and crafts! https://craftsbyamanda.com/category/craft-tutorials/adult-crafts/

For live painting shows, see https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Art

  • Love cooking or just want to learn to make tasty food? Here are some famous cooking shows. Learn some tips and try new delicious recipes

Laura in the Kitchen – https://www.youtube.com/user/LauraVitalesKitchen

Jamie Oliver – https://www.youtube.com/jamieoliver

Binging with Babish – https://www.youtube.com/user/bgfilms

Tasty – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

Check out this link for more recipes; https://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/group/gallery/37-recipes-from-masterchefs-best-chefs-ever/sn6ldpbr?page=3

  • And, finally, check out this list of more resource recommendations while you stay at home during Covid-19 (Adapted from Got It Vietnam )
  1. Free Harvard online courses – bit.ly/gotit_2
  2. IELTS materials and practice from British Council – bit.ly/gotit_3
  3. Some free online practice materials from Road to IELTS from British Council:      http://www.roadtoielts.com/
  4. Download free books from Bill Gates’s website – bit.ly/gotit_5
  5. See famous pieces of arts through Google Arts & Cultures – bit.ly/gotit_7
  6. Livestream from the Metropolitan Opera (New York) – bit.ly/gotit_10 
  7. Try audiobooks on Audible (Amazon) – bit.ly/gotit_11
  8. Watch movies in the IMDb Top 250 – bit.ly/gotit_13
  9. Learn to code with Freecodecamp – bit.ly/gotit_14
  10. 500 free courses from Ivy League universities – bit.ly/gotit_15

Stay tuned for more ideas!

What are you doing to stay healthy and busy yourself?  Send us your ideas and contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu  with any questions!

Interview with Gabby Gomez Rendon

Gabby Gomez Rendon is an MBA international student from Mexico. She is also a graduate assistant for the Center for Women and Entrepreneurship at Chatham University. Visit this page to learn more about different degrees and programs Chatham offers to international students.

  1. What is your typical day at Chatham?

I don’t live on campus because I live with my husband and my son. However, I work half-time at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. So the morning are similar to any mom’s life: I wake up first, make breakfast, and wake my son up to get ready and have breakfast with my husband and me. After he takes the bus to school, I jump into the shower and get ready for my day.

Three times a week I go to the Center for Women’s Entrepreneur at Chatham Eastside to work. I am a graduate marketing assistant for the center and my main responsibilities are related to the promotion of events on digital platforms, in newsletters, and through our partners. I also help in the logistics of the many training events that we have, and many times I am the first contact the clients have with the center. Then I go back home to take care of my son after school and prepare dinner for my family. As we are a Latin family, we still haven’t adapted to the American meal schedule, so we usually have a big breakfast early in the morning, our lunch is just a snack, and we have a late lunch (a complete supper to be exact) around 3 or 4, and our dinner is light. In the afternoon I usually work on my assignments while my son does his homework.

Twice a week I go to the Shadyside campus for my MBA classes from 6 to 8:30pm, and when I arrive home I make a light dinner and put my son to sleep. After that, I have time to talk about the day and about what I learned in my classes with my husband. On the days I don’t go to the center in the morning, I usually do my readings and my assignments for my classes and also do house chores. Sometimes I work at the center for special events in the evening or on Saturday and I would just adapt a little bit my schedule during the week to have at least two days to study.

  1. What are new things you learn from living in Pittsburgh, studying at Chatham, etc.?

A lot of things. First of all, even I had a very good English level, I am very glad that I did the last level of the English Language Program at Chatham University prior to start the MBA. I have a scientific background and I did not have experience writing papers and essays in English, so the learning I got from the Writing and Grammar classes with Dr. Linh Phung and Ms. Alina Volper were gold to me. Honestly, without those two classes, I would probably be having very different grades.

Second, I was a little afraid of the environment because everybody had told me that there was no diversity in Pittsburgh and I could end up feeling like not fitting. To my surprise, at least at Chatham, it is a pretty good diverse environment which is also super open and respectful of other cultures and nationalities. In class and at the center I just feel like a fish in water. One thing that I have learned for living in here is to speak up. I used to be quiet even when I was uncomfortable with an assignment or a deadline. It was very hard for me to said no even if I had to struggle later on, but the relationship between professors and students is so open that it gives you the confidence to speak up and ask for feedback. I like this way very much. Some other things that I learned here in Pittsburgh are a lot of outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, and skiing. All very cool!

  1. What do you like most at Chatham?

First the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship, I love my job, my boss, my colleagues and the projects we make. Second, the friends I have made at the MBA and at the Center, they are friends for life. Second, I love Prof. Pearson. I decide to start the MBA here after my interview with him. He is a great man and an amazing mentor. I like my advisors very much: Prof. Glyde is very cool. However, I miss Dr. Chung very much. She was the best. And I love the Summer Camp that Chatham has for kids, for older students like me who have kids, the summer camp is a life saver. Last year, I enrolled my son in the camp, and I was able to work and study, and my son was able to have lots of fun during summer while he learned many things. I will register my son this year again and I am even thinking to bring my nieces from Mexico for it.

  1. What do you think Chatham could improve in the future?

For students like me that come with family I would like to experience some sort of support before coming here. I looked for an area with a good school for my son, but it turned to be  50 minutes driving to the university. I love my house and my neighborhood but the distance has made me miss a lots of cool events happening at Chatham.

Summer 2020 Study Abroad – South Korea, Cyprus, Costa Rica, More!

All Chatham undergraduate students are encouraged to study abroad. In fact, each undergraduate receives a one-time $1200 study abroad voucher to use toward any credit-bearing experience abroad. Students completing an International Studies certificate can earn an additional $1800 toward study abroad of 6+ credits.

Many students choose to use their vouchers during the summer – on a Chatham field experience, a Chatham partner program, or while studying or interning with a third party provider program.

Here are a few summer programs that you might consider:

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience South Korea this summer and earn 3 credits! The Bahrom International Program at Seoul Women’s University has a program fee of $400 and will be held June 23- July 17, 2020. Open to all undergraduates. Submit your application to OIA by 3/11/20.

Spend your summer in Cyprus. The summer program at the University of Nicosia  has tracks in Health Science, Nursing, Pre-Med, International Relations, Geology, Music and International Marketing. Earn 6-7 credits. $4,600-$5,800 per program.

Study at Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica and learn or improve your Spanish or take courses in English such as Cultural Photography, Introduction to International Economics in Latin America, or Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy. A la carte pricing ranges from $2000 for a 4 week program.

If you are dreaming of another location or you want to intern abroad, program providers have you covered!  Study in the UK, Australia or Ghana. Intern in Italy, South Africa or the south of France. There are so many possibilities.

Email internationalaffairs@chatham.edu for more information. Make an appointment at https://calendly.com/kchipman.

Announcement: International Education Week November 18-22, 2019

Join the Office of International Affairs for International Education Week from November 18th to 22nd!

“International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.” (www.iew.state.gov )

This week will feature events celebrating international education and student experiences. Join us for our planned events:

International Karaoke

When: Monday, November 18th – 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Carriage House

Join the Modern Language department for International Karaoke! Sing in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish!

International Jeopardy

When: Wednesday, November 20th – 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

Bring a group of friends to play Jeopardy! The subject is international trivia and the winning team will win prizes. There will be free food!

International Symposium

When: Thursday, November 21st – 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

This mini-symposium will celebrate International Education week, as well as the benefits of international education and exchange. This year’s theme is “International Education: Legacy and Promise.” The symposium will feature presentations and posters by students relating to this year’s theme.

International Tea: Morocco

When: Friday, November 22nd – 11:30 to 1:00 pm

Where: Carriage House

Celebrate this year’s Global Focus country at International Tea: Morocco! Bring tea from your home country and share cultures with another person. Show others your own culture and tell stories about experiences you have had abroad. This will be a great way to learn from others and experience something new.

All events are found on MyChatham. For more information regarding IEW and OIA events, please contact InternationalAffairs@chatham.edu

Picturesque School With Endless Green Grass

By Linh Nguyen

ELP Student & International Student Ambassador

Summer 2019

Neighborhood Tour with Friends

“I never thought that when I was 20 I could set foot in America – the dream country of so many people. But on a beautiful day, Chatham gave me that opportunity when they sent a congratulatory letter to inform me that that I received an International Student Ambassador Scholarship offered by Chatham English Language Program.

Enjoying the View of Pittsburgh

Time in America was truly a wonderful experience. The programs here are very creative and interesting: we presented, played games and explored the world outside the classroom. In addition, every Friday we have interesting field trips, which allowed us to explore nature and visit famous places in Pittsburgh. The teachers accompanied and guided us enthusiastically. The teachers here are the best and the most dedicated. They patiently taught us from the smallest things with all their hearts.

Friends here are really diverse and interesting. I had the opportunity to talk and make friends from many countries around the world. We ate together, played together and talked happily. Another thing that impressed me was the nature here. Chatham is a quaint and picturesque school with endless green grass. The air is fresh and clean. The people are very friendly. Chatham is a great option when you study abroad. I had a precious and unforgettable time here. If you intend to study abroad, I highly recommend Chatham.

Amazing Experience: Best Summer Ever!

Amazing Experience: Best Summer Ever!

By TuongVy Le, International Student Ambassador, ELP Scholarship Recipient

Field Trip to Three Rivers Art Festival – Vy is the last one on the right

I never once thought I would be able to study abroad or study in the US, but Chatham University offered me an International Student Ambassador Scholarship from from the English Language Program. It was the best experience ever for me. Before attending the program, I was a very shy speaker, but everything changed thanks to the program at Chatham, and my English-speaking skill has improved ever since.

Joining an Education Class with American Students – Vy is the one in blue

Studying in my hometown does not include going on field trips, so the program was such an eye-opening experience for me. History was never my favorite subject, but the U.S Culture class was so interesting, and that’s what I love the most about this program. It was the best summer I’ve ever had; I’ve grown a lot from this experience. I am so grateful for the friends I’ve made during the time at Chatham.

Receiving a Certificate from the Program Director

Even though it was the first time studying in a different country, I never felt lonely or helpless at Chatham. Everyone there is super friendly, you can always get the help you need anytime. I only studied in Chatham for approximately three months, but Chatham felt like my second home. Chatham University offers the best environment for you to study and grow as a person, you will never regret going to Chatham!

Scholarship deadline for spring 2020 study abroad extended!

Study in Italy in summer 2020 on Chatham Field Experience: Global Foodways at Umbra Institute

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