Monday, March 1, 2010

Get Connected With VISA

You don't have to travel abroad to meet people from different cultures; getting involved in the VISA club can help get you connected.

“The club is for international students; we want our international students to join,” said Tonya Daniels, Spanish Instructor at Vol State. Daniels is the co-sponsor of the VISA club, and said that everyone is encouraged to join. She said that the main goal is to promote cultural awareness.

The VISA club has several events throughout the semester. On Thursday, February 25, they hosted a cultural mixer in the Ramer Great Hall. Students were able to pair up with others from different cultures and ethnicities and have a conversation.

“The turnout is amazing. Not only are you allowing international students to use their English speaking skills, but also allowing foreign language students to practice French or Spanish,” said Maggie Homolya, secretary of the VISA club.

Student Saimir Dervishi said, “I’m from Albania, and one of my favorite things about the VISA club is meeting people.”

Rohan Brizan is from Grenadia, an island in the Caribbean, and has been in the United States for three years. He says that it is nice meeting different nationalities.

“It’s cool to learn where everyone is from,” said Jerika Shrum.

“I’ve been a member for two years. I’m graduating this semester and I’m going to be a little sad leaving the club due to graduation,” said Homolya.

If you are interested in joining the VISA club, contact Kay Grossberg at kay.grossberg@volstate.edu or Tonya Daniels at tonya.daniels@volstate.edu.

The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday March 18 in Ramer 164.


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