Student leaders plan and implement a variety of programs and events to help create community among international students and to teach others on campus about their cultures. Orientation Assistants plan orientation follow up activities for new students. The International Student Association Committee is responsible for the many social events throughout the year. The Rangeela Committee puts on the annual Rangeela extravaganza. Take a closer look at some of these events:
Once the International PASSPORT orientation has been completed and classes have begun, Orientation Assistants and new international students gather several times to explore in more depth some of the topics from orientation and to re-connect with and support each other.
International students gather to share a meal together several times a semester. There are always announcements about upcoming events, sometimes a special speaker or program, but most importantly, the dinners are a time for students to reconnect.
Every fall, new international students are invited to spend a day in downtown Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., to enjoy the famous sights, try some ethnic dishes, go shopping, and catch a museum or two.
International students prepare some of their delicious traditional dishes and in doing so, share a piece of their “home” with the Calvin community in a festival-like atmosphere.
Each November, Calvin celebrates International Education Week. Highlights of this week include a student-led International Worship Service, workshops and seminars highlighting different international topics, an international movie, and of course, an offering of international foods and crafts—all designed for the campus' learning and enjoyment.
Every December, international students enjoy dressing up, getting off campus, and eating a special dinner as they enjoy each other’s company and a gala evening of performances and dance.
During the Interim Break, students have the opportunity to spend the afternoon outside in the cold and “tube,” that is rent huge rubber tubes and fly down snow-packed hills at a high speed. Following the fun, everyone gathers for a dinner and fellowship.
Begun in 1996, every February the international student body puts on a colorful extravaganza of dance, song, and skits from around the world. One of Calvin’s most popular student led shows, it plays to sell-out crowds on both a Friday and Saturday night annually.
Graduates and their families gather during Commencement Weekend to remember their Calvin years, celebrate this landmark in their lives, and look towards the future.