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Carpe Diem

2020 Carpe Diem & International Education Week (IEW)

Southeast's annual celebration of cultural diversity!

Southeast is the proud home of students, faculty, and staff from nearly 60 countries.  Every year, we celebrate our international diversity with Carpe Diem and International Education Week (IEW).  These two celebrations are designed to showcase the people and the cultures of the countries represented here at Southeast, and to give us all a better, more sophisticated understanding of the world around us. 

Despite the pandemic, Southeast will still celebrate Carpe Diem and IEW, but they will be consolidated into a series of events and activities that will take place during the month of November.  Campus Life & Event Services and the Office of International Education & Services have partnered with several different organizations on campus to offer a number of virtual and in-person activities for cultural sharing and learning. 

We hope you’ll take some time out of your busy schedule to support our community’s international population and take advantage of this great opportunity to see more of the world from right here on the beautiful campus of Southeast Missouri State University.   

 

Monday, November 2

COOKING TUTORIALS
From November 2 through November 23, you are encouraged to follow the Cooking Tutorial linked below to replicate the cultural dish and submit a photo of yourself with the final product to campuslife@semo.edu by Monday, November 23 to be entered into a raffle to win a prize! You must be a SEMO student or faculty/staff member to win.

 

Tuesday, November 3

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Fries Around the World
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer a selection of fries from around the world: Poutine/Canada, Masala Chips/Kenya, Chili Cheese Fries/USA, Pommes Frites/France, Kartofel’Fri/Russia, Patatas Bravas/Spain. Fries from around the world will be available during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

 

Thursday, November 5

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Chinese Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer Chinese Green Tea during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and Chicken Fried Rice during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: "The King of Masks"
7:00pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building
Hosted by Dr. Shu-Chuan Wang-McGrath, instructor of Chinese and Chinese History, Department of History & Anthropology

Please join us for an international film series as part of the 2020 Carpe Diem & International Education Week celebration. A different film will be screened at 7:00pm each Thursday in November prior to Thanksgiving Break in the Rose Theater, Grauel Building. 

Each film was selected for the International Film Series specifically for its ability to explore important cultural and topical issues. A 30-minute panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

Members of the Southeast community can also participate in the film series virtually. All films can be viewed on-demand on Kanopy, which is streaming service available to students and staff through the Kent Library. All panel discussions will be recorded and posted online afterwards.

Please contact the Office of International Education and Services at international@semo.edu if you have any questions.

 

Friday, November 6

NAILED IT! BAKING CHALLENGE
8:00am - 5:00pm, University Center 2nd floor Center for Student Involvement (CSI)
Students with a valid student ID can pick up a free bag of ingredients at the University Center 2nd floor Center for Student Involvement (CSI) anytime between 8:00am – 5:00pm on Friday, November 6 only. Otherwise, here is a list of ingredients and the recipe.

Starting November 6 through November 23, you are encouraged to follow our recipe to make a German pastry called an “Amerikaner” and decorate it “in the essence of Carpe Diem: celebrating cultural diversity”. Submit a photo of yourself with the final product to campuslife@semo.edu by November 23. Judges will choose the best decorated Carpe Diem pastry and the winner will receive a prize! You must be a SEMO student or faculty/staff member to win.

 

Tuesday, November 10

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Bangladeshi Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer a beverage called "Lassi" during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and "Dhal" Curry during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

 

Wednesday, November 11

FACULTY/STAFF TRAINING: SUPPORTING MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS AT SOUTHEAST
12:00pm noon, University Center 4th floor Ballroom A
Students who use English as an additional language have diverse cultural, educational, and language backgrounds. In this workshop, we’ll consider the complex adjustments multilingual students make as they participate in the Southeast community. We’ll also explore ways faculty and staff can support student success and embrace linguistic diversity. Led by Intensive English Programs staff, this interactive session provides helpful background information, practical strategies for your classroom or office, and information about resources for multilingual learners at Southeast.

 

Thursday, November 12

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Japanese Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer a beverage called "Amazake" during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and "Karaage" (Japanese fried chicken) during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: “Un Traductor”
7:00pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building
Hosted by Dr. Kimberly Louie, associate professor, Communication Studies & Modern Languages

Please join us for an international film series as part of the 2020 Carpe Diem & International Education Week celebration. A different film will be screened at 7:00pm each Thursday in November prior to Thanksgiving Break in the Rose Theater, Grauel Building. 

Each film was selected for the International Film Series specifically for its ability to explore important cultural and topical issues. A 30-minute panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

Members of the Southeast community can also participate in the film series virtually. All films can be viewed on-demand on Kanopy, which is streaming service available to students and staff through the Kent Library. All panel discussions will be recorded and posted online afterwards.

Please contact the Office of International Education and Services at international@semo.edu if you have any questions.

 

Saturday, November 14

INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA!
7:00pm (CST), Virtual via Zoom / University Center 4th floor Ballroom
Our main 2020 Carpe Diem & IEW event is an International Trivia competition live via Zoom starting at 7:00pm (CST). Play with your mobile device from home or come to the University Center 4th floor Ballroom to play among friends (socially distanced + face masks required). There will be door prizes and cultural snacks & treats to enjoy, plus a prize for the International Trivia winner! You must be a SEMO student or faculty/staff member to win.

 

Monday, November 16

INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PRESENTS THE 2020 “OPEN DOORS” DATA RELEASE
8:30am, University Center 4th floor Redhawks Room
Each year, the Institute of International Education (IIE) publishes “Open Doors,” which is the definitive source on international student and study abroad mobility data in the United States.  The findings provide a comprehensive understanding of the current state of international education.  The “Open Doors” report is released to the public on this day, and IIE streams a live presentation of the findings.  Please join us for a screening of the “Open Doors” presentation, followed by a discussion of the findings with Dr. Kevin Timlin, executive director of International Education and Services.

 

Tuesday, November 17

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Vietnamese Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer a beverage called "Sinh to bo" during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and Vietnamese Spring Rolls during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

 

Thursday, November 19

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Nepalese Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer Butter Tea during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and "Aloo Ko Achar" (spicy potato salad) during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GRADUATION RECEPTION
4:00pm, University Center 4th floor Ballroom
International Education and Services will host a celebration reception for all international students who plan to graduate in Fall 2020.  Unfortunately, this event is by invite only, and can only be attended by the graduates themselves.  However, anyone can watch the event virtually.  IES will provide a link to join virtually soon.  

INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES: “Searching for Nepal”
7:00pm, Rose Theater, Grauel Building
Hosted by Dr. Kevin Timlin, executive director, International Education and Services

Please join us for an international film series as part of the 2020 Carpe Diem & International Education Week celebration. A different film will be screened at 7:00pm each Thursday in November prior to Thanksgiving Break in the Rose Theater, Grauel Building. 

Each film was selected for the International Film Series specifically for its ability to explore important cultural and topical issues. A 30-minute panel discussion led by members of the Southeast community who are either from the country/culture depicted or have expertise in the themes explored will follow each screening.

Members of the Southeast community can also participate in the film series virtually. All films can be viewed on-demand on Kanopy, which is streaming service available to students and staff through the Kent Library. All panel discussions will be recorded and posted online afterwards.

Please contact the Office of International Education and Services at international@semo.edu if you have any questions.

 

Friday, November 20

INTERNATIONAL CLOTHING DAY
All Day / 4:00pm Group Photo & Chai (Tea) – outside Academic Hall
Members of the Southeast community are encouraged spend the day on campus wearing clothes which are representative of countries and cultures around the world! Feel free to be creative, but also be respectful. Come dressed up for a group photo (with face masks) outside in front of Academic Hall at 4:00pm – there will be hot chai (tea) for everyone!

 

Monday, November 23

COOKING TUTORIALS – Photo submissions due
Refer to November 2 description above.
Submit a photo of yourself with the final product to campuslife@semo.edu by November 23 to be entered into a raffle to win a prize! You must be a SEMO student or faculty/staff member to win.

NAILED IT! BAKING CHALLENGE – Photo submissions due
Refer to November 6 description above.
Submit a photo of yourself with the final product to campuslife@semo.edu by November 23. Judges will choose the best decorated Carpe Diem pastry and the winner will receive a prize! You must be a SEMO student or faculty/staff member to win.

 

Tuesday, November 24

CHARTWELLS CULTURAL FOOD DAY: Indian Cuisine
Chartwells on-campus dining will offer Chai (tea) during lunchtime at the University Center Redhawks Market and Vegetable Rice during dinnertime at Tower’s Café and at St. Vincent’s Commons, River Campus.

 

Traditionally, Carpe Diem has taken place in the Student Recreation Center, East Gym, which is transformed into a world bazaar! Over 700 attendees visit cultural booths, where they are offered a typical sweet or beverage from Southeast students & faculty/staff who represent that cultural group. Also at the cultural booths, attendees can participate in a variety of activities, like trying on cultural attire at a photo booth, having their names written in different alphabets, or answering cultural trivia questions for prizes. Besides the experiences at the cultural booths, attendees can get a taste of international cuisine from the buffet while admiring cultural music/dance performances and a Fashion Show on stage. The Carpe Diem celebration typically ends in a dance party!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 Carpe Diem and International Education Week (IEW) will be combined for a month-long celebration of cultural diversity with a number of virtual and in-person events & activities for cultural sharing and learning throughout November. Refer to the "Schedule of Events & Activities"  tab for details.

 

SEMO's annual celebration of cultural diversity is only made possible with the participation of Southeast students & faculty/staff volunteers, especially those who would like to showcase their cultures!

For 2020 Carpe Diem & IEW, there are many ways for international students and members of cultural groups to contribute to cultural sharing and learning:

  • TikTok Cultural Dance Challenge
    Film yourself performing a short cultural dance (dressed in cultural clothing, if possible) and upload the video to our "2020 Carpe Diem & IEW" Stream Channel. We will select videos to post on social media to challenge the SEMO community to replicate your cultural dance moves!

  • Cultural Music Video
    Film yourself playing or singing cultural music and upload it to our Stream Channel. Select videos will be posted on social media and/or used to make a compilation of 2020 Carpe Diem & IEW.

  • Cooking Tutorial Video
    Teach the SEMO community how to make your favorite cultural dish! Make sure to include the list of ingredients and quantities in your video, and then show us how to make the recipe. Dr. Shu-Chuan Wang-McGrath has filmed how to make her delicious dumplings with pork & cabbage, which is accessible on our Stream Channel, and we look forward to seeing your cooking tutorial videos uploaded there soon, too! Then, we will post them on our Schedule of Events & Activities and social media throughout November.  

  • Cultural Video Presentation
    Create your own video to give some information about your country and culture! You could also film yourself answering one of all of the following questions:
    a) What is one of the biggest differences between your culture and the U.S. culture?
    b) What is one of the biggest misconceptions that people have about your country or culture?
    c) What is your favorite cultural tradition? Describe it for us!
    Be creative and have fun making this informational video to upload to our Stream Channel, and we will post them on social media throughout November.  

  • Photo Fashion Show
    Carpe Diem always features SEMO students in amazing cultural attire, so get dressed up and take a few photos to submit to campuslife@semo.edu along with a brief description of the culture and clothing. Select photos will be posted on social media to highlight different cultures throughout November.
    If you are on campus Friday, November 20 for ‘International Clothing Day’, get dressed up and come to the front of Academic Hall at 4:00pm for a group photo and hot chai (tea)!

 

The entire SEMO community is encouraged to participate in the 2020 Carpe Diem & IEW virtual and in-person events and activities listed on the "Schedule of Events & Activities" tab.

 

The Office of Residence Life began this celebration of diversity, “Carpe Diem Extravaganza: Where the World Comes Together”, in the Fall semester of 2010 and continued it each semester for a few years until it became an annual Fall event. In 2017, the Office of International Education and Services took charge of it, and in 2018, Campus Life and Event Services began organizing this campus-wide event.