Last Global Engagement Night we got crafty!! Instead of the usual presentation and games, we did three different crafts. We made bookmarks, paper lanterns, painted mason jars and made a boat load of paper hats and paper airplanes. The night was filled with laughs, new friends and cupcakes. Join us next week for our POTLUCK!! We encourage you to bring a dish or buy something pre-made to share with everyone. Hope to see you all there!
After our sports discussion night at Global Engagement on March 29nd, we all went to Woody’s to watch the USA mens soccer team take on Guatemala. People were encouraged to wear the jerseys of the team which they were supporting and we all had some great pizza! Thankfully, the USA came out on top, with a final score of 4-0!
For Global Engagement Night on March 22nd, we discussed springtime holidays and festivals from around the world. We discussed customs and traditions relating to Easter, Passover, Ramadan, and Holi, some holidays from major world religions, as well as Songkran and Nowruz, from Thailand and Iran respectively. Many holidays celebrated during this time of year signify the start of spring, a farewell to winter, and a fresh new beginning. Here’s hoping for plenty of sunny and bright days in Ohio this spring!
Happy Easter & Happy Passover! See you next Tuesday.
This week at Global Engagement, we explored street foods around the world. The U.S, Chile, Malaysia, Poland, South Africa, and Japan were just a few of the countries that we visited.
We had great (mouth watering) discussions about these different street foods. Many people who attended were able to give their take on some of their favorite street foods and what makes them so fantastic.
To finish the night, a representative from Taste of OSU was able to come and get us all excited about the upcoming event.
This past Saturday, Global Engagements visited Winter Park in downtown Columbus! Unfortunately, after 20 minutes of outdoor ice skating, the facilities had to close due to the heat wave then. However, our group decided to visit North Market where we enjoyed Bubble Tea and the beautiful weather outside!
Here at Global Engagement we explore a region of the world every couple of weeks. This week it was Northern Europe! We discussed everything from geography and culture to polar bears and Finnish metal music.
What is Northern Europe? The general consensus was Scandinavia with some debate over whether the UK and Ireland and the Baltic states could be included. The discussion of polar bears, however, not as polarizing.
We rounded out the discussion with some lovely travel videos and a brief overview of some of Finland’s finest folk metal music videos.
The Global Engagement Sports&Rec committee will be continuing the arctic vibe this month with some fun winter activities despite the recent temperature climb, so stay tuned!
This Wednesday Global Engagement gathered together to make blankets for the children at Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House operates as a home away from home for seriously ill children. The House allows families to remain near their children while they are receiving treatment for their illnesses. Each child receives a welcome pack upon admission to Ronald McDonald House, which comes with a fleece blanket.
During the blanket-making session, students enjoyed hot chocolate and the movie Elf to help them get into the holiday spirit. Many of the students had no experience in making these felt tie blankets, but they were excited and quick to learn! We were able to make five blankets to donate to Ronald McDonald House, which will be greatly appreciated by the children in the coming winter months.
Stay tuned for more Global Engagement community service opportunities in the coming months!
Global Engagement Night on November 17th covered Global Politics!
Ambassadors Keegan Scott and Hunter Kinsey took students around the world in their presentation of various forms of government. They discussed the governments of Argentina, Greenland, Swaziland, Vatican City, Oman and India, which all have very different political systems. Students were encouraged to remember fun facts about the presentation, which came in handy for a BINGO game during the second half of the Global Engagement Night. BINGO had questions about the countries presented and other fun facts about various governments around the world. Students were encouraged to guess the answers to the BINGO questions. The presenters were pleasantly surprised at how many (and how quickly) answers were guessed correctly! Ohio State students must know their politics!
Next week’s GEN topic is Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays. Do not miss out!
Global Engagement on November 10th, was all about social justice!
Students were encouraged to have several group conversations about identity, intersectionality, microaggressions, and social justice in their hometowns/home countries. Each group had very different and very interesting conversations. It was exciting to hear how each person identified themselves and how their intersecting identities affected the way they experience life!
Topics that were also covered included mental wellness, social justice movements, documentaries, and resources to help students keep themselves well and to get involved in activism in Columbus!