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Purpose

Ramapo College of New Jersey launched a Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization beginning in Fall 2015. In addition to specific targets within the plan, each academic year will also have a specific region of focus. Through these regional foci, our goal is to increase global awareness and the multitude of opportunities and initiatives the College is involved. Below, you will find specific details about some of these initiatives, plus an extensive calendar of events.


Opportunities for Students

Featured International Programs in Asia & the Pacific

India: Semester Abroad
Spring / 16 undergraduate credits / Deadline: early March
Interdisciplinary courses offered in: Culture, History, Sustainable Development, Social Movements, Global Indian Media, Micro-Enterprise and a Field Research Project

China: Business Immersion Experience
Spring Break / 4 undergraduate credits / Deadline: early March

China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Summer / 4 undergraduate credits / Deadline: early March

Japan & South Korea: Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies
Summer / 4 undergraduate credits / Deadline: early March

Internships in Australia
8-week Summer / 6 undergraduate transfer credits / Deadlines: mid-January & mid-February

Internships in New Zealand
8-week Summer / 6 undergraduate transfer credits / Deadlines: mid-January & mid-February

Other Study Abroad & Internship Opportunities in Asia & the Pacific (full program list)

Scholarships for Students

Ramapo College – International Programs’ Scholarship for Asia & the Pacific

$15,000 Scholarship to New Zealand (sponsored by Go Overseas, Education New Zealand and STA Travel)

Generation Study Abroad Travel & Excellence Awards (New Zealand)

CIEE will provide all Ramapo students with a guaranteed $2000 scholarship for semester programs and $500 scholarship for summer programs in the Asia and Pacific Region (Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand). There is no application required. (Valid Spring 2019, Summer 2019 & Fall 2019)

ISA will offer the following guaranteed scholarships:

(other scholarships can be found here: https://www.ramapo.edu/study-abroad/scholarships/)

Course options with a focus on Asia & the Pacific regions

Course options with a focus on Asia & the Pacific:

AMER 206 – Asian-Pacific Americans – Description here

ANTH 220 – Food and Culture – Description here

ANTH 223 – World Cultures – Description here

CHIN 101 – Foundation of Chinese Language I – Description here

ENST 209 – World Sustainability – Description here

ENST 240 – Global Climate Change – Description here

ENST 336 – Global Ethics – Description here

ENST 338 – Sustainable Communities – Description here

ENST 339 – Sustainable Agriculture – Description here

HIST 278 – United States and East Asia – Description here

HIST 279 – Japan: Early Civilization to Modern Revolution – Description here

LAWS 201 – Global Legal Order – Description here

LAWS 206 – Human Rights – Description here

LITR 374 – World Literature and the Environment – Description here

POLI 233 – East Asia: History & Politics – Description here

POLI 301 – China: History, Politics & Culture – Description here

POLI 366 – U.S.-China Relations – Description here

PSYC 231 – Multicultural Psychology – Description here

PSYC 290 – Psychology of Community – Description here

SWRK 202 – Political Economy of Social Welfare – Description here

SOCI 202 – Social Inequality – Description here

SOCI 250 – International Migration and Human Rights – Description here

SOCI 302 – Third World Women – Description here

SOCI 304 – Globalization and Society – Description here

SOCI 309 – Food and Population – Description here

More coming soon….

You may also view the Course Catalog

LANGUAGE HAPPY HOURS (all take place in ASB123, unless otherwise noted):

Chinese: Wed, 3-5pm, B-127

Hindi: Thur, 1-2pm, ASB-123

Japanese: Wed, 2-3pm, ASB123

The following is a list of student clubs of potential interest:

Building Tomorrow

Culture Club

Diversity Action Committee Student Club

Filipino American Student Association

International Student Organization (ISO)

Model UN Club

South Asians at Ramapo

United Asian Association (UAA)


Opportunities for Faculty

The 2018-2019 focus area for International Education is Asia/Pacific. The Office of the Provost provided funding for up to 10 travel grants with up to $2,500 per grant for full-time faculty. Grants were funded relating to scholarship, teaching and learning, or service/civic engagement with a content focus on Asia/Pacific.

To evaluate the merit of the proposals the Deans Council used the following criteria:

  • Expected impact of the proposed project on the applicant’s research or scholarly output (for example but not limited to publications, conference presentations, grant applications, performances or exhibitions, exploratory research visit in order to develop a more in-depth research project in Asia to result in a submission of an external grant proposal, …).
  • Expected impact of the proposed project on the applicant’s teaching (for example but not limited to revision of courses, seminars, …).
  • Expected benefit of the proposed project for students at Ramapo College and/or Ramapo College in general.
  • Evidence how the proposed project is linked to, is built on, and/or will expand the applicant’s professional expertise.

The Application Process is now CLOSED.

A.   Project description that addresses the above-mentioned criteria, and

B.  Travel Request form including the agenda or program information of the event you would like to attend.

The travel request must be approved by the Director of International Education (Ben Levy).

Please note that we cannot consider incomplete or late applications.  All activities related to the grant must be completed by June 30, 2019. An end of the year reception will be held in April 2019 at which awardees will report on their project. A final report to the unit or convening group, the Dean, and the Provost must be submitted by September 1, 2019.

The following faculty have been provided a 2018-2019 Grant for Engagement in the Asia and Pacific regions:

Travel Grants for the Year of Asia and the Pacific Regions
Professor School Countr(ies) Grant Activity
Rikki Abzug ASB Vietnam “Gleaning Management Education Lessons from Vietnam’s World Class Voluntary Efforts to Address the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”
Christina Chung ASB Japan & S. Korea “Research on Korean and Japanese Young Consumers’ Green Behaviors”
Kristin Kenneavy SSHS Thailand “Thai Approaches to Social Research”
Huiping Li ASB Vietnam “Vietnam”s Expanding Business Environment”
Thierry Rakatobe-Joel ASB Japan Present a paper at the Asian Conference on Sustainability
Ruma Sen CA Fiji “Bollywood in the Indo-Fijian Diaspora: A Cross Generational Study”
Lisa Williams SSHGS Japan Present a paper at the Asian Conference on Asian Studies

Site visits

(organized visits in either groups or as an individual, to partner institutions with subsidized expenses. The following links below provide you with details on available group visits and how to apply.) 

International Studies Abroad

  • Brisbane, Gold Coast & Newcastle, Australia (12 – 20 October 2018) – applications now CLOSED
  • Tokyo, Japan & Seoul/Busan, South Korea (31 March – 6 April 2019) – applications due 19 JANUARY 2019
  • Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand (22 – 30 March 2019) – applications due 19 JANUARY 2019

CIEE

  • Spring 2019 dates: coming soon

SIT Study Abroad

  • Kathmandu, Nepal (9- 16 March 2019 – applications due 15 NOVEMBER 2018

*If Faculty are interested in visiting any of our overseas partners, please contact the Roukema
Center for International Education and the Director can help coordinate this for you.

Faculty Development Seminars

faculty-only seminars on specific topics held overseas to explore the topics in context

Community Health and Indigenous Knowledge” – Kunming, China and Tibetan areas of Yunnan Province
Study the intersection of western and traditional medicine in practice, policy, and community health. Sponsored by SIT Study Abroad.


Book Club

The George T. Potter Library will be hosting a book club with a focus on the Asia & Pacific region.

Fall Semester Book:

Book: Interpreter of Maladies
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
Description: Navigating between the Indian traditions they’ve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In “A Temporary Matter,” published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice. Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Price in Fiction.

Discussion Dates, Locations and Section Selections:

  • Thu, October 18, 1:10-2:00pm, Potter Library
  • Thu, November 15, 1:10-2:00pm, Potter Library
  • Thu, December 6, 1:10-2:00pm, Potter Library

The first 30 students to sign up at the Potter Library Circulation Desk will receive a free copy of the novel. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join and for additional information. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the George T. Potter Library; Sponsored by the Roukema Center for International Education.

Spring Semester Book

Book:  Tiare in Bloom: A Novel
Author:  Célestine Vaite
Description: Now that Materena is a big star with her radio talk show, Pito can’t help noticing some changes in his wife. She’s spending more and more time at work and with her girlfriends instead of coming home to cook for him. And why does a Tahitian woman need to know how to drive, anyway? He tries to shrug it off, but when Materena gives him the silent treatment and doesn’t come home after a night of dancing, Pito has had enough! How is he supposed to fix things with Materena when she doesn’t even give him a chance?
Luckily for Pito, his opportunity comes when a threemonth-old girl named Tiare–rumored to be their son Tomatoa’s daughter–is left on the Mahis’ doorstep. Anxious to pull his weight and set things right, Pito embarks on a hilarious and noble mission to prove himself to his granddaughter, his wife, and–most importantly–himself. TIARE IN BLOOM is the heartwarming story of a couple facing big changes on a small island–and a love that outlasts it all.

Discussion Dates, Locations and Section Selections:

TBD

The first 30 students to sign up at the Potter Library Circulation Desk will receive a free copy of the novel. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join and for additional information. Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the George T. Potter Library; Sponsored by the Roukema Center for International Education.


Calendar of Events

September 2018
Sep. 05
01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[The Grove / Arch]. Learn about the more than 500 international program options in more than 65 countries, for academic credit (study, research and internships). Meet with Ramapo’s international partners and program alumni. For more information please contact goabroad@ramapo.edu, call x7533 or visit ASB-123.

Sep. 16
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

This is the National Day of Papua New Guinea and commemorates independence from Australia on 16 September 1975.

Sep. 17
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日 Keirō no Hi) is a Japanese designated public holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. It started in 1966 as a national holiday and was held on every September 15. Since 2003, Respect for the Aged Day is held on the third Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System.

This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomadani-mura (later Yachiyo-cho, currently Taka-cho), Hyōgo Prefecture, proclaimed September 15 Old Folks’ Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.

Sep. 19
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[Friends Hall] Join together to celebrate the Asia-Pacific region through a presentation of opportunities, partners, taste regional foods, information tables and much more. 

Schedule

3:15 > ‘The Importance of the Chinese Language’ (Presentation by Professor of Chinese Language Jun ‘Felix’ Zhung)

3:30 > Nepali Traditional Dance (Performance by Ramapo students from Nepal )

3:40 > Learn Nepali Folk Dance (Workshop by Ramapo students from Nepal )

3:50 > Nepali Culture & Tradition (Presentation by Ramapo students from Nepal)

4:00 > The Business Environment in Japan & S. Korea (Presentation by Professor of Marketing, Christina Chung)

4:10 > Living an Indian-American Life (Presentation by Ramapo Student Eddie Aditya Anand)

4:20 > The Vast Pacific Region (Presentation by Ben Levy, Director of International Education)

4:30 > Japanese Language Happy “Minutes”: A Quick Glimpse of Japanese Language Happy Hour (Presentation/Workshop by Izumi Osawa-Minevich, Program Assistant, Roukema Center for International Education)

4:40 > Traditional Chinese & Herbal Medicine (Presentation by Professor of Biology Yan Xu)

For more information, or to help in the planning, please contact international@ramapo.edu, call x7533 or visit ASB-123.

Sep. 26
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

October 2018
Oct. 03
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[B-227] The United Asian Association will be leading a discussion on fair trade in Asia in honor of October being Fair Trade Month. For any questions, email UAA at uaa@ramapo.edu.

Oct. 03
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 03
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 03
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 03
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 04
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 08
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Health and Sports Day (体育の日 Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.

Oct. 10
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 10
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 10
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 10
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 11
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 17
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 17
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 17
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 17
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 18
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[Friends Hall] Come enjoy food, Indian desert, music and a performance by Sukhvir and his troupe.

Oct. 18
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 18
01:10 pm - 02:00 pm

[Potter Library]

Join the Potter Library in reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Sign up at the Potter Library Circulation Desk. Open to faculty, staff and students. The first 30 students to sign up will receive a free copy. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join, and for additional information.

This program is supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet from 1:10-2:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 10/18, 11/15, and 12/6. You do not need to attend all meetings to participate.

Oct. 22
October 22, 12:00 am -- October 26, 11:59 pm

Check our website for more details: [https://www.ramapo.edu/international/iew18/]

Oct. 24
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB230] Come hear the stories and experiences of Ramapo College students who participate in the 2018 Japan & South Korea: Exploring the Harmony of Traditional and Modern Societies (https://ramapo.studioabroad.com/?go=JapanKorea). If interested to participate in the program, the deadline to apply is March 1. Scholarships are available.

Oct. 24
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 24
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 24
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 24
05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Birch Tree Inn will be featuring Tandoori Chicken as the dinner entree as to promote the Year of Asia and the Pacific Regions and International Education Week.

Oct. 25
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 25
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Join the Roukema Center in celebration of International Education Week. Stop by during the Hindi language hour and craft your own mason jar lanterns in honor of Diwali!

Oct. 31
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 31
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 31
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Oct. 31
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

November 2018
Nov. 01
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 03
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Culture Day (文化の日 Bunka no Hi) is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

Nov. 05
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[SC-219/Friend’s Hall] Dr. Jun Zhang, Fulbright Scholar at Ramapo College and full-time professor at Anhui University in China, will discuss the diversity of cultures and languages in China, and how the system of education is structured in China. Refreshments will be served. For more details, please contact William Hooper, Culture Club, at whooper@ramapo.edu.

Sponsored by Culture Club, SSHGS and Psi Sigma Phi Multicultural Fraternity.

Nov. 07
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

What is Diwali?
Diwali, or Deepavali, a Sanskrit word meaning “rows of lighted lamps,” is a Hindu-originated festival celebrated in India and by the Indian diaspora. During the five-day celebration — also known as the “festival of lights” — clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil, according to the Hindu American Foundation.

Over time, Diwali has become a national festival marked by most Indians regardless of faith, with Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs also celebrating. Diwali also celebrates the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. Some believe it falls on her birthday and the day she married Lord Vishnu, another Hindu god.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based on where they live, according to National Geographic. In northern India, they mark the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. In southern India, people celebrate it as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. In western India, the festival marks the day Lord Vishnu, one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity, sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

Meanwhile, in Jainism it marks the nirvana or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira, National Geographic reported. And for Sikhs, it celebrates the day a major guru was freed from imprisonment.

What happens during Diwali?
In India and other places where the holiday is celebrated, residents leave their windows and doors open to allow Lakshmi to find her way into their homes, the Independent reported. Every home is lit with diyas, leaving no room for darkness to enter, and doorsteps are decorated to welcome guests, according to the Hindu American Foundation. In addition, many people wear new clothing to thank Lakshmi for providing prosperity and good fortune. And, as evening comes, firecrackers are set off.

Isn’t there some eating involved?
Of course. Throughout the festival, traditional sweets and savory items are eaten as well as full meals, particularly on the third and fifth days, according to the American Hindu Foundation. Among the sweets are diya-shaped sugar cookies decorated with icing and savories include mini-samosas and puris. 

Nov. 07
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 07
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 08
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 13
November 13, 10:00 pm -- November 14, 12:00 am

[Friends Hall] Join us to celebrate the auspicious Diwali festival of lights and colors with music, dance, foods and lights/colors-themed activities. Enjoy our Nepali, Bollywood and Hip-Hop dance performances along with Henna, Glow in The Dark Face Painting, Rangoli Crafts, Mandela Coloring and Flag Games. Raffling prizes include Nintendo Switch, Air Pods, JBL, Speaker, Polaroid, Roku, Streaming Stick, and many more. Samosas, Mozzarella Sticks, Chicken Wings, and Pizza will be served! For more information, please contact the International Student Organization at iso@ramapo.edu.

Nov. 14
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 14
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 15
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 15
01:10 pm - 02:00 pm

[Potter Library]

Join the Potter Library in reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Sign up at the Potter Library Circulation Desk. Open to faculty, staff and students. The first 30 students to sign up will receive a free copy. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join, and for additional information.

This program is supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet from 1:10-2:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 10/18, 11/15, and 12/6. You do not need to attend all meetings to participate.

Nov. 21
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 21
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 28
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 28
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 29
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Nov. 30
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Bonifacio Day is a national holiday in the Philippines commemorating the life of Andrés Bonifacio, one of the country’s national heroes. He was the founder and eventual Supremo of the Katipunan, a secret society that triggered the Philippine Revolution of 1896 against the Spanish Empire.

December 2018
Dec. 05
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 05
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 06
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 06
01:10 pm - 02:00 pm

[Potter Library]

Join the Potter Library in reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Sign up at the Potter Library Circulation Desk. Open to faculty, staff and students. The first 30 students to sign up will receive a free copy. Contact Sam Wittenberg (switten1@ramapo.edu) and Katie Cohen (kcohen1@ramapo.edu) to join, and for additional information.

This program is supported by the Center for Student Involvement & the Roukema Center for International Education. Discussion group will meet from 1:10-2:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 10/18, 11/15, and 12/6. You do not need to attend all meetings to participate.

Dec. 10
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dec. 11
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[Cahill Career Center] Come learn about opportunities for Fulbright in Taiwan. Meet the Program Director and ask your questions. Co-sponsored by the Roukema Center for International Education, the Office of Prestigious Awards & Fellowships and the Pathways Program/Cahill Center. For more information, please contact blevy1@ramapo.edu.

Dec. 12
02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Japanese language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Japanese Language Happy Hour every Wednesday from 2-3pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 12
03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

[B-127/Topken World Language Lab]
Would you like to practice your Chinese language skill? Chinese Language Hours are offered every Wednesday from 3-5 pm in B-127, World Language Lab. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.

Dec. 13
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

[ASB-123]
Would you like to practice your Hindi language skill? The Roukema Center for International Education offers Hindi Language Happy Hour every Thursday from 1-2pm in ASB-123. All levels are welcome. Come join us!
For more information, please email goabroad@ramapo.edu or call ext. 7533.


For more information, please contact the Roukema Center for International Education in ASB-123, by calling x7533 or e-mailing international@ramapo.edu.