International Students

International Week

Where Our Paths Meet
January 23 - 28, 2017


Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27

“What’s in a Name?” Project: Defining Identity through Names (Created & Written by Augustana Student Jennifer Ha)

Forum (Main Level)

Often, people with uncommon names are told that their names are too “difficult” or “weird.” Even before a personal encounter, people judge and make assumptions about others based on their names. This project asks participants who have uncommon names to write down what their name means to them. In our Canadian, Anglophone society, uncommon names are typically names from other languages and cultures. What we tend to overlook while focusing on foreignness is the fact that most names are personally significant representations of someone’s culture and heritage. This project also asks participants or observers to consider what significance names carry—it goes beyond something to call another person. We should reflect on times that we were introduced to someone with an unfamiliar name and consider how we reacted. We should always do our best to accommodate and include everyone, and the first steps are as easy as pronouncing someone’s name correctly.


Monday, January 23

I-Week 2017 Kick-Off Celebration!

Forum (Main Level), 10am

Join us in the Forum for Dean Berger’s address to Augustana, a Bollywood singing performance by Augustana student Syed Faran, and a dance performance by the Augustana African Dancers! Since its inception, the Augustana African Dancers group has included dancers from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Ghana and the dances performed are a combination of hip hop and African dance moves. Following the dance performance, there will be cake and Bangladeshi desserts!


Tuesday, January 24

Mini Igbo Language Lessons Nnenna Achebe

Forum (Main Level), Middle Fireplace, 12:45pm - 2pm

Join Augustana Student Nnenna Achebe as she shares with you the Igbo language over a cup of tea! Igbo is the principal native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group of southeastern Nigeria.  


Wednesday, January 25

Mini Korean Language Lessons with Jennifer Ha

Forum (Main Level), Middle Fireplace, 9am - 12pm

Join Augustana Student Jennifer Ha as she shares with you the Korean language over a cup of tea! Korean is often described as one of the hardest languages to learn, but you will leave with a few phrases you can use in everyday life!


Thursday, January 26

Mini Hindi Language Lessons with Isha Godara

Forum (Main Level), Middle Fireplace, Time TBA 

Join Augustana Student Isha Godara as she shares with you the Hindi language over a cup of tea! Hindi is one of the official languages of India.


Expo Augustana: Winter Carnival

Quad, 6pm - 9pm

Stop by the Quad for milk jug curling, tire a l’erable (maple toffee making), snowman building, skating on the Quad’s new ice rink and “the Canada Games”—a few cheesy made up games for folks to watch. Join Residence Services staff as they share a few lighthearted stereotypical Canadian experiences in a fun way!


Garth Prince: An Evening of Music & Culture (Free Event!)

Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, 7pm

Immerse yourself in rich African culture with the rhythmic and dynamic songs of Edmonton-based musical artist, Garth Prince, and his 8 piece band. The multiple award-winning singer from Namibia will share his unique brand of traditional and popular African music.


Dodge This! I-Week Dodgeball Tournament

Gym, 9:30pm - 11pm

Sign up in teams of 10 people! Each team must include at least one international student and one Canadian student. Sign up through Sarah McCrae at or in the Forum on Mon/Wed from 10am - 1pm or Cafeteria on Tue/Thu from 11:45am - 1pm. Enjoy music from around the world during the tournament! Prizes for the top two teams! 


Friday, January 27

Mini Cree Language Lessons with Brittany Johnson

Forum (Main Level), Middle Fireplace, 12pm - 2pm 

Join Aboriginal Student Office Facilitator Brittany Johnson as she shares with you the Nehiyaw (Cree) language over a cup of tea and bannock! 


Chaplaincy Coffee House 

Faith & Life Lounge, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Check out the Chaplaincy Coffee House with an international spin! The afternoon will be a celebration of music, art and talent.


Saturday, January 28

University of Alberta Annual Round Dance 

Education Gym, University of Alberta, North Campus, 7pm - 11pm

The University of Alberta Annual Round Dance brings together the children, friends, families, youth and Elders of our community to share stories, catch up on news, break bannock, and share tea. It’s a time to honour the traditions and memories of our ancestors. All are welcome! Visit for more information.


Augustana Round Dance Road Trip

Everyone is welcome to a free seat on the bus that will be driving to the Round Dance at 5:30pm. For more information or to reserve a seat, email the Aboriginal Students Office at or stop by the Aboriginal Students Office in the Wahkohtowin Lodge.


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