Global Conversations: Nepal

Join us for our upcoming online event!

Join us on Zoom at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 1 as we talk to Divya Pant, State College resident from Nepal.  Divya will share about herself and her home country, and what it is like to transition to State College to start a Penn State graduate program.

The event will take place online during our regular monthly meeting time.  Join us on Zoom July 1 at 7:00 PM.  Register at the link below and invite your friends!

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Speaker Biography:

Namaste sabai lai (everyone).  I am Divya Pant, a graduate student pursuing my masters in agricultural sciences at Penn State University.  I was born and raised in Nepal. I am a foodie, adrenaline junkie and I can’t resist putting a big smile on my face.  I am looking forward to connecting with Global Connections members and friends.


The Executive Committee is hosting this virtual event based on feedback from last month’s membership survey.  If you have an idea for an online Global Connections event, please contact us at [email protected]



Save The Date: Game Night!


Global Connections members and guests have been invited to attend Game Night on Tuesday, March 24.  This is an event sponsored by New Leaf and the Community Engagement Office.  Pizza and snacks will be served, so please note that a RSVP is required.

You can bring your own board games, or play the games that they have.  The organizers have reached out to us with ideas for ESL-friendly games and international games, so please let us know at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

Global Connections T-Shirts Now Available!

Global Connections t-shirts are now available for purchase at Webster’s Bookstore in downtown State College for $20 each.  The t-shirts come in two colors, navy blue and dark green.  The front says “I’m glad you’re my friend” in three languages, and the back features the Global Connections logo.  Proceeds from t-shirt sales will benefit Global Connections.

International Poetry Night

Thank you to all the individuals who made International Poetry Night a success!  Special thanks to all the individuals who read a poem in two languages – it was thrilling to hear all these languages spoken in one room here in Happy Valley!  Thank you to the event organizers, Deb and Bob for putting together a very special evening.


Global Connections Dinner at Little Szechuan

This week Global Connections members and guests gathered for a special dinner at Little Szechuan in downtown State College.  The dishes for the meal were selected by Sihan Liu, a student from China.  She also shared food culture and traditions with the group.  Attendees learned more about how and when specific dishes would be served and more about some of the ingredients. 

The food was shared family-style, allowing for guests to try all the different menu items to be brought to the table.  Many commented that they had been coming to Little Szechuan for years but had not tried most of the  dishes sampled that night.  Favorite new dishes included the fried tofu, curried lamb, peppercorn chicken, and the stir fried green beans.


Volunteer opportunities: Global Programs Annual Tax Workshop

The tax season is approaching, and Penn State Global Programs office is looking for volunteers to help with the information sessions in March and April. Volunteers would be assisting Penn State international students/scholars through the Annual Tax Workshop. Specific volunteer opportunities include: information presenters on basic tax knowledge, greeters/receptionists, and general volunteers (set up of workshop, copying papers, assisting as needed). Language assistant volunteers are also welcome to help with confusing tax terminology and filing processes.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Wenjie Fu at [email protected]