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]

January Session of Global Connections

Please join us as we work together to plan the activities of Global Connections for the coming year! 

We will begin working at 6:30 pm on January 8 in St Andrew’s Canterbury Hall.  No business meeting will be held – the entire evening will be devoted to small groups discussion and putting together a program of activities for the upcoming year.

Your voice is important!  As a volunteer-based organization, we can only provide activities that members are willing to plan.  Even if you haven’t had a chance to join a committee previously, please join us to become involved in the vital work of our organization.

December Meeting

Please note that our regular monthly meeting in December is not on the first Wednesday of the month as usual, but the SECOND Wednesday.  We hope that you can join us!

This month the special program will include hearing from three Cuban lawyers who are visiting State College. Please join us for this special presentation.

We will also have our regular committee and business meetings. We are not a religious organization, but we have our meetings in Canterbury Hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  All are welcome to join!

Building Global Connections

Members of one of the Global Connections ESL classes participated in a intercultural communication workshop in a Penn State class earlier this week.  Here are a few images from this great experience: