That is just what the Castleton community got to say to 15 students from Doshisha Women’s College (Japan) and from ECUT, Jiajung, and Ludong Universities (China) on Friday, May 4th. These students completed either a semester or year at Castleton University in the 2018-2019 academic year.
We congratulate you intelligent, kind, hard-working, generous and beautiful young women on all of your successes at Castleton–academic, linguistic, social, and extra-curricular. You made a difference to our community in central Vermont and we are so excited to watch you make a difference in our world! We look forward to seeing you again some day.
We love seeing our international students in the news. Madelaine Kopischke, a junior film studies major from Germany, attended the 2018 Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana this spring to present her video essay to a panel of scholars from around the country. Way to go Madelaine!
For more information about Madelaine and her work at this national conference, read the article in The Castleton Spartan .
Did you know that at the end of your first year at Castleton you can apply to be a Community Advisor, or CA? A CA at Castleton is similar to what other universities call a Resident Assistant or Advisor (RA). As an on-campus job, it meets the F-1 visa employment regulations. CAs are assigned to a residence hall floor of 30-50 students. Their main job is to keep the residencies safe, but also to organize fun and interesting programs for the residents. The job is demanding, but it pays a stipend and your board (room fee) is waived. The job is also very rewarding. Just listen to what a couple of international CAs have to say.
Ben Mrowka, CU ’19 (Australia)
I enjoy being a CA because I am able to connect to a huge amount of students and I am able to contribute to the CU community. I am learning a great deal from the job, and I will be able to use this knowledge about leadership, making tough decisions and being a role model for any job that I find myself in. Dealing with people will always bring its challenges but through this position, I have found myself improving and learning every day.
Zijie (Frank) Wan, CU ’20 (China)
What I like about this job are the social aspects, friendships, and responsibilities. It has been almost a year since I became a CA, and I have already learned a lot from this experience. Becoming more outgoing and social might be the most obvious change I have undergone. I really enjoy the feeling of hanging out with CAs and residents, because it makes me feel bonded to them. It is like having a family in the United States!
Earlier this month, the Castleton’s men’s and women’s alpine ski teams competed in the USCSA National Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York . The women’s team finished third place overall, after finishing second in the slalom and third in the giant slalom. The men achieved a four-way tie for first place overall, and were just .04 seconds away from a first place finish in the slalom. Congratulations to Li Aunes (Sweden), Linn Ljungemo (Sweden), Oskar Eriksson (Sweden), Jan Klindic (Croatia), Paul Rechberger (Austria), and Anton Smith (Sweden)!
I want to share with you some of my recent events. Last weekend I with Monica and a friend went skiing in Pico. This was my first time skiing. I took an introductory course, but I still don’t quite know how to slow down and stop. I couldn’t control the acceleration and it was really terrible! Then the coach kept saying “make your pie” but I couldn’t think and only shouted “I have no pie!!!” And I have to say that the fall is really very painful😢
(Editor’s note: Ski instructors will often use the term, “pie”, to describe a snowplow, which helps to control a skier’s speed. The stance looks similar to a piece of pie, with tips together and tails apart. This term was unfortunately lost in translation for Emily!)
The Snow Tubing Group at Killington Mountain Resort
Winter in Vermont has offered us a bit of everything this year–a deep freeze (“The Arctic Bomb”), serious snowstorms, a January thaw, and rain! February 10th was one of those rainy days. However, that did not discourage a small but spirited group of international students to keep their plans to try snow tubing at Killington Resort. Pictured above, this all-female group from China, Germany and Japan, were soaked through when it was over. But the smiles captured here show the rain did not dampen their moods!
Did you know? Castleton’s international students who fall in love with our beautiful, healthy, fun-filled community can stay in the area after graduation. There are numerous opportunities to work in a multitude of sectors in Rutland County and other areas of Vermont. Some of our recent international graduates have done just this, landing jobs at Casella Waste Systems, Neutral Zone (a hockey scouting and news site), and Vermont Commons School.
In early February, members of Castleton University’s leadership team were given a tour of GE Aviation in Rutland. GE is a world-leading manufacturer and service provider for commercial and military jet engines. GE Aviation is hiring college graduates with a wide variety of degrees and is a perfect example of another local company that would welcome our international students to its staff.
Castleton’s Visit to the GE Aviation in Rutland February 2018
For more information about internship and job opportunities with GE Aviation and other employers in Rutland and Vermont, contact Renee Beaupre-White, Director of Career Services at Castleton.
By Tom Rutkowski, Professor, Business Administration
One of the first positive attributes that I feel international students bring to our classrooms is the ability to take risks. I was sent by our government to Russia as a volunteer consultant in 1996, 2000, and 2001. As I was getting ready the first time, for about 3 weeks in Moscow and then Novosibirsk, I was apprehensive, maybe a little worried. And, I was about twice the age of the international students who come great distances to study a semester or an entire academic career at Castleton! I respect all international students for their courage to try something and some place new. I love seeing how the international students that are in my classes “grow” as they are here. Sometimes that growth is with their English, other times it can be at learning our culture, but it has always been a positive growth.
Finally, I find the international students to be well prepared with their academics when they arrive. I look forward to contacting one of them (Elnura Alinova) who was here in the fall semester. She has agreed to serve as a “correspondent” from her home and her school, sharing with me and with my BUS 3245 Global Marketing class such information as what American products she sees at home, what she feels we could trade with businesses in her country, how our school differs from hers at home, and how we can learn from the people in her country.
Thank you, international students, for sharing with us!
Four Castleton University international students were among the hundreds of ski volunteers at the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup at Killington Ski Resort over Thanksgiving weekend. Li, who is pictured in the photo on the left all the way to the right, and Oskar, Paul and Anton seen left to right in the photo on the right, were on the race course crew.
These goodhearted students spent their Thanksgiving break working from dawn to after dark slipping the slalom and giant slalom courses on Superstar trail where the world’s best female ski racers from 20 countries competed. In addition, they built inflatable walls (and took them down) around metal objects (e.g. chairlift towers) to protect the ski racers from injury in case of a crash, of which there were a few. These students know from personal experience what ski racing is all about, being members of the Castleton alpine team. They are excited to hit the slopes themselves and start training for their first race on January 12, 2018 at Okemo Mountain.
It was a great experience to watch the whole event from the inside, and to see all those people who have put hours and hours into this, said Oskar Eriksson of Sweden,
Everyone did an amazing job, as I heard so many good things about Paul, Li, Anton, and Oskar from various folks who were also volunteering, said Castleton’s Alpine Ski Coach, Chris Eder, who also volunteered his time to work 12+ hour days to help with the course.
–Debbie Singiser, Director of International Student Services