Student groups celebrate culture

Student organizations have been very busy this semester! The ACC kicked off the school year with a Power Lunch and Leadership Workshop for student leaders on August 18, 2012. Community Leadership and Development Center staff led team-building and leadership activities.

Student groups also participated in the ACC’s Asian Fair and Welcome Reception on Aug. 23 in Dunn Meadow. Student groups decorated tables and helped new students learn about their organizations.

The ACC also hosted the annual retreat at Bradford Woods on Saturday, Sept. 8. The goal of the retreat was two-fold: revive the Asian Student Union and provide leadership training to younger members of student organizations. We keep up with these student groups through our monthly Presidents’ dinner meetings. This gives the ACC an opportunity to hear about activities they are planning and encourage the groups to collaborate with each other on larger events.

On Sept. 29, members of the Malaysian Student Association took a boat trip on Lake Monroe. Some members swam, while others read books and danced on the boat.

Boat trip

They also held their first ever Halloween costume party on Oct. 27 with the theme "A Nightmare on 10th Street.” The night featured pizza, pumpkin carving, a game of poison box, dancing to horror music, and a best costume competition.

IUCSSA, Indonesian Student Association, Lambda Alpha Phi, Kappa Gamma Delta, and Korean Student Association also hosted Halloween festivities with a party on Friday, Nov. 2. Held at Macri’s Deli, the party theme was “House of the living dead.”

Kappa Gamma Delta, an Asian interest sorority, held their "KGD Week" during the week of Oct. 22. They did two hours of community service at a Bloomington orchard, attended the Henna Tattoo Workshop at the ACC, and held a Date Auction, which raised over $1,800 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation! [Photos: KGD photo 1 and 2)

The Filipino Student Association attended “Filipino Americans Coming Together 2012: Ating Panahon” with IUPUI’s FSA at UIUC on October 12-14. Panahon FSA members also hosted a haunted house at the Asian Culture Center on Halloween and served Puto, a Filipino dessert, at World's Fare in the IU Auditorium on Nov. 2.

The staff at the Asian Culture Center is thankful for thriving student organizations!

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