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Planning and events schedule


In the following format:
Date, Day, Time
Event Name
Location (address)
TBD means "to be determined"

August 2015 *** Tell your friends about ISO and have them fill out an Assistance Form early ***
New and returning students arrive.  
Help with airport pick-ups, temporary hosting, cell phones, bank accounts, finding permanent housing, and all the details of getting settled =)

8/21/15, Friday, 6:30pm (tentative)
Beach Night
Long Lake Beach - Long Lake Regional Park
(1500 Old Us-8, New Brighton, MN, 55112)
Come for a fun night together with other students and host families.  Volleyball, swimming, soccer, and conversation for all.
Get-together at the Peterson house afterwards for campfire and games

8/27 - 9/7/15, Minnesota State Fair

8/29/15, Thursday, 8:30am - International Reception Center (IRC) closes

8/27 (Wednesday) - 9/1/15 (Monday), Welcome Week

8/28/15, Friday, 6:30pm- midnight
Meet and Greet
Meet at the Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis...just 1 block west of Sanford Hall), then go to local American home for food, games, and fun!
Join us to meet other new and transfer students at the U!
We'll be having traditional BBQ foods, playing some interactive group games, and have some great prizes for college life this fall.
8/28 (Friday) – 8/29/15 (Saturday), 10am – 5pm
Annual ISO Garage Sale
Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
The sale is a means to help new students get low-priced used furniture to furnish their apartments while also raising money to financially support ISO’s yearly events.  Stop by and you might find something you are looking for.  We could also use your help in two areas: 1) If you are an existing student wanting to donate your old furniture to sell at the sale please let us know 2) If you want to help with the sale please let us know as well…it is always a fun time =)
For more information, please contact Parnell Mahoney at: or 612-232-2546.

8/29/15, Saturday, 1:30 - 4:30pm (tentative)
Explore U (New Student Activities Fair)
Mariucci Arena
Explore ways to get involved at this event showcasing campus student groups and local businesses, while enjoying giveaways, food samples, and prizes!
We welcome existing students to come and represent ISO at our contact table.
If you are coming, please contact Grant Buse for details at: or 612-242-8272.

9/6/15, Sunday, 11:30am - 7pm
Minnesota State Fair Scavenger Hunt
Come and visit the Minnesota State Fair with International Student Outreach!
Bring your international student friends who are interested too!
We are going to be enjoying a fun day while exploring all there is to see at the fair! This is a great opportunity to get to know ISO as well as to meet many new International and American students from the U of MN!
The Minnesota State Fair is known as the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" so let's get together, meet new friends and have some fun!!!
How this event will work:
We will meet at 11:30am SHARP at the Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Avenue SE).
We will go over the rules to the scavenger hunt at this time and answer any questions you may have.
We will leave the campus house by 12noon.
We will break up into teams of 4-6 people then travel to the State Fair.
Each team will be given a guide that will help them earn “points”, while leading them to things they can find, see, and do at the fair.
The team that accumulates the most points by the end of the day will win a fabulous prize!
We will all meet up at 7:00pm and head back to the campus house where we will have an awards ceremony for the winning teams, view fun photo's from the day, eat some snacks, talk, and hangout.
Unfortunately we are unable to do this event for free.
Each student will need to pay $12 USD for their admission ticket and each student will also need to bring at least $10-20 USD for spending money once at the fair. (You will want this spending money to buy some food to eat and/or beverages to drink)
-Your $12 for your ticket
-Your $10-20 spending money
-Your cell phone (if you have one)
-Your digital camera (to take pictures for the scavenger hunt and also for yourself)
-Wear good shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking
-A water bottle or bottle of water.
If you have any further questions please contact Amber or Pete Peterson:
Enthel Tan at:

9/7/15, Monday, Labor Day holiday – University closed

9/8/15, Tuesday, First day of classes for Fall Semester

9/11/15, Friday, 5:30pm - midnight
Welcome Week Picnic
Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
You are invited to join with ISO in meeting new and returning students, making new friends, having picnic style dinner, and playing outdoor games such as; soccer, volleyball, and kickball.
After dark we will go to the Maranatha Campus House to continue our conversations and games, including; Ping Pong, and various board games.
Please bring your friends who are interested as well!
All food, beverages, and games are free.
To get to Van Cleve Park, go to the McDonald's in Dinkytown and walk 5 blocks north on 15th Ave SE to Van Cleve Park.
If you have further questions please contact Pete at:
cell: 612-232-0099
Hope you all have a good first week at the U!

9/17/15, Thursday, 7pm (tentative)
Career Preparedness Seminar
Be ready for the Career fair and have a sharp resume and interactive skill
-How to write a resume
-How to interview
-How to be a good employee
(More Details TBD)

9/18/15, Friday, 7pm – midnight (tentative)
Game Night
Maranatha Campus House (315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis)
(just 1 block west of Sanford Hall)
Join us as we have a fun and interactive game night together!

9/19 – 9/25/15 Brian Wills at University of Minnesota
(Exact dates, times, and locations TBD)
In 1987 Brian was miraculously healed from cancer and since has been called by God to share the good news about Jesus Christ and God’s gifts of healing.
Brian will be sharing his personal testimony and truths from the Bible that are applicable to our lives.

9/22 (Tuesday) and 9/23 (Wednesday), 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Fall 2013 Science and Engineering Career Fair
Mariucci Arena
The Fall Science and Engineering Career Fair is sponsored by the Career Center for Science and Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers–University of Minnesota student chapter. This year's career fair will connect organizations with current science and engineering students and recent alumni. Open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota, the career fair provides an opportunity for science and engineering students seeking full-time positions, part-time positions, co-ops, and internships to connect with potential employers.
All science and engineering students are welcome to attend the Fall Career Fair.

9/25/15, Friday, 6:30pm 
Homecoming Parade
University Avenue
Join us as we walk in the parade =)

9/27/15, Sunday, 11am
Shopping at Albertville Premium Outlet Mall
(Name Brand Stores at reduced prices). 
Come and Shop for your Winter Clothes and other things. Outlet mall is a 40 minute drive from the campus. We will carpool from Maranatha Campus House, located at 315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis.  Bring enough money for shopping and lunch (fast food).
As we have limited space available, we are giving priority to new students first.
Reserve your spot ASAP.
You can get more info on the mall here...
For more info, contact Nate at:
cell: 320-444-0838

10/12 – 10/18/15 Dave and MaryJo Nutting at University of Minnesota
(Exact dates, times, and locations TBD)
Dave and Mary Jo Nutting are the Founders and Directors of Alpha Omega Institute. They were college math and science instructors when they first grappled with the problems of evolution and became convinced of the evidence for Creation. Their personal contact with students convinced them of the importance of the issue, not only in science, but in evangelism and Christian growth. Since founding AOI in 1984, they have spoken extensively, giving presentations for churches, universities, camps and tours both in the USA and internationally.

10/23/15, Friday, 7pm
Girl’s Night...Radical Womanhood: Beauty, Passion and Purpose
An evening to explore the true value and worth of a women, and how being a Biblical women in this modern day and age is a radical act. 
(Location and details TBD)

11/26 (Thursday) - 11/27/15 (Friday), University closed for Thanksgiving holiday

11/26/15, Thursday, 1 - 3pm
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
Maranatha Campus House, located at 315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN (in Dinkytown)

12/11/15, Friday, 7pm
ISO Christmas Party

12/16/15, Wednesday, Last day of classes for Fall Semester

12/17 - 12/23/15, Fall Semester Finals

12/24/15 - 1/18/16, Winter Break

12/24 - 12/25/15, University closed for Christmas holiday

--- SPRING 2015 ---

1/1/16, Tuesday, University closed for New Years Day holiday

1/8/16, Friday, 7pm
Winter Break Get-Together
(Details TBD)

1/8 – 1/9/16 (tentative)
Downhill Ski trip to Northern Minnesota
(Details TBD)

1/17/16, Sunday, 1pm
Sledding Party
Meet at the Maranatha Campus House and head over to the Columbia Heights Golf Course for some fun on the snow hill!  Wear warm clothes and be ready to wipe out =)

1/18/16, Monday, University closed for Martin Luther King holiday

1/19/16, Tuesday, Spring Semester classes begin

1/22/16, Friday, 7pm
Welcome Back from Break Bash
Location TBD
Casual get-together time with snacks, games, and fellowship.  Tell us what fun and exciting things you got to do over your winter break…or maybe you just sat on the couch! =)

2/8/16, Monday - Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey)

2/11/16, Thursday, 7pm, Maranatha Campus House
Join us as we gather to prepare for the big party!

2/12/16, Friday, 7pm
Chinese New Year Celebration
Maranatha Campus House, located at 315 10th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN (in Dinkytown)
Free food, fun group games, Ping Pong tournament

2/17/16, Tuesday, 7pm (tentative)
Career Preparedness Seminar
-How to write a resume
-How to interview
-How to be a good employee
(More Details TBD)

2/19/16, Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
U of MN Job and Internship Fair
Minneapolis Convention Center
Come to the biggest student career fair in Minnesota! More than 200 organizations will be there recruiting for hundreds of jobs and internships. The Job and Internship Fair is open to all U of M undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni. This event was created for you.

2/26/16, Friday, 7pm
Game Night
Location TBD
Stay warm with friends and some games on this Friday night.

3/14 - 3/18/16, Spring Break

3/27/16, Sunday, Easter

5/6/16, Friday, Last day of classes for spring semester

5/6/16, Friday, 5pm
End of the School Year Picnic
(Details TBD)

5/9 - 5/14/16, Spring semester final examinations

6/10 - 6/12/16, Friday - Sunday
Possible camping at William O Brian
(Details TBD)

7/2 - 7/5/16
BWCA Camping
(Details TBD)

7/17 - 7/19/16, Friday - Sunday
Outdoor camping at Gooseberry Fall State Park (Northern Minnesota)
(Details TBD)

July – August 2016 *** Tell your friends about ISO and have them fill out an Assistance Form early ***

Typical ISO Events and Activity descriptions

(contact us for further information or if you wish to participate in any)

Conversational English Partners

Meet with a fellow U of M student and/or alumni as often as you wish to practice your English and make new friends.

Home Gatherings

Meet with other international students and families in a traditional American home setting. Enjoy meals, conversation, sharing of your culture, and learning of another.

Shopping with students
Come shopping with others who can give you a ride to the store and offer suggestions on where to shop in the area.

International Socials

Events throughout the year that offer an opportunity to do something new, fun, and relaxing with other International and American students and families. Some of our previous International Social events include picnics, hayride, Christmas Party, snow sledding, Chinese New Year celebration, Valentine mixer, downhill snow skiing, road trips, soccer matches, beach parties, and camping trips to scenic areas Minnesota.

Church on Campus

Join with other International and American students and families in a traditional Christian church service on campus. Nursery church provided for small children.
Church is held on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 7pm at the Maranatha Campus House.  The address of the Maranatha Campus House is: 315 10th Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN.  A map to this location can also be found on the MAPS page (link found here) under the heading "Campus Points of Interest".  Transportation to and from church can be provided.

Family Play Dates

Get together with other International and American moms and their children for a fun activity during the day. Play dates are usually free.
Previous play date activities included going to Como Zoo, picnics in various parks, and a day at the beach.
Transportation to and from play dates can be provided.

Discovering Christianity Group Study

Are you an international student interested to know more about Christianity? If so, this creative group study is for you!
Come join us as we discover truths in the Bible which are relevant to our everyday lives and interactions on campus.
Feel free to still come even if you have missed a previous study as we will be doing a brief review of earlier topics.
If you have questions about Christianity please bring them along. Also, if you have friends who are interested feel free to bring them along too!

We have the group studies at consistent weekly times at the Maranatha Campus House.  The address of the Maranatha Campus House is: 315 10th Ave SE,  Minneapolis, MN.  A map to this location can also be found on the MAPS page (link found here) under the heading "Campus Points of Interest".  Transportation to and from church can be provided.

ISO contact info:
Pete Peterson
phone: 612-232-0099
Please check out the rest of this website for more information.
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