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'Lend a paw:' Volunteer during Augusta University's Day of Service

Scholars and students: Your are invited to participate in Augusta University's annual Day of Service on November 4!

Every year Augusta University organizes a Day of Service, bringing AU employees, students and their families together in the spirit of service. There are many ways you can volunteer: beautifying wildlife parks, organizing canned goods at a food pantry, or painting fences in a historic neighborhood.  

Volunteerism is a part of American culture. Not only will you be helping those in your community who really need it, but you will also experience local life first-hand, and hopefully gain a sense of community in Augusta. 

To thank you for volunteering, participants will receive a 2017 Day of Service volunteer t-shirt and an invitation to the Day of Service Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. This family-friendly luncheon will take place Saturday, Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The IPSO crew may be around to snap a few photos, but if we don't see you, please send us photos of yourself, family and friends lending a hand in the community. We hope to see you there! 
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The USA as seen through your camera lens

In early July, IPSO sent out an email requesting that you send us photos of your travels in the U.S. So far, we have received many beautiful photos. This quarter’s featured photo was submitted by Yapeng Cao from the Vascular Biology Center. Yapeng is taking a carriage ride in Helen, GA. Helen is a small mountain town about 2.5 hours from Augusta and is a replica of the Bavarian Alps. Helen is a family-friendly town with lots to see and do. Thank you Yapeng for sending us your photo!
We will continue to collect photos throughout the year and look forward to your submissions. Please send your photos in .jpg format to Beth Koons. Tell us a little bit about the photo, where you are and who you’re with. We will feature one or two of these photos in our quarterly newsletters.

Insurance compliance at 100 percent!

Thank you for renewing and confirming your insurance during the insurance renewal period in July! 
As a J-1, it's important to remember that you and your accompanying J-2 dependents must maintain health insurance that meets or exceeds the Department of State requirements for the duration of your J program. Any questions concerning insurance should be directed to Beth Koons.

Need help with English?  

International Link offers Free English classes on the Augusta University Health Sciences Campus. Classes are held at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in the Student Center, Room 2021. 

If you or your J-2 dependents can't make it to those classes or would like to attend at other times, our Local English Language Classes & Tutors webpage has a list of other free classes in Augusta and the surrounding area. We recently added more classes to our list. 
Upcoming Events
Geography 101: An Evening with Ms. Sonia Manzano
Sonia Manzano, a first-generation American of Latino descent known for her role as “Maria” on the children's TV show Sesame Street, will share her personal tale of the struggles she faced coming from a poor Puerto Rican family.

Diversity & Inclusion Summit
This day-long summit gives attendees a greater awareness of diversity and inclusion, and empowers them to enact changes in their environments. 

Arts in the Heart
Arts in the Heart is a two-and-a-half-day celebration of food, arts, diversity, and culture in downtown Augusta.
Mid-Autumn Festival and CI Day
Join the Augusta University Confucius Institute for a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and Confucius Institute Day. Events will include a Kung Fu demonstration, tasting of traditional moon cakes, musical entertainment, a lantern competition awards ceremony and free gifts for attendees. 

Westobou Festival
Westobou is a five-day festival featuring performances, exhibitions and screenings in music,dance, film, spoken word and visual arts. 

International Community Lunch

Thanks to those who attended the International Luncheon on August 29! A special thanks to our presenter Jennifer Bowen from the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ms. Bowen shared prizes, copies of The New Augustan Magazine and information about the area, including the many “things to do” in Augusta.

If you missed the luncheon or would like more information on Augusta’s river region, visit the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau website to view details on restaurants, events, hotels, outdoor recreation and things to do in Augusta. 
Be on the lookout for an announcement about our next International Community Lunch! 
International employees, students and scholars watch a presentation from Jennifer Bowen of the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Jennifer Bowen talks about the staircase and other architectural features of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Augusta.
Erica Negro Cousa, Eleonora Brivio and Bianca Maienza, J-1s in Clinical and Digital Health Sciences, enjoyed pizza while watching the presentation from Ms. Bowen.
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