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World Fusion Fest

World Fusion Fest is an annual, week-long celebration of the international/intercultural presence on Drexel’s campus. The week is packed with exciting activities and events for the entire Drexel community to enjoy and learn.

This year, we are promoting the core international competencies that will not only benefit our international population but also Drexel community.

World Fusion Fest 2015 begins Monday, April 6 and runs until Friday, April 10.

World Fusion Fest 2015 Schedule of Events

Please note that most of the events needs registration. To register please click here and select all the sessions you are interested to attend.

Monday, April 6

World Fusion Fest 2015 Opening Ceremony
12 - 1:30 p.m. Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3rd Floor Atrium
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Join us to celebrate the official opening of the World Fusion Fest week. The keynote speaker is April White, the author of Latin Evolution, the debut cookbook of Iron Chef Jose Garces, the Philadelphia Chef’s Table cookbook, and the former food editor for Philadelphia magazine. “Food can define us. The food we grew up with ties us to a particular place and time, to a particular culture and family.  But food can also unite us. Throughout the centuries, around the world, sharing a meal has been an act of goodwill, and every bite is an opportunity to start a conversation. When we talk about food we are talking about far more than what’s on the plate. We’re talking about history and tradition, community and values, politics and economics, health and science. We’re talking about life.”

Refreshments will be served!

The World in Focus Photo Contest Submission
Opens on Monday, April 6, at noon and ends on Wednesday, April 8, noon
Sponsored by Student Affairs Center City

Photo subject categories: (1) Color of your country/hometown, (2) International Encounters, (3) Cityscape, (4) Food and culture.
Students should submit original photos along with their names, the photo’s title, and a brief description of the photo, where it was taken, and how it fits the category. Submit your photos to by Wednesday, April 8, noon. Winners will be chosen and will be invited to a reception on Friday, April 10, where they will receive lunch, prizes, and their artwork will be put on display in the Student Lounge in the New College Building on Center City Campus for one year.

Your Co-op Job Search
3 - 4 p.m. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 106
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

This workshop will cover the co-op job search from start to finish. We will discuss preparing for the job search (including resume and cover letter basics), necessary work authorization procedures, and on-the-job considerations (including appropriate behaviors and expectations).

Tuesday, April 7

Career Fair Prep
9 – 10 a.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

Learn how to research employers, plan a strategy, impress recruiters, market yourself, and maximize your opportunity with over 200 employers in attendance at the Career Fair.

Grad Co-op
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

Available as a special co-op track (Masters’ Only) , which may entail more time to complete the degree, GCP enables students to accept paid positions in their career fields for a total of three or six months during their degree program. These cycles can either be the summer-fall or the fall-winter terms. For all GCP students, full-time employment during co-op is considered an integral part of their educational process; therefore, they will retain their full-time student status.

International F-1/J-1 Student Immigration 101 (for Faculty and Professional Staff)
1 – 2:30 p.m. Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center, Room 240
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

This session is designed to give a general overview of F-1/J-1 non-immigrant visa categories that international students have to obtain and maintain to enter and stay in the U.S.

Resume Repair and Cover Letter
3 – 4 p.m. Curtis Hall, Room 340
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

The average employer reviews a resume less than 30-60 seconds! This is designed to get you an interview! Learn how to write a resume and cover letter to obtain your ideal job.

Worlds Arts and Crafts
5-7 p.m. Charlotte Alletag Commuter Lounge, Creese Student Center, lower level
Sponsored by Commuter Student Engagement

Join the Office of Commuter Student Engagement to learn about arts and crafts from different cultures while enjoying some delicious Spring inspired food!

Wednesday, April 8

Employer Work Authorization Discussion
9-10 a.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enteprise Center
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Learn legal issues your employers need to know about CPT, OPT, and life after OPT. Ask your questions from an ISSS advisor and an attorney.

LinkedIn Unleashed
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enteprise Center
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

Over 300 million people use LinkedIn and recruiters utilize this tool to find and evaluate candidates. Come learn how to use LinkedIn to network with alums and professionals to turn relationships into opportunities.  LinkedIn can help you develop warm job leads and make it possible to communicate with people in your field at companies of interest.  During the session, we’ll ensure your profile shows that you’re the top candidate for positions you seek, we’ll discuss groups, employers and the available network of individuals on LinkedIn at your fingertips. 

International Food Festival
12-1 p.m. Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Are you interested in trying new food and having fun? Join the Drexel community in an appreciation reception for Drexel's international students, scholars, faculty, and professional staff. Enjoy a tasting of international cuisine, and participate in side activities.

Graduate Admission and Fellowships for International Students
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Sponsored by the Admissions and Fellowship Office

The Fellowships Office supports Drexel students in applying for nationally competitive fellowships. At this panel, we will discuss what makes fellowships unique, how to look for opportunities that are suitable for you, tips on how to prepare competitive applications, and how the Fellowships Office can help. We will also touch on a range of fellowships that are open to international students. You can also learn about submitting application for Graduate School. A representative from the Admissions will talk to you about the admissions process and important things you need to know when applying for graduate school, not only at Drexel, but any university.

Interview Skills
3 – 4 p.m. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center
Sponsored by Steinbright Career Development Center

Learn about behavioral interviews that are increasingly being used by hiring managers in the selection process.

Careers in Foreign Service: Former US Consulate for Equatorial Guinea
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. James E. Marks Intercultural Center, 3225 Arch St., Ida Chen Classroom
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad

Ashley White is a former US Consulate in Equatorial Guinea with significant international experience. She will be coming to Drexel to speak with interested students on life as a consular officer, what it is like to work for the Department of State and the importance of international experiences. Students are encouraged to bring questions to continue the conversation. After, there will be an information session for the Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea Study Abroad opportunity. Light snacks will be provided.

International Speed Dating
5:15- 6:30 p.m.Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building Room 010A
Sponsored by Study Abroad, International Co-op, and Office of International Programs

Are you interested in study abroad, international co-op, or international travel? Then this event is for you! Come learn about the many international opportunities at Drexel while connecting with other Drexel students. Bring a friend! Pizza will be served.

World Fusion Fest 3v3 Soccer Tournament
6 - 9 p.m. Buckley Recreational Field
Sponsored by The Athletics Department

Join Recreational Athletics as we host a 3v3 Soccer Tournament!  Teams will consist of 3 to 6 members and registration will be done on site.  Come as a team or a free agent and join in on the fun!  

LGBT(Tea) and Coffee Chat: Being LGBT Internationally
6 - 7 p.m. LGBTQA Student Center, Creese Student Center, room 48C
Sponsored by Student Center for Inclusion and Culture

What Is it different about  being LGBTQA in a country or culture that you're not familiar with? Not sure? Join our discussion about being non-straight in a new culture. We will discuss cultural barriers and how to advocate internationally for LGBTQA rights.  

Thursday, April 9

Learning around the World
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB), Room 103
Sponsored by Center for Academic Success

Join a diverse group of tutors from Drexel's Center for Academic Success for an interactive, student-led discussion about teaching and learning around the world.  This session should be particularly interesting for international students, those who have studied abroad or who plan to study abroad, and anyone interested in education in a global context.  Please bring your smartphone or other WiFi-enabled device, if you have one.

Meet ISSS Advisors at the Spring Career Fair
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC)

While visiting employers, bring your CPT and OPT questions to our table at the fair.

Stress and Relaxation- Hands-on!
2- 4 p.m. Creese Student Center Lobby
Sponsored by the Counseling Center

Learn and participate in various fun activities to help alleviate stress and promote relaxation! Students will have the opportunity to create with their hands and keep their creations! 

H1-B, PR, J-1 101 (for Faculty and Professional Staff)
3 – 4:30 p.m. Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center, Room 240
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

In this session we will review the information about different visa/immigration categories for foreign national employees, which you may consider to hire as faculty or professional staff or to invite as visiting scholars.

World Fusion Fest Zumba!
5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Outside Chestnut Square courtyars (in front of Vegetate)
Sponsored by the Depatrment of Athletics

Zumba fuses hypnotic international rhythms and easy to follow dance moves to create a dynamic workout that will blow you away! Experience salsa, raggaeton, meringue, cha cha, belly dance, cumbia, and more. Come shake your booty with this one-hour aerobic dance party.

Calligraphy Workshop: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and Arabic
6 – 8 p.m. Behrakis Hall South, Creese Student Center
Hosted by: International Students Union, Drexel University Japanese Undergraduate Student Association (JUSA), Drexel Muslim Student Association, Global China Connection, Drexel University Korean International Student Association

Start the Spring off right! Join us, and learn how to write calligraphy in Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Chinese, and Arabic! No experience is needed! Food and materials will be provided.

Friday, April 10

International Competencies (for Faculty and Professional Staff

Bring your lunch! 
12:30 – 2 p.m. Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center, Room 240
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Please join International Students and Scholars Services as we host Dr. Susan E. Bender, University of Idaho. Dr. Bener has worked in international education for the past twenty-nine years. She currently serves as the Senior International Officer (SIO) and Executive Director of International Engagement and Programs at the University of Idaho. She is going to share us her expertise during this session: "Most universities recognize the importance of preparing students with the intercultural skills needed to succeed in the complex interconnected world today. But it is equally important to provide global opportunities and intercultural skill development for faculty and staff.  This talk will share examples of comprehensive internationalization strategies aimed at faculty and staff members."

World Fusion Fest Closing Ceremony
3:30 - 5 p.m. MacAlister Hall, 6th floor, Sky View
Sponsored by International Students and Scholars Services

Join ISSS as we bring World Fusion Fest 2015 to a close, watch a movie, and reflect on the week.
Refreshments will be served.