Friday, June 8, 2018

Cultural Programming at CIE

There is no doubt that you will be kept busy while attending Maryville College. Through the Cultural Ambassador program and possibly joining the Global Citizenship Organization (GCO), you will have a lot of exposure to activities. Sometimes you will want to do fun activities with friends without the complications of planning those activities yourself. And that’s where CIE comes in!

GCO members after Homecoming Parade - Fall 2017
Every month, CIE plans fun activities for all students – ESL students, international students U.S. American Cultural Holidays as a group at I-House. For example, last year we had a Christmas party for all students, but have done Halloween activities as well. One of our biggest events of the year is our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  We celebrate with international students and our local social host families to learn about and celebrate this popular U.S. American holiday.  Students have set up international dance parties on campus and coordinated fashion shows. These events are fun and allow you to teach friends about your culture.
and U.S. students.  We offer many events to learn about the USA. In the past, we have celebrated 

The stairs at international house decorated with Red Christmas Stockings
The stairwell decorated for
Other times, we offer the opportunity to learn about local Tennessee culture!  We explore the Great Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. I-House has adventured out to rivers for white water rafting or tubing and gone hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Some years there have also been weekend trips to Nashville, Atlanta or other cities. These events are organized by I-House and students can sign up for a reasonable fee.

If there are any activities that you and your friends are interested in, you can tell the staff at I-House. Whether the idea is for an on-campus program or off-campus excursion, we can work together to see if the activity is a good fit for I-House programming. If it is a good fit, we can work together to plan the event for students to enjoy. One of our more recent trips was a day at Dollywood theme park which is always a lot of fun.

A group of students white water rafting
White Water Rafting