Monday, September 8, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2014-15 E-Board Candidates

JAYCEE CHAPMAN (running for E-Board Vice President):
My name is Jaycee Chapman and I’m from Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’m majoring in Japanese with minors in Tourism and Religious Studies. I intend to study abroad during my time at IU, but I’m open to studying other places around the world other than Japan. During the summer of 2013, I was the head of an English-learning camp for elementary school students during my short stay in Takaoka, Japan. My main goal for FIN this year is for everyone to feel like they experienced a fair taste of each of the many cultures FIN has to offer through its many international students and events. I also want everyone to feel their own cultures were each appreciated by the other FIN members. I believe FIN should have a wide range of events this year that bring everyone closer together and also offers something to each member, whether that be an experience or piece of knowledge, that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

MELISSA KO (running for E-Board Vice President):
My name is Melissa Ko and I'm from Chicago, Illinois.
I'm majoring in Accounting and International Business with minors in Korean and Spanish. One of my main goals for this year is to be open to new ideas and discussions about events from all the residents of FIN. I want to be approachable to residents and to be able to make some of the ideas come to life. There are many residents at FIN and I want to be able to hear new ideas from a variety of people. My second goal is to work hard at collaborating with my fellow E-Board members and come up with great events for this year. I want to make this year as fun as possible for all the FIN residents. That means a lot of free food events and trips so we can have people come together and really feel like they are part of a community. In short, I want to be able to work with my other E-Board members in order to effectively come up with great events for all current FIN residents.

BRAD WHOWELL (running for E-Board Marketing Director): 
My name is Brad Whowell and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I'm a Marketing major, but I have an interest in Journalism as well, and I would like to minor in Journalism in the future. I was member of the National Honor Society (NHS) in high school. Within NHS, I put on, and marketed several of events; our annual craft show, a baseball camp for kids, and a freshman open house to name a few. My approach to my position as Marketing Director would be simple; it entails the participation of every member of Foster International LLC.  The first prerequisite is to create a true sense of unity between all members of the LLC.  If we wish to extend our influence all over campus, then we need a foundation for doing so. This brings me to my second goal.  I will be focused on relaying the information necessary to all FIN residents that will allow us to make a difference in the larger IU and Bloomington communities. What better way to spread our message of diversity and unity than to display for the campus a community that is so diverse and already so unified.  

NICHA HOMEWONG (running for E-Board Treasurer):
My name is Nicha Homewong. I am from Bangkok, Thailand. I am majoring in pre-business, Accounting. I am planning to enroll into Kelly School of Business next Fall. I am interested in Education, so my minor might evolve around Education. I love interacting with people, however I have a shy personality. I was a water-polo team captain in the last year of my high school life. I led the team while listening to my teammates' opinions because that is what I think is the true role of being "a leader." I am starting to keep track of what I spend everyday as an IU student. My first major objective for Foster International LLC for 2014-2015 will be to maximize the use of our money (activity fee funds). I want to make sure we never have a negative balance in our account. My second objective is to fully be a part of this whole community and help everyone to feel like they belong in this "new home."

BRITTANY DAVIS (running for E-Board Chief of Staff):
Hello! My name is Brittany Davis and I'm from northeast Indiana. I grew up in a small town named Fremont. I am currently a psychology and social work double major. I couldn't decide between the two so I just went with both! I have had many leadership roles all of them with various degrees of importance. The most recent was as a team captain for my basketball team. Being able to guide my teammates through any problems was a challenge and an experience I'm lucky to have. As a member of the Foster International LLC my biggest goals are to expand my knowledge of different cultures and to be able to help others in any way that I can. Because I'm a  social work major, this is something that I am passionate about.

ARIHANT ARORA (running for E-Board Marketing Director):
My name is Arihant Arora and I am from Haryana, India. My intention at IU is to be admitted to the Kelley School of Business and graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Finance. I have previously been involved in Student Government at high school and I have also been a part of the marketing team for two major companies in India. I have spent my time after high school interning at an advertisement firm which provided me with a lot of experience in that field, which is why I think I am a good candidate for FIN’s Marketing Director position. My main intention for running for Marketing Director for Foster International LLC is to bring change to the residents of Foster-Shea. Year after year, people come and go and usually put forward the same dull ideas; and 9 out of 10 times nothing new actually does come about. That’s why I want to put the metal to the pedal and see if I can bring some life to Foster International LLC. My second intention for running for Marketing Director is to gain additional experience. In the financial and business worlds, those who put themselves forward and innovate, are ones who most likely are to succeed. By taking the impulsive chance and stepping up for Marketing Director, I’ll be taking that early initiative to change and to start my own as well as everyone else’s success as a community.

ZAREEN HUSSAIN (running for E-Board Treasurer)
My name is Zareen Hussain and I am from the tiny village of Wassenaar in the Netherlands. If anyone is unaware where exactly Wassenaar is, it’s 20 minutes north from the Hague and 20 minutes south from Amsterdam. My major at IU is Finance. However, I have a wide academic background as I took a mix of courses that included IB certificates, AP classes and the British GCSE’s. I have had a wide range of leadership roles, largely due to my attendance at two different high schools. My most accomplished leadership role is being the founder and president of the International School’s Social Committee. Where and a team of students from different international schools would organize monthly social events. In my senior year of high school I was the co-president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders charity group. Along side MSF, I also had a leadership position for my high school's annual service trip to Tanzania. My co-leader and I prepared a group of 25 students throughout the year for the service trip that took place in March 2014. One of my goals behind applying for the position of Treasurer is to gain more hands-on experiences handling money (as my major is finance). I just want to take my background and earlier experiences and push it to the next level. My second goal for Foster International is to use my experiences, and the large budget we have available, and put the money to good use. I have some great ideas that I’ve executed in the Netherlands and I would now love to try them here in Bloomington.

SHIVANI MITTAL (running for E-Board President):
Hello everyone! My name is Shivani Mittal. I’m from India and I’m running to be Foster International's E-Board President. My intended major at IU will be marketing and finance at the Kelley School of Business. I believe I am an excellent candidate for this position. I was appointed as the Head of Girls International House at my high school in India where I acted as the link between the student body and teachers – something I would do in FIN too. In addition to being President at my high school dorm, I was also appointed as the Chief Organizer for one of the most renowned charity events in India called VIVUM. I believe I would be an ideal representative of FIN because I would be open to any crazy ideas that can make this dorm more happening and exciting. I will make sure that I’m approachable and friendly, and connected to FIN residents because I want it to be all about you!  I know people will have many ideas and suggestions. I will listen and try my best to make people's suggestions happen. I hope my past experiences will convince you that I can contribute to a great future for Foster International LLC!

GARY LEI (running for E-Board Vice President):
My name is Gary Lei and I’m from Staten Island, New York. I am a finance major in the Kelley School of Business. In high school, I worked on a congressional campaign team, volunteered for the New York Junior Tennis League, and served as the President of my school’s Junior State of America Chapter and Jewish Club, and as the Vice-President of Business club. This year in Foster International LLC, I plan to work closely with the rest of FIN leadership to host many cultural events, invite engaging speakers, organize exciting trips, and most importantly, to listen to the suggestions of my peers in Foster International to make sure we all get the most out of FIN.

HON LEE (running for E-Board Vice-President):
Hi! My name is Hon Lee, and I’m from Hong Kong.  I’m intending to major in Business Management and International Business. I graduated from a high school in the U.S, so this will my 4th year studying in the U.S. Previously, I was president of one of my high school organizations called International Student Club, which supported foreign students who struggled with their new academic learning environment. We also helped new students familiarize with U.S culture, and we held a variety of different events for international students throughout the year. I’m also a former Admission Ambassador and International Admission Intern for my previous high school admissions department. Lastly, I was honored to be the graduation speaker on behalf of the International Students population. My goal this year for Foster International LLC is to make this year an awesome one! With all the resources offered within FIN, I believe we can hold variety of interesting events throughout the year. I want to have events that everyone would love and join in on. So, I will be as approachable as possible to anyone and open to suggestions and ideas for many amazing events. My second goal, both for me and also for everyone, is to be proud of being a part of the FIN community. We are a very special community on this campus, and we should take advantage of it. We can all learn a lot from each other's different backgrounds, and we might change each other in important ways. By working closely with the other E-Board members, and with the skills I gained from my previous leadership experiences and responsibilities, I think we can make this year awesome!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Washington, D.C. Spring 2014 Trip

FIN Washington, D.C. Trip
Foster International LLC has sent small groups of students to Washington, D.C. in past years. We will travel again to the nation's capital in January 2014 for a two day trip. This time we'll be taking 50 students! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Photos from 30th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

Dinner with Professor G.M. Chowdhury from Bangladesh

An Evening with Guest Suite Visitor
Professor Golam Mohammed Chowdhury
Professor and former Director at the Institute of Business Administration at the University of Dhaka, Dr. Chowdhury, will meet with FIN residents this Friday.

Don't forget to bring your FIN Passport!

Dinner from Esan Thai provided!

Date: Friday, September 20th, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Foster-Shea Ground Floor Lounge

Friday, September 6, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Big Red Eats Green

Next Tuesday, eat lunch with...
Big Red Eats Green
A Celebration of Local Food!

Tuesday, September 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
IU Art Museum

Please consider: 

From Laughing Planet to Farm Restaurant, there's something for everyone at this year's Big Red Eats Green

BREG organizers are looking for volunteers for leading up to and during the event. 
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Food is one of the most complicated sustainability topics, and luckily, we have incredible faculty across campus to help us unpack some of the biggest food issues. 
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