Photos by Emily Brown


Allison Wentz, environmental studies, Rene Kizys, biology, Rita Kizys, master’s in business administration, Brianna Baynes, chemistry/pre-med, enjoy cookies and cocoa at Winter Wind Down Dec. 6.


December 13, 2016

International Services hosts holiday event for students

By Emily Brown

Sprinkles of red, white, and green covered the tables and the smell of popcorn filled the air of International Services and Program’s Winter Wind Down event Dec. 6. 

The hot chocolate bar, sugar cookie decorating accompanied by a holiday-themed movie playing on a big screen television highlighted the first year that International Services has held this type of event explained Rita Kizys, a graduate student partnered with the center.

“We planned this type of event as way for students to de-stress,” Kizys said.  “It’s also a chance for international students to bake cookies, since many of them live downtown or have limited access to kitchens.”

International students Salam Ahmedov and Siddartha Gudipati decorating sugar cookies while the movie “Elf” played in the background said that the event was satisfying and relaxing, especially with finals around the corner.

Both Ahmedov and Gudipati have attended other International Services events before, like the International Service’s orientation, which introduced them to the campus and both American and international students.
Kizys who has been with International Services for about three years said as of now there is no Winter Wind Down planned for 2017.

“It could possibly happen,” Kizys said. “We will have to see how the response from this one is.”  “There are a lot of different events already planned for next semester, the calendar is located on the website.”

“If anyone is interested in getting more involved then they can email International Services for more information,” Kizys said.



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