- August 27, 2014

Immigrant American Billionaires

Immigrant American Billionaires

America truly is the land of opportunity: it is the one place on Earth, where you can come with nothing but talent, dreams, and – most importantly – the drive to work hard and then turn those dreams and ideas into real-life success. The United States is the world’s leader in terms of numbers of […]

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach By Allison Millward, WRMC Q: I’m confused about usage: which version of this preposition is correct, towards or toward?                                                                             – Pondering Prepositions in Chantilly, VA A: This is a good question about prepositions, usage, and–of course–style! The direct answer is this: check your style guide. Some style guides contend there is a […]

- August 25, 2014

What’s New in Online Learning

What’s New in Online Learning

Some readers may be familiar with any of a handful of online learning platforms. Websites like edX, Coursera, and Udemy allow users to enroll in online courses for free or for a small fee. Current trends on these sites seem to focus on courses in computer science (e.g., “Learning Oracle 12c” and “Pattern Oriented Software […]

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

Commence (verb) To start or begin Example:  The new semester commences at 8 o’clock am today. Can you use commence in a sentence? Submit a sentence using commence and we’ll post it on this blog!       Use our “APA Style Guide” to help you craft your sentence! Check out our website: www.viu.edu/wrmcMake an […]

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The WRMC is Open!

The WRMC is Open!

The WRMC is Open! Returning students, welcome back to VIU! We hope you had a fantastic summer and look forward to hearing about your adventures/travels when we see you around campus! New students, welcome to VIU! We hope you safely arrived and look forward to meeting you this fall! The WRMC had a successful summer. […]

Fall 2014 Schedule Update & Add Drop Notice

Fall 2014 Schedule Update & Add Drop Notice

The Fall 2014 course schedule has been updated. Please review the updated schedule to ensure that your current registration matches with any and all of the course changes. If you have any questions please contact the SCIS program coordinator–contact information linked below. If you are planning on adding or dropping courses for Fall 2014, please remember that the […]

- August 21, 2014

Education Students Visit Historic Schoolhouse

Education Students Visit Historic Schoolhouse

Field Trip to the Vale Schoolhouse By Elif Sigindere Omur The Summer II EDUC 500: “Introduction to Education and Educational Research” class visited the Vale Schoolhouse on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 along with Dr. Rebecca Sachs and Dr. Jillian Wendt. Members of the Vale Club and Friends of the Vale Schoolhouse, Liz Jones and Chris […]

VFF: Promoting Student Autonomy

VFF: Promoting Student Autonomy

Virginia International University’s School of Education welcomes all to join us for the September event in our Voices from the Field speaker series: a presentation entitled “Promoting Student Autonomy.” In this first talk of the Fall semester, our distinguished guest speaker, Dr. Heather Weger, will discuss how authentic, task-based activities can scaffold learning in multi-level classes.

- August 20, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

Imminent (adj) [more imminent; most imminent]  :happening very soon  We are awaiting the incoming freshmen’s imminent arrival. The beginning of the school year  is imminent. These students are facing the imminent end of summer.         Can you use imminent in a sentence? Submit a sentence using imminent and we’ll post it on this blog! […]

- August 15, 2014

How to Win at Life: Get a Mentor

How to Win at Life: Get a Mentor

There is a story of a king who had three sons. To determine his successor, he asked them this simple question: How do you avoid making a serious mistake? The first son answered, “by making the mistake at least twice and then learning from it,” but the King called him foolish. The second son answered […]

Ideal Language Learning Experience

Ideal Language Learning Experience

International students come to the United States mostly to learn or improve their English proficiency as well as to experience American life. In the Washington, DC area, VIU’s affordable, high quality ESL program attracts many students from all over the world. We asked Haimedaha Brahim, who is currently pursuing his graduate degree, how he recalls […]

Culture Shock!

Culture Shock!

All of our students agree that coming to America was an amazing experience. The excitement of a new country, the warm and friendly people and especially all the wonderful opportunities available in the United States really drew them to the country. However, there were some confusing encounters, too. Follow along with them, as they experience […]

- August 12, 2014

Job Fair Preparation Workshop

Job Fair Preparation Workshop

Job Fair Preparation Workshop  Friday September 25th 2014 3:00-5:00pm Waples Prepare for upcoming job fairs and employment opportunities! Four booths! Mock Interviews! Resume Reviews! Elevator talks! Career Advice! 1.     Review instructions for students available at the sign in table. 2.     Sign in at front desk and get a checklist and an evaluation form. Check off each booth […]

Studying with Diverse Students Gave Me Such Opportunities

Studying with Diverse Students Gave Me Such Opportunities

ASSUMPTIONS ARE IN OUR NATURE, ESPECIALLY STEREOTYPES ABOUT OTHER NATIONALITIES. HOWEVER, STEREOTYPES ARE OFTEN WRONG, AND SOMETIMES EVEN THE OPPOSITE ENDS UP BEING TRUE. Nina (right) smiles with her friends, fellow VIU graduates This often happens in an international university like VIU, where students’ perceptions of each other’s cultures change drastically over time. Before arriving […]

Professor of the Year 2014

Professor of the Year 2014

UM: First of all, congratulations on your academic achievements, the success of the conference, and for receiving VIU’s Professor of the Year award. What do you like best about being a professor, especially in an international university? “Everyone at this university dreams big!” says Dr. Rebecca Sachs RS: Thank you very much! What a humbling […]

- August 7, 2014

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Hello VIU Volunteers! We need volunteers for two events: 1. Our annual Job Fair Preparation Workshop Friday September 19th 3:00-5:00pm 2. The VIU Job Fair October 9th (date and time tentative) Please let us know which event you are interested in volunteering for as soon as possible! Email me at career@viu.edu Thanks so much! xoxo […]

Summer II 2014 Course Evaluation Surveys

Summer II 2014 Course Evaluation Surveys

For those of you who don’t check your campus mail frequently, the course evaluation survey for the Summer II 2014 semester has been sent out and all students have been asked to complete it. It is an anonymous survey and it serves to help VIU maintain and improve the quality of academics. Check your campus mail for details, then just log into […]

- August 4, 2014

Networking and Introductions Workshop Aug 28th 2:30-3:30pm Waples Conference Center

Networking and Introductions Workshop Aug 28th 2:30-3:30pm Waples Conference Center

Come learn about Networking and Introductions! Networking and Elevator Pitch Workshop Thursday August 28th 2:30-3:30pm Waples Conference Center Learn how to meet people, make and impact and increase your chances of getting your dream job! All faculty and instructors, please let students know about this event RSVP is not required but it is appreciated! (Click here)   […]

American Business Culture Workshop Aug 15th 2:30-3:30 Waples Conference Center

American Business Culture Workshop Aug 15th 2:30-3:30 Waples Conference Center

Come learn about American Business Culture! American Business Culture Workshop Friday August 15th 2:30-3:30pm Waples Conference Center This is especially important for international students thinking of completing an internship or working in the USA. All faculty and instructors, please let students know about this event RSVP is not required but it is appreciated!