VSU Newsletter Fall 2013, Week #3: VSU’s Family Revelations General Meeting and Other Announcements!

Fall 2013, Week 3

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** VSU – Weekly Member Newsletter – Fall, Week 3
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** Family Revelations General Meeting

** Come on down this Wednesday to hang with the family.
The Vietnamese Student Union wants to build a safe space for our general members and staff to fall back to amidst worrying about your busy schedules, academia, and work, as well as a place to make new friends. And even though life may get a little hectic and stressful here at UCLA, sometimes you just need to look at it differently. Being in a VSU family will help you find the fun in it all! And wouldn’t it be nice to have someone easily accessible when you need to vent, need a study buddy, or just need guidance? Well, why not join a VSU family. There you will have new Anh, Chi and Em to go on this new journey together. We hope you choose us when seeking for a family here at UCLA.
We are excited to be a part of your experience here. SO don’t hesitate!
See you on Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 in the State Room, Kerkoff 131 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm!

Let us know you’re going on the facebook event! (https://www.facebook.com/events/391859320943938/)

** Swing by APIcal, you’ll have a whale of a time!
Bad puns aside, APIcal is a crazy-cool night hosted by UCLA’s Asian Pacific Coalition filled with great food, great entertainment, and great fun! And it’s all completely free (Wow, free stuff)! So what are you waiting for? Come down to De Neve Triangle on Tuesday starting @ 6:00pm! And hey, if you want to swing by VSU’s booth, we’d love the company.
Hey, this has a facebook event, too! (https://www.facebook.com/events/646970301990276/)

** Chances for VSU Event Involvement

** For those of you who love VSU as much as VSU loves you.

** Volunteer as a Family Head or Workshop Facilitator for this year’s HSC!
High School Conference is an event that VSU coordinates every year that brings at-risk high school students to UCLA to empower and give them the tools necessary in order to pursue higher education. Students who attend HSC are placed into families headed by UCLA students and attend academic and personal development workshops facilitated by UCLA students! If you are interested in positively affecting the lives of these at-risk students, we highly encourage you to volunteer for HSC! Current volunteer positions we encourage you to apply for include FAMILY HEAD (http://tinyurl.com/ovpbgxd) and WORKSHOP FACILITATOR (http://tinyurl.com/ovpbgxd) Because it is an event completely run BY STUDENTS, we will appreciate any and all help we can get in order to make this year’s HSC amazing! Link to the volunteer application below.
*Note: Please ignore the mention of an HSC retreat on the application. There will not be an HSC retreat, so everyone is free to apply!

** Get Involved with VCN (Vietnamese Culture Night)
If you would like to get involved with VCN 2014, please take note of the following information:
* VCN’s Drama Component has auditions this Thursday and Friday (10/17-10/18). If you are interested in auditioning for VCN drama, please fill out the audition application HERE (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cHqZOm41RGqmdtZ64g2PPYPSsge3ObracE_BvPB0qWo/viewform?usp=docslist_api&edit_requested=true) with and indicate your availability. Drama coordinator Matt Le will personally contact you to schedule your audition time.
* VCN’s Props Component is looking for interested volunteers! If you’re interested in working with props for VCN this year, email vcn2014.setdesign@gmail.com stating your interest to volunteer!

If you have further questions regarding any of the above information, please contact Teri Nguyen, VSU Culture Coordinator, at vcn.ucla.2014@gmail.com.

HSC Volunteer Applications (http://tinyurl.com/ovpbgxd)
Drama Audition Sign-Ups (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cHqZOm41RGqmdtZ64g2PPYPSsge3ObracE_BvPB0qWo/viewform?usp=docslist_api&edit_requested=true)


** Announcements from VSU’s Premiere Projects.

** Give HOPE. Make change.
Oh my, you’re telling me that this is your HOPE admin for this year? What a bunch of clowns. HOPE is having our staff meetings from 7:00PM – 9:00PM in the ROTC room 120P in the Student Activities Center (SAC). Anybody interested in what HOPE does is encouraged to attend these meetings!
In addition to this, cars will depart for HOPE sites at the following times:
* WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL: Tuesday 1:30PM [car #1] and 2:00PM [car #2]
* SAN GABRIEL HIGH SCHOOL: Wednesday 1:00PM [car #1] and 2:00PM [car #2]

HOPE is also having an Ice Cream and Board Game social this Thursday from 8:00PM – 10:00PM in SAC Room 5. So let loose and de-stress for a bit with HOPE. There will be free ice cream provided! Let the games begin.
And let’s not forget about HOPE FALL RETREAT happening between Friday November 1st – Sunday November 3rd. Quote the event page “It will be filled with much fun, laughter, bonding, sharing, and memories that you’ll never forget. Sign up soon for this amazing experience! “. We’ve attached a link to the event page below, so go crazy.
If you have any questions regarding HOPE, please contact HOPE student director Jessica Thach at jessicathach@gmail.com. She’ll gladly answer your inquiries! And, as always, you can learn more about Project HOPE HERE (http://www.vsubruins.com/about/hope/) .

** See what? SEA CLEAR.

Oh, who might those people be? And why are they looking so pensive and wise? Could it possibly be our wonderful SEA CLEAR staff for this year? Why, yes. Yes it is. And here’s a list of things that we have going on this upcoming week. SEA CLEAR is a wonderful resource and community on campus, so don’t miss out!

** Peer Counseling:
New on campus? Transfer student? Or just want someone to talk to?
Apply for a peer counselor today!
Through 1-on-1 sessions, peer counselors help students with issues regarding academics, finances, community, and also with the student’s social, professional, and personal life. Ultimately, we focus on retention, keeping the students on track in terms of their academic goals to ensure that they graduate on time.
Peer counseling provides a safe space for confidentiality and trust. With the resources to help you gain the knowledge needed to make your experience at UCLA successful, peer counselors are trained to challenge students to be empowered leaders.
If you are interested in signing up for a SEA CLEAR Peer Counselor, please fill out the application posted below!
Questions? Stop by our cubicle in SAC 105 for more info 😀

HOPE Fall Retreat!! (https://www.facebook.com/events/529714113783893/)
SEA CLEAR Peer Counselor Application (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dF80U1NGRTllbEFTdHJueTBIcVJHYkE6MQ)

** Community News

** Happenings in our community that may interest you

** Days of Defiance II
UCLA is planning an action on Tuesday, October 15 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM against Michigan’s anti-affirmative action ballot proposal – Proposition 2, given that on this day the Supreme Court will consider the constitutional challenge that was filed in defense of affirmative action. UCLA is also planning an action on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM against the commemoration of the newest UCLA facility Carnesale Commons, given that it is named after Albert Carnesale, a Chancellor in favor of and who served during the initial years of Proposition 209’s implementation. These two days of action will be called Days of Defiance II, as inspired by the student protests organized by USAC, the Afrikan Student Union, MEChA, and other campus and community organizations against Proposition 209 in 1998 on UCLA’s campus. More info can be found on the Days of Defiance II event page HERE (https://www.facebook.com/events/706031659426215/) .

** CPO Welcome!
For those of you unfamiliar with CPO, CPO is an office that truly gives a voice to unrepresented communities such as our very own Vietnamese-American community. VSU is a welcomed member of the CPO family and we love all of the change and ideas that CPO advocates for. So come out to this welcome event with us to meet some new faces and start the year off on a good note!
The Community Programs Office (CPO) will celebrate the beginning of another great year by hosting its fifth annual Welcome and Reception for students and staff. We invite you to participate in what will be a great night.

Every year the CPO Welcome attracts hundreds of students who are interested in getting involved in the CPO’s multicultural space. This year’s event will occur on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the Pauley Pavilion Clubhouse and Pauley’s North Concourse (which faces Lot 7). Our program will start promptly at 6:45pm.

The CPO will be offering a multicultural dinner featuring vegetarian, vegan, halal, and kosher options.

The CPO Welcome is an opportunity for you to meet freshmen and transfer students as well as student leaders who might want to co-program or participate in events and services offered by your department.

The theme of this year’s welcome and reception is “This is Our Moment!” which comes directly from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ song Can’t Hold Us. The theme was chosen by the CPO’s student leadership to reflect their belief that their 25 year record of working to improve UCLA’s diversity, campus climate, and graduation rates for historically underrepresented students has been successful. Moreover, our students believe that this is their moment to prepare for their next 25 years.

Thank you for considering our invitation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at . We look forward to seeing you there!

Please take care.


Learn more about Days of Defiance (https://www.facebook.com/events/706031659426215/)

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