Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween From the International Programs!

It is the eve of Halloween once again. We at the International Programs would like to wish our students and faculty a safe and glorious Halloween weekend! May your holiday be safe and spooky!

Photograph of a full moon over Venice, Italy. Thank goodness werewolves aren't nautical!  Photograph by Ryan Shields

Photograph of a full moon over Venice, Italy. Thank goodness werewolves aren’t nautical!
Photograph by Ryan Shields

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Kicking Off Our “International Recipe Series” with Chancellor Allison

In preparation for International Education Week (November 16-20), International Programs will be featuring a favorite international food or recipe from students, faculty, and staff from Indiana University South Bend.

In celebration of this project, we are excited and honored to present our first recipe that comes to us from IU South Bend Chancellor, Terry Allison:


A favorite recipe of mine is a French chocolate cake – Gateau au chocolat l’éminence brune.  I learned the recipe from Julia Child. 

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An adaptation of the recipe is published by the New York Times. This version is not so clear about how to mix the ingredients at the end, however. 

So, here’s what you do:  You have the chocolate batter, the beaten egg whites, and the cornstarch.  First you take ¼ of the egg whites and mix them in quickly with the chocolate batter to lighten it.  Then, you add about 1/3 of the cornstarch, and quickly mix it in. Add another ¼ of the egg white mixture and repeat until you’ve folded in all the egg white and starch.  This has to be done quickly, because your goal is that the egg whites don’t deflate too much and the more you mix, the more you’ll lose the fluffiness.  Also, don’t be surprised when the cake comes out of the oven and deflates.  This is a rich, dense cake so it doesn’t have a lot of air in it at the end.

I love this recipe because it tastes like the essence of chocolate.  It has the bitter as well as the sweet.  Some friends just made it for me for my birthday and it was absolutely delicious.   Also, there’s a short opera about making this recipe!  That adds to the mystique of the recipe.

Finally, I lived in Paris two different times, a year each time.  Making a classic French recipe reminds me of my longest stays abroad.


Special thanks to Chancellor Allison for participating in our International Recipe project and kicking us off to a great start!

Find more amazing recipes on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the next several weeks!

Blog post by International Programs intern Sara Arnett.

“A Thank You that Lasts a Lifetime” from Hannah Van

This blog features IU South Bend’s Student Government Association President, Hannah Van.

Now a Costa Rica study abroad alumna, Van wrote the following letter to thank her scholarship donors.


Dear Julienne and Patrick, 

I hope that all is well with both of you! Although it was just last week we were emailing back and forth, I feel like so much time has passed. Thank you for all the wonderful advice prior to the trip, it was such a wonderful time and I want to share with you a little bit about my experience that you made possible. 

The excursions and resort stays were relaxing and beautiful! Although I enjoyed them a lot, I found myself taking a special interest in spending time with the Ticos and studying the culture. My favorite part of the trip was casually interviewing a wide range of Ticos when time permitted. I learned so much about the current period and the history of the politics, tax system, and entrepreneurship in Costa Rica. It was fascinating to hear the range of opinions supplementing the facts. The discussions often led to interesting things; some in particular stood out. The fact that the economy and living environment of China is so different from Costa Rica’s, yet the history of their political systems are so similar was fascinating to me. The correlation ran up to the Chinese “culture fever” in the 1980’s. The period after Mao’s death developed a movement similar to the movement after the return of Carmin to Costa Rica. I not only learned many things, but it was neat to see how excited the Natives were to share the history. 

It was challenging to seek out individuals who knew or had entrepreneurial experiences. Shop owners at the local stores were the only ones I could really sneak away to talk with. The legal system was brought forward in almost every conversation. I was caught off guard when discussing income and the role that Costa Rican lawyers have. After assessing the surroundings towards the end of the week the reasoning was clear. It was especially exciting to have my final interviews with Gary and Alberto from the Academy. Knowing that they would have good insight on the corporation process, I had prepared many direct questions in advance. I learned a lot from both of them regarding the growth of foreign entrepreneurship.

The most enjoyable 24 hours were spent in Nosarita. Spending our “free” time individually with the locals was amazing. A language barrier was present but that didn’t keep us from communicating. The cook’s granddaughter resembled my appearance and I’m grateful to say they took a special interest in welcoming me. That first night after our soccer game, I stuck around with the cooks and the rest of the young girls. The following morning I woke up a few hours early with the intention to find a native to interact with. I discovered the Nosarita school children and we played on the monkey bars and practiced counting in English. Cynthia saw that I had developed a bond with the Nosarita kids and allowed me to stay back with them while the rest of the group traveled to Belen for other service projects. That day with Jefferson, Jordan, Emily, Marisol, and Rosalinda was a transforming experience! 

I want to thank you for making that experience, all the knowledge gained, and the trip as a whole, possible for me. With your assistance I have been able to learn so much about a wonderful place and expand my understanding of another cultural. It makes me so excited to think that your scholarship does not end with me and will continue to provide opportunity for others to experience the Costa Rica program as well.  I plan to continue my journey with the Costa Rica Program. Not only by reaching out and learning more about the legal system, politics, and entrepreneurial potential, but through giving back to the program as you have done! Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity and being an encouragement to follow the path of giving back.

Sincerely, 

Hannah Van

P.S. I would love to hear more about your experience in the program! What was your favorite part? What was the most fascinating thing you learned?

This ‘Thank You’ was not the last of our relationship. Julie and I continued to email back and forth until I finally made it to Dallas to meet in person. Julie and Patrick welcomed me with open arms to the Dallas community and made sure that I enjoyed my time and had someone if I needed anything. It’s more than a scholarship that I can thank them for. Julie is a role model and a mentor. IU and the South Bend campus needs more Julies to change students’ lives one thoughtful act at a time. Thank you…

Rich History & Impeccable Charm: The Magic of Venice

When I was told that Venice was part of the Florence abroad trip, I couldn’t begin to understand just how amazing that experience was going to be. I had no expectation to satisfy. Instead, Venice made its presence known in my heart through its impeccable charm and amazing scenery. Venice is known for its water channels as a method of transportation, but until you’re immersed in that kind of travel it is hard to imagine. The bus system is comprised entirely of boats, complete with floating Bus Stations. At any given time, residents of the city use their personal boats to migrate around the numerous waterways. In the bigger Venetian channels, extravagant yachts and immense cruise ships accentuate the beautiful Italian architecture. And of course, tourists from all over the world come to Venice and catch a ride on the famous gondolas as a way to soak in the magic of the city.

This image is of Venice’s most popular and renowned social square, the Piazza San Marco. This Piazza is where the Doges of the Venetian republic would operate and entertain Italian politicians and elites, as well as foreign diplomats. The Doge’s Palace (pictured on the right) was the venue for Venetian court for over 500 years before being turned into a museum. The story of the Piazza San Marco is enough to make anyone consider Venice’s historical importance, but the magnificence of the architecture and the beauty of Italy’s east coast make it an unforgettable and essential destination for any traveler!

Doge's Palace & Piazza San Marco. Photo by Ryan Shields.

Piazza San Marco & Doge’s Palace. Venice, Italy. Photo by Ryan Shields.

Dr. Monica Tetzlaff Presents: “Fufu, Drumming, and Batlik: What I Learned in Ghana”

On Friday, October 23rd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in DW 1001, Dr. Tetzlaff (a professor at IU South Bend) will speak about her academic year at the University of Ghana Legon. 

Dr. Monica Tetzlaff in front of the Fulbright House, where she stayed in Ghana

Dr. Monica Tetzlaff in front of the Fulbright House, where she stayed in Ghana

In Ghana, Dr. Tetzlaff researched in the Institute of African Studies and taught material on the African diaspora and women’s issues.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Tetzlaff adapted to living in Africa by learning that there was not just one way to do something. A great example of this is how she learned how to eat soup with her hands, which Dr. Tetzlaff will discuss during her lecture.

Join IU South Bend in welcoming back Dr. Tetzlaff back to campus and learn more about the culture of Ghana.

Fresh Fruit & Fresh Perspective

One of the greatest aspects of studying abroad is being immersed in another culture. Italy has an unfamiliar quality compared to the American mindset. They enjoy a much more relaxed lifestyle. For instance, the restaurants and shops will close for a few hours in the middle of the day for recreational and family time. In this time, Italians will cherish a long break away from their jobs before returning to work for a fairly long night. In this photograph, we see an open-air market operating and doing well after dark. Lush fruit and water are the main items for sale, along with snacks and wine at this particular shop. However, if the water isn’t carbonated, you know you’re at shop catering to tourists! Either way, it is imperative that students try the fresh fruit of these markets when studying in Italy.

Are you interested in going abroad? We are going back in 2016! Students of Drawing, Sculpting, and General Studies are encouraged to grasp the opportunity to live in Italy for a month. Students of any degree can also use elective credits to internationalize their education! Applications will be available shortly and their deadline is February 1st. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to go abroad with purpose!

One of many open-air markets in Rome. Photograph by Ryan Shields

One of many open-air markets in Rome. Photograph by Ryan Shields

Check out the “Michiana’s African Connection Series: Kenya” this Sunday!

Join the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center in a presentation about the Republic of Kenya on October 18 (Sunday). “Michiana’s African Connection Series” is focused on strengthening the relationship between Africans and African Americans living in the Michiana area.

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The IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center says that the series will offer “events that explores and appreciates each of the unique African nations that contribute to our city. Through food, through music, through stories, and especially through people, “Africans In Michiana” is a celebration of the amazing cultures throughout our region.”

In addition to the presentations, guests can enjoy traditional Kenyan dishes.

“Michiana’s African Connection Series: Kenya” will be on Sunday, October 18th from 3:30 PM to 6 PM at the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center (1040 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601).