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A summer with CCUSA

IMG_5403Probably all of you have heard something about the programmes offering summer jobs in the United States. Some of you may have already participated and the rest of you definitely should try.
When you decide to work at an American summer camp you never know what to expect before you get there. One thing is sure though: you will get much more than a summer job at a camp…
24 hours with the kids and camp life make you a different person. A person who never sleeps enough, who run into raccoons in the middle of the night outside the cabin or maybe who finds some squirrels next to her bed eating her food. Perhaps you will be belaying 50 people a day on ropes and get tired during cheering at a camp event or game. But what is more important, you will be a person being appreciated by the kids and while you teach them you can also learn a lot about yourself – kids, connections, people…
My camp was in the beautiful, small state of New Hampshire and I got 9 amazing weeks full of sweet memories about day and night offs and camp events shared with my friends. Some to mention are camp dances, the pleasure of the rest hour, defining the difference between camp food and real American food – because there is! I had a chance to meet and become friends with people who I would never have met any other way. I heard different points of view than mine and learned how to work in a team … and much more.
When I left the camp I was free to travel and there was no way I could miss that! There are many awesome places to see. I have been to Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York …Where ever I went I was impressed by the openness and acceptance I saw.
When you apply a summer like that, you apply for a summer of a lifetime. I cannot say a thing about why you should not go. But before you go, just make sure your attitude is right… Most of the time even bad situations can become good memories if we make them.
All in all, I have learned and gained things that cannot be taught at schools. I think the best thing in travelling is when you meet yourself and see how far you can push out your own limits and improve your skills. That is such a wonderful thing it is certainly worth investing in.

Anett Zsoldos

World Travellers’ Club

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Meet Mika Kylänen
on theWorld Travellers’ Club

on 26th October at 7 pm

in the Central Hostel (Központi Kollégium, Egyetem str. 12.)

What makes Finland special?

What is the first thing that comes to mind about Finland? Snowy winters, pleasantly warm summers, colourful springs and autumns? Lots of trees and an endless carpet of forest with lakes in between? A breath of fresh air? The endless days of summer? The cool winters and the other cool things like Finlandia, berries and reindeers and Jolopukki?
A safe country with well-developed infrastructure, good service and high technology?
Space? Peace? Quiet? Time?

It could be any of these but you may still be wondering what Finland is really like. Who are these Finns and what are they like? How do they live and what are they interested in?

Come and see for yourself!

Bring your mug and be our guest for a drink!

The presentation will be broadcasted on-line:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/less-be-az-egyetemre

Webinar auf Deutsch

Plakat_Webinar_EuropaWebinar zum Thema “Europa in Vielfalt vereint? Die Wirtschafts-
und Währungsunion auf dem Prüfstand”

Im Herbst startet eine neue sechsteilige Webinarreihe auf dem Alumniportal
Deutschland, das sich mit der Finanzkrise der Europäischen
Union beschäftigt.

Die Europäische Gemeinschaft steht aktuell vor großen Herausforderungen –
eine Reihe von Mitgliedstaaten ist in eine finanzielle Notlage geraten.
Während von manchen düstere Zeiten für die Zukunft der Europäischen Union
voraus gesehen werden, wird von anderen gerade jetzt der Zusammenhalt
gefordert.

Unter dem Titel “Europa in Vielfalt geeint? Die Wirtschafts- und
Währungsunion auf dem Prüfstand” wird die Expertin Bettina Schmitt die EU
Wirtschafts- und Währungsunion unter die Lupe nehmen. In sechs Sessions
werden zunächst grundlegende Einblicke in die Wirtschafts- und
Währungsunion gegeben, bevor die Teilnehmenden im Folgenden den
Hintergründen der Finanz- und Eurokrise nachgehen. Gemeinsam werden
verschiedenen Krisenmechanismen zur Stabilität der Eurozone diskutiert.
Außerdem werden weitere Experten teilnehmen um gemeinsam mit der
Moderatorin Hintergründe zu beleuchten und Meinungen auszutauschen. Auch
Ihr Standpunkt ist gefragt. Daher laden wir Sie ein an diesem Webinar
teilzunehmen.

Start ist der 23. Oktober 2011 um 18 Uhr.

www.alumniportal-deutschland.de/ankuendigung-webinar-europa

Um an dem Webinar teilzunehmen, ist eine Internetverbindung und die
vorherige kostenfreie Anmeldung auf dem Alumniportal erforderlich. Weitere
Infos zur Teilnahmevoraussetzung, Terminen und Inhalten der einzelnen
Sessions erfahren Sie nach Ihrem Beitritt in die Expertengruppe
“Wirtschafts- und Währungsunion auf dem Prüfstand” in der Community des
Alumniportals Deutschland. Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Teilnahme!

In Scotland with Internship (by Andrea Kovács)

Castle in Dornoch by Andrea Kovacs“On Saturday evening after struggling our way through all the possible means of public transport, we finally succeeded to arrive at Inverness in Scotland. As the hotel was located far away from the city on a large property, we received a car and after a while we were heading for Dornoch.
At first our accomodation was a cottage which was situated a bit away from my workplace (from the castle), so later we requested our replacement to the castle. In the first month there was a training which means that we were collaborating with an experienced colleague who showed us the ins and outs of the profession. That was indeed a great help and there was enough time left for learning about the job.
Possible workshifts were the followings: between 7.00 – 15 30; (early) 8.00 – 16 30; 9.00 – 17 30; 10.00 – 19; 12 – 21.00; (mid) 14 30 – 23.00. (late). Normally, we got the first and last one.
The morning (early) shift started out with cleaning up the ground which was divided into 4 different sections; and in the morning two of us started, then at 8 o’clock the helping hands arrived. Each of us was given different section, when finished, one had to help the other colleagues or go to the laundry.
After we completed the tasks(about 8.30), the next to-do was delegated by either the supervisor or the housekeeping manager. We got the worksheet and were given the bed-clothes, towels from the laundry or the store-room, which we had to pack in and carry to the proper floor, or those who worked outside had to pack the bed-clothes in the car by which they got by.
In the laundry two attendants were employed separately; one fix attendant who always worked there and one substitutor, who could drop in on day-offs. The laundry attendant finished at 17 30 and afterwards the employees in the evening (late) shift took over the laundry. No attendant was assigned to deal with the cleaning of the public area (only in case of less work), but three times a week one of us was appointed to do it.
Only one of us had driving license, so usually she had to clean up the guest-lodgings by driving up there. In the castle there were 21 rooms on the three floors, and together with the guest lodgings there were 53 rooms; and about 16 housemaidens were dealing with them. The proportions were a bit more proper than at home. Of course, tidying up a room takes more than 20 minutes, only making the bed takes 10 minutes (especially, if the sheets you’ve prepared are pretty dirty).
Those who arrived by 9.00 had to go straight to the office to get the worksheet on which one could prepare the clean and neat towels, sheets and we were ready for starting off. The ones who were working at the castle got one floor with 7 rooms to tidy up. Since the guest-lodgings were scattered around the property near or farther, my colleagues had to ride round and round in a car or buggie; in general, we had 3 houses. All the guest-lodging had a kitchen, a living room, 3 bedrooms and an own bathroom. After cleaing up the rooms we had to make a list of all missing items or kits, and we had to top up them.
The late shift set out with cleaning up the personnel toilets/bathrooms. The toilets that belonged to each office or floor was the first task or the breakfast room (though it was usually done during the early shift). Then, we could move on to the next to-do; most of the time was spent in the laundry, except for having jobs left behind. In the evening we needed to do a ’turn down’ in all of the rooms, which meant that all the faucets, bath tubs and shower cabins needed dry cleaning and there was no need for cleaning up. In the rooms all the courtains were to be drawn together, the sheets and covers to be removed as well as beds to be made, hot water bottles and cookies (tablet jars) to be placed in the room. Londeeners put bottles of warm waters in the beds, so-called hotties, or we did so if they had no time or were dealing with the cottages. It was followed by the laundry to-do: towels needed washing, drying, folding and put into their place. When the guests were having dinner in the castle, after dinner (at 22.00) we had to help cleaning the tables, remove the flowers, decorations etc.
During 4 months we took part in the so-called ’introduction day’, which is to be held for the newcomers at the beginning, though we managed to pass this day only after 3 months. It does not matter, it was great fun all the way. On this day there were lectures based on Skibo and his business policies, then the lunch was taking place where the guests were having lunch. After lunch we were carried around the property and told the story, then the directing manager was lecturing on the importance of the right service (at the end there was a quiz aboout the lectures and the winner was rewarded a bottle of fine champaigne). We could choose some of the programs provided for the guests (riding a horse, swimming, shooting and quad). We chose the latter one, which was a good decision (let alone the fatigue-fever afterwards). I think it was a great idea to see things with the eyes of the guests.
Concerning the managers and colleagues, we were really satisfied with them. I must admit that they were quite supportive and friendly. We’ve never experienced like that before; we will miss them a lot, for sure. On the last day we were bid farewell packed with great gifts and references. We can heartfully recommend this opportunity for everyone, it’s a life-long experience! We’ve tried it and loved it.”

Upcoming Programmes in the American Corner

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October 17, Monday 17.30 – Nobel Prize Winner Dr. John Byrne on Risking a Sustainable Energy Future
October 18, Tuesday 16.30 – Steverson Collection Book Club
October 20, Thursday 16.30 – English Conversation Club
October 20, Thursday 16.30 – Read for Kids
October 25, Tuesday 16.30 – Steverson Collection Book Club
October 27, Thursday 16.30 – English Conversation Club
October 27, Thursday 16.30 – Read for Kids
November 3, Thursday 16.30 – Angol Nyelvű Társalgási Klub
November 3, Thursday 16.30 – “Read for Kids” program
November 7-9, Monday-Wednesday – Gothic Week (tentative)
November 8, Tueasday 16.30 – 100th Celebratory Steverson Collection Book Club
November 10, Thursday 16.30 – English Conversation Club
November 10, Thursday 16.30 – Read for Kids
SAVE THE DATE: November 18, Friday 14.00-18.00 International Education Week Program

Sign up for volunteer work in the AC.
Are you American? Then we are looking for you!

Details:

Dream America… and it will happen!

Are you a Hungarian citizen above 16 with good English language knowledge?
Would you like to spend one memorable week in the United States of America?
Then our program is for you.
Take part in our Dream America program from October 12, 2011-June 15, 2012 and win a study trip to the USA.
Details at www.americancorner.hu.

Steverson Collection Book Club

16:30-17:30 every Tuesday in the American Corner.
Do you like reading? Are you interested in English language books?
Join the unique Steverson Collection Book Club and meet new friends, meet new books.
Memberhip is free, the language of the program is English.
Be the lucky winner of one valuable English language book every month.
Come every Tuesday to increase your chances to win.

Date and time: 16:30-17:30, October 18, 2011.
Venue: American Corner, Eötvös Károly County Library and Cultural
Institute, Veszprém, Komakút tér 3.

English Conversation Club

16.30-18.00 every Thursday in the American Corner.
Talk about interesting topics in an authentic environment and improve your communication skills.
Memberhip is free, the language of the program is English.
Win an ACH promotional gift in the club every time.

Date and time: 16:30-18:00, October 13, 2011.
Venue: American Corner, Eötvös Károly County Library and Cultural
Institute, Veszprém, Komakút tér 3.

Read for Kids

The program is organized on Thursday afternoons paralelly with the English Conversation Club.
Our English-speaking volunteers read tales and stories for kids in 20-minute periods.
Are you interested in reading out for kids in English? Be a volunteer yourself, and register with the AC Veszprem.

Why is reading out in English important for kids?
– Kids can acquire any language easier.
– Their personalities and receptivity can be developed.
– You can get them to like reading at an early age.

All parents who wish to converse in English and kids interested in the language are welcome to join the programs.
Please register to the program in advance in the American Corner as our seating capacity is limited.

Time: October 13, Thursday 16.50-17.45
Venue: American Corner, Video Room


Admissions Workshop – EducationUSA Group Advising

Are you interested in studying in the United States but don’t know where to start, who is going to help you, what opportunities there are out  there and whether you can afford it?
Come to the next advising session in the American Corner to get answers to your questions and receive practical information.
Participation is free. Please inform us about your intention to come at veszprem@americancorner.hu until October 13, 2011.

Time: 14.30 Friday, October 14, 2011
Venue: Nagy Laszlo Room
Eotvos Karoly County Library
Veszprem, Komakut ter 3.

100th Celebratory Steverson Collection Book Club

Join us and celebrate the 100th session of the Book Club with us on November 8, Tuesday in the American Corner.
Our special guest will be Nicky Loomis, creative writer who will perform a reading of her short stories and Judge London Steverson will  introduce his book: Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Lady.
Book draw, quiz and winning opportunities.

Time: 16.30 Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Venue: American Corner
Eotvos Karoly County Library and Cultural Institute
Veszprem, Komakut ter 3.


International Education Week Program

Planned programs:
14.00-15.00 – essay writing seminar with Tyler Askew, Fulbright Teaching Assistant
15.00-16.00 – Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities to the US and My Fulbright Experience by returned Hungarian grantees
15.00-18.00 – US Study Abroad Fair

Details in the next newsletter.
Participation is free.  Please inform us about your intention to come at veszprem@americancorner.hu until November 16, 2011.

Time: 16.30 Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Venue: Nagy Laszlo Room, Kisfaludy Room
Eotvos Karoly County Library and Cultural Institute
Veszprem, Komakut ter 3.

Erasmus Experience – Bad Gleichenberg

fh-joanneum“Dear All,

I’m glad because I can write you about some of my great experiences which I had the last two weeks in connection with the Erasmus programme in Austria. I’m studying Health Management in Tourism  at FH Joanneum in Bad Gleichenberg, in a small town with a population of about 2000 people.  it’s a very small and friendly place with enormous parks, everything is green here..:)

My arrival was quite funny (I arrived here with one of my acquaintances from University of Pannonia), and our phones didn’t work, we didn’t know that we have to activate them. On the first days we also didn’t have an Internet connection, so no contanct with the others was quite strange, but we also had fun. Before our arrival we’d already spoken with Tanja, the assistant of our coordinator that we’re going to meet on our first day here, but because of these problems we couldn’t. Luckily, on the next day I met a girl in our dormitory and she could take us to the university which is very close to the dorm, 2 minutes on foot, and we could write an e-mail to Tanja. After that we travelled to Graz by train because we took part on The Orientation Week which was organized for the incoming students by FH Joanneum, and we enjoyed it very much! We could meet people from many countries, like Russia, Spain, Mexico, Columbia, Singapore etc.. There were also many great programs, like Cross-Cultural Communication where we could get to know the behavouring forms of other cultures, and we had a city tour in Graz,where we could see many of the traditional buildings of the city, it was unforgottable! We also visited the Eggenberg castle, which is a member of the World Heritage Sites, so I don’t have to say that being there was a great experience! On the last day of the Orientaion Week we travelled to Riegersburg by bus where we visited the famous Zotter Chocolate Factory, we could taste many types of chocolate, there were also some extreme types like soya or fish chocolate, but also many traditional ones. We spent a few time in the castle of Riegersburg, and after that we met Jim, our coordinator and he picked us up and took us back to Bad Gleichenberg. Our studies  started only this week (3rd October, 2011), first we could get to know our teachers and the other students, and after that I’ve already have some lessons.  The system here is quite different from ours, we don’t have a stable timetable because of the big flexibility of the teachers, we take part on lessons at on another timepoint every week, so first it was quite strange for me, but now I can understand this system better! I enjoy my stay because the teachers are very helpful and we are quite close to them  because this is a small university (the smallest campus of Europe), and I can say this also about the students, many of them are very interested in incoming students.

So in conclusion I think this scholarship is a wonderful possibility to get to know other cultures and new people, it’s very useful because I spent a lot of time with local people and I can also speak quite a lot in German and English and I can just reccomend this place to you because you could have an extremely great time in Bad Gleichenberg!

I wish you all the best,

Bettina Léhart”

Moodle

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If You are not familiar with Moodle yet, now it is time for You to get to know it.

Moodle is a course management system. It is designed to help lecturers and students in many ways. On its platform it is possible to deliver study materilas to students, to assess learning using assignments or tests, to discuss course related topics in the forums and even to conduct fully online courses.

The language of Moodle can be changed easily in the top right corner. However, You will find that many things are in Hungarian. But don’t worry, we summarized how You can find the courses that are in English.

To reach Moodle click:
http://moodle.gtk.uni-pannon.hu/?lang=en

How to find courses in Moodle? – help in Excel

Our International Students

Photo by Dávid Neményi

Photo by Dávid Neményi

And here THEY are!
We would like to proudly announce that this semester’s international students have arrived, all and each of them. Some of them came weeks ago, some of them have just arrived. Some of them travelled across some countries to get here, some of them came form across sea and ocean. So from now on You can run into them around the Faculty of Economics.

Students with Erasmus programme are coming from:
Finland, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Turkey.

Students for academic programmes are coming from:
Cameroon, Iran, Lithuania, Nigeria, USA.

Dear International Students,

We wish You a successful semester and a very pleasant stay in Veszprém. We hope You will gain tons of useful knowledge, and experience that will help You in Your academic and personal life.

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