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Student Life: Club Scene

Thayer School students have two new organizations to call their own: the International Club and Thayer Council.

Ph.D. candidate Xiongjun Shao says he founded the International Club last spring “to promote communications and make international students comfortable and also to incorporate culture into our education.” One of Thayer School’s 53 international students, Shao, who is studying biochemical engineering, says homesickness is a constant part of life — he and his wife have not been back to their native China since 2001. The club mixes film nights, dinners, and other social events with advice on visas, housing, and other practical matters to ease adjustment to life and studies in Hanover. You don’t have to be an international student to participate, says Shao. Everyone in the Thayer community is welcome.

Thayer Council was formed last fall to foster a sense of community and serve as the student voice in communications with the Thayer School faculty, staff, and administration. Growth in the graduate student body and an increase in student diversity were the impetus for the new student council, according to its co-founders, Ph.D. candidate Doug Van Citters ’99, Th’03 and assistant dean for academic and student affairs Ellen Stein ’86. “We are laying the foundations for greater student representation at Thayer School,” says Van Citters.

Thayer Council meets regularly with the Dean, sends a representative to faculty meetings, and organizes student focus groups for Thayer faculty and staff. The council has held school-wide functions and secured a graduate student lounge in the MacLean Engineering Sciences Center. Open to all Thayer students, the council regularly discusses academic issues, social activities, clubs, philanthropy, and joint events with the Dartmouth Society of Engineers and other Thayer groups. E-mail the council at thayer.council@dartmouth.edu.

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Categories: The Great Hall, Student Life

Tags: leadership, students

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