Monday, July 28, 2014

Obon - July 13th-15th

This message relates to Obon which is observed from July 13-15, 2014.

Obon, also referred to as “The Festival of the Souls,” is one of the most important Japanese traditions. Obon was originally celebrated around the 15th day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Obon periods are nowadays different in various regions of Japan.  Therefore, Obon is celebrated in some regions around August 15th and other regions around July 15th.  During Obon people believe that their ancestors’ spirits come back to their homes to be reunited with their family.  This is the time when people can pray for the spirits and guide and help their ancestors’ spirits to find peace.
During this festival period of 3 days, families hang lanterns outside their homes and beside the graves to welcome the souls home.  Japanese people also clean their homes and place a variety of food offerings such as vegetables and fruits in front of a butsudan (Buddhist altar) for their ancestors’ spirits.  Chochin lanterns and flower arrangements are also usually placed by the butsudan. During this period people also gather for outdoor dances known as Bon dance.

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Best Regards,

Evie
Eveadean M. Myers, J.D.
Vice President
Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach
Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Fulbright Scholar Japan 2013

North Dakota State University
Putnam 102B
P.O. Box 6050, NDSU Dept 4600
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ramadan (Islam)

This message relates to Ramadan (Islam) which is observed from June 28 through the evening of July 28, 2014.

Ramadan is observed on the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, when Muslims believe Allah revealed to Muhammad, through the angel Gabriel, the first verse of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Muhammad continued to receive these revelations throughout the rest of his life.

During this sacred month of Ramadan, Muslims from around the world spend the daylight hours fasting.  Muslims use this time for inner reflection, devotion to God and self-control.  Fasting, the Fourth Pillar (obligation) of Islam serves many purposes: While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

Ramadan will end the evening of July 28th, commencing a joyous three day festival, “Eid al-Fitr.”  “Fitr” means “to break,” as Muslims end the fasting period with food and festivities.

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Best Regards,

Evie
Eveadean M. Myers, J.D.
Vice President
Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach
Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Fulbright Scholar Japan 2013

North Dakota State University
Old Main 205
P.O. Box 6050, NDSU Dept 4600
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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Asalha Puja Day

This message relates to Asalha Puja Day which is celebrated on July 13th this year.

Asalha Puja Day, also known as Dhamma Day, is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism and celebrates the first teaching of the Buddha.  The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month, Asalha, of the old Indian calendar.  Asalha also marks the starting of the monsoon.  Dhamma Day is usually celebrated with readings from the Buddhist scriptures, and is an opportunity to reflect deeply on one’s content, purify one’s spirit and maintain peacefulness.  If an individual practices Buddhism within a monastic tradition, Dhamma Day is, wherever possible, celebrated in a temple, Buddhist centre or monastery in the presence of monks or nuns.

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Best Regards,

Evie
Eveadean M. Myers, J.D.
Vice President
Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach
Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Fulbright Scholar Japan 2013

North Dakota State University
Old Main 205
P.O. Box 6050, NDSU Dept 4600
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701 231-7708 Voice
701 231-9799 Fax

Monday, June 16, 2014

New Restaurants in Fargo

Welcome to Summer 2014, where school’s out for summer, no more studying (at least for most of us), sitting in class, or worrying about what assignment is due next week.  Now, with all of this free time that we all have, it’s time to check out some of the new area restaurants that will be coming to town.  The first one on the list, Chipotle, is one of my favorite restaurants.

The best way that I can describe Chipotle is that it is very similar to a Qudoba.  If you have never been to a Qudoba before, well then I’m not sure how else to describe it.  Chipotle serves burritos, burrito bowls, crispy tacos, soft tacos, salads, and chips and guacamole, among others.  It is actually my mom’s favorite restaurant, and she would always take my family and I there whenever we were in St. Cloud, MN.


Chipotle will be located at the Prairie Stone Center 1680 45th St. S.  Other restaurants in the same area that are planning to open soon include: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Classic Rock Coffee and Panda Express.  I have only heard of two of those restaurants before, both Potbelly Sandwhich Shop and Panda Express.  I’ve had Potbelly before, but I don’t really remember exactly what I had.  I believe they serve hot sandwhiches, and I may or may not have had a pulled pork sandwhich (yummm!).  Just about everyone should know Panda Express, seeing that this restaurant has been such a big hit at the Memorial Union.

Another restaurant that plans on opening up in South Fargo is Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews.  It plans on constructing at 4159 17th Ave. S., in an area just west of the West Acres Cinema and east of Granite City.  I have never eaten there before, but I heard that it’s pretty tasty!

Last but not least, a new restaurant that has been open since this winter is Sweeto Burrito located in Downtown Fargo.  I have only eaten there once, but man was it delicious!  I ordered the bacon cheeseburger burrito, and yes, there were fries in my burrito, and yes, it did taste like a bacon cheeseburger.

Out of all of these restaurants, I believe Chipotle will be the biggest hit.  Maybe I will see you there!

Have a splendid summer!

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By: Jasper Asplin

Time Management - Graduate Students

Summer has officially arrived! The weather has warmed up, the sun is out, and the pools are open! While it is tempting to lay outside all day soaking up the sun, for graduate students this is not always the best option. While there is plenty of time to enjoy some fun in the sum, time management is extremely important, especially in the summer. Below are 3 tips to help you manage your time effectively so you can be at your academic best when school starts again in the fall.
  • Read Peer Reviewed Articles. Summer is a great time catch up on the relevant literature in your field. Head to the library and find the most current issues of the big journals in your field. They make some great poolside reading.
  • Update your Curriculum Vitae. Use some down time to polish your curriculum vitae or resume. Head to the career center for advice on formatting (http://www.ndsu.edu/career/).
  • Learn a New Statistic Technique. Use this summer to hone your SPSS skills, or teach yourself how to do a Poisson Regression. Learning something new will make you feel accomplished!
For other ideas on how to have a productive summer visit http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/03/31/essay-how-grad-students-can-get-most-summer#sthash.PN92R8kD.dpbs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Parking Lot Cleaning Notice

PARKING LOT CLEANING NOTICE

To:   All Niskanen & University Village Residents

Parking Lots:   UVS Parking Lots along 17th Ave. and 10th St.

When: Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th


Our Residence Life grounds crew will be cleaning the UVS three parking lots along 17th Ave. on Monday, June 16th and the two parking lots along 10th St. on Tuesday, June 17th. We are asking all tenants to please move all vehicles to the either the UVS parking lots along the 19th Ave. alley or University Dr. by 7:00 AM on each of those days.  The cleaning should be completed by 3:30 PM each day.  Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Equity and Diversity Center Food Pantry

NDSU Students,

The Equity and Diversity Center hosts a food pantry with items available for any NDSU student in need of food.  I am writing to let you know we have received a generous donation of food items so if you plan to stop by, please call 701 231-5728 beforehand to check summer hours, as we have limited staff in the summer.   Thank you and have a great Summer.

Best Regards,

Evie
Eveadean M. Myers, J.D.
Vice President
Equity, Diversity, and Global Outreach
Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator
Fulbright Scholar Japan 2013

North Dakota State University
Old Main 205
P.O. Box 6050, NDSU Dept 4600
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701 231-7708 Voice
701 231-9799 Fax