CCIS Newsletter

March 2018
Annual Call for New Members of the
CCIS Board of Directors

By Donna Shoemaker
Every February, our Board members decide if they will continue in their current positions. We now have three Board openings to fill for next year. A slate of candidates for the three open positions will be presented to the Membership at the CCIS Annual Meeting on May 14, 2018. The new CCIS year will begin July 1st and end on June 30th. All candidates will ideally have at least one year with CCIS. Every candidate will be interviewed, receive the Job Description, time commitment, skills, and duties of the position they seek.
English in Action Co-Chair
The person who fills this role meets new English in Action members, does EIA community outreach, and keeps in contact with EIA volunteers throughout the year. The co-Chair, Carole Hessler, will remain with the EIA program in her current EIA Co-Chair role. Carole manages the Stanford student side of EIA, interviewing international students as they apply for the program. The open position, the CCIS volunteer side of EIA, and the student side come together to make excellent matches for our EIA volunteers. The activity for EIA and this co-chair position is through the academic year.
Loan Closet Chair
The Loan Closet Chair focus is August through September to help arriving students move into new housing, as well as Stanford postdocs and visiting scholars who come and go throughout the year. Students return borrowed items in June. This person works to keep the Loan Closet well stocked and manages Loan Closet volunteers during September Orientation weeks. The popular Loan Closet is located on campus in the basement of the Abrams highrise residence.
This position is part of the CCIS Executive Committee and works closely with the President, Vice President, and the Treasurer. Beyond taking meeting minutes and sending them out to the Board, the Secretary keeps the CCIS office and bulletin board displays attractive and well stocked and is in charge of historical records for the CCIS organization. This position also keeps the CCIS Board Handbook up to date and, once a person is well established, is the lead person for new Board Member Training, report collections, and general CCIS correspondence.
If you are interested in learning about one of these positions during the 2018-2019 CCIS Board of Directors, please contact
We welcome your interest in joining the
CCIS leadership team.
A Spouse Education Fund Grant has
been created in memory of Mary Schuelke

By Gwyn Dukes
Mary Schuelke served as President of CCIS in the 1970s and Coordinator of the Bechtel Resource Center for International Families from 2002 to a week before she passed away January 13, 2018. Mary lived 81 lively, and spirited years.

Mary spent several days a week welcoming student families and helping them adjust to the American and local culture. She particularly enjoyed working with spouses of students, answering their questions and referring them to local resources.

A designated Spouse Education Fund (SEF) Grant has been created in Mary's memory, with an initial donation by the former Director of the Bechtel International Center, John Pearson.

Many Stanford international spouses put their careers on hold while their spouse pursues academic studies at Stanford. The SEF program offers a grant (usually sufficient to take one course) so that a spouse can partake in academic enrichment while they are here. Recipients of this CCIS Memorial Fund will honor Mary Schuelke's memory going forward.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Mary Schuelke Memorial Spouse Education Fund, please contact, or mail your donation to CCIS with SEF-MS on the notation. Thank you.

Shared CCIS Stories
by Dolly Verplank
For CCIS Homestay's host, Karen McNay, this was her final visit and last burger at the Oasis on El Camino Real in Menlo Park, a Stanford student hangout. The Oasis closes on March 7th, after 60 years in business. It was the first visit for Karen’s 2017 Homestay student, Lola Boorman from Ireland, who was delighted to listen to Karen’s Oasis stories and get a nostalgic personal tour. “My initials, carved
in the table in the ‘70s, have long since been carved over and varnished, but the great memories remain,” said Karen. “One of my previous CCIS Homestay students from the Netherlands met his future bride at the Oasis five years ago while they were both watching the BCS championship game. His reaction was, “Oh no!!” Karen added, "I will miss sharing the Oasis with so many great Stanford internationals I have met through CCIS."
If you have a story and a photo of you and your international student, please email

CCIS & Stanford Announcements
March 9 CCIS Friday Morning
Coffee - Int'l Women's Day

March 19-23 Stanford exams week

March 26 - April 4 Spring Break

May 14 CCIS Annual Meeting & CCIS Board Election Bechtel Center, 4 PM - 6 PM

May 16 Winter Quarter ends

June 6 Spring Quarter ends

June 16 Law School, GSB, and Medical School Commencement

June 17 Stanford Commencement

The 2018 Stanford Commencement Speaker Announcement

Visit the Stanford Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, just one block from the Bechtel Center.
Open all year. Guided public tours are conducted the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2 PM. Rain or shine, from February 18 to December 15.

Events at Stanford

Stanford Live

Winter Quarter Guest Artists

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Donna Shoemaker, Newsletter & Media Chair

Isabel Costa, Editor
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