Club foundation supports international students

The Grand Junction Rotary Club Foundation has donated $60,000 to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to help renovate a building housing international student programs.

Max Krey, a philanthropist and Grand Junction Rotarian, made a contribution to CMU last year and asked that the building housing international student programs be named Rotary Hall. The Grand Junction Rotary Club Foundation subsequently challenged Grand Valley Rotary clubs to raise $30,000, an amount the foundation would match.

“We are all very proud to be part of Rotary International, and I am pleased that all five of the area clubs stepped up to support this worthy cause,” said Cliff Anson, president of the Grand Junction Rotary Club Foundation. The effort fits with the goal of Rotary International to promote peace through understanding, Anson said.

The donation will help purchase technology and learning equipment for international student programs at CMU. During the fall semester, 67 international students were enrolled there.

One Response to "Club foundation supports international students"

  1. Lance   March 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This is positive because being an international student isn’t easy, given our complex culture and language. Assistance must come from numerous sources to aid these young people embarking on life’s journey. A new award-winning worldwide book/ebook that reaches out to help anyone coming to the US is “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” It is used in foreign Fulbright student programs and endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors. It also identifies “foreigners” who became successful in the US and how they’ve contributed to our society, including students.

    A chapter on education explains how to be accepted to an American university and cope with a confusing new culture, friendship process and daunting classroom differences. Some stay after graduation. It has chapters that explain how US businesses operate and how to get a job (which differs from most countries), a must for those who want to work with/for an American firm here or overseas.

    It also has chapters that identify the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.

    Most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from schools’ international departments, immigration protection, host families, concerned neighbors and fellow students, and informative books to extend a cultural helping hand so we all have a win-win situation. Good luck to all wherever you study!