November Greetings from the Warden!

Greetings!

The change in the weather, the adverts on the Internet and the Christmas lights in our local shopping centre all point to the same thing - Christmas is getting close! At International Hall, we will soon have our Christmas events and our own Christmas tree in the atrium.

In the run-up to Christmas, we have quite a few exciting new developments in the hall. Over the rest of November, we have a few events focused on the University’s Reduce the Juice theme, the environmental initiative in halls of residence to save energy and water and improve recycling. On Monday, 13 November, we have a talk by Marko Ellis, the University’s Sustainability Officer about Reduce the Juice at 5:30pm in the Cinema. To improve recycling at IH, Senior Member Angelina will lead an effort across the hall shortly. You will see her announcement on our Facebook pageshortly. Senior Member Tsveta is working on organizing an environmentally-themed visit to a natural reserve in or around London.

Saeed (Centre) with the participants of the Merengue workshop he hosted as part of the Beginner's Dance Workshops at IH.

Saeed (Centre) with the participants of the Merengue workshop he hosted as part of the Beginner's Dance Workshops at IH.

Our Beginners’ Dance Workshops which have been very popular since the start of November continue until early December. The Bollywood and Merengue workshops were enjoyed by a lot of residents and street salsa, swing, discofox and cumbia to follow shortly. These workshops are organized for IH residents and led by IH residents. No prior experience is needed.

Finally, the opportunity to get active in the Hall as part of the Community Volunteers Committee is now open to all residents. This is a great chance to get actively involved in the social life in the hall, add valuable experience to your CV, have the opportunity to live a second year at IH next year and other privileges. The deadline for applications is this Wednesday, the 15th at 10 pm.

If you need to know more about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact members of my team.

Best wishes

Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Warden
International Hall