International Dinner

The 21st annual International Dinner is finally here.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: MHC - Student Dining Room
Tickets: $6 for students
$10 for faculty, staff and guests
$6 for children 6-12
free for children 5 and under

The evening is often an opportunity for UST to celebrate its identity as a campus that values international education and exchange and opportunities for students faculty and staff to develop a more informed global perspective while here on our campus. The International Dinner aims to unite the campus in celebrating an unforgettable gathering that represents cultural pride and global awareness.

This year’s dinner will be spreading it’s “Wings to the World” and take the St. Thomas community on a global adventure filled with fantastic entertainment. It also features cuisine from countries all around the world as well as the opportunity to interact with the international students that UST invites to campus every year.

Tickets are on sale in the box office now. Hurry, they run out fast!

Multicultural Day

This is our first service project for the Spring 2010 semester. This is a great opportunity to share your culture and information about your country to 4-8th grade students. In the past, GMSA members have worn native clothes and presented about their country with flags and photos.

Sign-up at:

Listed below are the details and the time line of the event.

Date: Friday, March 19, 2010

  • 9:30 AM - Pickup from St. Thomas (school bus)
  • 10:00 AM - Arrive at Nativity grade school
  • 10:15 - 11:20AM - Country presentations to multiple classrooms. 20 minutes are reserved for each presentation and there will be simultaneous presentations going on in separate classrooms. Presenters will rotate among classrooms.
  • 11:30 - Depart Nativity grade school
  • 12:00 - Arrive at UST

***An exception letter will be provided to students who are planning on skipping class for this trip.***

Ideas for the contents of your presentation:
  • Map
  • Photos (no projectors available) may use the PR room to print photos and make posters
  • Traditional clothes
  • Food samples
  • Music
  • Flags (will be provided upon request)

Ski / Snowboarding Trip to Afton Alps

Date: Saturday, March 6
Location: Afton Alps
Bus leaves UST Arches at 1:00pm
Cost: $18 (includes lift ticket and rental)

Join GMSA for some amazing winter fun. For just $18, you get a whole evening of great skiing or snowboarding at Afton Alps (a $60 value!!!).

Only 20 spots available. Please buy your tickets at the Box Office (located in MHC Lower Level)
  • Classes will be arranged for beginners. 
  • Food will not be provided
  • Bus leaves at 1:00pm SHARP.
  • No refunds after March 3. 
  • Last day to sign-up - March 4.


Culture Fest

Date: Saturday, November 21
Location: OEC Auditorium

This Fall, GMSA presents the first ever Culture Fest at the University of Saint Thomas. The aim of Culture Fest - to bring together a community that is interested in being part of a unique display of international talent. Moreover, the evening is designed to broaden your global perspective.
Expect phenomenal performances from all over the world:
  • South America - 'Alma Andina' Chilean Band

  • Africa - 'Hayor Bibimma' Dance Crew

  • Middle East - UST Student

  • USA - 'Four Corners' Band

  • The Dating Game - UST Students

Also featuring a special feature from the International Education Center


  • Display of 'Study Abroad Photo Contest' Winners
  • How Study Abroad will change you


FREE Food for everyone.

FREE 'Culture Fest' T-shirts to the first 200 attendees.

Don't miss the most exciting event this Fall.

Trotter's Cooking Demo & Food Tasting

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Trotter's Cafe (232 North Cleveland Avenue)
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

For all you food enthusiasts - GMSA has partnered with the Wellness Center to give you the opportunity to try some of the best local fresh food.

The owner's of Trotter's Cafe and Bakery will show us how they cook up their delicious dishes with local ingredients. At the end of the demo, we get to enjoy all the wonderful appetizers, entrees and dessert...a $25 value!

Cost to attend: $5

Only 20 spots available. Sign-up at the Box Office by Friday, November 6.

Fall Community Cleanup

Date: Sunday, November 8
Location: Outside Alumni Center
Time: 1pm - 4pm

Serving as a Community Cleanup Volunteer is a great opportunity to give back to those in need in our community. More than 300 students rake leaves in the yards of elderly neighbors of the St. Paul campus.  Many clubs and organizations participate in Community Cleanup as a way to earn service hours.

Community Cleanup occurs two times a year (fall and spring) on Sunday afternoons from 1 - 4 p.m.
Volunteers meet outside the Alumni Center on the day of the event to receive directions to the assigned home and supplies. Snacks and beverages are available for all volunteers during registration.FREE Davanni's Pizza after cleanup.

If you are interested in participating in fall Community Cleanup, sign up at

Saudi and American Night

Date: Friday, November 6
Location: OEC 101
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Everyone is invited to learn about Middle Eastern culture and customs during the Saudi and American Night.Guests will discover the rich heritage, values, unique culture, traditions, distinctive customs and history of the Saudi Arabia.

The event will begin with performances by the club members at OEC 101. This will be followed by a traditional Saudi dinner at MHC 304.

FREE tickets are now available at the Box Office. After November 4th, tickets will be $10 per person.

Global Awareness Documentary Series

Date: Thursday, October 29

Location: JRC 126 (Auditorium)
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “What are we doing here?” will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, in the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts auditorium (Room 126). The 82-minute film will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion hosted by the producer, Tim Klein.

“What are we doing here?” is a documentary film that explores why the charity given to Africa over the last five decades has been largely ineffective and often harmful. The film tells the story of Brandon, Nicholas, Daniel and Tim Klein, who travel across Africa in an attempt to understand one of the great problems of our time: the failure to end poverty in Africa.

The documentary has been featured at several film festivals and news channels, including CNN and NBC. More information, trailers and educational material are available at

Date: Monday, November 9
Location: JRC 126 (Auditorium)
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
With its riveting footage of a secretive "underground railroad," SEOUL TRAIN is the gripping documentary exposé into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland and China. SEOUL TRAIN also delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis. By combining vérité footage, personal stories and interviews with experts and government officials, SEOUL TRAIN depicts the flouting of international laws by major countries, the inaction and bureaucracy of the United Nations, and the heroics of activists that put themselves in harm's way to save the refugees.

Representatives from LINK (Liberty in North Korea) will be hosting a discussion panel at the end of the movie.

Halloween Trick-Can-Treat

Date: Friday, October 23
Location: UST Arches
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come join GMSA for our annual Trick-Can-Treat. In order to help La Casa Guadalupana House of Hospitality, we will be picking up non-perishable food from houses around the UST neighborhood. Through Casa, these collections will go to families who are homeless, in crisis, or temporarily unable to meet their basic human needs.

Make sure to pre-register at

To celebrate your hard work, the service project will be followed by a Halloween Party at Common Ground. We will have plenty of food, candy and a prize for the best costume.

Your favorite Halloween costume. Remember, the best costume will win an exciting prize.
Need costume ideas? Follow this link:

Salsa Night

Date: Friday, October 2
Location: Scooter's
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm

As part of the International Education Week, we will be organizing a Salsa Night. Salsa del Soul will be performing some of the hottest salsa music at Scooter's. This annual event is popular among student for 3 reasons - great music, great food and great dancing.

Additionally, you can also enjoy playing poker, pool or board games with fellow GMSA members. Once food!

International Fair

Date: Thursday, October 1
Location: Campus Square (between Scooters and Bookstore)
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Showcased will be the wide variety of international opportunities available on campus.

Representatives from international clubs, study abroad programs, international travel, international majors and minors, volunteer opportunities and more will be on hand to discuss your interests and answer questions.

Make sure you drop by the GMSA booth!

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Date: Monday, September 28
Location: MHC 155
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Presenter: Hamza Jabri

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Location: MHC 155
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Presenter: Dr. Luz A. Saavedra, Economics

Date: Friday, October 2
Location: MHC 155
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Presenter: Anderson Ayres & Diana Baul