Association of Indian Students at USC

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A.I.S Newsletter - Board Elections (Friday), AIS-AID Holi Splash '08 and many more...

Association of Indian Students


Hi Guys & Gals,


Finally our Board Elections are coming up on Friday. We would like to invite all of you to join the board. We have a lot of positions opening. Also, this year we have organized Holi on 23rd March 5, 2008 in association with AID. So, all the entrance fee money will be used for charity.


Thank You.


AIS Team


Upcoming Events:

AIS General Body Meeting & Elections


AIS Elections next week!


Date: 7th March, 2008

Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Taper Hall (THH) 105 or 106


Anyone who is interested in standing for positions in AIS please fill out the Intent to Run form and submit it to no later than 11:59 PM, Thursday 6th March 2008.


Thank you for your interest and participation.


AIS-AID  Holi Splash '08


Entry Fee:

General  - $15

Students- $10

(Includes Snacks & Colors)

* All proceeds from this fundraiser will be utilized for grass-roots level projects in India. Please visit Association for India's Development Los Angeles (AID LA) website at for more details 

Further information:

Sangeeta -626-513-1418

Anandhi -310-903-3862

Gaurav- 213-219-5189 


 March 23rd

SUNDAY 11am – 3pm

@ Dockweiler Beach (T49)

12001 Vista Del Mar

Playa Del Rey, CA 90293  


SARSA's Upcoming Events


Dodgeball Tournament

Saturday, March 8th

     SARSA presents a good ol' fashion dodgeball tournament! Winning team gets a prize and bragging rights.


Beach Clean Up

Sunday, March 30th

     SARSA's repeat of last semester's Beach Clean-up because the first one was so much fun. We'll go out, clean the beach and then play in the sand!


Relay for Life

Saturday, April 5th

     Join the South Asian Team in an effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer in Relay for Life. We will organize at least one person to be walking against cancer around Cromwell Field.


Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, April 19th

     Get some excercise, hang out with friends and build houses for those in need!


SCIA's Upcoming Events


CULTURE SHOW - April 12th at Bovard Auditorium.


Indicorp Fellowship 2008


What are you willing to do for CHANGE?


Indicorps encourages aspiring leaders to engage in intense grassroots development opportunities that explore the promise of leadership and challenge individuals to leverage their skills and talents to address India's pressing needs. The Indicorps Fellowship program is designed to provide one-of-a-kind transformational experiences, emphasizing both public service and personal growth. Indicorps participants choose their projects and are placed with thoroughly evaluated community-based organizations for one or two years. All fellows will participate in a four-week orientation program, strengthen their understanding of leadership/change through regular workshops, and are actively supported by Indicorps and partner organizations.


APPLY NOW to the Indicorps Fellowship at Applications are now available for fellowships starting August 2008. Prospective fellows must be of Indian origin with a college degree or five years equivalent work experience. Visit to learn more about Indicorps, the Indicorps Fellowship program, or other grassroots service opportunities.



Indicorps provides structured opportunities for committed youth engage with India's development.. Towards this goal, Indicorps strives to provide transformational service experiences that encourage people of Indian origin to engage fully (body, mind, and soul) in the process of change; explore their capacity to affect change; strengthen their leadership potential; and take active steps to contribute to the world around them. Indicorps also hopes to make a conscious effort to unite India's fragmented global family in collective contribution towards India's progress.


Indicorps Fellowship


The Indicorps fellowship is a profound personal experience and an opportunity to understand participatory development through intense voluntary service. The structured program encourages participants to leave their comfort zones, place others' interests before their own, test their own potential to affect change, explore their relationship with India, and understand what it means to lead by committing themselves to innovative grassroots projects. Indicorps believes that giving one's time and energy, without any attachment to the outcome, regardless of the circumstances, is an unparalleled personal experience in service. At the same time, the fellowship is a chance for fellows to address their own identity, recognize their personal boundaries, and understand how to produce change in their environment(s). The fellowship is deeply rewarding, a transformational and challenging personal journey, and part of Indicorps' collective experiment for change.



Participate in  A Survey for a Project Course




My Name is Srikanth Jandhyala and I am a PhD candidate in the department of computer science at Louisiana State University. I am conducting a research on digital connectivity between Indian students in America and their parents in India as part of one of my coursework project. I have created a survey as part of this research and I request you to pass on this survey to the Indian students mailing list at your university. I am copying the survey questions along with options so that you get an idea of what questions the survey takers are expected to answer. The following URL points to the actual survey:


If you are not interested in forwarding the survey or feel it is inappropriate content to distribute, can you please reply with a "NO" in the message body. This gives me an idea of which universities participated in the survey.


If this mail was sent in the past and you already participated or weren't interested in participating, I apologize for the repetitive mails.



Srikanth Jandhyala


PS: survey questions follow


1. How frequently do you reach your parents


    a.    15 days - 1 month

    b.    Every Week

    c.    Twice a Week

    d.    Every Day


2. What mode of communication do you use to reach them


    a.    VoIP Phone

    b.    Regular phone

    c.    Voice Chat (yahoo/skype/msn etc)


3. Other than voice do you use any other medium to reach them


    a.    photos sharing (using messenger or photos uploaded to websites)

    b.    video sharing (using messenger or videos uploaded to websites)

    c.    email

    d.    text chat


4. Would you prefer to reach your parents with other medium (photos, videos)


    a.    Yes

    b.    No

    c.    May be

    d.    Don't Care


5. If the answer to question 4 is "yes" what would be your preferred form of communication  for reaching your parents through other medium would be


    a.    Internet based ( e.g., photos - uploaded to web or shared in a a messenger)

    b.    Traditional methods (e.g., photos - printed and mailed)


6. If the answer to question 4 is "no" what would be the reason for not reaching out through other medium


    a.    never had a chance to think about other forms

    b.    not interested or have time for uploading photos/videos

    c.    current technologies (messengers, web based sharing) are not encouraging

    d.    people whom you are trying to reach are not aware of how to use internet technologies


7. If you start preferring to use other medium or need to reach via other medium, do you prefer to do it yourself or would you use an external service


    a.    Yes, would use external service

    b.    No

    c.    May be

    d.    don't care


8. Do you happen to use any external service currently. If so, please list them


9. Where do your parents live

(what is the nearest/in city/town from the place where your parents live)


10. Which university are you currently enrolled


11. Do you have any siblings living with your parents


    a.    yes

    b.    no


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Norman Topping Student Center
University of Southern California
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