Association of Indian Students at USC

Sunday, April 27, 2008

AIS Newsletter

Association of Indian Students

 AIS wishes all of you 'ALL THE BEST' for your finals.

 Hello Friends,

 Admits to USC have started coming in and AIS is looking for volunteers to help provide temporary accommodation to students. So it would be great if we can get a good number of volunteers in helping us with this and also pass on this information to all your friends.

The AIS Team


Upcoming Events:

EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) presents its biggest event ever!!!

"Dancing with the Engineers"

Come watch the most talented dancers at USC, showcase their best moves
Free entry for all. Persian/Indian food served after the event.

When: Tuesday, April 29th at Bovard Auditorium from 5:00pm onwards
Why: Because it will be an event to remember!!

First 200 people get food coupons!! Come early!!

Dean Yanis C. Yortsos will be there to open the event...

RSVP on facebook to let us know you will be there!!!!!

Facebook link to the event:
Come join the fun!!!!!!!!!!

HSO Weekly Aarti  - Last Aarti of this Semester

Date: 29th Apr, 2008
Time: 7:15 pm
Venue: Fishbowl Chapel (Between University Church and University Health Center)

NOTE: The Hindu Students Organization is also planning to elect the new board members for the next semester.  So if you are interested in joining the board, please email Neena Ananda ( )


Southern California Indo Americans

Hey all! It's almost the end of the year… papers, finals, and of course, summer vacation. Before we wrap up the semester, SCIA has a couple more events and we hope to see you there to join us in ending the school year with a bang! -- Special shout-out to the SENIORS (Raj Roy, Neil Dewan, Bijal Mehta) who won the basketball tournament today!! 

Culture Show DVDs can be purchased for $10 at the SCIA booth on Trousdale this week, along with tickets for Club Sugar & Banquet!!!


Join us this Wednesday to elect next year's executive board!

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: GFS 106

*Club Sugar Outing*
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2008

1716 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

End of the Year Banquet

The most anticipated event of the year is finally here!! Join us as we celebrate a great year at a SURPISE location! Amazing FOOD, OPEN BAR, dancing, socializing, dressing up... did we mention OPEN BAR and DANCING??!?

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008




Other Informations:

Need Volunteers for Temporary Accomodation

As fellow Indian students, it is one of the primary help which every incoming student needs, when they come to USC. Please help us by giving your support in helping one or two of the incoming students by giving them temporary accommodation in your apartment when they land here.

 If you are willing to volunteer, please email us with your name and phone number to .

 We will also be releasing an online form on the AIS website within a week to  make it easier for you to volunteer.  We will mail out the details with the next newsletter. Thank you for your support.


SEF iWalk – A Walk for Charity

Have you ever tried to walk down the street with your eyes closed for about 30 seconds? Fortunately, most of us will never have to experience this daunting task because we have normal or close to normal vision. However, about 1/5 of the worlds blind can be found living a painful life in India.

Fortunately, there are organizations like the Sankara Eye Foundation, which are dedicated to helping the visually handicapped. SEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating curable blindness in India. Although most of this blindness IS curable, many people in rural areas lack access to quality eye care. That is where SEF comes in. The foundation conducts rural outreach eye camps to identify patients, brings them to the nearest Sankara eye care facility and provides comprehensive eye care in addition to providing lodging and food free of cost. They are also given a follow up after a month to assess results. It only takes $30 to perform one sight rectification operation in India. SEF has given this gift to over 57,000 underprivileged Indians in 2007 alone. SEF's motto is "Vision 20/20 by 2020." It aims to establish 20 free eye care centers across the country and conduct over 1.2 million eye surgeries annually by the year 2020. There are SEF hospitals in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, Coimbatore and three more will be finished by 2008 in Anand, Shimoga, and Bangalore.

As students, we have the power to help those in need. Along with many other groups, we are planning a walkathon at UCLA. 100% of the proceeds will go to the SEF.  There will be an information night for the walkathon on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9th, 2008 from 9-10 PM. SNACKS will be provided!

Who: YOU
When: May 11th, 2008 11-2
Where: Elwin C. Drake Stadium

Why: Because INDIA needs our help, badly. Performances by many South Asian dance teams.

How: Register at

To create your own fundraising page:

Registration Fee: $5 (Includes T-shirt, lunch, and tote bag)
Co-Sponsors: HSC, MSA, ISU, PSA, URC, Pre-Optometry Society at UCLA, Alumni Scholars Club, Project RISHI
Walk: 4K (10 laps), 8K(20 laps)
Run: 4K (10 laps)

Contact: with any questions.

***ALL WALKERS/RUNNERS are required to raise a minimum of $30, the cost to provide one free eye surgery***


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Association of Indian Students
Norman Topping Student Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0981

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Association of Indian Students
Norman Topping Student Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0981

email: url:


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