Association of Indian Students at USC

Friday, March 06, 2009

"Association Of Indian Students" Newsletter - Holi Celebrations, Vidushak Performance!!!

Association of Indian Students

Hey All,


We would like to thank all the attendees of the Career Guidance Session - Visa Related Issues. The response was great and we expect more from you all in future AIS events. If you have any feedback on the event - positive or negative, please feel free to email us at
Assocation of Indian Students is all set to welcome everyone for the colourful Holi Celebrations. Holi marks the beginning of the Spring, a season of joy and hope. Let us all celebrate this Holi with fun and frolic and some great Indian food.


We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome any student wanting to help us out in our events as a Senator. We are the largest Indian students organization at USC and thus working with us would help you enhance your leadership skills, boost your communication skills, increase your networking circle and lots more…..So if you feel you have that aspirational spirit in you, come, join us and feel the difference!!!   

Thank You.

AIS Team

Upcoming Events 
Event: Holi Celebrations


Sunday, 29th March, 2009

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: Huntington Beach(Transportation will be provided free)

Details: Its time to celebrate Holi. AIS in assocation with HSO is organizing Holi. We will be going to Huntington Beach. Play with colors and have some delicious Indian food. Transportation, colors and food will be provided free of cost.  



Event: Vidushak Performanc
Date:  Friday, March 6th, 2009
Time:  5:00pm - 6:00pm
Venue:  VKC Courtyard(Facing Doheny Library)
Details:  Its time to have some fusion!! Vidushaks will be performing with "Second Nature" ( as part of their fund-raising event : "Improv-a-thon" : a 24-hour non-stop Imprv show. An American show with Desi tadka or A Desi show with American

Seasoning? To be revealed this Friday...

Koi shaq?

Event: The Glory of Easter Drama
Date:  Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Time:  8:00pm
Details:  The largest and most spectacular passion play is brought to life through exciting drama, song and pageantry. The Easter pageant is famous for its lifelike recreation of earthquakes, thunder storms and lightening inside the all-glass building. Tickets are just $15.00 for International students and American Friends of Internationals (regularly up to $45.00). All seats are reserved. To order your tickets, call Sam (626) 355-1267, or  213-570-0260.


Event: OIS Diners Club March Event: Diners' Club Mexican Feast and Fiesta in Hollywood!!
Date:  Friday, 6th March, 2009
Time:  5:00pm (Meet in front of Leavey)
Cost: About $20 (just an estimate, price may vary)
Details: Sign-up is at the Office of International Services (OIS) at STU300.   You will need to provide a $5 deposit. The deposits will be returned at the event. Transportation will be via the USC Tram and the LA Metro ($1.25 fare each way).  Transportation back to USC will be at your own discretion, but suggestions and tips will be provided. 


Other Information:
Asha News Letter
Asha-LA invites you to read their winter newsletter (attached). Newsletters are windows to the activities and methods of Asha for Education and the current edition contains updates from two projects written by volunteers who have been associated with them for several years. The Basera-e-Tabassum project supports hostels for orphan children in violence hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir. The Street-to-school project aims to bring street children in the Kalighat area in Kolkata out of slums through education. In addition, the newsletter reports on a very successful 5k run that they organized in September'08, and plan to repeat this year.

If you are interested in joining, please subscribe to their mailing list ( and drop by their meetings (every other Wednesday 8pm @RTH)

About Asha for Education ( Asha for Education is a global non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing socio-economic change in India through the education of underprivileged children. Asha has been an innovative supporter of secular and non-political educational projects throughout India for the past 16 years. Started by three students at Berkeley in 1991, the organization has amassed a group of people from all over the world, seeking to foster idealism and egalitarianism. It has become a magnet for students, young professionals, and those who simply want a chance to contribute to the betterment of the world. There are currently over
60 chapters worldwide, with 45 in the US alone. The organization is registered as a 501 (c)3 charity in the United States and all donations are fully tax deductible.

Research Participation Opportunity
Carly Mattefs is a second year Postsecondary Administration/ Student Affairs Masters student here at USC. He is looking to interview undergraduate international students and perhaps organize a focus group to investigate the international students' experiences on U.S. campuses, so that he can help improve services and support at our institution. This is a research project for classroom purposes only; therefore, no publishing of any findings. A coffee would be provided as an incentive for your time. So, if anybody is interested, please contact him at

Eat at The LOT?
Wish you could use your discretionary account at retail locations off-campus? Take the following 3-minute survey and give USG your input so that we can continue to advocate for student needs. htp:// If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with the USG Co-Director of University Affairs, Maya Babla, at

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

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