LINKers' Impact on Campus

Every semester (mainly during the Fall semester) LINKers are paired with one another to  work on different projects: (1)  to enhance the campus climate for the international community  (2) to ease the international community’s transitions to the US/JMU, (3) to assist with the admissions of new international community members, and (4) to help and ease future LINKers’ tasks and responsibility.

Handout Projects:

  • Top - Ten Reasons to attend JMU- One of the first projects tackled by the LINKers was to come up with a handout that would highlight JMU’s features and benefits with the hope of convincing newly admitted international students to choose JMU!
  • Activities & Icebreakers Manual – LINKers during Transitions and ISLC (International Student Leadership Conference) often times need to facilitate group activities for small and large groups alike. Knowing which ones to use and when to use them is not always an easy task.

Video Projects:

  • Virtual Campus Tour - Considering that new prospective and admitted international students cannot always visit the campus, All of the LINKers joined forces to provide a virtual tour of the campus.
  • What makes you (LINKers) awesome? - All of the LINKers, at the time, created a video where each of day presented reasons for why they are awesome to empower new students and give them ways that they can be awesome too.
  • Welcome to JMU and Pre-departure steps for international students –  This video was created in an effort to bring a more welcoming and personal message to new international students along with their additional pre-departure steps.
  • What is the LINK program? – This video was created to bring more awareness to the campus about what the LINKer program is about, as well as a tool to help with the recruitment of LINKers.

Project Proposals:

  • Conference-style presentations during Transitions proposal – A conference-type concept with a series of concurrent sessions proposal was presented as a new way to present useful information in an interactive format to new students during the program Transitions (international orientation). This proposal was accepted and implemented.
  • Cell Phone usage in the U.S. A handout and workshop proposal was accepted and implemented as a way to answer a lot of the questions and comments that new students raise during Transitions.
  • Getting Involved on campus - A handout and workshop proposal was accepted and implemented as a way to answer a lot of the questions and comments that new students raise during Transitions.
  • Transportation presentation Proposal -  A handout and workshop proposal was accepted and implemented as a way to answer a lot of the questions and comments that new students raise during Transitions.
  • JMU Dating 101 - This proposal was brought together as a means to address this concept and issue in a workshop and/or handout to be presented during Transitions..

Misc. Projects:

  • Coordinate an international student’s visit to JMU- Two LINKers were assigned to coordinate and ensure the full execution of a new international student’s weekend visit to JMU.
  • Hosting and facilitating a Town Hall meeting for the international community -  as a means to update the entire international community at JMU about the many  LINKer projects and new updates that the ISSS office had to provide, LINKers conducted and facilitated a Town Hall meeting.
  • Developing a Linguistic and Culture Differences survey -  In an effort to develop a workshop for faculty and staff about the status of international students on this campus, a few LINKers served as consultant to develop a survey meant to collect international students about their experience as JMU students.
  • LINKer Recruitment strategies – a group of LINKers were tasked with the recruitment of new LINKers for the following year. In addition to providing different ways to advertise about the available job positions and implementing these ideas, they also held an information session for prospective and interested LINKers.
  • Transportation to the Airport over the breaks- Over the period of 2 semesters, returning LINKers (4’INers) were assigned to conduct a full report with needs analysis, a proposal and application sections. Moreover, they initiated and established a collaboration between the ISSS office and the Valley Connector to offer buses to transport students to airports during breaks.
  • Marketing of the LINK program – Returning LINKers (4’INers) have developed new means to market the LINK program to the JMU community and mainly different student leaders, and academic and student affairs departments.  This included the redesign of the LINKer business cards,  and a video explaining what is the LINKer program and the LINKers’ role.

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