Student Center Provides for Students

Concordia University Wisconsin students spend free time in the student’s center, including a dining hall, billiards, televisions, and rooms for studying.

“I lived here on campus for two years, and I spend time here at the student’s center to hangout with other students and watch television,” Alessa said.

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Some students visit the student’s center to do work. A few small rooms allow students to study, anytime as it’s open 24 hours.

Although the student center is usually a happy place, one issue for some students is its cleanliness, or lack thereof.

“I think the students should take care about this place more. When I come here with my friends, we see a lot of food and empty cans on the tables. As a student, I spend time here to watch television or eat dinner. We need some stuff to clean the student’s center every time, “Alharbi said.

Overall, the student center provides students with different resources when not in classes, something that will continue to happen.

Zoey the Comfort Dog

Zoey is the first dog that was hired as a staff member at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon to perform the functions of a comfort dog and serve as a support for people.

The main mission of the Zoey is to promote relaxation as well as decrease stress and depression. In most cases, the interaction takes place in schools, universities, churches, hospitals, and nursing homes. In addition, the Zoey provides assistance and support in various disaster response situations.

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She makes people smile and improves their mood during different stressful events in everyday life.

“I love to see Zoey at CUW, I believe that there is an understanding and communication between humans and animals, they bring comfort to us, ” Harbi said.

Zoey belongs to Lutheran Church Charities. Her membership in this religious organization is even supported by the personal Bible Verse Isaiah 66:13 “As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

Due to her great job performance and assistance-providing, Zoey has received a lot of different awards, including LCC Comfort Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, and Pet Partners Therapy Dog.

International students sometimes struggle with Social Security numbers

Many international students want to work in order to pay for college. Therefore, in order to work in the U.S., every student of category F visa is eligible to have a Social Security number.

Social Security numbers are assigned to people who have the right to work in the U.S. These numbers were implemented to provide the government with information about wages, control paid taxes, and identify Social Security eligibility.

When international students come to the U.S., some have issues with the process.

“Unfortunately, I changed my major because of the SSN. I had to take a few courses out of the campus and these courses were required for the major. They needed a SSN so I couldn’t take the courses. Now I am with a new major, ” Annsar said.

The first Social Security Administration’s request is to provide evidence that a student is eligible to work. This requirement includes being a full-time student and having a formal offer from the campus employment department or being authorized to work by Academic Training, Optional Practical Training, or Curricular Practical Training.

A Social Security number is not required for purposes not related to work such as obtaining a driving license, insurance, and admission to an academic institution.

“CUW could help you with job here on campus, but as an international student you can work out of the campus due to your visa conditions, ” Alresheedi said.

The Social Security Administration must verify the student’s immigration documents before issuing the Social Security number. These documents must include a student’s name, a recent photo, and identifying information. New students are not eligible to apply for a number until 10 business days after entering the U.S.

CUW and UW-Milwaukee Celebrate Eid al-Adha

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Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast”, is one of the two great holidays in Islam, celebrated on the 10th day of the 12th month of the Muslim calendar Zul-Hijjah all over the world. Eid al-Adha honors the act of submission to the Gods commands. Within this holiday Muslims recall the great humility and the God-honoring.

One feature of the feast of Eid al-Adha is that in this day and for the next three days Muslims perform a sacrifice and then donate the meat to relatives, friends, and to the needy and poor people. Thus, the great feast symbolizes compassion and unity, concern for fellows, and compassion for those in need.

“Sacrifice Feast” for Muslims is the time of manifestation of obedience to the Allah, the appreciation to the Almighty for the given blessings, the time of deep spiritual joy, and unity with coreligionists.

The Saudi Club at CUW put on an event September 17 with the Saudi club at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for all Saudi students in Milwaukee to celebrate this day.

“The Saudi club at CUW and UWM worked so hard to make this event happen we just want the students feel like home when they see all these Muslims in one place and celebrating this event,’’ Saudi Club President Naif Abduljabar said.

Abduljabar sent an invite via Facebook so all the Saudi students knew about all the details about this event.

The history of this holiday contains a big lesson for Muslims, it is an example of the patience and humility. It shows to all the believers that they all will receive relief and mercy from the Almighty for the displayed merits.