December 2009 ISSS Newsletter

ISSS Field Trips

In September and October, ISSS offered two out-of-town trips for international students, scholars and friends. 

The first was to the Kansas State Fair.  The Kansas State Fair takes place for ten days each September in Hutchinson, Kansas.  During the Fair, visitors can experience the best of Kansas agriculture, food, games and music.  This year, a group from K-State’s International Student and Scholar Services took a day to travel to the Kansas State Fair.  Fair-goers enjoyed seeing and touching animals such as llamas and rabbits.  They also had the chance to sample an array of foods from the “bacon turkey leg” to lemon-shake-ups and cotton candy.  Many booths that highlighted Kansas history and industry provided everyone with greater insight into what Kansas is like outside of Manhattan.  Also, the students were surprised at just how fast the pigs could run at the pig races! 

In order to offer a city experience, International Student and Scholar Services arranged for a trip to Kansas City.  Nearly eighty international students and scholars traveled on buses to the city for a day of shopping and dining.  The first place the group went was to the Legends shopping plaza where everyone could shop at the outlet stores and eat lunch.  After a few successful hours of shopping there, the group loaded back into the buses and headed downtown.  The day was unseasonably cold for October, but the group braved the weather for more shopping in the outdoor Country Club Plaza district.  A few members of the group also elected to check out the popular Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.  After the sun had set, and everyone had eaten dinner, the group met once again at the buses.  The aisles were filled with all of the day’s purchases as the group rode home! 

ISSS will be offering more trips in the coming semesters.  If you have an idea of where you would like to go, please email Caitlin at  Trip ideas and suggestions are always appreciated.