Welcome to the Neighborhood!
The Global Village Living Learning Community is designed to provide a cross-cultural experience for students who are interested in broadening their understanding of world issues and cultures while living on the CUI campus. The Global Village will bring together international and domestic students to live and learn in a joint environment in CUI’s Lambda residence hall.
The Global Village setting is ideal for students planning on studying abroad, for international and exchange students, for students studying foreign languages, as well as any student who is interested in world affairs. Participants will be expected to actively participate in the organization and implementation of cross-cultural programming.
Learning Goals and Objectives
Through your active participation in the Global Village Living Learning Community, you will achieve the following goals.
Academic goals, objectives, and learning outcomes will be outlined in the course syllabus as determined by the Faculty in Residence, or professor designing the course.
Community Development Goals:
- Be familiar with intercultural communication and identify theories and understand how to apply them in different cultures.
- Lead at least one Global Village meeting by introducing cultural aspects of your culture, identity and/or experiences.
- Explore how to reach out to the CUI community and create a substantive event related to culture and global awareness.
- Cultivate a sense of global citizenship as an individual, a house community and beyond; broaden your multicultural competency.
Activities Will Include:
- Global Village fall orientation before the start of classes.
- Official welcome and farewell events for residents.
- Dinners with faculty members to discuss global issues.
- Celebrating international holidays.
- Attending educational presentations on working and studying in other countries.
- Attending cultural theatrical performances and film screenings.
- Discussions and interactions with various foreign language departments.
- Foreign/exotic food nights.
- International film screenings.
- Community service activities.
- “My Global Journey” presentation at the end of the semester.
Meet our Faculty in Residence: Caleb Karges and Family
Dr. Caleb and Mrs. Jennifer Karges both spent much of their twenties living abroad and are excited to work with the students of Global Village. Aside from their love of international and domestic travel, the Kargeses are avid hikers and enjoying building relationships around the dinner table. They also strive to make Global Village one of the most welcoming place on campus and a generally nice place to live.
Dr. Caleb Karges was born in Southern California, but was raised in the windy, dry shadow of the Sierras of Northern Nevada. He received his BA in History from Concordia University Irvine in 2009, and consequently is familiar with dorm life at the university. He also possesses firsthand experience of being an international student from his time spent in graduate school at the University of St Andrews, where he completed his MLitt and PhD in Modern History. During his time abroad he lived not only at the university in Scotland but he also lived in London and Vienna. Caleb is a native English speaker, is proficient in German, and also knows a number of random and mostly useless phrases and words in several other European languages.
Mrs. Jenn Karges was born to a missionary family and later a missionary herself, she has lived on three continents. She was born in South Dakota but spent her childhood in Canada before her parents took a call to serve in Ukraine. Her family then alternated between Iowa and Florida until she enrolled for her Bachelors at Concordia University Nebraska. After completing her degree, Jenn served as a missionary in Kazakhstan for four years and worked with orphans, college students learning English, and later in an international school before she moved to work as a missionary in Mongolia for an additional year. Jenn has experience running English clubs, and she loves working with non-native speakers. Aside from her native tongue of English, Jenn can speak Russian along with a smattering of Kazakh and Mongolian.
Titus William Karges joined the Global Village family in November 2017. In his short life he has seen several states and has been to Central Europe. He loves meeting new people, and he especially enjoys being around college students.