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ASA’s students come from more than 100 countries all over the world, including Poland, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, India, Russia and Thailand. Diversity of student population and multicultural learning environment are among the key factors contributing to academic achievement and overall successful implementation of educational policies at the college. Celebration of many national and religious holidays is an essential part of student life at ASA for it helps to foster unity and closeness among people from different backgrounds and to learn about cultural traditions of different countries. On March 26th, 2011, ASA College would like to invite everyone to the celebration of the spring festival Navruz, one of the oldest holidays in the world.

Translated from Persian, Navruz means “a new day of the new year” and marks the beginning of a calendar year in Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, western provinces of China and some Central Asia countries. In many republics of Central Asia Navruz is also a state holiday. It usually falls on March 21st, the day of spring equinox when the number of daylight hours equals the number of nighttime hours. Navruz is cheerful and festive and includes gift exchanges, shows, fairs, live music and dance performances. However, there is much more to Navruz: it’s time to celebrate your family, your friends, your good fortunes, the end of a gloomy winter and the beginning of a joyful spring.

The program of Navruz celebration at ASA will include presentations on the history and meaning of the holiday, a fashion show of national costumes, live performances by ASA students, tasting of  traditional Navruz meals and raffles among audience. The event will be held on March 26th, 2011, at 4PM at ASA’s Manhattan campus located at 1293 Broadway, 3rd Floor. The event is free and open to the public.

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NYS TESOL’s Annual Conference

NYS TESOL’s Annual Conference   Christian Perticone, Program Director of the IEP Department, and Derek Baylor, ESL adjunct faculty member, led a 70-minute workshop and gave a poster presentation at NYS TESOL’s annual conference, which was held in at the Crown Plaza Hotel in White Plains on November 14th – 16th. With over 700 attending teachers from around state, and presenters from around the world, the conference provided professors Perticone and Baylor a great opportunity to share their theories about...

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A Better Life and a Better Society: In Conversation with Seny Taveras, New Chair of Legal Studies Division

A Better Life and a Better Society: In Conversation with Seny Taveras, New Chair of Legal Studies Division   Seny Taveras sat down for an interview a few weeks ago to talk about her responsibilities as the new leader of ASA’s Legal Studies Division. Although we only hoped for a few minutes of Ms. Taveras time, she gave us the opportunity to learn a lot about her perspective, and her enthusiasm for her new role. At the heart of Ms....

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Classes will be suspended during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Weekend             Attention students, watch out! Classes will be suspended during Thanksgiving. NY Campuses Classes are suspended from 11/28 through 12/01. Classes will resume on Monday, 12/02. Hialeah Campus Classes are suspended on 11/28 and 11/29. Classes will resume on Monday, 12/02.