中国海外学生联谊会(Chinese Overseas Students Association)简介

中国海外学生联谊会
Chinese Overseas Students Association (COSA)
Email: [email protected]

社团历史
中国海外学生联谊会(COSA),作为加拿大西安大略大学国王大学学院唯一一个华人学生社团,已经有长达10年的历史。2年前,COSA秉承着给同学们带来实际帮助、向加拿大本地居民传播中国悠久文化的办会理念,重新组建,由国王大学学院中国学生会改名为中国海外学生联谊会。
历年来,COSA在主校区及三个分校区的学生群体间,都有着不俗的口碑和影响力。COSA广招贤士,学生干部来源于西大的每个校区,并且每一位都是经过层层筛选选拔出来的优秀人才。他们高度的热情和对学生活动认真负责的态度,也得到广大同学们的一致好评和认同。

社团性质
对于社团内部成员,COSA尽力做到为每一个人着想。主席、部门部长及各部门成员之间发展了良好的工作内外的关系,其乐融融。COSA自创立起,始终坚持热心、温馨、如同一个大家庭的集体文化。
对于中国留学生,COSA致力于给同学们提供友好的交流、互动平台。社团每年通过十多个形式不一、内容丰富多彩的活动,帮助新生们更快地适应伦敦当地以及西大校内的留学生活。COSA与当地社区的各项合作,帮助了学生们积累社会经验,发展良好的社会关系。
对于西大,COSA一直怀着推广中国悠久文化的理念,促成西安大略大学及国王学院的社团特性多样化,为校区添加了更多的文化色彩。
对于伦敦的当地社区,COSA为其与学校和学生之间的联络做出了相当大的贡献,起到了非常关键的桥梁作用。在增进华人学生与现实社会凝聚力的同时,也让非华人群体了解了中国丰富万千的历史背景和文化底蕴。

社团结构
活动部
活动部负责策划及组织热门的娱乐和体育活动。通过让学生们参与到氛围轻松的课外兴趣活动当中,增进了他们之间的交流,也让学生们在紧张的课业中能够得到适当放松。
2014至2015学年,COSA举办的活动包括社团全体大会、慈善公益演出、篮球赛、交友活动等。尤其是2015年4月举办的面向全体学生的公益表演,座无虚席,现场掌声不断,在学校内部广受学生好评。

财政部
财政部主要致力于制作各部门和各项活动的财政预算,维持良好的财政状况,与潜在赞助商交涉,和建立并保持良好的赞助合作关系。
为了更好、更有效地与中外商家交流与合作,根据社员所擅长使用的语言能力,COSA在财政部内设立了中英文双部,力求让每一位成员在工作中发挥出自己最大的优势。

宣传部 (市场推广和传媒分部)
宣传部的主要职责是为COSA举办的各类活动进行前期、后期宣传,并在举办活动时进行实时的信息广播和扩散。设计用于推广活动的海报、在社交网络上的进行活动信息推送和实时图片报导、后期发布反馈的图片和制作的总结视频等,均属于COSA宣传部的工作范畴。
宣传部是一个广播大喇叭,通过在学生群体和社区中使用各类平台推广社团活动,向公众传递了COSA及其每项活动的中心理念,有效地加强了COSA在校区和社区中的知名度和影响力。

学生服务部
除娱乐活动以外,COSA的学生服务部也时常筹划举办为学生们贴心服务的生活类活动。为了帮助同学们更快了解并适应加拿大的留学生活,学生服务部历年来都会邀请当地社区来自通讯、银行、保险、税务业等各行各业的专家到西大做客,并为同学们举办公开讲座,介绍当地生活须知的专业知识和必备信息。
在举办生活服务类活动的同时,学生服务部也会定期邀请成绩优异的高年级学生和优秀毕业生,以讲座和小组讨论的形式,帮助解答同学们所面临的选课、学业及就业问题。

外联部
外联部是COSA于2014年春季新成立的一个行政部门。外联部的主要工作内容是对外与学校各社团、学生会、中国领事馆、安省学生社团联盟等洽谈合作意向、建立友好关系,对内搭建好社团内部间的沟通桥梁,并辅助其他部门与外界机构的联系与合作。

特色部门结构——西安大略大学百事通
西安大略大学百事通开创于2013年初,由数位热心负责的在校华人学生组成。作为COSA的特色部门,百事通通过回答各类疑问,及时广播气象预告及大学的动态与信息,创办租房小站、书本交易站、精算小组和移民快报等,为留学生们提供了便利的交易交流平台,并为有意向移民的学生们总结出了实用的移民信息。
百事通即将在其主页及论坛推出伦敦初指南,向学生们介绍伦敦的餐饮、校内校外住宿、市内公交、假期旅游、各学科选课建议、各银行和通讯公司的的服务特点等,争取让同学们拥有更加美好的校园生活体验。


History
Chinese Overseas Students Association (COSA) is the only Chinese student club registered in King’s college of Western University, and it has a ten-year history. Two years ago, COSA was established as to hold on the mission of providing real help to the students and promoting Chinese culture to the local community, and was renamed from King’s Chinese Student Association to the current name, COSA.
So far, COSA has had a professional and positive impression among all the campus of Western. The executives of COSA come from the students who are right now studying in any of the campus, and they are strictly selected by high standards. Their enthusiasm and conscientiousness always win positive feedback from the other students.

Culture
For its members, COSA tries to consider everyone in the team. Close relations has been developed among the President, Vice-presidents and executives in COSA’s different departments. The culture of COSA is consistently being a big family ever since it set up.
For Chinese international students, COSA strives to provide them a communication and interaction platform. It helps new students to adapt the London local community and university life through creating several types of activities. COSA has cooperated with the local community so that it can help students to accumulate more experience and build up further relations. 
For Western University, COSA implies the idea of promoting Chinese Culture, as well as devoting to the diversity of USC clubs. 
For London local community, COSA has largely contributed in connecting the community and university, being an important bridge between the two bodies. COSA does not only let the Chinese students have chances to communicate with London local community, but also provides chances for other residents to get in touch with Chinese culture and Chinese history.

Club's Structure
Department Events
The Department of Events is responsible for planning and organizing various entertainment and sport activities. By encouraging the students to participate in extra-curricular activities in a relaxing atmosphere, they are bonded more firmly through communication and interactions. Additionally, students are able to release their pressure from tense study at the same time.
During the academic year 2014-2015, COSA has organized a variety of events including the general meetings, coffee house, basketball games, and social events, etc. In particular, during the charity coffee house event held in April, 2015, the room was all packed; the laughter and applause permeated from the beginning to the end.

Department Finance
The Department of Finance is committed to make budgets for all the related departments and upcoming events. It play a significant role when it comes to maintaining a good financial position, negotiating with potential sponsors and establishing a positive relationship with the future partners.
In order to communicate with Chinese and Canadian sponsors more effectively, COSA has created both Mandarin and English sub-divisions within Finance. Through dividing the executives according to their preferred language skill, each of them can take advantage at their work to the greatest extent.

Department Promotion (Marketing and Media)
The main duties of the Department of Promotion include pre- and post- promoting the club events, posting real-time club information on social media pages, designing poster and releasing feedback for the events with video summaries.
The Department of Promotion is like a broadcasting speaker of COSA. By using various information platforms to promote the activities among students and within the community, the central idea of each event and the culture of COSA is broadly delivered. It effectively strengthens the popularity and influence of the club in the campus and community.

Department Student Issue
In addition to the entertainment activities, the Department of Student Issues often organizes events that can be really helpful in terms of student’ study and life. In order to help students adapt to their life in Canada more quickly, Student Issue invites the local professionals from telecommunications, banking, insurance and taxation careers to do presentations at Western. In the presentations, students are introduced to the precious and necessary information that they desire to know.
In spite of the international students’ life topics, The Department of Student Issue also regularly invites outstanding Western seniors or graduates to help answer the questions regarding course enrollment, academic performance and employment in the form of presentation or group discussion.

Department Public Relations
The Department of Public Relation is newly established in the spring of 2014. Its main task is divided into two parts: externally, Public Relations is responsible for communicating with USC and its registered clubs, Chinese consulate, Ontario Student Association Union and other bodies to discuss the potential partnership and establish friendly relations; internally, Public Relation acts as a medium that builds bridges between all COSA executing departments, and assist them in their communications with outside agencies.

Featured Department: "Western Pedia"
Western Pedia was created in early 2013 under the leadership of a number of enthusiastic and responsible Chinese students. As the featured department of COSA, Western Pedia is able to gather information including the weather forecast, local news, rental or home purchase advertisements and other living guides. Such platform provides a convenient way for international students to know what is going on around their life, and to learn about the immigration policies for those who have the intentions.
Soonly, Western Pedia will upload the directory and guide of London on its home page. This new and release will completely cover the dining, housing, transporting, traveling and class enrollment here in London as introduced. Western Pedia’s ultimate goal is to let the students be more familiar to the school and the city, so that they can enjoy a better campus experience.



2014-2015年度社团活动简介

社团活动总结
在2014-2015学年期间,中国海外学生联谊会(COSA)努力成为了加拿大西安大略大学最杰出的社团之一。来自COSA的六个部门,具备激情和热情、行事负责的社团负责人和各部门成员们,积极而用心地组织了各类活动,丰富了同学们的大学生活。
在这一年中,COSA向公众发送了许多有用的推送讯息,并通过不同的媒体渠道,力图使这些信息让更多的人受益。例如,COSA曾在脸书(Facebook)、微信等平台上发布了COSA半月刊,收集了关于机票、旅游和租房等方面的广告讯息,为中国留学生们,特别是初到加拿大的学生们提供了最方便的服务。COSA力图通过发布这些帮助类讯息,给予学生们关系,使他们感受到温暖,并排遣远离家乡的孤独感。
除此以外,COSA也安排了高年级的学姐学长们,为新到学校的同学办理银行卡和手机卡进行指导。这样的互帮互助已经成为了COSA长久沿袭的一份传统。现今被帮助的大学新生们也将会成长为高年级的学长和学姐,而他们也会继续帮助未来的新同学们解决刚出国时会面临的各种问题。这也是为什么COSA的成员会很快地彼此熟悉,从而组建成这一个温暖团结的大家庭。
在上一个学年度,COSA还举办了慈善公益演出(charity coffee house),在使同学们从繁重学习任务中得到休息的同时,也帮助了伦敦当地的非营利性组织筹集善款。值得一提的还有2014年COSA所举办的篮球赛,这项赛事重新点燃了同学们的竞技体育和团队合作精神。除以上两个娱乐及体育板块的代表性活动以外,COSA还持续地组织了一系列的知识讲座(Info Session),指导同学们解决出现在学习和生活中的各方面问题。以上的三个活动,也将会在活动介绍后面的板块中得到详细地描述。
通过上一学年的各类活动,无论是来自COSA内部还是外部的学生们都得到了非常难忘的愉快体验。中国海外学生联谊会(COSA)在本年度中,也会秉持着服务学生与社会的社团文化的目标,继续努力。


代表性活动简介
慈善公益演出(Charity coffee house)
COSA在2015年举办的活动中,最具有代表性的就是4月举办的慈善公益演出了。演出者们均不享受任何收益,他们站上舞台只为了凭借自己的优秀演出争夺全场中的“最佳贡献”奖。本次演出也没有收取任何的门票费用,以此来鼓励更多的人参与到这个热心的活动中来。
本次演出具有魔术、歌曲、吉他和钢琴等等众多精彩纷呈的表演形式,总体上得到了巨大成功。在整个演出的热烈气氛中,越来越多的观众涌入现场,并参与到了最后的“我最喜欢的节目”投票当中。
演出最后,每位演出者的投票都以慈善捐助的形式出现。因此,本次演出活动的良好反响最终转化为了来自观众们捐赠的数百慈善基金。这些善款不仅体现了演出的高质量,也有力地说明了演出唤醒了观众们的善意之心,成效显著。
所有的捐赠款都代表了COSA对于儿童慈善事业的关注,送往了儿童关怀基金会。我们相信,这次活动是一次难忘且有意义的活动。它不仅是中西文化的一次交融结合,用西方的慈善形式,演出了中国式的演出,跟重要的是观众们在享受演出的过程里同时也帮助了需要帮助的孩子们。

COSA篮球赛
作为COSA体育类活动的代表,COSA篮球赛集聚了学生中许许多多的篮球爱好者和竞技精英。比赛举行于2014年11月16日。超过10支队伍参与了本次的比赛,进程被分为4轮,井然有序地开展。
最终一战形式分外紧张。进入比赛最终三分钟,球场中的每个人都屛住了呼吸,直到最后口哨吹响,结束了整个赛程。比赛中,每一支队伍和它的每一个成员都做出了最大努力争取胜利。参与比赛的学生们不仅锻炼了合作能力、发展了新的友谊,还表现出了令人骄傲的良好素质。所有的球员们都对己方队友,甚至对方队伍的球员们表现出了应有的尊重,举办篮球赛的主旨也在此当中得到了充分体现。
由于篮球赛取得了巨大成功,它将会成为一个传统被保留于COSA的年度活动当中。

知识讲座(info session)
在2014年9月新学期伊始,COSA举办了一次关于牙科保健计划(Dental Plan)的知识讲座。许多中国留学生都认为在加拿大检查牙齿费用非常昂贵,也不知道自己的学费当中有牙科保健计划的费用,甚至连牙齿有了健康问题也舍不得去伦敦当地的牙医处检查。COSA积极地为大家提供帮助,使学生们关注自己的健康,并拥有一个更好的学习生活。前来提供讲座的牙医也会就牙齿健康方面为学生们提供大量意见,教授大家如何避免未来牙齿问题的小方法。
另外,COSA也举办了Business 2257和1220E两门课程的复习讲座。同学们普遍反映,在学习这两门使用毅伟商学院案例教学法的课程时,会遇到一些难题。同时,语言方面的短缺也造成了这个难题更加复杂。COSA发现这一问题后,组织举办了针对这两门高难度课程的学习讲座。高年级的优秀学生们被邀请到讲座中来,帮助其他学生们解决当下的学习难题,同时分享自己的宝贵经验,帮助正在学习这两门学科的学生们准备下一次的考试。
2014年,COSA也特别举办了一个为想要申请毅伟商学院的同学们准备的知识讲座。作为一个巨大而困难的目标,大一大二的学生们常常为申请毅伟的复杂过程感到困惑和焦虑。为了满足这一部分学生的需要,COSA邀请了当下正在毅伟商学院就读的学生,前往讲座分享他们申请商学院时的经历,并用他们的真实经历给新生们一个关于未来在毅伟的生活的初步印象。讲座的轻松氛围也同时给予了学生们结识新朋友,甚至未来在毅伟商学院的新伙伴的机会。


Event summaries
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Chinese Overseas Student Association (COSA) had make its biggest effort to be one of the best clubs operating at Western. Responsible and enthusiastic VPs and executives from all 6 apartments in COSA made steady efforts in organizing varied activities in order to assist and enrich students’ life.
Within the year, COSA has provided abundant valuable information to broad masses by different methods during the year to ensure people were able to read and benefit from it. For instance, COSA published promotional information about plane tickets, trips and house rent ads on Facebook, Wechat and many other network communication platforms every half-month, providing the most convenient services for all the international students, especially who arrived Canada for the first time, and gave them warm hugs to expel the loneliness of leaving the hometown.
In addition, COSA sent upperclassmen to assist the first year students with handling bank account and SIM card problems, which was a passing-on tradition of COSA nowadays. Students in upper years helped the lower years students, whom would help future students. In this case, COSA created a chance for students to know each other and form the big united family, which was the COSA itself.
COSA also conducted charity events like charity coffee house, giving students an opportunity to take a break from the heavy study work as well as support local non-profitable organizations. The basketball game held by COSA was also a spotlight during 2014, while it reminded students of sports and team spirit. In addition to the entertaining and sports event mentioned above, COSA continuously organized info sessions to guide the students through solving any problems in their study or campus life. The coffee house, basketball game and the series of info sessions will be more specifically discussed in the following sections.
Through all the activities, students from either inside or outside of COSA both got enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Chinese Overseas Students Association (COSA) will continue to work hard to serve the students and society this year.

Event examples
Charity coffee house
One of the biggest events COSA held in 2015 was the April coffee house, which was a non-profitable charity event. Performers were invited freely, and they would stand up on the stage, competing for the prize of “Highest Donation”. Otherwise, audiences were broadly encouraged to join in the event without being charged for any entrance fee.
The coffee house got a huge success as the performances were truly enjoyable and contained dynamic show styles such as close-up magic, singing, and guitar and piano playing. Influenced by the hot atmosphere, a large number of students flew into the room and participated in the final voting for the best performance.
Since the “votes” performers got were in a form of charity donation, the good response we’ve finally got were transferred to the raise of hundreds of funds. All the money voluntarily donated by the audiences showed that they really enjoyed watching the show, and their deeply buried true heart for charity were brought up as well.
All the money raised directly went to the Children’s Care Foundation as a piece of love for children. We believed this was an unforgettable and meaningful event, as it was an integration of western and eastern culture, merging Chinese shows in to a western atmosphere; most importantly , people enjoyed the performance and did help children who need help at the meantime.

COSA basketball game
As a symbol of COSA’s sports events, a basketball game was held last year which attracted many students who are talented and addicted to this popular sport.
The game was held in November 16th. More than 10 teams participated in the game, and the whole process was divided into four rounds to guarantee it was well organized.
The final competition was really intense. Everyone in the court held their breath when the game went into the last three minutes, until a buzzer beater ended the entire game. During the games, every team and each of its members strove and tried their best to win. Students tended to practice their teamwork skill and developed new friendship. All players demonstrated their respect not only for the teammates as well as the opponents, which was the original intention of this activity and made it all worthwhile.
Because of the entire success, basketball game is considered to become one tradition activity held by COSA.

Info session
At the beginning of a new semester in September 2014, COSA held a dental plan 
introduction session. Many international student believed the dentist fee was really expensive and they did not know about their own dental plan, and they never went to the dentist in London even when they have some problems with their teeth. COSA’s enthusiastic assistance gave them a big hand to take care their own health and help the students to live a better life during the school year. The dentist coming to the session also gave students lots of advice about their teeth in order to avoid future problem of their own teeth.
Otherwise, COSA also had the review sessions for the lesson Business 2257 and 1220E. Many a student had trouble when studying these two courses because they absorbed the case study method from Ivey Business School. The language problem also came into play and made the challenge even harder to overcome. Thus, COSA stood out and held this information session. Seniors and top students were invited to help others work through their difficulties met in the learning, and also share precious experience to assist them getting prepared for the upcoming exam.
A special info session designed particularly for the students who would like to apply to IVEY Business school took place in 2014 as well. As a big and hard goal to achieve, students from the first two years usually got confused and anxious on the complicated application steps of getting into Ivey. As to meet those students’ need, COSA invited currently Ivey Business School students into the session and welcome them to share their experiences when applied to Ivey, and used their real study experience there to give the freshmen a closer impression of their imagined life. It also formed a relaxing environment for the students to freely socialize with each other, potentially meet their future colleagues.

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