NEWS: ASIABU student group wins Mindy Stroh Award

ASIABU attendees at the Award Ceremony; from left to right: Yanqitian “Sam“ Huang (Cultural Ambassador), Samantha Catalfamo (secretary), Anushka Pinto (Cultural Ambassador), Jimmy Liu (alumnus), Naveed Ghani (treasurer), and Yi-An Chen (president).

BUCSA is proud to announce that the Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU) was awarded the Mindy Stroh Excellence in Collaborative Programming Award during an Oscar-style ceremony attended by 350 students, advisors, and faculty at the BU GSU Metcalf Grand Ballroom. BU’s “Excellence in Student Activities Awards” is a celebration of the engaging events, activities, and experiences created by BU student groups during the academic year.


DSC01712-1ASIABU received two nominations from the  Student activity Office: one as Student Organization of the Year for Academic/Professional Group; and another for Best Event Collaboration. Among 450 student societies on campus, only five groups are nominated in each category. ASIABU previously won an award for the 2012-2013 academic year. 


Initiated and co-hosted by ASIABU, the Asian New Year Celebration held on February 26, 2015 fetched the Mindy Stroh Excellence in Collaborative Programming Award. The Best Event Collaboration award is given to the student group which successfully works together with other groups to create an event for the BU community.  The Asian New Year Celebration was a rare collaboration with 12 student groups on campus to foster positive relationships in the future, and create a sense of common purpose among students from Asia and interested in Asian cultures. The successful collaboration included the Taiwanese American Student Association, the Hong Kong Student Association, the Asian Student Union, the BU Chinese Student Association, the Indonesian Student Association, the Boston University India Club, the Japanese Student Association, the Singapore Collegiate Society, the BU Belly Dance Society, BU miXx Korean Pop Dance, Alpha Phi Omega BU, and the Indonesian music ensemble Gemelankemana.


DSC01719-1The Asian New Year Celebration aimed to explore how different Asian cultures celebrate their New Year through cultural and educational experiences of live performances, authentic cuisines, and traditional activities from each culture. Some of the most memorable programs included Chinese calligraphy writing, an Indonesian gamelan ensemble performance, Indian Henna tattoo, a dance workshop led by the Belly Dance Society, and more. The celebration welcomed nearly 300 attendees and more than 50 student leaders helped make this event possible. The event was featured on BU Today and the Daily Free Press.