Keeping up the spirit

Picture and poetry contest in times of corona

Last week we expanded the poetry contest to include photos, paintings and drawings. We received many beautiful works of art.

This week we share a drawing by Jehian Leupen, from the BA European Studies. He calls the piece ‘Fleeting Moments’, under his pen name ‘clownpla_by_jeb’.


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UM Heritage Series: Taehoon Lee & South Korea

UM Heritage is a campaign which aims to show different students’ cultures and traditions of their home country.

In this episode, Taehoon Lee, third-year European Studies student, takes us on a journey to his home country South Korea. Rapid growth and development, K-pop music, Hanok villages and preserved traditions are mixed with tales about division of the North and South.

To watch the video click here.


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Where to go to for support?

We understand that these are difficult times and you may have questions on a vast array of topics. Below you can find an overview of where to go to for support.


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Wanted: creative initiatives in times of corona

Despite this strange and uncertain period, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL awards subsidies to projects and activities of UM students and UM (scientific) staff.

The UFL/SWOL is looking for creative (online) initiatives, such as a congress, symposium, workshop, and so on. Or perhaps you are a staff member with a corona-related research proposal?

Apply before 15 May 2020 (staff) and 22 May 2020 (students). More information can be found here.

Aline Sierp records video message for colleagues and students

Aline Sierp has recorded a video message for colleagues and students as part of the ‘UM from home’ initiative.

Have a look at the video to see why she thinks that there are not only negative outcomes from the coronacrisis.

Poetry contest now accepting photos and drawings

The poems keep coming, for which many thanks. We’re expanding the scope of creative material developed during the coronavirus crisis. Now that it looks like most of the current rules in the Netherlands will remain in place until 20 May, you may want to move beyond poetry. We will also be accepting photos and drawings.

Continue to send all material (poems, photos, drawings) to Sally Wyatt.

See below for the first pictures.


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Poetry Contest

The poetry keeps coming… the talent in the faculty is amazing. People are writing poems for the first time, in other languages. Please keep sending them to Sally Wyatt.

When this is over, we will prepare a booklet of everything we have received, with a special section for the limericks.

This week we present ‘I walked with a cat’ by Dora Vrhoci (CAST student).


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Diënne Hoofs and the best kept secret of Maastricht

“This is different”, I said to Laura Barendregt two weeks ago when I interviewed her for the Humans of FASoS, “I usually meet people at Bandito for the interview, discuss their life over a cup of coffee.”


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Former BA ES student cleans ambulances

Former BA ES student Thierry Bleijswijk has been a volunteer with the Netherlands Red Cross for four years. He usually helps out at concerts and festivals, but now he helps clean ambulances. This helps paramedics reduce their turnover time.

You can read the entire interview here.

Send your ideas for webinars to Patrick Bijsmans

Patrick Bijsmans has already hosted several webinars for UM and FASoS staff on online teaching and learning.

If you have an idea for a webinar, please write to Patrick Bijsmans. If you want to share your experience in writing, consider contributing to the FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog.

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