Grad Student Fun Nights: Join the Graduate School and your fellow graduate students every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CST for a night of fun and skill building.

Each week will focus on a different area — cooking, arts & crafts, writing, etc. Graduate student volunteers will demonstrate a particular skill or hobby during an informal virtual event and teach viewers how to do it. Students are welcome to purchase the supplies/ingredients needed for each activity and join in the fun, or they can just watch and socialize.

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Events

March 3 | 7 p.m CST | Featured topic: Cooking

Stephanie Ford will be teaching us how to make Roasted Maple Butter Brussel Sprouts.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp cooking oil of choice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts
  • Seasoning to match taste (salt, pepper, garlic, onion)

Kitchen tools needed:

  • Sheet pan for roasting
  • Knife
  • 4 quart pot or similar
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Meeting ID: 913 4096 4955

Passcode: 094650

March 10 | 7 p.m. CST | Featured topic: Crochet

Samira Laouzai, a first-year doctoral student in Medical Sociology, will demonstrate how to crochet. She will be teaching us how to crochet a potholder.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:

  • One ball of yarn (preferably in a light color): Lily® Sugar 'n Cream® Yarn, Solids.
  • One crochet hook size 5.00 mm, US - H/8

Note: Cotton yarn is preferred, but you can use any thick yarn.

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Meeting ID: 913 4096 4955

Passcode: 094650

March 17 | 7 p.m. CST | Featured topic: Movie & Discussion

Movie: “Radium Girls”

When the women at a radium factory begin to fall gravely and inexplicably ill, Bessie and her co-workers set out to expose a corporate cover-up. Rated PG-13.

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Passcode: 094650

March 24 | 7 p.m. CST | Featured topic: Aromatherapy Candles

Biology doctoral student Melissa Walker will be teaching us how to make simple aromatherapy candles. If we have time, she will also cover how to recycle old candles that are at the end of their life! This might require additional supplies from what's in the list below.

Supplies:

In addition to this, people will need:

  1. large pot for boiling water (preferably one they don't want to use for cooking anymore)
  2. pencil(s) or wood skewer(s)
  3. their aromatherapy scents if they purchase a kit without the scents included (see below)

The easiest is to purchase scents made for candles from Hobby lobby, Michaels or even through Amazon. For the two candles in the kit, 15-30 mL (~1 ounce) should be sufficient.

If you want to use essential oils, then they need the essential oils plus a carrier oil (argan or jojoba work best). This gets a little expensive, so for a beginner, Melissa would recommend a pre-made candle scent that is already formulated to burn well in wax.

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Meeting ID: 913 4096 4955

Passcode: 094650

March 31 | 7 p.m. CST | Featured topic: Cooking

Biology doctoral student Sabrina Heiser will demonstrate how to make Semmelknoedel, which are German dumplings made with bread. They are usually served with roast.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pieces of toast (I would go for the whole wheat kind)
  • 2 eggs
  • A little under 1/2 cup of milk (100 ml)
  • 3-4 slices of bacon (optional); fry it crispy in advance
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tbsp
  • Some bacon fat (or other oil/fat)
  • Salt
  • Marjoram (dried)
  • Long piece of aluminum foil and an equally sized piece of clingfilm
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Meeting ID: 913 4096 4955

Passcode: 094650

April 14 | 7 p.m. CST | Featured topic: Zines

Biology doctoral student Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky will be teaching us how to make zines, which is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via a copy machine.

Supplies:

  • Computer paper (8.5x11)
  • Scissors
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    Meeting ID: 913 4096 4955

    Passcode: 094650