Issue 10 | Volume 02
January 10, 2011
In this issue: Reminders and Announcements
Our Paper Predicament
Students visit sunny Los Angeles! A re-cap by Robert Hinderliter
Lead student worker, Warren Lawless (far right), takes General English students on a tour of campus in the rain.
Welcome to 2011! Our new incoming students received a chilly welcome from the Oregon weather last week, but not from INTO OSU staff as we helped them navigate their first couple of weeks on campus. This week is certain to be full of excitement as they all settle in to their new schedules. For the rest of us, we are settling into the new year. We have so many great things to look forward to, including our new Living Learning Center opening in September! Now, it’s time to reflect on all the lessons learned, progress made, and fun times had in 2010. To help you do that, there is a slideshow of our best photos of 2010 available for your viewing pleasure here: Best Photos of 2010. Enjoy!
A hoof n’ hollerin’ good time at the Albany Hoof n’ Holler rodeo
Upcoming events: Welcome Party 5:00 - 7:00pm, Reed Lounge Friday, January 14th Campus Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday, January 17th
A paper predicament Trees cry out in anguish as INTO copiers run amok
Casey Lister, Project Manager for INTO USA based in China, helps a Chinese Student during the admissions and finance check-in.
Reminders and Announcements Drop-In Help Sessions for Blackboard Attendance/ Midterm Progress Entry The Academic Support Team can answer any questions about properly inputting your attendance & midterm progress information into the tracking template built into your Blackboard Grade Centers. Stop by anytime during these sessions:
Tuesday, January 11th – Reed 115 4:00-5:00pm
Wednesday, January 12th – Reed 115 11:00am - noon
Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. For ideas on ways you can take action and contribute to your community, follow this link: Corporation for National and Community Service
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The five copiers within INTO OSU are producing around 76,000 copies per month! In a campaign to save on costs and help the environment, we have some incentives to offer academic staff for reducing the number of copies made per month. Every month for the next 6 months, 50% of the savings made on copying on the third floor of Reed will be paid into the staff development fund. That means a better free lunch at the next Professional Enrichment Day or an additional two people funded to the next ORTESOL conference! So, what should you do? Try to use less paper! Here’s how: • Think twice about copying materials for classes. • Be creative! Think of alternative ways of approaching class activities that involve less paper but are no less effective. • Talk to colleagues about how to do this and exchange ideas. • Have some good ideas? Please consider doing a training session at the next professional enrichment day. • Use existing text books and course packets as fully as possible. • Consider bundling your handouts into a course packet produced by OSU (speak to a member of the Coordinator team about this). • Print double-sided when possible. Thanks for all your efforts in helping us reduce waste and save on costs.
Students visit sunny los angeles! By Robert Hinderliter Early on the first Saturday of winter break, six students and I left Corvallis in a torrential downpour and boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles, California. We stepped out of LAX later that afternoon to a warm, clear, sunshiny day. In the van to our hotel, as we crested a hill and the downtown towers of L.A. came into view, an old 2Pac song came on the radio: “Cal-i-forn-ia love...” By the time we reached our hotel on bustling Wilshire Boulevard, we all had huge smiles on our faces. I was joined by a diverse crew of adventurers: Fahad and Awdhah from Kuwait, Pei-Ling (Patty) from Taiwan, Heba from Jordan, Ning from China, and Fares from the United Arab Emirates.
famous faces. Fares locked arms with Barack Obama. Heba defeated Julia Roberts in a smiling contest. Ning looked very intimidated at Marlon Brando’s Godfather desk. Patty sat in the captain’s chair of the Starship Enterprise as Patrick Stewart and William Shatner waited for her command. I made Ning take several pictures of me with Penélope Cruz. On Wednesday, our last full day in L.A., we took the bus to Santa Monica. It was a cool, breezy day, and the beaches were almost empty. On the Santa Monica Pier, Fares paid $10 to have a sculpture made of his face. “I’m going to use it at the airport as my ID,” he said. We leaned against a rail and watched the sun set on the Pacific Ocean. An old man played guitar and sang a
slow, lonely rendition of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. In the distance, we watched the dark silhouettes of dolphins breaking the surface of the water. We turned back toward the city and saw the lights stretching endlessly along the coastline. Los Angeles is a universe unto itself, a limitless city. In six days, we had traveled only a fraction of its streets, seen only a glimpse of its patterns and people. It may be a small world after all, but there are places on it that feel impossibly big. Los Angeles swallowed seven awestruck visitors and spit us out six days later, back to cold and rainy Oregon, where our friends waited to hear our stories about a place like none other on Earth.
On Monday, we spent the whole day at Disneyland, “The Happiest Place on Earth.” We chugged down the Mississippi River on Mark Twain’s ferryboat, took an out-of-thisworld journey in Space Mountain, and floated through a tunnel of multicultural holiday cheer on the “It’s a Small World” ride. The park closed with a spectacular fireworks show, and we were swept toward the exit in a swarming mass of bodies, dodging thousands of children in Mickey Mouse hats. In the days that followed, the students explored all the famous places in L.A.: Hollywood, Universal Studios, Chinatown, Beverly Hills, and more. At Madame Tussauds wax museum, we had fun posing for pictures with the world’s most g
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Clockwise from left: Carlos and Laura from Colombia met the group in L.A. and enjoy the sunset; Ning, Patty and Fares visit Toon Town in Disneyland; Ning and Julia Roberts get acquainted. www.intohigher.com/oregonstate
A Hoof n’ Hollerin’ Good Time! It was a Hoof n’ Hollerin’ good time at Albany’s New Year’s Eve rodeo! Lindy Osborne (Marketing Coordinator and editor of this newsletter), Kat Delf (student worker in Heckart Lodge), and Casey Lister (Project Manager for INTO USA visitng from China) took nine students to the hootenanny. We loaded up into a van rented from the OSU motor pool. The students were a diverse group including Colombians, Saudi Arabians, Chinese, and one Russian. The excitement in the arena was electrifying as the cowboys burst out the gates one by one on the violently bucking bulls. Later, two of our students tried to hold their own Clockwise from top: Bull riding was the on the mechanical bull. main event; Felipe from Colombia gives While their attempts at the mechanical bull a try; Simon from riding it were valiant, Russia waves his American flag; Abdullah everyone knows the from Saudi Arabia and Lindy show off mechanical bull ALWAYS their matching hats. wins!
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