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Issue 15 | Volume 02 April 4th, 2010

In this issue: Reminders and Announcements

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Welcome new staff members!

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TESOL Conference highlights

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Showing support for Japan INTO OSU’s most famous host parents, Ted and Vikkie Fullmer, host so many INTO students, they had to buy their own schoolbus!

Spring has sprung! The grass is growing, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming at OSU...signs that spring has definitely arrived! Our classes are bursting at the seams this term as we anxiously await our big move to the new building. The new, larger space will be a welcome change! Lois has been working her magic finding rooms for all of our students, though she often jokes about “getting out the shoe-horn.” Everybody hold your breath and hang tight! We’re almost there! In other news, INTO’s new website will debut this week—stay tuned for the official announcement!

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Upcoming events: Oregon Coast Trip Saturday, April 16th Professional Development Day Tuesday, April 19th Elena’s Baby Shower Tuesday, April 19th


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Welcome new staff members! There are a lot of new faces around INTO OSU! Please welcome your new colleagues: Admissions: Deidre Gregory Admissions Assistant Jamie Brassfield Admissions Specialist Chelsea Whitlow Admissions Assistant Tair Sadykov of Kazakhstan aims for the side pocket at the End of Term Party last month.

Reminders and Announcements Welcome Bunkyo students! Our 28 Bunkyo University students from Japan have arrived! This term they’ll have the chance to attend special get togethers with their roommates, meet with conversation partners, and have a homestay experience too! Due to the disruption of transport and electricity in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami, this group missed their predeparture orientation at Bunkyo and had to make a special effort to get to the airport for departure. Please make them feel extra welcome!

The zombies are back!

Congratulations to all who were chosen to attend this year’s INTO conference: Mohamed Othman (presenter) Bob Gilmour (presenter) Erich White (presenter) Sydney Purdy (presenter) Candy Pierson-Charlton (presenter) Jessie Yu Song (presenter)



Academic Support: Elizabeth Kowal Academic Support Assistant Student Services: Warren Lawless—new title Full-Time Lead Reception Carolyn Bonoff Student Services Assistant (Temp) Instructors:

Humans vs. Zombies starts again on campus on April 15th! Be on the lookout for nerf gun-toting, bandanna-wearing students. For more information, visit the website:

Tyler Oxley International Admissions Undergraduate Coordinator

Jim Jamieson Melody Slothower Byrne Brewerton Michelle Scholz

Julie Holaway Jeanette Chaffee Allan (Tom) Court Ellen Gallagher Student Workers: Shireen Weik Student Services Nick Taylor LC Tutor Michelle Happenny LC Tutor


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TESOL Conference highlights The aromatic perfume of Jasmine trees and the sweet melodies of live jazz echoing from the street corners welcomed our teachers to the Annual TESOL Conference in New Orleans in Mid-March.

Bob Gilmour (right) with new friend, Curious George (left)

During their stay in New Orleans, our academic staff had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions on subjects like ‘real-world’ academic writing and using electronic portfolios and facebook. The winner hands-down was a presentation on teaching with puppets--watch out, students! They also enjoyed meeting nearly 100 applicants for our 12-month teaching positions, and sharing a booth with

their USF counterparts. The ideal weather conditions made it a perfect time to explore the city. And there was no shortage of things to see and do: Parades, streetcars, French markets and the Mississippi river, to name a few. Maggie Powers had the chance to play tourguide in her old stomping grounds, taking some of the teachers to the world-famous Mother’s Restaurant. Overall, everyone enjoyed listening to the N’awlins accents and experiencing the live music and unique foods that the region has to offer. Bob Gilmour, however, was a party-pooper as always and went to bed early every night. Better luck next time, Bob.

Showing support for Japan Like the rest of the world, staff and students at INTO OSU were reeling from the shocking news last month of the devastating earthquake in Japan. Our compassion and concern for the people affected by this terrible tragedy motivated us to take immediate action. The Japanese Student Association of OSU rallied its members to participate in a candlit vigil up in Portland. All over OSU, students and staff wore red as a symbol to show their support. Here at the INTO OSU center, red ribbons were sold to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. In total, we raised $540 in one day from the sale of the ribbons and by individual donations. Remember our J-Pop friends, Udon and the Homemade Green Tea? They played a benefit concert at Cloud 9 restaurant in Corvallis on March 24th. Check out this article in our local newspaper: Japan quake spurs local band into action. They raised nearly $400 in one night! Luckily, none of the families of the band members were located in the devastated regions. Our Admissions Assistant, Tomomi Kurosaki, received news of damage to her parent’s home. Fortunately, they were far enough from the epicenter to not be effected by the tsunami, but the structure suffered extensive damage from the earthquake itself. We are glad to know that Tomomi’s family are all safe an accounted for, as well as Ryoko Misner’s family (our Finance Assistant). We extend our compassion and support to Japan as they rebuild and move on from this heartbreaking disaster. g



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