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February 22 - Issue March17 5, Vol 2010 I

February 8 - 19, 2010 Issue 18 Vol I

In this issue: • Visitors this week from Bunkyo University • China Night re-cap • Housing and Dining News • • Student Services Events • New information

Are you ahead of the game? Get the ball rolling!

Unless the weather is playing tricks on us, the sunny skies, budding trees and blooming daffodils are a pretty convincing indication that spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to gear up for fall term! Spring term intake should be more manageable than Fall and Winter, given that we have no new Pathways students this term. However, we do have some exciting special programs and a whole new set of Academic English students coming soon. This week, our returning Academic English and Pathways students can start registering for their Spring term classes. They may need some friendly reminders to pay fees, attend registration sessions, and take care of their program extensions and other loose ends before spring term starts!

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about the Homestay Program

Upcoming Events: Recycled Fashion Show, MU Thursday, Feb 25th Hong Kong Night Monday, February 22nd Snow Play day! Feb 24th--sign-up starts TODAY!

Canghao Xie, Ying Wang, Yi Zhao, Yuyang Lin, and Jianyang Ye wowed the crowds at China Night

Welcome Bunkyo Visitors! The President of Bunkyo University and staff members will be visiting us February 22-24 to reacquaint themselves with OSU. The last time students from Bunkyo came to the ELI was spring term 2009, so this is the first time we will host Bunkyo students as INTO OSU! The students will arrive on March 24th for their eleven-week English language and culture program. Kathleen Rochester, our special programs coordinator has been busy preparing for their arrival. In the meantime we will welcome the following visitors from Bunkyo on Tuesday this week: President Yukako Ohashi, Mio Shiota – staffer from the International Office Professor Yasuko Shiosawa, English teacher. Professor Yuka Inoue, (title unknown)

Bon Voyage, Donna! Donna Shaw is leaving this week for China to conduct parent interviews. With the help of the INTO staff in the regional oiffces in China, Donna will be invitng parents of our students to attend to informational one-on-one interview sessions. The sessions give the parents a chance to ask questions about the program, the facilities, and their child’s progress. Best of luck in your travels, Donna, and thanks to all the INTO China regional staff for making the arrangements with the parents!

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Happy Year of the Tiger! If you didn’t make it to China Night, you missed out on a variety of impressive acts, many of them including our talented and creative INTO Students! Kicking off the night, Canghao Xie, Ying Wang, Yi Zhao, Yuyang Lin, and Jianyang Ye and Mingjie Zhu helped bring in the dragon, following with their flags as the bright yellow, fifty-foot long creature weaved through the crowd. Noise-makers, streamers, cheers and arms waving were all a part of the dragon’s impressive entrance. Next, our flag-bearers performed an awesome acrobatic routine, jumping over each other and waving their flags in unison, ending with Canghao leaping over his comrades and flying into the air for their finale! Our INTO students continued to impress throughout the night! During intermission, Tianxiao Li and Qianyu Liu played a duet with saxophones, Xiaolun Deng and Zhiyuan Ning played acoustic guitars and sang their original songs, and Tianqing Lei joined Lin Qin and Rongrong Dong in a string trio of violins and cello. In the second half of the night, the Tan twins (Xinran and Xinyan Tan) were back-up dancers twirling long silken scarves in a singing number, and Zihan Wang brought a group together to perform a pop dance routine choreographed by Zihan himself! Our own Chris Bell had the opportunity to address the crowd and talk a little bit about INTO OSU. I think he would agree, our students stole the show with their talented performances! Great job everyone, and Happy New Year!

February 22 - March 5, 2010

Student Services Events The shopping Spree trip last weekend was a smashing success with over 50 students attending the trip! These students LOVE TO SHOP--the trip was not orignally scheduled in this term’s calendar but was added on by special request from the students. The turn-out was great! Hopefully, the upcoming snow play trip this weekend, Feb 24th, will be just as successful! Students can enjoy the last days of Oregon winter up in the snow at Ray Benson’s snow park by Hoodoo. They’ll have the chance to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, have a snowball fight, and drink hot chocolate in a cozy cabin (the snowball fights were wildly popular activity during our Sunriver trip Fall term!). This is a great opportunity for the students to see more of the natural beauty of Oregon and feel the spirit of winter as we watch the best athletes in the world compete in the Olympics. After all, Vancouver B.C. is really just a stone’s throw away! Sign-up starts today at the front desk of Heckart.

Housing News-a winning presentation! Our Housing and Student Services coordinator, Rick Goranflo, recently attended a conference hosted by a regional organization of housing officers from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, and Alaska (NWACUHO – the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers). The year’s conference was held in Yakima, Washington and was host to approximately 175 attendees. Rick was accompanied by Josh Gana (Assistant Director of Operations & Facilities for UHDS). Together, they gave a presentation titled “Internationalizing OSU Housing through a Unique Partnership.” The presentation explained how the partnership developed between INTO and

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Katie Scott: Homestay Hero! The INTO Connection would like to introduce Katie Scott, our Homestay Assistant who works with Rick Goranflo and Josh Gana in UHDS. Our homestay program kicks off next term, so Katie has been busy promoting the program, recruiting hosts, conducting home visits and trainings, matching students and hosts, and developing positive program relationships with hosts and other OSU departments. In the future, she hopes to arrange workshop opportunities for International Studies students, and Cultural Nights for hosts to learn more about the student’s home countries. She just started working with Kathleen Rochester on special program homestays as well. Her office is located in the UHDS Central Office, Hawley side. If you have any questions about the homestay program, please direct them to Rick first—because Katie is a full-time student, her office hours are limited. Thanks, Katie, for all your hard work and dedication to the homestay program!

OSU and some of the results of the partnership, including: a two-fold increase in OSU’s on-campus international population; greater residential community engagement; challenges through the transition; and what it means for Housing & Dining’s future. They also had the opportunity to introduce the plans for our new living and learning center set to open in 2011. At the end of the convention, Rick and Josh’s presentation was ranked amongst the top 5 presentations based on viewer feedback! Great job, guys! Best of all, it generated a lot of great questions and interest among the conference attendees, ensuring that a lot more eyes are going to be on INTO OSU as well as our new venture at USF. Again, congratulations to both Rick and Josh on a job well done!

February 22 - March 5, 2010

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Snow Play day! Feb 24th--sign-up starts TODAY! In this issue: Hong Kong Night Monday, February 22nd Recycled Fashion Show, MU Thursday, Feb...

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