Issue 24 | Volume 01 May 24th - June 6, 2010
In this issue: Reminders and Announcements
Congrats to conference-goers
Baby Shower for Elisabeth
Students steal the show at Groundbreaking Event
Students catch “Ichiro Fever” in
Is it summer yet?
Just when you thought it was getting warmer and drier, our days have darkened and dampened again. The folks who organized the “Snow in the Quad” event last week were surely disappointed by the rain and hail when they planned to have sun shining down on the snowboarders as they jumped from the top of the slope to perform tricks for dedicated bystanders. Despite the weather, we find ourselves nearing the end of spring term, with a busy summer ahead of us...that is, if we can patiently wait long enough for it to get here!
Upcoming events: Baby Shower for Elisabeth May 27th, 12:00pm, Reed Pathways Meetings (See Page 2) Memorial Day May 31st
Congratulations, conference-goers! The following staff members will leave for England on June 5th to represent INTO OSU at our annual best practices conference: Alex Beck – “Hardwiring Student Success: Using Learning Management Systems to Engage, Assess and Inform” Adam Drury – “KNTO Student Radio – Using Podcasts to Enhance Student Learning and Community Involvement”
Photo courtesy of Karl Maasdam
Reminders and Announcements Important Pathways Meetings this week Meeting #1: Business Pathway Students Monday, May 24th 5:30 pm, Reed Lounge Meeting #2: Engineering, Science, General Pathway Students Tuesday, May 25th 5:30pm, Reed Lounge Brochure Photo Shoot Next week It’s that time of year again! We will have a photographer all day on Wednesday, June 2nd for another brochure photo shoot. Most of the shots will be of students outside of the classroom. Reminder to INTO employees Don’t forget to turn in your 401K enrollment form to Rhonda by Friday, May 28th. Also, Michael Meyers, our financial advisor for the 401K plan, will be available for one-on-one meetings tomorrow starting at 10:00 am. Reminder! Don’t forget NOT to come to work on Monday, May 31st. YAY!
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Laura DeVito & Greg Friedman – “Building Bridges” Liz Koch & Jonathan Rhodes – “Using NOLIJ For Efficient Student Services” Lindy Osborne – “Getting Connected: Using Technology to Build a Sense of Community at Your INTO Center”
A baby is on the way! And it’s a boy!! Join us to celebrate Admissions Processor Elisabeth Parker’s upcoming arrival! A potluck will be held in Mom-to-be’s honor on Thursday, May 27th at noon in Reed Lounge. There is a potluck signup sheet in Reed Kitchen. Please sign up if you plan to bring a dish.
Spades of gold Students Steal the show at the Groundbreaking Event Orange banners whipped around in the breeze under the tents and throughout the adjacent empty lot as bulldozers and other heavy machinery rumbled over the dirt expanse. I waited anxiously for my group of students to arrive. Sure enough, the first to show up on his bicycle was Aram Mahmood of Iraq. Smiling and friendly as always, he gladly put on his INTO OSU shirt and began to mingle with the crowd, ready for the groundbreaking! The next to show up were Paula Cruz and Catherine Barragan, both from Columbia. I had the opportunity to introduce them to Andres Cardenas from Costa Rica. The three of them immediately began a lively conversation in Spanish and off I went to find the rest of the students. It wasn’t hard to spot Simon Zhernakov of Russia in the crowd! I had to pry his attention away from the ladies (he was busy getting a few laughs out of Alex Beck and Sydney Purdy), but he eagerly threw on his INTO shirt, flipped up the collar and looked for the cameras.
Just then, Han Gao of China came casually strolling into the crowd and immediately asked, “What can I do to help?” He always impresses me with his mature, thoughtful nature. I explained that he was a guest of honor, and all he had to do was put on the shirt and look great. He obliged! At the last minute I managed to recruit Tomomi Kurosaki of Japan (and INTO Student employee), Alfonc Rakaj of Albania, and Becca Ferelli, our representative domestic student. Everyone looked great in their INTO OSU shirts, matching hard hats, and gold shovels in tow. They enthusiastically shovelled dirt into the air, laughing and smiling as they went. This symbolic gesture marks the beginning of an exciting future for International students at Oregon State University. In honor of a building built for them, it was no wonder this charismatic group of students stole the show! --Story by Lindy Osborne
From Left: Andres Cardenas, Tomomi Kurosaki, Aram Mahmood, Simon Zhernakov, Paula Cruz, Catherine Barragan. (Not pictured here: Han Gao, Alfonc Rakaj and Becca Ferrelli.) Photo courtesy of Laura DeVito. g
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Connection INTO OSU students catch “Ichiro Fever” in Seattle! A re-cap by Robert Hinderliter As the bus full of sleeping travelers reached the outskirts of the city, voices slowly began to stir as the INTO OSU students woke each other up for their first groggy view of the Space Needle. We’d left Corvallis at 6:00am, bags and pillows in tow, and headed north for the Emerald City. It was a spectacular, clear-blue day, the famous Seattle rain nowhere to be seen. After unloading our bags at our hotel, we walked the three blocks to the Seattle Center to take a trip up the Space Needle, watch street performers, visit museums, and go shopping. I accompanied a group of Japanese students for lunch at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant (a sushi-go-round?) where I experienced the unique pleasures of “sea urchin,” the taste of which stayed with me late, late into the evening. After lunch, we walked down to the Olympic Sculpture Park, where we took in the beautiful and sometimes baffling artwork, petted strangers’ dogs, and skipped stones in the ocean.
Soon, it was time to load the bus and head to Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners play the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners were riding a seven-game losing streak and had been playing uninspired baseball, but no sports team that INTO OSU had gone to see had ever lost, so I was confidant that we would cheer the home team to victory. The Mariners don’t have an impressive lineup, but they do have one of the most exciting players in baseball, Ichiro Suzuki. The Japanese students all had “Ichiro Fever” and cheered wildly in their newly-bought Ichiro jerseys and Mariners hats. The Angels also have a famous Japanese player, Hideki Matsui, and I had to instruct the students that they were only allowed to cheer for Ichiro and that cheering Matsui was forbidden.
Later, back on the bus, the driver made his way through downtown traffic and turned onto the freeway. “Goodbye, Seattle,” he said, and from behind him came an echo from the students, who sat looking out the windows at the Space Needle receding behind them: “Goodbye!”
The Mariners fell behind 0-3, but Ichiro drilled a two-run triple in the bottom of the fifth inning, the ball shooting right at us in our left field seats. The Mariners tied the game in the sixth inning, and the game remained tied until the top of the tenth, when Matsui smacked a single to left field to bring home the winning run for the Angels. Though the students may have felt some national pride, they were sad the Mariners lost, and I was sad that INTO OSU was not the good luck charm I had imagined. The next morning we set out for Pike
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Place Market, one of America’s oldest and most famous farmers markets. We made our way past fishmongers tossing their catch to customers and stopped at the first ever Starbucks coffee shop, where students bought a drink or a souvenir. Then we headed from the bustling market down to the waterfront and gazed out on the sun-sparkling sea. We wandered the streets and shops for hours on legs weary from walking.
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Group of 41 students in front of the Space Needle
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