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Ohio Northern to Host Sakae Institute

Jun 26, 2008
Ohio Northern University is hosting the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad, a preparation program for Japanese students who will begin studies at U.S. colleges and universities in the fall, for the fifth time.

Thirteen undergraduates and five graduate students will take part in this summer's institute, which runs July 10 through Aug. 13. Taught by ONU faculty, the students will practice reading, writing, listening and speaking in English, take short academic courses on a variety of topics, and learn about American culture.

Marjorie Pitts, director of the Bridging ESL Program at ONU, is director for the summer program and also teaches the advanced listening and speaking classes. Mary Drzycimski-Finn, assistant to the dean of ONU's College of Arts & Sciences, is the assistant director and will teach courses in advanced reading and writing.

Intermediate listening and speaking will be taught by Mary Jo Knott, lecturer in English. Tom Beery, also a lecturer in English, will teach intermediate reading and writing. Art Elsass, who teaches computer applications at Northern, will give a course on an introduction to computers. Dr. Robert Waters, visiting assistant professor of history, will teach a class in American politics. Dr. Keith Durkin, sociology professor, will offer a criminology class.

The students will also take physical education "mini-courses" in tennis, American touch football and Frisbee golf from Bob Rohan, ONU's assistant football coach. ONU student assistants for the summer program are Dan Jones, a junior in political science from Ashland, Ohio, and Jennifer Pelton, a junior in language arts education from Hicksville, Ohio, along with Japanese student assistant Nozomi Nagaoka, currently a student at SUNY in Buffalo, N.Y.

In addition, the students will take a two-hour humanities mini-course and have an opportunity to tour the Wilson football factory in Ada, visit the Toledo Art Museum, spend a day at Cedar Point and take in a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

Yoko Sakae founded the Sakae Institute of Study Abroad in 1972 to make the transition to life on a U.S. college campus easier for Japanese students.

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