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Ohio Northern to Host Sakae Institute

Jun 26, 2007
For the fourth year, Ohio Northern University will host 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. Eighteen undergraduates, three of whom will attend ONU in the fall, along with nine graduate students, will take part in this summer’s institute which runs July 12 through August 14. 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, lecturer in English, 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 and 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 the course on introduction to computers. Dr. Robert Alexander, professor of political science, will teach a class in American politics. Dr. Keith Durkin, sociology professor will offer a criminology class. The students will also take some 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 Julia Tabaj, a junior in computer science from Twinsburg, Ohio, and Stephanie Wright, a junior in management from Ostrander, Ohio, along with Japanese student assistant Shino Kakizaki, currently a graduate student at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. In addition to the academic and physical education classes the students in the Sakae will take a two-hour humanities mini-course and also 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 for the purpose of making the transition to life on a U.S. college campus easier for Japanese students.
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