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Ohio Northern University to host Sakae Institute

May 20, 2010

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, from July 8 through Aug. 11.

Sixteen students, from high school to graduate school, will take part in this summer’s institute, now in its seventh year at ONU. 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 ESL International Scholar Transition Program at ONU, is director for the summer program and will teach 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 Beining, 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 offer an introductory computer course. Dr. Keith Durkin, chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, will offer a criminology class.

The students will take physical education “mini-courses” in tennis, American touch football and Frisbee golf from Bob Rohan, ONU’s assistant football coach. In addition, the students will have opportunities to travel around the state of Ohio, including attending ONU Day at Cedar Point, visiting Amish country, and enjoying a major league baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves.

ONU student assistants for the summer program are Abigail Sterling, a junior English/creative writing major from Sylvania, Ohio, Andrew Leavitt, a senior English/creative writing major from Scarborough, Maine, and Fumi Sonezaki, a graduating biology/environmental studies major and 2008 graduate of the ONU Sakae Institute from Fukuoka, Japan.

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.