News & Events
May 27, ISSA and the International Club organized the Annual International Night at the Pacific Room. There were more than 300 guests in attendance that enjoyed a night of international cuisine and performances presented by WOU international students.
March, Computer Science Professor Jie Liu gave lectures at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry and Shenda College in Zhengzhou, China. Professor Liu's visit was arranged by ISSA.
January 5, an official delegation from Guangxi China visited WOU. The delegation was lead by Professor Ye Deming, Vice President of Guangxi Teacher's University, along with Professor Xiao Qiang, Dean of College of International Studies and Professor Qin Song of Guangxi Medical University.
December 14 through 30, Business faculty Judy Beebe gave a two-week lucture at Zhongyuan University of Technology in Zhengzhou, China. Professor Beebe's visit was arranged by ISSA.
December 10, Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, Deputy Director of International Programs and five staff from Linfield College visited ISSA and met with a number of faculty and staff at WOU.
November 30-December 1, invited by the Internationl Office at Southern Oregon University, ISSA staff Ambre Plahna and Ermie Buncal visited SOU.
November 16-20, ISSA co-hosted the 2009 International Education Week with Study Abroad and International Education Committee. ISSA organized a Clubs/Organizations Fair, the World Expo, and the International Potluck at Gentle House. The International Club, Chinese Students Club, and the Saudi Student Union all participated in these events.
October 26-27, arranged by ISSA, an official delegation from Shenyang University visited WOU.
September 20-21, ISSA organized the annual Overnight Orientation for fall term new international students at Canyon View Camp,
July 31, ISSA hosted a BBQ/Outdoor event at Main Street Park, which was open to all international students and friends. Approximately 40 attended the event.
June 14-July 1, ISSA sponsored 18 WOU Students and 5 staff advisors of International Ambassador and Mentor Program visited Shanghai, Nanning, Guilin, and Beijing in China.
May 23, ISSA and the International Club organized the Annual International Night at the Pacific Room. There were around 275 guests in attendance that enjoyed a night of international cuisine and performances presented by WOU international students.
May 15, ISSA assisted in organizing student volunteers for City of Monmouth anniversary events, The Victorian Tea Party, and planting trees in Monmouth parks.
March 31st – April 1st, Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs; Dr. Kirk Lacy, Executive Director of International Outreach; Ms. Jeannie McIsaac-Tracy, Director of Student Life & Housing; Ms. Cheri. Johannes, Director of Admissions and Records; and Ms. Karla Rae Wickens, Program Specialist, Office of International Studies at Montana State University Billings will be visiting WOU and ISSA.
March 23-27, New Student Orientation week for Spring Term. ISSA and International Students Incorporated hosted a dinner/activity event off campus for new spring term students on March 24.
March 10, ISSA and IEP organized a class trip to visit parks around Polk County as part of their American Culture Class.
February 27, Mr. Alex Pia, Director; Ms. Dianna McIntyre, Assistant Director and Ms. Su-Jian Jung of George Fox University International Office visited ISSA. Photos
February 10, ISSA and Student Leadership and Activities co-sponsored an excursion to Lincoln City and Tillamook open to all WOU students. The all-day trip included a trip to the beach, Tanger Outlet Mall, and Tillamook Cheese Factory.
January 23-24, ISSA and International Club organized the annual over-night ski trip to Mt. Hood. More than 110 international students participated in this event.
January 22, ISSA hosted a reception for its new International Student Advisor and new visiting scholars.
WOU welcomes 26 new international students from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan for winter 2009.
December 29, IEP program gave the placement test to new winter term IEP international students.
December 2-17, President John Minahan, Neng Yang, and two representatives from Montana State University Billings visited a number of Chinese institutions and government agencies in China.
November 17-21, ISSA, Office of Study Abroad and Exchanges, and Faculty International Education Committee hosted the 2008 International Week event.
November 17-18, ISSA director Neng Yang visited Montana State University Billings.
November 9-14, Three ISSA staff attended the NAFSA Region I & II Conference.
September 22-October 14, ISSA director Neng Yang visited 13 institutions in China.
WOU welcomes 86 new international students from Bulgaria, Bukina Faso, Chile, China, Gemany, India, Japan, Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam for fall 2008.
September 17-18, Intensive English Program conducted its fall 2009 placement test for newIEP students.
September 18, Chinese investor Mogan Zhang visited WOU.
September 17, Karen Boucias, director of Intenational Programs at the University of Maine visited WOU.
August 22, the International Office hosted a BBQ party for summer IEP international students.
July 28-30, ISSA director Neng Yang visited Montana State University Billings and gave a presentation to the university administrators and faculty representatives.
July 25, ISSA organized a trip for summer Intensive English Program students to visit the Oregon Pacific Coast.
July 8-9, Dean Steve Scheck and ISSA director Neng Yang visited Embassies of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Libya, Sultanate of Oman, and United Arab Emirates in Washington D.C., met with the academic advisors Eltayeb El Salawi, Tarig Eltayeb and David Lemons of Saudi Cultural Mission; Iraqi Cultural Attaché and Deputy Attaché Dr. Hadi Alkhalili and Dr. JalalShareef; Libyan Cultural Mission academic advisor Abdulhamid Megeirhi; Oman Cultural Attaché Dr. AsyaAl-Lamky and academic advisor Hassan Abdelnabi; UAE Cultural Attaché Dr. Asma Al Ketbi, Academic Advisors Mohammed Mahmoud and Dr. Larbi Lezzam, Assistant Military Attaché Eid Al-Darmaki.
WOU welcomes 19 new international students from China, Japan, and Taiwan for summer 2008.
June 18th-July 9th, Professor Diane Tarter, Chair of Division of Creative Arts, and Professor Kim Hoffman, Chair of Art Department, visited China Academy of Art, Shanghai Normal University, and Dalian polytech University College of Design in China and Saitama University in Japan.
June 16–20, ISSA hosted a New Student Orientation for summer international students.
WOU welcomes 9 visiting scholars from Shenyang University, Shenyang Institute of Engineering, Dalian Polytech University.
May 30, ISSA administered an Institutional TOEFL test for current intensive English Program international students at WOU campus.
May 29, ISSA organized a trip for Intensive English Program students to a fantasy play at the Pentacle Theater.
May 24–31, four ISSA staff traveled to NAFSA Conference and Expo in Washington D.C. for a week of workshops, sessions and updates regarding international student topics from admissions, advising, and H-1B visas.
May 23, ISSA hosted an International Student BBQ event at Gentle Woods Park, for club recruitment and graduating international students.
May 22, ISSA administered an official IELTS test for current intensive English Program international students at WOU campus.
May 17, Annual International Night Event. A night of international cuisine and performances brought to you by WOU international students. Sponsors: International Club, Chinese Student Association, ISSA.
April 27–May 1, ISSA staff Ermie Buncal traveled to seven community colleges throughout the Seattle area during their Spring International Transfer Fairs to recruit international students.
April 26, ISSA cosponsored (with Student Leadership & Activities Office) a trip to the Oregon Zoo for 72 students.
April 17, ISSA organized a trip for Intensive English Program students to the Pentacle Theater to watch a play.
April 11, ISSA hosted a tax information & preparation for International students at Hamersly Library computer lab.
April 9th, The International Student and Scholars Affairs office sponsored a campus visit from the Oregon Society of CPAs at 3:30 in the Columbia Room. Judy Link, an Oregon Society of CPAs member, will be discussing the advantages of becoming a CPA and the benefits of becoming an Oregon Society of CPAs member. This presentation was provided for all students interested in becoming an accountant.
April 5th-30th, WOU President John Minahan and ISSA director Neng Yang visited a number of Chinese institutions and the U.S. Consulates in Shenyang and Chengdu.
Two new instructors Patricia Schilasky and James Jamieson have joined the Intensive English Program beginning Spring term 2008, both of them recently graduated from a Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language program.
WOU welcomes 31 new international students from China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates. The new students arrived at the beginning of Spring term 2008, and enrolled in both degree and ESL programs.
March 15th, International Student Club hosted an Appreciation Dinner for local community members. It is an event organized by international students to thank our local community for their support and care to our international students, as well to share the international cousin with American friends.
March 13th-14th, Invited by the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, ISS director Neng Yang visited the Chinese Consulate General and met with the Honorable Consul General Zhanshng Gao and the Chief Education Consul Yang Shen. The topic of the meeting was to further develop the cultural and educational exchanges between WOU and Chinese institutions.
March 4th-8th, ISS staff Ambre Plahn attended the NAFSA Academy training in Atlanta, Georgia. The Academy was designed to provide trainings to the professionals in the field of international education.
March 4th , International Office hosted a "Open House" event for WOU faculty, staff, and international students.
February 11th - 19th, International Office hosted a delegation of 8 students (youth journalists) and 4 teachers from Qianshan Evening News, China. Photos
February 9th, the Chinese Student Association organized the 2008 Chinese New Year's celebration party in the Werner Student Center. Education Consul Yao Faming of Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco attended the event. Photos
February 8th, International Office hosted a finance training delegation of 23 bankers from Shanxi China. The group visited MAPS Credit Union, the US Bank Regional Headquarter in Salem, as well as the State Capital. The group also visited WOU campus and met with President John Minahan. Photos
January 18th - February 8th, ISS director Neng Yang visited 16 institutions and agencies in Vietnam and 5 institutions in China. Photos
January 14th, International office hosted a reception to welcome the new International Student Advisor Katrina Nielsen to join its team, and to welcome Dr. Sang Yoo, a visiting professor from Hoseo University of Korea.
WOU welcomes 36 new students from China, Indonesia, Japan, Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates. The new students arrived at the beginning of winter quarter 2008, and enrolled in both degree and ESL programs.
December 9th-22nd, sponsored by the International Office and organized by the Music Department , WOU's Student Chamber Choir visited China during the Winter Break. The Student Chamber Choir of 31 student singers led by Dean Stephen Scheck and Dr. Solveig Holmquist performed at Anshan Normal University, Shenyang University, Dalian Polytech University and China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Photos
November 16th - December 8th, ISS director Neng Yang visited 6 institutions and agencies in Korea and 5 institutions in China.
December 4th, International Office hosted a "Open House" event for all WOU faculty, staff, and international students.
November 15th, A delegation led by the Deputy Secretary of Education of Fujian Province Mr. Zheng Zuxian, President Huang Hongwu of Xiamen University of Technology, President Jiang Xinhua of Fujian University of Technology, and Vice President Fang Zhenzheng of Fuzhou University visited WOU and met with President John Minahan.
November 12-16th, International Education Week, a Week-long set of events to celebrate and promote international education and exchange. Events sponsored are World Expo, Sushi Demonstration, Ping Pong Tournament, International Potluck.
November 9th, International Office organized a trip for Intensive English Program students to Champoeg National Park for a living history event.
November 2nd, International Office hosted its first "International Coffee Hour" for WOU students, faculty and staff. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for international students and scholars to meet and talk to WOU students, faculty and staff. The event will be taking place on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm during the academic term.
October 25th, President Hua Li and two staff from China East Liaoning University visited WOU. President Hua Li met with President John Minahan and Dean Stephen Scheck of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Photos
October 23rd, Judy Link, a representative from Oregon Society of CPAs conducted a workshop to international students about becoming a CPA.
October 22nd, President Jiayou Yu, Dalian Polytech University of China, visited WOU. President Yu met with Vice President Mark Weiss, Dean Stephen Scheck of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor Diane Tarter, Chair of Creative Arts Division, and Professor Kim Hoffman, Chair of Art Department. Professor Hamid Bahari-Kashani, Division Chair of Business and Economics, and Professor John Marsaglia, Chair of Computer Science Division. Photo
October 19th, International Office sponsored a field trip for international students to Junction City, Oregon to visit a Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Photos
October 12th, International Office hosted a "Open House" event for WOU faculty, staff, and international students. Photos
September 23rd from 3:00-6:00 p.m. President Minahan hosted an international student BBQ party at the University House to welcome 80 new international students and returning international students. Photos
September 20th through 21st, to welcome new international students/scholars and returning international students/scholars, the Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs hosted an over-night retreat event at Canyon View Camp, Silverton, Oregon. Photos
August 31st, the International Office sponsored a BBQ/potluck party for international students at the Main Street Park in Monmouth. Photos
The name of English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at WOU has been changed to Intensive English Program (IEP) effective August 29th, 2007.
August 21st, Mr. Neng Yang and Mr. Peter Courtney, President of Oregon State Senate, met with the Honorable Zhou Wenzhong, the Chinese Ambassador to the U. S., and the Honorable Peng Keyu, The Chinese Consul General of San Francisco in Portland, Oregon. Photos
August 1st through 9th, the International Office hosted a summer culture and language program for 15 high school students and 2 teachers from China. Photos
July 20th, the International Office organized a field trip for summer ESL program international students to Newport Aquarium and the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. Photos
June 26th - July 27th, ISS director Neng Yang visited 5 institutions and agencies in Japan and 7 institutions in China.
WOU welcomes 29 new students from China, Saudi Arabia. The new students arrived at the beginning of summer term 2007.
June 6th through 7th, Professor Di Zhu, Dean of Academic Affairs at China Central Academy of Fine Arts visited WOU and met with Dean Stephen Scheck of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor Diane Tarter, Chair of Creative Arts Division, and Professor Kim Hoffman, Chair of Art Department to discuss the cooperation between the two institutions.
June 2nd, the International Club and International Office hosted the annual International Night event for faculty, students and local community members. Photos
May 12th, International students at WOU hosted an Appreciation Dinner for local community members. Photos
WOU welcomes six Chinese visiting scholars from Anshan Normal University, Bohai University, Guilin College of Education, Shenyang Institute of Engineering and Shenyang University.
April 24th, the International Office organized a field trip for international students to the Rose Quarter in Portland, the group watched a NBA basketball game. Photos
April 16th, a delegation Led by President Wang Lefu of Guangdong Polytech and Normal University of China, visited WOU and met with President John Minahan.
WOU welcomes 53 new students from China, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. The new students arrived at the beginning of spring quarter 2007, and enrolled in both degree and ESL programs. Photos
March 13th - 17th, Dean Wei Yaping of Business college and two faculty from Tianjin Polytech University visited WOU . The delegation met with President John Minahan, Provost Jem Spectar, Vice President Mark Weiss, Business Director Darin Silbernagal, Dean Stephen Scheck, Dr. Bahari-Kashani and a number of business faculty
February 17th, the President's Office and International Office hosted a Spring Festival party for all international students. Photos
February 10th - 11th, the International Club and International Office organized the annual over-night International Student Ski Trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon. Photos
WOU welcomes 52 new students from China, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. The new students arrived at the beginning of winter quarter 2007, and enrolled in both degree and ESL programs.
December 20th, International Office hosted a Christmas pizza party for international students who were on campus during the winter break.
Saturday November 18th, the International Office organized a day trip for 40 international students to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Tillamook Air Museum. Photos
Monday November 13th to Friday November 17th, the International Students Office, Study Abroad Office and International Education Committee sponsored the International Week event on Campus. Photos
Saturday, November 11th at 1:00pm in the Pacific Room located in Werner University Center. the Portland Chinese Dance Troup performed a Chinese folk dance, a Dai Zu dance and a Tibet dance; each dance represents a different minority group within China. Additionally, WOU student Shuai Liu performed the piano between each dance, she is ranked amongst the highest pianist at the amateur level in China. Photos
Saturday October 21st, the International Office organized a field trip for new International Students to Silver Falls, Oregon. Photos
International Student Advisor Erin Van Ausdal attended the Region I NAFSA Conference from October 17th through October 21st in Boise, Idaho.
To welcome 72 new international students arriving at WOU's campus, President John Minahan hosted a BBQ reception at the President's House at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 24th, 2006. Photos
To welcome new international students/scholars and returning international students/scholars, the Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs hosted an over-night retreat event from September 19th through 20th, 2006 at the BB Camp near Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. New students' photos
Fall of 2006 new international students and scholars' orientation took place at the new office location in Maaske Hall (next to Werner University Center and cross the street to the Library) on Tuesday, September 18th, 2006.
The Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs moved into the new office in Maaske Hall on August 28th, 2006.
WOU's President, Dr. John Minahan, Vice President Mark Weiss, and Mr. Neng Chiang Yang, visited China from August 4th through 19th. The delegation visited a number of institutions as well as the U.S. Embassy and Consulate Generals in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangxi, Shanghai and Beijing.
A delegation from Guilin Institute of Tourism in China visited Western Oregon University at the invitation of WOU President, Dr. John Minahan.
A delegation of 17 visiting scholars from Laibin City, Guangxi Province of China arrived at WOU on June 19th, 2006. The delegation took workshops in business management, visited local businesses and state government, and discussed the possibility of establishing a sister relation with the City of Salem. Photos
Willamette University's Management School conducted a Recruitment Fair in the Werner Center followed by a presentation by Willamette representatives for international students interested in hearing about their program.
Neng Chiang Yang, director of International Students and Scholars Affairs, accompanied John Minahan, President of Western Oregon University, and Jem Spectar, Provost of Western Oregon University to visit a number of universities and government agencies in China, to recruit students and to establish official relations with these organizations. President Minahan also visited Kainan University in Taiwan, and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China.
Western Oregon University welcomes 17 new international students for the spring quarter of 2006, among them, two Japanese students, two Saudi students, 12 Chinese students and one Chilean student. The new students are enrolled in both degree and ESL programs. New students' photos
Western Oregon University welcomes five Chinese visiting scholars from Anshan Normal University, Shenyang Institute of Engineering, Shenyang Polytech University, Shenyang University for three months to one-year research projects. The visiting scholars will be conducting the workshops on the topics of Chinese history, culture and the recent economic development in China to Western students and faculty.
Neng Chiang Yang, director of International Students and Scholars Affairs at Western Oregon University, visited a number of institutions and agencies in China to recruit students and to establish cooperative relations with some of these institutions.
The Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs held a special reception for Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ayam on campus. He met with International Students on Friday, February 17th, 5:00 p.m., at the Conference Room in APS 501.
The Office of International Students and Scholars Affairs invited Bradley Meyer of Portland to give an immigration workshop to WOU international students. Mayer, a well-known immigration attorney, talked about the issues and procedures related to the Optional Practical training, H-1B working visa, and Permanent Residency Petition to our international students and international faculty.
Western Oregon University welcomes 9 new Chinese students from Guangxi, Jiangsu, Liaoning Provinces and the City of Shanghai. The new students arrived at the beginning of winter quarter 2006, and enrolled in both degree and ESL programs.
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Neng Chiang Yang, director of International Students and Scholars Affairs at Western Oregon University, visited 31 institutions and agencies in China to recruit students and to establish cooperative relations with some of these institutions.
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