Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Self introduction -- Bill Holschuh

Hello everyone. I’m Bill Holschuh, one of the teachers you’ll have here at Ohio State. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and helping you become comfortable and familiar with our large campus as quickly as possible.

I’ve taught English at OSU for more than twenty-five years, and I had the pleasure of teaching at Wuda two summers – in 2005 and 2007. You might even know some of my former students who will be finishing their undergraduate programs this coming academic year. In the picture above, I’m the old guy in the white shirt, surrounded by some of my very favorite students. My time in China was an extraordinary adventure for me, and I’m certain that the WTOSP program will be a wonderful experience for each of you, one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

We’re counting the days till you arrive in Columbus.

Road Scholar Pete Dully introduction

Hi. I'm Pete. I've heard from some of you already via e-mail, as we've met during one of my past four summers spent on the beautiful campus of Wuhan University, teaching in the Wuhan Summer Intensive English Program. For those of you I haven't yet met, I'm very much looking forward to making your acquaintance. For everyone, I am sincerely excited about extending my hospitality to repay some of the great debt and gratitude I feel to all my Chinese friends who've shown me such a great time in Wuhan. Mike and his assistants have been hard at work planning a terrific summer program for you all, and I'll be around to help and add to your experience in my country.

I've been teaching at Ohio State since 1992, when I moved to Columbus. I usually teach literature and writing, but my interests outside the classroom include baseball, travel, cooking, history and crossword puzzles. My main hope for all of you during the summer program is that you get to see some things about my country that most Chinese people don't know about, so you can act as a bridge between our two cultures after you return to China. Further, I hope you are lucky enough to form the same sorts of friendships I've found in my travels to China. I'll see you all soon.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Self Introduction (Dr. Charles Hancock)

June 29

Ne-hao. Wo jiao Hancock laoshi. I am happy to have an opportunity to work with each of you as 2009 WTOSP students when you come to The Ohio State University in the near future. As a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Ecology, I have served on the faculty in the School of Teaching and Learning since 1986. Also, I taught at Wuhan University in Building 5 in the summers of 2004 and 2007. I am also an Associate Dean in our college at OSU. In 2008, I taught the summer students a lesson on multiple intelligences and had fun sharing views about how to become smart, clever, & intelligent as an example of an OSU college lecture. I want to teach the same topic this summer and engage all the students in a debate about what makes the biggest impact on a person's intelligence, heredity or hard work? I am looking forward to having fun sharing my knowledge with all the Wuhan University students and giving you an opportunity to experience being in a U.S. American classroom with a faculty member. On the fun side, when I am not at work, I enjoy diggning in my garden growing flowers and vegetables. Of course, it is good to see and eat the produce, too. :) My hope is that you, as Wuhan University students, will experience U.S. American culture while in the U.S. and that your experience will help you become ambassadors who build bridges between the U.S. and China. Zai jian. Heping.

Professor Hancock

Hans Li introduction

My name is Hans Li and I will be helping out with the program this year. I am a Junior at the Ohio State University studying Aeronautical Engineering. My goal is to someday become a Pilot.
I was born in Columbus at the Ohio State University and have been here most of my life. I am excited to see all of you and can't wait to show you around town. I am ready to have a good time, and I hope you will too! I hope that my involvement and assistance in this years program will allow you students to enjoy American culture and have a great time; all while learning.

Can't wait to see you on July 10th!
Have a safe trip.

Minger's self-introduction

Hello everyone,
My name is Ming. You will see me everyday in this program. I am a second year PhD student in School of Teaching and Learning. I also work as an ESL composition class instructor with many wonderful colleagues. Before I relocated to Columbus, I stayed in Boston for about 6 years, first studying and then working for a non-profit organization. I enjoyed my life in Boston, and I enjoy my life here in Columbus just as much! I did my undergraduate study in Wuda a long time ago (please, do not ask me how long ago:), but still fresh in my mind is the most beautiful campus of Wuda.
My goal is to make this program a fond memory for you and for myself. Looking forward to meeting everyone, and a great fun-packed summer!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

WTOSP Manager, Assistants, and Roads Scholar

I will begin the brief introductions on the blog by introducing myself and my assistants for the Wuhan To Ohio Summer Program.  My name is Mike Lohre and I am 43 years old.  I have my Masters Degrees in English, Poetry, and Fiction, and I also minored in English as a Second Language for my first Masters Degree.

I am a published poet and fiction writer, and I also really enjoy baseball, travel, music, and motorcycling.  I am originally from a farm in Minnesota, but I have lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and now Ohio for the last 14 years.

I taught in the Summer Program in Wuhan, China for two summers in 2006 and 2007 and this was one of the best experiences of my life, and led to my great fondness and respect for all things Wuhan!  I worked as the Roads Scholar in last year's WTOSP, and this year I will manage the program, along with the help of our fearless leader Minru Li, and with the help of the many great people here at OSU.

Pictured here with me on this post are the Program Assistants for this year's WTOSP:  Hans Li, Ming Fang, and Pete Dully.  Hans worked with me last year, and we are glad to have Ming and Pete on the team this year.  I will ask each one of them introduce themselves in a separate post, but I will say that Hans and Ming will be the daily assistants.  Pete will also teach and work with us at Ohio State and on our day trips, and he will be our Roads Scholar and come with us on our trip to the East Coast for the last week of the program. 

We all look forward to seeing you in Ohio, and I will close my post with one goal or wish I have for this year's program:  I want everyone involved in the program to have a wonderful experience, and be safe, happy, and healthy!

Wuhan To Ohio Summer Program Board

As we are just weeks from the arrival of our guests from China, it is time to start building bridges for the arrival of our friends.  The board for the WTOSP program met in Arps Hall on Ohio State's campus to discuss the best teaching and event strategies for the summer program.  All of the members of the board are very excited for the arrival of our 36 guests from our sister university in Wuhan, China! 

Left to right in the photo are Bill Holschuh, myself (Mike Lohre), Charles Hancock, Susy Sarwick, and Minru Li.

One of the first purposes of the blog will be to greet and introduce each other, so I will start inviting all the board members, assistants, teachers, and students to the blog.  I will ask each person to tell a few things about himself/herself and the role they will play in the summer program.  

It is very exciting to start our friendship even before we all meet in person.  To those of you in China, we are so happy that you are able to come this summer, and we promise to all do our best to make your experience here a wonderful one!

Above, you will notice I added single pictures  of WTOSP Board members Galal Walker (on business in California) and pictured at top, and Bob Eckhart, pictured below Galal (he is currently on a biking tour in Europe!) as these two members  were unable to attend our meeting last week, but are active members of our board and have contributed much to the summer program. 

All of the board members are integral parts of the Wuhan To Ohio Summer Program, and look forward to making the relationship between our two universities better and better as we work together for a bright future.

All best,

Mike Lohre
Program Manager