In March 2013, the Ohio State Parent and Family Relations office and the China Gateway office collaborated to publish a monthly newsletter in Chinese to send toparents of Chinese students.
“Our monthly newsletters allow parents and students to be connected through the Ohio State experience, even if they are living nearly half a world away. By providing our families in China with information about their students’ lives on campus, we are strengthening a partnership that enhances student success,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life.
Ryan Lovell, senior director of Parent and Family Relations and Greek Life, oversees the content as well as the design pieces of the newsletter. “We want our parents and families involved and connected with their students’ lives. This is especially true for parents who are half a world away and who may never have been to the Ohio State campus. We want you to know what is happening with your student and to experience the life of a Buckeye. We believe the newsletters strengthen the student and family bond by providing a window into life at Ohio State,” said Lovell.
Mark Bender, professor and chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, recently gave nine hours of lectures as part of a symposium for young Chinese folklorists at East China Normal University. His lectures covered Appalachian material culture, including the studies of folklore and the intangible cultural heritage phenomena in China. Forty students and professors were in attendance.
Dr. Bender is a specialist in traditional Chinese performance and performance connected to literature of local Han and ethnic minority cultures in China. His lectures are built into East China Normal University’s annual summer school, lasting for a week in July. The theme of this year’s summer school was folklore tradition and its place in contemporary society, focusing on dialogue between Chinese and American folklore studies.
Jim Pinchak, senior lecturer for Workforce Development & Education for College of Education and Human Ecology was invited as lecturer at East China Normal University from May 25-June 8, 2014. During his stay in Shanghai, Dr. Pinchak developed increased linkages between ECNU and Ohio State regarding workforce development and education and vocational education. Dr. Guoqing Xu (the "O" on right), Associate Professor at ECNU, served as primary host and guide for Dr. Pinchak and his son Nico, (the "I"). The group learned about the China Gateway office functions during a tour in late May.