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To receive news and updates from the China Gateway — including information on international agreements, alumni gatherings, networking events and Ohio State students, faculty and staff in China — please register your interest in the Gateway. 

Faculty traveling to China are encouraged to notify Gateway director Phoebe You of their impending visit. The staff at the Shanghai office can help by facilitating focused networking, targeted recruitment and support for scholarly work abroad. The Gateways can also help identify accommodations and provide recommendations and general wayfinding. 

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.

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Summer 2014 Graduation ReceptionInternational students from six countries gathered in the Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room of the Ohio Union on Friday, August 8, 2014 to celebrate their graduation from The Ohio State University. The reception was hosted by the Office of International Affairs and celebrated graduates from Chile, China, India, Nepal, Poland, and South Korea.

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Mark Bender gives lecture at East China Normal UniversityMark 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.