September 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

More than 200 Attend OPIE Fall Picnic

By Tetyana Dovbnya
OPIE and International Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences

OPIE Fall 2015 Picnic

More than 200 faculty, students, and friends of the Ohio Program of Intensive English enjoyed a beautiful, relaxing picnic at Stroud’s Run State Park on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Tanya Dovbnya

Tanya Dovbnya

Picnic-goers had a chance to be on the water by using kayaks, canoes, and pontoon boats. A number of Japanese and Saudi students played volleyball on the sand courts next to the beach at Dow Lake. Other students enjoyed simply sitting and gazing at the peace scenery. Some of the children at the picnic cooled off during the hot afternoon by playing with water balloons. After eating a delicious dinner provided by Habibis on Court Street, participants returned to Ohio University via the charter bus or private vehicles. The Ohio Program of Intensive English annually hosts a summer and fall picnic to provide a chance for faculty, students, and friends to socialize in a relaxing, natural setting.

Written by Kristina Guyton (OPIE faculty)

 International Conversation Hour, Sept. 23

The topic of this week is music and movies. Come share your favorites with the international students on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Bobcat Student Lounge, Baker first floor.

OPIE Academic Success Workshops 

The first workshop dedicated to the theme of American academic culture was conducted last week. OPIE students had an opportunity to discuss the appropriate behavior in the American classroom, comparing it to the classroom norms in their home countries, China and Saudi Arabia. Through working on possible classroom scenarios the students were able to develop a better understanding of the academic expectations at Ohio University. The first workshop will be followed by:

Sept. 30, 10-11:30 a.m.: Ohio University resources.

Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.: DARS.

Oct. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.: Class Registration.

OPIE Academic Orientation: Week 9, Oct. 21, at Baker Center 240 & 242, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For more information contact the facilitator, Tetyana Dovbnya at

Domestic students at Ohio University who would like to …

  • get to know a student from another culture?
  • learn about other cultures and lifestyles?
  • help answer questions about life in Athens?
  • have fun and share American culture?
  • enhance your resumé and career opportunities?

Then the Conversation Partners Program is for you! Sign up using the link:

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