March 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

International News | Conversation Hour, Baking Club, OPIE Lecture Series, Global Voices

By Tanya Dovbnya

Ohio Program of Intensive English and A&S International Academic Advisor

OPIE welcomes OHIO faculty, staff and students to join their events this week:

OPIE Conversation Hour: Jokes and Humor

What? Join the Conversation Hour to discuss how to make jokes in different countries, and what makes people laugh depending on their culture.

When and where? Tuesday, March 29 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the Bobcat Student Lounge

OPIE Baking Club Meeting

What? Come and try out some cool dessert recipes with the OPIE faculty members and students. Contact Holly Delong ( or Sandy Nesbitt ( for more details.

When and where? Wednesday, March 30 from 12:45-2:00 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church on Court St.

OPIE Lecture Series

What? Speaker Tim Woodyard, an officer from the Ohio University Police Department, will deliver a lecture on the topic of campus safety. Facilitator: Cecily Long.

When and where? Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00-3:00 pm in Ellis Hall 024

Global Voices at Ohio University

“Global Voices” is a new video series about international students at Ohio University. Each of the nine videos covers a different topic and highlights international students’ perspectives on their college experience at Ohio University, as well as their cultural insights into everyday life in Athens.

Culture Shock“explores an issue that we are all familiar with, especially when we travel. In this video, international students share some challenges they have experienced as they adjust to a new education system, and to life in the United States in general. The students identify primary causes of culture shock, such as language barriers, unfamiliarity with a new education system, writing in English, rules about American small talk, fast food, and a number of policies and rules that students need to follow.

In “Making Friends“, international students share tips on how to make friends with domestic students, including asking for help, staying open-minded, initiating conversation, actively participating in class group projects, working to understand American humor, and staying empathetic with each other.

Tanya Dovbnya

Tanya Dovbnya


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