American Studies Program (ASP) students in Professor Lora Yasen's Reading/Writing and Marianne Stipe's Listening/Speaking classes got a taste of working in a television studio this past spring. The end product will be aired on local television station, CCTV, between November 23 and December 1. For a complete schedule, click here. Enjoy their demonstrations on calligraphy, marbles, origami, taiko, kendama, kamisumo, taketombo, and how to wear a yukata.
Students spent time in the classroom practicing their demonstrations for the various program segments and recording their speeches and writing about the experiences. In the studio, they learned how to use the audio equipment and helped the CCTV staff and community volunteers at the filming sessions.
Halloween is past, but the American Studies Program students had many chances to learn about it with a variety of fun activities. On Sunday, Oct. 23, about 20 ASP students went out to EZ Orchards and attended their HarvestFest. They were able to take a hay ride, go through the corn maze, and choose pumpkins from the patch. There were also some farm animals, fun music, and good food! To see photos from HarvestFest, click here.
That afternoon, Tomodachi program participants got together to carve pumpkins and enjoy yaki-imo, Japanese sweet potatoes, hot apple cider and cookies. It was a lot of fun and participants enjoyed walking around seeing all the various jack o'lantern creations made by students and their friends. To see photos from the carving activity, click here.
Many students dressed up in Halloween costumes for class activities. There was also trick-or-treating in some of the residence halls, a haunted house at WISH, and other fun programs.
Each September, the Bicycle Transportation Authority (BTA) holds a Bike Commute Challenge throughout the state. The 2011 Challenge saw participation from 1450 workplace teams and more than 12,000 individual riders. Together participants logged over 1,360,000 miles of bike commutes.
Of all commutes by TIUA employees made in September, 23.2% were made on bike by TIUA bikers registered for the Challenge. TIUA employees rode 588 miles, up from 358 last year.