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June 14, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU seeks hosts for Japanese students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Cultural Immersion Program with Saga University in Japan is seeking local host families to provide a week's lodging for 10 visiting Japanese students Sept. 8-15.

The program, organized by Yukako Ishimaru, SRU instructor of modern languages and cultures, gives the visiting students first-hand experience of American Culture, including American academic life.

The visiting students, both men and women, will participate in "English as a Second Language" classes, typical college classes and a variety of SRU campus activities during the day and weekends of their visit.

Ishimaru said host families are being asked to provide breakfasts (except Sept. 9) and dinners (except Sept. 15), a bedroom and any daily transportation to SRU for one or two students.

"This is a great opportunity for local families to enrich their lives and cultural insights while serving as host to the visiting students. And, it gives the visiting student the chance to see a real American family and their life," she said.

Anyone willing to serve as a host family is asked to call Ishimaru at 724.783.2395 or via email at:

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.