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July 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU seeks local host families for 10 Saga University students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Ten visiting students from Saga University will visit Slippery Rock University Sept. 11-22 to work on developing their English speaking and writing skills.

Yakako Ishimaru, an instructor in SRU's modern languages and cultures department who teaches Japanese, is again organizing the program.

"We are happy again to sponsor and prepare this program for our student guests, and, like in past years, we are looking for host families in the Slippery Rock area willing to provide room and board for our visitors," she said. "We want these students to see first-hand what an American home and academic life is really like."

The visiting students are from Kyushu, Japan.

Host families provide daily breakfast for the visiting student except for Sept. 12 and dinner, except for Sept. 19, a bedroom and transportation to and from the University during the 12-day program. Hosts are asked to take one or two students as their housing space permits.

"As in past years, we are expecting the students participating in the Cultural Immersion Program, will be enthusiastic about learning about American life and culture," Ishimaru said. "They are also always willing to make new American friends."

In addition to taking "English as a Second Language" classes, the visiting students will join SRU classes across campus that they are interested in, she said.

"While the visiting students will benefit greatly from the program, we think that host families also have a great opportunity to enrich their lives and develop cultural insights," Ishimaru said.

Anyone willing to serve as a host family is asked to contact Ishimaru through 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.