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Hurricane Irma sweeps by Tampa Bay area, USF unharmed

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Hurricane Irma sweeps by Tampa Bay area, USF unharmed

Although communities throughout the Tampa Bay area experienced various impacts from last week’s Category 1 Hurricane Irma, such as uprooted trees and power outages, the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus was unharmed. As the eye of the storm neared, it thankfully passed east of Tampa and north toward the panhandle.

Although communities throughout the Tampa Bay area experienced various impacts from last week’s Category 1 Hurricane Irma, such as uprooted trees and power outages, the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus was unharmed. As the eye of the storm neared, it thankfully passed east of Tampa and north toward the panhandle. Today, the USF campus is as beautiful as ever (see main photo taken a couple of days after the storm) and open to students, staff and faculty, with only minor debris left behind from surrounding plants and trees. The campus had full power throughout the storm days and there was no flooding. Although the Tampa campus fortunately escaped the worst of the storm, INTO USF employees and students were on high alert in the lead-up to it, said INTO USF Center Director Jason Seth Beckerman. “As Irma’s pa… Read the full article
Although communities throughout the Tampa Bay area experienced various impacts from last week’s Category 1 Hurricane Irma, such as uprooted trees and power outages, the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus was unharmed. As the eye of the storm neared, it thankfully passed east of Tampa and north toward the panhandle.

Today, the USF campus is as beautiful as ever (see main photo taken a couple of days after the storm) and open to students, staff and faculty, with only minor debris left behind from surrounding plants and trees. The campus had full power throughout the storm days and there was no flooding.

Although the Tampa campus fortunately escaped the worst of the storm, INTO USF employees and students were on high alert in the lead-up to it, said INTO USF Center Director Jason Seth Beckerman.

“As Irma’s path was so unpredictable, we all had to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Our University colleagues and JV team worked in lock step to ensure support was delivered during the entire event. Furthermore, our INTO colleagues all around the world provided assistance with communication to parents, counselors, and other concerned parties.” 

“We could have never done this without INTO’s help. We are so very grateful for the strength of this partnership. On behalf of our students I would like to say a huge thank-you for everyone’s support,” he added.

USF was officially closed Thursday, September 7, 2017, through September 12, 2017, allowing students, staff and their families to prepare for the storm and clean up after if necessary. All students who chose to reside on-campus through the hurricane were safe and well-taken care of. Additionally, in preparation for the inclement weather, dining halls were opened for students to retrieve meals and stock up on food essentials.

“I received multiple emails during the week updating me on the path of the hurricane and making sure that I was safe. In the days leading up to the hurricane because all the dining halls were closed we were provided with food and water,” said Joey Odell, a USF student from England who decided to weather the storm at his residence hall.

“During the hurricane, the power remained on, as far as I know problems with the buildings or loss of water or power or anything like that. Now that the hurricane is over campus looks as beautiful as ever. Everything looks lovely,” he said.

USF student and INTO USF Cultural Attache Karim Yousry said: “Thank God the hurricane turned into a tropical storm by the time it hit Tampa and it’s beautiful outside – the weather’s been great. And, as you can see I’m back to work, so everything’s fine now, thankfully!”

Classes resumed on Thursday, September 14, 2017, but students were not considered absent or required to submit any assignments for the remainder of that week to accommodate those who evacuated or were addressing storm-related hardships.

For interviews with students and more about the storm at USF, please see YouTube and Facebook.

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NILE tops table for teaching and learning

In the latest EL Gazette rankings, INTO’s own specialist language teacher development organisation NILE achieved the top score (of 92 per cent) for Teaching and Learning, and above-average results in most other categories. The results, which were published in the August/September issue of the specialist English language teaching magazine, were based on a detailed analysis of British Council inspections of British language schools. NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) Director Thom Kiddle was delighted by the achievement, which was described as ‘astonishing’ in an EL Gazette article. He put this result down to a variety of factors: “It’s possibly misleading to over-emphasise a single factor in a complex m… Read the full article
In the latest EL Gazette rankings, INTO’s own specialist language teacher development organisation NILE achieved the top score (of 92 per cent) for Teaching and Learning, and above-average results in most other categories.

The results, which were published in the August/September issue of the specialist English language teaching magazine, were based on a detailed analysis of British Council inspections of British language schools.

NILE (Norwich Institute of Language Education) Director Thom Kiddle was delighted by the achievement, which was described as ‘astonishing’ in an EL Gazette article. He put this result down to a variety of factors: “It’s possibly misleading to over-emphasise a single factor in a complex mix, but I would underline the fact that our teachers have both autonomy and support,” he said.

“Autonomy in being able to adapt the course objectives to individual participants, and to work towards outcomes which will be most useful to their students in their professional lives. And support, as at NILE we share a belief in peer observation and learning from one another, as well as in the value of continuing professional development.”

The fact that all the trainers at NILE have extensive global teaching experience is also a huge factor in this success, he says. “Our ethos of practical, experiential learning means that trainers are models of teaching practice. And the fact that the vast majority of our course participants are teachers themselves means that we need to be on top of our game at all times in the classroom.”

Diversity in terms of culture, experience and language among the NILE trainers also plays a central part in the institution’s reputation for effective teaching as, says Thom, “there is always something to learn from the trainer in the classroom next door to yours.”

“Hand-in-hand with this flexibility and creativity is a level of seriousness and rigour which serves all of our students, including those on the master’s programme, extremely well. It has been very satisfying to have all of our hard work validated and recognized in the EL Gazette ratings,” he adds.

For more about NILE, please click here www.nile-elt.com

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INTO Giving opens up a world of possibilities

INTO Giving is blossoming into something bigger, better and more colourful, as from now on it will embrace the wide range of INTO employees’ and students’ personal philanthropic interests, reveals the charity’s Communications and Fundraising Officer Naomi Cromby. First and foremost, INTO Giving will continue to support education projects like the Jusoor School in Beirut. That much doesn’t change. But now, if there’s a cause close to your own heart – from the environment, to health, science, social diversity and community development (plus much more) – we’re here for you, too. Our iGive initiative means you can support a broad new range of humanitarian and community projects through INTO Giving.TheiGive campaign allows you to fundraise for your chosen cha… Read the full article
INTO Giving is blossoming into something bigger, better and more colourful, as from now on it will embrace the wide range of INTO employees’ and students’ personal philanthropic interests, reveals the charity’s Communications and Fundraising Officer Naomi Cromby.

First and foremost, INTO Giving will continue to support education projects like the Jusoor School in Beirut. That much doesn’t change. But now, if there’s a cause close to your own heart – from the environment, to health, science, social diversity and community development (plus much more) – we’re here for you, too.

Our iGive initiative means you can support a broad new range of humanitarian and community projects through INTO Giving.TheiGive campaign allows you to fundraise for your chosen charity, while racking up penny-for-penny matched funds for the INTO Giving family of education projects. Two for one!

There’s more. Whatever you raise through iGive for a charity close to your own heart, we’ll top it up by an extra 20%, allowing you to contribute even more.  But even that’s not all.  From now on, INTO employees worldwide will receive two paid volunteering days a year – allowing you to lend a hand at the local or even international projects that matter to you.

You can volunteer on your own, with work friends, or even as a team. INTO HR and the Executive Team get a big round of thanks for making this happen.

To celebrate this new beginning, INTO Giving’s logo has sprung into a rainbow. It’s bright, it’s hopeful, it’s vibrant, and it looks great on a T-shirt!

And, to accompany our brand new logo, new campaign, new colours and volunteering, we’ve completely refreshed our website. A big ‘thank-you’ to the web designers at cFront for creating it, and for generously donating the costs back to us. We couldn’t be more grateful.

Over to you now. Check out INTO Giving’s brand new website today for more information on new projects, videos and articles and of course, more information on iGive and volunteering! 

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INTO UAB celebrates first graduate

Kevin Wang began his Accelerated Biotechnology Pathway program with INTO University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB’s) first intake in Fall 2016. Three quick semesters later, he has progressed from the Pathway, completed his one-year graduate program, walked across the stage at Bartow Arena and moved his tassle from one side of his mortarboard to the other – officially signifying his graduation from UAB. When Kevin came to UAB with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech he knew that the English tutoring and Student Services support he’d receive from INTO UAB would help him achieve high marks in his classes and make the transition into campus life easier. However, the help and advice he received from his biotechnology professor also contributed to his success. “Right off as an INTO UAB student, Kevin decided he would take every credit hour,” said Biotechnology Program Director Professor Tino Unlap… Read the full article
Kevin Wang began his Accelerated Biotechnology Pathway program with INTO University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB’s) first intake in Fall 2016. Three quick semesters later, he has progressed from the Pathway, completed his one-year graduate program, walked across the stage at Bartow Arena and moved his tassle from one side of his mortarboard to the other – officially signifying his graduation from UAB.

When Kevin came to UAB with a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech he knew that the English tutoring and Student Services support he’d receive from INTO UAB would help him achieve high marks in his classes and make the transition into campus life easier. However, the help and advice he received from his biotechnology professor also contributed to his success.

“Right off as an INTO UAB student, Kevin decided he would take every credit hour,” said Biotechnology Program Director Professor Tino Unlap, PhD. “That is why he finished in three semesters.” Kevin was an excellent student, coming to every class and arriving early and prepared, said Tino.

When asked where he wanted to be when he finished, Kevin said he wanted to be in dental school and Tino was there to help him get one step closer to achieving his dream. They decided to meet every semester and Tino arranged an internship for Kevin as a part of his biotechnology program. Students in the program are trained in lectures for the first phase, then labs and, finally, internships.

“My internship was working on the protein interaction for breast cancer cells and Dr. Unlap helped me a lot with completing my resume and job finding,” said Kevin, who is currently working in a chemistry lab at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and is preparing to apply for dental school for Fall 2018 entry.

“I chose UAB because this biotechnology program would really build my knowledge and get me more prepared for dental school or other science-related works,” Kevin said. “My academic goal is to get higher grades in order to make me more competitive among other dental school applicants, and the INTO UAB programs and Professor Unlap all helped me a lot, pushing me to the next level. I studied hard and also practiced hard in lab so I’m more prepared for what I’m doing now.”

Before Kevin walked the stage in the official commencement ceremony in August, he was celebrated by the UAB and INTO UAB staff and administration and presented with a custom stole with the flag of his home country Taiwan on one side and the INTO UAB logo on the other. As the first graduate INTO UAB, Kevin will begin the tradition of wearing a stole representing the student’s home country that every INTO UAB graduate will carry forward into the future.

“Celebrating Kevin being our first graduate was such an exciting time for INTO UAB,” said David Hofmann, INTO UAB Executive Director. “Kevin reflects that type of student that we expect at this university.  One who is academically strong, driven, committed, and focused.  We are so proud of him and the success of all our students.  After a year in existence, we have seen very high progression rates and this will lead to a growing population of graduates in the near future.”

“Graduating as an INTO student, I felt really special and I felt really awesome. They gave me a stole with my home flag on it and that really touched my heart,” said Kevin. “My favorite part was going on stage, seeing the president and shaking hands with him. In that moment I really felt that I had graduated with a degree of Master’s, and now I’m moving on to the next step of my career.”

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First INTO UEA psychology students move on to University

The first-ever cohort of INTO University of East Anglia International Year One Psychology students have achieved stunning results with 94 per cent – that’s 17 out of 18 – achieving the grades needed to progress to Year Two at UEA. University of East Anglia’s School of Psychology is ranked 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2018), and offers a variety of flexible and challenging undergraduate degrees. The unique International Year One Psychology programme offers a supportive environment for international students beginning their undergraduate studies as it provides additional English language teaching and tailored seminars, while enabling INTO UEA students to join UEA Year One Psychology students for lectures. Nine coun… Read the full article
The first-ever cohort of INTO University of East Anglia International Year One Psychology students have achieved stunning results with 94 per cent – that’s 17 out of 18 – achieving the grades needed to progress to Year Two at UEA.

University of East Anglia’s School of Psychology is ranked 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2018), and offers a variety of flexible and challenging undergraduate degrees. The unique International Year One Psychology programme offers a supportive environment for international students beginning their undergraduate studies as it provides additional English language teaching and tailored seminars, while enabling INTO UEA students to join UEA Year One Psychology students for lectures.

Nine countries – including Hong Kong, Portugal, Nigeria, Vietnam and Bahrain – were represented in a diverse group which had come to INTO UEA from across the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. “I made a lot of friends who were studying Year One Psychology at UEA. I got a lot of opportunities to communicate with them and improve my English,” said Sammi, an International Year One Psychology student from Hong Kong.

“We are very pleased with the achievements of the International Year One

Psychology students in this, the first year of the programme. It was a joy to work with them all, and we wish them every success in Years Two and Three at UEA, and beyond,” said Julia Lancaster, INTO UEA’s Programme Manager for International Year One Psychology.

“The School of Psychology at UEA has been delighted with the international intake of students from INTO and how well the students have integrated with other Psychology students in the first-year programme. It is pleasing that all but one of the students is progressing into the second year of the degree programme and we look forward to welcoming more students via INTO over the coming years,” said Kenny Coventry, Head of UEA’s School of Psychology.

Feedback received from the 15 students who took part in an end-of-academic-year survey was universally positive, with all of them saying that they would recommend the programme. Their comments included:

“I really enjoyed this programme and found it extremely relevant and helpful to what was being taught at UEA. I would do it over and over again.”

“I got a great opportunity to study psychology through this programme. Teachers are all supportive and bring us lots of fun and information during class.”

“Interesting, thoughtful and engaging study of Psychology.”

For more information about International Year One Psychology at INTO UEA, click here, and to watch a new video about it, click here

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Oregon State University hosts total eclipse experience

On August 21, millions of people across the United States gathered at select locations, including INTO partner Oregon State University (OSU), to witness the rare solar eclipse. All three OSU campuses (located in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, Oregon) were fortunate enough to be within the ‘path of totality’ for the Total Solar Eclipse, meaning that the sky darkened at about 10:17am as the moon completely blocked out the sun. The University hosted thousands of visitors during the astronomical phenomenon, and put on a three-day eclipse celebration that included hands-on experiential activities with rockets and robots, cookie decorating, educational sessions led by astronom… Read the full article
On August 21, millions of people across the United States gathered at select locations, including INTO partner Oregon State University (OSU), to witness the rare solar eclipse.

All three OSU campuses (located in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, Oregon) were fortunate enough to be within the ‘path of totality’ for the Total Solar Eclipse, meaning that the sky darkened at about 10:17am as the moon completely blocked out the sun.

The University hosted thousands of visitors during the astronomical phenomenon, and put on a three-day eclipse celebration that included hands-on experiential activities with rockets and robots, cookie decorating, educational sessions led by astronomy and aerospace experts, movie viewing, art, a concert and more.

The festival drew in enthusiasts from around the country, and all students were invited to attend all festival events and activities free of charge. But the eclipse was about much more than fun and celebration, as it was also a rare chance for OSU, as a NASA Space Grant University, to carry out study and research.

During the eclipse, a team of OSU students headed for the ocean on the University’s research vessel, Pacific Storm, and travelled 30 miles offshore where they launched a high-altitude balloon that soared around 80,000 feet into the atmosphere.

The balloon recorded and transmitted some of the first images of the total solar eclipse as it started its journey across the United States. The video formed part of a project by NASA and the National Space Grant program to capture images of the moon’s shadow across the country from a near-space perspective.

The information gathered from the images and video footage will be used to uncover some of the scientific mysteries surrounding eclipse occurrences.

“It was really a thrill to be first in line for this rare event,” said Jack Barth, Marine Studies Initiative Director at OSU. “It was a bit of a technical and logistical challenge, but was also a tremendous opportunity for students from OSU.”

Live video footage captured by OSU’s high-altitude balloon is now available to view on Youtube.

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