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The Clackamas Print
Wednesday, November 20,1996
Connection Club offers
networking, friendship
Mairin-Anne Moore
Staff Writer •
A bright new idea from five
students in a leadership class last
year has organized a new connec­
tion club for students.
After brainstorming, Shirley
Quam, Tonya Leikam, Nate Smith,
Taunya Herbor and Gerrie
Zimmerman have come up with a
way for students new and old to
come together and become more
familiar with each other and the
Tonya Leikam, representa­
tive for the club, told the Print,
“It’s a good way to catch the stu­
dents that slip by us.”
The club benefits new stu­
dents by enabling them to meet
more people and become involved
in the college. The older students
will be able to meet those who
have just joined the college’s en­
rollment and meet those they do
not know who have been here.
Together, students can be a part
of the college’s activities and
know the college better.
No real plans have been set
in stone for the club. Six more stu­
dents are needed to make it an of­
ficial club according to their con­
stitution. Officer positions are up
for grabs.
“Right now we are just look­
ing for input on the direction of
the club and its activities. Then
we will take it from there,” says
No requirements are neces­
sary for those interested in join­
ing. Members may devote as
much time as they desire and there
are no fees.
For those interested in join­
ing, call Advisor Sharon Sample,
or Shirley Quam at the
Ambassador’s office, ext. 2481.
Join us for a celebration to
honor the
Thursday, Nov. 21
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Gregory Forum
Cultural understanding highlights
International Club activities
Christina Mueller
Staff Writer
We wonder who the girl is
sitting across from us in class.
She is from another country, but
which one? Why is she here, and
what is her major? These ques­
tions can be answered at one
meeting of the International Club.
The International Club is cur­
rently composed of 22 students
from around the world, including
North American students. The
club helps students to learn about
each other and each other’s coun­
tries in a casual way.
“The International Club usu­
ally focuses on friendship and edu­
cation,” says six-year Club Advi­
sor Ellen Wolfson. Through edu­
cational and recreational activities,
students are establish friendships
and feel more comfortable.
“When they come in they’re
scared, they’re quiet and they don’t
know anybody,” Wolfson adds.
The club participates in a va­
riety of activities that get the stu­
dents acquainted with each other
and allow international students
to see Oregon.
“We usually go to the moun­
tains, beach or both. It intro­
duces them to skiing and the
coast,” Wolfson says.
Celebrating holidays to­
gether is another activity. It pro­
vides a first-hand view of United
States culture for international
students and, in turn, gives North
American students an opportunity
to learn about other cultures.
“It’s not like we just get to­
gether, turn up the radio and eat
chips,” explains Wolfson. ‘We play
a lot of warm-up games.”
This summer the International
Club -- along with other students,
staff and community members —
will take a trip to Latin America in
order to learn Spanish. They will
live with families and go to school.
Brochures and additional informa­
tion on the trip will be coming
This year the majority of in­
ternational students are from Ja­
pan. In the past, there have been
students from Africa, Europe and
Latin America.
From which countries students
come “depends on the world and its
state of affairs,” says Wolfson. No
matter which country they are from,
international students usually start
out with general studies, and then go
into business.
Students from other coun­
tries often choose Clackamas
rather than a four-year college be­
cause, “They want to try out their
English for two years before trans­
ferring to a four-year school,” says
You have probably wondered
how international students end up
at Clackamas from sometimes clear
across the world.
“One way is word of mouth,”
Wolfson explains.
The small school and rural
setting is appealing to many stu­
“International students tend
to live in a variety of places,”
Wolfson says.
They either live in an apart­
ment alone or with another student,
but seldom with host families,
which makes it hard for them to
meet North Americans.
Wolfson feels strongly that
North American students should
take the time to get to know the
international students.
“Ever since I was little I was
encouraged to be around people
that have differences from, each
other,” Wolfson says.
Advising the club is a per­
sonal experience for Wolfson.
“My heart feels fuller. It’s fun,
and it makes me feel like I’m making
a difference in the world, not just
Clackamas,” she says.
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