The UO academic year has started and so are FFIS’ programs. It’s time for an update on our activities.
Fundraiser: Hop Valley Brewing is donating $1 to FFIS for every pint served between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Invite a friend, enjoy a craft beer, and help FFIS raise money. Hop Valley is located in the Whiteaker neighborhood at 990 W. 1st Avenue in Eugene. Other fundraising opportunities can be viewed here.
Fall Homestay Program: Forty-five host families opened their hearts and homes to 57 newly arrived international students attending the University of Oregon. FFIS surveyed our host families and the homestay students. You can read some of the feedback on these blog posts:
- FFIS Host Families Share Their Tips for New Host Families
- What Was the Most Rewarding Part of Hosting?
- What Was the Most Rewarding Part of Your FFIS Homestay?
Welcome Picnic: Several hundred international students from the University of Oregon and Lane Community College enjoyed food, fun, and new friendships Saturday, Sept. 21, at Alton Baker Park. The UO Duck and LCC Titan mascots stopped by. Paul Harvey’s pictures captured the activities on a sunny fall day.
The picnic began with Steering Committee introductions and words of welcome from:
- Christine Lundberg, Springfield Mayor
- Betty Taylor, Eugene City Councilwoman
- Paul Jarrell, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at LCC
- Abe Schafermeyer, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at UO
A picnic this size can’t happen without volunteer and community contributions such as:
- Host families who came and brought large salads
- LCC students who were invaluable with setup, food service, and clean up
- Lane Community College for providing rice and salads
- Paul Harvey and Susie Peters for cooking the 300 hot dogs served
- Trader Joe’s for providing cookies and watermelon and having a table there with some giveaway items
- Bi-Mart for providing the plates and napkins
- Cash & Carry for providing a gift card we used to purchase cups
- Steering Committee members, especially co-chairs Cindee Robertson and Deanna Brandt
Conversation Friend Program: We can always use more volunteers! If you’re interested in learning more or participating, send an e-mail to FFIS.ConversationFriends@gmail.com. Craig Biersdorff or June Brooks will be in touch with you to answer your questions. Matching for the fall term will begin in October.
Share Thanksgiving: If you’re interested in sharing your Thanksgiving tradition with an international student (or two), let us know by sending an e-mail to FFIS@UOregon.edu.
Mark Your Calendar
Share Thanksgiving – November 28
Winter Homestay – Dec. 28 to Jan. 4
FFIS Steering Committee – Any member is welcome to attend our Steering Committee meetings. We meet at 11:30 am on the first Wednesday of every month from Sept. through June in the second-floor conference room at Umpqua Bank, 675 Oak St., near the Hult Center and Lane County Courthouse. If you’d like to get on the agenda, send an e-mail in advance to FFIS President Matthew Fisher at email@example.com.
Thank you for offering your time and talents, your home and hospitality, to international students far from their home and families! You become like a second family to them and your heartfelt generosity fosters enormous goodwill. That in a nutshell is what FFIS’ mission is all about. Your comments, feedback, and suggestions are always welcome.
Your FFIS Steering Committee
Chair & Treasurer – Matthew Fisher (541-255-0626 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secretary – Open
Conversation Friend Coordinators:
June Brooks (541-714-7735 or email@example.com)
Craig Biersdorff (541-517-7652 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fundraising – Deanna Brandt
Media – Rick Obst
Volunteer Retention – Kent Henricksen
Volunteer Recruitment – Jean McClain
Welcome Picnic – Cindee Robertson and Deanna Brandt
Other Steering Committee Members – Paul Harvey and Ray Slaughter.
U of O Liaison – Becky Megerssa
LCC Liaison – Tomomi Kurosaki
If you want to touch the past, touch a rock.
If you want to touch the present, touch a flower.
If you want to touch the future, touch a life.