July 26, 2011

Asian students experiencing campus life

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A group of Asian students is getting a sample of university life American-style at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

A dozen students from China and Hong Kong are attending the Division of Continuing Education’s inaugural Discover Your Future Summer Camp 2011 through Aug. 5. Camp participants range in age from middle school to college age. Steve Sitt, a master’s student in workforce education, and his wife Kathy Sitt, who earned her executive MBA through SIUC, are leading the camp.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to visit some of the camp activities for stories, photographs or video. Good opportunities include:

• Wednesday, July 27 -- robotics class in Engineering C, Room 204A, 9-11:30 a.m.; engineering, civil engineering and mining engineering careers event in Engineering, Room A131, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

• Thursday, July 28 -- College of Business visit, Rehn Hall, Room 108, 9-11 a.m.; hovercraft/robotics demonstration, Engineering D, Room 102, 1:30-5 p.m.

• Friday, July 29 -- visit to SIUC Horse Farm with College of Agriculture, 8:45-11 a.m.

For more information about Discover Your Future Summer Camp 2011, contact Steve Sitt at 626/592-1697 or DCE at 6118/536-7751.

Campers are experiencing campus life through architecture projects, classroom activities, a tram tour, a visit to Morris Library, aviation, robotics and farm activities and much more as they enjoy staying and dining in residence halls. They’re visiting the horse farms, learning about mass media, honing their English skills, seeing the region and living as typical University students. They are also enjoying recreational activities at SIUC and in the surrounding communities and visiting the St. Louis metro area. Camp participants will also be spending time in Chicago before the camp wraps up.

Steve Sitt said the goal of the experience is to help young adults explore college life, discover their potential and set educational goals while learning about SIUC, the region and American culture.