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International Resource Center (IRC) Project
Welcome to the page regarding information and resources for the iniative to create an International Resource Center (IRC) in the proposed Student Leadership Building in the MU Annex. When the MU Annex, also known as the Student Leadership Center, is constructed, the International Resource Center is slated to be part of this center (see image of plan below).
This initiative is now part of the ISOSU Campus Alliance for International Resources (ISOSU CAIR), a student-led initiative connected to ISOSU. For more information about ISOSU CAIR, please visit the ISOSU CAIR website.
If you would like to see an example of an International Resource Center, please watch the brief video of the University of Oregon's Mills International Center.
Click here to view pictures of our February 3rd IRC Kick-Off Event at the ISOSU Coffee Hour!
Dear campus community,
Imagine you have your perfect space on campus. A space that welcomes you and embraces diversity. A space for internationally-minded and culturally curious students, faculty, community members and groups. A space where you can visit the world by walking across a room...a space that encourages internationalism and welcomes it.
CAIR has been given approval to have an International Resource Center for Winter 2009 term in the MU Learning Lounge on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2 pm - 7 pm, and for the long-term in the proposed Student Leadership Building in the MU Annex.
We need your help and involvement to make the International Resource Center (IRC) a vibrant and active space. As this project develops, we would like your help as representatives of various student and campus groups to ask yourselves the above questions. I would even request you to forward these questions on to members of your group(s) to answer the following questions:
• How would you want this space to look and feel?
• What function do you see it serving?
• How would you utilize it if you had access to a space like the International Resource Center (IRC)?
• As students and community members, how would it benefit you to have an international resource center at the center of the OSU campus?
For a better sense of what students have already thought about in terms of what this center could do for OSU, please visit the “IRC_presentation.ppt” at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~ravichra
If you are interested in this project and want to work with us, please contact one of the ISOSU CAIR members. You can get our contact information on the ISOSU CAIR website.
February 13, 2009 - As clarification, the CAIR committee has changed its name to ISOSU CAIR for purposes of clarity and to better describe the relationship between this initiative and ISOSU.
February 3, 2009 - International Resource Center Kick-off Event in the MU Learning Lounge!
January 2009-March 2009 - CAIR has gotten permission to use the MU Learning Lounge for three days a week (Tuesdays - Thursdays, 2-7pm) for the International Resource Center (IRC). Stay tuned for more information and a list of events!
December 2008 - Combined IRC Committee and Committee on Welcoming International Students (CWIS) into the Campus Alliance for International Resources (CAIR). Please visit CAIR website for more information.
10/9/08 - 11/28/08 - Regular bi-monthly meetings to plan for short-term and long-term IRC.
7/11/2008 - Article on the IRC published in the ISOSU Newsletter.
6/13/08-8/25/08 - Planning meetings to create project matrix (vision, goals and outcomes).
6/6/08 - Project Brainstorming meeting
5/16/08- Projects Leads (Madhu Bhadra and Ram Ravichandran), ISOSU representative (Lan Phuong Nguyen), and IP Advisor (Rachael Weber) visit U of O's Mills International Center.
4/9/08 - Madhu Bhadra, graduate student, becomes IRC Project Co-Leader.
2/15/08 - IRC Committe will meet with architects to go over possible
designs for center. If you would like to join us, or have any comments,
please contact Ram Ravichandran, the Project Lead, at
1/25/08 - Met with MU Annex Board to propose IRC. The presentation
(IRC_presentation.ppt) we gave to the committee can be found here http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~ravichra
The Mills Internatioanl Center slideshow is at http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~ravichra/IRC/UofO-MICkb.mov
1/14/08 - First meeting of IRC Committee (7 students and 4 faculty)
1/11/08 - Visit to University of Oregon's Mills International Center
1/2/08- Met with Michael Henthorne, Director of the Memorial Union (MU)
For a sense of what is possible in such a center, please watch a short slideshow/mini-movie about the University of Oregon's Mills International Center, housed in their Erb Memorial Union (EMU) building. (Please note: This movie may require that you use Quicktime, which you can download for free.) For articles about their renovation, please visit the following links: