The ceremony was open to all students and staff at the
University and the entire community of
Corvallis. Representatives INTO University Partnerships also
attended. INTO OSU students finished their classes early on Monday
so they could be part of the celebrations. Attendees enjoyed
performances from the OSU marching band and cheerleaders, while the
University's mascot, Benny the Beaver, was on hand to pose for
photos with students and spread the Beaver Spirit.
INTO OSU Center Director Amy McGowan introduced a challenge for
the guests to undertake during the evening's celebrations. The
'Passport to the International Living-Learning Center' gave guests
the chance to visit every floor of the building to sample food and
drink from all over the world, and collect a passport stamp from
each region represented, in order to be entered into a raffle for
To much fanfare - and photographs - domestic and international
students joined together to cut the giant ribbon, officially
opening the building. "We want to welcome the world to our
university," said Amy as the ribbon was cut.
Oregon State University's President Dr. Ed Ray and INTO Chairman
Andrew Colin both spoke on the importance of the new building as a
home for a new generation of international students at OSU. They
also agreed that the partnership with INTO has significantly
changed OSU and pushed it further toward its internationalization
goals. "All great universities are truly international. Knowledge
is international currency. It is the way we spread prosperity and
peace to all corners of the world," Andrew said in front of the
The attendees also heard from a former INTO OSU student, Heling
"Zero" Cui, now a junior in mechanical engineering. Zero shared her
personal experience and encouraged the current generation of INTO
OSU students to truly live and learn together. "Participating in
activities helps you make friends," she advised her peers. "Also,
do not be shy, and ask questions. Do not worry about being wrong.
Nobody can always be right," she added.
All of the guests were encouraged to explore the new facility
and everyone enjoyed the open feeling and bright colors of the
building. Joyce Zou, an INTO OSU student said, "I like the stairs
with all the glass and the lights everywhere. The building is open
and bright. Peet's coffee and the Cascadia market are really great
The new, state-of the art building provides not only housing to
more than 320 US and international students but also workspace for
more than 100 staff and faculty, 24 classrooms, and 15 conference
rooms. The ILLC will be the main base for INTO OSU, and is being
relished as an opportunity for the students on campus to come
together and enjoy being part of a global community.
Check out all the photos
from the event here.