About 55 alums from Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America gathered to reiminsce at a reunion party on Saturday, October 17, in Tokyo, Japan. The event was held at an Irish pub, Dubliner's, in Shinagawa. Attendees included a few regulars, as well as students who have just graduated in the past couple of years, and everything in between. This year, there was a group of 14 from the Willamette University Alumni Association who were at the beginning of a tour of Japan. James Lippincott, Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Parent Relations, Willamette University; Masaki Shimada, Director of Campus Life and Academic Services, and Barby Dressler, Director of University Relations/Special Programs, were all in attendance. The "oldest" alum was WU'57!
It was great fun to see the attendees interacting and networking with each other. As is typical in Japanese culture, after the reunion there was a second party, which also drew many of the alums, plus a few more! To see photos from the event, please click here.
The photos are in, the judges have voted, and we are happy to announce the winners of the Yearbook Photo Contest!
A record-breaking 157 entries were accepted and it was very difficult to choose the award recipients. Thank you so much to those who entered your pictures to the contest. Also big thanks goes to our volunteer judges: Samuel Swanson, Tamara Smith, Russell Fauss, and Barby Dressler.
You will see these pictures in 2015 ASP Yearbook, which will come out in early December. There are so many good pictures that did not make to the awards, but some of those pictures may be also used in the yearbook."
The contest was open to students, staff and faculty of Willamette University, including the American Studies Program, and Tomodachi Program participants. There were great prizes, including two $50, four $25, and 11 $10 Compass Cash cards.
To see all the winning photos, click here.
One-hundred thirty one new students arrived at Portland International Airport in Oregon, USA, Tuesday, February 4. The students looked excited to finally arrive and began their life in America! They will spend the next eleven months participating in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. After they found their rooms in one of the residence halls on campus and met their International Peer Coach (IPC), they were officially welcomed by the Willamette community at Goudy for dinner that evening. WU's Dean of Campus Life David Douglass welcomed them to the community and they were then entertained by some WU a capella groups. The rest of the week with be spent in orientations, campus tours, shopping, and making lots of new friends.
To see photos from the first day of the program, click here.