One hundred and twenty students were honored during the annual closing ceremony on Friday, December 12, 2014. There was a certificate ceremony, as well as presenting some awards, in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University campus. Afterwards, there was a reception party. The ceremony is the culmination of a year of intense study of English and American Studies courses taught by TIUA and Willamette University faculty members.
This 2014 class of students arrived for the American Studies Program at Willamette University in February. This program offers students the opportunity to take classes at TIUA and WIllamette University, as well as participating in various activities throughout the eleven months, such as volunteering with local charities, getting to know community members through the Tomodachi "friendship" Program, and interacting with Willamette University students as roommates and friends.
Attending the ceremony from Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Japan, was President Hiroshi Takahashi. In addition to President Takahashi, other speakers included Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, from the Japanese Consulate in Portland, as well as President Stephen Thorsett and Dean Marlene Moore from Willamette University. ASWU President Andres Oswill and Senator Hiromi Homma also spoke on behalf of the students. Salem community members who participated in the Tomodachi Program were also invited.
Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year from everyone involved with the American Studies Program at Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America! Please click here to see our card. This year's card was created by Daiki Abe, ASP 2014. Enjoy!
(photo courtesy of Camille Priebe, WU student)
Thirty-two local children attended this year's Kaneko Day Camp (KDC) in August and it was a big success! KDC is a 4-day cultural camp put on by students in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. They serve as the camp counselors and teachers. They spend many hours planning the class content and activities and creating the necessary accompanying materials. The hallways were decorated, as well as the various classrooms. The camp started August 4 with check-in and soon all the campers had met their teachers and were having fun getting to know about Japan. There were classes in origami, songs, games, language, calligraphy, and dance.
On Thursday, the last day of camp, parents and other family members came to walk visit the classrooms to see the work that the campers had done, enjoy bento lunches, and watch the campers perform a dance and some taiko drumming.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the camp!