Mr. Shinji Nagano (TIUA'92), who lives in Sendai and recently experienced the Eastern Japan earthquake and who is from Kobe, watched the baseball game of Rakuten vs Nippon Ham in “Hottomotto Field Kobe” on April 22, 2011. Shinji's home in Kobe was totally destroyed in the 1995 Kobe earthquake. During that year, he visited the same baseball field many times to cheer on the Olix baseball team, which won the season with the slogan “Ganbaro (Let’s work hard) Kobe.” “This time, from recovered Kobe, Rakuten (which is based in Sendai) will send hope to Tohoku (Northeastern) region” said Shinji while watching the game.
Congratulations to Kelsey Ledford and Brent Jones (both WU'11), recipients of the campus life award for Greatest Contribution to the Willamette/TIUA Community. This award recognizes students who have shown exceptional effort in fostering relationships between Willamette and American Studies Program (ASP) students, especially in the area of programming that specifically targets Willamette/TIUA collaboration as well as ASP student inclusion in the Willamette community. The award was given out at the Campus Life Honors and Awards Ceremony held at Willamette University on April 21. This ceremony is a Willamette-wide event honoring students who made outstanding contributions to campus life across the university.