TUJ Times Online

February 13, 2006 (vol. 5)

TUJ Times Online, our online monthly newsletter, will keep you informed of recent news at TUJ and its alumni.


TUJ Alumni Association Event Information

The TUJ Alumni Association (TUJ AA) holds a casual party for all TUJ students and TUJ alumni on March 17th. It'll be the first event entirely organized by TUJ AA. Don't miss this great chance to meet your old friends and make new friends.

Friday, March 17
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cafe Pronto / Shibuya Brother Bldg. 3F
(Tel: 03-3464-9116)
3,000 yen per person for light food and cocktails


President Adamany to Retire

Temple University main campus' Board of Trustees Chairman Howard Gittis announced on January 19th that David Adamany will retire as president of the University effective June 30, 2006. President Adamany served in this position for six years and visited TUJ in 2004 to attend the graduation ceremony. (more details)

Law Program New Director on Board

The Law School continues to grow at a rapid pace with approximately 140 students enrolled in the Spring semester. In response to this growth, the Law School is pleased to announce the hiring of June Kitagawa. Effective February 1, 2006, Ms. Kitagawa joined the TUJ as director of the Tokyo Law Program and assistant professor of Law. Her addition greatly enhances the Law School and TUJ as a whole.

Ms. Kitagawa comes to Temple from the international law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy. She is a licensed California attorney and obtained her juris doctor degree from Georgetown Law Center. The present director, Matthew Wilson, will continue to oversee the Law School in his capacity as associate dean and teach as an associate professor of Law.

New Career Development Manager Joined TUJ

The new manager for Career Development, Tomas Gestren started working on January 25. He is responsible for helping students plan careers and apply for jobs after graduation, and for the various internship programs.

Tomas was born and raised in Japan and graduated from Menlo College in California. He worked for eight years as a corporate recruiting consultant mainly for foreign companies based in Tokyo. He is fully fluent in Japanese and Swedish, as well as English. Drop by his office and get to know him. He's happy to meet Temple alumni.

Phillip Morris Supports TUJ's NGO Courses for the Third Year

Philip Morris Japan has made a generous 5 million yen grant to support TUJ programs and courses related to NGOs. The funding will be divided equally between a certificate program in NGO Skills Development Training in the Continuing Education Program and a new course on NGOs in the Undergraduate Program.

The NGO Skills Development Training in the continuing education program has been constantly improving and expanding with Philip Morris support since 2003. A new course, "NGOs in International Development" was added to the Undergraduate Program starting in January 2006. The course provides students with a comparative overview of development theory, with a special focus on India, and then considers the present and potential role of NGOs in the development process.

Mariko Nagai Received Two Fellowships

Mariko Nagai, the director of writing programs, has received two artists-in-resident fellowships for her writing from the Tasmanian Writers Center and the Robert MacNamara Foundation. Both fellowships are all-expenses paid, one-month long residential fellowships and are funded by federal arts grants. She will also be giving a presentation based on a paper titled "Redefining Poetry and the Self: Teaching Poetry Writing in ESL Setting" at the annual Associated Writing Program Conference (sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in March which will be held in Austin Texas this year.

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