TUJ Times Online

February 21, 2007 (vol. 17)

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


Black History Month - Tribute 2007

TUJ's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies and The Japan African-American Friendship Association in Tokyo are sponsoring an evening to celebrate African-American heritage and Black History Month. The night will include a soul food buffet, a DJ, a panel discussion on African-American heritage, and a vocal presentation by TUJ Study Abroad students. Ms. Ntabiseng Malefane, minister councilor of the Embassy of South Africa, will also give a brief talk on the support and contributions African Americans have made to the struggle for human rights and ending apartheid in South Africa.

Date & Time
Saturday, February 24, 6 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
The Pink Cow (click here for map)
4,000 yen per person (students, 3,500 yen); cash bar
To reserve your seat(s), please email owner-jafatokyochapter@groups.mac.com.

Can You Energize the Alumni-Student Job Connection?

Remember how invaluable connections in the working world were when you were a student? Current TUJ students need them, too, and the TUJ Career Development Office is working to connect current students with alumni looking to hire. The office is also seeking alumni who are willing to talk to TUJ students about job placement issues, including job-hunting techniques, OB/OG visits, information interviews, and more. We greatly appreciate those of you who are already supporting TUJ students in these ways. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Career Development Office by phone (03-5441-9873) or email (career@tuj.temple.edu).

Alumni Association New Year's Party Wrapup

The TUJ Alumni Association would like to thank everyone who came to the New Year's party on January 19. Nearly 30 people gathered to celebrate 2007's arrival and to network. The Association's Executive Committee is busy planning more get-together events for the year, and new members interested in organizing these evenings are always welcome. If you'd like to join the planning team, please contact the committee at tuj.alumni@gmail.com.


In Memoriam: Former TUJ Writing Center Director Marianne Jarvis

We are saddened to report that long-time TUJ teacher Marianne Jarvis passed away in her native England on January 16. Marianne, who joined TUJ in 1995, was a dedicated, hard-working writing instructor. From September 2001 until 2005, she was the director of the TUJ Writing Center (now the Teaching and Learning Center). Her legacy will last for decades to come in the form of her students and contributions to developing the TUJ writing program.

"In many ways, Marianne was an exceptional teacher and woman - devoted, selfless, and with an infectious charisma that drew others to her," said Professor Mariko Nagai, who worked with Professor Jarvis at the Writing Center. "She brought life wherever she went. She will be missed by the TUJ community."

TUJ Tightens Bond with Minato's Community

(Pictured from left: Minato City Mayor Masaaki Takei, Minato City Assembly Chair Tozo Kishida, and TUJ Dean Kirk Patterson)

TUJ Dean Kirk Patterson and Associate Dean Matt Wilson joined the Minato International Association's annual New Year Party on January 20 to commemorate the Association's 15th anniversary. More than 150 Association members - including TUJ students and graduates - attended the event. Several well-known members from Minato's international community were present as well, including the ambassadors of Iraq, Ghana, Haiti and Panama. Dean Patterson spoke at length with Mayor Masaaki Takei and Tozo Kishida, chair of the Minato City Assembly, and also contributed TUJ shirts and other TUJ items for the raffle.

MBA Alumnus Co-Authors Book on J-SOX

Former TUJ student Kazuhisa Hirano (MBA '00) has co-authored Dorama De Manabu Jissen: Naibu Tosei, a book on J-SOX, Japan's legislative equivalent to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 meant to curb corporate financial misbehavior in the United States (click here for more details on the book). Mr. Hirano's book, his fourth, takes the form of a novel supplemented with extensive notes explaining what J-SOX is all about and how to successfully build internal controls in a company. The book is both a practical guide and a good textbook for students studying business or accounting. Mr. Hirano, who currently oversees internal auditing at Manulife Life Insurance Company, previously held positions at Nihon Unisys, Citibank, and Japan Bankers Trust.

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