TUJ Times Online

April 20, 2007 (vol. 19)


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Announcements:

TUJ's 25th Anniversary Celebration's Coming Up!

Since being established in 1982 as Temple University's second international campus, TUJ has provided an education to approximately 31,500 students in various programs. To mark our 25th anniversary of producing capable graduates, we're planning a series of events that include a 25th Anniversary Symposium, a special alumni reunion, and lectures and conferences organized by TUJ's Institute of Contemporary of Japanese Studies.

To symbolize the occasion and kick off the celebration, we held a competition to come up with a suitable 25th anniversary logo. The winning logo (image above), created by TUJ art student David Wang and one of 26 entries submitted, will be highly visible during the six-month celebration period.


TUJ to Present Lecture Series at Minato-ku Citizen's University

Minato-ku Citizen's University aims to give Minato City's people as well as the general public a clearer picture of what is being taught at universities in the City. As part of its cooperative agreement with the City, TUJ has agreed to offer the first English-language Citizen's University presentations. TUJ professor of international affairs Phil Deans, Ph.D., will begin the program with a series entitled "Japan: Reform and Reaction" during May. His three talks will focus on the country's political circumstances, international relations, and economy and society. Please sign up online here or contact the Information Center.


Date & Time
May 16, 23 and 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Place
TUJ Mita Hall, Room #502 (click here for map)
Cost
500 yen per lecture (collected at the door)

News:

APP Offers English Expertise to Tokyo University of Science


TUJ Dean Patterson with Tokyo University of Science President Shin Takeuchi at the signing.

TUJ has concluded an agreement with Tokyo University of Science to design and deliver English-language courses for Tokyo University of Science graduate students. TUJ Dean Kirk Patterson and Academic Preparation Program Director Patrick Rosenkjar met with Tokyo University of Science President Shin Takeuchi on March 13 to sign the agreement. The new curriculum will include oral presentation and scientific writing courses for Ph.D. students and general English development through content-based courses, built around science fiction films, for master's students. Tokyo University of Science is the first Japanese university to form such an affiliation with TUJ. The intention is to increase the number of doctoral and master's sections and to add undergraduate courses in April 2008.


TUJ Corporate Education Trains Sumitomo Chemical and Citigroup New Hires

The TUJ Corporate Education program delivered an intensive English-language training program April 14 to 16 at Azabu Hall for 112 new hires of Sumitomo Chemical. Through the use of various exercises and role-playing, participants learned how to use business English appropriately in a corporate environment and how to communicate more effectively.

On April 16 and 17 at Mita Hall, Corporate Education also conducted two one-day Japanese-language "Basic Banking Knowledge" seminars for 70 enthusiastic new hires of Citigroup. The young trainees learned key aspects of the banking industry that will help them succeed in their careers. Both the Sumitomo and Citibank programs were well received by participants.

Alumni with any corporate training needs or inquiries are encouraged to contact either Jeffrey Kanemoto (kanemoto@tuj.ac.jp) or Minoru Ohki (ohki@tuj.ac.jp), or visit www.tuj.ac.jp/ce for further information.


Film Seen—Professor Neubert Launches "TUJ Student Film Collection"

TUJ film and media arts instructor Karl Neubert has launched a new event called the "TUJ Student Film Collection." The hour-long program, held on March 28, included four films produced by young and very talented TUJ filmmakers. A jury of TUJ students selected the showcased films from more than 20 entries. Genres represented ranged from comedy to documentary, and all the films had Japanese subtitles produced in one of TUJ's undergraduate production courses. The success of the event has led to plans for presenting collections of student work every semester.


Professor Nagai Publishes First Poetry Book

Red Hen Press published Mariko Nagai's Histories Of Bodies, the winner of the 2005 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, in March. The title poem also garnered the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and was included in Pushcart Poetry: Best of the Pushcart Poetry in the Past 30 Years, which also came out in March.

Professor Nagai gave a reading at the historical Ruskin Art Club on March 11 as part of the book's launch. She has been invited to read at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as well as at the Kundiman Foundation in New York City in 2007 and 2008. Professor Nagai's fictional projects brought her the UNESCO-Aschberg Fellowship to attend the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Headlands Art Center Fellowship for fall 2007. Her short story "Autobiography" was published in the fall 2006 issue of the Chattahoochee Review.

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