TUJ Times Online

September 21, 2007 (vol. 24)


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Special Announcement:

Dr. Patterson to Step Down as TUJ Dean


Dr. Kirk R. Patterson will return to his native Canada after serving as TUJ's dean since 2002.

Dr. Kirk R. Patterson, TUJ's personable and popular dean since January 2002, has announced that he is retiring at the end of this year. Dean Patterson indicated he is leaving for personal reasons, including a desire to tend to family matters, and added that he will be returning to his native Canada. "Serving as dean of TUJ during this period of growth has been an honor, a privilege and the perfect capstone to my career," Dr. Patterson said. "I am extremely grateful for the support and guidance that I have received from everybody at the main campus and from my TUJ colleagues. Building on the foundation that has been established over 25 years of dedication and hard work by many faculty and staff, and with President Hart's support and leadership, I am sure that TUJ will continue to be a pioneer in international education." An international search for Dean Patterson's successor is already in progress, and TUJ hopes to have a new leader in place before the end of December!


Announcements:

25th Anniversary Special Alumni Reunion Set

This year's alumni reunion on October 26 promises to be a very special one, with many of the professors you voted for expected to attend the festivities. The Alumni Association will also hold its first official election for positions on the executive committee. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and sign up for this special event at alumni@tuj.ac.jp as soon as possible. Don't miss the chance to reconnect with your fellow alumni!

Date & Time
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6:30p.m.)
Place
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo, Daigo banquet room (Click here for map)
Admission
5,500 yen per person

To register and for more detailed information on this event, please visit http://www.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/alumni/events.html


Anniversary Symposium: International Education in Japan

TUJ will hold a special symposium entitled "International Education in Japan - A Concept in Search of Substance" on November 10 to help commemorate the university's 25th anniversary. The keynote speakers are Dr. Gavan McCormack, emeritus professor at Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, and Ms. Sakie T. Fukushima, Regional Managing Director-Japan at Korn/Ferry International. A panel discussion will follow each presentation, the first moderated by Dean Kirk R. Patterson and the second by Dr. Kenneth Schaefer, director of TUJ's TESOL program. A cocktail reception will take place later in the evening.

Date & Time
Saturday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Place
Roppongi Academy Hills 49 (Click here for map)
Admission
Free

To register and for more detailed information on this event, please visit http://www.tuj.ac.jp/symposium.


News:

Summer Program for Junior High Students in Minato City


A young participant speaks at the closing ceremony as her classmates, teachers and parents tune in.

Fifteen Minato City junior high school students participated in a five-day English program organized by TUJ's Academic Preparation Program during the summer break. In addition to learning English from TUJ's expert instructors, the students had a chance to interact with TUJ students. The closing ceremony featured presentations in English by two of the participants about their TUJ experience. This is the second year that Minato City and TUJ have linked up to host the summer program, which is part of their cooperative agreement.


K-Juban Broadcasts Live from the Azabu Juban Festival

TUJ's new student radio station, K-Juban, presented a live show every day between 5 and 6 p.m. during the recent Azabu Juban Festival, which ran from August 24 to 26. The radio show team, featuring TUJ communication major students, also produces a bilingual program from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, broadcasting the latest news about the Minato City area from a booth inside Azabu Kobo coffee shop. K-Juban, launched in April by Prof. Ron Carr, provides invaluable on-air experience and is also a community service that reinforces TUJ's ties to the Minato community.

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