TUJ Times Online

July 23, 2008 (vol. 34)

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Alumni Reunion 2008

Please mark your calendar! This year's Annual Alumni reunion is set for Saturday, November 15 from 5:00 p.m. Location to be informed.

Date & Time
Saturday, November 15 from 5 p.m.
Place & Cost
to be confirmed

You Never Graduate from Learning

Did you know that as a TUJ alumnus you can skip the 10,500-yen entrance fee on Continuing Education classes and also receive a 25 percent tuition discount? Continuing Education offers plenty of exciting courses and workshops geared for working professionals that will upgrade your skills and make you more marketable, so why not advance your career while recapturing the spirit of your TUJ days by taking a few? The fall semester starts the week of September 22, so register now by contacting contedinfo@tuj.temple.edu or clicking here to fill out an online application form.

Note: A PDF version of the course description guide listing all Continuing Education courses can also be downloaded here.


TUJ Graduation Ceremony 2008

TUJ's 2008 graduation ceremony at the Hotel New Otani on June 15-part of Temple University's 121st commencement-honored 171 students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees. On hand were U.S. Embassy Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs Ronald Post and nine TU delegates, including Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico.
"While there are calls to reform higher education in Japan, I believe TUJ graduates already possess the new model of higher education and will become global leaders," said Temple Vice President Dr. Robert Reinstein in his keynote.

Donors of ¥2008 or more received Temple University "autograph" t-shirts

Assistant Professor Michael Williams

Temple University "autograph" t-shirts and permanent markers were handed out for donations of ¥2008 or more, raising almost ¥200,000 for alumni activities and a scholarship. Assistant Professor Michael Williams was named Undergraduate Teacher of the Year for the second time, having been previously selected in 2005.

Are You an Angry Boy? MBA Alumni Reunite

MBA alums sampling some brews

Some 20 MBA alums gathered to sample draft lagers, ales and stouts at the new Taproom in Nakameguro on June 6 and devour Baird's classic home cooking. With whimsical names like Angry Boy Brown Ale, the brews impressed even diehard wine enthusiasts who usually sneer at beer. Baird Beer brewmaster Bryan Baird explained how he began crafting his products using a tiny, hand-configured 30-liter batch system at the original Taproom in Numazu. The evening mixed reminiscing and swapping stories about current activities with the search for that favorite brew. Everyone, however, fell under the spell of Baird Beer ice cream! If you missed this latest alumni roundup, keep an eye out for the next one (and grab yourself an Angry Boy!).

Alumni Gather to Welcome New Grads

New grads and alumni mingle and network

On June 20, the TUJ Alumni Association (TUJ AA) presented '"Grad Nite 2008," sponsored by TUJ alumnus and Club Pure Shibuya owner Matt Naiman. The event drew about 25 undergraduate and MBA program alumni, who welcomed the new grads, their friends, and even some undergraduates who came to see what the Alumni Association was all about.

If you missed this event, don't worry - the TUJ AA is busy coming up with more events and activities. The alumni website - http://www.tuj-aa.org/ - has details. If you have any questions or requests, please contact the TUJ AA at tuj.alumni@gmail.com. Send your ideas, or better yet, come and participate!

First TUJ Students to Earn Leadershape® Scholarships

Steven (center) with students from the main campus

Steven A. Grapperhaus and Yurie Mishiro became the first TUJ undergraduate students to earn Leadershape® scholarships, joining thirty-three other participants from the main campus at the LeaderShape® Institute in mid-May in the Poconos. LeaderShape®, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to inspiring young adults to lead with integrity™.

Participants enjoying the workshop

"I learned so many key leadership skills through the activities and interactions with other students," Yurie commented. "That week changed my life!"

For Steven, interacting with students from the main campus was the greatest benefit. "I learned how to communicate with a diverse group of people. I recommend that all TUJ students apply for the program."

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