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September 17, 2008 (vol. 36)

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Alumni Reunion 2008 - Get Your Calendar Out

The TUJ Alumni Association hosts this year's alumni reunion on November 15, 2008. Celebrating 26 years of TUJ's powerful presence in Japan. Join us for an evening to remember, a live jazz band, some amazing prizes & awards, and first time ever well be serving a smorgasbord of (Tabehodai and Nomihodai) gourmet food all night long. "Eat, Drink, and be Merry" along with your alumni friends and some of your favorite teachers as we carry on the tradition of the "Owls". Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and sign up for this reunion as soon as possible. Don't miss the chance to reconnect with your fellow alumni!

Date & Time
Saturday, November 15, 2008, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée
6,000 yen per person, including the free gift!
To register and for further information on this event, please contact the TUJ AA at tuj.alumni@gmail.com

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.

Get Festive at the Minato Kumin Matsuri!

Last year's Minato Kumin Matsuri (Citizens' Festival) drew 260,000 people, and plenty of TUJ students signed up to participate in various activities or were among the revelers. Why don't you come out and enjoy this year's version of the biggest festival in the city? There will be a lot of fun things happening during the weekend—many of which you can be a part of—so don't miss out.

Date & Time
Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shiba Park and Zojoji Temple
Ways You Can
International Gourmet Corner, the Art Group at Children's Square, Jazz and Street Dance Teams at People's Square, and general staff volunteers.
For more information, please contact Tatsuo Nitta (nitta@tuj.ac.jp) in External Relations.


TUJ Co-Sponsors ABA International Delegation

TUJ Dean Bruce Stronach (center right) with Justice Stephen Breyer (center left) during a luncheon TUJ co-hosted with global legal firm White & Case at Matsumoto-Ro restaurant in Hibiya Park.

Temple Law School co-sponsored a Tokyo visit by a delegation from the ABA International Legal Exchange Program that included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. The objective of the trip was to promote an exchange of ideas on the practice of law and cross-border legal issues. To further that goal, the ABA and its co-sponsors organized several legal seminars this past July 9. One seminar addressed the role of lawyers and regulators in global capital markets, for example, while another tackled evolving attitudes in Japan toward international arbitration and litigation.

Training Minato's Teachers

Minato elementary school teachers and TUJ faculty enjoy a team-teaching role-play exercise.

Dr. Marshall Childs and fellow TUJ instructors Ada Angel and Takako Moroi gave 36 Minato elementary and junior high school teachers insights into teaching English at an intensive training session at TUJ that ran from July 29 to 31. Dr. Childs held daily morning sessions for the junior high teachers on the theory and practice of teaching English. During the afternoon sessions, Ms. Angel and Ms. Moroi worked with the elementary school teachers, emphasizing effective team-teaching with assistant language teachers (ALTs). On the last day, six TUJ faculty members joined the afternoon session as special guests and played the part of ALTs. This is the third year TUJ has assisted with the program, which is hosted by the Minato City Board of Education.

USJF-Funded Study Tour a Major Success

In Philadelphia, the teachers pose on the steps made popular by the film Rocky.

TUJ conducted a midsummer study tour on American studies for 15 local high school teachers that lasted from July 26 to August 1 and included visits to Philadelphia and New York. The United States-Japan Foundation generously funded the program for the second year in a row. The tour started off with a one-day orientation and lectures at TUJ, followed by a jump across the Pacific for two days of lectures at Temple's main campus and field trips in the Philadelphia area, and historical and cultural study tours in New York City. TUJ Associate Professor Bill Clark coordinated with the main campus to craft the program.

Prof. Schaefer Says Goodbye to TUJ

Longtime TESOL program director Kenneth G. Schaefer is leaving Japan at the end of 2008 to return to the main campus in Philadelphia. Prof. Schaefer joined the program in 1984, not long after TUJ launched its Master of Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL in Tokyo and in Osaka in 1982, and was program director from 1984 until June 2008.

Dean Stronach Delivers Keynote at JAFSA Anniversary Symposium

Dean Stronach listens as an audience member poses a question.

On August 1 at Keio University, TUJ Dean Bruce Stronach was one of two keynote speakers at the 40th anniversary symposium of the Japan Association for Foreign Student Affairs (JAFSA). A nonprofit organization focusing on international educational exchange activities, JAFSA works to "realize a harmonious society where each member is respected no matter how different one may be in cultural or religious background."

Dean Stronach's speech, entitled "What Role Does Foreign Student Policy Play in International Competition and Developing Human Resources?," was mainly concerned with defining both the scarce resources for which universities compete and in particular the problem of increasing the number and diversity of foreign students in Japan. His conclusion: Open and flexible universities lead to an open and flexible society. The Q&A session that followed was lively, with many questions dealing with the foreign student issue.

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