TUJ Times Online

November 19, 2008 (vol. 38)

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TUJ Website Gets a Major Makeover

The new-look TUJ website went live on October 1, and the changes are both wide-ranging and substantial. The simplified navigation system, for example, enables site visitors to easily research and choose the program that best suits their needs from TUJ's diverse offerings. There is new content, too, including a university information section and brief video clips that profile various undergraduate courses. Most of the clips feature an introduction from the professor teaching the course, and classroom scenes present course content.

These clips will also demonstrate TUJ's many positive attributes, such as small classes that stimulate lively discussions and classes that are all taught in English. In addition, Dean Stronach will be writing a regular column on TUJ issues big and small. Please check out the site's updated when you have a chance.

Continuing Education - Fall 2008 Workshops Are Here

Continuing Education's short courses and seminars help you quickly grasp the essentials on hot topics and dive into specific areas of interest. The Continuing Education program is offering a wide range of one- and two-day workshops this fall, so be sure to check them out.

ContEd Gears Up for Spring 2009
Working professionals, heads up - Continuing Education has a full spectrum of exciting courses geared for you, and we're accepting applications for the spring semester. For information on dates, click here, or register now.

For more information

* A course description in PDF form can be found right here
Remember that as a TUJ alumnus you can skip the 10,500-yen entrance fee on our classes and receive a 25 percent tuition discount as well.


Dean Stronach Confers with Dr. Shimada

Dean Stronach and Dr. Shimada scan the grounds of the latter's Hilton Head home

Dean Stronach took a break from his September trip to the main campus to visit Dr. Koji Shimada (Ed.D. '75) at the latter's house on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The two discussed current conditions at the Japan campus and various development strategies.

As a member of the TUJ Board of Governors and longtime Temple supporter, Dr. Shimada is well known for helping TUJ students at the main campus and generous donations and pledges, including the Shimada Scholarship. He recently released a book entitled Seiko no hiketsu wa wakiyaku data - My American Dream through Waseda Publishing.

MBA Hosts Alumni Dinner with Dr. Portwood

Professor Portwood (left) hears from J. P. Bolat

From left: Program Director Dr. Leeds, Program Marketing Specialist Jacqueline Osawa, and current MBA students Masanori Nagaya, Steve Kampa, Patrick Joiner, and Syed Hassa

Dr. James Portwood was the special guest at an alumni dinner party held at Fujimamas in Omotesando on October 15. The group included accounting professor Marco Malandra from the main campus, TUJ MBA alumni, current students, and staff.

The group enjoyed hearing Prof. Portwood's insights, during which he termed the current financial crisis "a problem of leadership." Attendees also spent time getting reacquainted with classmates, meeting alumni from different years, and networking while sampling a range of delicious dishes set out for the buffet-style dinner. Current MBA students also had the chance to mingle with alumni and get some cogent career advice.

Minato Kumin Matsuri Celebration

The Kumin Matsuri (Citizens' Festival) is Minato's biggest festival, regularly pulling in more than 260,000 people from the Tokyo area and beyond. Over 60 TUJ students and staff were on hand October 11 and 12 to help energize this annual event, marking the second year TUJ has joined in the fun. TUJ-related highlights included:

TUJ student artworks on display at Children's Square

TUJ students make their moves at People's Square

Art show - Professors Shinya Watanabe and Kaoru Sakurai organized an exhibition of TUJ student artworks at Children's Square in Shiba Park.

Solo singer and street dance team - On Saturday afternoon, a group of TUJ students took over the stage at People's Square in Shiba Park to perform street dance, and Nao Yoshida sang a solo.

International Gourmet Corner - Students helped a TUJ favorite, Kyle's Good Finds, hawk BBQ chicken and hotdogs from a booth along "International Liquor and Gourmet Street" in front of the Tokyo Prince Hotel.

TUJ students also assisted with various logistical aspects during the weekend event as part of the school's cooperative agreement with Minato City.

Kenya Nakazawa's Solo Exhibition

Kenya Nakazawa (BFA 2005, Tyler School), a graduate of both Temple University and TUJ, held his first solo sculpture exhibition recently at Horta in Tokyo. The show, entitled "The World Table ver. 2.0: The Secrets of the Stella," ran from October 11 to 19 and drew more than 110 visitors.

"The main focus of my installation was to create a spatial narrative between the site, an antique store in Tokyo, and my mythical synopsis (history) of the place," Kenya commented. "I was happy that so many people came to see my work and gave me feedback."

Kenya was born in Japan but lived in Egypt in his youth and traveled around various countries, which jarred his consciousness. After entering TUJ with a Dean's scholarship in 2000, he transferred to the Tyler School in Philadelphia in 2002. Kenya showed several times during his five-year U.S. stay before returning to Japan in 2007. He participated in the international show "Blank Show" in both 2007 in Shanghai and 2008 in Beijing. He now works in Tokyo.

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