One-hundred thirty one new students arrived at Portland International Airport in Oregon, USA, Tuesday, February 4. The students looked excited to finally arrive and began their life in America! They will spend the next eleven months participating in the American Studies Program at Willamette University and TIUA. After they found their rooms in one of the residence halls on campus and met their International Peer Coach (IPC), they were officially welcomed by the Willamette community at Goudy for dinner that evening. WU's Dean of Campus Life David Douglass welcomed them to the community and they were then entertained by some WU a capella groups. The rest of the week with be spent in orientations, campus tours, shopping, and making lots of new friends.
To see photos from the first day of the program, click here.
One hundred and twenty students were honored during the annual closing ceremony on Friday, December 12, 2014. There was a certificate ceremony, as well as presenting some awards, in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University campus. Afterwards, there was a reception party. The ceremony is the culmination of a year of intense study of English and American Studies courses taught by TIUA and Willamette University faculty members.
This 2014 class of students arrived for the American Studies Program at Willamette University in February. This program offers students the opportunity to take classes at TIUA and WIllamette University, as well as participating in various activities throughout the eleven months, such as volunteering with local charities, getting to know community members through the Tomodachi "friendship" Program, and interacting with Willamette University students as roommates and friends.
Attending the ceremony from Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Japan, was President Hiroshi Takahashi. In addition to President Takahashi, other speakers included Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa, from the Japanese Consulate in Portland, as well as President Stephen Thorsett and Dean Marlene Moore from Willamette University. ASWU President Andres Oswill and Senator Hiromi Homma also spoke on behalf of the students. Salem community members who participated in the Tomodachi Program were also invited.
Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year from everyone involved with the American Studies Program at Willamette University and Tokyo International University of America! Please click here to see our card. This year's card was created by Daiki Abe, ASP 2014. Enjoy!
(photo courtesy of Camille Priebe, WU student)