TaB Car Wash Success

altThe ASP students who will be participating in the TaB (Take-A-Break) alternative summer break program held a free car wash to raise funds for the three different trips this July.  For many students, this typical American fundraiser was a new experience for them.  The car wash was held in the front parking at TIUA, 1300 Mill Street SE, Salem. Donations were happily accepted and will be used to help cover expense for the students as they have a chance to experience some opportunities not available during the school year.

The mission of the TaB program is to expose students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and individual reflection.  The program's emphasis is on working in conjunction with local and regional volunteer and community agencies that focus on a variety of issues.  Students are encouraged to examine their own perspectives and world views in relation to their experiences on their TaB project.  This year we have three TaB programs scheduled:  1) Building Homes in the Community2) Homelessness and Hunger; and 3) Sustainability.

For more information please contact Sarah Shinn, Assistant Director, Student Life, at 503 373-3322 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Symposium to Share Updates About the Tohoku Region - After the Earthquake

altThe Japan Fundraising Group recently held a Great Tohoku Earthquake Symposium on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in the Kaneko Commons Auditorium. The symposium line-up included: basic information about the earthquake/tsunami in 2011; present conditions in the Tohoku region; updates on the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Fukushima Voice website information; and a report by a current ASP student who volunteered in the area. There was a Q&A period, as well as refreshments. The group sold support bracelets.  The event is free.

The Japan Fundraising Group is a group of American Studies Program students who are interested in helping with earthquake and disaster relief in the Tohoku area.

To see some photos from the event, click here.


WU/ASP Reunion Scheduled for June 15, 2013

altThere will be a reunion party in Japan on June 15, 2013.  Any alums from Willamette University and/or the American Studies Program at WU/TIUA are invited to join staff from WU/TIUA/TIU.  Details of the party are as follows:

Venue: Mango Tree Cafe Lumine Ikebukuro 9F   --   Authentic Thai Cusine Buffet
1-11-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 81-(0)3-5954-8106

Date: June 15th, 2013

Time:  4:45pm (Start of reception)                                       Cost: ¥5,000 (Alumni & Alumnae)
5:00~ 7:00pm (reunion)                                                         ¥3,000 (Students)

Pay at the door.  Children are able to attend -- Free for 12 yrs old and under

RSVP via Facebook

If you need further information or have questions, please contact Barby Dressler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Guests attending from TIUA will be:  Gunnar Gundersen, Executive Vice President; Masaki Shimada, Director, Campus Life & Academic Services; Barby Dressler, Director, University Relations/Special Programs; and Tomoko Harpster, Associate Director Campus Life & Academic Services.

Also attending will be Professor Linda Heuser (Sociology) and other WU visiting professors.

Hope you can join us!


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