ASP Student Leadership Program

altThe ASP Student Leadership Program was established to enhance Willamette and ASP student life and relationships with the Willamette and Salem communities. As part of this group, student leaders discuss current issues on campus, plan various events to help integrate the Willamette and TIUA communities, advocate ASP student concerns and consider how to expand relationships with the Willamette and Salem communities.

For the first time in the program’s history, one of the many leadership opportunities this academic year was at KMUZ 88.5FM, where students could work as an engineer behind the scenes, or as a DJ, hosting a weekly program. KMUZ is a local, non-commercial educational community FM radio station.

Kaho Iizumi, a 2012 ASP student, was accepted to participate in the leadership program. When asked why she applied for the position at KMUZ, Iizumi replied, “Because I like to listen to radio, I used to often do it in Japan.  Also, I was interested in working at a radio station.”

Iizumi is producing a 30-minute weekly radio show where she introduces and plays Japanese Pop songs (J-POP), and also sometimes talks about news or culture of Japan. She said it takes about 4 hours to prepare and record her 30-minute show. Before she was ready to produce a show, she had to learn about the station and how to work in the studio. It took between two and three days to learn what she needed to know.


TIUA Community Garden

altASP (American Studies Program) students at TIUA have been doing a lot of volunteering and learning about community service since they arrived in February of this year.. This type of activity is accomplished in the classroom and through a variety of service projects made available to them. Additionally, there are TaB (Take-A-Break or Alternative Break) programs available both during Spring Break through Willamette University and in the summer through TIUA.

One project that happens right on the campus of Kaneko Commons is the Community Garden.  WU and ASP students cleaned up the garden beds in the early summer and then planted beans, tomatoes, spinach and carrots. They were also responsible for keeping the garden watered and for harvesting at the appropriate time.

Students have recently made two donations to the Marion-Polk Food Share food bank.

Former IPC Works for JET Program

altShannon Palmer, Willamette University ’12, worked as an International Peer Coach (IPC) for Tokyo International University of America’s American Studies Program (ASP) during her senior year at Willamette. Palmer was also a student athlete, playing tennis for four years at Willamette.  (see additional story)   She graduated in May and is now teaching English in Japan through the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program.

According to Palmer, she always wanted to participate in JET after hearing about the program in high school and having friends who participated. This interest was further encouraged by Palmer's study abroad experience in Japan.

When asked how her experiences working for TIUA contributed towards her aspiration to teach in the JET program, she responded, “Working for TIUA and being an International Peer Coach (IPC - orientation leader) was truly an invaluable experience. I cannot express the joy I had with the ASP students or how proud and impressed I was with how quickly their English improved, as well as how immediately involved some of the students were on campus. It was a great feeling to be a part of their growth and helping them through the beginning of new and memorable experiences. I learned many skills through my experiences at TIUA which will become very useful for JET. Furthermore, I became even more eager about returning to Japan to begin working with new students in a different setting and continuing to be a part of their growth and exposure to a culture different than their own.” 


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