Charity Sports Day Raises Additional Funds for Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

altWe will not forget. For the last six months, a group of Willamette University and American Studies Program students, faculty, and administrators have been working together to organize Japanese earthquake and tsunami fundraising activities. Inspired by the suggestion of a Tokyo International University student, Satomi Ono (ASP2011) who was from one of the hardest hit areas, they sold bracelets imprinted with "Gambarou" and "Kesennuma 3/11" both in the United States and Japan. Their efforts netted over $700.

On Saturday, October 6, many of those same students sponsored a charity sports event in which over 70 Willamette University and American Studies Program students, faculty, and administrators participated in some Japanese games, such as jump rope, ball in a basket, relay racing, and spin around the bat. The event was well received, raising $360, and sparked interest in a possible indoor sports event once rainy season arrives. To see a photo gallery from the event, click here.

Including fundraising efforts last year and this year, TIUA has sent $6,800 to the Kesennuma Revival Association for relief and recovery efforts.

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Stand Up Take Action 2012

altThe Stand Up Take Action project is a global campaign for the elimination of poverty through standing up, to appeal to world policymakers in the hopes of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a United Nations Development Program. Locally, Willamette University students and American Studies Program (ASP) students at Tokyo International University of America put together a workshop to learn about the MDGs which took place Thursday, October 4, in Jackson Plaza on the Willamette campus.

-- 2012 SUTA Event, Photo by Frank Miller

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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.

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