Halloween Activities

altHalloween is past, but the American Studies Program students had many chances to learn about it with a variety of fun activities. On Sunday, Oct. 23, about 20 ASP students went out to EZ Orchards and attended their HarvestFest. They were able to take a hay ride, go through the corn maze, and choose pumpkins from the patch.  There were also some farm animals, fun music, and good food!  To see photos from HarvestFest, click here.

That afternoon, Tomodachi program participants got together to carve pumpkins and enjoy yaki-imo, Japanese sweet potatoes, hot apple cider and cookies. It was a lot of fun and participants enjoyed walking around seeing all the various jack o'lantern creations made by students and their friends.  To see photos from the carving activity, click here.

Many students dressed up in Halloween costumes for class activities. There was also trick-or-treating in some of the residence halls, a haunted house at WISH, and other fun programs.


TIUA Bikers Do Well in Bike Commute Challenge

altEach September, the Bicycle Transportation Authority (BTA) holds a Bike Commute Challenge throughout the state.  The 2011 Challenge saw participation from 1450 workplace teams and more than 12,000 individual riders.  Together participants logged over 1,360,000 miles of bike commutes.

Of all commutes by TIUA employees made in September, 23.2% were made on bike by TIUA bikers registered for the Challenge.  TIUA employees rode 588 miles, up from 358 last year.


Stand Up Take Action

altThe Stand Up Take Action project is a global campaign for 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 6, in Jackson Plaza on the Willamette campus.

The students started their involvement with this program last year at Tokyo International University (TIU) in the Global Studies Program (GSP).  The GSP focuses on a variety of topics associated with world-wide problems, conflicts, and issues.  Their current project involved bringing people together in a workshop setting to hear from three Willamette professors, Carol Doolittle (Sociology), Greg Felker (Politics) and Jim Hanson (Economics) who gave their perspectives on this important topic.  After the presentations, the group assembled for a photo which will then be sent to the United Nations and included in their campaign.  Thanks to all who participated in Stand Up Take Action! 

To see photos from the gathering, click here.


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