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03 June 2016 In LUJ News
Members of LUJ’s Hospitality Club were recently given the opportunity to visit the Enoshima Island Spa, a Japanese onsen resort located just above the ocean on the Shonan Coast near Kamakura. The visit began with two of the resort managers providing a guided tour of the property, showing LCJ’s club members the full operations, services and activities offered. Students were given full access to the hot spring, pool, restaurant and dining areas, as well as the various spa and treatment rooms.

Hospitality club members were then invited to a “coffee meeting” with spa management, who shared the history of the resort and discussed numerous hospitality and business-related topics, including new and innovative marketing strategies, cultural issues of foreign clientele, dealing with new operational challenges, and future planning considerations for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Spa management also took questions and shared insight with our students regarding skills they value in new employees, and various career opportunities within the hospitality industry.

Charlie Stockman, the faculty representative of LUJ's Hospitality Club, mentioned "what a great experience it was for the students because it showed a lot of areas and services of a resort that people don't notice as guests. One of the goals of this club is to get them more exposure to the hospitality industry and the various careers and opportunities out there, and it really seemed to help students connect classroom learning to real-world scenarios".  
23 May 2016 In LUJ News

The Tokyo Public History Research Project, coordinated by LCJ professors Dr. Adam Tompkins and Charles Laurier, provides opportunities for students to engage in service learning by conducting research and engaging in community outreach. Much of the group’s activities thus far have focused on chronicling the history of the former Tachikawa Air Base in West Tokyo, the Sunagawa Toso (struggle) that opposed a proposed runway expansion, and the creation of Showa Kinen Park on former base land. 

Student participants have conducted oral history interviews with Americans that used to live on the base and Sunagawa activists who opposed the planned base expansion. TheTokyo Shimbun published an article about LCJ students’ oral history activities in Summer 2015. Many LCJ students and faculty also volunteered to help Sunagawa residents commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of their successful effort to save their community. Some students worked together to create a bilingual commemorative booklet, copies of which were given to the coordinators of the anniversary event. The group will continue to engage in projects in the Tachikawa and Sunagawa area. It is also planning to initiate a re-photography project in the greater Tokyo area, showing dramatic changes to the cityscape by replicating the photograph shots on old postcards.   

22 May 2016 In LUJ News

Dr. Adam Tompkins, assistant professor of U.S. and World History at LCJ, recently released a book published by Cornell University Press. Ghostworkers and Greens, explores the common ground between the environmental movement and the farmworker movement, showing how disparate organizations worked together and separately to better protect environmental and human health.  Growers and government increasingly espoused the supremacy of chemical forms of pest control as the twentieth century progressed, even as evidence mounted that some of these chemicals adversely affected people and non-target species. Tompkins demonstrates that the activism of non-governmental organizations proved a necessary predicate for change and played a key role in pesticide reform.  Using a series of case studies that range in time from the 1960s until the present, he shows that farmworkers and environmentalists cooperated to educate the public about pesticide health threats, organized to strengthen the regulatory framework, and acted as watchdogs to ensure that regulatory agencies fulfilled their responsibility to the public at the state, national, and international level.

25 April 2016 In LUJ News

Lakeland College Japan will once again host the annual Conference on Global Higher Education. The conference, titled "Confronting Challenges: Adapting to Change", highlights the constantly evolving sector of global higher education and explores the development of education with a global persepctive among higher education institutions in Japan and around the world.

Presentations are being prepared by university educators and administrators, from as many as 5+ countries, to cover such topics as global competency, education policy, forieng language education, classroom diversity, cross-cultural communication, foreign student recruiting, sustainability, peace studies and more. The conference will also feature a student panel for young representatives from multiple institutions and programs to bring their perspective to light. 

The conference will be held on June 4, 2016 at the LCJ campus. For more information, please view the Conference on Global Higher Education

Many of the 2014 and 2015 conferences' presentations can be viewed on the Lakeland College Japan YouTube Channel

 

24 April 2016 In LUJ News

LCJ held its 26th annual Entrance Ceremony to mark the start of the 2016-2017 academic year, and welcomed the second-largest incoming class in the history of the college.  With the new class about to begin their first semester in May, LCJ's full-time enrollment has grown to over three hundred for the year. Another proud achievement of the college was its ability to continue welcoming international students, who once again accounted for approximately 30% of the incoming students. To date, LCJ has seen student representatives from over forty-two countries pass through its doors and earn their degree. 

Dr. Julia Rodemeier, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, joined the ceremony with an inspiring welcome speech to the 2016-2017 class, who will be the first to actually enroll in "Lakeland University Japan" - a major announcement and change that will take affect officially in July 2016. 

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