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13 June 2016 In LUJ News


The National Hansen’s Disease Museum located in Higashimurayama-city, Tokyo, 

released a new DVD devoted to the history of the Hansen’s disease in Japan. The English translation of this unique documentary was entrusted to two of the participants in our LUJ Vox Humana volunteer research project: Ms. Arisa Leisure and Ms. Yu Suenaga. Thanks to their outstanding translation, all foreign and Japanese visitors of the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in Tokyo will now have the opportunity not only to learn about the human drama of the Hansen’s disease patients in Japan but also to hear the human voice of our LUJ student community.

05 June 2016 In LUJ News
A record number of more than 90 participants took part in the third annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) on June 4.

There were more than 45 presenters from all corners of Japan (Okinawa, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Niigata) representing 25 different universities, as well a presenter from China and one from Turkey.

"It was the best turnout with representation from the widest assortment of universities, districts and even nations," commented Associate Dean Alan Brender.

The presentations were all related to education, college administration, or cross-cultural issues, but covered a wide range of topics, from using e-portfolios in the college classroom to the role of international graduate students at Japanese universities. One presentation examined Japanese college students’ reactions to Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto, who is of mixed-race heritage, and another questioned what it means to be a “native speaker” of a language.

Among the universities represented were: Wenzhou Kean University in Wenzhou, China, Bezmialem University in Istanbul and such noted Japanese universities as Sophia University, Japan Advanced University of Science and Technology, the University of the Ryukyus, Hiroshima University, Niigata University, Meiji University, International Christian University, Kobe University, Kyushu University, Asia University, Osaka University and Temple University Japan

LUJ was well-represented as well, as Dr. Adam Tompkins, Charles Laurier (co-presenting with Michael Bell), Dr. Jonathan Derr, Wade Carlton, Dr. Anthonette Gibson, and Mick Short all gave presentations, as did Dr. Carmen Tamas from the NIC/Lakeland Osaka Campus and Andy Lawson from NIC.

A highlight of the conference was the student symposium, composed of seven students from LCJ, NIC, and the Tama University of Global Studies, during which students discussed their views on transnational education. Several conference attendees commented that the student symposium gave a much appreciated added dimension to the conference.

"This conference was an appropriate event to mark the 25th anniversary year and the last event which Lakeland College will sponsor," Dr. Brender said. Next year, as Lakeland enters its second quarter century in Japan, the event will be sponsored by Lakeland University Japan.

In his written message to the conference, Lakeland President Dan Eck said, "Global Education is not something new for Lakeland College.  Not only do we have our wonderful colleagues at our campus in Tokyo, we also have partner universities and colleges in China, South Korea, Germany, Luxembourg and Columbia. Our collective student body and faculty have participated in cultural and academic exchanges that have benefitted everyone involve."

The conference organizing committee wishes to thank all who attended and the students who helped to make the event so successful. See you at the 4th annual conference in 2017!
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.

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