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27 February 2019 In LUJ News

Lakeland University Japan will host it's 6th Annual Conference on Global Higher Education on Saturday, June 8th. The theme for this year's conference is "Students in the Center: Reevaluating How We Teach and Serve."

The one-day conference brings together educators from Japan and abroad to discuss topics related to university education in an international context. The wide range of presentation topics includes global competency, study abroad, foreign language education, administration, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), diversity, and educational technology.

The conference has attracted presenters and attendees from all corners of Japan as well as from Germany, Romania, Russia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.

For more information, please see the conference website


27 October 2018 In LUJ News

On October 26, 2018, LUJ held the annual Arts Day Festival and a Halloween party at Batur Tokyo, close to the LUJ Campus Eltz Building. Students and teachers took part in this event which included music performances, a costume contest, and other performances. LUJ has held Arts Day festivals every year since 2003, making this the 16th consecutive festival.

The event began with a student greeting in the opening ceremony, then various events began, including an LUJ T-shirt Design competition, a table tennis tournament, instrument performances, and a dance recital.  What got the most attention was a music performance by Dr. Tompkins, Dr. Ryan, and Mr. Grabowski performing "867-5309/Jenny," a 1981 song by Tommy Tutone.

Arts Day is considered an indispensable event for Lakeland, an opportunity for students to show off their talents and strut their stuff, allowing students, teachers, and staff to get to know each other better.

16 January 2017 In LUJ News

Lakeland University Japan would like to especially congratulate the six LUJ graduates named to the LU home campus's Fall 2016 Dean's List for academic achievement. The home campus's Dean's List recognizes students for achieving a 3.5 grade point average, while maintaining at least 12 credit hours.

Among the 257 total students named for this incredible achievement, former LUJ students Miho Ohashi (Business Administration major), Masaya Kojima (Accounting major), Seichi Sakaeda (Marketing major), Masaharu Tomizawa (Business Admin. major), Kenichi Yamamoto (Economics major) and Zar Soe (History major) were recognized. 

Like so many LUJ graduates before them, all six of these alumni chose the LU home campus (Wisconsin) as their #1 destination to complete their 4-year Bachelor's degree. While it is no surprise such academic success continues for these students after completing the LUJ program - it does deserve special recognition for transitioning to a new campus setting and maintaining such high marks. Several of the mentioned students also engage in various home campus clubs and associations, such as the Global Student Association and other community volunteer activities. 

Again, LUJ congratulates these students for earning a place on the Fall '16 Dean's List. Your hard work is paying off and we at the Japan Campus love hearing about your success and progress. Keep up the great work!

18 December 2016 In LUJ News

It has been a year of momentous and exciting changes for Lakeland University Japan. From record enrollment numbers to the upgraded status from "college" to "university", there has been much reason to celebrate - and there was no better way to do so than with our amazing alumni, collegues, families and friends. Led and sponsored by the LUJ Alumni Association - a recently formed and still growing group of passionate graduates - a wonderful Alumni Christmas Party was held at the university campus on December 18th. The event provided the perfect closing to a great year and was attended by nearly fifty former students, faculty, staff and family members. 

IMG 1623The Christmas Party was held in Lakeland's student lounge, which was splendidly transformed into a Christmas-theme thanks to the enourmous help of both alumni and current student volunteers. Light food, Christmas snacks, and beverages were served throughout the party, along with music, a photo station, and a "Christmas Kids Room" which allowed LUJ alumni with family and children to attend the event. Possibly being one of the first "children-welcome" alumni events held at the campus, those who attended loved the atmosphere and felt it was one of the greatest ways to celebrate a holiday season together.

A recent alumni, Michael Koonce (2016), commented "This was just an amazing evening. I was so happy to be able to bring my family and kids to the event - to finally show them the place I spent so much time and made so many great memories." Koonce also mentioned "getting to meet other alumni was great. The fact that we all have something in common really lays a nice foundation for meaningful connections". 

Click here to view the full photo album on LUJ's Alumni Facebook page

After such wonderful comments and feedback from those who participated, LUJ plans to make this an annual event. Hiroko Sekiguchi, a 2006 graduate of LUJ and highly active member in the Alumni Association, adds "if there's something that creates new opportunities to reconnect alumni to each other and the university - we want to do it. Everyone had such a great time embracing the family and holiday-themed atmosphere of the event; we absolutely want to do it again and grow it even bigger for next year." 

To everyone in the LUJ community, Happy Holidays and see you in 2017!

For more information about upcoming alumni events and association updates, click here. 

25 November 2016 In LUJ News

As part of our 25th anniversary this year, Lakeland University Japan received a special taped congratulatory message from Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan and the daughter of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The message was shown during LUJ's recent anniversary celebration and during commencement, which occurred on the same weekend. As part of the message, Ambassador Kennedy makes reference to her father's visit to Lakeland's main campus in 1960 during his campaign for president. A picture from that visit hangs in Bossard Hall of Lakeland's Wisconsin campus.

"He would be very proud," she said, "to know that the small college he visited in 1960 has become a major force in international education."

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