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.
The 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".
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!