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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!
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!
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."
Lakeland University Japan will host its 4th Annual CGHE conference on June 10, 2017. Please note the deadline to submit proposals for the CGHE has been extended to February 1, 2017.
For those interested in presenting or simply attending the conference, please read through the "Call for Papers" and conference information below.
Recent years have seen growing influence among those who wish to erect barriers, both national and ideological. However, global higher education, by its very nature, is aimed at overcoming such barriers by fostering connections across geographic, ideological, political, and other frontiers, creating bonds both in and out of the classroom.
Please join us on June 10th, 2017 for a day of diverse perspectives exploring the development of education with a global perspective among higher education institutions in Japan and around the world.
Presentations should be on topics relevant to global higher education, such as global competency, education policy, foreign language education, classroom diversity, cross-cultural communication, international student advising, foreign student recruitment, study abroad, area studies, sustainability, peace studies, labor studies, community building, environmental education, or a related issue.
Standing up for your right to read is one of the central ideas of Banned Books Week celebrations around the world. LUJ now joins countless authors, schools, and libraries to celebrate this freedom with activities beginning during Banned Books Week (Sept. 25 - Oct. 16).
The university library began the week by showcasing works of literature that have withstood challenges or bans in the U.S., Japan or elsewhere. Many professors posed with their favorite banned books in mock mugshots, hoping that students will explore some of the literature. Other opportunities for student participation will follow through the month of October.
Speaking on the topic of censorship, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin said: "When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world you fear what he might say". Famed Japanese author Haruki Murakami noted that "if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking". Both authors place great value on the freedom of press, expression, and the sharing of ideas.
Banned Books Week began in the United States in 1982 in reaction to increased censorship. Challenges to books with allegedly controversial content have come from parents, community groups, schools, governments, and even sometimes librarians. The books targeted for bans have ranged from the Bible to classics by John Steinbeck and Mark Twain to the Harry Potter and Captain Underpants series. The American Library Association reports, in fact, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the establishment of Banned Books Week. The organization hopes that the recognition of challenged books will remind people of the critical importance of free press and free speech.