The students going to the USA this Saturday came over for dinner at my place last night. Some of the faculty members also joined us and we had a pleasant evening with lots of food and lots of cherries from Yamagata!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Our third open campus session this year was held on Saturday, June 23. In the picture you see three people from the same high school. One is already a senior in my seminar and the other just entered our Department this April. Anna is still wondering what university she should apply for but I hope she enjoyed meeting her seniors here on Saturday. We enjoyed meeting her!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I wasn't expecting Shuko's mother but when I returned to my office during the FD break yesterday, she was in my office. I felt really bad I didn't have any time to talk to her as I had to go back to the meeting and had dinner with my 3rd-year seminar students. However we were able to have breakfast together this morning and I also invited her to go to Sugahara Glass in Kujukuri. Over lunch she said that she enjoyed the green of Chiba most as in Koriyama (Fukushima) they are not taking care of the plants now and the city does not look what it used to.
My third-year students got together at Yutaka last night. It was their first dinner together since we started our seminar in April. I hope they enjoyed not only the great Taiwanese food but the opportunity to socialize and learn more about and from each other. This year I have students from China (1), Korea (4), Norway (1), USA (2) and Japan (12). Yoshika was the organizer of the event this time. Thanks, Yoshika!
|Lots of food on both tables|
All the faculty members of JIU attended a Faculty Development from 1 to 6:30 on Friday, June 15. The presentations and discussions were about global education--not why we need it but how we can more efficiently provide that to our students in all faculties. I had to give a presentation on what my department has done the past two years.
Twenty students from my department departed for Hawaii Friday afternoon. They will be studying at the University of Hawaii, Leeward Community College. I have already received some photos from Waikiki and will be posting them here.
|Departure Ceremony on Wednesday|
|Safe arrival in Hawaii on Friday|
Yuka called on Wednesday saying that she was going to have Thursday off and wanted to come to JIU with Ayako. We ended up meeting in Ginza after my class at Josai High. It was great seeing them again and I was glad I was able to introduce them to Niki and to Jaron. We ate a lot from 4 to 9 PM! I forgot to write that on Tuesday, Yuko Tashiro visited me at JIU and also met with many of my first-year students. It was really good seeing my former students and hear about their professional career.
|Niki and Jaron's Ginza debut|
On Thursday, June 14, I was in Tokyo again. More specifically I was in the Ikebukuro area where the Josai Junior and Senior High School is located. I went there to teach a 90-minute class on international communication. Here's the photo of the high school students and of Patrik, Niki and Jaron who helped me in the class.
A delegation from the Henan University of Science and Technology in China visited our Kioicho campus on Wednesday, June 13 to discuss possibilities of future exchanges. We had dinner at the Akasaka Shisen Hanten that evening and look at the beautiful birds and flowers that decorated the tables. They were made of daikon radish and carrots for the bird legs. Wow! (I apologize for the bad quality of the photos.)
On June 6, high school teachers and principals attended the orientation for JIU's entrance examinations for 2012 here in Togane and also in Kioicho. Niki, Daiki and Shuko agreed to help out with the explanations for the Department of International Exchange Studies. They did a great job.