Bhuwan Shankar Batt is a doctoral student at ICU, researching inclusive education. We interviewed the JICUF scholarship recipient to ask about his research, life at ICU and his future goals.
ICU student Machi Niiya is a JICUF Study Abroad Scholarship recipient. She is currently studying at Middlebury College in Vermont. She shares her experiences at Middlebury and how they have affected her.
Midori Matsunaga, sophomore student at ICU, is our second photography intern! We got to know Midori and her photography skills through last year's Global Link program in NYC. We asked her to introduce herself.
The Japan ICU Foundation has been offering Study Abroad Scholarships to ICU undergraduate students spending their junior year abroad. We interviewed one of five students who received this year's scholarship, Miyu Higashimura. Miyu is currently studying at Guilford College, North Carolina.
Professor Beverly Curran received a grant from JICUF last fall to invite Professor Isabel Arredondo of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh as a visiting scholar. Professor Arredondo, who specializes in Latin American literature and film, is currently researching the Super 8 film movement. She visited ICU for two weeks in January and lectured in Professor Curran's media translation class.
Yiyao Derek Ding is an junior student from Middlebury College, Vermont. He is studying at ICU for a year, and talked to us about his experiences so far.
Rumittar Rosere Maria is a four-year undergraduate student at ICU who is receiving a scholarship from the JICUF. Enjoy her interview!
Last November, ICU Professor of International Relations Stephen Nagy led a group of undergraduate students to China. The Japan ICU Foundation awarded him a grant of ¥1,100,000 to subsidize the Japan-China Young Leaders Development Project (YLDP). Read about their experiences here and check out some of their photos as well!
JICUF scholarship recipient, Jordan Woodard, is from Austin, Texas. She is a junior student studying for four years at ICU, and her major is media, communication, and culture (MCC). We asked her about her life at ICU.
Li Boxiang is a sophomore student at ICU, who is receiving a scholarship from the JICUF. He is from China, and has yet to decide on his major but is interested in information science, economics and business. We asked him a few questions to get to know him better.
JICUF awarded Associate Professor of Linguistics Seunghun Lee a grant of ¥300,000 this fall to host the Asian Junior Linguists (AJL) Conference at ICU. Professor Lee organized the conference with Professor Tomoyuki Yoshida, the current chair of ICU’s psychology and linguistics department, to provide a forum for pre-doctoral linguistics students to present their work. The conference took place from December 2nd (Friday) to 4th (Sunday) in ICU’s Dialogue House.
ICU Professor Norie Takazawa, who specializes in modern French history, received a grant of ¥400,000 from the JICUF during the Fall Term to convene a workshop on “Considering Early Modern Society and Social Status from the Gender Perspective.” The workshop successfully took place on November 23rd.
Katie Cheshire is an exchange student (OYR) from Canada and a recipient of the JICUF scholarship for international students. We had a chance to ask her a few questions.
Professor Natsumi Ikoma received a grant from the JICUF to organize the "Performance of Gender in Kabuki" event at ICU on November 16th. The event was co-organized by ICU's Center for Gender Studies and the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs. 13 "Pacific Delegates" from the Carnegie Council joined ICU faculty and students to learn about complex issues surrounding gender and class in the tradition of Kabuki performance.
Earlier this week I had a chance to visit Los Angeles on behalf of the Japan ICU Foundation. My main objectives were to attend a special luncheon organized by the Southern California Chapter of the ICU Alumni Association and to meet with several key supporters of JICUF and ICU.
We are happy to introduce our new photography intern, Hana Kamio. Hana is an undergraduate student at ICU, and she will be taking photographs of JICUF-sponsored events and programs on campus. Hana participated in the JICUF’s Global Link program this summer. We asked her to introduce herself:
This fall, Professor Stephen R. Nagy was awarded a ¥1,100,000 grant from the JICUF to run the Japan-China Young Leaders Development Project (YLDP). Prof. Nagy will take a group of six ICU students to China from Nov. 18th to Dec. 1st to foster deeper understanding of Sino-Japanese relations through research and student exchange.
Tim Fraser was an exchange student at ICU in 2014 and is currently a Fulbright Fellow at Kyushu University. During his time at ICU, he participated in Team Asunaro's volunteer activities in Tohoku which the JICUF funded. We interviewed Tim about his time at ICU, his research at Kyushu University and future plans.
ICU Alumni Association’s Dream Competition ("Doricon") 2016 took place on September 25th in the Alumni House. The $2,000 David W. Vikner Social Service Prize sponsored by the JICUF was awarded to junior student Miu Yamanaka for her project entitled “Trip to Bridge Myanmar and Japan.”
Four members of the JICUF staff visited the ICU campus during the first week of October. It was the first visit to ICU for Program Manager Fernando Rojas and Director of Accounting Virginia Coleman, and our colleagues at ICU kindly arranged a welcome lunch for them on our first day.
On Sunday, September 18th, the JICUF hosted an ICU & ICU High School Joint Information Session. Thank you to those who came!
On Friday, September 16th, the JICUF hosted an ICU Alumni & Friends reception in NYC to welcome President Junko Hibiya. 80 alumni, friends, trustees and staff attended the event. A big thank you to everyone who came!
ICU student Kai Nakagawa successfully applied for a JICUF spring term grant on behalf of Theater Niji, a student theatrical group that performs musicals both locally and internationally. The ¥400,000 grant was used to help cover the cost of the “8th Rainbow Bridge Project.”
Professor Etsuko Kato (anthropology) received a grant from the JICUF this spring. The ¥336,000 grant is being used to enable ICU students to participate in activities led by Team Asunaro, a volunteer group that has been contributing to recovery efforts in Tohoku. We interviewed Mr. Shimpei Suga, leader of Team Asunaro, and Prof. Kato.
We are pleased to announce the second cohort of JICUF grant recipients! During the fall cycle, we received 18 grant inquiries this term, and 15 were invited to submit grant proposals. The JICUF the JICUF Grants Committee approved funding for six new grants; five faculty programs and one faculty research grant.
In July, the JICUF hosted Global Link, a month-long program for undergraduate students from ICU. It was an eventful month in which we introduced the students to many people, places, institutions and professional fields, prompting them to reflect on social, economic, political and environmental issues in New York City and beyond.
We are happy to announce that Mr. Fernando Rojas has joined the staff at the Japan ICU Foundation as our new Program Manager. Welcome, Fernando!
Director of Programs and Grants, Mark Flanigan, is leaving the JICUF on July 15th after four years of service. He discusses his years at ICU and JICUF as well as his future endeavors in this interview.
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