Dear ICU alumni & friends,
The last year has been marked by transition and growth at the Japan ICU Foundation. On September 1, 2015 I started my new role as Executive Director and CEO of the JICUF. Together with our staff, board of trustees and colleagues from ICU, we established and put into motion a plan to build on the success of JICUF’s over 60-year partnership with ICU. The plan centers on creating impact through our grants, scholarships and programs. Each of these areas help achieve our mission of supporting ICU’s broadly international and ecumenically Christian dimensions in a unique way.
In January 2016 we launched our new Grants for Faculty and Grants for Students initiative, enabling ICU faculty and staff to apply directly to the JICUF for funding. Between the Spring and Fall terms we received 41 inquiries, 18 from faculty and 23 from students and awarded a total of ¥6,598,623 in grants.
As you can see in the Financial Report below, we provided ICU with $249,223 in scholarship funding in FY2015-16. The bulk of this support is awarded to international students studying at ICU. We have also begun a process to reform JICUF scholarship awards, with the goal of increasing the number of international students at ICU.
In June we held the Rethinking Peace Studies conference on the ICU campus. The conference brought together over 20 academics and practitioners from around the world to present original papers focused on peace and conflict studies. Then, in July a group of ICU students participated in the third annual Global Link summer program in New York City. The program is planned and administered entirely by the JICUF staff, and this year we doubled participation from 6 to 12 ICU undergraduate students.
To personalize some of this year’s accomplishments, immediately below I highlight one person we have supported through our grants, scholarships and programs during this past year. I hope these brief sketches give you a sense of the human impact of our work. None of this would be possible without the generosity of so many ICU alumni and friends in North America. Thank you for your continued support!
Professor Matthew Gillan – JICUF Grant Recipient
Matthew Gillan is a Senior Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Director of the Sacred Music Center at ICU. On June 4, 2016 he and his colleagues convened “Sacred Voices,” an innovative interfaith event at the University Chapel. The four-hour program featured sacred vocal performances from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic traditions. Each performance was followed by thoughtful discussion. The sold out event was attended by alumni, students, faculty and members of the general public. To read more about this event, please click here.
Kosinara Sok – JICUF Scholarship Recipient
Kosinara Sok is the recipient of a jointly sponsored JICUF/ICU/United Board scholarship for students pursuing an MA in Peace Studies. Kosinara is from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Before attending ICU, he served as a public servant in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, as well as a university lecturer in the department of international studies of the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He just completed his MA in June 2016 and is planning to help develop a new curriculum on Peace Studies, Democracy and Human Rights at the Royal University. In the long term, he would like to continue to focus on youth development in Cambodia. To learn more about Kosinara, please click here.
Priscilla Balona – Participant in JICUF’s Summer Program, Global Link
Priscilla Balona has just begun her junior year as a four-year September student at ICU. This past July she participated in our Global Link summer program in New York City, along with 11 other ICU undergraduates. Priscilla, who is Filipino-Japanese, grew up in Saitama and attended Christian Academy in Japan, an international school in Tokyo. Priscilla’s boundless energy and curiosity was a joy for all of us involved in Global Link to witness. You can get a sense of this by watching the short video montage she complied of her experience in New York.
$10,000 AND ABOVE
Atsuko & Akira Fujimoto
$5,000 TO $9,999
Yasuyuki & Judy Owada, Valerie Hoffman Takai
$2,000 TO $4,999
David Chan, Benjamin & June Duke, Hiroko Kiyoshi-Teo, Louise & Laurence Woodruff
$1,000 TO $1,999
Elizabeth Conant, Machi Fukuyama Dilworth, Joan Ericson, Noriko Iwase, Iqbal Mamdani, Yoshio Matsuo, Atsuko J. Rasic, Delores & Jon Roeder, Takeshi Ueshima, George & May Wang
$500 TO $999
Katsuhiko Abe, Takeshi Amemiya, Po-chuen & Lillian Chan, Laura Chiu & Shin-Cheng Simon, Mitsuhiro & Kaede Kaneda, Koaki Harris, Allan Hinglun Lee, Pichon Loh, Anne Love, Nakako Memon, David & Zenora Rackham, Mary & Bruce Rigdon, Hallam Yasuko Shorrock, John Coventry Smith, Jr., Roy & Ute Tellini, Junko Usuba, Stephen & Yumi Yamaguchi
$200 TO $499
Michael Armacost, Arthur & Danita Bauer, Lisa & Charles Dent, Frank Gamelin, Lois Geeslin, Fred & Eleanor Honaman, Shoji Kent Ikeda, Phyllis Larson, Robert & Nancy Lee, Nizar Mamdani, Kaori Nishikida, John Pearson, David Sachs, Kazuya & Elizabeth Sato, Mari Snyder, Yuko Sugiyama Lynch, Tomoko Takahashi, Curtis & Jinx Tong, Grace Yamamura, Michael Yochum & Priscilla Otani
$100 TO $199
Tamiko & Harvey Anderson, Chihae Arafune, Annie Awanohara, Carl & Marie Bade, Satomi Bol, L. Keith Brown, Elizabeth Bryant, Virginia Coleman, Kenneth & Eloise Dale, Stephen Dyer, Mutsuko Endo Hudson, Mark Flanigan, Namiko Golden, Dorothy Goldman, Jason Inzer, Tomoko Ishibashi, Joel & Peggy Johnson, Tomoko Nakamori Kempf, Helene Keran, Judith Kidd Held, Paul Kidder, Quentin Knauer, Elizabeth Landerholm, Hitoshi Maruyama, Margery Mayer, Richard Mellott, Sawa Nakagawa, Samuel Nukazawa, Kiyo Okazaki, Kazumi & Robert Pestka, Fumiko Radile, Elaine Rich, Pacita Roberts, George & Etsuko Schulenberg, Frank Smith, Brian Szepkouski, Colin Teraoka, Kurt Tong & Mika Marumoto, Kazue Watlington, Shizuka Yamagata, Emma Lee Yu, Anonymous (2)
Mutsumi Angevine, Ayako Cone, Susan Duke, Wilbert Ericson, Janet French, Quentin & Christa Gamelin, Dorothy Gibbs, Owen Gingerich, Kathleen Hurty, Doris Kersten, Fukuko Kobayashi, Sharon Komatsubara, Lawrence Lake, Dominic Lobuglio IV, Lafayette Mathews III, Andrew Neuman, Tsuyoshi Ohyama, John Rosenbaum, Harumi Takahashi, Kurt & Leslie Thompson, Hiroko Tsuchiya, Joan Uht, Yoichi Usui, Shoko Williams, Aya Yabe-Duruz
CORPORATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS & MEMORIAL FUNDS
April Manzinger Fund, Elrick Williams Memorial Fund, ICU Church, J.U. & Hazel Simmons Scholarship Fund
MEMBERS OF THE DR. HACHIRO YUASA SOCIETY
The Dr. Hachiro Yuasa Society was formed to recognize those thoughtful graduates and friends who make an estate gift or other form of deferred gift to the Japan ICU Foundation.
Tamiko & Harvey Anderson
Arthur & Danita Bauer
Ray & Hazel Bayley
Emily Clifford Jackson
Benjamin & June Duke
Atsuko & Akira Fujimoto
Fred & Eleanor Honaman
Hiroshi & Ikuko Mizukami
Yasuyuki & Judy Owada
Peter & Amy Prahar
Delores & Jon Roeder
Shyanne & Kurt Roeloffs
Lin & David Vikner
Louise & Laurence Woodruff
The Taizanso Society honors donors who have made cumulative contributions to the Japan ICU Foundation totaling more than $100,000.
Atsuko & Akira Fujimoto
Donald & Mildred Topp Othmer
Fumiko & Yukihiko Sasaki
Thank you to all of those who generously supported our work this past year. We rely on the ongoing support of ICU’s alumni and friend community in North America. The donations listed here were received between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.