This month, David Janes became the new Chair of the JICUF Board, and Gavin Whitelaw joined the Board.
Thomas “Tim” Winant has a long relationship with both ICU and JICUF. In the early 60s, he studied abroad at ICU as an “OYR” (exchange student), and again in the mid-60s as a special student taking an intensive course in Japanese. In the 1980s, he was on the Board of JICUF, and returned to ICU in 1990 to serve as the Assistant to the President and the Dean of International Affairs until 1999. We asked Tim to share his unique story in a series of articles. Here is part 1.
Ms. Jessica Cork studied at ICU from 1995 to 1996 as an “OYR” (“One Year Regular,” or exchange student) when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduation, she joined the JET program and worked for the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta for over a decade. She is currently Vice President of Community Engagement and Communications in the YKK Corporation of America. Ms. Cork shares career advice based on her experiences with current students and recent graduates.
ICU Team Places Third in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Wins Third and Fourth Place Speaker Awards
The national round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition was held in February, and the ICU team won third place overall. Two students placed third and fourth in oral presentation separately. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor Hiromichi Matsuda, ICU students have been competing in moot court competition for the last several years.
Wayne Osako, who studied at ICU from 1990 to 1991 as an OYR (exchange student) from the University of California, Riverside, played an instrumental role in the issuance of the “Go For Broke” stamp that honors Japanese-American soldiers who served during WWII. We asked Wayne to share his story.
Chair of the JICUF Board of Trustees Phyllis Larson will leave her role and the Board in March. She studied at ICU in the 1960s. We asked her to reflect on her time at JICUF.
JICUF launched an official Instagram page in January. We introduce student photographer Ryota Nakanishi, who will contribute photos of the ICU campus every Thursday.
The Japan ICU Foundation’s work is centered on building connections between people. While we have had to put some of our regular work on hold, online programming has enabled us to maintain and even expand connections during the pandemic. Here are some online programs that we have implemented in the past year.
JICUF has been exploring ways to continue supporting the ICU community in a drastically changed environment. We are excited to announce three new initiatives: the Global Alumni Speakers Series, Japan and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Common Good Grant Project.
The JICUF Board of Trustees recently adopted new mission and vision statements that reaffirm our founders’ vision.