- Mar 31 2015
Jarrod Brown ’04, who combined Asian Studies (including study abroad) with his major in Philosophy at Berea before advancing to Ph.D. studies in Asian philosophy at the University of Hawai’i, is returning to his alma mater to teach during the 2015-16 academic year. Among the courses that Jarrod will teach is “The Nature of Reality, East and West,” a 200-level fall term offering which will explore metaphysics (thinking about the nature of reality) from a comparative perspective, drawing on resources from Hindu and Buddhist thought as well as classical Western philosophy. Welcome back, Jarrod!
- Mar 31 2015
Nick Riley ’15 has accepted a position with the
highly competitive Japan Exchange
and Teaching (JET) Program! Since 1987, nearly five thousand college and university graduates from all around the world have taught their native languages in Japan through the JET Program, which is administered by the Japanese government in cooperation with 38 other national governments. This August, Nick will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET. Congratulations, Nick!
- Mar 12 2015
Kelly Williams ’07, who is employed by Lexington-based Big Ass Fans, is relocating to Asia. Beginning with a stay in Thailand, he will spend two months in Singapore before moving on to South Korea (where he studied and worked for several years after graduating from Berea). His new responsibilities in East and Southeast Asia will include evaluating and implementing marketing, construction, and distribution of BAF products in these regions. Kelly is excited about taking on this new assignment, which positions him at the heart of a global supply chain that connects Kentucky to Asia. Congratulations, Kelly! We’re proud of you!
- Feb 9 2015
Having completed both a term of service as an English instructor in Japan with the JET Program and her M.A. in International Education Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Sarah Resnick ’11 has accepted a position as Student Services Coordinator for Study Abroad at the University of North Texas. There, Sarah will advise students who seek to develop themselves by extending their educational experience overseas – just as Sarah did by participating in Berea’s exchange with Kyūshū University in Japan. Congratulations, Sarah!
- Dec 3 2014
The Asian Studies Program congratulates its December 2014 graduates: Julian Augustus ’14, Jacob Hart ’14, and Amber Welch ’14. Julian is contemplating further studies in philosophy as well as a military career. Jacob, a triple major in Asian Studies, Education Studies, and History, plans to teach high school-level history and pursue graduate studies in global history that will allow him to explore his interest in East Asian Christian traditions. Amber will begin teaching English at Everyone R. Academy in Mishima City, Japan. We wish all of our December 2014 graduates nothing but the best. Hǎoyùn 好運! Kōun 幸運! Good luck!
- Oct 17 2014
Congratulations to December graduate Amber Welch ’14, who has accepted a position as a teacher of English at Everyone R. Academy in Mishima City, Shizuoka Prefecture (just south of Mt. Fuji, two hours by train from Tōkyō)! Amber, who spent a year studying at Kyūshū University, is looking forward to spending the next few years (or more) back in Japan.
- Oct 17 2014
Congratulations to Sona B. Apbasova ’15, whose essay “Pan-Turkism of Republic of Turkey in post-Soviet Central Asian Republics in 1990s” (written under the direction of Dr. Robert Foster) has won the 2014 Kentucky Association of Teachers of History (KATH)’s Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Student Writing Award! Thanks to Dr. Rebecca Bates for sponsoring Sona in this competition.
- Oct 6 2014
Video game designers and entrepreneurs Tristan Lee Riven ’06 and John Sexton ’06 have
established a new venture called Neorune. Based in Borneo, the company will focus on creating and producing narrative-driven adventure games such as its current project, Ley Line. Visit Neorune’s website and Facebook page to learn more about how these Asian Studies alums are putting their degrees to work – for themselves!
- May 19 2014
Kelly Williams ’07 has just accepted a position with Lexington-based Big Ass Fans’
International Sales Department as Vertical Accounts Specialist for East Asian Operations! After graduating from Berea, Kelly spent several years, on and off, in South Korea, where he studied at Yonsei University, taught English, and ran a bourbon importing company. Since returning to the United States a few years ago, he has worked for several different U.S. firms. Now his Asian Studies education, on-the-ground experience in East Asia, and business expertise are taking him to the next level. In his new position, Kelly will work with emerging markets for Big Ass Fans in East Asia. Congratulations, Kelly!