- Feb 9 2015
Nick Riley ’15 recently interviewed for 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. If selected, Nick will join more than 2,600 Americans (including many recent Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET. Good luck, Nick!
- 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!
- Apr 24 2014
The Asian Studies Program congratulates its May 2014 graduates: Fatima King ’14, Sharon Lee ’14 (both Asian Studies majors), and Angela Rowe ’14 (Asian Studies minor). An aspiring computer animator, Fatima would like to design video game characters. Following graduation, Sharon will begin teaching English in Japan as an employee of AEON. Angela plans to complete a second undergraduate degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in public health, and hopes to combine her graduate school field work with travel in Japan as well as Ireland. We’re very proud of all of you! Ichiro heian o inoru 一路平安を祈る (We wish you a smooth road)!
- Apr 22 2014
As the 2013-14 academic year draws to a close, many Asian Studies majors and minors are preparing to travel and study in Asia. In Japan, Katrina Frailey ’16 will spend fall 2014 at Kansai Gaidai University while Jennifer Adams ’16 will spend the entire 2014-15 academic year at Kyushu University. Also in Japan, Bethany Butters ’15, Nick Riley ’15, and Brittany Welch ’15 will accompany Professor Jeff Richey as participants in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)’ summer program, and Jaimah Pyburn ’16 will join three other Bereans for a summer internship at the Kiyosato Education Experiment Project (KEEP). Meanwhile, Erica Berejnoi ’16, Hollister Doty-Griner ’15, and a dozen other students will travel and learn with Professors Rebecca Bates and Robert Foster in China this summer. Including other students and faculty who will participate in these and other programs, over two dozen Bereans will spend part or all of the coming academic year in Asia. The Asian Studies Program is proud of these students and faculty and grateful for the invaluable assistance provided to them by our campus’ Center for International Education and Office of Internships.