After benefiting from his part-time instruction in Japanese language for almost two years, the Asian Studies Program is overjoyed to announce that Nathan Patton, better known on campus as Patton-sensei パットン先生, has signed a long-term contract and will join the permanent faculty beginning in fall 2014, thus stabilizing Berea College’s Japanese language program. Patton-sensei is a highly experienced and respected teacher of Japanese who has co-authored a best-selling textbook on the subject. In addition to teaching part-time at Berea College, he currently serves as Chair of the World Language Department at Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky, location of both Toyota’s largest factory outside of Japan and the Yuko-en Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden. Although he is not a stranger on campus, Patton-sensei looks forward to deepening his connection to Berea through his new position here. Yōkoso ようこそ! Welcome!