As fall term 2016 nears its end, 5 Berea students are preparing to travel to Japan. Trisha Lucas, Hannah Musick, August Nye, Jacy Stanford, and Dylan Usher all will study at at Kansai Gaidai in Ōsaka during spring term 2017, making next term’s complement of Bereans there unusually large. 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!
Position at Western Michigan University
Having served as Student Services Coordinator for Study Abroad at the University of North Texas since 2015, Sarah Resnick Reid ’11 has accepted a position as Study Abroad Adviser at Western Michigan University. There, Sarah – who 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 prior to starting work at UNT — will advise students who seek to develop themselves by extending their educational experience overseas, just as she did by participating in Berea’s exchange with Kyūshū University in Japan. Congratulations, Sarah!
Professor Jeff Richey has been named Alumnus of the Year for 2016 by his alma mater, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2000. The GTU is the world’s largest consortium of resources for the study of religion and theology, in part because of its inclusion of the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate Division, and grants more doctoral degrees in religious studies and theology than any other U.S. institution. Read more about Dr. Richey’s award.
Dylan Hunziker ’14 has been awarded admission and full scholarship to National Taiwan University‘s M.A. program in geography! Dylan, who spent the 2014-15 academic year traveling the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, is deeply interested in language and culture, especially the Chinese-speaking world, and hopes to enter a stateside Ph.D. program after his two years in Taiwan. His long-term goal is to become a university professor. Congratulations and 恭喜恭喜, Dylan!
Congratulations to Berea College graduate and current visiting professor Jarrod Brown ’04, who has been awarded a Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship! This award will enable Professor Brown to conduct research using the collections of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Professor Brown is completing his Ph.D. in Asian philosophy at the University of Hawai’i, where he expects to defend his dissertation in spring 2017.
After three years of professional experience as Curator and Art Gallery Manager at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia’s David L. Dickirson Gallery in Beckley, West Virginia, Molly Baker Halstead ’11 has decided to pursue her original post-graduate ambition: to become an art historian who specializes in pre-modern Japan. Molly — who double-majored in Asian Studies andArt History, studied in Japan through the KIIS program, and assisted visiting scholar Dr. Sandy Kita in cataloging rare Japanese items in the College’s Asian art collection during her years at Berea — was accepted to the University of Kentucky’s M.A. program in Art History and Visual Studies, where she will study with Dr. Andrew Maske, a specialist in Japanese ceramics from the Edo period to the present. Molly hopes to use her time at UK as a springboard to a top-ranked Japanese art history Ph.D. program elsewhere. Congratulations and welcome back to the Bluegrass, Molly!
Congratulations to Dr. Gordon Gray, who has been chosen to participate in the East-West Center’s Institute on Infusing Southeast Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum (August 1-12, 2016)! Dr. Gray and his colleagues from other colleges and universities will spend two weeks in Hawai’i working with leading Asian studies experts in a multifaceted and dynamic program of lectures, discussions, film screenings, and cultural events that is designed to help educators teach about art, gender, politics, religion, and youth culture in Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar (Burma). Dr. Gray’s expertise in the anthropology and cinema of Southeast Asian cultures – and therefore, the learning experiences of Berea students — will be greatly enhanced by his participation in this intensive, multidisciplinary program.
Congratulations to Sona B. Apbasova ’15, who has been awarded a prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst (DAAD) scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Germany and Georgia! In partnership with the Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA) scholarship program, DAAD is fully funding Sona’s intensive German language studies in Berlin this summer before sending her to Tbilisi, Georgia to complete CSLA’s Summer School program at Caucasus University. At summer’s end, Sona will return to Berlin for more German language training and then begin her two-year master’s program in international relations at Katholische Universitaet in Eichstätt, Germany. Sona’s deep interests in Central Asia, cross-cultural exchanges, and Europe’s connection to regions further east will be well-supported by these opportunities. The Asian Studies program is very proud of your accomplishments and excited about your future, Sona!
Video game designer and entrepreneur Tristan Lee Riven ’06 and his Korean collaborator, artist Kim Minho, recently released their first jointly-designed video game. It’s a horror-themed survival adventure that is set in a South Korean high school and entitled The Coma. You can purchase the game online from Steam by clicking here. Tristan remains active in the video game industry from his current home base of Kota Kinabalu in east Malaysia. Congratulations on this exciting new venture, Tristan!
Ken Johnson ’09 has accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Contract Management Agency, in which he will help manage contracts related to the U.S. Army. As of October 2015, he will be based in the Fort Lee, Virginia area.
Ken, who earned a J.D. at the University of Kentucky and taught English as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia following the completion of his Berea education (which included study abroad in East Asia), says, “The hiring supervisor told me that she chose me for my background as a whole. So my law degree was likely instrumental, but so were my Fulbright and undergrad term abroad experiences…. [W]hat opened the door to law school (and by connection, Fulbright) was the critical thinking and writing skills development that I learned in Berea. That helped me compete, and do fairly well, in a law school class where my standardized test score was below the 25th percentile for my entering class.”
Congratulations, Ken! It’s great to watch you succeed.