The Asian Studies and Foreign Languages programs are delighted to announce that Dr. Jianfen Wang will join our faculty in fall 2016 as an assistant professor of Chinese and Asian Studies. Dr. Wang, a native of China’s Hunan province, recently completed her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, whose Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is well-known for its excellence in the field of Chinese language pedagogy. In addition to teaching Chinese language, Dr. Wang will offer courses on Chinese culture, including a course on Chinese mythology during the fall 2016 term. Huānyíng欢迎 and welcome to Dr. Wang!
Daniel West ’12 has accepted a position as an English language teacher 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. Daniel has been teaching English at private institutions in Japan since 2013, so he will bring a great deal of hard-won experience and expertise to his work with JET. He will join fellow Bereans Celeste Lee ’04, Nick Riley ’15, Amber Welch ’14, and Noah White ’13, all of whom currently hold appointments as English teachers in Japan. Congratulations and おめでとう, Daniel!
Aja Croteau ’16 has been offered an interview for a position with the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program! Since 1987, approximately 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 successful, Aja will join more than 2,600 Americans (including several Berea College graduates) who have successfully competed for positions in Japanese schools with JET. Congratulations, Aja!
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.
Congratulations to Emily Morgan ‘11, who has accepted a position with an educational venture in historic Xi’an, China (capital of 13 ancient dynasties)! Emily previously taught English in nearby Yuncheng and recently has been employed by Weiming Education Group, a U.S.-China partnership that places Chinese students in American high schools in order to help them prepare for admission to U.S. colleges and universities. Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ 恭喜恭喜!
Congratulations to Nicole Watson ‘15, who has accepted a position with the Weiming Education Group, a U.S.-China partnership that places Chinese students in American high schools in order to help them prepare for admission to U.S. colleges and universities! Nicole will serve as a resident assistant working with approximately 70 students in Troy, Michigan.
As the 2014-15 academic year draws to a close, 18 Berea students and 2 Berea faculty are preparing to travel and study in Asia, including many Asian Studies majors and minors. Emerald Flannigan ’17 and Logan Smith ’17 will study at Kyūshū University in Fukuoka, Japan, throughout the entire 2015-16 academic year. 10 other Berea students will be in Japan this summer, including KIIS Japan participants Jaimah Pyburn ’16 and Derek Thompson ’16 and KEEP interns Kyleigh Brandon ’18 and Tiara Washington ’18. Tiara will go on to spend fall term 2015 at Keimyung University in South Korea, while Chris Jansen ’17 will spend fall term 2015 at Payap University in Thailand. Other students will join those named here in the KIIS Japan program or venture to China, India, South Korea, and Việt Nam, while Professors Lauren McKee and Nathan Patton both will spend part of their summers in Japan. Meanwhile, we will welcome back Jennifer Adams ’16 (who spent the entire 2014-15 academic year at Kyūshū University) as well as Haleigh George ’16 (who studied in South Korea during spring term 2015). 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.
The Asian Studies Program congratulates its May 2015 graduates!
- Sona Apbasova (triple major with German and History) has been accepted by graduate programs in Central Asian and Turkic Studies at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
- Bethany Butters (major) plans to seek employment in a local ceramic studio, continue developing her skills as a potter, and eventually establish her own studio.
- Hollister Doty-Griner (major, with minor in History) plans to take some time for self-discovery and trying new things while she decides whether to go to graduate school or teach English abroad.
- Katie Fawley (major, with minor in Women’s and Gender Studies) intends to complete a Master of Social Work degree in order to work with women in need as well as individuals with disabilities.
- Hunter Kennoy (major) plans to relocate to Seattle, Washington, where he hopes to work in the field of localizing video games to and from Japan.
- Jacob Leibeck (minor – major in Computer Science and Applied Science & Mathematics) has accepted a position as a Software Engineer with Hewlett-Packard in Lexington, Kentucky, where he will work for at least a year before beginning part-time graduate work in Computer Science, with emphasis on Scientific Computing or Computer Vision, at the University of Kentucky.
- Sophia Riehemann (major) plans to return home to Cincinnati, Ohio, and find work in one of her hometown’s many museums, with the hope of pursuing further training and a career in museum studies so that she can combine her love of Asian Studies with her passion for art and cultural preservation.
- Nick Riley (minor – major in English) has accepted a position with the highly-competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and will travel to Japan this August to teach English in a Japanese school.
- Nicole Watson (minor – major in Psychology) plans to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) in order to prepare for graduate studies in Sociology with an emphasis on ethnic and cultural studies.
- Brittany Welch (double major with Child and Family Studies) will relocate to Johnson City, Tennessee, in order to find employment and continue her studies in Culinary Arts, Anthropology, and Japanese.
We wish all of our May 2015 graduates nothing but the best. さようなら! 再見! Sag boluň! Farewell!
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!