テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス 広報部blog


TUJ Spirit Day Farewell Azabu & Mita held on June 19

By Luis Navarro Garcia
Activities Coordinator, TUJ Office of Student Services


Due to TUJ’s upcoming move to Sangen-jaya, the last Spirit Day at Minato-ku was dedicated to the buildings that have housed us for the past 23 years.

This “Spirit Day Farewell Azabu & Mita” included a display of student photo contest submissions showing memories of TUJ at Azabu and Mita halls. A “Nostalgic Gallery” with some of the best photos from TUJ trips and important TUJ events was also featured.


Refreshments included strawberry cheesecakes sporting the Temple ¨T¨

Sayonara, Azabu and Mita!




TUJから学部生2人が受賞 「Diamond Peer Teacher Award」




今回のこぼれ話では、2019年春学期に「Diamond Peer Teacher Award」の奨学金を得て、担当教授のティーチング・アシスタントとして下級生の授業補助を経験したTUJ学生二人から寄せられた感想を紹介します。「Diamond Peer Teacher Award」は、学業成績(GPA3.25以上)や担当教授からの推薦など米国本校が定める選考基準をクリアした学生がトレーニングを経て、一学期間、担当教員メンターのもと、一科目授業を担当してティーチングのスキルを身につけるというものです。


Diamond Peer Teacher Award scholars Andrea Cattaneo (left) and Hikari Hida

TUJから今学期選ばれたのは、経済学、心理学の同時専攻で2019年夏学期卒業予定のアンドレア・カッタネオ(Andrea Cattaneo)さん、もう一人は政治学、アジア研究の同時専攻で2019年春学期卒業予定の肥田ひかりさんです。イタリア出身のアンドレアさんは、今夏インターンシップを終えると学部課程が修了、引き続き日本に残って大学院に進学予定とのこと。東京・世田谷出身のひかりさんは、6月の卒業式を経て米コロンビア大学あるいは英ロンドン・スクール・オブ・エコノミクスの修士課程で国際開発、国際社会政策を学ぶか、1年インターンシップで経験を積んでから来秋進学にするか、いま考え中のようです。


  • How did you find out about and apply for this award?

Andrea Cattaneo:   Everything started as a game and it became a wonderful case of serendipity. Last semester Professor (Mariko) Nagai sent out an email announcing the possibility of being a teacher assistant and it got my attention. I didn’t really know which professor I should have asked to be my mentor. I have been a research assistant for several semesters and worked with Professor Angel. She approached me and asked if I wanted to be her teaching assistant. I did not take Statistics for Psychology with her, but she was confident that my skills were appropriate for the task and that I could help her. So, we wrote the letters for the application and crossed our fingers. After about a month we received an email saying that I had been chosen as a “Diamond Peer Teacher.”



  • How did your semester go as a “Diamond Peer Teacher”?

Andrea:         The first class was an interesting tornado of emotions and it was the beginning of a new challenge. During class time I would sit in the last row taking notes on the topics discussed in order to tell the students who were absent what was taught during that class. I would help Professor Angel with the mathematical explanations of all the concepts and I would solve all the practice problems on the board. This was my “time to shine” moment where I could explain statistics from a mathematical point of view. Everything became more natural and less scary with time, and my confidence increased also thanks to the tips Professor Angel gave me. Overall, I see this experience as very positive and a great ending of my undergraduate experience before I go to graduate school.



  • How would you describe your experience?

Hikari Hida:              I was a peer teacher for Professor Kyle Cleveland’s class “The History and Significance of Race in America.” My biggest learning outcome from this experience was to “learn to learn from those who offend me,” which was much more difficult than I ever imagined it could be. When I initially applied to be a TA on a class regarding race, I was aware of and expected the controversial conversations that may arise—and they have indeed. The best and most challenging part of the class for me was participating in the in-class discussions among students, and taking in everybody’s opinions while trying to stay unbiased but critical as a TA. In addition to all of this, I assisted my instructor with producing materials for the class, giving presentations, facilitating discussions, and holding office hours for students who needed some extra help; often utilizing my Japanese to effectively communicate difficult key concepts to non-native speakers outside of class. I have known Professor Cleveland for a while since I worked with him as a research assistant for several semesters, and cannot thank him enough for giving me the opportunity to teach, learn, and grow alongside him.



TUJ Student Film Festival 2019 — Films, Food, and Winners (TUJ学生映画祭を開催)


Photo by Derek Peco, junior Communication Studies major

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by Odessa Grace Bellamy, junior Communication Studies major

The TUJ Student Film Festival 2019 featuring nine films from students past and present was held on April 12. TUJ Film Festival class students organized the event with the help of staff, alumni and student government. Filmmaker Mami Taoka was a guest speaker. Refreshments were provided.


Guest Judge Mami Taoka. Photo by Odessa Grace Bellamy, junior Communication Studies major

This year’s festival showcased two music videos, two documentaries, and five narrative films. Festival Prize Winners included The Fan Favorite was the comedy Ant Man by Xi Tan, 3rd place winner was the documentary A Walk in the Garden by Arie Den Dulk, 2nd place winner was Breaking Barriers: Hiromi by Shane Shimamoto, and 1st place winner went to Kaylin George for her narrative drama Two Paper Nightingales. Best Cinematography prize went to Odessa Grace Bellamy for the music video Dead Load directed by Dennis Livingston.

Showcasing the new move to this fall, the Film Festival had over 12 students attend from Showa Women’s University whom showed great excitement on the films shown. While each year only becomes better, this year was by the most exciting Film Festival yet and next year will showcase an even bigger event with the TUJ’s new campus.



I had a very good time!
Thank you for inviting to me.
The quality of movies are so good!
I was really impressed by them.
Besides, I think I wanna go to Temple University.
Thank you.
(国際学部 国際学科 1年)
(国際学部 国際学科 1年)
(国際学部 国際学科 1年)
(国際学部 国際学科 2年 宮下 真季)
(国際学部 国際学科 2年)
(グローバルビジネス学部 会計ファイナンス学科 2年)
(人間社会学部 現代教養学科 2年 矢野 日南子)
(人間社会学部 現代教養学科 3年)




Speaking Out : Forced Marriages — TUJ to screen “Sonita” (TUJでUNHCR難民映画祭学校パートナー上映会)

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日に日に春の足音が近づいてくる気配が感じられるようになりました。「わくわく」する気持ちは、前へ進む原動力になりますね。先日フォーブス・ジャパンの記事(『今の仕事に「わくわく」していますか? 日本の女性を動かした10の瞬間』)で紹介されていたうちのお一人、日本人女性初の国連事務次官・中満泉さんは、国連難民高等弁務官事務所(UNHCR)からそのキャリアをスタート。また、元NHKのフリーアナウンサー有働由美子さんは、”難民は遠い存在”でありニュースを読むたびに心に引っかかるものがあったそうで、NHK退職後に南スーダンを訪れたとのこと。日本を代表する「セルフメイドウーマン」10人のうち、2人から「難民」というキーワードが…。


学生ライター ブリッタニー・マドックスさん(コミュニケーション学科)がリポートします。

by Brittanie Maddox, Communication Studies major


For the second season in a row, Temple University Japan partnered with the UNHCR Refugee Film Festival and screened the inspirational documentary “Sonita,” the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Price and Audience Award in 2017. On March 1 students and guests, including students from Showa Women’s University, enjoyed snacks and drinks as they watched this incredible film that highlighted the life of an aspiring Afghani female rapper working against forced-marriage traditions.


The event kicked off with a greeting to the audience by George Miller, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who acknowledged the great work of the UNHCR and their positive impact in the lives of refugees. Then TUJ professor Irene Herrera took the stand and reminded everyone that “even though the past couple of years have witnessed a rise in women’s voices being heard, we still have so much more to do.” Herrera spoke about the glass-ceiling and gender disparity that women often face and then praised the director of “Sonita” for spotlighting this young woman’s story.




”TUJ Student Film Festival” class helped out this UNHCR Refugee Film Festival School Partners screening event on March 1

** TUJ Student Film Festival is coming up on Friday, April 12.


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Brittanie Maddox is a first semester Communication Studies student at TUJ, and a US veteran hailing from Los Angeles. An avid lover of cartoons, Brittanie is taking her perseverance and skill to Japan for a future in film and media.


Dean’s List(成績優秀者リスト)2019年春学期昼食会を開催

暦は3月となり、桜の便りが待ち遠しい今日この頃。テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)では、先月27日に、「Dean’s List(成績優秀者リスト)昼食会」が開かれました。
Dean’s Listは、米国フィラデルフィア本校の各学部が、テンプル大学全体の学部生トップ15%程度にあたる極めて高いGPA(平均評定)を収めた学生を選考し評価するものです。前学期の成績をもとに、今回のDean’s Listには61人のTUJの学生が米国本校に選考されました。このうち2019年春学期昼食会には22人の在学生が参加し、教職員とランチを囲んで交流しました。