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Temple Alumna Inspires Tsukuba Student Athletes (元学生アスリートの米テンプル大学職員が筑波大学で特別講義)

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2018年師走も後半戦、平成最後の年末が近づいていますね。

今回の「こぼれ話」は去る12月12日、筑波大学アスレチックデパートメント(AD)の招きで、テンプル大学米国本校から来日したAD職員アリッサ・ドレイクスリンの特別講義の模様を、TUJ学生ライターのジョン・ザラスさんがリポートします。

今年はスポーツの世界で様々な問題提起のあった年でした。変革期にある日本の大学スポーツ界で、筑波大学は”スポーツの力で大学の価値向上”を全学的な取り組みとして積極的に推進、今年4月に日本で初の米国型「AD」を立ち上げました。設立に際しては、2016年からテンプル大学米国本校が、筑波大学との「日米大学スポーツに関する共同研究」に参画、株式会社ドームとの産学連携で、日本の大学スポーツ界での最適モデル確立へ向けて取り組んできました。

今回来日したドレイクスリンは、テンプル大在学中にはバレーボールの選手として文武両道に勤しみ、2016年には「女性学業成績優秀アスリート賞」を受賞、NCAA(全米大学競技スポーツ協会)の学生代表なども務めています。現在は母校の職員として学生アスリートの学業支援、キャリア支援に携わるよきロールモデルとなり、この特別講義では自身の学生アスリート時代の経験、NCAAの組織、テンプル大ADでの取り組みについて語りました。

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By John Szalas, student writer and junior International Affairs major

In recent years the Japanese government has begun reforming  its collegiate athletic institutes to create a single governing organization similar to the NCAA in the United States. Currently Japanese college level sports are treated more like clubs operated under federations of each sport and have no nationwide level of organization or support. Taking its own initiative for this, the University of Tsukuba, a school famous for producing many famous athletes and experts in various fields, is collaborating with Temple University’s Philadelphia  Main Campus to learn what the America’s system is like and adapt practices which might best work in Japan. In the future, students from Tsukuba may have the opportunity to go to Temple’s Main Campus to see how the athletics program operates.

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On December 12, the University of Tsukuba invited a former athlete and staff member of Temple’s athletic department to give a lecture in their credit-bearing lecture series. The lecture series is organized by Tsukuba’s Athletic Department and open to all students as an elective where they can hear from former athletes and various experts in the sports industry. Alyssa Drachslin is a Temple alumna who led Temple’s volleyball team during her time as a student. At Temple, she was named Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2016. After graduating she decided she wanted to improve the athletic department to make sure future student athletes can not only succeed in school and sports, but also in a career afterwards. Currently she works for Temple’s Athletic Department as a Coordinator for Leadership and Professional Development. Her lecture was about her athletic experience, the NCAA, and how Temple manages and supports its own student athletes.

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University of Tsukuba Athletic Department’s Mr. Shinzo Yamada (left) and Temple University’s Alyssa Drachslin (right)

She started off her lecture explaining about the structure of the NCAA. It organizes, regulates, and supports various sports. She also discussed how the NCAA organizes collegiate sports programs into tiered divisions and how this supports students. Division 1 schools are larger, have bigger budgets, and offer more athletic scholarships. Temple University qualifies as a Division 1 university.

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Drachslin went on to explain the lifestyle most college student athletes have, as well as some programs which support them. One such program is called Verified, which helps students focus on career goals as they juggle their athletic, academic and other commitments. A new program Drachslin has helped create is the Temple Flight Leadership Academy, which helps students hone teamwork, communication, and leadership skills they develop through sports, and then apply those to future careers. While sports are a high priority for student athletes, Temple makes sure they are prepared for the world after Temple.

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Hopefully Drachslin’s lecture will inspire students to help create such programs as Temple has and envision their future career in various paths. Megumi Kameyama, a Tsukuba cheerleader and freshman in Library Sciences thought “it’s great for former athletes like Alyssa to work for Temple and support the organization that helped her succeed.”

Personally, I would say the lecture was successful since many students gave Drachslin a positive reception. Reforming the organization of collegiate athletics may lead to the further development of sports in Japan, and to even more success in the Olympics and other sporting events. The Olympic Games in summer 2020 in Tokyo may provide us a chance to see.

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<Student writer>  John Szalas is studying International Affairs at TUJ in order to gain a better understanding of the international world to make it a better place. He speaks English, Hungarian, and soon to be Japanese. John also makes a mean chicken and dumplings😉


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2018年秋学期「Dean’s List」昼食会で成績優秀者が学長、教授陣と交流

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だんだん秋も深まり…と思っていたら、暦の上では「立冬」を過ぎ、冬はもうすぐそこですね。テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)では、12月の学期末へ向けて、学生も忙しさが加速度的に増している今日この頃です。

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去る10月25日には、毎学期恒例のDean’s List(成績優秀者リスト)昼食会が、TUJ麻布校舎で開催されました。Dean’s Listの選考基準は米国フィラデルフィア本校と同じで、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)の学生が名を連ねます。TUJでは、今回リストに選ばれた全44人のうち、15人の学生が昼食会に出席し、学長ブルース・ストロナクはじめ教授陣とランチを楽しみました。これまで複数回出席している学生も初めての学生も、普段と違った雰囲気で教授とカジュアルに交流する機会を大いに喜んでいました。

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A summer semester to remember(テンプル大米国本校の教授、TUJの夏学期を振り返る)

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残暑お見舞い申し上げます。

猛暑や台風と、天気予報から目が離せない毎日が続いていますね。

5月末から先週までの夏学期には、今年はテンプル大学フィラデルフィア本校から教員5人と院生1人が来日して、ここジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)で授業を担当しました。その中の一人、ジーン・ウィルコックス先生がTUJで過ごすのは二度目で、今夏を振り返った寄稿を紹介します。(大学院生イーリン・ウーさんの寄稿はこちらから→My experience of teaching in TUJ by Yilin Wu

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By Jean Wilcox(Assistant Professor, Temple University)

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Professor Jean Wilcox

My last day of classes was really sad. I have so enjoyed these students. They are different from the ones I have on Main Campus — many of whom have grown up in the Philly area and have never done any foreign travel. The students here are more outgoing, more curious, more worldly. They are a little older on average than in my U.S. classes and so they have more life experience. They were interested, engaged, did the work, asked good questions, and made arguments. I loved it!

The study abroad students from the U.S. have had the guts to pack themselves up and move to another country. Wish I had done it when I was their age. Most of them are embracing the experience. Cramming in every bit of sightseeing, traveling, and eating that they can before they have to go home. (Just like I am!)

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Dinner with former TUJ colleagues

I had students from a variety of different family backgrounds … American, Japanese, Chinese, Pakistani, Sikh. Some from mixed heritage: German father, Japanese mother – spoke English with a German accent; Japanese mother, British father – spoke with an English accent. I have these kinds of students in my U.S. classes, but they get lost in the numbers. My classes here (17 students) were about a quarter of the size of my U.S. classes (72). The class rooms are smaller. They are flat, and they have movable tables and chairs, so I could get out among the students. Easily put them into group work. Rearrange the furniture. Get to know them.

I had several U.S. military vets in my marketing class. I get one or two veterans in my classes on Main Campus, but here they made up about half the class. Whether here, or in the U.S., these are guys and gals who are used to knuckling down and getting the job done. When I’d assign a group exercise in class they put their heads together and got working. Their experience also enabled them to add so much to the class discussion. I was talking in one class about how the “price” of an item depends on the context in which it’s sold. The price of a bottle of water at a convenience store may be $1.25. That same bottle of water at the movie theater is at least $5.00. One of the vets shared that he’d been at a festival in Japan where they were selling “hot dog” water for $40 a bottle!  He wasn’t exactly sure what it was, but it supposedly had health benefits.

My last class ended on a really funny note. The final assignment in the business communications class was to give a speech. I gave them a list of 30 topics to choose from, and they each had a maximum of six minutes to speak. I was using the clock on my phone to time them.  I made them stop talking when the timer music went off.

The penultimate speaker talked about her search for her path in life. Something I can relate to. I’m still searching at this advanced age. When she finished I told her what I tell all my students … “What you do the day you graduate, doesn’t have to be what you do with the rest of your life. Look at me, I have a Ph.D. in chemistry and here I am teaching marketing and communications in Japan.” I got the usual reaction. A gasp. A question … really? The class philosopher wanted to know the title of my dissertation.

Then the final speaker, who is dealing with a serious illness, got up and talked about the power of laughter. What a great final topic. When she finished, I got up to give my final remarks. I was about halfway through what I wanted to say when the timer on my phone went off. Everybody burst out laughing, especially me. “Well, I guess times up! I have to stop talking.”

 

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3D experience at Odaiba

JEAN WILCOX

Assistant Professor of Practice

Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Temple University

 

Profile: https://www.fox.temple.edu/mcm_people/jeanwilcox/

Personal Blog: https://www.ginkgofrogblog.com

 

 

 


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My experience of teaching in TUJ(テンプル大フィラデルフィア本校の大学院生がTUJ夏学期のクラスを担当)

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暑中お見舞い申し上げます。

テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)では、学部生の夏学期最終試験は8月1日に終わり、入れ替わりで夏休みサマープログラムが始まりました。いまやキャンパスでは、小学生から高校生までの可愛らしくも頼もしい生徒・学生さんの声があちらこちらで聞こえてきて、普段の大学とは一味違った賑わいです。

今年の学部夏学期には、フィラデルフィアのテンプル大米国本校から、博士課程に在籍する大学院生のイーリン・ウーさんが来日して、数学の授業を担当しました。ウーさんの寄稿で、TUJで学部授業を担当した夏学期の感想をご紹介します。

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by Yilin Wu (Ph. D. candidate in mathematics at Temple Main Campus)

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Yilin (second from left) with her students at TUJ

My name is Yilin Wu, a 6th-year Ph.D. student in the mathematics department on Main Campus. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to spend my summer and teach at TUJ. Being here is a precious and unforgettable experience for me.

The class I was teaching is MATH 1041, Calculus I. I have taught calculus classes several times on Main Campus. While teaching here at TUJ, I have been using similar quizzes and the same tests as the ones  used on Main Campus for summer semesters.

The only difference teaching here is the size of the class. As a small group, I can address the gaps in students’ knowledge and assist students in clarifying their attitudes and ideas about the material. In this environment, it is easy for me to help students develop a sense of academic rigor and a willingness to share thoughts and provide opportunities for students to receive feedback on their learning.

Besides teaching, I had a great time experiencing the food and culture here. The most exciting thing I did during my stay here was a trip to Mount Fuji. I went there on a national holiday, and took the hardest trail among all trails and spent the whole night climbing to the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise. This experience has made me much more brave to face all the difficulties in the world.

However, there are still lots of exciting things that I haven’t had time to do. If I have the chance to teach at TUJ again in the future, I would like to come back and do more.

 


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TUJ-Sophia joint Career Fair 2018 – Global Job Hunting in Japan

by Adio Alexander (sophomore international business major)

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This year’s TUJ-Sophia University joint career fair, held on Sophia’s Yotsuya Campus, on July 4 gave students the opportunity to connect with domestic and foreign companies here in Japan. I first attended the joint career fair last fall. I heard each company’s presentation before they moved to individual booths in the adjacent meeting room. The presentations allowed students to learn about this year’s participating companies.

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Companies ranged from accounting firms to food service companies to the very popular IKEA furniture retailer. Each company’s representatives were friendly, engaging and ready to answer questions. I asked a few representatives what kind of people they want to hire. Keio Plaza Hotel said, “People who are willing to work in a multicultural environment and make people happy.” PABCO, an automotive company, said “Someone who wants to have an impact.” Mitsuboshi Belting, a manufacturing company, gave a more specific answer: “First and foremost, we want someone who will stay and work with us in Japan for five years. After that, we’d like them to consider working abroad. But the first five years in Japan are key.” I also took note of companies’ language expectations. IKEA and enworld, for example, made it clear that much of their business is conducted in English. Other companies such as PwC and SG Holdings stressed that those with a command of business level Japanese would have an advantage. “We’d feel more comfortable if you could speak Japanese. I personally feel more comfortable conducting business in Japanese,” said a representative from PwC.

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I was particularly interested in Universal Aviation, a ground handling company for private jets. What initially got my attention was the idea of serving anyone from diplomats to sports stars. When the two representatives said they were TUJ alumni I felt a proud and confident knowing that people from my university had such interesting jobs.

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Student participants seemed much more diverse and interactive than last year’s attendees. There were a lot of one-on-one conversations between students and representatives. Seeing new participating companies like Universal Aviation and IKEA was great, and seeing companies from last year’s event like Keio Plaza Hotel or enworld let me know these companies are seriously interested in diversity.

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As I plan to work in Japan after graduating, I appreciate events like this career fair that provide me with a glimpse of the Japanese business world and help me imagine where I might fit in it. I would encourage all students, regardless of nationality, age, year or major to attend in the future. You never know what opportunities are out there.

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<student writer> Adio Alexander

Adio is a sophomore international business major, interested in specializing in economics and world trade. She is trilingual — English, Japanese and Mandarin — and hopes to be able to speak five languages by 2020. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and watching old films.