2019 Japanese National Honor Society Inductees:
We were proud to add eleven more of our graduating seniors to the Japanese National Honor Society. We celebrated with a lunch at Kumamoto Ramen. Please see the photograph of our inductees. Photo from front left: Kayla Mango, Ray Mandel, Nicole Moylett, Shirley Zhang, Eric VanLuvanee-(JAPN faculty), Dr. Mark Miller (JAPN faculty), Justin Hirt, Evan Lowitt, Jacob Hoffman, Omasan Oribioye, Jamie Cleveland. Not photographed but also being inducted are Brea Harris and Yao Lu.
2019 UD Japanese Haiku Contest Winners
Haiku Contest Winners
We held our annual Haiku contest in May of this year. Here is this year's overall best haiku poem and the names of the runner-up winners at each level.
Best Overall: Yin Luo (JAPN 200-level)
冬は言う Winter says
春に会いたい I want to meet you, spring
片思い Unrequited love
Runners-up: JAPN105: Fangqi Dong & Shanglun Cai; JAPN106 & 107: Yixuan Song; JAPN301 & 455: Nicole Moylett.
Study Abroad Award Winners
We sent Zachary Smith (Biochemistry and Japanese major) and Peter Lam (Mathmatics and Economics and Japanese major) to Soka University on our prestigious one-year scholarships to study Japanese in September of 2018 and selected Nicole Moylett (B Mechanical Engineering, BA Asian Studies, BAFLL Japanese 2019) and Makoto Saitoh (Mechanical Engineering major, Japanese minor) as recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Maria Chudzik (Anthropology and Communication major, Global Studies minor) received a $400 Yotsukura award to participate in UD's study abroad program at Akita International University in the fall of 2018.
Graduating Seniors Receiving Yotsukura Awards
These individuals demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement in their Japanese studies:
Evan Lowitt (Honors BA Asian Studies, BAFLL Three Languages, and BAFLL Japanese 2019) is originally from Syosset, NY. During the Fall 2017 semester he studied abroad at Kwansei Gakuin University near Osaka, Japan. He is also an alumnus of the Middlebury Chinese School. Upon graduating, he will be employed as an English instructor at a private bilingual school in Jiaxing, China, and hopes to later become a Foreign Service Officer.
Jacob Hoffman (BS Computer Science, BS Cognitive Science, BA Linguistics, BAFLL Japanese 2019) is from Lower Moreland, PA. Jacob was one of only two annual awardees to receive a full scholarship to study Japanese at Soka University. This fall Jacob will begin a graduate program in Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington. Later in his life he hopes to contribute to engineering and improving language technology.
Ruth Mandel (Honors BS Chemistry, BAFLL French, Japanese minor) is from Bucks County, PA. She studied abroad in Fall of 2018 through TASSEP (Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program) in Paris and studied at Sorbonne University. This fall she will be attending Cornell University for a PhD in Analytical Chemistry.