Nine MU students to spend 2014-2015 academic year studying in Japan

Nine Marshall students  will be going to Japan for the 2014-2015 academic year to study at two institutions: Kansai Gaidai University and Chukyo University.

“I am thrilled that these students will have the opportunity to study abroad in Japan. This will be a life-changing experience and will lead to great opportunities in the future,” said Dr. R.B. Bookwalter, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Seven students will be attending Kansai Gaidai University in the Osaka prefecture. They are:

  • Michael Joseph Haverty ,Japanese major with a double minor in Asian Studies and International Affairs;
  • Leah Goss,  double major in Japanese and Visual Arts with an emphasis in photography;
  • Kyle Elliot Walters, double major in International Affairs and Japanese;
  • Lucy J. Ward, double major in International Business and Japanese;
  • Kiersten Ward, double major in Geography and Japanese;
  • Savannah Henry, double major in Japanese and Visual Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design; and,
  • Brianna McLaughlin, Japanese major.

Two students will be attending Chukyo University in the Nagoya prefecture: They are:

  • Katherine Green,Japanese major with a minor in English; and,
  • Shaina Wallace. triple major in Japanese, English and Education.

Together, the group will receive more than $34,000 from the following awards: Art Department Tuition Waiver, Kimbler Award, Art Department Scholarship, River Cities Scholarship, Cracker Barrel Foundation International Scholarship, American Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and Morgan-Stanley Bridging Scholarship.

“I am deeply grateful for the financial support of our benefactors, whose generosity makes it possible for students to take advantage of an opportunity that some would otherwise have to pass up,” Bookwalter said. “I greatly appreciate the excellent work of the Modern Languages program, Dr. [Caroline] Perkins, Dr. [Natsuki] Anderson, Dr. [Zelideth] Rivas and Ms. Kawada Webb, in preparing these students for their work in Japan and for nurturing the partnerships that have helped this program grow.”