Hope Students and Alumni Connect in Japan

Classrooms may have been quiet on campus last week during spring break, but learning continued around the world. Specifically, experiential learning and alumni networking as part of a series of events in Japan.

On March 24, Hideo Yamazaki ’76, Alumni Association Board of Directors member,  worked with staff and volunteers to host 76 guests at a Hope College Tokyo regional event.  The outreach is part of a continued tradition of building community in Japan, with four major events in the last few years. At the events, former Japanese exchange students are welcomed into the Hope community with the presentation of an Alumni Association certificate. Twenty joined the ranks at this particular event.

Also present at the event were parents, friends and students, including the Baker Scholars. Led by professor Steve VanderVeen, the Baker Scholars connected with a variety of companies, including Amway Japan, during a nine day visit in the country. These relationships have been a continuing tradition as well, with multiple student groups connecting with alumni at the company through the years.

“Their engagement and questions showed that they were truly the best of the best – not only at Hope, but among U.S. college students.   Thank you for sending them our way.” -An Amway Japan executive following the student visit.

If you are interested in learning more about recent international alumni connections, please contact Jim Van Heest, Senior Regional Development Director.

Cheers to international travel and experiential learning!

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