Akiko Jones funds student travel to Japan | BGSU, UT partner on aviation
AKIKO JONES SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP STUDENTS STUDY IN JAPAN
BGSU and the northwest Ohio community owe Akiko Kawano Jones a debt of gratitude for all she has done over the years, from teaching countless students
Japanese to promoting business connections between the United States and her native country.
But, typically modest, it is Jones who feels the need to give back. She recently established the Akiko Kawano Jones Study Abroad Scholarship to enable
students to study in Japan. The need-based award will be given beginning this fall.
She and her husband, Dr. Eric Jones, a retired faculty member from the College of Education and Human Development, had previously established the
Marguerite and J. Charles Jones Memorial Teacher Education Scholarship, in 2007, in honor of Eric Jones's parents, who were also educators.
Now it is Akiko Jones's turn. "After 31 years of teaching here I wanted to show my gratitude to the community," Jones said. "I want to return something to
my home, because I really feel like BGSU is my home. This is a way to bridge the two countries that I love."
The gift will also substantially boost the University's annual Family Campaign, through which faculty, staff and retirees donate to BGSU.
"We are quite fortunate to have supportive faculty members who make our Family Campaign successful year after year," said Shumiala Kinnear, development.
"But there is no doubt that this couple is extraordinary when it comes to their support of BGSU."
BGSU and The University of Toledo have announced a new collaboration designed to help meet the aviation industry's growing worldwide demand for pilots, airport administrators and other aviation practitioners. The two universities have signed a letter of agreement to develop the Northwest Ohio Aviation Education Consortium.
TELECOMMUNICATION STUDENTS GET BOOST AT CAREER DAY
The Telecommunication Student Association, in collaboration with the Department of Telecommunications and the Career Center, will host the third annual
TCOM Career Day tomorrow (April 4) in 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
TCOM Career Day will allow current students to learn what opportunities are available to them after graduation. Not only will they hear from alumni who are
currently working in their telecommunications-related fields, but also from employers who are hiring for internships or full- and part-time jobs.
"The general Career Fair on campus usually doesn't have many media employers, and this career day brings media industry people all in one spot," said Dr.
Louisa Ha, a professor and chair of the Department of Telecommunications.