Recent Awards

Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Dr. Steven Heine was conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette on April 29th of this year. This award is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the study of Japanese culture and the promotion of understanding of Japan. Consul-General Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Consulate General of Japan in Miami, officially present the award on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in a ceremony on September 7th. Along with the Medal of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, the award consists of a certificate bearing the stamp of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. For photos from the ceremony, click here.

Martha Adams, who participated in the JapaNet professional development program, was one of four private/parochial school teachers in the nation to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with its 2007 American Star of Teaching Award.

Kennisha Gaynor received both the Freeman Asia Award and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Spring 2008. Kennisha will be spending the Spring semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

Greg Burrow received both the Freeman Asia Award and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Fall 2007. Greg will be spent the Fall semester at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.

Antonio Vega, an Asian Studies major, received the Bridging Scholarship from the Association for Teachers of Japan (ATJ) and the Fu Foundation Scholarship from the Institute for Asian Studies. Antonio studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in the Fall 2007 semester.

Luis Fors, an Asian Studies major, received the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japanese Studies Student Scholarship, and is spending a year (Fall 2007-Spring 2008) studying Japanese language and culture and representing FIU at Osaka University.

Fu Foundation Award Recipients