News from the Center

Congratulations! おめでとうございます!

  • The Montgomery Dickson Center extends our congratulations to the graduates of the Japanese program for the 2015-2016 academic school year:
  • Ethan Keanaaina
  • Thomas Zimmerman
  • Heather Teel
  • Jade Gardner
  • Rosalie Gunawan
  • Stacey Tessandore
  • Anna Blain
  • Anna Blain will be graduating this May with three majors: Languages (Japanese), History, and English.  She has been accepted to the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations to begin her M.A. in Japanese. She has also been awarded a TA position with the department.

  • Stacy Tessandore (Major: Languages [Japanese]; Minor: History)
  • Thomas Zimmerman (Major: Japanese)
  • Rosalie Gunawan (Major: Language [Japanese] and International Studies; Minor: Music)
  • Congratulations to the winners of the 13th Alaska State Nihongo (Japanese) Contest, which was held on March 26th, 2016:
  • Tiffany Sams won 3rd place in the Song Category, for Middle School/High school/College level.
  • These talented students won 2nd place in the Middle HS/HS/College level Skit division. Their presentation was entitled American Nisei: Yes, Yes, No, No.
  • Nicholas Carmon
  • Jade Gardner
  • Kathleen Hall
  • Miwa Ishikawa
  • Kari Jenkins
  • Ethan Keanaaina
  • Cole Murphy
  • Chris Welbourne
  • Choua Xiong
  • Edward Yohak
  • Ethan Keanaaina was also awarded the Best Entertainer Award.
  • UAA faculty member Dr. Hiroko Harada, professor and director of the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture, has been named as the recipient of the 2015 Teacher Award (post-secondary category) by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). This award recognizes excellence in: quality and innovative teaching, service to the profession and the community, participation in professional development activities, and advocacy for her program and Japanese education as a whole.  She will accept the award at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' Convention in San Diego at a luncheon held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Please join us in congratulating her on this tremendous honor.  This has also been announced in the UAA Green and Gold Newsletter.


  • The Montgomery Dickson Center would like to congratulate the following students graduating with a bachelor's degree in Japanese language for the 2012-2013 academic school year. Japanese language students accounted for a whopping 55% of all BA Languages majors this year at UAA.
    • Spring 2013
      • Dustin Gregory Brown, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Ming Kai Chao-Carpenter, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Nicholas Scott Christensen, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Terri L Coker, bachelor's degree in Japanese and Spanish
      • Daniel Patrick Ferguson, bachelor's degree in Japanese and Spanish
      • John F Hogins V, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Luke Andre Klotz, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Jillian L Mccoy, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • Patrick Malachy Nakada, bachelor's degree in Japanese
      • David Kojin Tranberg, bachelor's degree in Japanese and Spanish
      • Shayla Alessandra Valentine, bachelor's degree in Japanese