Connie Jill Carlstrom Endowed Award in Japanese Studies

2010 - Kendall Shibuya

Kendall Shibuya, the Carlstroms, and Whitman faculty and staff
Kendall Shibuya with (from left to right) Professor Chuck Cleveland, Dean of Students, Roger Carlstrom, Kendall, Connie Carlstrom, President George Bridges, and Professor Tim Kaufman-Osborn, Dean of Faculty. Roger Carlstrom announced that he would make a special donation to the Carlstrom fund to thank Professor Cleveland for attending the awards ceremony every since since the first award in May 1994.

Kendall, the Carlstroms, and Professor Takemoto
Kendall Shibuya, the 2010 Carlstrom Award Winner in Japanese Studies, stands with Mr. and Mrs. Carlstrom and Professor Takemoto at the new Olin East Tea room and classroom on May 13, 2010.

Recipients of the Award

2010 Kendall Shibuya
2009 Jason T. Shon
2008 Chadwick Frisk
2007 Seanacey Pierce
2006 Kerry Shannon
2005 Lisa Johnson
2004 Torrin Shimono
2003 Lisa Dodobara
2002 Sarah Neeri
2001 Wren McNally
2000 Maja Rose Palmer
1999 Erin Kusunoki
1998 Christopher Wiggins
1997 Marise Chan
1996 Brian Bergstrom
1995 Heather Lauerman
1995 Lindsey Rindflesh
1994 Rose Spidell

Each year, the Connie Jill Carlstrom Endowed Award in Japanese Studies is presented to a promising student of Japanese language and culture who shows great interest in pursuing a career or graduate studies in some aspect of relations between Japan and the United States. Candidates must have achieved junior status and have studied Japanese for at least one academic year at the college level. The award recipient will be selected by a committee of three members of the teaching faculty selected by the Dean of the Faculty.

The award was established in 1993 by the Carlstrom family to honor Jill Carlstrom who died suddenly in the town of Tamamura, Japan, on September 6, 1993. She had just begun teaching in the Japan Exchange Program that is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education. After graduating as an English major, with a minor in Japanese language and literature, in May, 1993, Jill went to Japan in late July to begin preparing for her assignment as an Assistant Language Teacher in two junior high schools.

On the Whitman campus, Jill was an active member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She studied Japanese for four years at Whitman College and served in her senior year as the Resident Assistant of the Tekisuijuku, the Japanese language interest house on campus. According to Professor Takemoto, "Jill was a vital and important part of the Japanese program. Her sensitivity and love of languages enabled her not only to understand and speak Japanese, but to interpret Japanese culture for those who knew nothing about it. She had the potential to be the perfect bridge between the two cultures."

2009 - Jason T. Shon

Jason Shon with the Carlstroms and Professor Takemoto
Jason Shon, winner of the 2009 Carlstrom Award in Japanese Studies, stands with Mr. Roger Carlstrom, Professor Takemoto, and Mrs. Connie Carlstrom at Tekisuijuku on Monday, May 4th, 2009.

Kevin Kato, Kyle Pereira, Jessica Martinez, Jill Morita, Reese Ismael, David Thylur, and Jason Shon
Asian Studies Seniors are recognized at the Carlstrom Award Ceremony. Kevin Kato, Kyle Pereira, Jessica Martinez, Jill Morita, Reese Ismael, David Thylur, and Jason Shon.

Jason, George Bridges, Lori Bettison-Varga, and Chuck Cleveland
Jason with President George Bridges, Dean of Faculty Lori Bettison-Varga, and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland on May 4th, 2009.

2008 - Chad Frisk

Chad Frisk
Chad Frisk, May, 2008.

The Carlstroms with Chad Fisk
Roger and Connie Carlstrom congratulate Chad Frisk, 2008 winner of the Carlstrom Award in Japanese Studies. Chad currently teaches English on the JET program.

Chad Frisk with Lori Bettison Varga, Johnson-sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Roger Carlstrom, Takemoto-sensei, Chuck Cleaveland, and Brian Dott
2008 Carlstrom Award to Chad Frisk congratulated by Dean of Faculty, Lori Bettison Varga, Johnson-sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Roger Carlstrom, Takemoto-sensei, Dean of Students Chuck Cleaveland, and Prof. Brian Dott.

2007 - Seanacey Pierce

Seanacey Pierce with the Carlstroms
Seanacey Pierce wins the 2007 Carlstrom Award for Japanese Studies.

Seanacey Pierce with members of the TEK
Seanacey Pierce with members of the TEK:
Jessica Martinez, Jason Shon, Matt Magnuson, David Thylur,
David Fernandez, Seanacey Pierce, and Adachi Kojiro (native speaker).

2006 - Kerry Shannon

Takemoto-Sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Kerry  Shannon, Roger Carlstrom
Left to right: Takemoto-Sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Kerry
Shannon, Roger Carlstrom.

Kerry Shannon
Kerry Shannon, 2006 Carlstrom Award recipient

Whitman News Release

2005 - Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson with the Carlstroms
Lisa Johnson, 2005 Carlstrom Award recipient, with Roger and Connie Carlstrom.

Whitman News Release