|2010 - Kendall Shibuya |
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 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
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."
Recipients of the Award
T. Shon ||2008
||Chadwick Frisk ||2007 ||Seanacey Pierce
||2006 ||Kerry Shannon
||2005 ||Lisa Johnson
Shimono ||2003 ||Lisa
||Sarah Neeri ||2001
||Wren McNally ||2000
||Maja Rose Palmer ||1999 ||Erin Kusunoki ||1998 ||Christopher
||Marise Chan ||1996
||Brian Bergstrom ||1995 ||Heather Lauerman
||Rose Spidell |
|2009 - Jason T. Shon |
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
Asian Studies Seniors are recognized at the Carlstrom
Kevin Kato, Kyle Pereira, Jessica Martinez, Jill
Morita, Reese Ismael, David Thylur, and Jason Shon.
President George Bridges, Dean of Faculty Lori Bettison-Varga, and Dean
of Students Chuck Cleveland on May 4th, 2009.
|2008 - Chad Frisk |
Chad Frisk, May, 2008.
Roger and Connie Carlstrom congratulate Chad Frisk, 2008
winner of the Carlstrom Award in Japanese Studies. Chad currently
teaches English on the JET program.
Carlstrom Award to Chad Frisk congratulated by Dead of Faculty, Lori
Bettison Varga, Johnson-sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Roger Carlstrom,
Takemoto-sensei, Dean of Students Chuck Cleaveland, and Prof. Brian
|2007 - Seanacey Pierce |
Seanacey Pierce wins the 2007 Carlstrom
Award for Japanese Studies.
Seanacey Pierce with members of the TEK:
Martinez, Jason Shon, Matt Magnuson, David Thylur,
Seanacey Pierce, and Adachi Kojiro (native speaker).
Pierce with Roger and Connie Carlstrom at May 4th, 2007
|2006 - Kerry Shannon |
Left to right: Takemoto-Sensei, Connie Carlstrom, Kerry
Shannon, Roger Carlstrom.
|2005 - Lisa Johnson |
2005 Carlstrom Award recipient, with Roger and Connie Carlstrom.
|September 6, 2003 |
|Ten Year Memorial Gathering |
Roger, and Terry Carlstrom pose next to the altar space that was set up
at the Tekisuijuku for the 10 year memorial gathering for their
daughter, Jill. Roger holds the new plaque that records the names of the
winners of the Jill Carlstrom Award in Japanese Studies over the past
ten years. The Carlstoms return to the Whitman campus every year to
present an award to the top student in Japanese studies at Whitman
Just in front of the small altar
space are two wooden statues that Roger Carlstrom purchased to remember
how strongly committed his daughter was to Japanese studies. The two
statues, called Ni-o (Two Kings), represent guardian figures that
remind people that the path of Buddhism cannot be walked without great
strength and resolve. On the altar are pictures of Terry's daughter Emma
Jill who, along with her mother Carla, waited patiently in Yakima on the
day of the gathering.
Roger and Connie Carlstrom made a
special trip to the Tekisuijuku on Saturday, September 6, 2003, to
remember and celebrate the life of their daughter Jill Carlstrom (June
16, 1971 to September 6, 1993). Jill's brother, Terry, joined them for
the 10th year memorial gathering. Connie and Roger are looking at the
Tekisuijuku photo album compiled when Jill served as the RA. Terry holds
a new plaque that lists the names of all the winners of the Connie Jill
Carlstrom Award in Japanese Studies.