A long way from home
Akira Matsumoto ’62 and his wife, Nobue, returned to Transylvania from Tokyo for the first time in 20 years to attend Alumni Weekend 2007. Akira is president and owner of the Matsumoto International House in Tokyo, which hosts foreign students and scholars studying in Japan.
“I was surprised to see a quite new campus,” said Akira. “But still, you have good harmony of the buildings. We can hardly say which is old and which is new. I stayed in Hazelrigg Hall as a student. It was quite a sentimental journey to come here.”
Akira and Nobue were encouraged to make the trip by two of his fellow Transylvanians, Dot Watson ’62 and Tom Watson ’61. Akira and Nobue sat with the couple at the alumni celebration luncheon. “Tom spent two years in Japan as a naval officer, but I didn’t get to see him then,” said Akira. “Their letter really encouraged me to come.”
Scenes from Alumni Weekend 2007
|Casey Clark '97, Jennifer Hays and Jason Whitaker '97, with daughter Lindsay|
|Anne England Mulder '57, Cora Anne Lewis Thomas '57, and Mary Lou Dietrich Harmon '56|
Erin Monfort Hanson '02 and husband, Dirk Hanson, Amanda Harris '02,
|Bill Bryden '43 and Susan Shearer, wife of President Charles L. Shearer|
|This year’s Miss Transylvania, Lucy Gardner, and Mr. Pioneer, Joshua Sankovitch, are joined by 2006 winners Nancy Butkovich and Matt Clayton at the Student T-Day Coronation Ball during Alumni Weekend 2007. This Transylvania tradition dates back to 1924 when senior Thelma Shephard Robertson and junior Ryan Thompson first won the honor.