Imanaka, a senior majoring in Spanish, was nominated for her work as a clerical assistant in the Linfield International Programs Office (IPO). Many of her duties involve helping exchange students from Kanto Gakuin University in Japan settle into their lives at Linfield. Imanaka helps with orientation, organizes field trips and acts as a peer mentor for the students. During her free time she serves as a translator for the foreign students at the Linfield Student Health Center.
Imanaka relies on her Spanish skills for other aspects of her job. Her latest project is translating the entire science curriculum of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador in order for Linfield?s science faculty to determine whether Linfield students can gain credits from lab courses taken at the university.
?I like everything about my work in the IPO,? said Imanaka. ?I can meet students who are going abroad and I can help them by telling them what I did while I was abroad.?
When Imanaka is not working in the IPO, she serves as a Japanese tutor for the Linfield Modern Languages Department. She also helps children from Spanish-speaking families with homework and reading at Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville. During her time at Linfield, Imanaka has also spent a year abroad at Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain.
Imanaka was nominated for the award by Marie Schmidt, a secretary in the IPO, and was notified of her award on March 8.
?When I received the nomination form and it called for a student with unique contributions, I knew Eri really qualified,? said Schmidt.
Linfield is a member of the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA) along with colleges and universities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Individual winners from each college automatically enter the state competition. The winner of the state competition moves to the regional level.
Imanaka was selected from 15 other Linfield students to receive the award. In recognition for her efforts she received a gift certificate from the Linfield Bookstore and WASEA presented her with a plaque and a savings bond.