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4/12/2004 Linfield Asian studies program receives boost from Verizon

McMINNVILLE ? Students in the Linfield College Asian studies program will benefit from a recent grant from Verizon.

The funding, totaling more than $3,300, will be used to provide educational tools for Asian studies students. The grant will fund two student scholarships for January Term study in Asia, a series of Asian documentary films for the library collection, and textbooks, workbooks and a teacher?s manual for use in classes.

Chris Keaveney, associate professor of Japanese at Linfield, said the grant will enhance the Linfield program in a number of ways, ultimately enriching students.

"The grant will benefit students, both Asian students studying in the U.S. and American students taking Asian studies classes," he said. "In allocating the money, we have tried to find ways to benefit as many students as possible."

The grant will also provide partial funding for a Linfield student-faculty Taiko group by providing drum stands for a set of Taiko drums constructed by Keaveney from wine barrels and cowhide. Japanese costumes will also be purchased for the six-member drumming group.

The Linfield Asian studies program has grown significantly since Keaveney was hired as Linfield?s first Japanese professor in 1997. The college currently has three full-time Asian studies faculty members and offers a Japanese major, with minors in Japanese and Asian studies. The Asian Culture Club, a Linfield student-run group, is also active.