If you have been to the Chueh-sheng library in recent days, your path was probably blocked by many of renovations projects taking place. On June 10th the renovation was completed and students and teachers can now savor the new style of the library that has created a relaxing a beautiful atmosphere for study. The windows, colors, symbols and different fabrics in the newly modeled hallways raise the quality of the environment. President Flora Chia-I Chang hosted a tea party, celebrating the library’s new make over. Director of the Library, Sheue-fang Song, stated, This library has been established for about 20 years and it is important to keep everything updated along with the development of university services. The highlight of this renovation is the 24-hour study room that everyone can take advantage of.” Frequent library visitor and third year student of the Department of Statistics, Ya-ting Xie, stated, “The hallways are filled with poetry and there are areas with English, numbers and thought provoking ideas that really stimulate the mind.” Curious about some of the symbols, Ya-ting Xie inquired with the Head of Acquisitions and Cataloguing, Bih-ling Fang, who stated, “The Coded Walls were put together by the designers to hold assorted logical texts and information from the books. This is very unique and helpful for both learning and grasping an understanding of what the library holds.” Director of the Circulation Services Section, Chiu-hsia Shih, stated, “The traditional study rooms have a very quiet and serious atmosphere that students can use to study without distraction. It’s so silent you can hear a pin drop. Yet we also have the All Pass event where students can really interact with each other and share experiences along with snacks or candy. It should create a positive social and academic atmosphere.”
The 2015 Student Assessment and Achievement Appreciation took place on June 7th in the Student Activity Center. All of TKU’s 140 student groups participated in a vigorous competition and in the end, 44 awards were given out. For this event, 17 officials evaluated the student groups on their performance for the entire year. They also gave tips and suggestions for improvement for the future development of each group. TKKF and the TKU Campus Culture Construction Team utilized their online and electronic data for the competition, which created vigorous discussion among the other groups. The Comic Team did a performance using Cosplay that was a major focal point of the event and Lanyang Campus also had a diligent performance. The Danhai Comrade Service Team took the stage while the awards were handed out to the groups will special achievements. Leader of the Student Organization Arts Club and third-year student of the Department of History, Cai-shan Wen, stated, “It’s great to be able to receive an award again this year for our efforts. Our goal is to one day reach twenty awards.” The Student Service Club received an award based on the numerous seeds that planted throughout the year for the preservation of the environment. Club leader and third-year student of the Department of Banking and Financing, Zong-you Chen, exclaimed, “We did it! We had a lot of underdogs in our group, but we pulled it off in the end.”
Renowned Chinese Sculptor, Master E He, has donated a statue titled, “Mother of the Yellow River,” to Taiwan in order to improve relations of the Cross-Straits. The 3.5 meter statue was located at Tamsui Campus’ Meadow and a ceremony to celebrate the special occasion took place on June 9th. President Chang gave special thanks to Master E He in her opening address as she pointed out the significance of the statue. She stated that the Mother of the Yellow River symbolizes the beauty of restraint, representing the 8 key fundamentals of Tamkang University’s educational plan. She also mentioned that the statute created a touching picture of the relationship between a mother and her daughter. Master E He is currently 78 years old and has created an invaluable collection of artistic sculptures through her vast experience, preserving Chinese culture and heritage. This special work of art will become an important part of both the scenery and history of Tamsui Campus.
Lanyang Campus held its 7th Annual Graduation Ceremony on June 6th at 10am in the Shao-mo Activity Center. The graduation included 223 graduating students, 16 of which are students from China. Before the ceremony began, students, teachers and parents toured the unique campus of Lanyang, ready to bid farewell. Flags, decorations and graduation gifts dawned the buildings, halls and walkways as students cheerfully prepared for the ceremony. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, Director of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Pei-wha Chilee and Executive Director of Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. After the guests had been seated, the entire auditorium sang, “Fight Again,” officially beginning the graduation ceremony. President Chang’s opening address focused mainly on Tamkang University’s “Global Village” or the creation of an increasingly internationally-oriented education system with emphasis on 3 areas: English Instructed courses, Abroad Programs and the Residential College.The president clarified that the three course titles make up the acronym E.A.R., representing the objective of hearing all of the languages and cultures of the world as a focal point of TKU’s development. In addition she mentioned the important concept of the university being the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, Cultivation of a Global Vision in Students, Information-oriented Education, Good Conduct, Independent Thinking, Fitness, Teamwork and Aesthetic Appreciation. At the end of the ceremony, the entire student body sang, “Proud of You,” in celebration of the graduation students’ achievement. The song was followed by a short documentary that presented a slide show of the most exciting, touching and memorable moments of the school year.
The Female Faculty Association at Tamkang University is continually holding events to deal with issues of public welfare. For the past 21 years they have held various fundraising activities in Taipei and New Taipei City in order to provide donations for the physically, mentally or financially less fortunate. On June 2nd in the Carrie Chang Music Hall an event was held to showcase the group’s achievements as the female alliance’s choir dawned a performance that broke the traditional methods. They had the audience join in as they waved their arms joyfully, creating an environment fitting for the celebration of giving. Because the Female Faculty Association has hosted so many different events over the years including retirement parties, banquets, etc., their performance attracted nearly 100 people. The audience cheered enthusiastically as they performed 22 different songs. Each member of the choir has their own personal background in music, creating a unique harmonious sound. Even though the Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, has most of her experience in athletics, she still has a great passion for music. She explained that it helps her invigorate her soul while relieving pent up tension. Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Shung-wen Kang, explained that she has been involved with music for the last 15 years due to her high school and university interests. Afterwards she spent a lot of time with Yuan Zu Min (Native Taiwanese People) while doing volunteer services in the hospital, which lead to further development of her musical skills. Even though the choir is made up of many different backgrounds, their musical blend is undeniably charming.
In recent years universities all over the world have vigorously adopted new academic industry study programs and internships in order to prevent falling behind. Enterprises have been providing more opportunities for students to get hands on experience and professional skills, which is mutually beneficial for development in universities as well as the industrial world. Tamkang University’s Department of Mass Communication has begun a program titled, “Social Sales and Practicality Course” that is different from the pack as it works with a non-profit organization: “Liver Treatment Academic Foundation (LTAF)” to create the Good Hearted Liver Medical Center. Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, Yu-pei Ma, will be teaching the Social Sales and Practicality Course and had this to say, “We are very grateful to the LTAF for their support to jointly build the Good Hearted Liver Medical Center. This will give students an opportunity to learn how to come in contact with the community, promote themselves and find innovative methods of practical sales. They will also learn a great deal about planning and working with a foundation. At the end of the project they will be evaluated and awarded according to their achievements.” The final assessment will be done by professors, members of the organization and other sales experts. Students will be able to share their product results with the public as they reach the final week of the program. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “The combination of the knowledge of this department with this welfare service foundation is certain to bring some wonderful developments in society. Students will attain hands-on experience and will be able to realize academic theories.”
The 33rd Annual Liberal Arts Week officially began on May 27th, hosted by the Department of Mass Communication of the College of Liberal Arts. The opening ceremony took place at noon in the Liberal Arts Building and in attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chen, Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin. The 3-day exhibit will focus on 4 themes: the Creative Culture of Tamsui, Professional Knowledge and Curriculum, Academic Industry Cooperation and Media Internships. The project has been titled as the “Power of Five in One,” representing the collaboration of 5 departments of the College of Liberal Arts. Sinn-cheng Lin stated, “The five departments of the Liberal Arts share a very tightly knitted relationship that really assist student development in terms of professional and creative skills. President Chang expressed during her opening statement, “Every year the fruits of labor provided by the college of Liberal Arts can be appreciated in great detail. Even though the College of Liberal Arts is very diverse with departments ranging into different forms of learning and expression, it comes together cohesively, much like the five fingers of the hand.” Sinn-sheng Lin pointed out that the Creative Culture of Tamsui is a project that is a collaboration of departments that has been in place for many years and for this reason it will be particularly highlighted for Liberal Arts Week. In addition on May 28th the Chung-ling Chemistry Hall and CTV News jointly held the program, “Navigating Dreams- A Campus Report,” which discussed issues with the careers in media and the changes in the industry. Angela Ha, Irene Chung and Raymond Chang were invited to share their personal experience in the business.
Searching for the light switch in a dark room can be a frustration to everyone, especially if you are in a hurry. Students often find themselves reaching and feeling along the wall in a frenzy so that they can gather their belongings and make it to class on time. One team of students has come up with an invention that could make this issue a thing of the past. For the 2015 Creative Design Competition-Using Solar Cell, TKU students from the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering created a laser light sensor electric panel that won first place. The student innovation was praised for it’s outstanding creativity, intuitiveness and design, beating the competition and earning a 100,000 NT cash prize. The Creative Design Competition is sponsored by Taiwan’s number one company for solar power products and technology, Motech. They’ve provided a platform for university students to utilize their innovative skills for the creation of products related to clean energy. The first competition took place in 2006 and a variety of useful products have been created in its wake, all of which are beneficial for the future of Taiwan. In this competition there were 137 teams and 45 teams entered into the final competition. In the end, there were 16 teams that received awards, honoring two TKU students with first place: Jin-yi Lin and Wei-yan Chen. Jin-yi Lin expressed, “When I was a freshman I found that the university was so different than high school because you have to run around to different places and your classes are always changing. One time I saw a teacher trying to find the light switch so that she could read a report. She searched for a while before finding it and then had to figure out which switch operated which light. There was another time I witnessed a professor having the same issues with the projector. I began wondering at that time if there was a way to make it easier to deal with these issues.” Jin-yi Lin explained that the laser sensor was extremely easy to operate. Just point the laser at the control panel and flash it once to turn it on. Then flash it one more time to turn it off. This design allows for convenient use even at long distance. Director of the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Shung-wen Kang, stated, ““Early on I noticed that these two students were quite special, always actively taking on projects and bettering their understanding of things.”
Education is the building block for everything and is the driving force of development in today’s society. In recent years Tamkang University has been emphasizing the transition from teaching and how it is a continuous cycle that leads to new learning. Teachers and students have come together in a touching exchange to establish the “Great Learning and Joyful Teaching” culture on campus, which has proven to be effective for student development. From May 26th to May 29th the Center for Learning and Teaching is holding the Great Learning and Joyful Teaching Week that will hold a forum for students, teachers and educators to have a meaningful exchange. The forum is covering 7 different areas, exhibiting and sharing achievements with specific themes: Student Study Group Achievements, Outstanding Professor’s Experience, Exceptional Teacher Assistance, Expert Readers, Massive Open Online Courses, Sharing Professor Academic Research and Improving Academic Research. Each theme is hosted by a different representative, inviting experts of different fields to share their experience to enlighten participants. In addition President Flora Chia-I Chang has already made an appearance to award outstanding students and teachers with many awards including MOE’s Digital Course Assessment Award, the Excellent Mentor’s Certificate, the Certificate of Appreciation for Teacher and Counselor Assistance, 5000 NT Professor Assistance Award, Best Readers Award, Annual Readers Award and the Dan Juan Tribe Award.
The College of Education and the Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership held the “The 3rd Conference of Higher Education Research Association- Contemporary Higher Education Policy and Finance in East Asia” on May 21st and 22nd in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Special guests included Professor of the Department of International Higher Learning from the University of London, Simon Marginson, and President of Kurashiki Sakuyo, Akira Arimoto. The two day conference invited 23 educators from England, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China to present 24 dissertations pertaining to the subject of higher learning and current global challenges. The conference began with President Flora Chia-I Chang giving an opening address welcoming the guests, followed by a thrilling dance performance. President Chang stated, “Higher education is faced with many different challenges in a world that is rapidly changing. Taiwan is faced with the effects of a baby bust and aging generation. Student enrollment is down 50,000 and in thirteen years student reduction could be as low as 160,000. What are the best steps in policy and allocation of resources to meet with these challenges?” Dean of the College Education, Dian-fu Chang, expressed, “The previous conferences of Higher Education Research Association were held in Japan and Korea. One of our greatest objectives at this university is implementing a fully internationally-oriented education system and it is truly an honor to be able to hold this year’s conference here. This is a great opportunity for educators to have an international exchange as well as graduate students who can absorb valuable information from observation.”
On May 15th the Department of Management Sciences held the New Generation Management Sciences Research Discussion--The Trend of Industrial Development Forum.” The discussion focused on 5 issues of data collection including Industrial Development, the Internet of Things, Big Data Analysis, Economic Knowledge and Medical Insurance, explaining how cultural innovation and smart technology could completely change the modern consumer’s way of life. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, began the forum with an opening address that pointed out the dramatic effect that Big Data and the Internet of Things has on modern industrial development. He used an illustration that explained how the method of marketing fishing, canning and production could be dramatically changed by incorporating the Internet of Things and Big Data statistics. He then elaborated on how this system would prove to be revolutionary in terms of industrial development by utilizing sensors to analyze data in order to better meet the needs of the consumer. Director of the Alumni of the Department of Management Sciences and Head of Stark Technologies, Da-jing Li, stated, “In 1998 Andy Bechtolsheim of Sun computers donated 100,000 dollars to Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to support their proposition of Google that had yet to exist. The importance of supporting the dreams of the youth is immeasurable.” Da-jing Li explained that under the instruction of TKU’s information-oriented, internationally-oriented and future-oriented education system, combined with a firm relationship with the industrial world, students would have endless potential in terms of innovation and the creation of new products, especially because the world is changing at a very rapid rate. He stated, “The former industrial revolution revolved around oil, but this one will be determined by the connectedness of enterprises to the online world.”
In recent years, events have taken place on every campus that have allowed students to express feelings to their loved ones through sending flowers, chocolate, bread, watermelon, cake and more. Recipients of these loving gifts are always filled with warm feelings, especially when the carrier is dressed in a mailman outfit to fit the occasion. This year the Music Club is doing something even more unique to celebrate the First Annual TKU Music Festival by allowing students to express their affections through the gift of music. Students are able to go to Hai Bao street and choose 5 songs to burn on a CD to share with a loved one. In addition they can take a card and/or cute artwork to squeeze a bit more love into their gift. Founder of the New TKU Music Festival is Head of the Tamkang University Indie Hot Music Club and third-year student of the Department of Industrial Economics, Zhen-zong Xu, expressed, “This event will include the participation of 14 different musical groups: Tukulele, TKU WMC, Classic Guitar TKU, TKU String, Guitar Club, Lingyun, TKUMCC, Tamkang Orchestra, Gu Zheng Club, Beat Box Club, TKU Piano Club, TKU Chorus and the TKU Wind Band. It is a blend of different music and historical heritage that everyone can come enjoy together. There are a lot of culturally related events on campus that people have a chance to join together and strengthen bonds, but none of them involve music. So we came up with this festival for music appreciationists like myself.”
For European Union Week of 2015, the Graduate Institute of European Studies held the, “East Asian Politics and Security Forum on May 7th. In attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Director of the Graduate Institute of European Studies and the Center for European Union Studies, Li-chuan Chen, Associate Professor of Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Da-jung Li, Senior Consultant of Chinese National Federation of Industries, Chun-fang Hsu and 17 diplomats of the European Union from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Austria, Holland, Estonia, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Latvia, Brussels, Bulgaria and Finland. The international discussion focused on the current status of East Asia and the changes that will affect its neighbors. Li-chuan Chen, stated, “The face of development and economics in Asia has completely changed. This forum was held to provide background information regarding policies, trade and development so that these changes could be better understood.” Scholars provided both national and international data as they shared their opinion of the Asian and European Union relationship. Scholars also analyzed the current situation between the two continents and provided perspective of possible direction for the future. In the end the representative of Czech Republic, Jukl, expressed special thanks for providing the opportunity for all of the representatives to learn and work together.
The Department of Mass Communication is holding the 29th Graduation Exhibition under a special theme this year: “Infection.” From May 8th until the 10th, various graduating groups will spend time at the Grad Expo in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to gain data to support creation of this year’s theme. Event Organizer, Qiao-ting Xiao expressed, “This year the theme of infection is being used to inform people of the truth of how viruses can be passed from one individual to another. We chose this theme to both inform the public and raise student awareness.” This year’s graduation display consists of 25 different exhibits that will include the participation of 54 Junior Colleges. Qiao-ting Xiao expressed that this year’s exhibit is the combined tireless effort of many diligent students. This year there is a total of 11 groups which have been divided into three different categories: Videos, Sales and Specialities. Each group contains a very unique charm and innovation that will be utilized to inform the community using various platforms to communicate the theme of infection. The video and film group has put together several films and documentaries including, The Year’s of Health, Everyday Dangers, and Side Alleys. Each film uses different cases to inform the public of the realities that occur outside of our knowledge. The Specialities Group has cooperated with many different Taiwanese enterprises to establish projects and activities that will provide donations to the people in need in the community. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “This graduation exhibition will be shown on TKU Television, Radio, Internet and the Visual Art Workshop, giving a versatile platform to launch this invaluable information.”
The 2015 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games took place from May 2nd to May 6th at Fu Ren Catholic University. Tamkang University selected 139 athletes to compete in 8 different events. In the end TKU was honored with 12 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 8 bronze medals. Out of 161 competing universities, TKU received 9th place overall placing behind a few professional athletic schools. Not including the physical education schools, TKU ranks at 3rd place overall amongst the regular universities. President Flora Chia-I Chang continually encouraged the students for an excellent performance during the flag ceremony. TKU took medals in the events of Fencing, Swimming and Taekwondo. The Office of Physical education will hold a ceremony for gold medalists and the top three competitors in June.
Mother’s day is almost upon us and it’s that important time of the year that we should say those three little words to our loved ones: “I love you.” Five senior students from the Department of Information and Communication have made love the theme of their final year through the creation of three events: Love Bottle, Love Post Cards and Love Stamps, which were made to let everyone conveniently and directly express their feelings to the people they care about. Leader of the senior group, “I love you,” is Ms. Wen-yi Chen who expressed, “We wanted to give everyone the courage to take the first step in expressing important feelings.” Members of I Love You also include, Guan-yu Huang, Yu-ning Zhang, Jie-chen Xiao and Ji-xuan Huang. The first project, Love Bottle, is a survey that will collect related data to how often students express their inner feelings with their family and loved ones. The second project, Love Post Cards, will give students an opportunity to express their thoughts to their family via online platform. The final part of the project, Love Stamps, will let students directly express their feelings to the object of their affections. After taking a poll that collected data from 1,929 students from Tamkang University, National Taiwan University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei National University of Arts and Shih Hsin University, counting the number of years passed without saying “I love you” to their parents, they found a total of 10,184 years had passed without families use the words. Many students hadn’t said the words in 5 years or more and one in every four students had never even said it. These seniors have made it their personal graduation project to attempt to bring families closer together, making them true agents of love.
The College of International studies utilized the mid-term period to travel to Japan for an academic exchange on April 27th. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Associate Professor of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Hsi-hsun Tsai, Professor of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, I-hsin Chen, Professor of the Department of the European Studies, Chiu-ching Kuo, and Assistant Professor of the Graduate Institute of China Studies, Chien-fu Chen, travelled to sister school, Waseda University, to attend a summit to discuss “the Relationship of America and Japan / China and Japan and the rights of the Southern Seas.” The event carefully examined and explored the future of mainland China in regards of its neighboring countries. On April 28th the journey continued as TKU’s representative group travelled to The Japan Institute of International Affairs and Tokyo’s MBA Lib to research information to support their understanding of the relationship of national security between Japan and America. Afterwards, they had a sit in at the House of Representatives in Japan. The group then returned to Taiwan for a dinner with TKU Alumni and Japanese Ambassador in Taiwan, Can-xu Ren and Deputy Ambassador Rui-hu Xu. Gao-cheng Wang expressed, “This is the second time that the College of International Affairs has taken on an international exchange such as this one. It’s clear that Waseda University is not just a sister school, but an excellent symbol of a thriving modern Japan. On this exchange we were able to attain a wealth of invaluable knowledge.”
In recent years Chinese language has become a hot commodity in the realm of education. According to statistics there are currently over 30,000,000 Chinese language students. In order to meet with this increasing demand, the Taiwanese government began its promotion of an eight year Chinese Language and Literature Development Plan in 2013. Tamkang University’s Chinese Language Center has worked with this policy implemented by the Ministry of Education to design three rooms on campus: D001, D002 and D007 to become advanced digital and technological Chinese learning facilities to raise the learning potential of the students. In celebration of this development, the Division of Continuing Education held ceremony on April 29th. The ceremony to initiate the digital classrooms and conference halls was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang. Also in attendance was Vice President of Academic Affairs Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration Yi-jen Hu and administrators and counselors of various departments. Honored guests included Counselor from the Ministry of Education, Julie Chiu, Practical Chinese Program Section Chief, Yi-fan Lai, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Learning of Taiwan, Hwei-mei Chen, President of Taipei Language Institute, Yu-wen Zhang, Manager of Far East Co. Hai-an Gu, General Manager of Lu Feng Technology inc., Jr-shi Tseng, Vice Chairman of Chinese Stories, Chun Chieh Chao, Director of the Language Center in Fu Jen Catholic University, Victor Carlos C. Yparraguirre and Director of the Chinese Language Center of Shijian University, Ms. Elly Chen. During the assembly, President Chang expressed, “In regards of promotion of Chinese language, Taiwan needs the government’s planning and support. I’d like to thank the Ministry of Education on behalf of Tamkang University for their support in helping push Chinese language learning to the next level. I’m certain that under our school’s total quality management education system that the digital classrooms will prove fruitful in their uptakings. It’s also my hope that this new digital system can be incorporated in the MOOC’s to further enhance learning opportunities for all students.”
The College of Science is cooperating with DaAi TV and Young Scientist Magazine for the promotion of science throughout the country areas of Taiwan. Through utilizing TKU’s Chemistry Mobile, a TV show and magazine as a platform, science will be able to reach students in the most remote areas of the island. A press conference titled, "Science is Life," was held at An kang High School for on April 23rd in support of this cooperation with Dean of the College of Science Chang-bo Wang, General Supervisor of DaAi TV Jian-ming Tang and Editor of Yuan-liou Publishing Co., Jung-pei Pang. Bo-wang Chang expressed, “In the future the patrols and performances of the Chemistry Mobile will be captured on video, using the media as a platform to promote and share their great experiments and important research with all of Taiwan.” The press conference allowed students to interact and learn science in a creative way. Supervisor of the Chemistry Mobile, Xuan-zhang Gao, expressed, “Even though the mobility of the Chemistry Mobile has proven to be effective, it’s still limited to only teaching to one school at a time. With the help of TV and a magazine, the knowledge of the Chemistry Mobile will have no limitations as to who it could reach.” The Chemistry Mobile has been travelling around Taiwan nonstop since 2011. It has already made 186 stops under the assistance of the New Taipei City government.
The whole world came together to celebrate the world of literature on April 23rd for World Book and Copyright Day. Different activities took place in all of the libraries, book stores, schools and academic centers to display popular readings of different kinds. Tamkang University took the initiative to celebrate this day for an entire month, beginning from March. The library has held readings and literature sharing events to help students and staff explore the world of literature. On the 23rd the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library held the, “TKU Lib Talk” in celebration of the occasion. For the special event, President Flora Chia-I Chang read passages from, “The Winds of Freedom: Challenges of the University” written by Gerhard Casper. Also in attendance were the three university vice presidents and first and second level administrators and staff members. President Chang shared the works of Casper, explaining that it had a great influence over her career as university president. She highlighted many of his statements, which suggested that a university president is a culmination of different positions including social worker, manager, educator and more. She stated, “The president must continually be learning in order to help develop a cohesive educational program that encourages innovative thinking.” President Chang also mentioned many of the readings she found during her time of study at Stanford University. She pointed out that the motto of learning was always directed at free thinking. Her reading of a German novel translated, “The Wind of Freedom Blows” also played a crucial role in her development in administration.