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Community cooperation activities by students

Students actively participate in community and company activities.
They work to make deeper contributions to the local community.

Making a pamphlet to promote the activities of female and student firefighters

Sharing the desire to protect our own towns in education about firefighting

Minami Enokida,
3rd year, Department of Child Development and Education, Faculty of Health and Human Development
Miyu Yamauchi,
3rd year, Department of Child Development and Education, Faculty of Health and Human Development
We produced a pamphlet introducing the activities of female and student firefighters in collaboration with the Nagano Prefecture Crisis Management Department. I’ve been interested in media for a long time, and I brought this up during a meeting with the president, then received an offer to take part from the university. I started by inviting Miyu, my friend who is also from Nagano and seemed likely to be a great help. We visited locations around the prefecture and interviewed various people who are members of fire brigades, including students, women, and mothers with children. We also distributed 100 copies around school to encourage students to get involved.

Falconry event

We invited falconers from the Suwa School Falconry Preservation Society to appear at an early-spring falconry event at the traditional Matsushiro Castle

Megu Nakajima,
3rd year, Department of Global Management Studies, Faculty of Global Management Studies
In the Communication Seminar, I learned from Assistant Professor Yasuko Nihonmatsu that Shinshu was a center of falconry starting from the Heian Period. I was involved in operating an event that inspires pride in the region, which was the fourth to teach about the culture and history of traditional falconry. It was the first organized by a prefectural university. Seven seminar students did tasks such as emceeing and providing information to attendees. Around 500 people came to the event and filled the Matsushiro Castle site (a historical ruin) with their cheers. In the afternoon, Assistant Professor Nihonmatsu gave a talk on the connections between the Matushiro Domain and falconry.

My dream internship at a publishing company

Learning about free newspaper production at MACHINAMI COUNTRY PRESS

Nanako Nagata,
3rd year, Department of Global Management Studies, Faculty of Global Management Studies
I’ve dreamed of working in magazines since high school, and I was able to do an internship at the publishing company that prints KURA and other magazines. I learned about the entire process from planning to coverage, writing, photography, and design. I started a free newspaper club at school and received a request from the university to use it as a tool to introduce the school. We produced a free newspaper focused on the student’s viewpoint, and my goal is to print five issues before I graduate.

Taking part in The Ultimate Comment to Shinshu as administrative staff members

Three 1st year prefectural university students serve as joint representatives in a presentation event promoting the good points of Nagano Prefecture

Sayo Motoda,
2nd year, Department of Child Development and Education, Faculty of Health and Human Development
Yuika Takahashi,
2nd year, Department of Food and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Human Development
Yukito Kobayashi,
2nd year, Department of Global Management Studies
The Ultimate Comment on Shinshu is a contest in which students give presentations on what they honestly see as Shinshu’s wonderful features. In the background to these presentations on Shinshu’s future, we will provide planning and operational support including venue establishment and guidance for the presenters. This year’s theme is “Utilizing empty homes (spaces) to build the best environment.” We are currently helping with these preparations, and the Grand Prize presentations will be broadcast on 24HOUR TELEVISION.

Participating in a cooperative project with Seishun Kichi and Nagano City High School

Helping design a PBL curriculum to explore the new potential of education and the region

Shiki Kawamukai and Ryota Uechi,
3rd year, Department of Global Management Studies, Faculty of Global Management Studies
Seishun Kichi (an NPO) and Nagano City High School/Junior High School entered into a three-year partnership agreement and started collaboration focused on introducing project-based learning (PBL) curriculum. In the topic exploration program, high school students spend one year launching projects according to their individual interests and trying them out. We had the opportunity to talk with high school students about their projects from our standpoints as local university students.

Nagano Gionsai festival parade

A regional festival for a new era, born from interactions between students and local residents

The Nagano Gionsai is an old festival that used to be regarded as one of Japan’s top three Gionsai. It includes traditional lion dances as well as unique festival floats from each area. The regions near the Gocho Campus (which is home to the Zozan Dormitory) take turns displaying different floats each year, and students take part in the parade. Sometimes these students become friendly with the ward heads and are invited to their home for meetings. The students have also been covered on NHK.

Participating in Nagano Prefecture’s Ethical Consumption Promotion Project Survey

We now know that awareness is the first step to ethical consumption

Students visit and gather information about ethical consumption sites in this study tour. This year, nine students went to 11 businesses in the Iiyama and Nakano areas. With cooperation from the local government, they were able to cover a wide range of business operators including food service, traditional industry, tourism, food processing, and fine arts. Although these occupational categories vary, they share in common the stance of taking on the fundamental questions of how to connect with the region towards the future and how to build sustainable ecosystems.

Events planned and operated by the Gurunpa volunteer club

This volunteer club, which contributes to the region, supports parenting based on the theme of building more connections

These regional contribution activities are carried out by Gurunpa, the volunteer club in the Department of Child Development and Education (Faculty of Health and Human Development). Events are held for children age zero to six and their parents/guardians as collaborative projects with Iizuna Town, including at the town meeting hall. Eleven parenting lectures are taught by faculty members each year, with child care provided by students during the events.
A fun event held in June included games, T-shirt making, and time to chat. Support was provided to fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers who are raising children.

Health development training at Norari Farm

Students experience important, seasonal agricultural work to grow rice and soybeans in the natural world

Students in the Faculty of Health and Human Development get hands-on agricultural experience at Norari Farm. During this fieldwork, they engage in deeper communication with local residents and learn about ways of life and cultures in the natural environment.
The students take part in seasonal agricultural work at Norari Farm, mainly to grow rice and soybeans. In the early summer they plant rice and sow soybeans, and provide help such as weeding. In the autumn they harvest soybeans and rice and also dry the rice stalks. Rice from the first crop of the year is available to buy at the university festival.