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A Vigil for Japan

April 15, 2011

A vigil for Japan was held in Seattle University’s Quad on Friday, April 15. Students, faculty and staff gathered for a moment of silence to remember and pray for the people of Japan following last month’s devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami. 

Two students who were in Japan during the earthquake, Jessica Wang and Shouhei Senno, shared what their experiences. Faculty and staff also participated in the vigil, which was organized by Campus Ministry. 

Shizuko Suenaga, assistant professor of modern languages and literature, who was born in Japan said, "The SU community has been very compassionate and supportive to the people of Japan. It means a lot.”

Dale Watanabe, international student advisor in the International Student Center, was in 1995 when the Hanshin earthquake hit, and helped at a shelter in Kobe. It took the country five years to rebuild after that earthquake, he said, adding that it will take much longer to recover from last month’s disaster. 

Echoing Suenaga, Watanabe said it was a “true blessing” to be part of SU and that the campus community has been a source of support for him in a very emotional time.  

Faculty and staff are encouraged to support the people of Japan by visiting, an effort involving International Student Center.