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2007年 03月 27日

UBの先輩: Ellen Alemany - アメリカ Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group 社長


1976年、ブリッジポート大学(University of Bridgeport) 英文学科を卒業したEllen AlemanyがアメリカのRoyal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Groupの社長となりました。現在、アメリカのRBS Groupは2万5千人以上のスタッフを持つアメリカ6大金融機関の一つですが、Ellenを迎えこれからアメリカ4大金融機関になる事を目標にしています。

また、EllenはUS Banker誌が毎年選定するアメリカ金融界で最も強い影響力を持つ25人の女性(25 Most Powerful Women in Banking) に過去2年間5位と4位に選ばれました。

アメリカのRoyal Bank of Scotlandの社長になる前は、アメリカの3大金融機関の一つであるCitiGroup のCitiCapitalとCommercial Markets Group及びCommercial Real Estate Groupを統括するCommercial Business GroupのExecutive Vice Presidentを経て、同じCitiGroup系列Global Transaction Services(GTS)のCEOを勤めました。

益々の活躍を期待します。
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by bestofub | 2007-03-27 11:47 | UB 先輩の紹介
2007年 03月 27日

King James: Saitama's Gordon relies on effort to rule boards

b0090762_1194487.gifThe Japan Times英語版(日本新聞)にブリッジポート大学(UB)を卒業し日本プロバスケットボールリーグ「bjリーグ」の埼玉ブロンコスで活躍しているゴードン・ジェームスの様子が記載されましたので紹介します。

King James: Saitama's Gordon relies on effort to rule boards
The Japan Times: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
By ED ODEVEN

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Catch a glimpse of any Saitama Broncos game and this is something you'll see time after time:

An opposing player takes a shot and misses, the ball bounces off the rim or backboard and . . . Gordon James goes after it with all his might. He out-jumps, out-hustles and out-muscles opposing players -- and an occasionally bewildered teammate -- for the bouncing, rolling or airborne ball on a regular basis.

Each time he secures the basketball in his hands, James is displaying the same go-for-the-gusto mentality that children show when they open presents on Christmas Day.

James is the bj-league's No. 1 rebounder. He has 503 boards in 36 games, an impressive figure of 14.0 per contest. It's more impressive when you consider that each of the bj-league's eight teams have bigger, stronger players.

"I just want the ball," James said after a recent game at Tokorozawa Municipal Gymnasium. James has had double figures in rebounds in all but five games, including three 20-rebound outings and a 21-board effort. Though he's a capable scorer -- he's averaging 16.9 points per game -- James' mentality on the court keeps him focused on being an ace rebounder.

"When you rebound the basketball," James says, "there's always a place for you on the floor . . . even if you're not scoring." Saitama forward David Benoit dished out nothing but praise for James when we conversed about his teammate.

"Rebounding is all hard work and that's what Gordon does," is how Benoit put it. "It takes a lot of work to get that many rebounds." And he should know.

Benoit competed with and against rebounding stalwarts Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone in the NBA in the 1990s. James, meanwhile, has welcomed constructive criticism from the longtime pro since the beginning of the season. "If you see something wrong with my game, tell me," Benoit recalls James telling him. "I will not get upset." He hasn't. "He still wants to get better," Benoit adds.

After his team lost 92-78 to the Broncos on March 11, Oita HeatDevils forward Mikey Marshall pointed out that James has become a player the bj-league's other seven teams must find way a contain. "He's a great player," Marshall says. "If you want to win, you have to focus on stopping great players." In other words, opposing teams' scouting reports are not written without prominent mention of what James can accomplish.

What makes James a great player? "He's a great jumper. He's a great scorer," Marshall decided. But James doesn't knock down spot-up jumper after spot-up jumper from long range or sink off-balance floaters in the lane. Yes, he has a nice shooting touch, but it's his explosive first step and leaping ability that create scoring chances for him on the break or in traffic. But remember this: Tip-ins, dunks, putbacks -- all with a forceful manner -- have become his offensive trademark. James is one of the biggest bright spots this season for the Broncos, who are 13-23 and 13 games behind the league-leading Osaka Evessa.

In his first year in the bj-league, James is earning the praise of fans, his peers and the league's coaches for being a solid all-around player. In doing so, he's replicating what he did at SC Barga in the Portuguese League last season, when, as a rookie, he took home the MVP award and led the circuit in rebounding. James was born in Guyana, a small nation in South America. His early athletic pursuits included the 200-meter dash, soccer and cricket. "They used to call me 'Flash Gordon,' " the 28-year-old says, flashing a smile.

James moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was 11. Like most Big Apple boys, he played basketball for fun with friends, but didn't start playing organized ball until his senior year at Automotive High School. Nevertheless, one year of varsity ball paved the way for James' basketball odyssey.

He attended Orange County Community College (N.Y.) before enrolling at Division II University of Bridgeport (Conn.). In two seasons at Bridgeport, he attracted national attention for his rebounding prowess and led all D-II players in rebounding twice. His college career ended in 2004, but not before he had made a name for himself.

"A scout saw me playing in my conference All-Star Game and the Portugal deal was basically finalized," James says. But first he spent another year focusing on academics. James earned a degree in child psychology in 2005, and he eventually wants to be a guidance counselor. ("I had that person for me in high school," he says. "I can definitely see myself as a counselor after basketball.") That career can wait for now, though. His pro basketball career is, really, just beginning -- and thriving. James participated in the bj-league's inaugural All-Star Game on Jan. 27 in Okinawa.

What's more, James has become a fan favorite. One example: Saitama supporters have started bringing a Guyana flag to recent home games, helping James feel at home thousands of kilometers from his birthplace. Sure, you can explain to players the fundamentals of solid rebounding: boxing out and how to position oneself for the balls, but it's an aspect of the game that's more mental than physical.

"You have got to want it, but you still need the desire to get the ball," James says. "It's something you really can't teach." James is equally adept at blocking shots (he's averaging 1.8 per game, which is No. 2 in the league; this includes 19 games of two or more swatted shots) or making steals (57).

In the fourth quarter of the March 11 game, for instance, James helped quell an Oita comeback attempt by rejecting Oita big man Andy Ellis' jumper as the HeatDevils threatened to pull within six in the final two minutes. It never happened. The Broncos closed out the game on a strong note. "I want to do something (each game) that's going to fire up my teammates," James says. Off the court, James is relaxed and introspective. He writes poetry ("fiction, but not a diary") and is a bit quirky ("I never run for more than 40 minutes," he says, explaining that the time of a hoops game is long enough for him to run.).

A vegetarian, James keeps fit by going to a Tokorozawa sports club three or four times a week. He doesn't lift weights, though; he sticks to calisthenics. Every basketball league has guys like Gordon James, guys who demand a lot from themselves each time down the court. And that's a good thing.

The Japan Times: Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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by bestofub | 2007-03-27 01:39 | UB 先輩の紹介
2007年 03月 20日

模擬国連会議全米大会 日本代表団を迎えて

いよいよ3月20日~24日, NYの国連本部で行われる模擬国連会議全米大会に向けて日本代表チームとUBチームがNYに出発します。
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3月11日に日本代表団11名(東京外語大学、早稲田大学、横浜大学、京都大学、大阪外語大学、神戸大学)をUBに迎え約1週間双方のチームの調整が行われました。この期間UBと日本チームに与えられた国、コンゴ民主共和国の元外交官、Iboki Bolelemba氏からのお話をはじめ、United Nations Environment Programme(国連環境計画;UNEP)の元ディレクター、Dr. Brownなど現場で活躍されたこられた方々の生の声を頂き、学生達はより高いレベルでの学びの場を持ってきました。また教授の指導の下スピーチや決議案作成のトレーニング、デイベートなどもしてきました。19日には大会を前に現国連職員からの生の声を聞く事ができました。大会では未来の外交官達の活躍が楽しみです。

日本代表チームの渡米日記
2007年度 模擬国連会議全米大会 日本代表団
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by bestofub | 2007-03-20 10:28 | UB 国際学部
2007年 03月 02日

UBの先輩: NYアポロシアターのアマチュアナイト年間チャンピオン 蛯名健一

蛯名健一さんは1994年にブリッジポート大学に留学、Mass Communicationを専攻し2000年度に卒業しました。
b0090762_619154.jpg2001年、蛯名さんはニューヨークの日本人ダンサーを集め、BiTriP(Bi-Triangle Performance)を創設、マイケルジャクソンやジェームスブラウン、スティービーワンダーやローリンヒルなどのトップアーティストの登竜門として有名なNYハーレム アポロシアターのアマチュアナイトでその年の年間チャンピオンとなりました。日本人のパフォーマーとしてはアマチュアナイト史上初の快挙で2007年現在に至るまで唯一の日本人年間チャンピオンです。

ニューヨークを拠点に全米で多くのイベントやTVでのパフォーマンス、ワークショップそしてレッスンを行っている蛯名さんは、近年ヨーロッパや日本にも活動の幅を広げています。また様々なダンスやシアターカンパニー、プロジェクトにおいて舞台演出、振付、パフォーマンスも手がけています。ダンス以外にもイリュージョン効果のある効果音や映像などを使ったユニークなEBIKENのショーはダンスや舞台芸能に興味のなかった人々にも楽しまれています。

最近はダンス以外にも活動の幅を広げ、日本のインターネットドラマ(Gyao)、「マンハッタンダイアリーズ」でダンスの振付指導、そして芝居でジュンペイ役として出演しました。

ソロパフォーマーとしての活動が本格化してきた最近では、ソロのダンサーとしてアポロシアターのTV版 コンテスト番組「Showtime at the Apollo」のダンスコンテストに出場し、毎回勝ち抜き形式のこのコンテストで現在も勝ち抜きチャンピオンの座を守っています。
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by bestofub | 2007-03-02 06:27 | UB 先輩の紹介