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Sports and society the focus of next Japanese lecture


The Japanese Studies Lecture Series continues with “Sports and Society in Japan and in the U.S.” on Thursday, March 22, in Kirby Learning Center, Room 6, at 7 p.m.

Oregon State University’s head football athletic trainer and former assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ariko Iso, will be on campus to discuss her experience of being a female athlete in Japan and a trainer in the United States.

When Iso became a full-time trainer for the Steelers in 2002 she was the first female athletic trainer to work in the NFL, and there has not been another female trainer in the league since she left. Prior to accepting the position with the Steelers, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State where she served as the head football trainer. She also served as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for over two years.

The Japanese Studies Lecture Series is taking place throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. The series is meant to enhance the understanding of the Japanese culture and inspire not only the college community, but also generate interest in Japan within the local community.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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