President Yamaguchi’s message
Toward A Future and a Hope Jeremiah 29:4-14
We are beginning the Spring trimester, even though we are still unable to gather. All of you are scattered in your homes, still in the midst of the crisis of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Some of you may have feelings of reluctance, however, through the online classes, we can get through this Coronavirus disaster and overcome it. We can do this by 1) not gathering together, 2) continuing to learn, and 3) by continuing to challenge new things.
You have come to TCU to learn. The professors and staff members are working under these conditions to prepare the best possible classes for all of you. They aren’t approaching it from “It can’t be helped”, but from an attitude of making the distance learning the greatest experience possible. Additionally, the 5 students in the IT staff, and the 16 students in the class support group have been making great efforts to prepare for classes. This means that the classes are being prepared at an unprecedented level of cooperation between the professors, staff, and students.
I am sure you have all experienced how the rapid spread of the new coronavirus has caused big changes to society. These changes will certainly be connected to how the next generation is transformed. This is the generation that you all will live in. Your studies this semester are certainly preparation for those times. Please appreciate your time of solitude, and be encouraged, remembering that you still have TCU schoolmates.
I will read a passage from the Old Testament. Jeremiah 29:4-14.
Verses 4-7. “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (ESV)
The exile to Babylon was a crisis challenging the very existence of the Jewish people, and the Lord’s punishment. The new Coronavirus pandemic is a crisis challenging the whole world, but it is also a chance to reevaluate our existence. As we pray for peace in this world fighting with the new coronavirus, let us not grieve all the time, or fall into despondency, but standing up straight, let us live and move forward in this time.
Verses 10-11. “For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
We don’t know all of God’s plans. However, the plans are not for disaster, but for peace. Not destruction, but restoration, not despair but hope. In the midst of this disaster, let us lift our eyes to God, who gives us “A future and a Hope”.
Verses 12-14. “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
I hope that in this time of worry everyone can seek the Lord, and in this time of difficulty you can find the Lord. And we hope and wait for the day we can once again gather together, and have the joy of meeting face to face.
（President Yamaguchi’s Message at TCU Kick-off 2020 @Zoom on April 30, 2020）
Spring Trimester 2020 and Plan for Fall & Winter Trimesters (June 10, 2020)
Spring trimester courses will continue to be offered online regardless of the state of emergency. For the Fall and Winter trimesters, we are closely monitoring the situation and exploring different possibilities on how we offer classes and re-open the dormitories. The decision for the Fall and Winter trimesters will be made during the second week of July.
Students’ health is our priority and we also want to ensure each student the chance of a quality education at TCU. Your understanding and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
New Academic Calendar (May 18, 2020)
- April 11-17: Course Registration (Online)
- April 28 – May 1： Orientation (Online)
- April 30: TCU Kick-off 2020 @ Zoom
- May 4： Classes start (Online)
- July 10： Last day of class
- July 29: Summer commencement (Online)
* Please note that the above is the schedule as of May 18. It is subject to change as the situation changes.
Tuition and Fees
– Room and board fee for the period when the dormitory will be closed will be forwarded to cover Fall or Winter tuition and fees.
– If you have paid for the whole academic year, you can receive the refund at your Chiba Kogyo Bank account after the Fall trimester or have it brought forward as your 2021 tuition and fees. If you have paid for the Spring trimester only, we will forward it to cover Fall or Winter tuition and fees.
– Please note that there is a possibility of returning to the dormitory in the middle of the Spring trimester. Therefore, you are expected to pay the Spring tuition and fees, including room and board before April 20 if you haven’t paid yet.
– Family dormitory residents may continue to stay, and the dormitory fee will remain the same.
– Please contact the General Affairs office (email@example.com) if you have questions regarding tuition and fees.
* Please note that the above is the policy as of April 10. The policy is subject to change as the situation changes.