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Activity Reports

Station Cafés

2013-2014 academic year

Station Café #7 "What are your good points? -- Tips on Stress Management"

Date & Time: Monday, December 9, 2013, 14:40 ~ 16:10
Venue: Student Support Community Space2013.SC7・自分のよいところ

Under the instruction of MOCHIZUKI Naoto, Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Student Disability Services, participants learned how to cope with stress and troubles through a lecture and training. They also considered their strong points that they tend to overlook and, fully-engaged in talking, forgot the passage of time.

Station Café #6 "Relaxing your Heart and your Head -- Using a Therapeutic Approach to Cognitive Behavior, Round 2"

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 14:40 ~ 16:40
Venue: Student Support Community Space
2013年度SC6・心と頭をリラックス
Following the cafe in July, under the instruction of SASAKI Jun, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, the second round of stress management workshop was held. The content was the same as the previous round; however this workshop was conducted in a small group so participants worked on the training while exchanging opinions.

Station Café #4 "Relaxing your Heart and your Head -- Using a Therapeutic Approach to Cognitive Behavior" 

2013年度SC4・心と頭をリラックスDate & Time: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 14:40 ~ 16:40
Venue: Student Support Community Space

Under the instruction by SASAKI Jun, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences on therapeutic approach to cognitive behavior, 19 individuals got lectured and trained. They got a new perspective of handling stresses by expressing their stress in a visible manner.

Station Café #3 "Let's enjoy a Fantasy Group -- playing with images"

Dates & Times: Monday, June 10, 2013, 13:30 ~ 16:00; Monday, June 17, 2013, 13:30 ~ 16:00
Venue: Student Support Community Space

Station Café #2 ”Enjoy KAPLA!”

2013年度SC2・カプラ2Date & Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 13:30 ~ 15:30
Venue: Open Seminar Room, Student Commons, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Receiving guidance from an instructor, participants made a variety of work of arts and one of them was so high that it almost hit the ceiling.
They were absorbed in a play apart from everyday life and seemed refreshed.

Station Café #1 "Connecting thru Café and Movie"

Date & time: Friday, April 26, 1:30 ~ 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space2013年度SC1・映画

Movie titles: Der Geringste Widerstand (The Point of Least Resistance) and Der Rechte Weg (The Right Way), Switzerland, 1981 and 1983

Participants watched the Swiss movie of adventures by artists in rat and bear costumes. Following the showing, they talked up a storm about these abstractive movies, exchanging their opinions. This event must have been a good opportunity to facilitate student exchange.

2012-2013 academic year

Station Café #4 "Relax"

2012年度SC5・りらくせいしょんDate & time: Monday, December 17, 1:30 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Praticipants experienced autogenic training. They enjoyed a respite in their busy schedules, letting the tension out of their bodies.

Station Café #3 "Watch a movie" 

2012年度SC4・映画Date & time: Friday, November 30, 1:30 ~ 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Movie title: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Station Café #2 "Kapla"

2012年度SC3・カプラDate & time: Thursday, July 18, 1:30 ~ 3:30
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Participants enjoyed Kapla with professional guidance. They worked together on constructing houses with the thin wooden sticks. Kapla makes beatiful sounds when it collapses. Participants enjoyed both building and collapsing Kapla.

Station Café #1 "Let's enjoy a Fantasy Group'" 

Date & time: Mondays, June 25, July 2, 1:30 ~ 4:00 2012年度SC2・ファンタジーグループp.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Participants drew with fingers in the first class and made collages in the second class using pieces cut from the artwork they had made the first time. They produced many works of art in silence.

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2011-2012 academic year

Station Café #6 "Station Cafe "Merry Christmas with Origami!"

Date & time: Friday, December 12, 2011, 1:00 ~ 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Student Support Community Space

Under instruction from members of the Origami for College Students in Kyoto, participants enjoyed origami and improving their skills and techniques.

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Station Café #5 "Let's enjoy a Fantasy Group, a 'world without words'"

Date & time: Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:30 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
They drew pictures in random colors in paint and with glue on paper and named it Fontaine [fountain].

Date & time: Monday, November 21, 2011, 1:30 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Participants made works of art using pieces cut from the work they made in the previous class, bring them back to life as collages.

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Student Support Station Café #4

Date & time: Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 2:00 ~ 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Students enjoyed working together on joint construction projects with Kapla.

Station Café #3 -- Gardening & Reaping what has been sown

Date & time: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 12:30 ~ 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
The Community Space was filled with the fragrance of fresh cut herbs on Wednesday as participants placed cuttings in water. Participants also planted succulent plants in pots. Oh, and the Tutankhamun beans that participants cooked, what did they taste like? Rather similar to green peas.

Station Café #2 "Let's enjoy a Fantasy Group'"

Date & Time: Monday, June 27, 2011, 1:00 ~ 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Participants drew pictures in random colors with fingers and then made works of art using pieces cut from the work they had made.

Station Café #1-- Movies & coffee!

Date & Time: Friday, May 27, 2011, 1:30 ~ 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Movie titles: Der Geringste Widerstand (The Point of Least Resistance) and Der Rechte Weg (The Right Way), Switzerland,
After viewing the two movies, attendees discussed the movies --"Why were they wearing costumes of a mouse and panda?", talked about things they'd been thinking about recently and things they were interested in with staff of the Support Station. "It was a great chance to meet others and talk," was one observation.

2010-2011 academic year

Station Café #9-- Stress Management Workshop

Date & time: Friday, December 3, 2010, from 1:30
Venue: Student Support Community Space
In this workshop, attendees learned and practiced psychological techniques for managing stress, the small worries that are a part of daily life. Activities such as "Taking a New Look at yourself" and "Goals for the Ideal You" were examined.

Station Café #8-- Planting of seedlings

Date & time: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, from 2:00
Venue: Roof garden of the Student Union Building & CMC Plaza, Toyonaka Cybermedia Center
With members of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association, seedlings of hoary stock, chrysanthemum, viola, and sweet pea tutankhamun were planted. We look forward to seeing these flowers bloom after the cold of winter.

Station Café #6 -- A party for tasting "edamame" [green soy beans]

Date & time: Thursday, November 18, 2010, from 4:20
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Edamame planted early in the summer produced beans. Students participated in the past gardening events cooked and enjoyed tasting the edamame in a party with members of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association.

Station Café #5 -- "Blooming on campus" with the Eco-rangers

Date & time: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 2:40 p.m. ~
CMC [Cybermedia Center] Plaza, Toyonaka Cybermedia Center
Support for Students with Disabilities held a "café" event in cooperation with members of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association. Attendees replanted seedlings of periwinkle and coleus together with the Eco-rangers.

The CMC Student Plaza was built at the north side of the Cybermedia Center's Toyonaka Education and Research Building in January 2003. This past summer, along with improvements of the new building, the water tank, a fixture even before the building was constructed, became part of the CMC Plaza. In the 5th "café," the top of the tank was made into a flower garden! Wooden tables and benches as well as trees and flowers now beautify the plaza.

Station Café #4-2 -- "Replanting seedlings"

Date & time: Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 1:30 p.m.~
Venue: Student Support Community Space and Roof Garden
Under the tutelage of members of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association, attendees replanted seedlings of periwinkle planted on May 27.

Station Café #3 x 2 -- "Find yourself through a fantasy group"!
Date & time: Monday, June 28, 2010, 1:30 p.m. ~
Venue: Welfare Bldg, Minoh campus

Participants drew pictures in random colors in paint with their fingers.
Date & time: Monday, July 5, 2010, 1:30 p.m. ~
Venue: Welfare Bldg, Minoh campus
Participants made works of art using pieces cut from the work they made in the previous class, bring them back to life as collages.

Station Café #4 -- "Planting seedlings"

Date & time: Friday, June 11, 2010, 5:00 p.m. ~
Venue: Student Support Community Space and Roof Garden
Under the tutelage of members of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association, attendees replanted seedlings of zinnias, nasturtium, and edamame planted on May 27.

Station Café #2 -- Planting seeds -- Early Summer Gardening

Date & time: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 1:30 p.m. ~
Venue: Student Support Community Space
In cooperation with volunteers of the Toyonaka Greenery Leader Association, attendees planted seeds of zinnias, periwinkle, nasturtium, and edamame. Under the tutelage of members of the association, attendees enjoyed a cross-generational exchange while working in the soil.

Station Café #1 -- Enjoy the Café -- Watch a movie, make friends!

Date & time: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 1:30 p.m. ~
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Movie title: Turtles Can Fly
The movie was followed by a coffee break. Attendees exchanged impressions of the movie -- "I imagined a Gamera-like creature from the title.", "The movie concerned the situation in Iraq in relation to the Iraqi invasion by the United States, something which we can't learn much about from TV coverage. I felt a big gap between what I imagined the movie would be about and the actual content of the movie."

Beginner's Sign Language Classes

Support for Students with Disabilities has held sign language classes as part of education every year since 2002.

2011-2012 academic year

Beginner's Sign Language Class

Class dates: weekly every Thursday, October 13 ~ December 22, 2011 (10 classes in all)
Venue: Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Student Commons, Research Building #1, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice
In response to requests from participants in previous introductory classes, following the 12 classes in the first semester, the Support for Students with Disabilities held 10 classes in which they instructed students in sign language.

Special Sign Language Class

Date & Time: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 1:00 ~ 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Room #103, General Education Building A, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice
A special Sign Language Class was held under the theme of the life of persons with auditory impairment. The class was open to students who were not participating the regular sign language classes.

Beginner's Sign Language Class

Class dates: Thursday, April 21 - Thursday, July 14, 2011 (12 classes in all)
Venue: Room #103, General Education Building A, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice
Twelve sign language classes were held in order to provide opportunities to know daily life of persons with auditory impairment and those who communicate with sign language through learning sign language for beginners.

2010-2011 academic year

Beginner's Sign Language Class

Class dates: weekly every Monday, October 18, 2010 ~ January 31, 2011 (13 classes in all)
Venue: Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Student Commons, Research Building #1, Institute for Higher Education Research and Practice Support for Students with Disabilities held 13 classes in which they instructed students in sign language.

Special workshops

Attendees in the Beginner's Sign Language Class enjoyed practicing sign language on every Monday afternoon at the Student Support Community Space. These special workshops were held 10 times.

 

Meetings of University Front Staff

The range of student support has expanded and support for students with challenges to providing emotional, social, and academic to the typical student. In fact, several schools feel the need to coordinate responses to problems faced by or caused by "typical" students. Under such circumstances, in cooperation with Student Counseling Office at the Health Center, the front staff of the various schools need to share information. Thus, the first front staff meeting since the Student Support Station was established was held in order to coordinate nipping problems in the bud.

2012-2013 academic year

Front Staff meeting #6

FSM6(2012) Date & time: Wednesday, March 6, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Assembly Hall, Osaka University Hall
Reports:
Efforts by the Counseling Room at the School of Letters
Efforts by the Counseling Room at the School of Engineering Science 
Group discussion: Challenges and Responses at Schools

FSM5(2012)

Front Staff meeting #5
Date & time: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Conference Room #401, Administration Bureau

Reports:
Efforts by the Counseling Room at the School of Foreign Studies
Efforts by the Counseling Room at the Graduate School of Engineering 
Group discussion: Challenges and Responses at Schools

2011-2012 academic year

Front Staff meeting #4

FSM4(2011)1

Date & time: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Assembly Hall, Osaka University Hall
Reports:

Efforts by the Counseling Room at the School of Science

Efforts by the Student Support Office at the School of Human Sciences
Group discussion: How to respond to challenges in schools

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Front Staff meeting #3

Date & time: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Meeting Room #401, Administration Bureau
Lecture
Date & time: 11:00~ Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Meeting Room #401, Administration Bureau
Lecturer: MIZUTA Ichiro, Department of Human Sciences, Kobe College

Lecture title: The situation and Challenges of Stop-at-Home and School Refusal of University Students

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2010-2011 academic year

Front Staff meeting #2

Date & time: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Meeting Room #1, 1st floor, Convention Center
Lecture
Date & time: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Meeting Room #1, 1st floor, Convention Center
Lecturers: INOUE Yoichi, Professor, Health Center, Director, Student Counseling Office; ISHIKANE Naomi, Associate Professor
Title: Mental Health at Osaka University

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Front Staff meeting #1

Date & time: Thursday, June 23, 2010,11:00 a.m.
Venue: Meeting Room #3, 2nd floor, Convention Center

Other activities

2013-2014 academic year

Let's Talk about our Hobbies!"

Dates & times: Wednesday, October 23, 2:00 ~ 4:10 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 4:30 ~ 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Student Support Community Space

In these brand new events, participants enjoyed talking about their hobbies and collections. These talks were also good opportunities for them to make a new discovery through listening to other persons' hobbies.

2011-2012 academic year

An introduction of Osaka University for high school students conducted by current university students. This was an 80th Anniversary event.

Date & time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Assembly Hall, Osaka University Hall
As part of Osaka University's 80th anniversary event, an explanatory session, An Introduction of Osaka University for High School Students, was held. Faculty members from Support for Students with Disabilities together with students with challenges provided advice about student life and available support for students with challenges.

2010-2011 academic year

A lecture was held in cooperation with the JICA Training Program for Young Leaders of English-speaking Countries in Africa & the Support System for Persons with Disabilities Course

Date & time: Friday, July 16, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Seminar Room #2, Student Commons
Title: Support for Students with Disabilities: A Case of Osaka University
Lecturer: MATSUBARA Takashi, Associate Professor, Student Support Unit, Support for Students with Disabilities
Twenty-three persons from 11 countries in Africa, involved in supporting people with challenges at governmental organizations or private care facilities visited Osaka University. The lecture by Mr. Matsubara was followed by active discussion.

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Station Study Meeting #1

Date & time: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Student Support Community Space
Lecturer: NAKAMURA Yumi, Kansai Children Culture Association
Following the lecture on stay-at-home students by Ms. Nakamura, attendees exchanged opinions. Study meetings will be held periodically.

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