Welcome Back Happy Hour, Mondale Award Gala, Satogeari Project, White Elephant, Your Help Wanted for JET Book and more!
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Meet Your Board
Clockwise from top left: Amanda, Kate, Mario, Mike, Kate, Emma, Ellen, and Stefanie.

Please visit our website to read more about each of us.
Around the Twin Cities
The Northeast Minneapolis Art Association will be holding Art Attack 2015 this weekend (November 6th through November 8th) at the Northrup King Building. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the NEMAA website.

War is Always With Us, an exhibition of paintings by David Byrne, is based on his time as a night orderly in a psychiatric ward. The exhibition is at St. Catherine University's gallery from November 2nd through December 18th. For more information, visit the gallery's website.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art presents American Art: It's Complicated. The show is running November 5th through January 3rd. For more information, visit the MMAA website.

Triple Espresso Comedy is now back in Minneapolis at the Music Box Theatre from November 6th through January 3rd. For information and tickets, visit the Triple Espresso website.

Collide presents C.L.U., a murder mystery dance musical, at the Ritz Theater. Shows are Thursday through Sunday, November 12th through November 22nd. For information and tickets, visit the Collide website.

See My Children! My Africa! at the Park Square Theater from November 11th through the 29th. This play about an idealistic teacher in segregated South Africa. For more information, visit the Park Square Theater website.

30 Days of Giving will end with a food drive concert at the Amsterdam Pub in St. Paul on November 20th featuring several local artists. Doors at 8pm, concert at 9pm. For tickets, visit Ticketfly.

Dimensions of Indigenous: Storytelling is a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring a variety of indigenous artists from the Americas. See the show at Intermediate Arts from November 19th through January 16th. For more information, visit the exhibit's website on Intermediate Arts.

Park Square Theater will be showing The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, from November 27th through December 27th. For information and tickets, visit the Park Square Theater website.

See The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, a new take on the classic Christmas ballet, at the Ordway Theater on Tuesday, November 24th and Wednesday, November 25th. For information and tickets, visit the Ordway's website.
Welcome Back Dinner for Returned JETs

The November Happy Hour is now the Welcome Back Dinner for newly returned JETs! Join JETAAMN and friends new and old at Cossetta in Downtown St. Paul on Friday, November 20th at 6:00pm. For details and to RSVP, head over to the JETAAMN Facebook page.

White Elephant Happy Hour

The JETAAMN White Elephant Happy Hour is back at Zen Box Izakaya on Wednesday, December 16th at 5:30pm. Please save the date and RSVP on the JETAAMN Facebook page.

Your Input Needed for Book on JET

JET Almnus, Dr. Emily T. Metzgar, is writing a book on the JET Programme and its influence on Japan-America relations. Read about the project here at The Diplomat and fill out a short survey here about your JET experience to help contribute to the project.

Life Skills Presentations: Call for Volunteers

Are you a JET alum who has developed a specialty in any of the following areas? JETAAMN is preparing a series of events geared at sharing the skills you need in America that you didn't learn in Japan, particularly for returning JETs. We're looking for experts on:
  • retirement planning
  • credit/finance
  • job hunting
  • resumes
  • social media presence
  • health insurance
  • real estate
If you are interested in giving a brief presentation on any of those subjects, please send an email to Emma Maddy at events1@jetaamn.org that shares a little about how you acquired your expertise.

JETAAMN Board Positions Opening

The JET Alumni Association of Minnesota is looking for individuals who want to get involved with the board and help run one of our larger events and a couple of happy hours during the year. Please send an email if you are interested in joining the board of directors.

JETAAMN Membership Database Update

A reminder we are still running the membership drive if you have not filled out the form already. We run this drive every year to prove to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that we are indeed a group of the coolest JET Alums around. For those who have already signed up, we have a treat for you. We did our second drawing for one of the three $15 Amazon gift cards and Sarah Latzke is our winner! Congratulations! There is still one gift card drawing left so be sure to fill out the form for your chance to win!

The 18th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala

The 18th Annual Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday, November 14th at the Oak Ridge Country Clubin Hopkins from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. This year's keynote speaker will be Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and presentation of the award will be by Ambassador Walter Mondale. The event will also feature the announcement of two scholarships for students to study abroad in Japan and a silent auction. Please RSVP and pay for tickets through either the paypal payment portal or the address listed on JASM's webpage for the event.

Satogaeri Project Update

Congratulations again to the first Satogaeri Project participants! The 12 alumni, including 3 from the U.S. and Canada, are about to return to their Japan hometowns later this week. You can follow their adventures on Facebook.

SPNSCC Presents Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition

A special exhibition of photographs, artifacts, and recorded interviews on loan from the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall will be on view at Landmark Center from August 22nd to November 19th of this year to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City relationship. For more information, visit the St. Paul Peace website.

JETAA USA Year in Review

The JET Alumni Association of the United States of America has published their 2014-2015 Year in Review to inform members of the activities happening at the national level and the accomplishments of the past year. The Year in Review is available on the JETAA USA website.

AJET Job Listings Facebook Group

National AJET, in partnership with JETwit, has established an AJET Job Listings Facebook Group to publicize employment opportunities for departing JETs and JET alumni. To advertise jobs or get involved with the project, contact exec@ajet.net.

"We Are Tomodachi" Newsletter

The Prime Minister of Japan's office has released the newest edition of the "We Are Tomodachi" newsletter. This issue features a variety of content, from winter scenery in Japan, to Japan's contributions to fighting the Ebola virus. It also includes an interview with Professor Hiroshi Amano, the recipient of the Noble Prize in Physics for 2014. You can view this and past editions of the newsletter at http://www.japan.go.jp/tomodachi/index.html.


Next year, SPNSCC will celebrate its 60th anniversary.  This is a big deal!  SPNSCC is the oldest sister city committee between the US and Japan.  So for its 60th anniversary, there are many events and special programming going on.

SPNSCC needs volunteers to help planning in these events.  They are looking for people to carry out very small tasks for one event or to head a whole event and to work with the president, JoAnn Blatchley.  So there is a big range in time commitment, from minimal to a bit more bulk - good for your resume!  They are also looking for host families for Japanese students and visitors.  This is ongoing throughout the entire year of 2015, but they are trying to secure the volunteers now.  If you are interested, please email spnscc@gmail.com.

JETAAMN T-shirts!

JETAAMN has t-shirts for sale.  Various sizes available.  $15/shirt.  Please email president@jetaamn.org if you would like to purchase one.

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