Konnichiwa! Meet the Bearcats chosen to represent McKendree University this year at Technos International Week in Tokyo, Japan:

Dr. Alan Alewine
Dr. Alan Alewine

Alan Alewine will begin his 14th year at McKendree this August. He LOVES working at McKendree. He loves the students, the faculty, and the freedom afforded to him to teach the way he sees fit and, well, the freedom to be himself! He is a mathematics professor and an associate dean and finds both rewarding in different ways. He is from a small town in South Carolina and is hence beyond excited about his upcoming experience in Japan. He cannot wait to experience the culture, architecture, and especially the food of a nation he imagines to be quite different from his own. He is accompanying two bright young women on a journey that will invariably be life changing. Bring it.

Olivia Seppinni
Olivia Seppinni

Olivia Seppinni is a student-athlete at McKendree University. She is originally from Sacramento, California, but decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to Lebanon, Illinois to join the Bearcat family. Her major is Human Resource Management and she is also working toward a minor in Leadership. In addition to academics, Olivia is a part of Mckendree’s Women’s Wrestling Team. When she isn’t in class or training for wrestling, she takes part in many organizations on campus. She is a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, SGA (Student Government Association) 2015-2016 Vice President, and a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Olivia is thrilled to explore Japan and the country’s distinct culture during Technos International Week. She is extremely thankful for the opportunities that McKendree University has given her on campus and beyond.

Hannah Harry
Hannah Harry

Hannah Harry studies Secondary Education with a specialization in English/Language arts. She is part of the McKendree women’s tennis team, Emerging Leaders, New Student Orientation staff, Literary Interest Society, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and she is the chapter vice president of the Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society for English. She enjoys reading (voraciously), singing (enthusiastically), and watching reality TV (sheepishly). She is especially looking forward to visiting ancient shrines, exploring central Tokyo, creating lasting friendships, and shamelessly eating sushi for two weeks straight. She is honored to have been chosen to represent McKendree at Technos this year along with her two spectacular travel companions, and she cannot wait to bring her Bearcat pride to Tokyo.

Alan, Olivia, and Hannah will fly out on Saturday, June 6 and spend two weeks in Japan for Technos International Week. Please leave your well wishes in the comments and send positive vibes as they prepare to begin their life-changing journey across the globe!


6 thoughts on “Introductions

  1. I can’t wait to read all about your wonderful adventures! Being abroad has changed my life for the better and I hope that it being in Japan brings you all as much wonder and happiness as being in Peru has brought me. My word of advice: SAY YES. To anything (within reason, of course) and have fun. You can sleep when you’re dead. 🙂 This is literally a once in a lifetime experience, so take full advantage and don’t be afraid of asking for what you want – be it ONE MORE picture or to go explore something that was overlooked. Do it. Do it all. And tell us about it. With love, Taylor Rossi (From Lebanon to Lima)
    PS: Hannah— I’m jealous of the amount of sushi you’ll be eating. 🙂


  2. So proud of my beautiful Bearcat daughter! Will miss you but so excited for you and can’t wait to hear every detail of this exciting adventure ❤️
    Love u


  3. As a Bearcat and former Technos trip recipient, I beaming with pride that this experience still continues. My husband went in 96 and I went in 97. Hannah is a former student of both of ours! It is amazing that we can see this trip blogged. Enjoy!


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