|Rowan College at Gloucester County President Frederick Keating (left) and College Foundation President Geraldine Martin (first row, third from left) join Japanese Anime Guild (JAG) Advisor Dr. Susan Glenn and student JAG members during the Dec. 9 endowment signing.|
"The Little Anime Convention with a Big Heart" and the group of 70 Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) students who make up the Japanese Anime Guild (JAG) have once again exceeded expectations, this time becoming the College's first student club to gift a $10,000 endowment.
Students, faculty and staff joined RCGC Foundation and JAG members on December 9 to celebrate the signing of the KotoriCon Endowment, a perpetual scholarship that will be awarded annually to a student seeking a degree at RCGC. Since 2010, the College sponsored club hosts a KotoriCon event each January with the convention attracting more than 1200 attendees to celebrate popular and traditional Japanese culture including, anime, manga and music. Students invite voice actors, musicians, writers, artists, comedians and panel experts to participate in the two-day event. Over the years, RCGC's KotoriCon has gained an international reputation and recently was accepted into International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA). IOEA is a global association of expos and events similar to KotoriCon based in Japan.
The KotoriCon Endowment will grant first or second year full-time RCGC students with an annual $500 scholarship directed towards assisting with payments for books, fees and tuition. The recipient does not have to be a member of the Japanese Anime Guild or participate in KotoriCon, but must demonstrate evidence of a commitment to the spirit of volunteerism and community service and leadership. Students are also required to complete a 250-word essay.
"I'm proud to be able to work with students with a passion for community service," stated Dr. Susan Glenn, JAG Club Advisor and associate professor of biology. "More than $7,200 was raised from last year's KotoriCon. Now in its 7th year, this year's convention scheduled for Jan. 8 and 9 is already sold out."
In fact, the popular KotoriCon has sold out for the past four years. This weekend's food-based themed KotoriCon includes live music, comedians, panel discussions, live-action role playing, gaming tournaments, Japanese entertainment screenings and meet-and-greets with famous voice actors, including Red Power Ranger Brandon McLaren, horror storyteller Mr.CreepyPasta, comedian Uncle Yo and musical guest Tokyo melodic core/Japanese anime rock band The Asterplace. For more information on guests and event activities, visit
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