Larry Bell, executive director of CU-Boulder’s Office of International Education, and Danielle Rocheleau Salaz, assistant director of CU-Boulder's Center for Asian Studies, were on board the Dreamliner 787 when the inaugural direct flight to Toyko took off Monday from Denver International Airport. Both CU-Boulder staff members are part of the Colorado delegation of about 70 business, education and civic leaders — including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver International Airport's manager of aviation Kim Day and Colorado Tourism Office director Al White.
Bell is representing CU-Boulder's partnership with StudyColorado, an initiative of the State of Colorado, its higher education institutions and business communities. StudyColorado promotes Colorado as a destination for international students. Bell's itinerary includes meeting with CU-Boulder's Tokyo alumni chapter, meeting CU-Boulder students currently on exchange in Tokyo, visiting some of CU-Boulder's exchange partners including Waseda University and Sophia University, and participating in a Colorado higher education fair.
Rocheleau Salaz is representing CU-Boulder as a leading institution for curricular and research initiatives in Asian studies and as a resource for organizations engaged in activities related to Asia. Rocheleau Salaz also will visit with alumni during the trip, as well as attend a briefing at the U.S. Embassy, a sister airport ceremony and a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Education.
For more information about the takeoff event on Monday visit http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23427346/denver-tokyo-flight-ready-takeoff.