November 2013

International Alumni Spotlight

 Yo Nagaya  Yo Nogaya (1984 College of Visual and Performing Arts) was one of the first Japanese students ever to attend JMU and is now the owner of Yo Photoworks International, his own freelance photography business, after working for years for the Associated Press in the Tokyo Bureau. Yo got his start in  photography as the photo manager for the JMU Breeze during his sophomore year and was also a  photographer for the Bluestone.  Working for The Breeze was one of the highlights of his student career, and he credits the experience with helping him land an internship with the Washington Post immediately after his graduation. Yo genuinely enjoyed his time at JMU and in the Shenandoah Valley and has fond memories of "eating a  great steak and eggs with the locals at the old C&E Diner" and came to delight in the special character and small town atmosphere of Harrisonburg. Yo now resides in Mito, Japan, because as he says, "after spending seven years in the Shenandoah Valley, Tokyo was too big!"