Month: March 2018

Service-learning in the Spotlight

Service-learning is woven into the student experience at Chaminade University. The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse defines service-learning as a “teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Each year, the Service-Learning Day celebration showcases the meaningful work of students and community organizations during the past year. The event serves as an opportunity for students and community partners to present their projects to the Chaminade community. Students, faculty and staff came together at the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center on March 9 for Service-Learning Day....

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Finding Your Passion in Business

It was a great pleasure to hear from Dr. Jeffrey Yu, President and CEO of KinetiCor, an early stage medical device company currently focused on motion-correction technologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Its technology is useful for patients who are unable to control their movements during a scan. Required by his parents to attend medical school, Dr. Yu discovered the need to follow his true passion. Interested in technology, Dr. Yu was highly encouraged by one of his close mentors to enroll at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, a top research and academic center. There, he succeeded finding his passion...

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From Scraping By to Attending Med School, Hyo Park Makes it Happen

As a high school student in Pennsylvania, Hyo Park dreamed of going to college. But come graduation day, he found himself stuck. While his friends went off to seek four-year degrees, Park took several part-time jobs to make ends meet — at a deli and a bank, in retail and telemarketing. When times were really tough, he’d donate plasma twice a week for $50. “I dreamed of a college education,” Park said. “It was luxury I couldn’t afford.” That didn’t stop him from keeping hold of that goal. And before long, despite his mother’s reservations, he joined the Navy...

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Living and Working Globally

It was an honor to learn from Mr. Ray Tsuchiyama, CEO of Tsuchiyama & Associates. Mr. Tsuchiyama is a seasoned business operations executive and adviser to fast-growth startups, established Fortune 500 corporations, and federal government. He specializes in market entry and expansion in Japan and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Tsuchiyama’s presentation was about “Living and Working Globally.” He spoke about corporate and international life in relation to entrepreneurship, and showed us a list of the most important things to consider if you dream of living abroad. The list includes planning, having endless curiosity, flexibility, risk-taking, and being open to new perspectives....

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Business Innovation and Philosophy

It was an honor to hear from Mr. Ian Kitajima, Director of Corporate Development for Oceanit, a global engineering and innovation company. Mr. Kitajima spoke about Oceanit and its four areas of focus—space and defense, engineering, life sciences, and information systems. We learned that Oceanit is a diverse company consisting of about 160 scientists and engineers with 75% of staff having Masters or Doctorates degree. As a company focused heavily on innovation, Oceanit has funded many interesting products which in-cludes a Hostile Fire Detecting System which can sense high speed events like a gunshot and can use to spot...

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