Editor’s Note: The Keuka China Program (KCP) is a bona fide success story. From modest beginnings in 2002, KCP now enrolls some 3,000 students at four major universities [Tianjin University of Science and Technology (TUST), Jimei University (JMU), Wenzhou University (WZU), and Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (YUFE)] and five separate schools in China. Not only does Keuka College boast the largest enrollment of any American college or university operating in China, but the College’s alumni ranks have swelled by some 6,000 thanks to KCP. One of the key authors of the KCP success story is Administrative Chancellor for China Campuses Dr. Michael T.C. Hwang. It was Hwang and President Emeritus Dr. Joseph G. Burke who spearheaded the development of KCP and to mark the 10th anniversary of the program, I talked with Dr. Hwang about his personal and professional attachment to KCP.
KM: What was it about Keuka College that convinced you that this partnership could work?
MH: We had the same mission and vision to create excellent educational opportunities for Chinese students. I discovered that Keuka College was student-centered and valued experiential education, which meshed with the focus of my professional career. Our partner relationship is interdependent; like “I need you as much as you need me.”
KM: Back in the formative stages KCP, did you ever envision that Keuka College would one day be the largest provider of an American education in China?
MH: No, but I am not surprised that it has. Keuka came into China at just the right time. It is a trend of the times.
Editor’s Note: This is the seventh of 10 profiles of nominees for the 2011 Student Employee of the Year award that will be presented at the Annual Student Employment Awards Luncheon April 11.
To say that sophomore Samantha Luce exceeds expectations as a student employee would be an understatement, according to Kim Lambertz, marketing assistant for the Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) in the Center for Professional Studies (CPS).
“Her service to CPS has far exceeded the requirements of the job,” said Lambertz. “Whether mundane filing, standing at the copy machine waiting for copy upon copy, or facing a major mailing project, Sam exudes such a positive attitude, which makes all the difference between getting tasks completed and making them fun.”
Jack Farrell, director of admissions for CPS, agrees.
A social work major from Batavia, “Sam has become an outstanding part of the ASAP office team,” says Farrell.
“Sam brings an exceptional attitude with her smiling face and warm and positive disposition,” said Farrell. “She is always here when we need her, and seems to put her full attention into every project on which she works. She is extremely efficient and never turns down a new challenge.”
Providing assistance to a large office staff does not prove daunting to Luce, says Farrell.
“She readily takes on any assignment given, follows directions, and has not exhibited any need for direct or constant supervision,” he said.
According to Brie Deacon, social media manager, Luce epitomizes the perfect student employee.
“She works efficiently to accomplish any task given to her,” said Deacon. “She is friendly, on time, listens well, and asks questions. She treats each task as if it was of vital importance to our operation, and we have appreciated her help immensely.”
Lois Austen, program coordinator for multidisciplinary studies, says Luce’s work habits are admirable.
“Sam has repeatedly proven to be ready and able to adapt to the working world,” said Austen. “She is extremely thoughtful and career-minded.”
Working alone or in a group, Austen says Luce “is a determined individual with work habits that are always professional and above par. She has had to complete tasks that were highly confidential and, through her ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, it was never an issue or concern in our office.”
Sara DeFilipps, assistant manager of human resources, says Luce’s tenacity, persistence, and employability skills will distinguish her future contributions to the workplace, while Executive Secretary for CPS Lynne Heath says Luce “is a ball of energy who works hard and fast on any task she is given.
“Her level of professionalism, phenomenal work ethic, and service is to be commended and serves as an example to other students as they learn to interact in the professional working world,” said Heath. “Sam has been such an asset to ASAP and is greatly missed during semester breaks.”