KASC Alumni Recognized for Leadership and Diplomacy

ISC is happy to congratulate two of our alumni for their career and academic success.

 Alice HaeYeon Jeong (KASC 2008 & 2009) successfully passed Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs “UN Junior Professional Officer Exam” last summer. As a result, she is currently working for the UN Development Programme – UN Volunteers’ (UNDP-UNV) Peacebuilding Division in Bonn, Germany as a Programme Analyst at the P2 level and will be stationed in Germany for 2 years. She is “uber excited to start my career at the UN and welcome any KASCers who are travelling through Germany to stop by Bonn and say “hello.”

Lyndsey Twining (KASC 2013) has been named a 2014 Sang-Yong Nam Award Winner by the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies. She is a recipient of the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship and studying in Korea. According to the Nam Center, “Lyndsey’s research accomplishments are notable for an undergraduate student, participating in multiple exchanges and conferences on Korean studies in both the United States and Korea.” Read more at the Nam Center website.


Kyung-ri Park (KASC 2 & 3) introduced KASC in her blog

Kyung-ri Park (KASC 2&3) with 3rd Executive Committees.

Thank you Kyung-ri!

Kyung-ri Park (KASC 2 & 3) has been currently promoting KASC through her blog since 2010. Kyung-ri participated in 2nd KASC as a student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies majoring in Business, Economics, and Management and 3rd KASC as Korean executive committee. From her blog, she is inspiring many Korean students to apply for KASC and let them know about KASC, Round Table Topics, Executive Committees, International Student Conferences, and so on.

For more information about KASC and her blog visit here 

Jeff Heerdink (KASC 2 & 3) is in an M.A. in West European Studies at Indiana University

Jeff Heerdink (KASC 2 & 3) represented Indiana University as a delegate to 2nd KASC in 2009 and was elected as a member of the Executive Committee for the 3th KASC in 2010. He also studied in Nanzan Univeristy in Nagoya, Japan for the fall semester in 2009.

Now he just finished the first year of an M.A. program in West European Studies at Indiana University.  This summer, he’ll be studying comparative public policy for a month in Speyer, Germany.  Additionally, he will be spending two months in Ankara, Turkey, studying the Turkish language through a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department.  In the fall, he will be participating in a six-month graduate exchange fellowship with the Free University of Berlin.  If any KASCers are in Europe over the next year or so, they should message him to meet up!


PhD Candidate Allen Kim (KASC 2) on Korean fatherhood.

Mr. Allen Kim, alumnus of KASC 2, is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Irvine. Allen recently returned to the U.S. after spending 2011 in Korea, furthering his research on Korean fatherhood through a grant from The Korea Foundation. Check out his website at www.koreanfather.com!


“From KASC to Achievement” by Sung Woong Park (KASC 2 & 3)

KASC Alumnus Sung Woong Park (KASC 2 & 3) shares his story of how the KASC program helped him achieve his career goals at Samsung.

Sung Woong Park

Two months ago, I was in my final interview for a job at Samsung Engineering. There were five executives sitting in front of me, and they started asking questions. One of the questions they asked me was, “What do you think of ‘fairness’ in Korean society, and do you have an example to illustrate your opinion?” The few moments I spent trying to find a good answer from my knowledge and experiences felt like an hour to me; then, a memory I had from KASC suddenly hit my brain. I answered the question by elaborating on my experience trying to fundraise the participation fee for the 2nd KASC after being designated as a Korean delegate. I remembered that several Korean delegates had a difficult time getting funds from schools or companies, while American delegates received funds relatively easily by comparison. I believe this situation exemplified how the business and civic cultures in different countries vary in their perceptions of the value of giving donations and lending support to students. I told my interviewers that, to make a “fair society,” people must foster younger generations by sharing their resources and experiences – not only by giving financial support, but also constructive feedback and encouraging messages. I told them how I could not even get a reply from some companies from which I had requested financial support. The interviewers seemed to respond with an awareness of what I was talking about.

Eventually, I was offered a position with Samsung Engineering, one of the leading engineering firms in the world. Without my privileged experience of participating in both the 2nd KASC as a delegate and the 3rd KASC as a member of Executive Committee, I would not have been able to formulate this answer, which informed the interviewers’ decision to hire me.

It’s been a year since I became an alumnus of KASC. Despite the fact that the 2nd KASC and 3rd KASC are over, my memory from KASC is still affecting me. When I attended a kick-off meeting for a project with clients and their engineers from Bahrain, my cross-cultural communication skills I learned during the roundtable sessions and Six-party Talks simulation helped me to alleviate the very tense atmosphere of the meeting. When I studied the issue of the gas pipeline around the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan as part of a new marketing strategy, all of my dear KASCers with deep knowledge regarding that issue were right behind me to help with my research.

For the long future ahead of me, by building on my good memories and experiences from KASC, I want to realize my dream to work for international organizations like the International Development Association, which is an arm of the World Bank that I visited as part of the 3rd KASC. Then, I would be able to support the poor in the world as an electrical engineer. I would like to end this essay by quoting Steve Jobs during his commencement speech: “Small dots from our past become connected as time passes and brings us to achievement.” And I hope that the small dots drawn by KASCers will continue to connect and strengthen not only KASC itself, but also the participants.


Christal Louison (KASC 2 & 3) on American University’s website

American University featured student Christal Louison (KASC 2 & 3). In 2009, Christal represented American University as a delegate to the 2nd KASC in 2009–and was elected as an executive committee member for the 3rd KASC in 2010.

This article illuminates Christal’s work as an executive committee member and her vision and goals for the program.