"Success Leaves Clues."
By Asian Heritage Society and Alliant International University team up to provide clues to success
Photo caption: Rosalynn Carmen, front, kneeling with middle school students,
is joined by Asian Heritage Society’s Leonard Novarro, left, and Dr. Helen Chen, rear.
The lesson couldn’t have been planned better.
The day before, Dr. Helen Chen was telling 32 middle school students about a colleague who was experimenting with the strength of spider webs to determine how effective they would be in reinforcing military vests. Now, as students broke for lunch, she showed them a spider in action as it weaved its web in capturing an insect. Chen had noticed the insect at work as she made her way to the classroom and called the students outside.
“That is really strong – just like the photo,” remarked one of the students amid a chorus of groans and small squeals while three of them, a little wary, craned their necks to watch from four feet away.
The scene was outside Green Hall on the campus of Alliant International University, where college professors and Asian Heritage Society mentors shared their real-
“A smart person learns from his own mistakes. A wise person learns from the mistakes of others,” he told them. “It’s easy to succeed today because most people don’t put time and effort” into exercising that lesson, he added. Naert also discussed the importance of understanding business models such as Costco and how they employ mathematics, the universal language used in businesses as well as all forms of science and technology.
While fellow Alliant professor Miles Beauchamp focused on the application of social media in marketing, Dr. Wendy Chung, Alliant School of Management program coordinator, explained the difference between demographics and psychographics and how they are used in determining what markets serve products best.
Chen also discussed the numerous career options available to someone with a science or medical degree while entrepreneur Kathy David, author and founder of IT Tech Pros Inc. of Escondido, took the students on her own path of discovery and how she recognized and capitalized on opportunities to go from a school dropout to become a highly successful businesswoman and IT specialist.
Dr. Estela Matriano, professor of cross cultural studies at Alliant, introduced the students to the necessity of understanding more than their own cultures if they are to compete for jobs and careers in the future. She also regaled them with her own life experience, including how she survived the devastation wrought by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines when she was a young girl.
In addition, SDG&E representatives Lucy Curtin, Cyndee Fang and Stephanie Giulle, who appeared not that much older than the students, shared their backgrounds in technology and how it helped their careers and briefly discussed how energy works, what is being done to save it and make it cleaner and what innovative changes may be taking place in the future.
Matriano hosted the two-
“Somewhere, any day, you may wake up in the morning with a new idea,” Carmen told them. “If it fits the BOOST formula, you have something there.”