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CSB/SJU Hosts Residency Focusing on Asian-America

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March 13, 2002

ST. JOSEPH, Minn.- "Preparing CSB/SJU Students for the Pacific Century: The Economic Nexus" is the topic of a residency at CSB/SJU April 10-11, sponsored by the Asian Studies Learning Community at CSB/SJU. The residency will be led by Dr. Bruce Corrie, professor of economics at Concordia University in St. Paul During his residency, Corrie will present a keynote address titled, "Higher Education's Role in Building Economic Bridges to Asia" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. He will moderate and participate in a panel discussion on "Asian Internship and Career Development" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Panel participants will include John Hasselberg, associate professor of management at CSB/SJU and member of Governor Ventura's forthcoming trade mission to China; Kent D. Kedl, director of global business development, Inscape Publishing, Inc.; and Satoru Asato, financial advisor, Merrill Lynch & Co. Both events will be held in the Alumni Lounge on the Saint John's University campus and are free and open to the public. Corrie will also visit classes and meet with members of the CSB/SJU Asia club and lead a faculty development workshop.

"The residency is intended to educate our campus communities about the importance of trade and investment with Asia, Minnesota's second largest regional trading partner and analyze the importance of Asian-Minnesota as an essential bridge to Asia," said Richard Bohr, director of Asian studies at CSB/SJU. The residency will also acquaint students with internship and career development opportunities in and with Asia and recommend ways CSB/SJU can enhance curriculum, programs, services and resources to better prepare students for the personal and professional challenges of the Pacific Century.

Corrie is a nationally recognized authority on the economic importance of Asia and Asian-America, and he has developed effective strategies to maximize their potential for economic development at the community level. A native of India, Corrie obtained a Ph.D. in economic development from the University of Notre Dame. He was named head of the Minnesota district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration's advisory council. He also chairs Governor Ventura's Working Group in Minority Business Development, as well as the Policy Roundtable, a Pan Asian alliance focusing on economic issues affecting the Asian-American community.

For more information regarding the residency, call 320-363-3542 or 320-363-5918.

The College of Saint Benedict for women and Saint John's University for men are partners in liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity to benefit from the distinctions of not one, but two nationally recognized Catholic, Benedictine, residential undergraduate colleges. Together, the colleges challenge students to live balanced lives of learning, work, leadership and service in a coeducational environment.