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Graduate Students Get a Taste of Korea in Preparation for Visit

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CHICAGO, IL (February 22, 2008) – On Wednesday evening, a dinner took place at Solga Korean Restaurant for participants who are going on the International Experience to Seoul, South Korea, from March 4-12. The trip was conceived by the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University. Given that Korean food is quite different from typical American fare, those in attendance used the dinner as an opportunity to educate themselves in the art of Korean food and have the opportunity to sample popular Korean dishes. In addition, Lee Sundholm, professor of economics, gave a short overview of South Korea's history, politics, and business environment.

Dr. Ho-Youn Kwon, director of the center for Korean studies, also attended. He will be the group's guide on the trip. A few Korean-American also attended and shared their experiences with the group. These folks included Leah Bayorgeon C'2005, who is currently an admission counselor at North Park; Jin Lee C'2001 G'2005, who works in the finance department at North Park; and Soon Hong and his wife. Soon is a graduate of North Park's MBA program and founder and owner of the Korean Merchandise Center.

Thanks to Mr. Hong, the event was covered by Channel 41 KBC-TV. Several attendees were interviewed, including Christopher Nicholson, director of graduate admission; Dr. Kwon, Dr. Sundholm, and two of the trip's participants, Tina Maliwanag and Melissa Hamming. In addition, the cameraman took footage of the group as they ate dinner and listened to Professor Sundholm's presentation, etc.

In addition to Nicholson, Kwon, and Sundholm, eight students and spouses are participating in this trip to Seoul, which includes tours of Samsung Electronics, the Korean Stock Market, Nanta Theater, KIA Motors, and more.