Although the world can be a big, intimidating place, for University of Akron College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering alumni worldwide, it has become a bit smaller with the establishment of the college's first overseas alumni chapter in Taipai City, Taiwan.
On Aug. 12, 2010, John LaGuardia, Vice President for Public Affairs and Development, and Dr. Stephen Cheng, Dean of The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering presented University of Akron alumnus Dr. Chung-Yu Chen with a plaque symbolizing the honor. Dr. Chen was joined by 25 University alumni, sharing a traditional dinner organized by alumnus Dt. Rong-Ming Ho.
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering has more than 1,500 alumni worldwide. The newly established alumni chapter will hold periodic meetings where members can share networking experiences, as well as discuss recruitment opportunities for talented students between their companies and The University of Akron.
LaGuardia spent a week in Taiwan visiting with several successful alumni and other company representatives. "We hope this is only the beginning of a long lasting, close relationship with our alumni in Taiwan. Developing this chapter will go a long way toward achieving a wonderful partnership," said LaGuardia. Dr. Chen, Vice President for Research and Development of TRSC, will return a visit to the University in late September. The University is hopeful that other alumni from this special chapter will endeavor to revisit their alma mater as well.
About 30 members of the Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering alumni chapter in Taiwan gather to mark the opening of the university's first overseas alumni chapter. Leading the chapter is alumnus Dr. Frank J. Chen, vice president of research and development for TRSC Corp. On hand from Akron for the event in Taiwan were Dr. Stephen Cheng, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and John LaGuardia, UA vice president for public affairs and development.