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TLU to Host Dr. Refugio Rochin, Humanitarian and Scholar Designated Top 100 Influential Hispanics

October 9, 2011

Hispanic Business magazine “Top 100 Influential Hispanics” designee Dr. Refugio Rochin will present An Educational Journey on Tuesday, October 11 at 9:30 am in TLU’s Jackson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Rochin’s presentation focuses on his experiences overcoming personal and social barriers to become a successful, well-educated, accomplished citizen of the world.

In 1962, Rochin joined the Peace Corps due to economic hardship, which interrupted his pursuit of higher education. The three years he spent serving in Colombia changed his path. When he returned from his travels in 1965, he picked up where he left off. By 1971, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of California Berkeley, a master’s in agricultural economics and anthropology from University of Arizona, and a master’s in communications and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University.

“I only learned what I wanted to do when I was in the Peace Corps as a volunteer during a time when my education was interrupted. My greatest accomplishment was that I was able to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of what poor people experience internationally, more than just trying to give them a handout but to give them the tools to help themselves,” said Rochin.

Dr. Rochin was the Founding Director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives in Washington D.C. and has led research, organization, and programs to promote the advancement of Latinos and other minorities in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. He is a passionate advocate of pursuing postgraduate education as the key to success and prosperity.

Rochin’s visit is part of TLU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Sponsors of the event are TLU’s Brandes Fund, Poehlmann Fund, Cultural Understanding Fund, and TLU’s Division of Student Life and Learning and Freshman Experience.

About the Sponsors
The Brandes Fund for Religious Activities supports events and programs that strengthen Christian faith and commitment, strengthen centrality of the Christian faith, and provide opportunities to lead individuals into a deep experience of Christian community and servanthood in the context of higher education. The Gerhardt M.Poehlmann Endowment Fund was established in 1995 to honor the lives and memories of Pastor and Mrs. Poehlmann.


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