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2014 Chinese Student Rising Star Award Luncheon

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USA Emma's speechCollege Connection’s 2014 Chinese Student Rising Star Award luncheon took place in San Francisco on March 28, 2015 and brought students, educators and enterprises together. UCC’s founder, Irene Tieh, welcomed all the guests and thanked the Chinese Consulate, China’s Bank of Communications and international student and scholar administrators from various universities for their support and endorsement. UCC’s mission as a non-profit is to build a community that brings together students from China studying in the USA, help them adjust to the drastically different American culture and encourage them to seize their study abroad experience beyond academics so that they are workplace ready for the global economy. In an effort to encourage Chinese students to engage with their community and focus on EQ not just IQ, UCC initiated the “Rising Star Award.” The Rising Star Award is for the student from China who, 1) attends an accredited university full-time in the U.S.A., 2) has served his or her community & 3) has demonstrated the greatest potential for leadership and community impact.

After reviewing over 50 nominees nationwide, UCC presented the $5500 grand prize to the 2014 Rising Star Award winner Emma Wenxuan Chen, a sophomore at UC Berkeley. Emma truly exemplifies a ‘Rising Star’ because she is majoring in Microbiology (STEM subject) and consistently taking interdisciplinary subjects like Human Centered Design online or business and financial accounting classes on campus. She believes in the importance of communication which is why she minors in German but learns Japanese on her own. Lastly, she has volunteered on campus as a Cantonese Group Facilitator in UC Berkeley’s Language Exchange Program anGroup foto 2014 RSd for the Ascent Marketing Committee. She is active in several student clubs such as Archery Club and Berkeley’s Technology Review Marketing Committee. Emma received from UCC a $300 scholarship, Workforce Ready resume and interview preparation package, and membership to Asia Society’s Young Professional Membership, as well as from Asian Art Museum 4 complimentary tickets. Asian Art Museum also gave honorary prizes to our 4 finalists: Grace Yi (Masters of Business Administration at Dominican University), Adam Li (Masters of Asia Pacific Studies at University of San Francisco), Selene Li (Sophomore at Sonoma State University majoring in Early Childhood Development) and Ashley Xia (Freshman from Bentley University). The luncheon gave all of these students and their administrators the opportunity to meet one another from different campuses representing the entire spectrum of California higher education (Cal State system, UC system, Community College and Private Colleges) and to network with enterprises from China’s Bank of Communication, Oracle, Salesforce, etc. It takes an entire village to support the increasing number of students from China studying in the U.S. and UCC’s Rising Star luncheon demonstrated just that! Congratulations to Emma and all of the finalists on making their U.S.A. and China dreams come true! Please nominate students for UCC’s 2015 Chinese Student Rising Star Award at

Emma’s interview with Sing Dao Cantonese Radio:, then click Cantonese live at 10:15am on 3/31

Or go to:, then click in 03/31/2015 after 2pm on 3/31.

Irene Tieh CEO of USA College Connection

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