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Merced College Outstanding Student For November 2006

Hiroyuki KajinoNovember 20, 2006

Hiroyuki Kajino has been chosen as the Merced College Outstanding Student of the Month for November, 2006. Kajino is an international student from Japan. He came to Merced in the Summer of 2004, has completed four semesters and has maintained a 3.86 GPA. He is currently taking 20 units and is preparing to transfer to Humboldt State in the spring. He is currently studying Anthropology but is also studying Spanish. “I really want to study Spanish since I think it is important to learn something different from my own field of study in order to expand my world view,” states Kajino. He is in his third semester of Spanish intending to become multilingual. Kajino was able to take a two-week trip to Guatemala this summer to learn the culture and improve his Spanish.

Kajino participates in the International Club and is president of the Anthropology Club. These organizations plan events such as the Japanese cooking classes and book sales. Merced College instructor Marcus Arguelles, who nominated Kajino for Student of the Month, noted that he found Kajino to be most helpful during the move of the Anthropology artifacts and department collections. “Hiroyuki spent numerous hours working meticulously to care for the collection,” noted Arguelles. “He demonstrated a sense of duty and selflessness that is seldom seen.”

In addition, Kajino has taken leadership roles in the Anthropology Club’s field trip to Chaco Canyon, New Mexico and Mesa Verde, Colorado. While at Chaco, the club had the opportunity to assist a team from the University of New Mexico in the excavations of Pueblo Bonito, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important ruins in the United States.

Kajino works as a Math and Spanish tutor and finds the experience of helping others very rewarding since he has received so much help. He has found Merced to be quite a multicultural experience and this has created his interest in studying International Studies in order to better understand international relationships. Kajino is confident that his experience at Merced College will benefit his future. At the recent Board of Trustees Meeting where he was awarded a certificate and parking pass, he thanked Dr. Duran for visiting Japan and for inviting him to come to Merced College. He also thanked Sarah and Max Greene “for being his host family and caring for him like a son.”


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