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2018 Student Speakers

Benjamin Kim Paplham (Korean name: Kim, Dong Chul 김동철) was born in Busan, South Korea, and has lived in De Pere, Wis., since he was two years old. Growing up with three older siblings riveted by animated films, comic books and literature, it was easy for Ben to fall in love with the creative arts. At St. Norbert College, he double majored in creative writing and theatre studies with a minor in communication studies. Along with his academic pursuits, Ben was also the chair of the Asian Pacific-Islander (API) celebration week in April, co-president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, member of Phi Kappa Phi, contributor and copyeditor for Graphos, the Entertainment editor for the SNC Times, and a senior consultant at the SNC Writing Center. After his involvement with seven different plays and musicals at SNC – including being the playwright for SNC Theatre Studies’ spring 2018 production Ghosts of Myself – Ben will pursue playwriting/screenwriting in graduate school and as a future career, especially motivated to tell stories about different minorities and social justice issues.  

Janet Servais is graduating from the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics with her master’s degree in business. Janet is from a rural area in northeast Wisconsin, 30 miles north of Green Bay. She received her undergraduate degree from UW Oshkosh, graduating with honors and a double major in management information systems and operations management. Janet has worked in business in positions of increasing responsibility. She began her career as a management consultant working for Andersen Consulting in their manufacturing practice. Returning to Green Bay, she took a position as a manager in IT at Georgia Pacific (then Fort Howard) for seven years. Schneider next recruited Janet, where she developed a passion for logistics during her 19-year tenure. Janet is currently vice president of sales for CRST International’s dedicated transportation division, based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Janet has been an active volunteer for over 20 years. She has been a Girl Scout leader, a Boy Scout Leader, a Destination Imagination coach and chair of Taste of Ashwaubenon. Janet is currently on the board of the Ashwaubenon Education Foundation. She resides in De Pere, and has three wonderful children, Nicole, 22, Kyle, 20, and Megan, 18.

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