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CATCHING UP WITH... Hard work pays off Chieng lands at SMU after eight years at Navarro College By Michael Kormos Former Corsicana resident Jasper Chieng was hired on at Southern Methodist University at the end of October as the Title IX/Equal Op- portunity Investigator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity. He was the Coordinator of Student Conduct at Navarro College, a role which he said set the foundation for a transition to a Division I school. Chieng attributes his current success to community in which he was born and raised. “A lot of young people don’t real- ize the merits of coming from a small town,” he said. “There is something to Q & A appreciate in recognizing people and knowing their families when you walk into a place. There is a sense of commu- nity and shared experience that come from living in a town like Corsicana that you won’t find in a city like Dallas. I am proud of where I am, but I am just as proud of where I’m from.” with Jasper Chieng Q A uestion: Tell us about yourself: nswer: I was born and raised in Corsicana. Both of my par- ents are Pacific Islanders, my dad is Yapese and my mom is Palauan. I graduated from Corsicana High School and went on to graduate from Texas Tech in 2010. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. I worked at Navar- ro College as the Coordinator of Stu- dent Conduct before getting my new job at SMU. I enjoy hunting, fishing, going to concerts, cooking, board games, trying new restaurants, the Cowboys, the Rangers, and spending time surfing Reddit. E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 41