"Cor" Story: Black Belt Business Major Undertakes Human Resources

Valerie Pasket


Published Date: February 25, 2014

The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. Over the next several weeks, we will share some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.

Valerie Pasket, BA '14, has a black belt in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do, which she began practicing at the age of 15, training with her three siblings, who are also black belts.

"I was drawn to Tang Soo Do because it's about creating a balance between mental and physical training," Pasket said. "It's helped me to be a better student academically as well as a student of life."

Practitioners of Tang Soo Do are part of a strong, supportive community: other black belts sometimes drive to Dallas just to train with Pasket. Her UD friends have supported her as well; her freshman-year roommate accompanied her to the competition in which she received her black belt.

By day, Pasket is a business major who wants to work in human resources. In fact, she already works in human resources: after interning at an architecture firm in the Dallas area for nine months, she was promoted to HR coordinator as a part-time employee.

"I love it," she said. "I'm ready to finish school and start working full time. Already having a 'real world' job has made me feel ready before some of my classmates. Going to school and working at the same time isn't an easy balance."

For the past three and a half years, Pasket has also worked in the student-staffed UD call center, in which students call alumni, parents and friends of the university to raise money for the Cor Fund. She was part of the team that raised a record $82,188 in the Fall 2013 semester.

Pasket chose UD over other business schools because of its strong Catholic identity.

"I wanted a school where I could grow in my faith," she said. "Plus, UD's College of Business is excellent!"

In 2012, when the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business was in the process of being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), Pasket was one of several students chosen for a panel interviewed by AACSB representatives.

In her minimal free time, Pasket participates in Swing Club and was captain of the Swing Team for a while. Back home in New Braunfels, Texas, she enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and generally being outdoors with her family.

Like so many UD students, Pasket embraces the well-rounded life that is nourished so well by a UD education—an education that for Pasket, as for so many others, may not have been possible without the Cor Fund.

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