"Cor" Story: Black Belt Business Major Undertakes Human Resources
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 educationan education that for Pasket, as for so many others, may
not have been possible without the Cor Fund.