The life story of Hong Rost, to some family, mentor or colleague, but to all a friend, was dramatized live on the radio program “Unshackled” in two segments airing the weeks of January 24th – January 30th and January 31st –February 6th, 2016. The program is broadcast to over 3,000 stations worldwide in multiple languages!
Hong Xiang Rost (1959-2014) came to Wisconsin from China in 1991 and graduated with her Master’s degree from UW-La Crosse in 1994; then worked at UW-La Crosse as Assistant Director of International Education from 1995 to 2010. In 2010, Hong joined the academic staff at UW-Stout as Director of International Education where she served until her death by auto accident on June 19, 2014.
Hear Hong discuss her life in her own words:
Hong Rost – My life (Youtube)
Hong assumed leadership roles in NAFSA, and met and maintained uncountable relationships and friendships with educators, staff, institutions and past students from around the world. Hong loved what she was doing—she was energetic and dedicated to promoting international education. She was visionary. Students, Faculty, and staff responded enthusiastically to Hong’s hard work, imaginative ideas, encouragement and help for them to pursue their own opportunities. Hong was not afraid of change—in fact that’s what energized her. She was always asking her staff to think about how to improve the office’s services to the students. Hong’s high energy, generosity, faith and sincere interest in people have left a permanent mark of inspiration in all who knew her.
“I believe that every educator, every member of the academic staff, and literally every employee of…the UW System is an ambassador. How we perform our duties and carry out our responsibilities affects our relationships and our successes with our past, present and future students, our community, our government and therefore ourselves.” – Hong Rost