Hung Chung, who joined CSULB in 1998, was chosen recently by her colleagues in Student Health Services to be employee of the month.
The administrative support assistant I was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, which was renamed Hung Chung Lane for the month.
President F. King Alexander praised Chung as a kind, caring woman who treats all with respect and consideration no matter how busy she gets. “She has worked in several areas at the Health Center, pulled back and forth when needed without one complaint,” he said. “She has done an excellent job at whatever task is given her.”
“I feel very happy to be chosen employee of the month,” said Chung, a Santa Ana resident who will be a member of CSULB’s class of 2007 when she graduates this spring with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. “It is wonderful to get this recognition. It is an awesome feeling.”
Her responsibilities at the Student Health Center include everything from processing patients at the front window to drawing blood. “I was licensed to draw blood in August 2006,” she said. “Drawing blood isn’t hard if you concentrate. It’s my job and besides, I enrolled in pre-nursing when I first came here. It can get very busy and I am glad I can help.”
It’s up to Chung to make sure student patients are OK from the time they reach the center to the time they leave. “If they need anything, they tell me, and if I don’t have the answers, I refer them to someone who does,” she said. “I like working here.”
Chung discovered she was good with people when she operated her own clothing business in Vietnam.
“If you work with people, you have to understand them, and if you’re in business, you’ve got to know what their needs are,” she said. “I found what I liked about business more and more was working with people.” Her family came to the United States in 1987.
Chung thinks one reason for her recognition as Employee of the Month is how seriously she takes her job. “When I work, I put my heart in that,” she said. “I want to be excellent in my patient service. I always try to do my best. There are great people here and they deserve my best.”
Chung can’t get over her surprise at her recognition. “There are many people who have worked at the Student Health Center longer than I have and compared to them, I am still a new face,” she laughed. “I do my work and try to do my best. That’s my goal. When I saw my name as Employee of the Month, I couldn’t believe it. It is very meaningful to me.”
Chung is glad she chose CSULB as a student and as an employee. “It is the best decision I ever made,” she said. “CSULB is a great place to work and to study. I will be happy to have my degree in accounting and, next, I want to get my license as a certified public accountant.”
Chung received several gifts with her recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $20 gift certificate to Heritage Family Pantry, a gift certificate for two admissions to Medieval Time Dinner and Tournament, a gift certificate for “Famous People Players, Shake, Rattle and Roll” at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center and a gift certificate for one Tommy’s World Famous Hamburger.