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A Masterful Student Publishes His Work and Gains Worldwide Influence

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Take a poll asking which leaders have the best track records, and you’ll produce a list of those who have had the most written about them. That’s an inaccurate perception: The best-known leaders are seldom the most accomplished ones; rather these celebrity leaders excel in gaining attention.

If you are an unrecognized leader who performs well, how can you gain the recognition and influence that you deserve?

Some people might advise hiring an expensive public relations agency, employing a ghost writer to prepare articles for prestigious publications, and taking public speaking lessons. After spending a few hundred thousand dollars and engaging in several years of serious effort, many people successfully follow this advice to gain recognition. But even then, influence may elude the new celebrity if the media have latched onto some quality other than the person’s expertise.

There must be a better way. I know of one that’s well worth your time: a method Dr. Elijah Chingosho, Technical & Training Director for African Airlines Association in Nairobi, employed very effectively to gain worldwide influence.

Before starting his doctoral studies in strategic management at age 44 with Rushmore University, Dr. Chingosho had already immersed himself in learning like most people dive into a swimming pool on a hot day . . . with total commitment and enthusiasm. He had already earned not one, not two, but three master’s degrees — a Master of Engineering from Loughborough University in England, an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe, and a Master of Commerce degree in Transport Economics from the University of South Africa. Dr. Chingosho is one bright man, and he’s a very hard worker.

Professional recognition followed his academic successes. After fewer than ten years service in the Air Force of Zimbabwe, he was appointed a group captain and director of engineering, a role that involved leading over 1,000 people in critical maintenance activities. After leaving the air force, he took a position as general manager of engineering for Air Zimbabwe, a position he left for his current one with the African Airlines Association.

In the search to find and recruit him for the African Airlines Association, it became clear to the association that Dr. Chingosho was the best qualified person in Africa for dealing with engineering, operations, environmental, communication, navigation, and air traffic management issues as well as delivering great training in those areas. Despite this professional success, relatively few people who were not involved with aviation in Zimbabwe knew about him.

At that point, Dr. Chingosho joined Rushmore University as a student. He chose Rushmore because the university gave him the freedom to focus his learning on those areas that would directly help him achieve his learning and professional goals. As a busy executive, he needed a university that would provide him with a flexible format so that he could take the courses without having to leave his job.

As part of his Rushmore studies, Dr. Chingosho wrote a dissertation that he turned into a book called African Airlines in the Era of Liberalisation which was later published by his association. The book outlines the key issues for all stakeholders of African airlines over the coming decades and provides several blueprints for greater success.

This publication profoundly affected his life. Here is what Dr. Chingosho has to say about the experience:

“Publishing the book on African airlines brought me and my organisation fame and revenue, and assists our stakeholders in making informed decisions concerning airlines on the continent. The book is often cited by various stakeholders at conferences and in decision making as often there is no other credible source of comprehensive information about the African airline business.

“I have been surprised by the large number of people, many of whom I have never met before, who come to me and express appreciation for giving them a vehicle to learn about the aviation business in Africa. I now get invited to speak at various conferences on a wide range of topics. AFRAA is now recognized worldwide as the spokes body on issues affecting the African airline industry such as on safety, security, infrastructure, the environment, training people, etc. AFRAA is invited all over the world, including by the European Union and the USA, to share views on topical subjects pertaining to the airline business.

“I have gained fame and recognition as an expert in the industry and I am very pleased to be sharing my knowledge and expertise with others.”

I asked Dr. Chingosho to describe the role that his Rushmore education played in this success. Here’s what he told me:

“For African Airlines in the Era of Liberalisation, I needed to write a book for a worldwide audience. The Rushmore training assisted me in various facets of writing a commercial non-fiction book. I needed to know how to select a subject, conduct research on my topic, and check for competition. The Rushmore training helped me with ideas on how to design book covers. I needed to know how to make publishing choices. The Rushmore training enabled me to make informed choices as to whether to sell my book to a publisher or publish it myself. The training also guided me on how to find the appropriate publisher and agent should I so wish.

“For example, the course 1112, Poynter on Writing and Publishing Books, taught me (among other things) how to find free research material, quotations, art, and stories on the internet; develop core content into downloadable books, CDs, e-books, audio books, reports, articles, seminar and consulting material; how to find an editor and other help; and handling interviews, autographing and a throng of fans.

“The Rushmore experience also taught me how readers read books particularly appreciating the four levels of reading, namely elementary, inspectional, analytical, and syntopical. I learned the complex art of reading and the flexible application of some basic rules to different types of reading. By understanding how readers read books, I was able to use a writing style which made my book accessible to a wide readership. Indeed, I have since received positive and encouraging feedback about the book which the wide variety of readers found to be very enlightening, easy to read and understand, and very practical and relevant.”

Following his graduation in 2004, Rushmore recognized Dr. Chingosho’s excellent work by asking him to become an associate professor in 2005. I am proud to have Dr. Chingosho as one of my colleagues at the university.

Having developed such a fine ability to write business books, Dr. Chingosho has since written two other management books and is much in demand around the world for speaking engagements on airline issues.

What a difference one paper can make in a person’s life!

Incitement Of A Repressed Honor Physics Student

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The closet, honor physics student within me stirred as I began to read Wondering About. Strumfels provided an engaging perspective regarding science, philosophy, and our involvement in this concoction known as life.I don’t agree with all of Strumfels’ conclusions.However, I enjoyed the stimulation of thought and found myself adjusting some personal beliefs.Questioning what you believe is a surefire method for solidifying one’s resolve.

Strumfels encourages us to return to the curiosity of our youth.Regardless of your preferred area of scientific study, you will find something to enjoy in this smorgasbord of analysis and rhetoric.The content includes imaginative prose covering organic chemistry, astrophysics, quantum mechanics, philosophy, and even forecasting what might be.While the material is dense, you will most certainly make discoveries that will rekindle fascination and wonder heretofore dormant within your mind.

Like Strumfels, my discovery of and interest in the sciences began at a young age.Strumfels’ curiosity continues.At one time I was going to pursue a career in electrical engineering.My life took a different path.Strumfels has renewed my passion for and curiosity with the plethora of paths to pursue that is science.It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and forget the magnificence surrounding us.

David reminds us. Only 100 years ago, mankind was uneducated about things we now take for granted. Very recent scientific discoveries have brought us computers, the internet, atomic power, jet travel, space travel, and the eradication of disease.We can’t help but wonder how the discovery of DNA alone will affect the next 100 years.What a privilege to wander with David through this tome of science, philosophy, and humanity sure to be enjoyed by student and professor alike.

The product description mentions David’s struggle with Asperger Syndrome. While I don’t discount the reality of this condition, I choose to believe David has maintained an innocent awareness of the world around him others have abandoned for inanity. I challenge you to meander through the pages of Wondering About and the unusual mind of David Strumfels.

What to Look For When Purchasing Student Microscopes

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Supporting a student’s educational endeavors will go a long way in helping the student learn. Provide a budding scientist with a microscope will provide the student with hands on and up close and personal look at science at its very best. Student’s microscopes do not have to the biggest and most expensive on the earth, but they should have a level of decency to them to allow the student to get the full benefit out of having one. There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a microscope for a student.

The Light Source is Critical

The light source for the microscope is a great consideration as without proper lighting the specimen’s will be difficult to see. When choosing a student’s microscope, keep in mind the light source of the scope. An exterior light source is mirrors attached to the scope. The mirrors have to be adjusted to reflect in, the right amount of light to allow the specimen to be seen. If there is not enough light, the specimen may or may not be seen. A scope with a built in light source will provide the necessary lighting, and it will not matter if the lighting in the room is adequate or not. The built in light source will provide all the illumination necessary to see the specimen as clear as a bell. Check to be sure replacement bulbs are readily available for a microscope with a built in light source.

Durability is the Key

In the excitement of discovering something of a scientific nature, the budding scientist may knock over the microscope. That is one of the many reasons student microscopes should be made of a durable and quality material. The scopes should stand up to the normal and daily wear and tear of the scope. It should be able to withstand a knock or two to the floor. Even if the scope does not break, there is the possibility the lenses could be knocked out of kilter making viewing less than desirable. Cheap, plastic will not do the job and can be easily broken if the plastic is of cheap quality. The goal is to make the students experience with a microscope positive and not negative because of flimsy equipment.

The Number of Lenses Could Make or Break the Microscope Experience

The strength and number of lenses the scope has is another consideration to keep in mind when purchasing a student’s microscope. The scope will have at least two sets of lenses that will enable the viewer to see a variety of magnifications. The first lens is the ocular lens, and it is in the eye piece. The second lens is the objective lens and used for gross focusing. A decent quality scope will have at least three objective lenses, and each has a different magnification. A quality microscope will have a magnification of 4x, 10x and 40x with a 10x eye piece. The overall magnification of the scope will be 1000x.

Best Viewing

An achromatic lens will color correct the being viewed specimen allowing the entire specimen to be seen in its true colors. A non achromatic lens will not color correct the specimen, and there may be parts of the specimen not able to be seen. This type of lens allows for the best viewing of a specimen and will bring the specimen to life for the budding young scientist.

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Product Design Student from China Wins two awards in Z Lab Watch Design Competition

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Raffles collaborated with Z Laboratory Ltd – an outstanding O.E.M. (Original Equipment Manufacturer) based in Hong Kong. And the “Z Lab Watch Design Competition” was organized. Over 40 Raffles students from Product Design and Jewellery Design participated.

Winner of the 1st and 7th Prize: Zhang Longhui

The grand winner was Zhang Longhui, a student from Fu Jian, China who decided to further his Product Design degree course at Raffles Design Institute (RDI), Singapore. Prior to his studies in Singapore, he was a student at Raffles Chang Chun. Now in the third year of his studies, he will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in December 2012.

Longhui’s second submitted design won the 7th prize.

The Z Lab Watch Design Competition
IMG 4803 Product Design Student from China Wins two awards in Z Lab Watch Design Competition

Longhui receiving a Certificate of Design Excellence at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2012 in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Students at Raffles enjoy the good relationships the school has with various industries. They can participate in exclusive competitions organized exclusively for them. The Z Lab Watch Design Competition is the result of such industry connections.

Exclusive competitions are like having friendly matches between fellow design students. Just that those who win can get recognition in the forms of published works or internship offers. Even participants who do not win can look on the bright side and add another piece of quality artwork to their portfolios.

Under the supervision of Sandra Fie, RDI Singapore’s Jewellery Design lecturer, students created their artwork for submission.

The judges are from the organizer’s senior management. After three rounds of selection, the top ten winners were decided. The top five were given sponsored trips to Hong Kong to attend the award ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Longhui’s Reasons to Study Product Design in Singapore

We caught up with Longhui to find out why he decided to pursue his third year top-up degree. He said it gave him a deeper theoretical knowledge on product design. His course also enabled him to design products that are more practical. For assignments, students are required to do market research on their own to find out what customers want.

Another reason for studying Product Design was that it allowed him to reduce production costs.

Product Design students at Raffles learn how to create their own 3D renders and work with industry-level machinery. This allows them to use a variety of materials like metal, plastics, and wood to create their own products. Being a product designer allows you to create your own inventions with minimal cost.

Plans after Graduation

Longhui has ambitions of becoming a product designer – most likely for watches or electronics. After his participation in the Z Lab Watch Design Competition, he received an invitation from Z lab for an internship. He is currently considering the offer.

Maryland Science Center Offers Great Opportunities for Student Travel

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Educators planning a trip for their students will find the Maryland Science Center, located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a great place to visit.

A variety of exhibits will have students and teachers alike wishing they had more time to spend at the Science Center. Or more likely, already making plans to take another trip to spend even more hours exploring all the facility has to offer.

Many begin with Dinosaur Mysteries, where students and teachers will step into the world of prehistoric predators and plant eaters. More than a dozen full size dinosaurs roam a landscape filled with dig pits, a field lab, excavation sites, and other areas of discovery. Students will meet T. Rex and Astrodon and see full size skeletons and casts of fossilized remains, all hands-on.

There are also live animals, including amphibians and lizards, to help students see the connection between past and present. Some students may even agree with scientists who think birds and dinosaurs are related.

Another display at the Maryland Science Center, “Follow the Blue Crab,” is an exhibit focused on the Chesapeake Bay and its relationship to Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. Featuring live diamondback terrapins, crabs, fish, seahorses, and native plants in aquatic display tanks, the exhibit gives guests a chance to walk the Bay by way of huge full color satellite imagery that takes up a major part of the floor space. By walking across the map, students are able to observe the ratio of water to land, concentrations of population centers, and learn why the health of the Bay is so important for the health of the region.

Also in the Blue Crab display is a huge mechanical crab, an icon of the Science Center. The completely refurbished giant, with waving claws and moving legs, is a family favorite.

In Fossil Quest, those on student tours see evidence of meat eating dinosaurs, raptors, and crocodiles that once roamed Maryland. There is also evidence that giant Sequoia trees once grew in the area, albeit millions of years ago.

Fossils on display include 70 million year old crocodile armor; teeth from a 100 million year old Mosasaur, prehistoric shells of oysters and nautilus as well as cones believed to have dropped from a giant redwood eons ago.

Visitors to the Maryland Science Center will also delight in Kid’s Room, where they can send boats down a river channel, operate a fish cam in a submarine, or dress-up like a turtle. Fun activities such as sending messages through a pneumatic tube on the ceiling abound.

In Newton’s Alley, one of the Maryland Science Center’s most popular exhibits, students get a chance to play a stringless harp. Or touch a cloud. They “see sound” and can stretch a soap film, all by people power.

The highly interactive discovery areas reveal the phenomena of matter, energy, force and motion, all through some of the best demonstrations of Sir Isaac’s principles using active exploration.

In the Our Place in Space exhibit–also home to Science On a Sphere–a large visualization system uses computers and video projectors to display animated data onto the outside of a sphere. The entire exhibit is an animated globe that shows dynamic images of the atmosphere, oceans, and land of a planet, allowing students to imagine gazing upon Earth while suspended in orbit above its surface.

Even beyond the surface of Earth, there are wonders to explore, including data collected from Moon missions and Mars explorations that have been translated into a mix of live presentations and computer simulations.

In Your Body: The Inside Story, Maryland Science Center visitors are able to explore a day in the life of the body, with an emphasis on the sounds, smells, sights, and sensations of everyday life.

Examples include walking through the waking chamber after “sleeping” on a real bed of nails, watching an ordinary bike ride to school morph into thermal imagery of muscle activity, and standing inside the heart and lungs to feel the rhythmic beats and breaths, from head to toes.

In Bodylink, one of three “Link” galleries, students will enjoy a high tech environment accompanied by high touch experiences. They’ll be able to test their nutrition I.Q., monitor their pulse and heart rate as they pedal a stationary bike, or surf the Web, watching video clips of the latest news from the world of healthcare and health science.

This part media center, part discovery room, part newsroom is equipped with Internet-ready computers, media players, satellite television and surround-sound audio systems. Computer and video sources displayed on huge screens offer visitors a unique immersive experience.

SpaceLink, the second of the Link galleries at the Maryland Science Center, is a place where students can “dock” the Space Shuttle or construct a planetary rover. They can also watch NASA’s latest launch countdowns and press conferences or try on a flight suit.

SpaceLink is also home to the Hubble Space Telescope National Visitor Center, where students can keep up with the latest discoveries from this orbiting observatory.

In TerraLink, the third of the Link galleries, students can fly over images of local cities and cities around the world and navigate from low-Earth-orbit to the top of their house using real data. They can even observe and disrupt a forming tornado with their hand.

All in all, the Maryland Science Center is a great place for teachers to bring their students as part of an adventurous educational travel experience.

Liberty Science Center In NYC Offers Student Tour Organizers A Great Time

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Teachers looking for an outstanding experience when they take their students to New York City won’t want to miss the Liberty Science Center, located in nearby Jersey City, New Jersey.

With a rich assortment of educational experiences inside, students will be talking about their trip for years to come.

From the minute they step inside one of the state-of-the-art laboratories, students will begin a hands-on learning experience led by knowledgeable science educators. Inquiry-based investigations facilitate comprehension of sometimes complex subject matter, with subjects ranging from native wildlife to chemistry to watersheds to the properties of light and many other areas of science.

One option is to take a comprehensive look at an exhibition gallery in great depth with a science educator, reinforcing the exploration through a hands-on lesson related to the exhibition, have the time to ask and have questions answered.

In the middle of one of the most densely populated areas in the world lies an ecological haven known as Liberty State Park. Teachers and students can go out in the field, where they’ll learn about the plants, animals, habitats and geology of the Hudson River Estuary, as well as the impact of humans on the river, all with a choice of land-based or on-the river experiences.

In “Live From . . .” the Liberty Science Center brings teachers and students the thrill of real-time interactive videoconferencing with a series of hospital surgical suites, featuring cardiac, neurosurgery, kidney transplant and robotic surgery experiences. Students get to witness firsthand the sights and sounds of surgery and benefit from having a surgical team of doctors, nurses, technicians and physician assistants answer their questions, even while they are doing their jobs.

Students watch the surgery on a large screen in the Liberty Science Center’s interactive theater, with staff educators facilitating the experience of learning about surgical procedures, the equipment and devices used, education paths leading to careers in medical professions and healthy lifestyle choices.

In Partners in Science, students at the Liberty Science Center go beyond textbooks and school-based labs by immersing themselves in authentic scientific research conducted by professional scientists. The intensive, eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors pairs students with mentor scientists and challenges them to participate in on-going research and independent projects. Through Partners in Science, students are exposed to current questions driving scientific discovery in real laboratory settings. They also develop a network of advisors and lifelong connections that help them identify and focus their career goals.

People live in them, work in them, and stare at them. They’re skyscrapers and they’re an integral part of our lives and community. As works of art and expressions of human aspiration, they inspire, drawing us to understanding, making skyscrapers a perfect teaching point.

The Liberty Science Center’s 12,800-square-foot Skyscraper! Achievement and Impact exhibit is the most comprehensive single exhibition ever presented on the topic. With multimedia, full-body kinetic experiences and experiment-based lab stations, visitors will learn about the planning, design, engineering and construction plus explore the environments that are created and changed when massive buildings go up.

Several additional displays offer students great opportunities to explore various aspects of science, all in a spirit of learning by touching.

Among the exhibits to look forward to:
Infection Connection: Where students explore interactions between microbes and humans, learn about emerging diseases, and see how science develops tools and technologies to prevent and treat them. They can even conduct microbiology and epidemiology experiments in a laboratory environment.

Communication: How people communicate, not only with advanced multimedia and personal communication devices, but with our bodies, language and symbolism.

Our Hudson Home: A hands-on learning experience that highlights the balance required for commerce, recreation and environmental preservation to co-exist in everyday life.

Eat and Be Eaten: Filled with scores of live animals, visitors understand and explore the complex interaction that has been elegantly called the “circle of life.”

Breakthroughs: A fitting exhibition for our fast-changing world; an interactive, multimedia experience featuring exhibits and programs that address current issues and events in science and technology.

Energy Quest: Students take a journey through the five major sources of Earth’s energy, learning about the many methods humans have used to explore and harness these energy sources.

Behaviour Management- Improve Student Performance

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Parents are responsible for providing and keeping close check on their children. They are the role model to guide the children especially on the ethics and good manners they need to learn in order to deal with other people. Social responsibility, it may be called, but children need to learn good manners and the right conduct in meeting other kids their age, or their classmates in school.

The home is a good training ground for this teaching. The parents must be able to teach their children what is right and wrong. This reflects on the parents if their kids behave differently from what is accepted as norms of the society. Each home however, has different values inculcated within their family circle, and no matter what others think about it, even if they are not pleasing, they pass on to their children and children’s children. Now, this is one thing that is common among a group, say for example, a classroom. One thing that is common with the students is their sense of individuality. Each pupil is an individual, and has been formed to who he is because of the family he has grown up in, but in a classroom situation, the group must confirm with the teachers leadership.

The teacher teaches what students need to learn, but each student behaves differently. Some may be listening intently to the teacher, others may be uninterested with the lesson, or others may be busy talking with their seatmates. This scenario is one challenge for the teachers. The teachers are being tested on how best to keep the class to maintain silence.

In line with this, I have developed and conceptualized classroom behaviour management strategies that work. I am a twenty-five year classroom veteran who has helped thousands of teachers understand their class well enough to also understand each pupil’s behavior. Better classroom scenarios can be produced when the teacher learns classroom management strategies. It is building classroom discipline strategies that will capture the interests of the students. This way, they will be more motivated to study and learn their lessons. By motivating the students to get interested and listen to what the teacher says, the teacher is in one way or another helping the students to be better students and to improve their performance in school.

Although there are a lot of behavior management tutorials over the internet, behaviour management is a difficult topic to deal with and needs proper explanation to be delivered by experts on that field. Classroom management Workshops can be given to you by child psychologists and other experts but only those who know of children’s behavior inside the classroom are those who have dealt with the students for a long time.

Behaviour management is a duty the parents may have handled in their respective homes, but when there lack of it, the teachers are supposed to follow up. Implementing my Classroom Management Strategy Workshops teachers will never go wrong.

Student to shopkeeper, movie producer to nuclear scientist, begin work by invoking Ganesha – ArtsNyou’s Ganesha artifacts and paintings

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Student to shopkeeper, movie producer to nuclear scientist, begin work by invoking Ganesha – ArtsNyou’s Ganesha artifacts and paintings

Ganesha/ Ganapati (Ga = Knowledge; na = Salvation; esha/ pati = Lord) is represented as a short, pot-bellied figure with an elephant’s head with one tusk, four arms, and yellow skin. In mythology, the elephant symbolizes devotion, patience and truth. His corpulent figure conveys prosperity as represented by the ladoos. In his hands, he holds a conch shell, a discus, a club, and a lotus. Ganesha rides on a mouse, signifying the unity of the small with the big. He is also the most widely worshipped deity. All ceremonies, religious or secular, begin with an invocation to Ganesha.
Why we need Ganesha in every walk of life?
BIG HEAD inspires us to ‘Think Big’ & ‘Profitably’.
BIG EARS prompt us to listen patiently to new ideas & suggestion.
NARROW EYES point to deep concentration needed to finish tasks in hand well and quickly.
LONG NOSE tells us to poke around inquisitely to learn more.
SMALL MOUTH reminds us to speak less and listen more
Why do we connect with Ganesha?
Ganesha reminds us to be ‘Disciplined’ and exercise to live life as per the Shahstras as good human beings. Ganesha is popularly depicted with his right hand in abhaya mudra, conveying his protectiveness towards mankind. In his other hands, he carries an ankush to goad us towards the path of forthrightness, a noose as a constant reminder that material life and earthly bonds are no more constrictions that inhibit piety, and modak to denote the sweetness of inner spirituality which goes beyond any religion.
In India, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated by artistic clay models of Lord Ganesha made by especially skilled artisans. These idols are beautifully decorated and depict Lord Ganesh in vivid poses. The size of these statues may vary from 3/4 of an inch to over 70 feet. Some people worship the Silver or Gold statue of Ganesha on the same day. Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities. ArtsnYou.com is the go-to destination to shop for With Wonderful range of Art Prints, Posters, Canvas Prints, and Photography, Oil Paintings, Glass painting and many others, that express personal interests, life-long passions and of-the-moment obsessions. With a selection of over 1,500,000 images, ArtsnYou.com has something for every budget and decorating style. Find your favorite art prints from classic masters and discover up-and-coming artists. Plus, choose from custom framing, canvas and wood mounting to truly make a piece your own – all high-quality at amazing prices.
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Eco-Friendly Raffles Hong Kong Student Wins 2nd Place in Fur Free Fashion Design Contest

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Fashion Design student, Hangma Limbu from Raffles Hong Kong did a great job by winning 2nd place in the 2012 fffashion (Fur Free Fashion) design contest. The competition is organized once a year by Born Free USA and leading environmental publication, E Magazine. Ethical and environmental benefits of furless fashions are promoted through stylish designs made out of environmentally-friendly materials.

The competition

Every year, emerging designers from around the world are welcome to participate. The competition’s mission is to celebrate and encourage budding fashion designers to express their eco-friendly beliefs into their works.

Participants could choose to submit designs for either menswear or womenswear. It could be a coat, shirt, dress, pants, skirt, or a suit.

The 2012 entries were judged by nine professionals that included an Emmy Award-winning actress, celebrity fashion designers, and TV producers.

Strong dedication towards eco-fashion

Hangma’s decision to participate in the contest was fueled by her enthusiasm for eco-friendly fashion. “Every creature of God has the right, and should have the freedom to live their life,” she explained. “I believe in living as green and as natural as possible. Save animals’ lives, make a healthy, wealthy and green environment. Do not kill animals for only human luxuries and prestige.”

Her winning dress design, titled “Butterfly Symbolizes Freedom”, was made of organic and eco-friendly bamboo fabrics with cotton. The chic number is simple and minimalistic with a high waistline and butterfly neckline details. Hangma gained inspiration from a butterfly – which represents freedom, happiness and beautiful life.

“She has a deep passion for eco-friendly fashion,” said Ms. Yan Fong, Hangma’s Fashion Design lecturer. She has been teaching Hangma for the past two years at Raffles. “She is a very hardworking student.”

Her lecturer, her mentor

During the night of photoshooting her winning outfit, Hangma and Yan can be seen laughing and chatting like friends. Throughout the initial concept, design development and the final production of Hangma’s outfit, Yan gave Hangma professional advice freely during and outside class. The dress-making process took three months.

“Yan is always there for me,” said Hangma. “I emailed Yan when I was not in class and she always replied.”

Future ambitions

With a strong sense of fashion direction and a shiny, award-winning piece to add to her design portfolio, Hangma is encouraged to pursue her dream in Fashion Design. She is also ready for both challenges and successes in her career future. “I would like to work in an eco-friendly fashion company,” she said.

Her advice for success?

“A strong mind is what you need. You have to work hard, make sacrifices and be determined in your dream. Then, you will succeed.”

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