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Centenary College International Alumnus Visits His Alma Mater and Provides Business Advice to Students

10/30/2013, 12:05 PM

Hackettstown, NJ  – Centenary College alumnus Shunzo Horikawa recently visited his alma mater as part of the School of International Programs Global Lecture Series to share his experiences at Centenary as an international student, as well as discuss his professional life at House Foods America Corporation.

In July 1999, Horikawa came to the United States from Japan to study at Centenary. His English skills were quite limited, but he was an avid learner who worked extremely hard and excelled at college during his four years of study.  He became involved in many opportunities that Centenary had to offer, such as playing baseball and soccer and serving as a Resident Assistant in one of the dormitories.
In May of 2003 Shunzo graduated cum laude with a double major in Business Management and Business Marketing.  After relocating to Southern California, he joined House Foods America Corporation, one of the largest food manufacturers based in Japan, as a marketing representative.  As sales manager, he currently oversees House Foods’ United States food service and European regional operations. 

“I am glad to be able to give back to Centenary College by sharing some of my experiences with the students, especially students who are studying here from overseas,” says Horikawa.  “I told the students to always believe in yourself and do not compare yourself with others, but rather compare yourself to you.  Do not be afraid to make mistakes, as everyone does.  The key is to learn from them!” 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.