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K-State Today

July 2, 2012



Personal financial planning doctoral students travel to South Korea

By Jane P. Marshall

The first cohort of personal financial planning doctoral students at Kansas State University spent a week in Seoul, South Korea, this spring, presenting their research and collaborating with graduate students at Ewha Woman’s University.

The trip was part of their doctoral program that requires one summer session abroad to examine global markets and how financial planning is being developed in other countries.

While there, students also served on panels at Korea Financial Planning Firm and Korea Financial Planning Association and presented at Korea Financial Planning Association and Samsung Life Insurance Retirement Research Center.

So-hyun Joo, adjunct graduate faculty member at K-State and associate professor at Ewha Woman’s University, was host of the trip, coordinating activities.

Students attending were: Mary Bell, Julie Cumbie, Sam Cupples, Brett Coffman, Nick Carr, Ron Sages, Kurt Schindler, Justin Henegar and Stan Williams. Accompanying them were Kristy L. Archuleta, assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, and John Grable, professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

“Financial planning is a relatively new field in South Korea and they looked to our students, many who have been in the financial planning industry for many years, for advice and sights on how to develop the area in Korea,” Archuleta said.

The College of Human Ecology’s Personal Financial Planning doctoral program is one of only four registered with the CFP Board and the first in the nation to be conducted largely online. Students spend three summer sessions on the Manhattan campus.

The first personal financial planning doctoral student will graduate this summer. Others in the group are expected to receive degrees in 2013.