Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Home

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout the nation. This Guide introduces you to events and resources at Marquette University for celebrating and researching the history of Asian Americans and Pacific islanders..

Marquette Alumni

Tao Huang, Grad ’91

Tao Huang, a computer programmer in China, didn’t know how to speak English when he won an award to study for one year in the United States. So he chose a school at which he’d be forced to learn the language: St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where he was the only Chinese student out of 1,700.

After getting a master’s in computer science at Marquette, Tao answered a newspaper ad for Morningstar Inc. and joined the fledgling company as a software developer.

By 1998, Tao was named Morningstar’s president of international operations, responsible for opening offices around the world. At the same time, he began working on his M.B.A.

In 2000, he became chief operating officer at Morningstar, managing day-to-day operations. “We strongly believe our mission of ‘helping individual investors make better investment decisions,’” says Tao. “As an individual investor myself, I get lots of satisfaction from creating new products and services knowing people like me will be better off.” 

In 2003, Tao was selected as a “Business Leader of Color” by Chicago United; he received the 2004 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and has been one of Chicago’s 40 under 40. He currently serves as a board member for Asian Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides services for immigrants.      

“My personal formula for success,” says Tao, “is giving 120 percent of my efforts to my work and always looking for new learning opportunities. Although I have worked for the same company the last 15 years, I have had many different jobs, which gives me a better understanding of our business and helps me to be more effective.”


John Jung-hoon Choi, Arts ’92

John Choi made history in January 2006 when he was named city attorney for St. Paul, Minn., the first Asian-American appointed to the position. John has worked to re-organize the criminal division that resides within the Office of the City Attorney, as well as to start a restorative justice diversion program in response to the racial disparities that exist within the criminal justice system. In this position, John sees opportunities to lead the Office of the City Attorney on a variety of important policy issues.

John credits his strong value system with equipping him to meet the challenges of his post. “At the end of the day, no matter how tough the day was, I know that I am serving the public and trying to make my community a better place,” he says.

John’s dedication to the St. Paul community is reflected in his willingness to serve as a volunteer board member to many local nonprofit organizations, including Sounds of Hope, the St. Paul Youth Services Bureau and V.K. Arrigoni.

Ask John about his key to success, and he has no trouble answering: “servant leadership, which is to use power not for yourself but to empower those around you to do great things.”

The Honorable Felix Perez Camacho

Commencement May 16, 2004

Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws
Conferred on Felix Perez Camacho

Candidate presented by: Rev. Timothy J. O'Brien, director, Les Aspin Center for Government

The Honorable Felix Perez Camacho was elected as the sixth Governor of Guam in 2002. As Governor, his goals include achieving greater self-sufficiency for the island; fostering stronger industries and developing new ones to bring about prosperity without compromising the values of the island; fixing water, power, schools, and health systems and improving the quality of life for Guam’s people; defining the framework of the government and the services it delivers with a commitment to excellence; and fully embracing Guam’s role in national defense and as a leading island in the Pacific region.

Governor Camacho’s current office is one in a long line of positions of public service. Prior to being elected Governor, he served as a Senator in the Guam legislature, rising to the position of Majority Whip and Assistant Majority Leader. During his legislative tenure, he served as Chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Transportation, and Economic Development; and he was an active policymaker in numerous areas. Prior to being elected to office, he served Guam as the Deputy Chief of the Public Utility Agency and as Executive Director of the Civil Service Commission.

Governor Camacho is a 1980 graduate of Marquette University’s College of Business Administration. After completing his studies at Marquette, he worked for the Pacific Financial Corporation and IBM Corporation before beginning his career in public service.

Throughout his career, Governor Camacho has been a tireless promoter of Marquette University in his native Guam. As a result of his efforts, dozens of talented Guamanian students have traveled halfway around the globe to pursue their studies at Marquette. Marquette is truly grateful for Governor Camacho’s work in helping us to broaden and diversify our student population.

Governor Camacho is involved with numerous civic organizations, including the Knights of Columbus. He was honored as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America and received the Pacific Jaycees Young Outstanding Person award.

He is the son of the late Governor Carlos G. Camacho, who was the first elected Governor of Guam, and Lourdes Perez Camacho.

Marquette University is proud to welcome Governor Camacho back to Marquette University and to acknowledge his distinguished career in public service and his work on behalf of Marquette in Guam. Because of his long-standing commitment to public service and his distinguished leadership abilities, Reverend President, I hereby recommend Felix Perez Camacho for the Marquette Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.