Geen Hong Mui ’06: Full Circle Salvation
Major: International Business
Career: Twin Cities Administrator with the Salvation Army
Home: Minneapolis, MN
Geen Mui, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was the first person in her family born in the U.S. She learned English as her second language and her family upbringing included ancestor worship with Buddhist influences. To help her learn English faster, Mui’s parents sent her to church at The Salvation Army, where she also learned about God.
During her teen years she wrestled with the religious differences between what her family believed and what she was learning at church. “Growing up bi-culturally and in mixed religions, I was conflicted and often felt alone,” Mui reflected.
But she came to realize that God was showing her she did not have to choose between family, culture and Him. “The Lord made family, and He also made culture. The Lord also revealed His hope to me. I would continue to persevere with hope because He was with me and that He loved me. Everything can seem to go wrong but it would be okay because I had Christ—He is essentially all I need.”
Through Northwestern, Mui learned to “see the world through biblical lenses and was challenged to stay grounded in truth.” After graduation, she began her career in the financial industry, but found her heart in the nonprofit world and is now applying her business skills there. Now employed with The Salvation Army, she sees how her career brings her experience full circle.
“The Salvation Army is the faith church I grew up in and how I got saved,” she noted. “It’s funny to me how people don’t realize that [it] is also a church—not just a Christian social service organization. Believing and being passionate about [their] mission has allowed my career to be my lifestyle, not just my work.”
Four UNW roommates became friends for life. And in 2010 each celebrated the birth of a daughter.
“The four of us spent senior year together at South Residence and have been friends ever since,” says Kathy (Murphy ’96) Price. “That our worlds collided in 2010 with the birth of four baby girls is remarkable.”
Three of the four husbands of these roomies are also UNW grads. The former roommates enjoy staying connected and think it would be great to have the daughters become roommates at UNW someday.
Here’s an update on these roommates from “South.”
Dan and Annette (Leander ’96) Pare have been married for four years. Dan is running a small business out of their home in NE Minneapolis and Annette is a guidance counselor at Blaine High School. Kendall Grace was born on January 7, 2010 and became a big sister in October 2011.
Mike F’00 and Kathy (Murphy ’96) Price have been married for 13 years. They live in Minnetrista, Minn. Mike is the VP of Enrollment and Marketing at Crown College. Kathy stays at home with their three children David (9), Mikayla (6) and Alayna Elizabeth, born January 22, 2010, and is also an adjunct instructor at Crown College.
Justin F’99 and Aimmie (Ek ’97) Hauer have been married for 12 years. Justin is a counselor at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn., and Aimmie is a special education teacher in St. Paul. Elsi Noelle was born on March 2, 2010, and has an older sister, Zoey (5).
Greg ’97 and Sarah (Larson ’97) Schwitters live outside of Clara City, Minn. Married for six years, Greg farms and Sarah is assistant VP at PrinsBank in Prinsburg. Alyssa Marie, born August 16, 2010, is little sister to Kyle (3) and is expecting a new sibling in January 2012.