Full Name: Louis de Virgilio
Birthplace: Kailua, Hawaii
Field of Study/Major: Master's Degree in Occupational, Workforce and Leadership Studies (OWLS)
"I work long hours and I also have a wife and 3 children; I did not think I had the time to go back to school. At work, I found myself surrounded by adults with their own full plates and yet they had the dream and drive to finish their own college careers. So I came to the conclusion that if they could do it, so could I! I told myself just to take one class at a time and see where it led; education is a journey not a destination. I took a class called Life Change Planning with Dr. Omar Lopez and I learned to plan my time and life, to write down challenging goals, and then to work toward them. I was amazed how this class transformed my life and my attitude toward graduate school. The OWLS degree allows me to design a degree that fits my needs and life goals. It also applies college credit from my Certified Public Manager’s Certificate. I liked the OWLs program so much; I got two of my neighbors to also enroll."
"I grew up in Hawaii and love to surf, fish and hike. My maternal grandfather was born in Waimanalo, Hawaii in the 1890s, where he started out as a dirt farmer. We all lived in a metal hut andwhen it rained, it sounded like marbles hitting a metal trash can. At night I could hear the surf about two miles away and the sky was filled with stars. My grandfather worked his way up to railroad engineer, a major achievement in the 1920s, especially for a minority. His steam engine Olomana, which means “Devine Hill”, is now part of the Smithsonian transportation collection. When Grand Dad would “open it up” his train hit 10 MPH. In recent years, I’ve been to Japan and I have ridden the bullet train, Shinkansen, which goes up to 199 MPH past Mount Fuji. My love for trains continues.I came to Central Texas because of the excellent school system and career opportunities. My family and I have flourished since we relocated here 14 years ago, and we love the area."
"I started working for the RRC during the 1999 school year as their Systems Support Specialist. Almost 14 years later, I am the Assistant Director over Technology and Campus Operations. The RRC administration was housed in a couple of portables at Westwood HS situated in a nice grassy area. Wild rabbits and wild turkeys would visit, perhaps to eat the grapes that grew along the fence line."
"With my graduate degree and work experience I’d like to teach classes at a college in Computer Sciences, Workforce and/or Leadership. I think I’m doing pretty well now. I still remember walking to school with bare feet and a PanAm airplane bag for my books. I plan to see each of my three children graduate from high school and go to the college of their dreams. It would make my Grandpa very proud that his family has gone far in both distance and in achievements. From bare feet to cowboy boots, from a metal hut to a beautiful home, from a one room plantation school to a graduate degree at a fine University, from 10 MPH to 199 MPH."