Doctor LJ Rayphand

edited May 2014 in General
Congratulations to Dr. LJ Rayphand for successfully NIAPENI nouch na PhD. Tuwanumunum onokkewe mwo atin Faichuk!


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  • Probably youngest PhD in FSM...late 30's or early 40's. Proud of you brother. Don't forget your roots in Southern Namoneas.
  • CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LJ RAYPHAND !  
    WHAT'S HIS RELATION TO ATTORNEY SABURO RAYPHAND !


  • villager,

    I remembered you disclosed your identity several years ago in here. If you are still the same and are HN, married to a Chuukese, then LJ is actually very close to your wife.

    If I assume incorrectly on your identity, then I apologize.

    WaJm

  • Mr. WaJm,

    Kaselehlie/rehn enim !  No problem, no need to apologize. 
    Have a nice weekend - it's already Friday out here in our Micronesia - and all the best to you, sir.

    Hilar
  • enet oh, congratulation ngeni onowe pwipwi Dr LJ, such an inspiration pwipwi to myself and the young generation of FSM.

  • edited June 2014
    Wow..great Job! LJ...but you know I'm not surprised, i remember you back at COMFSM as our dorm's RA...i knew you would go far....very well done and good luck....Go Chuuk state!!

    ~an old friend frm Kosrae.
  • There you go Chuuk.  There is your next leader who probably could steer Chuuk in the right direction.

    Congrats Dr. LJ.
  • mother in law got hers too about the same time Lj got his. - all in the family.  His wife got her Masters though IDK what field.


  • An Islander in America – LJ Rayphand  Posted on October 14, 2013

    This week’s “Islander in America” features University of Hawaii at Manoa PhD candidate, LJ Rayphand, (pictured below) a Chuukese native currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife, daughter and son.

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    IA: When did you first come to America and why?

    LJ: I first came to America in 1998 to further my schooling.

    IA: Since then, what have you been doing, school and work? Expand on what you are studying, name of program, what school, degree program, etc. And if you work, please share with us some of the thing you have been working on.

    LJ: I’ve done a range of things in the past— school, work, serving the community, etc. I’ve always gave school a 25% more than any other things I am involved with. Right now, I am completing my graduate studies in Educational Technology including three certificate programs– On-line Teaching (Distance Education- the usual term), Pacific Island Studies, and Disaster Management Humanitarian Assistance Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I’ve been working in different areas at UH Manoa. Right now, I am working with the Center on Disability Studies at UH Manoa under two projects: Text-to-Speech (a software reading intervention program) and Ka Pilina (a math project working with middle school and high school teachers).

    IA: Do you have any family here? If yes, how have you been adjusting (adjusted) to life in America? Do you have any challenges/opportunities you face since coming to America?

    LJ: We are a family of 4. My wife, Novia, works for the Hawaii DOE and our children spend most of their weeks at school–my daughter (6 yrs. old) is at Hokunai and my son (3 yrs. old) attends HCAP pre-school. Life is hard but we try to have a piece of its comforting zone. We have to adjust to so many things. Challenges are always ahead but we do what we can to either overcome them or go with the flow.

    IA: What is your advice for fellow Micronesians here in America and back home, especially those who are contemplating moving to America?

    LJ: When they say that “there is no place like home”… I am sure they really do mean it. There is not a day, when I don’t think about home and what it is like living in the islands. If you need to be here, then work hard for your reasons but if you are here for just the ‘heck’ of it, then think twice. Life in America is like the currents at the opening of a channel. They can pull you down until you are drowned or they can take you to the shore until your feet hit the sandy beach.


  • Congrats Vando a.k.a LJ. Those good ole Chuukese songs back then that often sang the name VANDO, that's him right there the big supporter to musicians and all kinds of artist who value time and just about everything very educational.

    He was a dedicated altar boy since he was young, escorting the missionaries and priests on many special occasions and big events of the past. Sometimes he would track me along with him to CHURCH and every time I critics his overly commitment to Sunday Mass and religious activities, he always shut me down with this statement "IF YOU DON'T HAVE GOD IN YOUR LIFE, YOU'LL NEVER ADVANCE TO WHERE YOU DREAM". He was never wrong and I am proudly congratulating his big achievement. 


  • Amen that is so true LJ. Keep up the good work and you're a one of God's role model to all FSM today and future kids. Way to go there man!
  • Congrats LJ.
    Go Dolphins!
  • 1998? I THOUGHT U ATTENDED COM-POHNPEI DURING THIS TIME CUZ I WAS THERE.
  • At Saramen Chuuk Academy where I met LJ he was just one amazing intelligent person I knew then he would succeed in achieving his goal. We seniors that time thought he would become a priest since he was always involved in church activity....and now I could say I am so proud to be his sis in law... Congrats again bro!!!
  • Follow you dream apart from God you can't accomplish much.

    If we're going to reach the Donald Trumps, Bill Gates and Ted Turners of the world. We're going to have to have a vision bigger than who we are.The dreams that ultimately build dependence on God and continue building the Kingdom of God.

    Not every dream is from God. There is such a thing as godless dreams. But when your dream is God's dream, it's unstoppable.
  • Consider returning home and helping with the Chuuk Education Reform. While the pay may not be desirable, giving back is something that would make you happy - thus a fulfilled life.

    Congratulations!
  • Yes, that question one should ask should be, what am I achieving my life's dream for??? myself or my people???

    I share the same,

    Congratulations!

  • Now that I'm attending CCPI (Caroline College And Pastoral Institute) I will love to say LJ is the best. He is my Professor here at CCPI and I would like to thank him for supporting us the students here at CCPI. I almost stop (ajanu) but thanks to LJ for being there and he is the reason I'm doing my best in school and still going on with my dreams. He is the reason I didn't give up so easly.
    LJ you are the best!
  • Yep the Rayphand connection has its origin in the lower Mortlocks, Go Dr. LJR Chuuk needs you of course.
  • NOT ONLY ONE RAYPHAND FAMILY IN CHUUK. THERE'S A FEW THOUGH SAME NAME. THE POINT IS DR. LJ RAYPHAND IS FROM CHUUK, A CHUUKESE, A PROUD CHUUKESE. NO NEED SPECIFIC ID OF ORIGIN.

    WHAT MATTERS MOST IS THAT WE ARE THANKFUL TO HIM FOR COMING BACK AND SHARING HIS INTELLIGENCE AND WISDOM AT HOME.

    KINISOU LJ REN NETIP TONG!
  • Sinbad that is ok.  I know LJ personally and his history. Yes, let us celebrate his achievement. 
  • I am so happy that LJ decided to return home and is already making a dent in education. While he works specifically at the tertiary level, his membership in the Chuuk State Board of Education will have a direct impact in the K-12 system. Glad to have an opportunity to work with him and his colleagues from the Chuuk State Board of Education.
  • God bless u Dr. Rayphand and keep up the good work....

    Asaf,
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