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Pacific Western Technology presents $10,000 donation to Boys & Girls Club of Dine Nation

Photo by George Hardeen
Pacific Western Technologies CEO Tai-Dan Hsu, left, presents a check for $10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the DinZ<caron> Nation director Marilyn King-Johnson and Division of DinZ<caron> Education executive director Leland Leonard at a dinner on Dec. 17.

Photo by George Hardeen Pacific Western Technologies CEO Tai-Dan Hsu, left, presents a check for $10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the DinZ<caron> Nation director Marilyn King-Johnson and Division of DinZ<caron> Education executive director Leland Leonard at a dinner on Dec. 17.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Pacific Western Technologies, an information technology company that recently completed a Road Inventory Project for the Ramah Chapter, has donated $10,000 for scholarships to the Boys & Girls Club of the DinZ Nation.

At a dinner here Dec. 17, to congratulate several staff members, PWT CEO Tai-Dan Hsu and his wife, PWT-IT Solutions President Ding-Wen Hsu, presented the generous check to Marilyn King-Johnson, director of the BGDN, and Leland Leonard, executive director of the Division of DinZ Education.

In making the presentation, Dr. Hsu said he first considered what kind of things he would like to re-invest in. In exploring the Navajo Nation's website, he came across news stories about the Boys & Girls Club of the DinZ Nation and thought that would be an appropriate and worthy place to help.

Attending the dinner was Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., First Lady Vikki Shirley and Shiprock Chapter President Duane "Chili" Yazzie.

Dr. Hsu told Dr. Shirley that he was impressed that the Navajo Nation is making great efforts and taking the time to improve its efficiency through technology.

"I feel the Navajo Nation has tremendous potential," he said. "You've got to be proud of yourself before you jump into the mainstream."

He said it was his personal and company philosophy to give back to a community. Dr. Hsu said he hoped the donation could help between five and 10 young people. He said he's stipulated three criteria for scholarship recipients:

¥ They must be proud of their Navajo culture.

¥ They must possess leadership skills and ability.

¥ They should excel in academic work.

In thanking PWT and Dr. Hsu for the donation, Leonard said Dr. Hsu was correct in that a nation needs pride to be successful.

Dr. Hsu also presented an appreciation award to Dr. Shirley for helping establish a good business relationship between PWT and the Navajo Nation.

"We appreciate our employees and their support," Dr. Hsu said. "We also appreciate our customers."

PWT is an 18-year-old company with six offices around the U.S. It completed a Road Inventory Project for the Ramah Chapter that included developing a transportation-based GIS and supporting database, development of GIS data from collected roads, training on database use and GPS equipment for future updates by Ramah personnel.

As part of the road inventory, all public road centerlines were GPS-located as well as the location of signage, signals, and structures such as bridges and culverts. Accident information and traffic counts were added by location.

The project provided the Navajo Ramah Chapter with a foundation for implementing the GIS. PWT's training was custom-tailored to the needs of Ramah personnel to make the project and personnel entirely self-sufficient.

(George Hardeen is Navajo Nation Communications Director.)

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