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by Dayna Kalakau, staff writer

The semester’s first power breakfast was held on Feb. 7 at the Pioneer Plaza Club. Officers and advisors of HPU student clubs and organizations gathered to share news about their group’s events and what students can look forward to throughout the semester.

The Global Leadership Organization Club, assisted by Dr. Carlos Juarez and advisor Dr. Art Whatley, is in the early planning stages of the Global Citizenship Student Symposium, scheduled to cap off HPU’s new International Week in April. This year’s symposium will take a student-centered approach, different from years past, in order to discuss issues such as making HPU a sustainable campus. GLOC is working with University of Hawai‘i and an outside recycling agency, Honolulu Recovery, to bring a recycling program to HPU.

ASHPU is planning to introduce leadership seminars, and will address student concerns in general. ASHPU has put together a task force to look at such things as the lack of parking, downtown campus security, and shuttle services. Suggestions will be made to the administration as to how these problems might be remedied.

The Project Management Club is working on a pilot workshop for the fall that will focus on certification for project management.

The Computing Club is focusing its efforts to help HPU students overcome their fears of computing. The club has been working closely with Adult Services to plan a workshop on Feb. 21, through Pipeline, that will address such programs as Microsoft PowerPoint Access, Excel, and Word.
The Swedish Club held its welcome barbecue at Fort DeRussy on Feb. 4. The club held a party on Feb. 18 at Lotus, and is also planning a speed-dating event later in the semester.

Borealis, the Norwegian Student Association, is planning a picnic, a beach clean up, and a community service volunteering activity.

The German Student Organization is planning its annual Soccer Cup that will be held on April 14 at the Hawai‘i Loa campus. The soccer cup will kickoff this year’s International Week.

Danish Dynamite will be hosting a paintball tournament this semester, and it plans to host a traditional Danish Easter luncheon and to take part in the soccer cup in April.

The Reason Club is bringing a movie of the week to HPU. Movies will be shown Fridays in the Sea Warrior Center at 5 p.m. Watch the calendar for dates.

Students for Essential Equality will take part in the Hawai‘i International Film Festival, events for Women’s Day, poetry slams, and a fundraiser for the AIDS walk.

The Pre-Law Society plans to host guest speakers and participate in community service events. The society will participate in a clean up with the Ronald McDonald House on Feb. 18, and it will welcome two guest speakers on March 6 and March 20 to talk about corporate law and the Patriot Act, respectively.

The Accounting Club will be holding a silent auction with the Red Cross on Feb. 24, and it is planning a series of Friday Accounting Nights for its members.

The Graduate Student Organization is looking to bring together students from different programs this semester. It has already had a mixer at the beach, and plans to participate in upcoming fundraising and community service events.

The MA/COM organization had its student and faculty mixer Feb. 2 and will plan more great mixers to welcome new members and to introduce members to industry professionals.

The Akamai Advertising Agency had a great turn out at Club Carnival on Feb. 2. It plans to participate in a fundraiser with 24-Hour Fitness, which has allowed the AAA to keep 100 percent of the profits earned. The AAA will also participate in a professional mixer with the Public Relations Student Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.

The Press Club is planning a beach clean up and participation in community service events at Shriner’s Hospital and Hawai‘i Public Radio. The club will host a media relations workshop with the PRSSA on Feb. 27, and plans to bring other industry professionals to campus.

PRSSA doubled its membership at Club Carnival. On Feb. 17, it will sponsor Healthy Hearts for Homeless Keiki event, an effort to raise money for homeless children. It is awaiting approval for its big event, a date auction.

The Psychology Club will host a movie night this month, and it will also be participating in a community service event with the Ronald McDonald House. The club will also schedule different psychology-related workshops for its members throughout the semester.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Student Union, along with the Office of Student Life, will welcome young millionaire and CEO Ephren Taylor as a guest speaker on Feb. 22 and 23. The BSU is planning to host a movie night this semester at the Movie Museum in Kaimuki, and club president Justin Smith also plans to engage its members in discussions and activities dealing with the 2008 presidential election.

The French Club is working on a community service event at Hawaiian Adventures Waterpark on May 5.

Latinos Unidos is planning a fiesta and a picnic, and hopes to retain its title as best booth at this year’s Intercultural Day.

The Japanese Club, is focusing on Intercultural Day this semester and will host a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and a language tutoring activity for its members.

The United Samoan Organization is planning a joint barbecue with the Samoan organizations of Chaminade University and UH-Manoa. The club has also begun planning and practicing its presentation for Intercultural Day.

The Polygot Toastmasters held a humorous speaker event on Feb. 7, and is planning on participating in exchanges with clubs from other universities, as well as leadership training and other speaking events scheduled for later in the semester.

The Alaka‘i Jaycees will host a résumé workshop on Feb. 21 in conjunction with the Career Services Center. The club is also looking forward to the Business and Technology Career Fair, scheduled for March 2.

The Social Work and Human Services Club is planning a joint lobbying event with similar clubs from BYUH and UH at the state capitol on Feb. 17.

The English Foundation Program’s PALS club held a mixer Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Kukui Plaza. PALS also plans to coordinate an anonymous rose activity for Valentine’s Day, as well as hiking activities and a Sunset on the Beach day, slated for April 20.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee encourages all students to support HPU athletes.

The Honors program advisor, Dr. Brian Metcalf, announced that applications for honors society are now available and are due by Feb. 28. The induction ceremony will be on April 22.

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