HPU summer briefs
compiled by Kalamalama staff
Ballplayer signed by Majors
Bryce Uegawachi, a senior shortstop at HPU was selected by
the Cleveland Indians in the 26th Round of Major League Baseball
player draft last month. Uegawachi will join an East Coast short
-season rookie league. “The wizard,” which is Uegawachi’s nickname,
was this season’s top returning hitter with a .368 batting average.
A 1997 Kaiser high school graduate, Uegawachi is an environmental
Facelift for HPU offices
HPU summer of renovation program included remodeling of the
English Foundation Program offices on the ground level of the
MP building at 1188 Fort St. The academic English Foundation
Program is an intensive program that helps students improve
their English skills.
Itoh named VP of IT Services
Justin Itoh has been presented to the position of associate
vice president of Information Technology Services. In the past
few years, Itoh has been responsible for building the new Information
Technology Services division to centralize the management of
computer, telecommunication and information resources at HPU.
His numerous improvements in technology infrastructure have
been cost-effective and improved University IT functions, propelling
HPU to the forefront of institutions that utilize new technologies.
Prior to joining HPU, Itoh served as manager of information
technology for Safetran Systems, Inc., a manufacturing company
based in California. He also taught advanced networking courses
at California State University. He received his M.B.A. from
California State University and his B.A. from Pacific Union
Each semester, HPU honors its graduating nursing students with
a pinning ceremony held in the days prior to the commencement
ceremony. On August 12, at HPU’s windward campus in Kane‘ohe,
16 students were recognized for their achievements.Catherine
B. Ryan, HPU assistant professor of nursing, was the featured
speaker in a traditional ceremony planned by a committee of
graduating seniors. The graduating students recited the “Nightingale
Pledge” as a commitment to the nursing ideals established by
Florence Nightingale and received their pins from family members
and friends. The HPU nursing pin is unique to HPU’s nursing
program. It features the Ko‘olau mountains, which are green
and represent eternal life; the blue sky, which represents truth,
loyalty, and worthiness; an ‘iwa bird, signifying courage; and
a gold background, which symbolizes the golden rule.
COM Dean in Marquis Who’s
Who Helen Varner, Ed.D., HPU dean of Communication will be
included in the October-released 2002 Marquis Who’s Who, one
of the world's leading biographical reference publications.
Varner, who joined HPU in 1991, is a former president of the
Professional Communicators Association, the Texas Public Relations
Association, and the Galveston Visitors and Convention Bureau.
In 1995, she was awarded the HPU Trustees’ Award for Teaching
Excellence and was named Woman Leader of the Year by the Organization
of Woman Leaders. Since 1899, Marquis Who’s Who has chronicled
the lives of accomplished individuals and innovators from every
significant field of endeavor including politics, business,
medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment.
ASC advisor Volunteer of the Year
Susan Cotellesse, Recruiter and Academic Advisor in the Adult
Service Center, has recently been named the U.S. Army Reserve
Volunteer of the Year for 2001. Ms. Cotellesse, spouse of Major
(Ret.) John S. Cotellesse has been an active volunteer, supporting
military families for over 15 years. She has been assisting
the 9th RSC with Family Readiness issues for almost four years.
Susan first became involved as a volunteer in 1995, teaching
courses in the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Program.
Susan so enjoyed training the soldiers and families on team
building topics that she became an AFTB Master Trainer, then
the Ft. Rucker VIP spokesperson for AFTB. Due to her dedication
and commitment, she was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public
Service and Volunteer of the Month of the Ft. Rucker Installation.
In January of 1998, Susan became a member of the Schofield
Barracks AFTB Advisory Council and instructed AFTB classes at
the 9th RSC family conference. It was during this period that
she became highly involved in the conference planning activities
for the 9th RSC and has continued to work with a dedicated group
of volunteers to create the 9th RSC family conference each year.
Currently, Susan holds the positions of the U.S. Army Reserve
Command (USARC) Family Program Advisory Council Member, developing
issues that impact Army Reserve families worldwide, 9th RSC
Pacific Rim Regional FPAC President, and Co-Chairwoman of the
2001 Family Program Academy recently held at the Turtle Bay
Her awards for volunteerism include the Commander’s Award for
Public Service, Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Ft. Rucker
Volunteer of the Month, and most recently the United States
Army Reserve (USAR) Volunteer of the Year Award for 2001. She
and her husband, John, son, James and daughter, Sharena reside
in the Hawaii Kai area.