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Local writer wins poetry award
by Kalamalama staff

Brandy Nalani McDougall of Pukalani, Hawai‘i was named the recipient of the James Vaughan Award for Poetry at Hawai‘i Pacific University. She received a $500 check and was recognized at HPU’s fifth annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops March 2, at the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.

McDougall’s winning poem, “Waiting for the Sunrise at Haleakala,” was selected from more than 100 entries statewide. It will be published in volume 16 of HPU’s literary magazine, Hawai‘i Pacific Review, scheduled to be released this summer.

McDougal


“I admired Brandy’s poem for its sheer beauty, the images of a journey toward an awakening at the top of Haleakala that can touch the soul and also bring to mind the struggle that people can go through when they search for or try to hold on to their identity. The dense language and the movement of the poem are also impressive,” said Patrice Wilson, English instructor at HPU and editor of Hawai‘i Pacific Review.

Born and raised in upcountry Maui, McDougall, a 1994 Kamehameha Schools graduate, recently completed her master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Oregon. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Whittier College in California. She will leave for New Zealand this month to work with fellow writers and artists of Oceania, a trip made possible by a William J. Fulbright Scholarship. She eventually plans to return to Hawai‘i and teach literature and creative writing.

The James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry is named after HPU alumnus James M. Vaughan who established a fund to enhance the literature and poetry programs at HPU. Each year HPU recognizes a Hawai‘i writer for an outstanding poem or group of poems.

 

Cyboron named Satellite liaison
by Kalamalama staff

Robert Cyboron was recently named academic liaison for HPU’s Satellite Programs. Cyboron will assist the Satellite Dean and will be involved with training programs, developing marketing strategies, and assisting with enrollment management activities, advising, and registration. Cyboron has worked in the private defense industry for the past three years. Prior to that, he served as the HPU Satellite Programs coordinator for the Kane‘ohe campus.

Cyboron

During his free time, Cyboron teaches graduate-level courses in the College of Continuing Education for both the Naval War College located at Pearl Harbor, and Marine Corps University based at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, in Kane‘ohe.

Cyboron received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University, a master’s in national security affairs from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, and a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Satellite Programs serve approximately 2,500 students at its seven satellite campuses on O‘ahu.

 

Kanada wins Teaching award
by Kalamalama staff

Gary Kanada, instructor of Japanese and Hawaiian at Hawai‘i Pacific University, was one of two recipients receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Hawai‘i Association of Language Teachers (HALT) for his outstanding achievement in teaching, professional development, and service to the foreign language profession. Kanada received his award at the 16th annual HALT Conference held on March 9, at HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.

Kanada

Hosted for the first time by Hawai‘i Pacific University, the event featured presentations by world language teachers of Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language on teaching techniques, innovations, and information on issues relevant to Hawai‘i’s unique language teaching community.

Kanada joined HPU in 1993 as an instructor of Japanese. He established HPU’s Hawaiian language program a year later and is currently teaching both languages. He has served as a member of the HPU Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee and was a key figure creating a Japanese minor program at HPU, which will be available this coming fall.

Outside of HPU activities, Kanada has been involved with a Hawaiian music program at Kaiulani Elementary through a pilot program initiated by the Hawai‘i Music Hall of Fame & Museum, funded by the State Department of Education’s Artists in the Schools Program. He also teaches Hawaiian at the Windward School for Adults and is co-authoring a book called “Pocket Grammar of Hawaiian Language” scheduled for release later this year. He also does volunteer work for the Manoa Valley District Park and Pool.

A graduate of H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui, Kanada received a bachelor’s degree in Japanese language and master’s degree in East Asian languages and literature-Japanese from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and also earned an Indo-Pacific Languages certificate in Hawaiian. He spent a year studying Japanese at Hiroshima University, made possible through a government scholarship by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

 

International Studies Korea panel
by Kalamalama staff

On April 27, HPU will host a panel presentation on Korea in Warmer Auditorium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The four distinguished experts on the panel will address recent developments in Korean affairs. The event is jointly sponsored by the Division of International Studies and its advisory council, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), and Pacific Forum/CSIS.

Panelists will include one of the world's leading experts on Korea, Dr. Victor Cha of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Joining Dr. Cha will be Aidan Foster-Carter of Leeds University (UK), and two Koreans from a delegation sponsored by the Pacific Forum. Moderator for the discussion will be HPU’s own expert on Korea, Dr. Ko Seung Kyun.

After brief presentations by each member of the panel, Dr. Ko will lead the discussion towards a question and answer session designed to allow students to engage the panelists.

“The event will be a valuable opportunity for students to hear experts in this critical area,” said Dr. Carlos Juárez, HPU associate professor of political science. The importance of understanding the two Koreas has recently gained added weight, in light of President Bush's recent listing of North Korea as part of an “axis of evil.”

“It will also be a valuable opportunity to cooperative highlight links between HPU and some of our local organizations,” Juárez added. “PAAC is our local world affairs council, and PacForum is a policy-oriented think tank based here in Honolulu, a branch of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.”

 

Juárez to review Fulbrights
by Kalamalama staff

HPU Associate Professor of political science Dr. Carlos Juárez, has been confirmed as a new member of the specialist peer review committee that reviews applications for Fulbright visiting scholar awards.

The Fulbright program is the nation’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Juárez

The committee is sponsored by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and was established by the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils to assist in the administration of the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. Through its links with the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, The National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of International Education, CIES has built and maintained a relationship with the U.S. scholarly community for more than 50 years.

Juárez, a Fulbright scholar to Mexico in 2000, currently serves as a member of the regional committee that reviews applications for the Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program. A specialist on the political economy of developing nations, his own research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington; the American Political Science Association, the Pacific Basin Research Center at Harvard University, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an organization based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Juárez received his Ph.D. from the University of California–Los Angeles. He teaches American and comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies.

 

HPU Receives Book Grant from Japan Foundation
by Kalamalama staff

April 27 HPU will host a panel presentation on recent developments in Korean affairs to be held in Warmer Auditorium from 2:30-4:30. The event is jointly sponsored by the Division of International Studies and its advisory council, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), and Pacific Forum/CSIS.

Panelists will include one of the world’s leading experts on Korea, Dr. Victor Cha of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Joining Dr. Cha will be Aidan Foster-Carter of Leeds University (UK) and two Koreans (names to be announced ) from a delegation sponsored by the Pacific Forum. Moderator for the discussion will be HPU’s own expert on Korea, Dr. Ko Seung Kyun. After brief presentations by each member of the panel, Dr. Ko will lead ta question and answer session designed to allow students to engage the panelists.

“The event will be a valuable opportunity for students to hear experts in this critical area,” said Dr. Carlos Juarez, HPU associate professor of political science. The importance of understanding the two Koreas has recently gained added weight, in light of President Bush’s recent listing of North Korea as part of an “axis of evil.”

“It will also be a valuable opportunity to cooperative highlight links between HPU and some of our local organizations,” Juarez added. “PAAC is our local world affairs council, and PacForum is a policy-oriented think tank based here in Honolulu, a branch of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.”

 
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