Awards honor students
by Rose McKenney, associate Student
On one of the most eventful nights of the year, ASHPU
The Associated Student of HPU hosted the annual Club Awards
Banquet on April 16 at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel.
The Banquet recognizes clubs and their members for their hard
work throughout the year. Twenty-three clubs and the ASHPU student
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The evening began with a welcoming speech by Student Life Director
Heather Hubbard, who introduced each ASHPU member, and brief
opening remarks by Academic Vice President John Fleckles.
Clubs have gone above and beyond this year, said
Hubbard. This banquet is to recognize that.
After dinner, each club presented Most Active Member awards
to students who did outstanding work throughout the year. The
recipients, selected by their peers, were each given an engraved
We are a family, so winning was a real surprise,
said psychology major Eteline Pula, the United Samoan Organizations
Most Active Member.
Surprise recognition went to Vice President for Student Service
Nancy Ellis and Vice President of Administration Rick Stepien,
for making ASHPUs successful events possible.
Marsha Khong, Junior Representive, was ASHPUs most active
member, chosen for her active encouragement of her fellow officers
and her hard work on all projects, especially the Spring Formal.
A new award was given this year. The Most Philanthropic Club
award, for the club most involved in community service, which
went to the Rotaract Club, for all its service projects.
We dont do this to win awards, said anthropology
major Theresa Aronsson. Katja Silverå, a marketing major,
added that Its about service above self. Its
about networking and community service.
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The club advisors nominated for Advisor of the Year award were
asked to stand and be recognized by the audience. The award
went to Dr. Helen Varner, advisor for three clubs Fantasy
Gamers, Akamai Advertising, and IABC.
The most distinguished award, the Club of the Year for the
most active club at HPU, went to Alakai Jaycees.
It was a big surprise, and its the teamwork that
counts, said club president Jenny Lai (2001). Everybodys
ASHPU president Selawe Tau gave the closing remarks for the
evening, and his personal farewell.
A wonderful year for the students. Tau said in his
speech. ASHPU has made me a better man. I hope to make
other people better, too. If students are happy, Im happy.
Thank you to everyone!
To end the evening, ASHPU had one last surprise, an appreciation
award for Heather Hubbard, for being a great advisor. Hubbard
also received a standing ovation from the audience, which is
a first for any Student Life director.
I think that it was a wonderful event, said international
major and SIFEs most outstanding member Benedikt Goetz.
Most active members:
Audrey Barnet (Marine
Brigette Istre ( IABC and Christian Fellowship)
Eteline Pula (United Samoan Organization)
Charlene Oon (Singapore Students Association)
John Havey (Catholic Campus Ministry)
Lisa Cripe (Akamai Advertising)
Benedikt Goetz (Students in Free Enterprise
Shaun Tateishi (The Debate Society)
Queenie Ho (Alakai Jaycees)
Jamie Raddat (United Nations)
Heather Mossinger (Peer Support)
Jan Sakamoto (Project Management club)
Marc A. Venzon ( Philippine Student Association)
Kyle Hays (Arts and Activities)
Christine Paul (Psychology club)
Donmerle Capati (Social Work, Human Service
Mark Smith (Fantasy Gamers)
Florian Zizlavsky (TIMSO)
George Olivas (Intercultural Teachers Organization)
Bo Johan Åström (Organizational
Jenny Lundahl (Press Club)
Mattias Lorell (Swedish Student Association)