Brian K. Thompson, originally of Brea, Calif., received a
B.S. in Computer Science and represented the military campus
degree programs. In the Marine Corps since 1982, Thompson said
he was looking to pursue a career in the computer field
and HPU had a great reputation for their computer science program.
He ended saying, I enjoy the caliber of people in the
military campus programs, from the staff to the faculty. They
are flexible in accommodating the needs of people like me.
Representing the on-campus baccalaureate degree programs and
earning a B.A. in Communication was Shaun K.H. Tateishi of Maili.
Tateishis first college experience at HPU began after
seventh grade, when he was awarded a course scholarship to the
University through his affiliation with the Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth. As an undergraduate, Tateishi was
active in and president of numerous student organizations: Debate
Society, Alpha Chi National Scholarship Honor Society, and Akamai
Advertising. He is a recipient of numerous academic awards,
including being named a Collegiate All-American Scholar by the
United States Achievement Academy.
Deniz Karacaoglu of Istanbul, Turkey, graduated with an MSIS
and represented the graduate degree programs. Karacaoglu, who
received her bachelors degree in computer information
systems from HPU three years ago, has been active in numerous
student organizations on campus, including the Windsurfing Club,
and the Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Chi National Honor Societies.
She also the recipient of thefor Undergraduate Scholarship in
Karacaoglu is a national and world sailing champion and was
named Ambassador of Sports, Tolerance, and Fair Play by the
National Olympic Committee of Turkey. She was drawn to HPU for
its rich student diversity and ideal location to condition her
Jeffrey S. Colwell of Vista, Calif. represented the on-campus
baccalaureate degree programs on Aug. 5. He graduated with two
degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration
in Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising.
Active in Kalamalama, the Comedy Club, Akamai Advertising, and
other HPU groups, he was appointed a Presidents Host,
a designation reserved only for a select group of students at
HPU. Living in Hawaii and attending HPU has taught
me to be independent, meet people from all over the world and
appreciate the rich cultures that they bring to us. I have grown
as a person. Being the youngest of three children, I felt sheltered
at times. Coming to HPU helped me to come out of my shell,
Marc Ratkus, a Pensa-cola, Fla. native, represented HPUs
military campuses and received a Bachelor of Science degree
in Computer Science. Stationed in Hawaii in 1999, Ratkus
decided to pursue a degree in computer science to help him prepare
for a career after he retired from the military. His co-workers,
he said, suggested he attend HPU because the instructors were
the best on the island. A member of the Wheeler
Middle School Parent Teacher Organization, where he served one
year as president, Ratkus says the driving force behind his
success is his two boys. He wanted to make a positive
influence on them and show them what hard work and commitment
could result in.
Ralf Mitteregger, a Salzburg, Austria native, represented the
graduate students and received M.B.A. in Computer Information
Systems. As a student assistant in the Universitys development
office, he helped design and create that departments Web
site. He is a member of the Epsilon Delta Pi National Honor
Society and the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society. It
is not only the degree that will aid me in the future,
he said, it is the experiences I have gained, the people
I met, and the friends I made. My time in Hawaii has influenced
my life significantly and it will have a great impact on my
Commencement speaker for May 15 was Lt. General H.C. Stackpole,
USMC (Ret.), president of Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.
Commencement speaker for Aug. 5 was Caroline Matano Yang, chair
of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington,
D.C. The Board oversees the worldwide Fulbright program including
establishing policies and approving all grants. Yang also serves
as chair of the International Advisory Board for Tokyo Foundation,
and is an active member of The Mike Mansfield Fellowships to
Japan and the International Studies Advisory Council at HPU.
Both Stackpole and Yang received the Fellow of the Pacific Award,
the Universitys highest accolade.