College of Natural Sciences
by Kalamalama staff
To address growth in science-based fields, HPU
has established a new College of Natural Sciences at the Hawaii
Loa campus in Kaneohe, where all of HPUs science-based
programs are located.
The College consists of the following academic
fields and programs: biology, chemistry, environmental science,
environmental studies, geology, marine biology, pre-medical
studies, oceanography, and physics. Previously, these programs
were housed in the Arts & Sciences Division, which has been
renamed College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Andrew Brittain
Heading the new college is Dr. Andrew Brittain, who joined
HPU in 1997 as associate professor of microbiology. He is
the co-founder, and past president, and chief executive officer
of CyberChemics, Inc., and is the recipient of a National
Research Council fellowship to conduct research at Marshall
Space Flight Center.
The College of Natural Sciences also houses
two program chairs. Dr. Keith Korsmeyer, assistant professor
of biology, was appointed to the Life Sciences Chair. He is
responsible for biology and pre-medical sciences programs.
Dr. Martha Sykes, associate professor of geology, was named
Physical Science Chair. She oversees the chemistry, physics,
and geology programs.
In addition, Dr. Christopher Winn, associate
professor of oceanography, will continue as director of Marine
Science, but his title has been changed to director of Marine
and Environmental Science.
The programs in the Schools of Natural Sciences have
unique needs that require special focused administrative attention,
explained Chatt G. Wright, president of HPU. These changes
will strengthen HPU as a major center for education in the
New databases for Library
by Kalamalama staff
HPU has joined forces and funds with other public, university,
and school libraries in the state to acquire a new set of online
databases that will greatly increase HPU libraries information
offerings to students, faculty, and staff.
According to University Librarian Stephen Simpson, new online
databases include full text materials from thousands of journals,
newspapers, books, and reference resources. At present these
are included in the online research databases that are listed
in the Library Resources section under the School Services tab
of Campus Pipeline.
As long as you have computer access, you can get to these
databases whenever you want to and wherever you are, explained
Joy Graham, head of reference services. You dont
have to come to the library to use them, although if you do,
you will receive the bonus of research help and expert search
advice from our reference librarians, she added.
The new databases are produced by the EBSCO Company, a major
aggregator of online information. Most of the new databases
are designed for academic use and contain information from scholarly,
peer-reviewed journals in a broad range of subject areas. Many
include the full text of articles including charts, graphs,
and illustrations. The major database, Academic Search Premier
is billed as the largest multi-disciplinary full text database
in the world.
Smaller, subject-oriented databases include Business Source
Premier, ERIC, Newspaper Source, and Computer Source. The new
offerings also include databases specializing in psychology,
behavioral sciences, health, medicine, military matters, religion,
Acquisition of the EBSCO databases through the Hawaii
Library Consortium allows us to maximize our online database
dollar and enables us to acquire additional databases in subject
areas that need strengthening, Simpson said.
For more information, call 544-9330.
Journalists win scholarship
by Wendy Peng, staff writer
Three journalism majors and two communication majors won Hawaii
Association of Broadcasters scholarships, and four of them attended
the HPU Honors Banquet 2002 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel
Waikiki, April 7.
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Winning students are Baxter Cepeda, Lesley Laau, Joanne
Low, Hsiao-Wei Peng, and Irene Young. All but Laau received
their scholarship certificates at the banquet from the representatives
of HAB, Gregg Mueller and Susii Hearst, who work at KIKU-TV,
and KHON-TV (FOX) respectively.
Baxter Cepeda, Hsiao-Wei Peng, and Irene Young are journalism
majors and section editors of Kalamalama. Lesley Laau
is a junior majoring in visiual communication, and Joanne Low
has earned an HPU B.A. in Communication and she is pursuing
her master degree.
The selection committee was composed of Dr. Helen Varner, dean
of Communication, and HPU Communication faculty Dr. John Hart
and Jacqueline Langley. Students were required to write an essay
on assigned topics in order to compete for the limited scholarship
funds offered by HAB.
Burke teacher of year
by Kalamalama staff
Reverend Dale Burke, Hawaii Pacific Universitys
chaplain and an instructor of communication, was awarded the
Universitys 2002 Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence.
The announcement was made at HPUs spring commencement
ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, at the Waikiki Shell.
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The annual award is given to a faculty member, nominated by
students and chosen by a committee representing the entire HPU
community, who best exemplifies the ideals of distinguished
Rev. Burke is described by his students as knowledgeable, enthusiastic,
and inspiring. One particular student who wrote an essay in
support of Rev. Burkes nomination was impressed with his
knack for remembering former students. The student wrote: Rev.
Burke made the class my favorite class during my four years
at HPU. I took his class during my first year at HPU when I
still suffered from culture shock and homesickness. He changed
my attitude towards HPU and life in general through his own
attitude. And after four years, he still knows my name.
Rev. Burke studied biology as an undergraduate at the University
of California in Irvine, received his Masters in Divinity from
the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, studied
at Oxford University in England, and holds a Doctorate in Ministry
from the Graduate Theological Foundation, Ancilla Domini College
in Indiana. He has been a pastor in San Diego and in 1979 was
founding pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani, a position
he held until becoming chaplain at HPU eight years ago.
In addition to everything he does for HPU, Rev. Burke also
tirelessly serves the community in Hawaii. His seats on
local boards include Wahiawa General Hospital and the Association
for Retarded Citizens of Hawaii. He has been dean of the
Hawaii Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America, and also a parent-coach for Special Olympics of Hawaii.