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HPU st sponsor MegaComm
by Kalamalama staff

HPU will sponsor a statewide conference of communication professionals Oct. 18, according to Dr. Helen Varner, dean of the College of Communication. Organized by the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America, MegaComm 2002, Varner said it will give “students from HPU the chance to meet leading professionals in corporate communication, public relations, agency management, mass media, and related fields. The presentations provide insight into the future of our field and the presenters are the best in the business!

“This gathering of communications professionals from a wide range of industries is a terrific opportunity for our students and faculty,” Varner continued. Members of the student chapter of IABC at HPU will receive a discounted registration rate.

The theme of the conference, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, is “Influencing Hawai‘i’s Future.” The half-day professional development event is designed to showcase the ways in which Hawai‘i’s communications professionals play a critical role in shaping the future of our islands and to empower them to fulfill their role. The day’s seminars, Varner said, will provide insights on how communicators can elevate their role as business counselors and expand their sphere of influence. “Powerhouse speakers will give attendees no-nonsense, practical insights on working with clients, CEOs, the workplace, and the media,” she said.

The morning begins with an economic forecast that will help communicators in strategic communications planning, followed by a panel of top-tier media executives who will provide a view of big-picture trends in Hawai‘i’s media. The program culminates in a lunch with a case study showcasing the dynamic relationship between a CEO and a communications professional.

This year, MegaComm will be taken to an exciting new level. In addition to the formal seminars, MegaComm is inviting businesses that serve Hawai‘i’s professional communicators to participate as exhibitors. This is intended not only to facilitate attendees’ knowledge of the goods and services exhibitors provide, but to enhance networking opportunities at the event. Attendees who visit all the exhibitors’ tables will be eligible for door prizes.

Sept. 30 is the deadline for early bird registration: $75 for PRSA and IABC members; $85 for non-members. Regular registration is $85 for members; $100 for nonmembers. A $75 group rate is available to three or more from one organization. The student rate is $40. For more information and online registration, visit .

Organizations interested in serving as an exhibitor or sponsor of MegaComm 2002 or as volunteers for the event, should call MegaComm chairman Nathan Hokama, APR, at (808) 547-3639.



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