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
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.