HPU has received a $600,000 grant from the Frear Eleemosynary
Trust to support the establishment of a new $1 million computer
center. The award is one of the largest given by the 65-year-old
charitable trust and will benefit the University’s growing computer
science and information systems programs.
“The Frear Trust recognizes the positive impact Hawai‘i Pacific
University makes on our state. With 9,000 students coming from
more than 100 countries, HPU creates worldwide visibility for
Hawai‘i, and ... contributes significantly to Hawai‘i’s economy,”
said Frear Trust Chairman Sharon McPhee. “In addition, we are
pleased to be able to play a role in [HPU’s] mission to attract
students from all over the world to Hawai‘i, which promotes
greater understanding and better relations among countries.
HPU provides our Hawai‘i students with this very unique environment
right here in our islands,” McPhee added.
“Hawai‘i Pacific University is grateful for Hawai‘i’s family
foundations such as the Frear Eleemosynary Trust, for their
contribution to the growth and success of our University,” said
HPU President Chatt G. Wright. “The Frear Trust’s support for
a new computer center will give our students the latest in high-tech
equipment for innovative interactive sessions as well as hands-on
learning of complex computer systems.”
The Frear Eleemosynary Trust Computer and Information Systems
Center, a 4,000-square-foot facility, will have classrooms equipped
with the latest hardware and networking equipment plus a tech-support
and maintenance area in order to provide extensive class instruction
and hands-on training in advanced software engineering.
More than 1,000 students are currently enrolled in the Master
of Science in Information Systems, the Bachelor of Science in
Computer Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
– Computer Information programs at HPU. The new computer center
will allow for further growth in these degree areas as the number
of students majoring in computer science and information systems
increases, said Wright.
“The computer center, with advanced computer and telecommunications
capabilities, will enable the University to provide the best
education to the expanding number of students in our information
systems and computer science programs,” added Wright.
The center is expected to be in operation by summer 2003.
Mary D. and Walter F. Frear established the Frear Eleemosynary
Trust in 1936 for religious, charitable, scientific, literary,
or educational purposes. The Frears devoted themselves to the
betterment of the people of Hawai‘i. Mrs. Frear helped organize
the YWCA and the College Club of Honolulu, and was active in
the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Mr. Frear served as a lawyer, a jurist,
Chief Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, and Governor of
the Territory of Hawai‘i.