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Students invited to TGIF, Freak Week, Halloween Hoopla
by ASHPU staff

“Thank Goodness it’s Friday!” is the name of the new ASHPU-sponsored program of events every Friday afternoon on Fort Street Mall from 1-3 p.m.

The first event of the series, “TGIF: Let’s go to the Movies,” was Oct. 11. ASHPU officers gave away gift packs of movie tickets, sodas, and popcorn, as well as HPU logo-wear. Some students had to work for their prizes by naming all seven dwarves or racing to the announcer, while others (wearing HPU attire) only had to appear.

“A lot of students have voiced concerns about HPU downtown not feeling like a real campus,” said Collette Kuntz, ASHPU president. “I think these events will help get more students involved.”

TGIF events will happen every Friday for the rest of the semester, so be on the lookout for Rock N Bowl, Sumo Wrestling, Free Throw Shootout, and Hawaiian Day.

From Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, the Office of Student Life sponsors Freak Week, a series of events celebrating Halloween and climaxing with the Monsters’ Ball (see page 5). A new addition is Halloween Hoopla, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Co-sponsored by the HPU Athletic Department, the event, held at Queen Emma Square in front of St. Andrew’s Priory, will include trick or treating, games, food, and prizes for costumes. Highlight of the evening will be a basketball game between the faculty and the intramural champions, a faculty versus student basketball matchup, and introduction of the 2002-2003 Sea Warriors varsity basketball team.


Landscaper honored
by Kalamalama staff

Joseph Saguto, director of Roads and Grounds at HPU, received an honorary award from the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program, to acknowledge his 30-plus years of work landscaping the Hawai‘i Loa campus.

Saguto was given the Kane Riccio Honorary Award at a conference last month sponsored by Kaulunani, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Hawai‘i chapter; Maui County; the Outdoor Circle; and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

“It’s pretty incredible what Joe has done to the campus,” said Teresa Trueman-Madriaga, administrator of the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program. “He went way beyond the call of duty and devoted his life to really making the Hawai‘i Loa campus grounds beautiful. For generations to come,” she added, “people will be able to appreciate the campus’ natural beauty.”

Saguto is the second person to receive this recognition.


HPU to host Slovenian Fulbright scholar
by Kalamalama staff

Hawai‘i Pacific University has been selected to host visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Vesna Godina from Ljubljana, Slovenia, for the 2002-2003 academic year.

“This is a very prestigious and competitive program that distinguished faculty contend for, and we are excited to have someone like Dr. Godina join our program to share her expertise with our students,” said Dr. Jean Rellahan, dean of the College of International Studies. “Dr. Godina chose HPU because of our outstanding anthropology program. She also acknowledged that HPU was the right place from which she could do her research on American culture.”

Godina, associate professor and faculty of social sciences at the University of Ljubljana, will lecture and research developments in American cultural anthropology. She is one of approximately 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program will bring to the U.S. to teach and do research this year. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Dr. Carlos Juárez, program chair in the College of International Studies, added that Godina will help HPU continue a longstanding relationship with the prestigious Fulbright program. HPU currently oversees the regional review committee of the Fulbright K-12 Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program, and Juárez, himself a former Fulbright scholar to Mexico, is currently a peer review specialist in helping select senior scholar Fulbright awards in political science. Other HPU Fulbrighters include Dr. Grace Cheng, Dr. Ed Klein, and Sally La Luzerne-Oi.


GSO fun in the sun
by GSO staff

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) at HPU enjoyed a BBQ and pool party Sept. 28, from around 1:30 p.m. to late evening.

The Honolulu Tower on Beretania Street had everything to make a great party: Hot tub, pool, music, and tons of food and drink, including burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salads, chips, cookies, cake, and more.

It was definitely the place for socializing, as more than 100 students dropped by throughout the day. New members were able to meet old ones, each other, and GSO officers.

The GSO plans to organize similar parties as well as business meetings and business tour with guest speakers, including Dr. Gordon Jones. Members can contact officers throught the Web site:

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