The College of Communication and the International Association
of Business Communicators held Communication Career Day on Saturday,
April 12 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.
The annual event is co-sponsored by the HPU student chapters
of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
and the American Advertising Federation (Akamai Advertising
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“If you were unable to attend, you missed out on a great opportunity
to network and gain insight into the various careers available
in the communication field,” said journalism instructor Dr.
Larry LeDoux. The event served as an inspirational experience
as students were introduced to alumni who used their time at
HPU to make a place for themselves in the business world.
Students who gave up their Saturday morning to attend were
able to choose three of eight workshops offered by local professionals
working in communications. These included portfolio development,
resumes, business etiquette, corporate communications, marketing,
Web page design, advertising, and telecommunications. The event
ended with lunch and a panel presentation by four HPU alumni,
followed by a question and answer session.
Among the alumni speakers was Wera Panow-Loui, director of
marketing for Aloha Petroleum; Alicia Maluafiti, associate director
of advocacy and communicationsfor the American Association of
Retired Persons, Hawai‘i; Jared Grugett, the weekend sports
anchor for KHNL News 8 and the interim VP of Operations for
Summit Communications; and Song Choi, the director of corporate
communications for CTA .
The alumni panelists gave students a chance to ask questions
and get advice on how to open the doors of opportunity. Their
discussion focused on what students should do now to get jobs,
and on how completing a graduate degree would help them to negotiate
better promotions sooner and higher salaries in their career
fields. The panel also stressed the importance of events such
as Communication Career Day, which help them to meet potential
employers and make contacts that lead to employment and enhance
Dr. Helen Varner, the dean of Communication, ended the event
with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing great was ever
achieved without enthusiasm.”