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University honors students' efforts in scholarship, service

by Shannon Stollenmaier, staff writer

   
Hawai‘i Pacific University held its 20th annual Honors Banquet 2003 at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikiki April 6. Faculty, staff, administration, and students gathered to recognize hundreds of students as university scholars, and to recognize and reward outstanding scholarship and service to the University and the community.

The award ceremonies began with acknowledgment of local high school recipients of university scholarships, including awards to the University Scholars, the President’s Scholars and the HPU-Hawai‘i Publishers Association journalism scholars. This was followed by recognition of work done by the officers and members of a variety of university organizations, including: the Graduate Student Organization, ASHPU, Kalamalama, the Hawai‘i Pacific Review, and the Air Force and Army ROTC. Scholarship awards followed.

The 15th Annual High School Essay Writing Competition Awards

Dr. John Kearns presented the High School Essay Writing awards to three winners, one of whom was present: Jeffrey Todd Lawi, of Iolani High School. His essay entitled, “End of the Rainbow,” was first place in this year’s competition and won a 75-percent tuition waiver with a total value of $8,276. The other winners were Calla Luera and Allison Brown, both from Kea’au High School. Luera’s essay, “The Difference,” placed second and won a cash award and a 50-percent tuition waiver. Brown’s essay, “He’e Nalu: Hawaii’s Gift of Surfing,” placed third for a cash award and a 25percent tuition waiver.

The Marley Irons Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Richard Palma presented this award to Michael Brakel and Ruby Mae Galiza. Brakel, a senior in HPU’s nursing program, maintains a 3.95 GPA and is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as an officer candidate/student nurse. Galiza is also a senior and maintains a 3.66 GPA. She is an active member of the HPU’s Student Nurses Association and Youth for Christ, a Catholic ministry organization.

The Eleanor Meader Putnam Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Janice Wright presented this scholarship to William White, who is pursuing a masters degree in information systems. White has completed six years of service in the Navy and is currently serving aboard the USS Honolulu, a submarine stationed in Pearl Harbor. White plans to pursue a Ph.D. with the intent to teach in higher education.

Margaret Hustace Pietsch Memorial Scholarship

Mrs. Janice Wright presented this scholarship which was established in Margaret Pietsch’s name to continue her legacy of helping others, to four students: Lilia Maii, Lehi Blevins, Summer Martin, and Solana Rosa. Maii is a senior pursuing her bachelor's degree in applied mathematics in hopes of becoming a high school math teacher. She is involved with several HPU student clubs and was HPU’s nominee for the 2003-2004 National Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Blevins is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science. An Eagle Scout in high school, he is a member of the Computer Science Club at HPU. Martin is a sophomore majoring in psychology. Her goal is to become the administrator of a charitable organization. Although carrying a full load and working two jobs, Summer maintains a 4.0 GPA and was recently nominated as an HPU President’s Host.

The Aston Scholarship

The Aston Scholarship was presented to two outstanding students in the Travel Industry Management Program: Thereza Majinge and Clare Yeung. Majinge, a senior from Tanzania, maintains a 4.0 GPA and is actively involved in the TIM Student Organization, the African Universal Club, and the Computer Club at HPU. Yeung, a senior from Singapore, is pursuing a double major in finance and TIM. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and has served as a marketing intern at Aston Hotels and Resorts, as well as a finance intern at Merrill Lynch. She is currently vice president of the Alakai Jaycees whose focus is on community service activities.

The Bossert Scholarship

Dr. Phillip Bossert presented the Bossert Scholarship to Sean Thomas, a senior pursuing his bachelor's degree in international studies with a focus on Greek and Hellenistic archaeology. Thomas is currently the vice president of the Model United Nations Club and the French Club. While Thomas carries a full-time academic and extracurricular schedule, he manages to volunteer his services to the Life Foundation, an HIV/AIDS resource center.

The Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Scholarship

Rev. Dale Burke presented the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Scholarship to Ayodele Samaiye and In-Keong Jang. Samaiye is from Nigeria and is pursuing an MBA. He is a member of the HPU Accounting Club and the Universal African Club. Samaiye is also active in the Youth Department at the Nu’uanu YMCA. Jang is from South Korea, who, after a 10-year career as an instructor of Physics at Chungnam National University, is pursuing an MSIS degree. She maintains a 3.72 GPA and is an active member of the choir at the Korean Catholic Church.

The First Insurance Company Scholarship

Mr. Allan Uyeda presented this scholarship to Yuko Yabuki, who is pursuing a joint master’s degree in business administration and information systems. She maintains a 3.69 GPA and is a member of several academic student clubs and professional business national honor organizations. Yabuki also volunteers her time in the community and has been recognized by the American Red Cross, Hawai‘i Chapter, for her efforts.

The Hawai‘i Accounting Education Foundation Scholarship

Mr. Norman Okimoto presented this scholarship to senior Wing Wah (Jackie) Chan from China. Chan maintains a 3.69 GPA and is president of the Accounting Club and a member of several other student organizations. Chan is actively involved in community service, volunteering with the Honolulu Catholic Youth Club and coordinating its annual summer camp.

Pacific Islands Institute Scholarship

Mr. Andrew Lockwood and Ms. Carol Lockwood presented this scholarship to Sima Fine and Po’ese Vatikani. Vatikani is from Tonga and is pursuing a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. He is a full-time graduate student, works as an assistant at his church, and is a volunteer radio announcer at KNDI 1270 AM, the Tongan station. At HPU, Vatikani developed the ESL Friendship Tutoring Services and served as president of the International Teachers’ Organization.

The John H. Payne Scholarship

Ms. Kathy Payne presented the John H. Payne Scholarship to freshman Carney Kim who is pursing a bachelor's degree in computer science. A graduate of Kaimuki High School, he scored 1370 on his SAT and maintains a 3.85 GPA at HPU.

The J. Watumull Scholarships

Dr. Rod Romig presented the J. Watumull Scholarships to six students: Wasma Srinivasan, Akash Sabhlok, Rajanikumar Raju Babulingam, Kiran Sharma, Dhiraj Hinduja, and Sheetal Durgiya. Srinivasan maintains a 3.71 GPA and is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in computer information systems. Sabhlok maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a graduate student pursuing degrees in business administration and information systems. Babulingam and Sharma are both graduate students pursuing a degree in information systems. Hinduja and Durgiya are both pursuing MBA degrees.

Louis R. Abraham Award for Excellence in Computer Science

Mrs. Abraham presented the 2003 Award to Natalja Drozdova from Lithuania. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is pursuing her master’s degree in information systems. Drozdova previously earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from State Technological University in Belarus majoring in Textile Technology. She started a career in a fashion studio as a custom clothing designer, and then started teaching high school. It was in her position as a teacher that Drozdova really began to using computer graphics software for publications. Drozdova’s interests in using and extending computer capabilities, combined with a passion for learning, brought her to HPU where she also works as a multimedia specialist. She has developed Web pages for HPU as well as other community organizations and has been nominated as a delegate to the 2003 International Mission on Engineering in China.

The Society for Human Resource Management Scholarship

Ms. Kathleen Oyadomari presented this scholarship to Mary Warriner and Christina Hawkes. Warriner is a graduate student who maintains a 3.96 GPA. She is president of the SHRM Lokahi Chapter in addition to being a member of the Graduate Student Organization and Rotaract Club at HPU. Warriner’s goal is to become an HR Consultant. Hawkes is a junior transfer from Portland, Oregon and a member of the Human Resource Management Club. She has experience in organizations, having been club coordinator and programming director while at Community College.

Undergraduate Writing Competition Awards

Dr. Carol Winters-Moorhead presented writing awards in four categories: english and humanities; social sciences; business, computer-science, and law, natural sciences; and nursing and mathematics. Senior pre-Med major Kelly J. Collins was this year’s writing competition winner in the category of English and humanities, with her essay entitled “Renaissance of the Spirit.” Senior psychology major Nathan Rudibaugh received the award in the social sciences category with his essay titled “The Great Existential Cancer Scare of 2002.” Eliza Massi received the award in the business computer science, and law category with her essay titled “Is Foreign Aid Fostering Economic Development in Africa?” Massi is a concurrent student working toward her B.S. in business administration and MBA. The award the natural sciences, nursing, and mathematics category was shared by two students, Kristi Birney and Rochelle Smith, who co-authored their essay titled, “Fresh water Influences from He’eia Stream on Coral Distribution in Kane‘ohe Bay.”

The Hawai‘i Association of Broadcasters Scholarship

Mr. Gregg Mueller and Ms. Susii Hearst presented the HAB scholarship to both Constatina Papadaki and Motoko (April) Tashiro. Papadaki is a senior from Cyprus majoring in visual communication. She maintains a 3.89 GPA. Papadaki has represented both Cyprus and Greece in the annual Intercultural Day festivities. Her goal is to obtain her master’s degree in animation and 3-D studies and work in film production. Tashiro is also a senior from Japan double majoring in journalism and visual communication. She is a student staff writer for Kalamalama and is currently the editor of the Arts and Entertainment section.

 

 
 

 

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