The award, given in honor of the late Robert E. Black, a longtime
board chairman and benefactor of the University, is the school’s
only major nonacademic award and honors students for service
to the University and the general community. One undergraduate
and one graduate student win it each year. Each winner receives
a check for $1,000.
Last issue Kalamalama presented an overview of the candidates.
This issues profiles the winners.
Undergraduate winner The undergraduate award went to Collette
Kuntz, a senior expecting to graduate in August with a B.S.
in pre-medical studies, a certificate in anthropology, and a
concentration in death and dying. After graduation Kuntz will
continue at HPU for a one-year course in Japanese before she
proceeds to medical school. She plans to concentrate on pediatric
oncology, making herself a children’s cancer specialist. Her
ultimate goal is to dedicate her medical services by volunteering
for the Peace Corp.
Kuntz has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations
at HPU. In 2001 she was elected secretary to the Associated
Students of Hawai‘i Pacific University. As ASHPU secretary she
coordinated the ASHPU AIDS walk, chaired the March of Dimes
Walk America, participated in several beach cleanups, and the
Mayor’s 3 R’s elementary school improvement project. She chaired
the Spring Formal, the ASHPU picture committee, the Web site
committee, and the banner contest committee; and she cochaired
the Halloween Costume Ball and the Club Awards Banquet.
In 2002, Kuntz was elected student body president and represented
the student body through her speech at the HPU September 11th
Memorial. She supervised all of the subcommittees for the student
government, was the founding chairman for TGIF—Thank Goodness
it’s Friday—at HPU events, was the chairperson for a student
concerns committee, organized the Diamond Head hike for new
student orientation, implemented ASHPU participation in the
Honolulu Symphony Fun Run, coordinated and participated in several
highway cleanups and initiated the Kane‘ohe Bay ASHPU Adopt-a-Highway
Kuntz also volunteered at the Shriner’s hospital, at the Great
Aloha Run, and at the Habitat for Humanities project. She served
as a student orientation counselor for the past three years,
and sat on the New Student Orientation student information panel.
Kuntz has been a member of the Dive Club, Rotaract Club, Arts
and Activities Organization, Creative Writing Club, the Filipino
Student Association, and the Hiking Club. Outside of HPU, she
has volunteered her time for numerous public service activities
and organizations: she has taught children ages 1-3 sign language,
volunteered at Straub Hospital with the Deep Vein Thrombosis
prediction tool research project, served as a mentor for women
in the offices of welfare, and volunteered for Junior Achievement.
When at home in Washington, Kuntz volunteers as a camp counselor,
gives her time to a nonprofit called Wolf Haven, and sings in
her church choir. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta National
Honor Society, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and
a President’s Host. She was awarded the HPU scholarship and
two Washington State scholarships.
Graduate winner A Drake University Magna Cum Laude graduate
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication,
Bradley K. Moon, is pursing a masters degree in global leadership
At Drake, Moon participate in a London Exchange Program, and
his educational experience abroad awakened him to the importance
of cross-cultural learning. After graduating, he was accepted
into the Up With People program, where he served in several
management positions and had the opportunity to stay with more
than 200 host families all over the world.
Upon graduating from HPU, Moon hopes to work in diversity training
or cross-cultural educational training and development, and
ultimately he hopes to become an author and university teacher.
At HPU Moon works on the Intercultural Day events and activities
planning committee. Last spring, he was the committee chairperson
for more than 30 Intercultural Day cultural exhibits. This past
October he organized the Intercultural Day Preview Event and
performed with fellow Up With People alumni. This spring, Moon
is also busy co-chairing the 2003 Intercultural Community Volunteer
Week, a new element in this year’s Intercultural Day experience.
As the president of the Up With People organization at HPU,
he has coordinated events that range from trips to the Diamond
Head Theatre to a collective Thanksgiving feast. He is currently
writing a school project curriculum with other Up With People
alumni that will be designed to help Honolulu classroom leaders
teach children the value of diversity and the benefit of raising
awareness of global issues.
Outside of HPU Moon has volunteered his time aiding the Habitat
for Humanity project, environmental cleanup projects, nursing
homes, and schools. He is a member of the performing arts group
Eight Count Productions and a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma
Honor Society. He is the United Nations delegate for Polk County;
he has received an Addy Award for excellence in advertising,
and he was a participant in Anti-violence/Self- Esteem programs
in Los Angeles.