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Kuntz and Moon win Robert E. Black Awards

by Kalamalama Staff

“The finalists are among the finest individuals at Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said Director of Student Life Heather Hubbard at the April 6 Awards Banquet, referring to 12 students who had been nominated for the Robert E. Black Award for Excellence.

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 project.

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 HPU.

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.

 

 

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