A good time was had by all April 10 at the ASHPU Club Awards
Banquet. The event, held at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel,
mixed laughter, some tears, and, thanks to the United Samoan
Organization, joyful chant.
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Hubbard also recognized the members of ASHPU. “As their advisor,
I have been honored to work with these people and am looking
forward to another great year,” she said.
The first award of the evening was given to Liz Tiglao, the
Associate Director of Student Life, on behalf of the ASHPU members
and University President Chatt G. Wright, Vice President Rick
Stepien, Nancy Ellis, and special events coordinator Steve Simpson.
Sophomore Kelly Collins was called on to give a grace, and
dinner was served. While listening to the local stylings of
Hanale Ka‘anapu and Company, students feasted on a variety of
salads, a scallop and shrimp medley, grilled veggies, fresh
fruit, rolls, rice, garlic mashed potatoes, coconut chicken,
mahimahi, and roast beef.
For dessert, students enjoyed bread pudding with haupia sauce,
fresh fruit tortes, chocolate truffle cake, macadamia nut cream,
standard apple, and banana cream pies.
Awards were given to the most outstanding club member of every
RIO. Every presenter made it very evident through jokes, stories,
and laughter that there was definitely a feeling of ‘ohana within
ASHPU presented an award to its own most active member, Eric
Hansen. The first-time award for Rookie Club of the Year went
to the Creative Writing Club. Francine Lowell walked away with
the Advisor of the Year award for her work with SIFE and the
Alaka‘i Jaycees. The Jaycees also took top honors as Club of
the Year. The Most Philanthropic Club award, given in recognition
of achievement in the area of community service, was given in
a tie vote to the Pre-Med Society and Christian Fellowship.
Event of the Year went to the German Student Association’s Ultimate
Soccer Cup Event. The United Samoan Organization deservedly
won Most School Spirited Club. “I’m ecstatic,” said Sima Fine,
USO secretary. “Ecstatic and overwhelmed.”
ASHPU President Collette Kuntz gave her farewell address, after
which the results of the 2003-2004 ASHPU elections were made.
Following the announcements, newly elected ASHPU President Danielle
Yadisernia was sworn in by also newly elected ASHPU Treasurer
Selena Mello and presented with the official President’s Gavel.
An unofficial surprise award was saved for last, and presented
to Heather Hubbard in recognition of her “amazing efforts” as
advisor of ASHPU and as Director of Student Life.
“I really enjoyed club awards banquet,” said Anna Bellizzi,
a senior journalism major who attended the club awards banquet
for the first time. “I feel that event really expressed the
spirit of HPU.”