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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

I am pleased to welcome you to the start of a new academic year at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Whether you are a new or returning student, whether you are from Hawai‘i or from beyond our islands, we greet you with a welcoming spirit of aloha as you enter the university for a new year.

We are a diverse university--our students come from more than 100 nations around the world; our Office of Student Life has prepared an varied schedule of co-curricular activities that will enhance your education; and our faculty are not only excellent but have a professional commitment to education second to none.
That commitment was honored recently when the HPU faculty recognized five of their own by bestowing Golden Apple Awards honoring outstanding faculty for their contributions to HPU as teachers and scholars.
Ken Schoolland, associate professor of economics, received the Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Teaching for using a variety of interacting teaching tools, including debates and Socratic methodology to raise fundamental questions about ethical issues and current events. A Sam Walton Fellow, Schoolland is the coach for Students in Free Enterprise, a team that twice won national championships. Among his numerous publication is the satirical book, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey, which is currently published in 27 languages.
Dr. Russell Hart, associate professor of history, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Scholarship. To date, Dr. Hart has produced five coauthored books, countless articles, and a national-award-winning monograph, Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy. Dr. Hart is also active in furthering scholarship in his field through participation in major conferences and as an editor of a series of books on warfare in the 20th century.
Melvin Masuda, associate professor of law, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Mentoring, an award that honors the recipient’s development and support of teachers in the early stages of their academic careers. Masuda has been instrumental in mentoring new adjunct faculty at HPU by providing guidance on how to construct a syllabus and develop class policies, what teaching methods work, and how to stimulate interest in a course.
Dr. Mark Lane, assistant professor of finance, received the Golden Apple Award for Reflective Use of Technology to foster interactive learning and teaching techniques. Dr. Lane has been on the leading edge of using technology for learning for over a decade. He was one of the original pioneers providing distance education at HPU and has spent thousands of hours building custom Web materials for finance students. His latest projects include a complete Web learning environment called Business Finance On-line.
Jeanine Tweedie, assistant professor of nursing, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Service Learning, an award that recognizes those who are involved in planning and implementing service learning projects. Tweedie helps students receive hands-on experience through service learning opportunities. Her students participate in varied activities from the Senior Olympics and senior health fairs to student health teaching on O‘ahu to providing community service on Molokai.
As we begin the new academic year, I encourage you to take advantage not only of the excellence of our faculty but also of all that HPU has to offer to support your learning, from the academic advisors and the librarians and the tutoring center to the encounters, discussions, and friendships you will form with your fellow students. All of these will broaden your perspectives on the issues of the day and the world we all share and may help you form friendships here that will not only span the globe but last a lifetime.
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