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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

The College of Communication at HPU has built a winning tradition in the fields of advertising, visual communication, and journalism at local, national, and international levels. Its most recent international recognition is from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Every year students from hundreds of colleges and universities all over the world submit logo designs. The winning design will be used for a year on AEJMC publications and conference materials. The judging this year was done in Japan, and the designs of two HPU graduate students were selected as winners. The design by Thanita Pakjamsai from Thailand was chosen as the best design, and Desiree Higa won third place.

The Kaho‘olawe video produced by students in the Visual Communication sequence last year was so outstanding that it won several honors. It was shown for six weeks at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and then at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. It won first place in the documentary division of the Hawai‘i International Film Festival and then beat all of the commercial videos produced in Hawai‘i in the International Association of Business Communicators annual competition. The final honor was an invitation for the video to be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California, one of the biggest film festivals in the world.

Excellent student advertising campaigns have made HPU a national contender in the field of advertising. HPU teams have won the District 13 championship eight times in 11 years in the National Student Advertising Competition. Faculty advisor Dr. Joanne Gula and her team are already hard at work on this year’s campaign for the state of Florida. The competition is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation and pits HPU against about 150 advertising programs at colleges and universities all over the United States.

The journalism program is also a winner. For the past eight years, HPU Kalamalama has placed in the top seven collegiate newspapers in America according to the American Scholastic Press Association. Just five years ago, Kalamalama was named the “Most Outstanding College Newspaper” in America by ASPA, and it has won “Most Outstanding” national awards in some category every year since, including best news photography this past year. Kalamalama regularly wins local and regional awards in competition with commercial and collegiate publications.

Student competition is just one measure of an academic program. College of Communication faculty members have also been honored for their scholarly work. Dr. John Hart was nominated this year for the prestigious Robert M.Utley award for his book, Custer and His Times. Any way you look at it, the College of Communication at HPU is a winner!

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