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!