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Oceanic Institute dedicates $1.9 million facility, HPU to hold classes in new building by summer

The Oceanic Institute, an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific University, recently dedicated its newest building, the $1.9 million Information Technology and Training Facility (ITTF) in Waimanalo at the Institute’s headquarters.


Students win programming competition

HPU students took top honors in the Pacific Northwest at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Pacific Region Programming Contest, an international collegiate computer problem-solving competition.


Update: WASC accreditation readiness

Hawai‘i Pacific University is fully accredited and in good standing with WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC has newly written standards that continue to reflect the foundational principles of American higher education.


COM major wins national advertising honors

HPU advertising major and Kalamalama section editor Vanessa Katz was recently named a Most Promising Minority Student for 2004 by the American Advertising Federation. Katz, a senior who led the HPU advertising team to win the regional championship in the 2003 National Student Advertising Competition, is one of 25 students honored nationwide.


Sheridan named Outstanding Woman Leader

Dr. Mary Sheridan, professor of social work in the College of Liberal Arts at Hawai‘i Pacific University, was named Outstanding Woman Leader of the Year in the private sector category by the Organization of Women Leaders.


Undergraduate writing deadline Jan. 30

Nominations for entries to be considered for HPU’s annual Excellence in Undergraduate Writing Awards are due Jan. 30.


HPU clubs host video game tournament

College of Communication staff and students in the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Fantasy Gamers at HPU helped their classmates blow off steam prior to finals by hosting a video game tournament...


Business as usual:

COM grad helps open new Panya Bistro

HPU graduate Joanne Low (M.A. Communication ‘03), recently took on the job of Marketing Communications Manager for Panya, which opened a new upscale Bistro in November at Ala Moana Shopping Center.


Business as usual:

A new spirit in Kaimuki

The scent of incense fills the air, and dozens of soft wind chimes can be heard, their sounds muted by the rooms in maroon and cream drapery. Two walls of windows are spanned by rows and rows of glass jars carefully labeled with the name and use of the herbs it contains. Opposite the window corner are two chairs and a coffee table with a small porcelain lamp that illuminates a crystal on top of a tarot deck.


Aloha from the President

Welcome back, or—for our new students—welcome to Hawai‘i Pacific University. New or continuing, you have probably discovered HPU’s diversity. On our campuses, students from more than 100 countries and different ethnic groups socialize freely. One of the opportunities you have at HPU, which may not be available at mainland universities, is to relate to your peers from other cultures on a daily basis. You have a chance to develop the ability to work together across cultural lines. This will prove valuable not only while you are students here, but also in your personal and professional lives.


Chaplain's Corner

Welcome new students, and welcome back all of you who are returning for another semester at HPU! The opportunities before us this term are endless, and in this issue I want to encourage and inspire everyone to do two things: 1. Get involved. 2. Stay in touch.



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