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Ten nominated for Robert E. Black for Excellence


Each year Hawai‘i Pacific University presents two individuals, one undergraduate and one graduate, with an award entitled, The Robert E. Black Award for Excellence. This award is given in honor of the late Robert E. Black, a long-time board chairman and benefactor of Hawai‘i Pacific University.

Black was chairman and chief executive officer of E.E. Black Ltd. Throughout his life, both personal and professional (he died in 1987), he personified the principles of excellence. He supported such varied community organizations as Junior Achievement, the O‘ahu Development Conference, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, and Hawai‘i Pacific University, to name just a few.

In presenting the Robert E. Black Award for Excellence, annually, Hawai‘i Pacific University hopes to honor the man whose life set a standard for professionalism and community service by honoring, in his name, students who have likewise dedicated themselves to service.

Graduate nominees
Han Nee Chong: MA/COM
-Exec. Vice President, Graduate Student Organization
-Vice President for PR, Toastmasters
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Organized HPU events with: Hawai‘i Humane Society, Public Radio, Toys for Tots, Foodbank, Great Aloha Run, Ad2 Honolulu, International Student Office.
-Participant (HPU): Student Symposium on Global Citizenship, Retention workshop; (community): Women’s Aid Organization, Rotaract Club (Malaysia), Catholic Charities Hawai‘i.
Peggy Maunaury: MBA Organizational Change
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Certified Professional Dive Master, 1987 and 1988 National Synchronized Swimming finalist, 1997 and 1998 National Jumping Championship bronze medalist.
-President of the Graduate Student Organization
Organized HPU events with: American Marketing Association, Enterprise Honolulu, Ad2 Honolulu.
Participant (HPU): HPU Retention workshop, Academic Review Board, Mascot Selection Committee, Student Symposium on Global Citizenship, Hawai‘i Humane society, Foodbank, Careers Services Center Business Technology Career Fair; (community) East-West Center and Hawai‘i International Education Week Planning Committee, Voyager Charter School, Act Up with People, and Paris Roller Association (raising funds for AIDS and Muscular Distrophy).


Kathrine Buettner: MBA Marketing
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Summer 2001 Undergraduate Valedictory speaker
-Vice President, German Student Association
Participant (HPU): Ultimate Soccer Cup, 2003 HPU Event of the Year; Travel Industry Management Student Organization; HPU Dive Club; Hiking Aloha Aina; International Student Center; International Student Welcome BBQ. (Community): Volunteer for the Hawai‘i Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association’s Christmas party for elementary school kids; HHSMA’s Educational Conference; Hawai‘i Lodging, Hospitality, and Foodservice Expo; Hawai‘i Restaurant Association Progressive Dinner.



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Tobias Huber: BA Communication, VisCom major
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-HPU Dean’s List
-Phi Sigma Honor Society
-Alpha Chi National Honor Society
-Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society
-National Collegiate Communication Arts Award recipient, H. Varner Communication Scholarship recipient.
University service: 2002-2003 Vice President, German Student Association; co-creator “Ultimate Soccer Cup”; College of Communication Advisory Council member.
Community service: Hawai‘i International Film Festival 2002; 2003 Ohina Short Film Showcase; intern, Pacific Focus Inc.; Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i


Danielle Yadisernia: BS Environmental Studies
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Member Phi Sigma and Alpha Chi Honor Societies
-National Dean’s List, Who’s Who in America
University service: ASHPU President, Parliamentarian; writing lab tutor; Adopt-a-Highway and Beach Cleanup projects; Admissions tour guide; Intercultural Day Committee; Academic Review Board; speaker, Student Retention Workshop; Symposium on Global Citizenship; Student Conduct Council. Member: Creative Writing Club, Christian Fellowship, Environmental Club, Hiking Aloha Aina.
Community service: Volunteer: Aiea Elementary School, Habitat for Humanities, Shriners Hospital, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Great Aloha Run, Symphony Fun Run, 3R’s program, Family Fun Day, Honolulu Zoo Society.


Aela Vely-Jouffe: BS Pre-Med; BA Political Science
-Model UN Conference Award of Excellence winner
-Founder HPU Mokauea Island Club
University service: volunteer Halloween Hoop-la; Mokauea Island cleanup and preservation and Mokauea Beach cleanup; Model United Nations Conference; Symposium on Global Citizenship; tutored Japanese students.
Member: HPU Pre-Medical Society, Model United Nations Club, International PAL Association.
Community service: Junior Achievement Hawai‘i, Kuakini Hospital, Beretania Safe Haven.
Member: “Éclair uses et Eclaireurs de France”; French Red Cross; “Secours Populaire (Popular Help).
Developed a collection center for nonperishable goods for Somalia; tutored seventh grader.



Claes Insulander: BABA Computer Information Systems; concurrent: MSIS
-Founded Zitadell, a software development company
-Cofounder ProjektNet AB
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
University service: Campus Pipeline workshops; tutor, software developer; member Students in Free Enterprise Club; developed online tutorial for Web Registration; coordinated fundraisers for SIFE.
Community service: tutoring high school students on how to create and run their own business; volunteer, Institute for Human Services.

Kelly Collins: BS Pre-Med, humanities minor
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Lead Soprano, Int’l Vocal Ensemble and Chorale,
-HPU Dean’s List, National Dean’s List
-Two time recipient HPU Excellence in Writing Award
-Phi Sigma Honor Society
-Alpha Chi National Honor Society
University service:
-Treasurer, worship leader, HPU Christian Fellowship
-Treasurer, Pre-Med Society
-Actively involved in campus ministries, HPU Chapel
-Sophomore and Junior Class ASHPU Representative
-Assisted TGIF events, Adopt-a-Highway and Beach Clean-up projects, Great Aloha Run, Food Bank, Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, and Volunteer Awareness Day at HPU.
Community service: Institute for Human Services, Meals on Wheels, Queen’s Medical Center, Hope Chapel.



Virginia Hocutt: BA Justice Administration
-Hawai‘i Pacific University President’s Host
-Fort Street Mall Beautification Project Award
-ASHPU Freshman Representative, Junior Representative, Senior Representative; -VP for Circle K at HPU
University service: Chair or coordinator for: ASHPU Food Drive, Fort Street Mall Beautification, Community Service, Adopt-a-Highway and Beach Cleanup events, American Red Cross Blood Drive. Volunteer: Great Aloha Run, Rock the World, Monster’s Ball, Honolulu Symphony Fun Run, Spring Formal, Winter Ball.
Community service: Shriner’s Children Hospital, Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, Kiwanis Club, Americorps, Project Heart, Red Cross, Legal Aid.
Michael J. Brakel: BS Nursing
-President’s Host; Nat’l Deans List; 2004 Legislative Intern
-National Honor Societies: Alpha Chi, Alpha Sigma Lambda, Tri-Beta, Sigma Theta Tau
– Scholarships: Gamma Psi, Marley Irons Memorial, Dr. Hans and Clara Zimmerman, Mildred Towle, Margaret Jones Memorial, Minot AFB Air Force Sergeants
University service: HPU and Hawai‘i Student Nursing Associations; MC Winter 2004 Pinning Ceremony.
Community service: Nat’l SNA Secretary and Treasurer; volunteer Navajo Nation Long-Term Care facility; Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House Easter dinner, Alzheimer’s Respite Home, River of Life Mission, Institute for Human Services, Kuakini Medical Center, AmeriCorps HELP Community Outreach Program, Hawai‘i Center for the Deaf and Blind, Black Nurses’ Association.




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