HPU psychology instructor Bernard
Ostrowski was named the winner of the University’s 2004
Trustees’ Award for Teaching Excellence at the spring
commencement ceremony May 19 at the Waikiki Shell. This annual
award is given
to a faculty member—nominated by students and chosen
by a committee representing the entire HPU community—who
best exemplifies the ideals of distinguished teaching.
Ostrowski’s students called him an inspiring and motivational
teacher who is passionate about his subject. Another wrote that
Ostrowski brings a poet’s soul and craftsman’s dedication
to the classroom.
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A student who returned to college
after 30 years said: “My first professor was Bernie Ostrowski,
who demonstrated from the beginning a devotion to helping us
learn the material. Not only did he teach us the course, he
also taught us how to study and to understand what we were
He taught us to relate what we studied to incidents in our
own lives, so we would remember what we learned. When I study
exams in any course, I apply the principles I learned from
Ostrowski has been with HPU for many years.
In addition to teaching, he has worked with numerous organizations
designing and implementing external evaluations. He has conducted
training in transactional analysis, behavior modification,
right-brain function, thinking skills, and questioning strategies.
As Kalamalama has indicated in past articles,
Ostrowksi is known as a jazz poet and songwriter. A CD of songs
Hawai‘i debuted in 2000 and includes tracks performed
by major local jazz talent. More recently, Ostrowski published
series of booklets of poetry on a variety of themes. He has
been quoted as saying his main goals is to “try to be
idealistic about a less-than-ideal world, and to generate respect