Did you know that you are reading one of the best college
newspapers in America? Kalamalama, the Hawai‘i Pacific
University newspaper, under the guidance of faculty adviser
Dr. Larry LeDoux, has been ranked in the top six collegiate
newspapers in the country for the past eight years by the
American Scholastic Press Association. In 1998, it swept
every category to be named the “Most Outstanding College
Newspaper” in America. It has won national, regional,
and local awards every single year of publication.
Kalamalama is an example of the standard of excellence set
by the HPU College of Communication. It is the largest academic
program of its kind in the state and offers undergraduate
degrees in advertising, corporate communication, journalism,
public relations, speech, and visual communication. It has
more than 249 students in the Master of Arts in Communication
and more than 400 undergraduate majors.
Communication is a relatively new program at HPU. Begun in
1994, its students are already winners in more areas than
just journalism. Students in Dr. Brian Cannon’s design
course won first and third place in an international trademark
design competition last year. This year, the same student
won both first and second place in a global trademark design
HPU advertising teams have captured the District 13 championship
in the National Student Advertising Competition nine times
in 11 years. Dr. Joanne Gula coaches the HPU team in this
national competition sponsored by the American Advertising
The College of Communication video program began in 1998.
Three student videos have been shown at the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, the Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Bishop
Museum. Two have won first and second place in the national
Telly Awards, a professional competition in which HPU beat
Disney, Sony, Industrial Light and Magic, and other commercial
production houses. Student videos have won first place in
the International Association of Business Communicators statewide
competition and the Hawai‘i International Film Festival.
These outstanding accomplishments have been due to the extraordinary
efforts of program coordinator Jacqueline Langley and Mark
Nitta, manager of the Communication Video Lab.
For a solid academic program with strong practical applications,
HPU’s College of Communication is proving heard to