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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

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 competition.

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 Federation.

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 beat.

 
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