HPU alum wins local PR award
An HPU alumnus and adjunct instructor has won one of Hawai‘i’s
top public relations awards as well as one of HPU’s most
prestigious awards. Song Choi, public relations director for
Honolulu’s Contemporary Museum, won the Hawai‘i chapter
of the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious
Hokupa‘a Award at the PRSA-Hawai‘i Koa Anvil awards
ceremony in July. The Hokupa‘a award is given to an outstanding
public relations practitioner with less than five year’s
experience in the PR field.
In May, Song, who teaches for both the College of Communication
and the Military Campus Program, won the Paul Loo Alumni Service
Award, a recognition reserved for graduates with outstanding
service to the community and the University.
Song earned his B.S.B.A. in 2001 and his M.B.A. in 2004. While
a graduate student, he founded B+CAUSE (Building Community and
Unifying Social Entrepreneurs), a consultancy that utilizes teams
of professionals from varying disciplines to create progressive
marketing strategies for nonprofits.
On completing his master’s degree, Song joined The Contemporary
Museum as the manager of Marketing and Communications. He holds
various board positions with the Public Relations Society of
America, Ad 2 Honolulu, Ad 2 National, the American Marketing
Association, and HiTech Quest, an organization that brings progressive
learning models to students K-12.
Song is a tireless proponent of HPU, volunteering to speak at
graduate recruiting seminars and in classes,” said Dr.
James Whitfield, new dean of the College of Communication.
Song has won multiple national, regional, and local awards throughout
his career for marketing, sales, and advertising and was recently
named to the “Forty under 40” list of up-and-coming
young professionals recognized by Pacific Business News.
Sasaki new dean of advising
Charles S. Sasaki was been appointed dean of Academic Advising
and Personal Counseling at HPU, effective June 27.
Sasaki previously served as associate dean of students and assistant
professor of history at Chaminade University. According to former
Dean of Student Support Services Nancy Ellis, “He has excellent
experience in teaching and in student affairs administration,
the two areas his new position at HPU bridges.”
Raised in Hawai‘i, Sasaki earned a B.A. in History from
the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. in Comparative
Culture, focusing on Asian Pacific American studies, from the
University of California, Irvine. He is a doctoral candidate
in American studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Sasaki held several faculty and administrative positions at Yakima
Valley Community College, Seattle Community College, and Cascadia
Community College, all in Washington state. He has also lectured
in the American studies department at UH-Manoa as well as worked
as a student recruiter and outreach specialist.
Stensrud new VP admissions
Scott Stensrud’s stellar work in recruiting and admissions
was recognized July 1 with his promotion to full vice president
of Enrollment Management.
Stensrud started at HPU in 1990 as associate director of Admissions.
In 1993, he was promoted to director of Admissions, and in 2001
to associate vice president of Enrollment Management.
Over this 15-year span, Scott Stensrud has been involved with
major transformations of the University including its historic
merger with Hawai‘i Loa College, the implementation of
the Banner system, the creation of the HPU Web site, and the
global expansion of HPU’s student recruitment efforts.
Before coming to HPU, Stensrud worked in admissions at Augsburg
College in Minneapolis, Minn. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration
from Coe College and an M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg College.
Stensrud is a past president of the Hawai‘i Association
for College Admission Counseling (HACAC). He has presented at
regional College Board conferences and at SCT Banner Summits
on topics ranging from international recruitment to technology
in the Admissions Office. He served on the State of Hawai‘i
Board of Education Graduation Requirements Task Force and volunteers
with the Boy Scouts of America, Hawai‘i Junior Miss Scholarship
Program, and the American Youth Soccer Association.
Bake sale, auction help AUW
HPU faculty and staff helped Aloha United Way (AUW) kick start
the 2005-06 campaign by selling baked goods and craft items in
a “country store” venue June 28, 2005 in the mezzanine
of the First Hawaiian Tower building at 1132 Bishop Street.
Our past contributions have had a positive impact on the quality
of life and future of our community,” said Linda Kawamura,
2005 AUW campaign coordinator for HPU and the University’s
associate vice president of Human Resources.
The auction and country store brought in donations mostly from
workers at downtown businesses, as well as faculty and staff.
Kawamura added that “student workers are encouraged to
According to its Web site (www.auw.org), AUW focuses on developing
a safety net to help and protect the most vulnerable members
of O‘ahu society. Throughout the years, AUW has raised
millions of dollars for health and human services, brought together
the efforts of thousands of volunteers, and helped build a stronger,
Students, staff, and faculty who want to contribute should call
and e-mail Kawamura at 544-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty named to planning board
Dr. Susan Fox-Wolfgramm, HPU professor of management, was elected
to the board of the Hawai‘i Society of Corporate Planners
Fox-Wolfgramm has been a member of HSCP since 2002. She is a
Price-Babson Fellow and a Samuel Moore Walton Free Enterprise
Fellow. Since joining HPU in 2001, she has been a co-advisor
of the University’s chapter of Students In Free Enterprise
(SIFE) and has helped the group win four of five consecutive
Founded in 1974, the Hawai‘i Society of Corporate Planners
is a professional management organization with more than 150
managers, executives, and business owners from a broad spectrum
of Hawai‘i businesses. The mission of HSCP is to support
the professional growth objectives of its members by providing
a forum for exposure to a broad range of current management and
planning issues and interaction with management from a cross
section of Hawai‘i businesses.
Center for Talented Youth returns
HPU participated for the third consecutive year in one of the
most prestigious youth summer-education programs in the nation:
the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth residential
program. HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus hosted
nearly 200 exceptionally gifted 12 to 16 year-olds with the highest
academic ability from Hawai‘i, the mainland, and countries
around the globe. The two three-week CTY summer sessions were
held June 26 – July 15 and July 17 – August 5.
HPU’s windward campus is one of 23 national sites offering
CTY classes. Courses taught this summer by university faculty
from across the country and Hawai‘i included geopolitics,
cryptology (code-breaking), oceanography, logic, and essay writing.
The small class setting of five to 18 students, along with an
instructor and teaching assistant, helped give the students the
one-on-one attention programs such as CTY value.
For 25 years, the Center for Talented Youth has identified America’s
top academic students in grades two through 10 and provided challenging
educational programs. Students who score at or above the 95th
percentile on standardized tests normally taken in school are
invited to participate in CTY’s Talent Search, during which
they take an additional set of tests. Qualifying students may
choose to enroll in CTY programs. Each student takes only one
course each session, providing an intense immersion in a subject.
To date, CTY has served more than 100,000 students through its