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by Kalamalama staff

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 give.”
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, healthier community.

Students, staff, and faculty who want to contribute should call and e-mail Kawamura at 544-1188, lkawamura@campus.hpu.edu.

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 (HSCP).

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 regional championships.

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 programs.

Song Choi. University Relations


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