Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding academic
performance, also made presentations. Stacy Trinh, from Kailua
and a 2002 Kalaheo High School graduate, earned a B.S.B.A.
in Accounting and represented the on-campus baccalaureate degree
Florian Rouch, who grew up in France, earned an M.A. in Teaching
English as a Second Language and represented the graduate degree
Master Sergeant Jay Lewis, from Manhasset, New York, worked
toward his degree at HPU online while deployed to Afghanistan
during Operation Enduring Freedom. Lewis earned a B.S. in computer
science and represented the military campus programs.
Dr. Dan Flood, HPU assistant professor of marketing and a graduate
of Waianae High School, was awarded the 2006 Trustees’ Award
for Teaching Excellence.
HPU also awarded its highest accolade, the Fellow of the Pacific
Award, to Dr. David A. Heenan, trustee of the James Campbell
Estate, for his outstanding contributions and service to the
community and higher education.
For the past 40 years, Hawai‘i Pacific University has
honored outstanding community leaders for their contribution
to Hawai‘i and to the Pacific Basin. Past recipients
of the award have included governors and U.S. senators, business
leaders, educators, philanthropists, and noted professionals
in a host of fields.