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by Tiffany Garrett and Grace Liao, editor

Talent show energizes students, staff

“The first-place winner is, Zaysha Labrador,” announced emcee Samuel John at the climax of the first, of what HPU hopes will become an annual talent show. “Da Freakshow,” staged April 28 at the Hawai‘i Theatre, showcased 23 talented HPU students and faculty who brought a mixture of dancing and singing to the stage. [More]


Daryl Takushi, Zaysha Labrador, Sarah Zirkle, and John Simpson.

Photo by Tiffany Garrett

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HPU ranked among “Best Values” for college

HPU has been named one of the best overall values among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation, according to a new book by The Princeton Review. [More]

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Student athletes honored at award banquet

On their one day off from the field or gym, HPU student athletes traded in their running shoes for sandals and their jerseys for dresses or aloha shirts, as they dressed up for the annual student athlete banquet. On May 3, approximately 300 student athletes gathered at the Radisson Prince Kuhio in Waikiki. [More]


Flavia Brakling and Akihide Adachi with President Chatt. G. Wright

Photo by Rick Bernico

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TIM student wins 1st place scholarship

HPU Travel Industry Management (TIM) senior, Mickey N. Kromann-Jensen, has earned two awards from the Hawai‘i Business Travel Association. [More]


Wendy Lam congratulates TIM senior Mickey Kromann-Jensen as he receives an HBTA scholarship from Michael Nekoba, president and owner of The Mortgage Group.

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Summer roundup: What’s been happening at HPU

HPU University Relations specialist Jessica Silverman McDunn accepted a Koa Anvil Award from the Hawai‘i chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, July 20 at the Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort & Spa. The award, which recognizes public relations excellence in Hawai‘i, was for the publicity campaign that promoted HPU’s 40th Anniversary and the University events that celebrated it. [More]


Jessica S. McDunn

Photo by Kalamalama staff

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HPU’s summer global-learning/teaching environment

Hawai‘i Pacific University is internationally known as the place “where the world comes to study.” With one of the highest ratios of foreign students of any U.S. college or university, as well as students from every U.S. state, the campuses of HPU are vibrant with a mix of cultures, languages, and perspectives throughout most of the year. [More]


Amaldo Mario


Valerie Franck
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New natural sciences dean also VP for research

by Kalamalama staff

Dr. Alissa J. Arp was appointed HPU’s vice president for Research and dean of the College of Natural Sciences.

Arp will implement and oversee an active research program at HPU as well as further the integration of HPU faculty, students, and staff at the Oceanic Institute. Additionally, she will develop new graduate programs in the marine sciences and develop additional extramural funding in support of faculty research at OI.

Arp is a 24-year veteran in the marine sciences and has explored the ocean floor to more than 1.5 miles in depth during eight deep-sea dives in research submersibles.

Dr. Alissa J. Arp
Prior to joining HPU, Arp served as director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University’s estuarine research laboratory. She also worked as a professor of biology at SFSU, where she ran a productive research program

“ Dr. Arp joins HPU with international recognition for her expertise in the physiology of life in challenging environments,” said Jessica McDunn, HPU University Relations officer. Arp is also responsible for “recruiting and promoting diverse and interdisciplinary faculty of national and international reputation, and securing millions of dollars in grants, donations, etc,” McDunn added.

Arp earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and post-doctoral associate at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Local PR pros visit News Writing class

“It’s not just working with the media, but also working with international people and organizations,” said public relations professional Monica Ivey about her job as spokesperson for Queen’s Medical Center and about PR in general. [More]

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350 graduate at summer commencement
Fellow of the Pacific Award to Nainoa Thompson

HPU conferred associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees on about 350 students at the University’s 64th commencement ceremony August 17 at the Waikiki Shell. [More]


Nainoa Thompson
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Aloha from the President

As we begin the 2006-07 academic year, I want to welcome back all of our continuing students and extend a special aloha to the new students who will begin their studies with us this fall. The first few weeks of the new semester will be hectic for you, as you get settled into a new routine of classes and activities that, I hope, will add up to a wonderful experience for you at Hawai‘i Pacific University. [More]

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Chaplain's Corner

Aloha! Welcome to all new and returning students to the HPU campus! I hope you share my excitement as the start of a new school year fills the air on the mall with vitality and anticipation. [More]

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