by Christina Failma, Online editor
|“Students, faculty, and staff
have wanted this renovation for a while,” said Jennifer
Matheson, HPU director of Student Life. “This new center
provides a warm and inviting area.”
HPU’s mascot, Sharky, kicked off the special event with
the traditional ribbon- cutting ceremony at the front doors of
the Sea Warrior Center off the lobby of 1154 Fort St. Rev. Dale
Burke led a prayer blessing the new center as well as the students
and the coming semester.
Attendees were then treated to a special luncheon catered by
Auntie Pastos. The large array of lasagnas, pastas, and salads
left little room for complaint. Dessert was chocolate and vanilla
cakes with HPU’s tradition blue, green, and white frosting
was a must.
This event gave students the opportunity to look around the center
and take in all the new additions. Students who remember “the
way it was” were surprised that new furniture, fresh paints,
a paper maché floor, and student artwork could produce
such a rich, intimate ambience.
I think it’s really nice,” said Chanel Reeve, a third-
year, visual communications major. “I really like the dark
color paint and the new furniture. It makes it a lot more intimate.”
As promised, the Sea Warrior Center houses many new additions
promoting student life, including a new ASHPU office. For students,
book swap, microwave oven, and free foosball and billiards table
make the center a more practical spot for them to socialize,
dine, and study.
Roy Venters, the interior designer for the center, was at the
grand opening to admire his handiwork. “I really like how
the whole thing came out,” Venters said. “The most
successful spot, I think, is the relaxation area. It’s
Throughout the early afternoon, students filtered in and out
of the center. “The turnout was awesome,” said Rebecca
Lopez, the Student Life Office manager. “I’m very
proud of all the work we put into this place. I think it’s
a whole lot better.”
There is always room for improvement,” said Venters. “If
we can come up with the money, there will be more changes,” Venters
The goal of the renovation for staff and students was to create
a more stimulating and friendly center. “I’m looking
forward to a functional and exciting student center,” said
Sharon Manibog, HPU Leadership Development coordinator.
Students agree eagerly. “With whatever little free time
I do have, I’ll surely be here,” said Reeve.
Photo by Eddie London
Students stood in line at the re-opening of the Sea Warrior Center
to enjoy the delicious luncheon provided by the Office of Student