With the soothing melodies of HPU’s Chamber
Orchestra playing in the background, inductees and the faculty
who nominated them mingled and dined with President and Mrs.
Wright, current President’s Hosts, faculty, and staff.
After an introduction to the event by Vice President for Student
Affairs Jeff Philpott, and a recap by Jenni Matheson, director
of Student Life, of the process by which hosts are selected,
the inductees introduced themselves and thanked President Wright
and their nominators for the notable opportunity.
My favorite part (of the ceremony) is hearing all the presentations
from the students being inducted,” Wright said.
Senior I’amafana Tuimalealiifano was one of the new inductees
in attendance. Originally from American Samoa, Tuimalealiifano
is majoring in marketing and is the president of the Samoan Club
It was my first time formally meeting President Wright,” said
Tuimalealiifano. “He surprised me. He seemed real down-to-earth
when we spoke.”
Tuimalealiifano said that the induction reception “was
a wonderful experience” with “great food.”
The induction reception was hosted by the Wrights with event
planning assistance from the Office of Student Life. Each inductee
was given an HPU President’s Host sweatshirt. The night
ended with a raffle for HPU gear and photo opportunities with
the Wrights and fellow students.
More than 900 students have been a part of this program over
the past 22 years. According to Matheson, President’s Hosts
serve as student ambassadors of HPU at several social and business
functions throughout the year.
President’s Hosts are students nominated by faculty and
staff for their achievements in and outside the classroom who
best exemplify the spirit and diversity of HPU. Every student
nominated is interviewed by the Office of Student Life, and with
their recommendations, President Wright selects the President’s
The following are the new President’s Hosts: Andrew Abordonado
Chayla Danielle Adams
Sharelle Lynn Calpito
Julie Rubi Fernandez
Michael “Dean” Kline