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Ku'ulei Funn, editor

Technology pioneers Jones, Sampson honored

For the third time in four years, HPU Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Dr. Gordon Jones, has been honored by the Pacific Technology Foundation and the Technology News Network. [More]


Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann presents HPU CSIS Professor Dr. Dolly Samson an award as one of Hawai‘i’s top 50 technology leaders.

Courtesy University relations

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HPU Admissions Director earns national honor

In recognition of his work to strengthen high school-college partnerships in schools with underserved student populations, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Associate Director of admissions Scott Liedtke has received the Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) Mario Peña Award. The award was presented Nov. 18 at the 10th Annual FES National Conference in Bolton Landing, New York. [More]


Scott Liedtke

File Photo

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First -Year Programs

by Joshua Belen, student writer

Many of us experience the feeling of leaving the comfort of our home, friends, and family. HPU caters to students not just from around the country, but also from around the world, and the Office of First-Year Programs is here to ease that transition by sponsoring events, activities, and services.

The sole purpose of the newly established Office of First-Year Programs, according to its director, Marites Fiesta, is to help promote, support, and enhance the academic and co-curricular experiences of first-year students here at HPU by organizing and offering events and services throughout the community. This program is here so students can explore O‘ahu’s neighborhoods through people, places, and traditions, said Fiesta.

These free events and programs are targeted towards freshmen and those new to the islands. Continuing students are welcome to attend such events, if interested.

Fiesta wants to give first-year students the opportunity to go beyond their boundaries and not just limiting themselves to the confines of their classrooms.

“There’s just so much more to see,” Fiesta said. Familiarizing and being comfortable with your surroundings is what Marites wants students, especially first year students to do. “Students can extend their campuses by going out to see what downtown and Chinatown has to offer,” she added.

Fiesta believes that these programs will allow students new to HPU or Hawai‘i a great opportunity to meet other first-year students and allow them to create bonds.

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HPU Hawai‘i programming champ

HPU students recently took top honors in the November Hawai‘i Site Championship of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Pacific Region Programming Contest. The team of three computer science undergraduates placed 10th overall out of 69 teams in the regional competition, solving eight problems, compared to the overall winner, the University of British Columbia team, which solved nine problems. [More]


HPU scored the highest in Hawai‘i at the Hawai`i Site Championship of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Pacific Region Programming Competition. The winning group pictured with team advisors, l. to r.: Assistant Professor of computer science and team coach Dr. Curt Powley, Cameron Knight, Dean of the College of Professional Studies Dr. Gordon Jones, Tara Anderson, HPU President Chatt Wright, and Mick Henniger.

Courtesy University Relations

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Senior VP, CFO dies

HPU Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Lloyd Fujie died unexpectedly on his birthday Dec. 28.

A former managing partner at the financial services firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, Fujie, 59, died while undergoing surgery for cancer. He joined HPU in 2005 as vice president and CFO and was recently promoted to senior vice president for operations.

According to HPU’s Vice President for Administration, Rick Stepien, Fujie made some important contributions to the school in his brief time here, helping to develop initiatives that would expand the Hawai‘i Loa campus and its reach into the community.

“ [Fujie] made some contributions that will be with us for a long time,” Stepien said, referring especially to the University’s recent affiliation with Oceanic Institute.

“ He’ll be remembered here for a long time, even though his tenure was a short year,” Stepien added.
Fujie is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons, Gregg and Todd. Services were held Jan. 11 at Harris United Methodist Church.

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Aloha from President Wright

The New Year brings an opportunity to reflect and make resolutions. Some people even go beyond making resolutions, usually focused on improving our health, enhancing our relationships with family and friends, or in general, trying to do things better. [More]

Chaplain's Corner

Welcome all to a new semester at HPU! I hope that your holiday was refreshing, and that you are ready to tackle the rigors of the academic life. The opportunities that lay before us this term are endless, and in this article I want to encourage and inspire everyone to do two things: Get involved and stay in touch. [More]

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