by Jessica McDunn, University
|“I was offered a full-time management
position before I even graduated,” said Maira Marchini,
BSBA ‘06 in travel industry management. “The company
was really impressed with my performance during my internship
with Marriott and the experience I gained in several areas of
Over the years, we have had several great success stories on
HPU alumni, and this year we made offers to five students,” said
Marianna Olson, area director of human resources for Marriott
International. “We feel like HPU sets the stage for the
students and works in partnerships with employers to make sure
their students have the very best advantage starting out.”
I recruit HPU students for my company because they are hard working,
practical minded, and business oriented,” said A+ Computer
Experts manager Sean Tong, HPU MSIS ‘00.
For Tong and many other HPU students, the old saying is coming
true with a twist: “It’s not just what you know;
it’s who you know.” Island employers are so pleased
with Hawai‘i Pacific University graduates that they continue
to heavily recruit HPU students year after year.
Through the years, local and mainland employers have learned
that HPU students have what it takes to get ahead in the professional
world. The students have gained practical experience through
internships and in the classroom.
Each spring, HPU’s Career Services Center holds a Business
and Technology Career Fair that provides students and alumni
with outstanding career and employment opportunities through
company recruitment, information tables, and workshops. This
year’s fair was held March 2, in the lobby of 1132 Bishop
Street. with special information sections in the CSC offices.
The job market is very tight,” said Colliers Monroe Friedlander
vice president Bobbie Lau, HPU MBA ’06 and Kamehameha Schools
graduate. “HPU offers educated individuals in a convenient
HPU’s Career Services Center staff members know that to
succeed in the business world, companies need to hire the right
people for the right jobs.
I think the education I received at HPU helped me in my career,” said
John Hancock unit manager Nash Subotic, HPU BSBA ‘02, MBA ‘03. “I
think HPU recruits are ready for the business world because of
the training and education they receive from the HPU faculty
Students also gain an international and intercultural perspective
while attending HPU. In his position, Subotic, who came to HPU
from Sarajevo, supervises a group of marketing representatives
and financial advisers, nine of whom are HPU alumni.
I like to have that HPU culture established in my office,” Subotic
added. “It’s quite a challenge, since most of them
come from different backgrounds.”
HPU makes education convenient for both traditional students
and working professionals looking for advancement.
I chose HPU based on its proximity to my work and the class schedule
availability,” said Lau. “My degree enhances my ability
to do my current job better, adds value to our firm, and allows
me to grow in my career and industry.”
I have had a fairly long relationship with HPU and been impressed
with the quality and professionalism of the students, faculty,
and administrators,” said Olson. “It is apparent
that the staff and faculty of the University take a great interest
in the students and ensure they have the best of services and
Carissa Ching (BSBA ‘99), is a human
resources store manager at DFS.
Courtesy University Relations
Bobbie Lau (MBA ’06),
is a vice president at Colliers Monroe Friedlander.