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by Dr. Brian Metcalf, director, Honors programs

The HPU Psychology program, in association with Psi Chi and the Psychology Club, held its first Psychology Symposium of the year on Feb. 27.

This monthly series brings noteworthy guest speakers to address interested students and staff, followed by discussion and an informal reception. This month’s featured speaker was Gary A. Dias, M.S., who gave a presentation entitled “The Police, Quality, and Stress.”

Dias is a retired homicide lieutenant from the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), currently with Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He has authored three best-selling books about his experiences at HPD, including Honolulu CSI: An Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise, and Honolulu Cop.
Following Dias’ talk about psychological issues and experiences relevant to police, the students and faculty in attendance had an opportunity to chat informally with him over pizzas and sodas.

The Psychology Symposium series began in fall 2004, and is a monthly event during the fall and spring semesters designed to bring psychology students and faculty together for stimulating presentations, discussion, and socializing. They also serve as “town hall” meetings where announcements are made regarding program events and student and faculty accomplishments. With more than 300 students, psychology is the largest program in the College of Liberal Arts and one of the largest majors at HPU.

The next symposium is on March 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Room 306 on the 3rd floor of the 1132 Bishop St. (FH) building. Warren Loos, Ph.D., will give a presentation concerning health psychology. After the presentation, a reception with free food and beverages will be held.

For more information about this ongoing series, or the Psychology program, call or e-mail Program Chair Vincent G. Tsushima, Ph.D., J.D., at 544-1410 or vtsushima@hpu.edu. For more about the Psychology Club, e-mail club President Stacy Lenze at hpupsychclub@yahoo.com.




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