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by Kalamalama staff


A graduate of HPU’s communication program will be among the three exceptional HPU alumni recognized at the ninth annual Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards April 24 at the Waialae Country Club.
Kristane Gaspar, who graduated with an M.A. in communication in 2007, has already so distinguished herself in the local communication community to garner the Young Alumni Award, for serving as an outstanding role model for future alumni. Gaspar, who also earned her B.A., in Advertising and Public Relations, from HPU (2004), is a media buyer for The Harris Agency, LLC, and the Hawai‘i correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation. She volunteers with the HPU Alumni Office and the College of Communication and is a board member for AD2, an organization for advertising professionals for which she plans educational events for members and the advertising community. With AD2, she builds advertising campaigns, at no cost, for nonprofit organizations.
“ I have met a lot of people who believed in me and gave me opportunities to learn and excel,” Gaspar said. “Who knew a girl from a tiny plantation town on the Big Island would be nominated and win such a prestigious award.”
Named in honor of one of HPU’s founders, the awards also honor alumni in two other categories. The Professional Achievement Award, for distinguished career accomplishments was presented to Dr. Shue-Jane Thompson, Master of Science in Information Systems.
Thompson is director of Solutions Strategies at Lockheed Martin. She has managed nationwide and international business and information technology transformation efforts in commercial and government industries.
She is an active volunteer: a regular guest speaker at elementary and secondary schools; a mentor with the Armed Forces Computing and Electronic Association, and she helps transition military officers to civilian careers.
“ Out of the thousands of outstanding HPU graduates doing great things in the business world, to be recognized is one of the highlights of my professional career,” Thompson said. “My achievements reflect the value, through education, HPU provides to our world community.”
The Alumni Service Award, went to Ravi Shivaraman, who received his M.A. in Human Resource Management and an M.B.A. and M.S. in Information Systems in May 1993. He is the president and chief financial officer for Harbor Financial Group.
A frequent guest at the Career Services Graduate Career Forum, Shivaraman offers practical advice to international students, “about the best way to obtain work in Hawai‘i after graduation.”
“ Ravi spoke from experience as an international student and an employer offering practical advice,” said Joe Barrientos, director of HPU Career Services.



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