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Special HPU rates for Spring concert with Makana: Sunday, April 27,
7 p.m.

The HPU Choirs and Symphony will perform with Makana works from Native Inuit to Hawaiian, traditional Chinese to Bollywood fusion, and both new Makana compositions will debut. Special HPU faculty, staff and student rates with ID. Click here for more information on concert at Hawaii Theatre.

Nursing students: Learn about the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program
For nurses who want to provide culturally-appropriate primary care services for families, the
HPU Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner program is for you! Learn more at these sessions. Invite your nursing friends. Applications for Fall 2014 are due by June 1.  

  • Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Program Info Sessions
    Thursday, May 8, 6 p.m., and Friday, May 9, 9 a.m.
    RSVP to DKnight@hpu.edu
    Hawaii Loa Campus (45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, across the Pali Golf Course)
    Free Parking

Please complete your Student Course Evaluations today! (only for Spring 15-week courses)
Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard about how to improve course content and design, teaching effectiveness and create better learning environments at HPU! Students enrolled in Spring 15-week courses who complete all of their course evaluations by the due date of Sunday, May 4 (5 p.m. HST) automatically participate in the “Early Grade View Incentive” to view their final gradesone week early! Don’t wait until the last minute. Use the link in the invitation sent to your HPU email account or log onto your Blackboard home page to complete your course evaluations. For more information, visit the Course Evaluation website.

Holomua Scholarship opportunity: Applications due May 16, 2014
HPU offers competitive academic and activity-based scholarship awards to deserving students who have completed two semesters at the university. The Holomua Scholarship is a tuition-waiver scholarship offered to full-time HPU students, and the deadline to apply for 2014-2015 awards is May 16, 2014. Click here to learn more about other HPU scholarships and scholarships offered by external organizations.

Active April is winding down
There are only a few more Campus Recreation activities left to participate in this month. Join one of the following events, and if you have been to five or more activities this month, you will receive a prize!  For more information, contact campusrec@hpu.edu.
Thursday, April 24: Free Swimming at the YWCA pool, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30: Free Yoga Class in LB PH, from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Requests for Student Activity Fee funds: Due Monday, April 28 
The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee is accepting requests for Student Activity Fee funds. Recognized student organizations and HPU departments are welcome to submit proposals to support student initiatives, activities, services and resources that enhance the student experience at HPU. Applications for Fall 2014 funds are due by Monday, April 28, 5 p.m. Click here for the application and more information.


Today-Saturday, April 26 – Green Week activities
To celebrate Earth Day, The Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs has created an entire week of events devoted to being green and promoting sustainability. Click here for more information.

Today – MS in Marine Science thesis presentations

  • Justin Reinicke "Isolation and Structure Determination of a Cyclic Tetraglutamic Acid from the Hawaiian Box Jellyfish Carybdea alata." Rescheduled from last week to today, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 208.
  • Adam Kurtz "Perfluorinated Compounds in Hawaiian Cetaceans." 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Hawaii Loa Campus, AC 101.

Today – Capstone Symposium: ‘Excellence, Creativity, Innovation’
Undergraduate and graduate students across many academic disciplines will showcase their capstone works in oral and poster presentations. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Frear Center (1132 Bishop). Click here for the program, noting the presenters, their topics and the schedule for the Capstone Symposium.  

Today-Sunday, April 27 – ‘Heritage’ last week of shows
This ensemble play, directed by Joyce Maltby, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln in a way that reveals the man in a very different light. HPU Paul & Vi Loo Theatre, Hawaii Loa Campus. Click here for more information and online ticket sales.

Friday, April 25 – Senior Class Breakfast
Calling all graduating seniors! University Relations, with support from the Student Activity Fee, invites you to this free event to honor our class of 2014 with food, fellowship, giveaways and ways to stay connected with HPU beyond graduation. To register, click here. 10 a.m.-noon, Café Julia.

Friday, April 25 – Viewpoints Film Series: ‘Bridegroom’
The tragic results of homophobia are explored in this award-winning documentary. Shane Bitney Crone's plans to marry Tom Bridegroom take a tragic turn. Click here for more information.
5:30 p.m., Warmer Auditorium-LB PH level (1060 Bishop).

Saturday, April 26 – Hawaii Spotlight: Keeping it Local at Kapalai Farms
Students, faculty and staff: Join Student Life, working to revitalize the aina (land) in the hopes of one day creating sustainable food sources for the area. Transportation available to and from the site and HLC, DT and Waikiki. Free lunch. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Click here for more information and to register.

Monday, April 28 – HPU Science Pub-Hawai‘i: ‘The US as a Pacific Power’ 
Patrick Bratton, Ph.D., noted political scientist and HPU director of Diplomacy and Military Studies, will give perspective on developments in the Asia-Pacific region, Russia and Ukraine, and Hawai'i's unique role in global security. Admission is free and open to the public. 6 p.m., Gordon Biersch Aloha Tower. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, April 29 – HPU Symphonic Band Concert: ‘The Music of John Williams’
Celebrating the music of John Williams with music from “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars.” CWO Michael Smith, USMC MARFORPAC Band, guest narrator. Free admission/calabash offering. 7 p.m., Roosevelt High School Auditorium. Click here for flier and see www.hpu.edu/band for more.

Thursday, May 1 – travel2change event: ‘Come together. Get inspired. Make travel meaningful.’
HPU students will share their ideas for meaningful travel experiences with local nonprofits. Admission is free. Register and get more information here. 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Capital One 360-Hawaii Café.  

Friday, May 2 – Ho‘olaule‘a 2014: HPU’s End of the Year Celebration!
Want to have some fun and relaxation before finals? Join Campus Activities Board (CAB) for this free event made possible by the Student Activity Fee — free food, live music by Paula Fuga and Mike Love, rock climbing wall, flipbooks, booths and much more! Like CAB on Facebook for updates. 2 p.m.,-6 p.m., Hawaii Loa Campus

Thursday, May 8 – Speed Networking
Calling all HPU alumni! This professional development and networking event will give HPU alumni an opportunity to connect and speed network by industry with HPU alumni leaders! 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Plaza Club. Register by Monday, May 5, here.

In The

This section is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of HPU people and programs and stories of interest to the university. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique.

HPU tennis coach shows his team’s success in a unique way (Star-Advertiser, Pinterest)
Men’s tennis coach and former player Hendrik Bode (BSBA ’08, MBA ’10) made a pact with his players. With every win, he keeps his beard growing. The No. 3 ranked NCAA II team has a 20-0 season record and won the PacWest Conference championship for the second consecutive year. (Subscription required.) More…

Hawai‘i Pacific students engage in Earth Day rally (KHON, Civil Beat)
HPU students were among the hundreds of people who participated in a rally for clean energy at the State Capitol on Earth Day, Tuesday. It was organized by Blue Planet Foundation. More… (Also, Student Life is hosting “Green Week” activities this week on campus, and the kick-off event was “Take the Green Pledge!” )

HPU professor asked to comment on City Council Bill 16 (Civil Beat)
Bill 16 addresses the growing trend of hotel to condo/ time share conversion, which is impacting the jobs of Hawai‘i hospitality workers — many of whom are from the Filipino community. “You have developers who give money and you have Filipinos who vote, so the City Council is going to have to make up their minds on this one because they’re not going to keep both of them happy," [Professor John] Hart said. More…

Hawai‘i Pacific marine mammal stranding team investigates dead dolphin (KHON)
Associate Professor Kristi West, Ph.D., who leads the HPU marine mammal stranding team, reported that an examination is being conducted on a pregnant striped dolphin found dead on the shore in Kualoa on Tuesday. “The animal is in very good body condition, so we’ll be able to do a full necropsy examination and try to determine why the dolphin died,” said West. More…


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides HPU research equipment
HPU scientists in collaboration with NOAA in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands are conducting research to better understand and forecast the impact of rising carbon dioxide concentrations on the ocean’s reefs. In support of this research, NOAA has purchased a Dissolved Inorganic Carbon analyzer, which is on long term loan to the university and located at Oceanic Institute of HPU. The equipment will expand oceanographic research capabilities.

  • Carbon System Dynamics research findings of HPU graduate student and faculty
    A team represented by MS in Marine Science student Andrea Kealoha and faculty Chris Winn, Ph.D., and Sam Kahng, Ph.D., presented its research titled “Carbon System Dynamics within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument” at the prestigious February 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. Kealoha also presented this research in December at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.    

Associate Professor of English publishes article on teaching from the humorous outlook
Kathleen Cassity, Ph.D., has published a peer-reviewed article in the February 2014 issue of Journal for Expanded Perspectives on Learning:"Fear Not the Trunchbull: How Teaching from the Humorous Outlook Supports Transformative Learning." Synthesizing findings from humor theory, transformative learning theory and the neurobiology of learning, Cassity elucidates why a positive and humor-rich classroom environment is the best for fostering deep learning, despite many cultural assumptions that humor and education are somehow oppositional to each other.

Professor and NEH Chair in World History conducts workshop and presents in Barcelona
Marc Jason Gilbert, Ph.D., was invited by the University Institute for History Jaume Vicens i Vives at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, in March to conduct a workshop in oral presentation, dissertation development and publication writing for its World History graduate students. He also presented a paper on “Representations of port cities, including Lahaina and Honolulu, in early modern Western Art,” at an international symposium on “Port Cities in World History” hosted at the university and attended by more than 80 scholars.

HPU Jobs,
Career Info

Monday, April 28 & Tuesday, April 29 – Drop-In Career Counseling
Thirty minute drop-in Career Counseling sessions are available for general career counseling, cooperative education and internship assistance, job interview assistance, job search referrals and cover letter and résumé reviews. Note: If you wish to have your résumé or cover letter reviewed, come prepared with hard copies and questions. No RSVP needed; check in at front desk. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; last student taken at 11 a.m. Career Services Center, FH 502 (1132 Bishop).  

HPU ‘Ohana Today publishes Monday and Thursday. Submit your news and milestones to ohanatoday@hpu.edu. For the HPU Events Announcement form, click here.

HPU Vol 3. Issue 28
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