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Don’t miss it tonight: Science Pub Hawai‘i debut by HPU
Join friends and colleagues tonight, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., for an evening of science and fun in the open-air waterfront ambience of Gordon-Biersch as HPU kicks off Science Pub Hawai‘i, a monthly public lecture series at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Modeled after science pubs in the United Kingdom and North America that sprung up in recent years, Science Pub Hawai‘i will feature lay-friendly presentations and Q&A in the relaxed atmosphere of a restaurant/pub.

  • The debut speaker is David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., who will present “Wings Without Border: Using Seabirds to Track Ocean Plastic Pollution.” An HPU ocean scientist and Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, Hyrenbach was featured over the past year on both NBC Nightly News and CNN for his research in the effects of ocean pollution on marine life.
  • Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 if they’re interested in ordering food and drink to place orders and get settled before the presentation begins. Click here to learn more, and check out the invite on Facebook and share it with friends.

HPU associate professor: Member of Salle Honolulu Fencing Club       
Patrick Bratton, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Diplomacy and Military Studies, did a recent ThinkTech Hawaii interview, explaining the sport of fencing and its history. Bratton, who fenced in college, got back into the sport this year for exercise, mental discipline and personal fulfillment. If you are interested in learning more, check out the Salle Honolulu Fencing Club on Facebook.

Hawai‘i Pacific associate professor of economics has  full summer
This summer, Ken Schoolland, associate professor of economics, was in Amsterdam for the launch of the second Dutch, commentary edition of his book, “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey,” now in 73 publications in 48 languages. As Director of the HPU Entrepreneurship Center and team advisor of ENACTUS (formerly Students in Free Enterprise), he joined the team in their participation at the national competition in Kansas City. He also made presentations on current economics topics at seminars and conferences in Belarus, Romania, Slovakia, China, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the U.S.

Free dance classes for HPU students:  Mondays at Warmer Auditorium
For all dance enthusiasts, Campus Recreation now offers free recreational Hip Hop dance classes for HPU students. No commitment needed; just bring your HPU ID to either the beginning class on Mondays at 4 p.m. or the advanced class at 5 p.m. Classes will be held in the LB Penthouse (Warmer Auditorium, 1060 Bishop). For a description of the classes, click here. For anyone looking to get more involved, the HPU Dance Crew invites you to stay after class and attend the club practice at 7 p.m.  Contact campusrec@hpu.edu with additional questions.

Consult A Doctor Plus program offering   
Consult A Doctor Plus (CADRPlus) is available to HPU students, faculty, staff and their families. Members have unlimited 24/7 access to licensed, board-certified doctors across the 50 states, as well as crisis counselors, legal and financial advisors, life coaches and more. If you have a non-emergent medical condition or are feeling stressed, all you need to do is call or click. You will be connected to the help you need anytime, anywhere for a low monthly fee of $14.95 with no additional per call charges. Members traveling or living in different states will have access to that state’s board-certified doctors. For more information, click here.  

Freshman library orientation sessions, start today through Friday, Sept. 20
HPU Libraries are offering Freshman Library Orientation sessions from Sept. 16-20. These sessions, directed at incoming undergraduate students, cover basic uses of the Catalog and getting familiar with the Library’s print and electronic resources. For the schedule, how to register and more information, click here.  


Today – Science Pub Hawai‘i: ‘Wings Without Borders’
The Science Pub monthly series kicks off with a presentation by David Hyrenbach, Ph.D., on how plastic pollution in our oceans affects seabirds and other marine life. Admission: Free. 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Gordon-Biersch at Aloha Tower Marketplace. For more information, click here, and check out the invite on Facebook and share it with friends.    

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – HPU Reads Common Book Event: History of Sound in America
Join Dr. Richard Rath for a conversation on how his book, “How Early America Sounded,” connects to issues raised by our Common Book selection, “In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise.” 11 am-noon and 2 p.m.-3 p.m. (two opportunities to interact with him), FH 306 (1132 Bishop). If you have questions, contact HPU Common Book Committee Chair: Micheline Soong, Ph.D., at msoong@hpu.edu

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Taste of Home: Eastern States
Craving those comfort foods from home? Join fellow students, staff and faculty from the Eastern states for a light lunch and conversation at the Taste of Home event. 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., FH 306 (1132 Bishop). Students, staff and faculty can register for their regional Taste of Home event: click here.

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – ‘Google Apps 101’ Faculty Workshop
This CAIT-sponsored faculty workshop will focus on the basic functionality and use of Google Apps for Education. Attendees will learn to navigate the Gmail interface, manage calendars, create and share folders, documents, presentations and forms. To learn more about the workshop and to register, click here. 2 p.m.-3 p.m., CAIT conference room MP 446 (1188 Fort Street). To view more details on Google Apps, click here.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – CMS training session
Director of Web Communication Antonio De Castro will conduct a CMS training session, which will cover the system used to create and edit content and pages on the HPU website. If your department needs a content manager for your page on HPU’s website, this will be a comprehensive hands-on training opportunity. 9:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Frear Center 102A. Please RSVP to: adecastro@hpu.edu as soon as possible. The CMS is in a secure admin network and IT needs to provide user access.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – HPU Chapel service
All are invited to the university’s weekly nondenominational, uplifting Chapel service. 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Kamiano Center (on Fort Street Mall across the Sea Warrior Center). For more information, contact Rev. Dale at dburke@hpu.edu.  

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – ‘How to Succeed as a Psychology Major:’ Psychology Symposium
The Psychology Department faculty will conduct the first Fall 2013 psychology symposium entitled “How to Succeed as a Psychology Major.” Pizza and soda will be provided. 1 p.m.-2 p.m., FH 611 Conference Rm. (1132 Bishop). For questions, contact Professor Vince Tsushima: 544-1410, vtsushima@hpu.edu

Thursday, Sept. 19 – ‘Global Connections:’ HPU student volunteers at APEC Conference
Join “Global Connections” host Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., professor of political science, as he interviews HPU student volunteers, helping to support the APEC Telecommunications and Information Conference, being held in Honolulu Sept. 15-21. HPU students have a unique opportunity to participate directly in a multilateral diplomatic initiative. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. The broadcast is streamed live on uStream.tv, live audio on Spreaker or saved as a podcast at www.ThinkTechHawaii.com.

Friday, Sept. 20 – Viewpoints Film Series: 'Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror’
Nosferatu's haunting and dreamlike vampire story is one of the silent film era's most enduring masterpieces. The Friday screening will include free pizza and discussion of silent film led by English Professors Micheline Soong, Ph.D., and Andrew Opitz, Ph.D. This is a free event open to the entire HPU community. 5:30 p.m., LB Warmer Auditorium, floor PH (1060 Bishop). For more information, click here, or contact: aopitz@hpu.edu

Friday, Sept. 20 – Kumu Kahua Theatre: ‘Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?’

The fictional Charlie Chan and the real-life detective he was modeled after join forces to fight crime in Honolulu. Students can register online: click here. 8 p.m., Kumu Kahua Theatre.

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 Natural Science professors provide expert opinion in national and local news outlets  
In continuing media coverage nationally and locally, HPU professors comment on the tragic molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor and cuts in government funding for marine mammal rescue: David Field, Ph.D.,David Horgen, Ph.D.,Keith Korsmeyer, Ph.D., Eric Vetter, Ph.D.,Kristi West, Ph.D., and Chris Winn, Ph.D.; also quoted is HPU student Carlos Santana, president of Hawaiian Islands Recreational Scuba Association. (See earlier coverage in last week’s issues of HPU ‘Ohana Today.)

  • The aftermath of the molasses  spill in Honolulu Harbor (U.S. News on NBC.com, NPR, Gawker.com, LA Times, Fox-WFLX, KHON, others) 
    ‘‘‘The molasses is not toxic but it's heavier than water so it's spreading around on the sea floor, displacing the oxygen-rich water down there, and the fish are suffocating,’ said Keith Korsmeyer, a professor of biology at Hawaii Pacific University. … The disruption to the delicate ecosystem could doom coral reefs in the harbor, said Eric Vetter, a professor of oceanography at Hawaii Pacific.” More…

  • HPU marine mammal rescue program hit by government funding cuts (Hawaii News Now, Star-Advertiser, AP via Maui News, others)
    “About 20 times a year the [HPU Marine Mammal] Stranding program's team performs necropsies. Students get hands on experience that can't be duplicated in a classroom. ‘It's an incredible opportunity for them to be introduced to these important issues that affect the health of the animals and the public,’ HPU interim dean David Horgen said. But budget tightening at the federal level cut $100,000 of grant money from the program -- two thirds of its operating budget.” More…

Hawai‘i Pacific alumnus YTP Mentor and Internship program (Travel Weekly)
Wazha Dube (BSBA TIM ’08) is co-founder of Young Travel Professionals, a two-year-old nonprofit organization with 2,000 members. “[It] is taking a different tack, encouraging veteran agents … to sign up as mentors for young people in their 20s interested in a career in the industry. ‘I went to school for tourism at Hawaii Pacific University, but I've found that 90% of people in the industry never studied travel or tourism and had no idea where to start in the industry,’ said Dube.” More…

Alumna of HPU to lead regional communications team (Idaho Business Review)
“Julie Fogerson (BA Communication ’00) has joined the Idaho regional banking communications team for Wells Fargo & Company. In this role, Fogerson will lead media relations and strategic internal and external communications. …” More…

Volleyball splits matches
(Star-Advertiser, HPU news release)
“… In their first match of the day, the Sea Warriors (6-2) fell to Cal State Stanislaus 25-19, 25-19, 30-28. Pomai Recca led HPU with 18 kills and also had 21 of the team's 93 digs. The Sea Warriors then bounced back against Chico State (3-4), beating the Wildcats 25-16, 25-22, 25-20. Recca, who was later named to the all-tournament team, had 13 kills and 13 digs and Samantha Rummans added 10 kills.” (Subscription required.) More…


Better is a weekly recognition of people and departments taking action to make HPU a better university for our students, our faculty and staff, our alumni and Hawai‘i.

Wireless access upgrades at Hawaii Loa campus
Over the summer, multiple wireless access points were added at the Hawaii Loa Campus, ensuring wireless access virtually anywhere on the campus. The access points at the Academic Center and Residence Halls have more than doubled, and access points have also been installed throughout the campus grounds from the soccer field, shuttle stop, tennis courts and softball field.  


HPU Jobs,
Career Info

Today and Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Drop-In Career Counseling
Drop-in career-counseling services include résumé and cover letter review, internship and co-op information, general career counseling and job search assistance and referrals. Today, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Hawaii Loa Campus Academic Center; Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon, FH502, Career Services Center Conference Room (1132 Bishop). Each session will be a maximum of 30 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis; the last student will be taken 30 minutes before the scheduled end time. If you wish to have your résumé or cover letter reviewed, you will be responsible for bringing a hard copy of it. For more information, click here

Thursday, Sept. 19 – MBTI Workshop
Discover how your personality impacts your career interests by completing and receiving feedback on one of the most established career assessments used with students today. **Pre-registration is required at least two days in advance; $15 fee for MBTI Assessment. 2 p.m.-3 p.m., FH 502 Career Services Center Conference Room (1132 Bishop). Please RSVP to csc@hpu.edu or 808-544-0230 with your name, Student I.D. number, HPU email address and the session you would like to attend. You may also RSVP by logging into your HPU Connect account and clicking “Events.”

HPU ‘Ohana Today publishes Mondays and Thursdays. Submit your news, events and
milestones to ohanatoday@hpu.edu.
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