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Monica Pleuler, editor


Students network with pros at Communication Career Day

Students networking at Communication Career Day 2005 were treated to breakfast, lunch, and a breathtaking view from the 20th floor of the Pioneer Plaza. Organized every year by the College of Communication, COM Career Day is an event hosted by the communication clubs: the Public Relations Student Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, and Akamai Advertising.

Students sign up for annual AIDS walk

Many students at HPU walk to and from school, others walk for exercise, and most walk around campus every day. Now students can put all that walking experience to good use by joining the Starbucks AIDS Walk for Life on May 15. The walk is an easy one, short, only 5K around Kapiolani Park, and registration is free.



Press Club supports Hawaii Public Radio

On April 3, 12 members of the Press Club at HPU participated in a successful Hawai‘i Public Radio spring fund drive, “Challenge 2005: It’s All About The Air!”
HPR raised $521,000 by April 16 and exceeded its overall goal, $517,000.



Students, groups raise funds for tsunami aid

The effects of the December 2004 Tsunami were tragic for people in Southeast Asia and left a devastating aftermath. Here at Hawai‘i Pacific University, students from Southeast Asia and other parts of the world were affected as well and wanted to do something to help. Several clubs at HPU held events and fundraisers to contribute donations to the disaster relief efforts.


Intercultural Performances

Hawai‘i Pacific University had another successful Intercultural Day April 22 on Fort Street Mall.


HPU bids aloha and mahalo to founding communication dean

For many Hawai‘i Pacific University students, especially those majoring in communication, suite 504 at 1132 Bishop St. is familiar territory. Most of the time, just walking in, students find the door to the dean’s office, behind the receptionist’s desk, is open. A woman sits at a desk clicking on a computer mouse with one hand and rummaging through a stack of papers with the other. She is usually wearing red, and she usually says, when she glances up, “Can I help you? Come on in.”


COM gets new dean

HPU’s College of Communication welcomes the appointment of Dr. James Whitfield as its new dean.
Dr. Whitfield replaces Dr. Helen Varner who will retire on May 31, 2005. Dr. Varner was the founding dean of the College of Communication.


VP, dean of Student Support Sevices retiring

When he informed the faculty that Nancy Ellis, vice president for Student Support Services, was retiring, President Chatt G. Wright called her “One of HPU’s pioneer administrators.”


Ellis on HPU

Kalamalama asked Vice President Nancy Ellis to summarize her views of how HPU has progressed during her years at the University. Here are some of her perceptions:


Philpott to replace Ellis

HPU President Chatt G. Wright announced last week that effective July 1, Dr. Jeffrey L. Philpott would become HPU’s new vice president, Student Support Services. Phillpott replaces Nancy Ellis, who will retire at the end of May. “He was selected,” said Wright, “from a field of more than 100 well-qualified applicants from around the world, and brings to HPU his considerable experience, expertise, and energy.”



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