When Chatt G. Wright retires
Aloha alumni and friends,
In preparation for President Chatt G. Wright’s June 2011 retirement,
the Board of Trustees appointed a presidential search committee to
find the best candidate to lead HPU into the next phase of its evolution.
They have engaged the services of
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an
executive search firm that specializes
in finding qualified higher-education
prospects. The firm has met with
HPU trustees, alumni, students, faculty,
and staff to identify the strengths,
qualities, and experience that are
important to the University’s culture
and continuing development.
HPU President Chatt G. Wright (far right)
with past and present Paul C.T. Loo
Distinguished Alumni Awardees at the
2010 awards banquet
The Board of Trustees has made plans
for a 2011 spring transition program
to ensure a smooth changeover and
continued momentum toward University
goals. In the meantime, HPU is moving forward with plans for greater
alumni engagement, an exciting academic vision for the future, and
expansion of the Hawai‘i Loa campus. As we progress, we will keep you
updated and involved.
Chatt G. Wright
Associate Vice President
2 The Ultimate Win
Fall 2010 Volume 11 Number 2
4 The Wright Years
HPU Today interviews President Chatt G.
Wright, who retires in June 2011, on the
HPU milestones achieved during his
40 year tenure
6 The Mysterious
Life of Tangs
In the effort to preserve ornamental fish and
protect reef ecosystems, HPU Natural Science
students and interns learn alongside research
scientists at HPU affiliate Oceanic Institute
8 Oceanic Institute Celebrating 50 Years
9 A Fish Farmer, An Environmentalist
Alumnus Richard Xie raises ornamental
fish and exports to 27 countries
10 On Campus
15 Alumni Spotlight
18 University Friends
19 Sea Warrior Sports
20 Class Links
24 Back Page
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The 2010 Lady Sea Warriors make Hawai‘i
softball history with the win of its first NCAA
Division II National Title
On the cover: The national
championship softball team;
right: Nicole Morrow
photos by Dayne Teves, D-Tech Hawaii
he 2010 HPU Lady Sea Warrior
softball team could not have written
a better script for itself, with a 50–8
winning season, fourth consecutive
Pacific West Title, first Super Regional
Title, and first NCAA National Title at the
College World Series in Missouri.
“This was a banner year for our program,”
says Head Coach Bryan Nakasone,
who finished his second season at
the helm of the Sea Warriors and
is a 17-year veteran of HPU softball.
“I knew we had a good team, but
this wasn’t something we had talked
about at the beginning of the season.
For us to have gotten this far took
a lot of hard work and effort.”
From start to finish, HPU was a dominant
fixture on the national scene. During the season, the Lady Sea Warriors climbed as high as
#2 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll, and were crowned
PacWest Champions yet again.
Even with five freshmen in its starting line-up,
the new team saw a spectacular start to the
season with just one loss in the first half of
its regular season games, and a semifinal
appearance in the inter-conference Mizuno
Tournament of Champions.
The team worked to keep up its winning
record throughout the regular season,
finishing at the top of the PacWest and the
West Region with a record of 41-6, for a bid
to the West Region tournament.
Sea Warriors at Home in
The confines of Howard A.
Okita Field on the Hawai‘i Loa
campus have been friendly to
say the least. Heading into the
West Region tournament, HPU
had lost only six home games
in four years. But winning the
tournament proved to be as
challenging as it was rewarding.
“I knew we had a good
team, but this wasn’t
something we had talked
about at the beginning
of the season. For us
to have gotten this
far took a lot of hard
work and effort.”
The Sea Warriors won their first
two games, defeating Central
Washington 6–1 in the opener
and Cal State Monterey Bay 3–2
in game two. On the final day, the
Sea Warriors again faced Central
Washington, who had risen from
the loser’s bracket to play HPU
for the Super Regional bid. The
Sea Warriors needed just one
win and had two tries to get it.
Central Washington proved
to be up to the task, taking
game one to advance to a
winner-take-all final. Nakasone
handed the ball to senior pitcher
Sherise Musquiz again, asking
her to pitch back-to-back games
for the first time in her career.
She shut down the Wildcat lineup
for a 1–0 win, propelling HPU
to the Super Regional.
“What a way to go out in my last
year. I can’t imagine a better way.”
• 6 players selected All-PacWest:
Maile Kim, Sherise Musquiz, Ciera Senas
(B.A. Psychology ’10), Casey Sugihara
(B.A. Psychology ’10), Kozy Toriano, and
“That was a pretty amazing feeling,” says
Musquiz, who tossed a total of 16 innings
that day. “We came out really flat in the
first game, and every player wanted to
• Pitcher of the Year: Sherise Musquiz;
Freshman of the Year: Nicole Morrow;
Coach of the Year: Bryan Nakasone
HPU Advances to College World Series
The Sea Warriors advanced to their first NCAA
Super Regional, and a trip to the College
World Series was visible on the horizon. But
lurking on the other side of the bracket was
Chico State (CA), who entered the postseason as the lowest West Region seed. Chico
State had been the surprise of the tournament, earning a trip to Hawai‘i to play the
top-seeded Sea Warriors. The teams played
a three-game series starting with a single
game on a Friday.
Despite the mismatch, HPU played its flattest
game of the season, dropping a 5-0 defeat.
The Sea Warriors had been shutout for the
first time in the postseason and needed two
wins on Saturday to advance to the College
HPU came out and played like champions on
day two, winning both games to clinch a trip
to St. Joseph, Missouri, for a chance at the
National Title. “We were a different team,” says
freshman Nicole Morrow. “Everything was on
the line and we dug deep to get the wins.”
Musquiz shared Morrow’s sentiment, saying,
“Sometimes we get so antsy and don’t hit
like we usually do. Today we just came out
and played our game.”
Sea Warriors Take the Title
It was tough enough getting to the Cham
pionship tournament, let alone winning it.
But HPU did just that.
The Lady Sea Warriors played their
first road games in nearly six weeks
after two flight delays and a lengthy
27-hour journey from Honolulu
to Missouri. It was an unfamiliar
stage against unfamiliar teams
in an unfamiliar setting.
But none of that
seemed to bother
• 4 players selected NCAA All-Tournament: Nicole Morrow, Sherise Musquiz,
Ciera Senas, and Casey Sugihara
• NCAA Division II Most Outstanding
Player: Sherise Musquiz
In the double elimination College World
Series, HPU easily won its first game 3-1
against Wayne State (MI), but needed to
fight hard for a 1-0 win over Angelo State
(TX) in 10 innings. With a decisive 7-2 semifinal win over Metro State (CO), HPU found
itself in the Title game against the Valdosta
State Blazers (GA). The second-ranked Blazers had dominated their bracket, ousting
top-ranked and previously undefeated
North Georgia College.
Through the first four innings of the Title
game, HPU seemed outmatched. They
trailed 2-0 and barely posed a threat. But
in the fifth inning, the Sea Warriors’ bats
awoke, giving the team four runs for a
two-run lead. However, the win did not
come so easily.
• Musquiz and Kim named to the NFCA
All-America Team (First All-Americans
since program went to the NCAA)
• National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Coaching
Staff of the Year: Head Coach Bryan
Nakasone and assistant coaches Jon
Correles, Roger Javillo, Richard Nomura,
and Howard Okita
• Musquiz ended with 90 career wins;
tops in HPU history
• HPU ended the season as the #1 ranked
team in the National Fastpitch Coaches
Association national poll, and with the
most team wins in program history (50)
It was the bottom of the seventh, and
Valdosta State, now trailing by just one run,
had the bases loaded with one out. The
next batter hit a line drive to HPU third
baseman Caira Pires, giving the Blazers
one more chance to make a comeback play
for the win. But their next batter turned
out to be their last when HPU right fielder
Chante Tesoro caught a pop fly
for the third out.
A wild celebration ensued as the
players hoisted their trophy and were
donned with leis by
family and friends
who had traveled
so far to witness
the historic event.
“What a way to go out in my last year,” says
senior Casey Sugihara. “I can’t imagine a
“This win was so big for our program and
even the state of Hawai‘i,” says Nakasone. “For
all the years of service our seniors have given,
for them to go out like this is fantastic.”
The legacy of
Chatt G. Wright’s HPU presidency
The Board of Trustees elects Chatt
Wright Hawai‘i Pacific’s third president
hen Chatt G. Wright retires at the end of June 2011,
he will have been one of the longest serving college
presidents in the nation. He joined HPU (then Hawai‘i
Pacific College) in 1972 as founding dean of business administration. In 1976, the Board of Trustees elected him Hawai‘i
Pacific’s third president.
President Wright, known for his entrepreneurial spirit and sound
business practices, has guided the University’s growth and
expansion, and helped to fulfill its mission to prepare graduates
to live, work, and learn as active members of a global society.
HPU Today interviewed President Wright in his office at the
University’s downtown Honolulu campus.
What milestones achieved
during your presidency will
become your legacy to HPU?
One is the establishment of our endowment
in 1980. The first year we raised $100,000,
and we felt we had leapt an enormous hurdle.
Three years later we raised $1 million, and
that was another remarkable achievement.
Today the current market value of the
endowment is about $70 million.
Our merger with Hawai‘i Loa College in 1992
introduced new academic programs to the
University, including nursing and natural
sciences, and added a 130-acre residential
campus on the windward side of O‘ahu.
Another milestone was our affiliation with
Oceanic Institute (OI) in 2003. It allowed us
to expand a small marine sciences program
from Hawai‘i Loa into our natural sciences
college. We are surrounded by the Pacific
Ocean, so that is a natural advantage for
Hawai‘i. The OI affiliation allowed us to
emerge as a comprehensive university, one
involved not only in teaching but scholarly
work and research too.
We also have an extensive military education program that began at Schofield
Barracks in 1973 and has grown from less
than 100 students to about 3,000 on the
O‘ahu military installations and globally
online. We have become the largest provider
of education to the military of any university
in Hawai‘i. Our military students take over
60 percent of their coursework online.
Significantly, HPU’s student population using
GI Bill education benefits has increased from
about 400 last fall to currently just over
1,200 students as a result of the Post 9-11
GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program that
became effective last year.
How do you perceive
your legacy from the alumni
There is great satisfaction in helping young
people better their lives and careers. That is
our business in higher education. Our alumni
are global citizens. They have become civic
and business leaders, and they have learned
to adapt to the rapid changes in contemporary life. Our success is recognized through
the success of our alumni.
I think it is significant that many of our alumni
make a point of staying in touch with HPU.
Of course, we do our best to keep connected
through Alumni Association activities and
the President’s Host for Life organization. But
when I announced my retirement, I received
dozens of e-mails from alums. They give
me more credit than I deserve. It gives me a
great feeling of pride and accomplishment
when I consider that we have touched so
HPU acknowledges that our alumni are
the future of the University, and we have
committed to expanding our alumni
What has been HPU’s impact
in the Hawai‘i community?
We have established a strong private uni
versity to complement the University of
Hawai‘i. In the early years it was hard to sell
the concept of a private college in the Islands.
But in higher education, plurality, free enter
prise, and competition are embedded in
American life. The competition has been
good for everyone.
Building HPU would not have been possible
without the help and support of a lot of
individuals, corporations, and foundations.
One of my mentors was Robert E. Black, who
was chairman of the board when I became
president. Bob approached everything in
a common-sense way, and that was a real
advantage to me. Another mentor of mine
was William E. Aull, chairman of the board
from 1988 to 2009 when he passed away.
Bill was a can-do man with a passion for
The list of donors is a long one, because
so many have helped us to grow and make
the changes we needed to make: Alexander
& Baldwin Foundation, Atherton Family
Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Harold K.L. Castle
Foundation, Samuel N. & Mary Castle
Foundation, Henry Clark, Cooke Foundation,
First Hawaiian Bank, Frear Eleemosynary
Trust, McInerny Foundation, Strong Founda
tion, HPU trustees Martin Anderson and
Allen Zecha, and many others.
And I must mention Paul C.T. Loo, who was
one of Hawai‘i Pacific’s founders. He was a
great supporter of education. He joined our
board and encouraged other members to
think in a philanthropic way. Paul might have
had the single most positive effect on the
culture of what is now HPU. One of his strongest beliefs was that you need to balance the
technical side, or the business side, of your
education with a cultural or creative side.
He was a visionary.
HPU has also had impact in the way we have
responded to the needs of the local commu
nity. Our health sciences, social work, and
teacher education programs have filled gaps
in their respective fields.
What is your proudest
There are two. One is helping to raise support from a generous donor community.
It allowed HPU to grow in our early years,
and more recently, it is enabling us to make
transformational changes in the way we
fulfill our mission. Our donors have made
it possible for us to recruit outstanding
faculty, provide financial aid, and expand
our facilities and programs.
But most important are our alumni, the more
than 30,000 men and women who have
benefited from HPU’s programs. Our alumni
give me the greatest pride. They are why we
exist, our raison d’etre.
In closing, what are your plans
I look forward to doing some fly fishing,
traveling, and reading. Also, I want to see
the mission of HPU go forward, so I will
be helping as a volunteer. We have added
young people to our Board of Trustees,
campaign committees, and advisory councils;
with their leadership and guidance we are
poised and ready for the future.
Above: HPU’s 40th anniversary celebration,
September 2005, Fort Street Mall
Right: William E. & Dawn G. Aull Award for
Leadership recipient Travis Mount (B.A. Economics
’10); Robert E. Black Award for Excellence undergraduate recipient Daniyal Saud (B.A. International
Studies ’10); and Robert E. Black Award for
Excellence graduate recipient Gintare Janulaityte,
pursuing M.A. in Diplomacy and Military Studies;
and President Wright at the 2010 HPU Academic
Courtesy of Oceanic Institute
micro to Macro
Above: Adult copepod with eggs
Left: Yellow tang
At Hawai‘i Pacific University affiliate Oceanic Institute, students and interns
learn aquaculture development from renowned research scientists.
hile recycling, conserving water and
electricity, and other sustainable actions
can have a positive impact on the envi
ronment, some HPU students and faculty are
taking their contributions to a higher level
by actively developing technologies that will
provide solutions to world problems.
become polluted, the bountiful fish and thriving bird populations declining over time. He is a specialist in fish physiology,
reproductive endocrinology, and environmental toxicology.
OI has successfully produced aquaculture technology for moi
(Pacific threadfin) and kahala (amberjack), enabling Hawai‘i
companies to produce disease- and parasite-free fish for the food
industry while sparing their wild cousins. But ornamentals’ small
size makes them a greater challenge. “Whole suites of coral reef
fish could not be reared with existing methods,” says Laidley.
“Our job is to develop more environmentally sustainable tech
nologies for rearing them in captivity.”
At HPU’s affiliate Oceanic Institute (OI), for example, student
interns earn academic credit while learning from research
scientists to perform tasks involved in the development of
aquaculture technologies. The hands-on experience is not only
stimulating, but might give them an edge in the job market and
may even save them some looking. Several HPU students who
started as interns at OI are now staff members helping with the
research and routines involved in culturing ornamental fish.
The Right Conditions
Affiliate HPU professor Charles Laidley, Ph.D., director of OI’s
finfish department, is leading his team, which includes several
HPU students, in developing the means to breed and rear two
high-demand species of ornamentals, yellow tang and flame
angelfish. Laidley, who grew up on the Ontario shores of the
Great Lakes, was drawn to science after watching their waters
Courtesy of Oceanic Institute
According to OI, more than 30 million tropical reef fish are
captured for sale to marine aquarium hobbyists each year. Many
of these fish are from Southeast Asia, however, most commercially sold yellow tangs originate in Hawai‘i.
Flame angelfish and yellow tangs feature completely different
spawning patterns. Flame angelfish form small harems (two to
four fish per harem) in the wild and can spawn 365 days a year.
Yellow tangs, in contrast, live in groups and tend to spawn
primarily with the
cycle of the full
OI has 24 pairs of
flame angels in
separate tanks, and
100 yellow tangs
living in larger groups.
Fish only procreate
under the right
conditions. “You have
School of captive reared flame angelfish juveniles
Co u r t
Right: Scanning electron
micrograph of newly hatched
Far right: Scanning electron
micrograph of adult copepod
to have the right tank size,
lighting, temperatures, and
correct ratio of males to
females,” says Chad Callan, Ph.D.,
finfish department research scientist and adjunct HPU professor.
“Even then, sometimes the eggs they
produce don’t get fertilized or develop
normally.” Callan, who began his work
in broodstock nutrition to improve egg
quality, is now working in the hatchery,
researching the larval stages of fish.
When the eggs hatch, the surviving larvae
are reared by the early development team,
including HPU Master of Science in Marine
Science (MSMS) student Melissa Carr. Carr,
previously worked in California’s biotechnology industry before moving to Hawai‘i
“As a graduate student, I’m
fortunate to already have the
job I want. Aquaculture research,
especially with new species,
allows me to explore, modify,
and try new things.” Melissa Carr
to focus on
She first interned
at Sea Life Park before
becoming a full-time
employee with OI while also
pursuing her master’s degree with HPU.
She will graduate after completing her
thesis research, examining early development and first-feeding of yellow tang larvae.
“As a graduate student, I’m fortunate
to already have the job I want,” she says.
“Aquaculture research, especially with
new species, allows me to explore, modify,
and try new things.”
When ornamental fish eggs hatch in the
wild, the tiny eye-less, mouth-less larvae
drift with the ocean currents, nourished
by their yolk sac for the first few days.
Once the yolk is gone, they must eat
immediately or they will die.
In the ocean, a majority of them will
die, prey to larger organisms in the food
chain. In captivity, their odds are better if
researchers can provide the correct food
before they exhaust their yolk supply. But
identifying a nutritious, live food source
small enough for ornamentals’ tiny mouths
is the current bottleneck in the entire
ornamental aquaculture process.
OI has succeeded in breeding and rearing
several dozen flame angelfish in captivity
and is now aiming to increase production.
The yellow tangs are another story. They
have proven very difficult to spawn in
captivity. In addition, their size has been a
major hurdle. “Due to their extremely small
mouth size, the yellow tang larvae are very
difficult to rear,” says Carr. “Most research
to date has been on adult tangs and their
population dynamics, so the specifics of the
larval yellow tang are largely unknown.”
(Continued on page 8)
Right (from left): Charles Laidley, Ph.D.; Master
of Science in Marine Science student Melissa
Carr; and Chad Callan, Ph.D.
Courtesy of Oceanic Institute
Below: Flame angelfish larvae at 15 days old
“If we can learn to use aquaculture
the way we use agriculture,
we can feed the world, take the
stress off the natural environment,
and stop depleting the ocean’s
fisheries.” Gwen Wedow
Life Under the Microscope
Master of Science in Marine Science student Dean Kline (B.S. Marine Biology ’08)
OI seems to have made a breakthrough
using a specific species of copepod, tiny
crustaceans that, under a microscope,
look something like shrimp. A subgroup of
zoo or animal plankton, copepod species
number in the tens-of-thousands.
Dean Kline (B.S. Marine Biology ’08), an
OI employee and HPU MSMS student, is
breeding a species so small that 500,000
of them in a small glass of seawater appear
as a brownish haze.
Kline says the world’s largest copepods, living
deep in the Arctic, are about three quarters
of an inch in length, but most are between
1 and 5 millimeters—so small, you would
never suspect they are all around you when
you swim in the ocean. The species he is culturing is 0.5 millimeters, like a speck of dust.
Even-tinier nauplii (newly hatched copepods), proved to be an ideal first food for
flame angelfish. So far, the yellow tang
larvae have had mixed results feeding on
copepod nauplii and eggs, but it is a start.
Undergraduate marine biology student Gwen Wedow
Celebrating 50 Years
awai‘i Pacific University affiliate, Oceanic Institute (OI),
kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with an employee
beach cleanup at Kaupo Beach Park in July. The employees
who took part in the successful cleanup each pledged to maintain
50 yards, representing 50 years of research and innovation at OI.
The event was the first in a series under the “Adopt-the-Beach”
program OI is employing to manage its neighboring beach.
“As a marine research organization, the health of the ocean and
its beaches is close to our heart, and we look forward to developing more community initiatives such as this one as we move into
our next 50 years,” says Anthony C. Ostrowski, Ph.D., OI president.
OI was founded in 1960
as an institution for marinebased education, science, and
industry. Originally part of the Oceanics Foundation, which also
included Sea Life Park and the Makai Pier, OI became a separate
entity in 1972, and joined HPU as an affiliate in 2003.
Today, OI plays an important role in the development of commercial aquaculture technologies to help resolve world food
problems and preserve the ocean and its inhabitants. The HPU
affiliation with OI enhances the University’s position as a global
leader in coastal marine science research and education.
To have enough eggs and copepod nauplii
available when needed, OI researchers
must get the copepods to multiply abundantly in limited space approximating that
available in most commercial aquaculture
facilities, no easy task. According to Kline,
copepods reproduce well at one adult per
milliliter of water, but at two per milliliter
female fertility decreases. Do they crowd
each other? Use up the food supply? Send
out pheromones? It is detective work on a
A Fish Farmer, An Environmentalist
HPU alumnus Richard Xie knows business and conservation
are not mutually exclusive.
And the copepods must eat, too. Zooplankton eat phyto (plant) plankton—
microalgae. Phytoplankton are the first
link in the marine food chain and, through
photosynthesis, produce most of the
world’s oxygen, more than the rainforests.
HPU student and part-time OI employee
Gwen Wedow is helping to cultivate
multiple phytoplankton species: including
two specific ones currently used to feed
copepods, along with other algaes for
“Single-cell organisms are oddly compli
cated,” Wedow says. “When the algae
density is too low, the light shocks them
and they die. At too high a density, they
don’t get enough light and stop reproducing.” Starting with a test tube of an isolated
species, she transfers the algae to gradually
larger containers as the culture grows.
In time, methods will be developed for
microalgae mass production—indoors to
keep the plankton free from contamination
and in a more controlled environment.
“It’s a mistake to underestimate life,”
she says. “A jellyfish is mostly water and
has no brain, but moves, feeds itself,
and communicates. How? As a scientist,
you keep asking.”
For her undergraduate thesis project,
Wedow is culturing phytoplankton under
LED lights, which produce the light they
need with less heat build-up than fluorescent bulbs. She will complete her undergraduate degree in marine biology in the fall.
“If we can learn to use aquaculture the
way we use agriculture, we can feed the
world, take the stress off the natural environment, and stop depleting the ocean’s
fisheries,” Wedow says.
The stakes are high and the challenges
significant. However, she adds, “I have a
burning feeling inside me that we’re going
to make it happen.”
n dark, moonless nights,
Richard Xie (M.B.A. ’95)
ventures out in a small
boat to place top-lit,
cone-shaped nets in the ocean.
Baby fish, attracted by the lights,
mistake the nets for reefs and settle
there. Later that night, he returns
and takes the tiny ornamental fish
to his warehouse to nurture them
to market size. “It’s much more
eco-friendly than normal capture
methods,” Xie says.
In nature, juvenile fish are vulnerable to
predators; with a small percentage surviving to adulthood. In Xie’s facility, 20
to 30 percent will live, he says, thereby
sparing adult reef fish populations and
helping to protect coral reefs. He raises
various species of clownfish, damselfish,
and angelfish at his aquaculture farm
in China, and buys other species from
Pacific islanders. These comprise the
product line he exports to 27 countries.
Although Hawai‘i does not allow restock
ing, Xie helps restock reefs in the Philippines, Pohnpei, and Christmas Island,
while tirelessly promoting aquaculture
and marine conservation. “We’re not just
Exporter and alumnus Richard Xie supplies
HPU affiliate Oceanic Institute with yellow
tang and flame angelfish brood stock
taking fish from the ocean. We’re also
putting back,” he says.
His business, Hawaiian Sealife, Inc., has a
strong education component, including
teaching proper collection methods
to divers who capture wild fish to sell.
“You can get a commercial diver’s
license without any training,” Xie says.
“Divers unwittingly cause the most coral
reef damage in their first two years of
collecting fish. We hope to make training
a global standard.”
Additionally, he works with international
scientists on sustainable aquaculture
projects, conducts group tours through
the educational side of his facility, and
offers marine camps for students.
In 2009, Xie was recognized by the U.S.
Small Business Administration as state
of Hawai‘i Small Business Exporter of
the Year. He does not think banning wild
fish capture altogether is a good idea.
“But if post-larval rearing evolves into
an aquaculture industry, there will be
no need for wild capture,” he says.
ON C AMPUS
HPU Welcomes New Board of Trustees Members
ames “Jim” A. Ajello, senior financial
vice president, treasurer, and chief
financial officer of Hawaiian Electric
Industries, Inc. (HEI), has been named to
the Hawai‘i Pacific
Prior to joining
HEI, Ajello was the
senior vice president of business
Reliant Energy, Inc.
where he led efforts
to expand and grow competitive electricity
markets across the United States.
He is the chairman of the U.S. Department
of Energy’s Environmental Management
Advisory Board and serves on the not-forprofit board of Enterprise Honolulu.
Ajello believes that HPU understands
the issues of our community and is very
responsive to its needs. “I can’t imagine our
community without the University,” he says.
As for HPU’s future, Ajello says, “HPU has
dramatic expansion plans that will transform
it. The University will need a great deal of
financial expertise, and I hope that I can lend
my efforts to making these plans a success.”
“HPU is here for the community so I should
be here for the University,” he adds.
He is a director of the Bank of the West and
a member of its Audit and Investment and
Hewitt’s connection to HPU dates back
to the 1970s when he was appointed
the first adjunct accounting professor. In
2007, he established the Conrad W. Hewitt
Accounting Fund Scholarship, a merit-based
scholarship to assist junior or senior
onrad “Con” W. Hewitt, former chief
accountant of the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), has
been elected to
the Hawai‘i Pacific
Over the years Hewitt has watched the
University expand its offerings with a wide
range of educational opportunities. He
views HPU as a leading higher education
institution in an international setting.
“I am pleased to see the advancement
and recognition of HPU,” he says.
Hewitt worked for
Ernst & Young for
33 years, retiring as
North Bay area of
California, in 1995.
“I wanted to continue to be more involved
with the future of HPU, and one way to
do this was to join HPU as a board trustee.”
he Council of College and
Military Educators (CCME)
Board honored Hawai‘i
Pacific University with the
2010 Institution Award. This
prestigious award was presen
ted to HPU in recognition of
its significant contributions to
Robert Cyboron and Chatt G. Wright with the CCME 2010 Institution Award
says Amaya Davis, chairman of the Council of
College and Military Educators 2010 Awards
HPU educates military-affiliated students
at all O‘ahu military installations and globally
through online courses. The University deli
“In reviewing HPU’s nomination, the
Board has decided to acknowledge HPU’s vers associate, bachelor, and master degree
programs to the military community and
dedication, leadership, and numerous
offers scholarships to spouses of active duty
accomplishments in providing quality,
voluntary, off-duty education programs,” service members.
Robert Cyboron, associate vice president
for Off-Campus Programs, says, “HPU is
proud to be recognized by the prestigious
CCME Institution Award.”
“The need for a quality, flexible, integrated
education has been evident to me since
serving 26 years in the Navy,” he adds. “We
pride ourselves on providing educational
programs to our active duty military, their
family members, veterans, and Department of Defense civilians.”
Pappas Leadership Series
An Entrepreneur with a Conscience
Speaker Henk B. Rogers (sixth from left) with HPU students and faculty
an running a successful business be profitable and environmentally
responsible? For Henk B. Rogers, CEO of Blue Planet Software, Inc., and a
visionary in the casual video game industry, nothing is more important
than insuring the health and safety of our planet. An owner and founder of
multiple businesses, Rogers brought Tetris into the United States and world
markets. In 2007 he established Blue Planet Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding renewable energy solutions in Hawai‘i. Rogers has redirected
his entrepreneurial passion toward the fight for renewable energy. During his
presentation, “Games and Global Warming: A Vision for Doing Well and Doing
Good,” part of the Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series at Hawai‘i Pacific
University, Rogers introduced five tips for making the most out of your life
and having the smallest negative impact on the environment.
1) Never stop looking for what you
want to do
Take as many classes in as many different
subjects as you possibly can. By learning
about a variety of topics you open yourself
to an ever-increasing amount of opportunities. If you box yourself into one mode of
thinking or one skill you will not be able to
adapt when the market changes. The world
economy is in constant flux. Businesses
and corporations need employees with
a wide array of interests and abilities.
2) Do not accept the status quo
Think outside of the box. Your ability to innovate and produce creative solutions will help
you to stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Truly revolutionary products are not made
by simply following what the last person has
done. To be successful in any field you need
to have the courage and will to promote
different ideas and make your opinion heard.
3) Be the change
“Make a change yourself,” Rogers tells those
who want to know what they can do to
protect the environment. The first step
towards making a positive impact is taking
responsibility for our everyday actions and
choices. By choosing to recycle trash, buy
a hybrid automobile, or install halogen
light bulbs you can help Hawai‘i become a
greener, more energy efficient place to live.
4) Leave the earth the way you found it
If we have any hope of reversing the trends
of climate change we must first decide not to
contribute to the problem. Simple acts, such
as picking up litter at the beach or planting
a tree, will help to maintain the delicate
balance of nature. We cannot begin to improve our earth until we stop destroying it.
5) Plan, prepare, produce, participate,
First, have a game plan. Before embarking
on any journey you must know where you
are going and how you plan on getting
there. According to Rogers, “Life needs a
mission statement.” Be ready for the trials
and challenges of life by thinking ahead
and preparing for the unexpected.
Second, show up. Do not arrive late, call
in sick, or refuse to participate. The largest
part of business and life is work. The effort
and enthusiasm that you invest in your
work will always be rewarded.
Finally, go home. When work is pau (done),
make the trip home. Home may not be where
you grew up or even where your family lives,
but it is a place where you can get some rest,
relaxation, and most importantly, perspective.
For Rogers, the last “p” is the most essential
to leading a happy, fulfilling life.
Marilyn and Jim Pappas are the sponsors
of the Entrepreneurial Series, which enables
students to meet entrepreneurs and gain
insights for developing entrepreneurial skills
and the mindset essential for career success.
he Team USA All-Girl Cheer Team,
which included Hawai‘i Pacific University cheerleaders Lauren Loeb, Emily
Myers, Savanna Sibley, Heather Turner,
Chelsey Kannan, Stephanie Bibby, Brittany
Barry, and Ashley Lewis, took the first place
world title at the 2010 International Cheer
Union (ICU) World Championship.
Photo courtesy of Xtreme Shots Photography
The 24-member Team USA is comprised
of cheerleaders from teams all across
the United States. HPU cheerleaders were
specifically chosen and invited to join
Team USA for the ICU World Championships, which features top cheerleaders
from more than 60 countries.
Photo courtesy of Brittany Barry
HPU Cheerleaders Propel Team USA
All-Girl Cheer Team to World Title
Immediately following the 2010 National
Cheerleaders Association and National
Dance Alliance Championships, the
HPU cheerleaders traveled to Georgia
and practiced for two weeks prior to the
ICU competition held on April 23 in
HPU cheerleaders played a vital role in
Team USA’s victory. As Team USA’s conten
ders in the All-Girl Group Stunt competi
tion, HPU’s All-Girl Stunt Group took first
place. The stunt group consisted of Savanna
Sibley, Emily Myers, Lauren Loeb, and
CHEER & DANCE 26th Intercultural Day Circles the Globe
Cheer and Dance Teams
brought home national
titles at the 2010 National
Cheerleaders Association and National
Dance Alliance Championships held in
Daytona Beach, Florida in April. The HPU
Large Co-Ed Cheer Team won its eighth
straight title, and the HPU Partner Stunt
Group and Open Stunt Group took first
place. HPU Group Stunts placed second,
third, and fourth throughout all national
divisions. A second participating Open
Stunt Group took third place. HPU mascot
Sharky the Sea Warrior placed second overall. The All-Girl Cheer Team and Small Co-Ed
Cheer Team placed third overall. The Dance
Team won its fifth consecutive championship, totaling six titles overall. HPU Dance
also placed first in the Hip-Hop category.
For more information about the HPU Cheer and
Dance Teams, please visit www.hpu.edu/cheer
he diversity and talent at Hawai‘i
Pacific University was on full display at
the 26th annual celebration of Intercultural Day, “See the World in a Day” held
in April. The festivities on Fort Street Mall
provided the HPU and external communities an opportunity to experience cultural
traditions from the Americas, Europe, the
Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.
“Intercultural Day is definitely the best
event HPU offers because it truly reflects
the diversity of cultures represented on
a small island in the middle of the Pacific
Ocean,” says ICD Student Chair Anita Mutis
Arcila, senior psychology and pre-medical
studies major from Columbia and Germany.
“My function as chair has been to improve
communication and to bring to perfection
the overall organization of the committee.”
Intercultural Day is a microcosm of today’s
multicultural world. The international club
booths, parade through downtown Honolulu, and live performances highlight HPU’s
“So many groups come together to display
their unique cultures, but the event also
gives people the sense that we are all still
part of one world,” adds Eugen Kamenew,
an HPU student from Munich, Germany,
who produced a video about the event for
his multimedia course.
To view a list of awardees, photo gallery, and
video, go to www.hpu.edu/intercultural.
Chatt G. Wright and
Robert “Skipp” Orr,
Ph.D., commencement speaker and
Fellow of the Pacific
to Protect the
Sara Ortiz (B.A. International Studies),
(B.S.B.A. Marketing), and Cara Mizue
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iss North Shore Jalee Fuselier
(B.A. International Relations ’10)
of Haleiwa was named Miss
Hawaii June 12 at the 2010 Miss Hawaii
awai‘i Pacific University has opened
the door to do-it-yourself food production at the newly constructed Aquaponics Facility at the Hawai‘i Loa campus.
Students and professors are working
side-by-side in an effort to raise awareness
in the realms of sustainable agriculture
and resilient communities.
Aquaponics is the mutually beneficial
cultivation of plants and aquatic animals
in a re-circulating environment. It is a sus
tainable food production system that combines aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) and
hydroponics (growing plants in a soil-less
medium) so that both the fish and plants
The Aquaponics Facility utilizes an organic
method whereby the fish water is relocated,
using a sump pump (an external water pump
and filtration unit) to a gravel-containing
grow bed that allows for more nutritious
plant growth. The gravel, plant roots, and
Uses less than 2% of the water that traditional farming does.
Eight to 10 times more vegetable production in the same area and time.
Fully scalable from backyard family systems
to full commercial systems.
Pure, clean, and natural: can be USDA
Certified Organic and Food Safety Certified.
Easy to learn and operate.
associated bacteria/algae filter the fish
water and convert the toxic ammonia into
natural plant fertilizers. The cleansed fish
water is then recycled back to the fish tank.
“The water is flowing, the plants are growing,
and the fish are swimming,” says Louis
Primavera, Ph.D., pre-health professions
coordinator and associate professor of
microbiology. “Our Aquaponics Facility is
home to tilapia fish, various herbs, lettuce,
Chinese cabbage, watercress, tomatoes,
cucumbers, and strawberries.”
In January the Aquaponics Facility harvested
its first crop of Chinese cabbage and watercress. In March, lettuce, basil, arugula, sage
and thyme were harvested. Primavera says,
“We are trying to give people additional
choices in terms of their diets by sharing
these good-for-the-heart tasty treats.”
Primavera worked with HPU students from
the Alpha Epsilon Delta National Honor
Society, a national health pre-professional
honor society, and the Beta Beta Beta
National Biological Honor Society, to
construct the facility.
As a research subcomponent at the Aqua
ponics Facility, students will test the anti
oxidant levels of grape tomatoes that are
cultivated in various aquaponics water and
sea water mixtures. “This is an excellent
opportunity to show others how easy it is to
be a part of sustainable agriculture projects,”
says Emily Diedrich, a senior nursing major.
Langley Frissell, Ph.D., director of Distance
Education, also helped with the project.
At the pageant, she also won Miss
Photogenic and the Community
Service Award. Fuselier’s platform
is volunteer service. She said her motivation comes from her older sister,
who has cerebral palsy.
“I’ve done 4,000 hours of community
service, and my sister has done more
than that,” she says. “If she can find
something to give, we can all find
something to give.”
She will compete in the 2011 Miss
America Pageant on January 15.
“I gave time, advice, helped dig ditches, and
built the greenhouse with the students,”
Frissell says. “Our Aquaponics Facility is only
step one… the best is yet to come.”
The Aquaponics Facility team is currently
applying for funding so it can build another
aquaponics complex at the site of the former
Hawai‘i Loa Campus Wastewater Treatment
Plant. The goal is to provide aquaponics
produce, such as tilapia fish and vegetables,
to the Hawai‘i Loa campus cafeteria.
For more information about the Aquaponics
Facility, or Pre-Health Profession degree programs at HPU, contact Dr. Louis Primavera,
Photo courtesy of Rick Bernico, Hawaii Profiles
A Bountiful and Sustainable Harvest
at Hawai‘i Loa Campus
In addition to the
pageant’s scholarship, Fuselier was
awarded an HPU
her year of serving
as Miss Hawaii, she
plans to return to
HPU to pursue a
master’s degree in
Remembering an HPU Professor’s Impact
n September 2009, friends and
colleagues of the late MerryAnn
Jancovic, Ph.D., HPU associate
professor of psychology, gathered
at the Hawai‘i Loa campus to reflect
on her service to the University and
her students. A tulip wood tree was
planted in Jancovic’s memory
near a table in a grassy
area that overlooks the
Originally from Chicago, she graduated from
Vassar College and went on to receive her
doctorate in Developmental Psychology from
Clark University. Jancovic joined Hawai‘i Loa
College (now HPU) in its early days.
“I still remember her for her awesome lectures
but high expectations. She never put in less
than what she expected from us,” says Terri
Lee-Bautista (B.A. Social Science ’94). She was
committed to service and believed it was an
essential learning experience
in the field of
into what they
dedicated to her Terri Lee-Bautista
(B.A. Social Science ’94)
of the classroom, serving as a faculty mentor
for the HPU chapter of Psi Chi, the National
Honor Society in Psychology.
“I still remember
her for her awesome
lectures but high
never put in less
than what she
expected from us.”
Outside of HPU, Jancovic volunteered her
time at Pohai Nani, a retirement community, playing the piano every week at their
spiritual service. She also was a clinical
psychologist, seeing patients every Saturday
for several hours.
Jancovic is remembered for her professionalism, dedication, and service to others. As an
HPU professor she was able to reach out to
many students and positively impact their
educational and professional lives. HPU Today
profiles a few of her former students.
Tabitha Carreira; Nancy Hedlund, Ph.D., HPU associate vice president of planning and assessment
and professor of psychology; and Irina Kobzar at the 4th annual HPU Psychology Conference
Psychology Award Honors
MerryAnn Jancovic, Ph.D.
he MerryAnn Jancovic
Award in Psychology was
established in 2010 by Joanne
and Terry Schultz and Diane and
Jeffrey Kuta to honor their sister
and sister-in-law, the late MerryAnn
Jancovic, Ph.D., who passed away
in April 2009. The award recognizes
undergraduate students majoring
in psychology who demonstrate the
highest principle of service.
Irina Kobzar and Tabitha Carreira
are the award’s first recipients.
Irina is a junior and has tutored
children at a homeless shelter, is
an active member in the HPU
Psychology Club, and serves as the
public relations director for HPU’s
Student Government Association.
Tabitha is a senior and has volun
teered with the American Diabetes
Association, participated in a
Mexico outreach trip with Christian
Charters, Inc., and is a master
English tutor at the HPU Center
for Academic Success.
“Receiving this award encourages
me to keep moving forward with
my education and career so that
I may have more opportunities to
touch people as Dr. Jancovic did,”
“Knowing that Dr. Jancovic was so
dedicated to her students and her
patients, and that she wanted to
award a student, particularly for
service, makes me understand the
importance of [service] even more,”
If you wish to contribute to the Jancovic Award Fund, go to www.hpu.edu/onlinegift.
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Remembering Dr. Jancovic
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(B.A. Human Services ’01)
After various life travels, Robert Bright
decided it was time to fulfill his dream
of completing a college education
and came to Hawai‘i Pacific University
as an adult
took psychology courses
to helping people through a spiritual
path, he found a kindred spirit in
MerryAnn Jancovic, Ph.D.
When Robert was considering graduate programs, he wanted to complete
a master’s degree at the University of
Creation Spirituality in Oakland. His
plan was to attend a little known school
and study in a program that had little
future for employment, directed by a
brilliant theologian who was deemed
radical by most. Jancovic, who knew
the theologian’s work, was excited in her
support for the alternative education
path he proposed to travel.
Robert recalls his studies at HPU as pivotal
learning experiences. They transformed
his vision of how he could learn and
advance his vision for his work. An
experience of lasting dimensions was
Jancovic’s classroom assignment to
write an autobiography spanning from
birth to death and integrating principles
of developmental psychology. “It was a
great way to review my life and to project the future that I desired.”
Robert returned to Hawai‘i and began
working with people in both formal
and informal ways. He currently works
at Bristol Hospice, LLC in Honolulu as
a bereavement coordinator, providing
spiritual care and learning opportunities
to individuals and families facing life
and end-of-life challenges. He also leads
and participates in healing groups and
workshops offered through his church,
and serves as a minister performing
marriages for visitors to Hawai‘i.
Chrisanne Christensen, Ph.D.
Chrisanne Christensen, Ph.D., came to
Hawai‘i Loa College (now HPU) from
Houston, Texas, the same year that
MerryAnn Jancovic, Ph.D., began teaching. She came to Hawai‘i because it was
a new place where she would not be
known. “And I have always wanted to
go where there were opposites,” she says.
“I was the only Texan at Hawai‘i Loa.”
In her senior year, Chrisanne made
crucial decisions about her future and
went on to study for her master’s
degree and doctorate at Walden
University in Arkansas. The love of teach
ing that started with her own positive
at Hawai‘i Loa
several encounters with
from returning to Texas,
research in Maine, to her current teaching and research position as associate
professor of psychology at Southern
Arkansas University. Jancovic’s wonderful love of people defined her teaching
and gave Chrisanne a powerful model
that has guided her from day one. “It
was important to me to see a young
woman with a Ph.D. stand in front of the
classroom and be a teacher.”
When Chrisanne began teaching in
Texas, she connected students with the
community by founding a community
collaborative. She received a $1 million
grant to address community infrastructure needs in technology services and
training. In 2001, she was honored for
her service as one of three recipients
of the first Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished
Alumni award. In the years since, she
has received multiple grants to foster
action learning and faculty leadership
and engagement in experiential learning.
She expects her students to be positive
agents for social change who know that
the smallest thing they do can influence
a large number of people.
Ki‘i Kimhan, Ph.D.
(B.A. Psychology ‘01)
By the time Ki‘i Kimhan, Ph.D., was a
senior at HPU, her commitment to pursue
a career in
Her hard work
and preparation paid off
when she was
at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
“I was always interested in children and
families,” she says, “but graduate school
opened up exciting opportunities.”
Ki‘i’s next step was an internship in Florida
where she learned how to effectively
provide clinical services to children
while simultaneously addressing policy
approaches to meet the needs of a
community or state. During her post
doctoral work in Colorado’s Division
of Behavioral Health, now Division of
Mental Health, she continued to work
in evaluation research, policy development, and administration.
“HPU was a major strength for me in my
path into psychology. It made psychology
personal,” she says. “I had a lot of courses
with Dr. Jancovic, such as abnormal
psychology and gender issues, and
every class was lively and interesting.”
Ki‘i’s career has taken her to the mainland, home to Hawai‘i, and back to the
mainland in roles that have extended
her expertise beyond traditional clinical
psychology practice. A brief period of
work in policy development and administration of services with Hawai‘i’s Child
and Adolescent Mental Health Division
was followed by a move to Denver,
Colorado, where she has married and
settled into a new position as the
research and evaluation manager for the
Colorado State Child Welfare Division.
“I’m still working with the mental health
needs of children and families,” she says,
“but I’m excited to be learning about
a new context and how to apply things
I have learned to this new situation.”
Shawna Ledward, Psy.D.
(B.A. Humanities ’94)
Shawna Ledward, Psy.D., came to Hawai‘i
Loa College (now HPU) knowing psycho
logy was her chosen path. Courses with
it come to
life. “I took
psychology at San José State University
before committing to doctoral study
in Hawai‘i at the American School of
Professional Psychology, Argosy University. Following an internship in generalist
clinical experience where she worked
with different age groups undergoing
various life challenges, she worked at
a girls’ group home. Shawna completed
her postdoctorate work in the Child
and Adolescent/Family Psychology
Service at Tripler Army Medical Center
which fulfilled the qualifications for
Realizing her dream, she started a private
practice on O‘ahu with her husband who
is also a psychologist. She describes
psychology as a way to serve people
experiencing challenging times. She
says it may sound simple to speak of
walking with people to share their pain,
but psychologists have the humbling
opportunity to help people when life
becomes difficult. The reality of this gift
is a deep and personal form of helping
people make peace with life challenges,
disappointments, and losses.
“It is less important what a person’s
problem seems to be and much more
important to share in who the person
is and how each person is engaging
with their life situation,” she says in
explaining how clinical psychology
works. “Your studies teach you how to
support a person as he or she learns a
new way to approach life. Your practice
provides a space in which coaching
or parenting makes it possible to learn
new ways to address problems.”
Vivian Allison Shelton, Psy.D.
(B.A. Social Sciences ’90)
Vivian Shelton, Psy.D., was interested
in psychology since high school, but
it was not until she started courses
with MerryAnn Jancovic, Ph.D., that it
became her major. When she graduated
from high school, she thought about
becoming a chef, but instead she chose
to attend Hawai‘i Loa College (now HPU)
when her parents insisted she pursue a
college education. The decision to major
in psychology changed her life.
While looking for student employment,
Jancovic invited Vivian to work for her
group psychology practice as an office
assistant. Vivian learned about professionalism, running a business, the role of
a psychologist, and patient care from an
office standpoint. The following summer,
on further advice from Jancovic, she
worked as a summer counselor at a group
home for troubled teens, taking the next
step in deepening her commitment to
caring for others through psychology.
Vivian continued on her path through
other work opportunities and graduate
school, ultimately finishing her doctorate
in Hawai‘i at the American School of
Professional Psychology, Argosy University. Following postdoctoral work and
completion of her dissertation, Vivian
for a number
States to live
on the East
children. She resumed work as a clinical
psychologist in a group practice where
she works with many different age
groups and various clinical challenges.
Therapeutic work with children and
youth continues to be her greatest
passion, but she is also involved in
family therapy and participates in team
care for people going
as bariatric surgery.
Friends and colleagues
planted a tulip wood
tree in memory of
MerryAnn Jancovic, Ph.D.,
at the Hawai’i Loa campus
in September 2009.
UNIVERSIT Y FRIENDS
Robert Paul Dye
awai‘i Pacific University fondly
remembers Bob Dye, an HPU
trustee from 1979 to 1991, who
passed away on February 5.
In 2003, Dye established the HPU Kamakia
Scholarship in memory of his wife Tessa
Gay Kamakia Dye. The scholarship is
awarded annually to assist adult students
who demonstrate perseverance toward
their goals and continuing education.
“My father believed that learning is one
of the most important things in life,” says
Stephen Dye, Ph.D., HPU professor of
physics. “He encouraged all of his children
to pursue the highest levels of education.”
As a newspaper editorial columnist and a
radio news commentator, he was known
for his straightforward language. He
wrote political and historical articles and
published books about Hawaiian history,
including Merchant Prince of the Sandalwood Mountains: Afong and the Chinese
Bob Dye with 2007–08 and 2008–09 Kamakia Scholarship recipient Jose Lim (B.A. Justice Administration ’09) at the University’s Academic Awards Dinner.
in Hawai‘i, a book about Chun Afong,
considered Hawai‘i’s first Chinese millionaire and ancestor of Dye’s late wife.
City Ballet, the People’s Open Market, and
the Model Cities program, which helped
to fight poverty in the Islands.
Dye taught American studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the 1960s.
He then joined the former Honolulu
Mayor, the late Frank Fasi, as executive assistant. Under the Fasi administration, Dye
is credited with organizing the Honolulu
HPU President Chatt G. Wright says, “Bob
made many valuable contributions to
HPU over the years, and the University
and our students benefit because of it.
On behalf of the HPU ‘ohana, I extend
sincere condolences to the Dye family.”
Martin and Illie Anderson Endowed Award
for Scholar Athletes Presented
soccer players Isaiah Guth
and Katrina Torres received
the inaugural Martin and
Illie Anderson Endowed Award for Scholar
Athletes at the annual HPU Athletics
Awards Banquet held on May 3.
The prestigious University award was esta
blished by HPU Trustee Martin Anderson,
who was inspired by his experience as a
scholar athlete at Stanford University in
the 1940s. The scholarship is to be presented annually to HPU student athletes
who demonstrate the highest standards
of leadership, athletic performance, sports
manship, and academic achievement.
Anderson believes, “An education that
includes an athletic component is likely
to improve an individual’s appreciation
of team effort, competition, and physical
well-being. Understanding the strength
of a team effort is important on and off
where he earned
Honors in boys soccer
in 2005. Guth is a
finance major who
coaches describe as
a natural leader and an unselfish teammate. Off-campus, he volunteers his time
with the Wesley Foundation feeding the
homeless, holding events for underprivileged children, and organizing community
outreach programs. Guth’s career goal is to
become an investor and start a business.
from Cibola High
School in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
where she was a
She is a pre-medical
studies major and
is characterized as
mature and intelligent, with a great sense
of humor and an easy going spirit. Torres
has done volunteer work promoting
cancer awareness, assisting handicapped
children, coaching young athletes, reading
to the elderly, and tutoring at-risk adolescents in the youth correctional facility.
Her future plans include staying involved
in the community and treating those who
do not have access to medical care.
Photos by Dayne Teves, D-Tech Hawaii
HPU Wins PacWest Commissioner’s Cup
“This was won through the dedication and tireless efforts of our coaches and over 200 student-athletes,”
commented HPU Athletics Director
Darren Vorderbruegge. “This is an
especially impressive achievement
given the increased competition we
have in our conference.”
HPU won three PacWest titles this
season: women’s basketball and
softball, and men’s baseball. This
was the fourth consecutive PacWest
title for the softball team and the
second title for the baseball team
in three years. The Lady Sea Warrior
basketball team won its first title in
Four HPU head coaches were also
honored as PacWest coach of the
Year for their respective sports:
Jeff Harada (women’s basketball),
Michele Nagamine (women’s soccer),
Bryan Nakasone (softball), and
Garett Yukumoto (baseball). Addi
tionally, HPU Sports Information
Director John Barry was selected
as the PacWest Conference Sports
Information Director of the Year.
“HPU had a phenomenal year in the
PacWest,” praised PacWest Commissioner Bob Hogue. “For the second
time in three years, the title was won
on the last day of competition which
shows how competitive our conference is and how well HPU performed.”
Tony Sellitto Honored
awai‘i Pacific University awarded its
highest accolade, the Fellow of the
Pacific Award, to Tony Sellitto, who
retired this past season as
head coach of the men’s
basketball team. Sellitto
received the award in
recognition of his
contributions to HPU,
and his role as a
for the state of Hawai‘i.
Sellitto, a living legend
in Hawai`i athletics,
coached more than 40
years at the high school
and collegiate levels, including 16 years at HPU as both
athletics director and coach.
In 1993, his team won the
NAIA National Title, Hawaii’s
first and only collegiate basketball championship.
Commissioner Hogue presents the award to President Wright
at the HPU Athletics Banquet held on May 3.
All-Decade Women’s Volleyball Team Named
he Hawai‘i Pacific Univer
sity Athletics department
named the Women’s
Volleyball All-Decade Team,
selected by the sports infor
mation directors at HPU from
2000-2009. Alumna Debbie
de Sant’Anna-Miller was
voted Player of the Decade,
and student Tricia Yoshimura
was named the Defensive
Specialist of the Decade.
“We are grateful to each of
them along with the many
other tremendous young
ladies who have established the championship tradition of Sea Warrior volleyball,”
commented President Chatt G. Wright.
Named to the team were Flavia Brakling
(B.A. ’06), Flavia Gabinio (B.A. ’01, M.A. ’04),
Susy Garbelotti (B.S.B.A. ’05), Nadica
Karleusa (B.S.B.A. ’06), Barbara (Martin)
Muser (B.S.N. 09), Vera (Oliveira) Albieri
(B.A. ’06), Roberta Robert (B.S.W. ’04),
Photo by Dave Eggen, Inertia
n the third year of the award’s
existence, Hawai‘i Pacific University
won the Pacific West Conference
Commissioner’s Cup. The Cup ranks
the top athletics program in the
Conference based on the finishes of
each team in their respective sport.
Photo by Dayne Teves, D-Tech Hawaii
SEA WARRIOR SPORTS
Debbie de Sant’Anna-Miller (B.A. ’00),
Nia Tuitele (B.A. ’06), Andrea Wean (B.A.
’03), and Tricia Yoshimura, pursuing B.S.B.A.
Also recognized was the 2000 HPU Team as
Team of the Decade. The 2000 Sea Warriors
won the NCAA National Championship
and are arguably one of the top Division II
teams in NCAA history.
Photo by Dayne Teves, D-Tech Hawaii
CL ASS LINKS
@ denotes that the person is listed on the HPU Alumni Global
After graduating from Hawai‘i
Loa College (now HPU), Charles
Garnier, Ph.D., (B.A.) returned
to Tahiti where he worked in
the department of agriculture
until 1982. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis
Obispo, awarded him an M.S. in
agriculture in 1984. University of
Hawai‘i awarded him a Ph.D. in
1988. He is head of the Agricultural Research Department for
the government of Tahiti.
@ Leon Colucci (B.A. Communication) is the majority owner
of Arsenal Contracting LLC, a
business which specializes in
construction and demolition.
In the past two years, they have
completed contracts at federal
facilities throughout New York,
including the Veteran Administration Medical Center in
Sid Seman (B.S.B.A.) is the director of personnel for the office of
personnel management for the
Northern Mariana Islands. He is
responsible for more than 4,000
@ Jon Kiester (B.A. History) was
named assistant coach of the
University of Hawai‘i women’s
soccer team. Jon spent five
seasons as the head coach at
the Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly
known as the University of
After enjoying over 45 years of
working and nine years of volunteer service at the Battleship
Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Young Kim (B.S. Computer
Science) is in her seventh year of
retirement. She really enjoys her
life in Hawai‘i.
@ After being a hotelier in Jakarta, Indonesia, for many years,
Ramdhi Hilman (B.S.B.A. Travel
Industry Management) started
PT Hilman Hotel Development
in August 2009.
@ Huiping Yan (B.S.B.A. Accounting) has been promoted
to chief financial officer at Home
Inns, an economy hotel chain
in China. Huiping, a corporate
finance and accounting industry
veteran, joined Home Inns in
July 2009. Previously, she spent
11 years at General Electric
Company in the U.S. and Asia.
@ Smartronix, Inc. in Hollywood,
Maryland, promoted Laurell
Aiton (M.A. Human Resources
Management) to vice president
of human resources and corporate relations this past spring.
@ Elif (Akaslan) Erboke (M.A.
Human Resource Management)
has been the talent development human resource business
partner for Cadbury PLC in Istanbul, Turkey, for the past year.
@ Minna-Mari Lehti (B.S.B.A.
joined the Hawaii
team as director
of compliance. Minna-Mari
@ Milomir Ognjanovic (B.S.B.A.
International Business ’94,
M.B.A.) and his family relocated
to Chicago this spring where
he will serve as the economic
diplomat of the Republic of
Serbia in the United States with
the Serbian consulate.
@ Joes Riady (M.B.A. Finance)
is the sole distributor of TOTAL
Lubricant Company for eastern
@ LCDR Mary Ann Swendsen
(M.A. Human Resource Management) is the Coast Guard liaison
officer and maritime intelligence
detachment chief at the El Paso
Intelligence Center in Texas.
Investiture of Andrew (’97) to the Most Venerable Order by Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II in Singapore, October 2009.
Dr. Varner with Ku‘ualoha
@ Helen Varner, Ed.D., former
dean of communication at HPU,
and her husband met with
Ku‘ualoha (Taylor) Campbell
(B.A. Communication) in San
Diego, where Ku‘ualoha is the
chief meteorologist for the
Fox television affiliate.
Heads up European Dr. Varner
fans! The Varners are planning
a May 2011 trip to Germany,
Sweden, Denmark, and Norway;
more information to come.
@ Azita Abdul Jabbar (B.A.
Teaching English as a Second
Language ’94, M.A. Human
Resource Management) is a
member of the production team
involved in eLearning project
management at Malaysia’s
PETRONAS induction program
for new executives. She is also
involved with the corporate
community service program,
teaching English to children.
@ Sentot Lasiyanto (B.S.B.A.
Computer Information Systems)
is the operations executive for
the Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta,
@ The last quarter of 2009 was
exciting for Andrew Tay (B.S.B.A.
International Business, minor
in Travel Industry Management).
In October, Andrew was admitted as a serving brother to the
Most Venerable Order by Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The
investiture ceremony was held
at Eden Hall by His Excellency
Paul Madden, British High
Commissioner to Singapore.
On December 22, Andrew
married Alicia Sok at ONE°15
Marina Club in Singapore.
(Photos above and opposite top)
@ Major Edward Besta (B.A.
Human Resource Development)
is serving overseas as a communications and information officer assigned to the U.S. Forces
Japan staff. His duties include
coordinating with the Japan
Ministry of Defense and the
Japan Joint Staff on communication plans and issues supporting U.S. and Japan bilateral and
@ Nick Jonow (B.S.B.A.) joined
forces with a few friends and an
Australian IT company in 2009
to form Hotel Agent, an independent hotel search engine.
Unlike other hotel booking Web
sites, which manage room
inventory and negotiate their
own bulk rates, Hotel Agent
@ Since 2007, Kendra Byrd
(B.S. Biology) has worked in
the Peace Corps for the True
Vine Team Ministries in Eastern Uganda, which operates a
small clinic, an orphan support
program, primary school, and a
widow’s support program. With
donations from friends and family in the U.S., Kendra installed
nine computers with educational software and videos.
@ Major Ned Holt (M.A. Diplomacy and Military Studies) was
the featured speaker for the 91st
annual Veterans Day Banquet
in his hometown of Fulton, Missouri. Ned is a career U.S. Army
officer and is attending the Command and General Staff College
in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Marriage of Andrew to Alicia in Singapore, December 2009.
works as a “meta search engine”
for the hotel industry. www.
@ Francis Ngetich (M.A. Orga
nizational Change) married
Jennifer Schleck at Ko Olina
Beach on April 2. Both are from
@ Matthew Dorey (A.S. Management) has been appointed
the southeast territory sales
manager for Milestone Systems,
an open platform company in IP
video management software.
Yuki Moromizato (B.S.B.A. Management ’99, M.B.A Marketing)
has been promoted to president
of U denim & life in Okinawa,
@ The Gas Company has appointed Mustafa “Moose”
Demirbag (M.B.A.) as the general manager for Maui County. His
responsibilities include overseeing gas operations for Moloka‘i,
Lāna‘i, and Maui islands.
@ Yulianti (Julie) Handojo
(B.S.B.A. Travel Industry Management) celebrated her fourth
anniversary as an accountant at
JP Morgan Chase in Columbus,
Ohio. She plans on taking her
CPA exam later this year.
@ Jae Hee Lee (M.S.I.S.) returned
home to the Republic of Korea
in 2008 and is working as an
English teacher at the GwanAk
Middle School in Seoul.
Kari & Robert
Jim & Clarisse
@ Clarisse (Eguchi) Chisum
(B.A. Human Resource Development ’01, M.A. Human Resource
Management) married Jim
Chisum on November 15, 2009,
in the Washington, D.C. area.
Jennifer & Francis
@ Kimberly Guyer (M.A. Human
Resource Management, Certificate in Organizational Change)
recently became the assistant
dean for student affairs at the
School of Communications and
Theater at Temple University
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She oversees academic advising, study abroad, and student
professional development for all
undergraduate students within
the school. She also teaches a
senior seminar course, which
focuses on career development
in the communications major. In
her free time, she works on her
dissertation towards an Ed.D. in
Higher Education Management
at the University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education.
@ Nathalie Parkvall (B.A. Journalism) was hired as a communication strategist in digital media
at Gothia Förlag in Stockholm,
Sweden, in April. Gothia Förlag
publishes health, medicine, and
social work books.
@ Aqua Hotels and Resorts
in Honolulu announced the
promotion of Karishma
Chowfin (B.S.B.A. Travel Industry
Management) to sales manager.
She handles local and North
American sales efforts.
@ It has been a busy year for
Kari Kolton-Zajackowski (B.S.
Marine Biology). She married
Robert Zajackowski on May 30,
2009, in Wisconsin. On June 12,
they had a sunrise ceremony
at Sandy Beach in Honolulu.
Kari has been working at the
Reiman Aquarium at Discovery
World for four years, two as
the assistant curator. Kari writes
that last summer, Reiman Aqua
rium hired Connie (Krause)
Furlough (B.S. Marine Biology
’06) and it is fun to chat about
Hawai‘i and HPU.
Sasha & Julius
@ Sasha Francispillai (M.B.A.)
and Julius Reimann (M.B.A.)
got married on October 9, 2009,
in Canada. The couple met in
Hawai‘i in September 2002
when they were enrolled in
HPU’s M.B.A. program. Alumni
attending the wedding were
Johnathan Williams (M.B.A. ’04),
Tina Helmer (M.B.A. ’03), Javier
Garza (M.S.I.S. ’03), D’Artagnan
Heath (B.S.B.A. ’02, M.B.A. ’03),
and Salam Rasoul (M.B.A. ’03).
A second celebration was held
in Germany on October 24,
which Johnathan also attended.
@ Jared (B.A. Public Relations),
Danielle (B.A. Environmental
Science, minor in Writing)
(Yadisernia) Dolan, and threeyear-old daughter, Victoria Lani,
welcomed the arrival of Naomi
Jane on March 23.
@ Rie Takamasu (M.A. Com
munication) and her family
opened café de moza in April
in Komono, a rural area of Mie
prefecture in Japan. The casual
French-Japanese café serves
healthy and organic plates.
2010 SmallBiz Success Awards
in the Best New Business cate
gory. 808 Bounce LLC specializes in inflatable bouncers and
slide rentals on O‘ahu and operates the Indoor Fun Centers at
Windward Mall and Pearlridge
@ After graduating, Dusty
Wetton (B.A. International
Relations) held an internship at
the State Department Foreign
Service Institute in Washington,
D.C., then worked at GEICO in
Poway, California. He then went
to law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego
and graduated in January.
Ngoc & Tommy
@ Ngoc Luong (B.S.B.A. Marketing) and Tommy Pham were
married in a civil ceremony
at San Francisco City Hall on
January 10. They plan to have
a formal wedding in October.
@ Correction in the valedictory
speakers’ feature in the spring
issue: Florian Rouch (M.A.
Teaching English as a Second
Language) is a flight attendant
for easyJet Airline in France.
Sandra with Dr. Agrusa
@ Jerry Agrusa, Ph.D., professor of travel industry management, connected with Sandra
Doerfer (B.S.B.A. Travel Industry
Management). Sandra is in the
elevator management program
at the Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel
in United Arab Emirates. She is
working for the general manager on a project that includes
the opening of a coffee shop
and smoothie bar.
@ Neva Keres (M.B.A.) joined
the Peace Corps and her first assignment will be in the Ukraine.
@ 808 Bounce LLC, founded in
2007 by Paul (B.S.B.A. Manage
ment) and Emmanuelle (Basset)
Sailor (B.A. Advertising and
Communication ’01), was
recognized by Hawaii Business
magazine as a finalist of the
@ Florian Neugart (M.B.A.)
returned home to Germany
following graduation and
started a business. Oh!Chapeau
creates trucker mesh caps and
acrylic paintings tailored to
individual wishes and ideas.
@ Elliott Collins (B.S.B.A. Public
from the Army National Guard
Officer Candidate School and
has been assigned as a chemical
officer. He has started graduate
studies in public administration
through Norwich University.
Neil & Sharon
@ Sharon (Manibog) (B.S.B.A.
Finance ’05, M.B.A.) and Neil
Santiago (M.S.I.S. student)
were married on June 27, 2009,
@ Bryan (A.S. Management
’03, B.S.B.A. Management) and
Samantha Smith (B.A. Human
Resource Development ’03) are
stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Bryan is deployed overseas for
his third tour. Samantha completed her Master of Science
degree from Kansas State University in 2006, and is completing coursework towards teacher
certification. They are the proud
parents of Matthew.
@ Leilani Soon (B.A. Teaching
English as a Second Language,
minor Communication) and
Janelle Wong, a student in the
HPU Nursing program, won top
honors at the annual Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i Festival. Leilani was
selected as Miss Hawai‘i Chinese
and traveled to San Francisco
to compete in the national Miss
Chinatown USA Pageant in
February. Janelle won the title of
Miss Chinatown Hawai‘i.
Left to right: Claudia, Janice,
@ Juergen Gross (M.B.A.),
alumni chapter coordinator
for Germany, visited Honolulu
with his wife, Claudia Wagner
(M.B.A.). They raved about Ha
Long Noodle House, owned and
operated by Janice Nguyen
(M.B.A. Finance ’07).
@ Albert Olsson (B.A. Visual
Communication) was the director of East Wind, Rain, a video
created by the corporate and
documentary video class at
HPU. The documentary was
selected as a 2010 Pixie Award
recipient by the American
Pixel Academy and is used as
an introduction to visitors at
the Pacific Aviation Museum
on Ford Island. The video was
selected for its superimposition
effects that add greatly to the
imagery of the movie.
@ Vicky Le-Qi Zhang (M.B.A.
Finance) and husband George
Pang welcomed Justin into
their family on January 27.
@ Lauro Sansano (B.S.N.)
has been working as an RN
in Rio Grande Valley Regional
Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive
Care Unit in McAllen, Texas,
since July 2009.
@ Patrick Branco (B.A. Political
Science and International Relations) was accepted into the
M.A. program at the Johns
Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.
In addition, he was selected
as one of 20 recipients of the
Charles B. Rangel International
of the Fellowship is
outstanding young Patrick
careers as diplomats in
the Foreign Service of the
U.S. Department of State.
Iven & Courtney with family
@ In January, Abe Gruber
(B.S.B.A. Computer Information
Systems ’07, M.B.A. Marketing)
accepted a position as director
of marketing for Bloomfield
College in New Jersey.
@ Last August, Emily Plummer
(B.A. Economics) accepted
the administrative assistant
job at the Boaz Area Chamber
of Commerce in Alabama.
Emily sees her position as an
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opportunity to use her economics background to benefit
businesses in the area.
@ Courtney (M.A. Diplomacy
and Military Studies) and
Iven Sugai (B.A. Economics ’01),
along with friends and family,
celebrated their promotions
to Major at the Battleship
Missouri Memorial on
February 19. (Photo above)
Azali Adnan (B.S.B.A. ’95, M.B.A. ’97)
HPU alumnus Azali Adnan passed away in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 6, 2010.
Azali contributed much to HPU’s robust
international atmosphere. As the Kuala
Lumpur alumni chapter coordinator,
he was active in organizing alumni gatherings and sharing his HPU experience
with prospective students.
An extremely active member of the
Malaysian Student Association, Azali was
an integral part of the colorful Malaysian
booths and performances that won
awards year after year at Intercultural Day.
Above: Jakarta, Indonesia
Left: Belgrade, Serbia
December 16, 2009
Scott Stensrud, vice president of Enrollment Management, recalls, “Azali always
seemed to have a smile on his face, and
he served as a great ambassador for his
country and HPU. I have worked with
literally thousands of students during my
20 years at HPU but Azali is one of those
that I could never forget.”
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