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Honoring Distinguished Alumni by gail miyasaki

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The Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards honor three exceptional HPU graduates for their professional accomplishments and community service each year. The awards were named for one of the University’s founders, Paul C.T. Loo, and are given to alumni who share his vision that “an HPU education is an instrument for helping others.” HPU Today is pleased to acknowledge Keiichi Ogawa, Ph.D., (Professional Achievement Award), Ralph Gallogly (Alumni Service Award), and Stephane Castonguay (Young Alumni Award) as the 2011 Paul C.T. Loo Alumni Awardees; and Gail Lerch (Professional Achievement Award), Sharon Gavin (Alumni Service Award), and Naomi Hazelton-Giambrone (Young Alumni Award) as the 2010 Paul C.T. Loo Alumni Awardees.

Keiichi Ogawa, Ph.D.

2011 Professional Achievement Awardee HPU Education • B.A. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) ‘91 Career and Community Involvement

• Chair, Department of Regional Cooperation Policy Studies at GSICS • Education Economist, World Bank • Senior Advisor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation • Recipient of the Appreciation Award from the Yemeni Ministry of Education for contributing to the development of education in Yemen

2011 awardee acceptance speeches

I am very proud to be an HPU alumnus. My instructors were sensitive to issues of diversity and aware that many students, like myself, come from international backgrounds. My degree in TESL provided a foundation for my success. Learning in HPU’s culturally diverse environment prepared me for the six months of international work that I now do annually in Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Middle East.

Fast Facts

• Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) at Kobe University, Japan

Academic theory and real life practice were both empha­sized in my TESL program at HPU. My current work has a strong focus on how investment in educational development can help developing countries address poverty and economic growth. Many of my former students are now working for international organizations like UNICEF and UNESCO. If I had the opportunity to recommend one thing to incoming President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, I would urge him to continue to offer small classes where students from various backgrounds are able to interact with their professors. My success is due largely to the diversity of the University’s student body.

2011 Paul C.T. Loo Alumni Awards Sponsors Bank of Hawaii n David Woodman n Enterprise Holdings n First Hawaiian Bank n Geico Direct n Grove Farm n Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. n Kaiser Permanente

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HPU Today - Summer 2011  
HPU Today - Summer 2011  

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