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Hawai‘i Pacific University Business Review College of Business Administration

Spring/Summer 2011 Issue

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4 Highlights from HPU 7 Faculty News 9 A lumni/Student News and Accolades 17 Events 22 Program News 28 In the News 30 HPU Happenings

Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Business Administration Contributors: Warren Wee, Ph.D. Lawrence Rowland, Ed.D. Liane Wong

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Dean’s Message

Aloha! This spring has been a time of transition. The University has selected a new president. Also, the University, with the assistance of a professional search firm, has been conducting a search for a new dean for the CBA. The search process has included faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community. Each of the candidates has gone through several interviews including an on campus visitation. This process will culminate with the hiring of a new dean. Mr. Cliff Slater, founder of Maui Divers, was our primary speaker in the Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series this spring. In his presentation, Mr. Slater traced both his life story and the opportunities that were presented to him. This was similar to the life story of Maui Divers which took advantage of opportunities that became available. At his presentation, there was standing room only with a gathering of 50-100 guests. The program is underwritten through the generosity of Jim and Marilyn Pappas. We thank Mr. Ken Schoolland, director of the Entrepreneurial Center, and the leaders and members of SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, for coordinating these events. As you are aware, this summer there was the changing of the HPU presidency. President Chatt G. Wright, founding dean of the College of Business Administration, retired in June. Dr. Geoffrey Bannister has been selected to move HPU to the next level. In fall, the College of Business Administration will be welcoming our new dean. The search began this spring and was concluded right after finals. More information about the new dean will be presented in the fall newsletter. Looking forward to the fall, we will have two visiting lecturers in economics from the Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) at Jonkoping University in Sweden. Dr. Ghazi Shukur, professor of statistics and econometrics, and Mr. Kristofer Mansson, doctoral candidate in economics, will be visiting in the middle of the term. JIBS is one of our partner schools for the student exchange program. The visitors will be giving several guest lectures to the economics classes. New faculty that will be joining the CBA this fall are Dr. Xin Fang (University of Illinois at Chicago), Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. Hui Huang (University of Hawaii at Manoa), Assistant Professor of Economics; Dr. Noelia Paez (Texas A & M University), Assistant Professor of Economics; and Dr. Feifei Zhu (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics. Our new faculty will be featured in the fall newsletter. Also, Mel Horikami, former president of Verizon Hawaii, will serve as our Executive in Residence during the fall semester. He is currently the owner and president of Optimum Business Consulting, LLC. Mel will give several guest lectures and will be available for consultation. Thank you to all of you who have assisted me during the semester. Enjoy your summer and return in the fall ready to be an active participant in the transformation of HPU and the CBA to the next level in higher education.

Sincerely, Warren Wee, Ph.D., CPA Interim Dean, College of Business Administration

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HPU Rankings and Achievements

Value and Affordability

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) has received a number of accolades for academic excellence, international diversity, and the affordability of the private education we offer.

Bloomberg Businessweek magazine recognized HPU as the “Best Return on Investment of any Undergraduate Degree in Hawai‘i,” due to our affordable tuition and the monetary success of our graduates. The 2010 study revealed that HPU’s graduates reaped a 9.2 percent return on investment, which exceeds the national average of 9.1 percent.

Academic Excellence In U.S. News and World Report’s annual review of colleges, Best Colleges 2011, Hawai‘i Pacific University was placed in Tier 1 in College Category: Regional Universities (West). HPU was also recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top universities in the western region with “Most International Students.” Princeton Review rated HPU a “Best Western” college in its 2011 review of U.S. Colleges, recognizing HPU as one of the top 121 colleges in the western region.

HPU has been named one of the great colleges for the real world, according to a guidebook by the same name. “Great Colleges for the Real World: Get In. Get Out. Get a Job” (3rd Edition) lists 200 colleges and universities nationwide deemed ideal for those looking for an educational experience that successfully prepares them for the world of work. HPU is the only Hawai‘i college or university among those listed. The 23rd edition of the book “Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges” lists HPU as one of the top 100 schools in the country. “I hear more nice things about these schools than any others,” writes author Fred Rugg. Rugg also recommends HPU’s Business, Communication/Journalism, Computer Science, Entrepreneurial Studies, Environmental Studies, International Relations/Studies, Marine Science and Nursing programs as among the top in the country. Hawai‘i Pacific University’s MBA Program ranked number 1 for the state of Hawai‘i in the 2011 Book of Lists by Pacific Business News based on 2009 enrollment.

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Hawai‘i Pacific University regularly has the rare honor of being included in Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education” book. HPU is one of only 247 colleges and universities featured in the 2010 guide, which selects institutions that provide a high-quality educational experience at an affordable price. Barron’s evaluates tuition rates, financial aid, student-faculty ratio, freshman profile, a survey of student satisfaction, and other data in making its decisions. According to the 2009 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, HPU students average debt level is 27 percent below the national average for private universities.

International Diversity Hawai‘i Pacific University is consistently ranked one of the top Master’s Universities around the world for international diversity by the Institute for International Education (IIE). IIE is considered the preeminent source for international enrollment as the publisher of Open Doors, the annual publication on international enrollment at U.S. universities. In 2010, HPU ranked #20 in international enrollment of all Master’s Universities around the world. The College Finder ranks HPU as having one of the most diverse student populations in the U.S.


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Left to right: Larry Rowland (FEIS Department Chair), Lisa Carpenter (Computing Services Director, HPU), Michael Chang (Computing Services Assistant Director, HPU), and Tom Ku (Chief Technology Officer, HPU).

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The Technology and Internet Expo brought in the latest technology from all over the world to bring Hawai‘i up-to-date on the technology innovations and trends. The annual Technology & Internet Expo has been one of the largest technology expos in Hawai‘i since 2003. This year’s theme focused on the hot-topic in technology, social media, and gave businesses the opportunity to learn more about how social media ties in with business practices. The Education Technology Summit for educators was held on the following day. The Department of Education, charter schools, private schools and higher education institutions got a chance to catch up on new technological teaching tools and learned new and exciting ways to teach. Dr. Ken Rossi, assistant professor of Information Systems, spoke at the summit for educators on the topic, “To Know or Not to Know – An Overview of Knowledge Management.” The presentation covered a quick introduction to knowledge management, what it is, types of knowledge, who are the key players, why we do it and how it fits into the overall picture of the learning organization. Rossi looked at what it takes for a KM program to be successful, and gave a quick introduction on how to get started. HPU was both a sponsor and exhibitor for the two all-day summits that were held back-to-back. Representing HPU were Dr. Larry Rowland, chair of the Department of Financial Economics and Information Systems (FEIS), who represented the Masters of Science in Information Systems program, and C.J. Rials, associate director of Graduate Admissions, who represented the Center for Graduate and Adult Services. Rowland and Rials got the opportunity to interact with potential students and network with alumni.

On Oct. 5 and 6, Hawai‘i Pacific University participated as a silver sponsor for the 2010 Technology and Internet Expo: The Hawai‘i Social Media Summit, and the 7th annual Hawai‘i Education Technology Expo & Principal Technology Conference. The events, which took place at the Ala Moana Hotel, hosted exhibits, seminars, and live presentations that demonstrated the latest technology products, services, and innovations.

HPU Business & Technology Career Fair HPU’s annual Business & Technology Career Fair was held on March 7, 2011. Career Services Center and business employers were available to meet with students and alumni interested in the business and technology fields. More than 35 national and local employers were on hand to share professional development information and recruit for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Many of the employers who meet with interested students about opportunities with their organizations were pleased with their participation in the career fair and remarked on the overall preparedness of the students. Prior to the career fair, HPU’s Career Services organized the 2011 Backpack to Briefcase Series. The Backpack to Briefcase events featured two weeks of professional development events to help ease their transition from students to working professionals. A series of presentations were held on topics such as résumé (continued on page 6)

What Next? Considering Graduate School Lei Ana Green (HPU graduate student and staff), Dr. Deborah Baker (HPU Center for Graduate and Adult Services), Dr. Aytun Ozturk (associate professor, College of Business Administration), Kimo Carvalho (Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and HPU graduate student), and Vivian Hignite (Kaplan). College

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HPU’s 2011 Business & Technology Career Fair was held on the lobby level of FH building, 1132 Bishop Street.

CPT, OPT, OMG (Oh My Green Card!) Employment Issues Facing International Students John Robert Egan (Immigration Attorney), Ravi Shivaraman (HPU alumnus), and Ann Newton (International Student Services).

Cash Broke & Credit Poor: Financial Responsibility for College Graduates John Nabers (Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawaii), Dr. Warren Wee (Interim Dean, College of Business Administration), Chris Lee (Hawaii State Legislature), and Dennis Ducatt (Mutual of Omaha).

and cover letter writing, graduate school preparation, tips for networking, employment issues for international students, and how to make the most of career fairs. Employers from around the community teamed with HPU faculty and staff to offer advice to students in order to prepare them for life after graduation. The workshops and information sessions were conducted by panels of guest speakers who shared their personal advice with students. The sessions were well-attended and the students were pleased with the quality of information and perspectives they gained from the workshops. Both the Business & Technology Career Fair and the Back-

pack to Briefcase Series were a great success, thanks to the Career Services Center for organizing the events and the academic departments and programs that encouraged their students to attend. HPU university staff and community members that also assisted with the promotion, planning, and/or participation for the career events included: Academic Advising, Center for Graduate and Adult Services, College of Business Administration, HPU Service Learning, Institutional Advancement, International Student Services, Student Life and First-Year Programs, Student Academic Services, MBA Club Hawai‘i, SIFE, Spirit Club, and Alumni.

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Faculty News Faculty Recognition and Honors Dr. Jerome Agrusa, professor of travel industry management, was recognized by The Journal of China Tourism Research (JCTR), which thanked Dr. Agrusa for his outstanding efforts in ensuring the quality of the journal as an Advisory Board Member for the past three-years. Dr. Agrusa was asked to continue to serve for another three year term (2011-2013). Dr. Cheryl Crozier Garcia, associate professor of human resource management, was recognized by the HR Certification Institute for her service on its 2010 Board of Directors. The HR Certification Institute Board of Directors provides strategic leadership to chart the organization’s future and ensure the continued success of HR certifications around the globe. Dr. Crozier Garcia also served as an associate editor for the Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volumes 2 and 3. Dr. Thomas Kohler, assistant professor of marketing, received HPU’s 2011 Reflective Use of Technology Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Awards were given out at the HPU Faculty Assembly meeting on April 29, at Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew’s Cathedral. The University presents the Golden Apple Awards to outstanding faculty and staff in a variety of categories. Faculty and staff are nominated in March and winners are then selected by a subcommittee of the Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee of the Assembly. Dr. Mark Lane, associate professor of finance, currently serves as managing editor of The Journal of Finance Case Research. The Journal of Finance Case Research focuses on real-world cases that can be used in the classroom. Dr. Ken Rossi, assistant professor of information systems, served as an Honorary Board Member for the MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Business Editorial Board for the 2010-2011 academic year. The MERLOT Business Editorial Board Members are selected based on several criteria: expertise in the discipline, Excellence in teaching, experience with technology, and participation in professional organizations. Dr. William A. Sodeman III, associate professor of management and information systems, had his online blog billso.com listed as one of the “Top 50 Blogs by Business Professors.” The ranking was complied by the website Dr. Management, PhD at www.phdinmanagement.org Dr. Warren Wee, interim dean and associate professor of accounting, was awarded the 2010 Spirit of Aloha Award by Aloha United Way (AUW). The Spirit of Aloha award recognized Dr. Wee and several other community members as AUW’s outstanding volunteers. The award is one of the 2010 Spirit of Community Awards that recognizes and publicly thanks Hawai‘i’s donors, whose commitment through financial and in-kind support has enabled Aloha United Way to further its purpose.

College of Business Administration Excellence in Teaching Spring 2010 Awards The following instructors were recognized at the Spring 2010 CBA Networking Reception for their outstanding teaching in the following four categories:  010 Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching 2 Award Mr. Craig Matsuda, adjunct instructor of accounting 2010 Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award Mr. Bradford Harrison, adjunct instructor of management and marketing 2010 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Dr. Jerome Agrusa, professor of travel industry management 2010 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award Mr. Edgar Palafox, instructor of human resource management Special Service Award Mr. Stephen Phillips, former instructor of management, was presented the Service Award from Delta Mu Delta at the CBA Networking Reception for his 16 years of dedicated service to the college.

Faculty Development Grants The Faculty Development Policies and Activities Committee grants fund a variety of professional development initiatives by faculty at Hawai‘i Pacific University and reflect the steady growth in scholarship activities among HPU faculty. Dr. Jerome Agrusa, professor of travel industry management, was awarded for presenting his paper, “The Reintegration of the Hawaiian Culture into the Visitors’ Experience: The Japanese Perspective” at the 16th Annual Asia Pacific Tourism Association (APTA) Conference: Competition & Collaboration between Regional Tourism Destinations held in Macau, China, July 2010. Dr. Cheryl Crozier-Garcia, associate professor of human resource management, was awarded for presenting her paper, “Global English: Writing for a Multi-cultural Audience” at the Fourth World Universities Forum 2011 held in Hong Kong, January, 2011. Mr. Thomas Kam, assistant professor of accounting and finance, was awarded for chairing sessions at the 2010 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, California, July 2010. College

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Faculty News Dr. Thomas Kohler, assistant professor of marketing, was awarded for presenting his paper titled, “Virtual Worlds, enabling co-reaction of e-services” at the ENTER 2011: eTourism Present and Future Interaction held in Innsbruck, Austria, January 2011. Kohler was also awarded for attending the 40th European Marketing Academy Conference held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 2011. Dr. Mark Lane, associate professor of finance, was awarded for presenting his paper titled, “Familiarity Bias and Perceived Future Home Price Movements” at the 2010 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting held in New York, October 2010.

Faculty Research and Publications Dr. Jerome Agrusa and co-authors published several articles in various tourism and hospitality management journals. Articles include: “Comparison of Japanese and North American Runners of the Ideal Marathon Competition Destination,” in the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research; “Introduction of Casino Gaming in Okinawa, Japan: A Case Study of Challenges and Opportunities,” in the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies; “How Japanese and German tourists perceive service failures in the U.S.A.,” in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences; and “Mainland Chinese tourists to Hawai‘i: Their characteristics and preferences,” in the Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. Dr. Cheryl Crozier Garcia presented “Global English: Writing for a Multi-Cultural Audience” at the Fourth World Universities Forum (WUF) at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in January 2011. Dr. Susan Fox-Wolfgramm’s paper, “Taking a Classroom Journey: Towards Linking Self Awareness and Accomplishment for Personal Learning Success,” was presented at the 37th annual OBTC 2010: Teaching Society for Management Educators conference held at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Thomas Kohler and co-authors published the articles, “Avatar-based innovation: Consequences of the Virtual Co-creation Experience,” in the Computers in Human Behavior, and “A Design Research Approach to Developing User Innovation Workshops in Second Life,” in the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. Dr. Brian Kulik and his co-author’s article, “More than Lip Service: The Development and Implementation Plan of an Ethics Decision-Making Framework for an Integrated Undergraduate Business Curriculum,” has been published in the Journal of Academic Ethics 7 (4), pp. 231-254. Dr. Mark Lane published “Honolulu Pacific Tower,” in the Journal of Finance Case Research. Dr. Lane and co-authors also have several articles under review for publishing. Articles include: “The Psychology Behind Why Underwater Investment 8

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Dr. Ernesto Lucas, associate professor of economics, was awarded for presenting his paper, “Price Differential of Single Family Dwelling Units in Hawaii” at the Annual Conference of the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines held in New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2010. Mr. Edgar Palafox, instructor of human resource management, was awarded for attending the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Hawai‘i Annual Statewide Conference held in Honolulu, October 2010. Dr. Bei Zeng, assistant professor of finance, was awarded for attending the China International Conference in Finance 2010 held in Beijing, China, July 2010. Properties are Not Listed for Sale,” for Advances in Behavioral Finance & Economics, 1:2; “Mental Accounting and False Reference Points in Real Estate Investment Decision-Making” and “Familiarity Bias and Perceived Future Home Price Movements,” for the Journal of Behavioral Finance; “Identifying Behavioral Explanations for a Subset of the Real Estate Shadow Market,” for Journal of Housing Research; and “Fear, Shame, and Guilt: Economic and Behavioral Motivations for Strategic Default,” for Real Estate Economics. Dr. Ken Rossi, assistant professor of information systems, spoke at the seventh annual Hawai‘i Education Technology Summit on the topic, “To Know or Not to Know – An Overview of Knowledge Management.”

Books Written by Faculty Mr. Ken Schoolland, associate professor of economics, celebrated the 30th anniversary of his economics book for youth, “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey.” A new edition has been released, including an expansion with two additional chapters that address more contemporary economic issues. The book was published in the Bahasa language (the 44th language of the book) by the Freedom Institute of Indonesia in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). He attended its conference on “Migration and the Wealth of Nations,” to deliver talks about the book and about migration. The book was also released in Bucharest, for its the third Romanian edition, bringing to a total of 64 international publications and theatrical scripts of “Jonathan Gullible.” Mr. Bob Sigall, instructor in marketing, published a third edition of The Companies We Keep. The Companies We Keep 3 continues to uncover amazing stories about Hawai‘i’s people, places and companies. The book includes stories about Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, Duke Kahanamoku, Jack and Marie Lord, Amelia Earhart, Sen. Dan Inouye, president Barack Obama, King Kalakaua, Queen Lili‘uokalani, Princess Ka‘iulani, John Burns, the USS Missouri, Kalaupapa, and many more.


Alumni/Student News Alumni News and Accolades Wing Wah (Jackie) Chan, senior assurance and advisory auditor for Deloitte & Touche LLP., volunteered his time to speak with HPU accounting majors and faculty. He was available for two sessions to meet with HPU accounting majors and other students interested in learning about post-grad and Deloitte. Chan discussed his current experience working as an auditor for the Guam office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Chan, who comes from Hong Kong, was president of the Accounting Club when he attended HPU. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and his MBA from HPU. Chan passed the CPA exam and is taking sections of the CISA exam. Jason Kim, partner and co-owner of Good to Grill, opened a downtown location called Good to Grill Express in February 2011. Good to Grill Express is a take-out only concept located near HPU’s downtown campus on Union Mall between Bishop Street and Fort Street Mall. The express restaurant is a spin-off of the original Good to Grill restaurant located in the Kapahulu Safeway complex, which is known to serve casual gourmet with its exceptional kiawe-grilled plate lunches. Good to Grill’s original restaurant was also recently awarded by Honolulu magazine with a Silver 2011 Hale Aina Award for Neighborhood Restaurant. The award was chosen by magazine readers’ votes for their favorite restaurants in the Islands. Honolulu magazine’s January issue featured Good to Grill along with other Hale Aina award winners for 2011 in “What Does It Take to Win a Hale Aina?” Kim received his BSBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from HPU in 2001. Vivienne Ma, founder and artistic director of the Royal Academy of Ballet (RAB), opened the first and only certified Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) school in Hawai‘i. The Royal Academy of Dance, established in the United Kingdom in 1920 by instructors from the major European schools of ballet, set forth the highest standards of training for all students. The ballet program is now taught in 79 countries where certified teachers adhere to the standards of R.A.D. to educate and expand knowledge of dance to the community. Ma is a fully trained R.A.D. dancer who received her classical ballet training in Malaysia, New York, Hawai‘i, London and Los Angeles. After dancing for more than 28 years and teaching more than 10 years, Ma moved back to Hawai‘i to open the Royal Academy of Ballet to specialize in ballet for children at the Gentry Pacific Design Center. In addition to being an R.A.D. registered instructor, she holds a Certificate of Higher Education in Dance Teaching from the University of Surrey, London, and an MBA in Marketing from Hawai‘i Pacific University. Sommer Meyer, founder of Closet Fetish, was recently re-featured in Oprah Winfrey’s March issue of O Magazine. In 2005, former HPU student Meyer’s marketing project launched into a full-fledged business thanks to features in O magazine, InStyle and Shop Magazine, etc. Meyers has been kept busy promoting Closet Fetish and expanding the product line which can be found on www.closetfetish.com. Meyer’s home-based business started out as a project for her master’s program at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Enrolled in a

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marketing class where students worked on a project to draw up a business plan, Meyer’s idea became a reality. Her business idea for Closet Fetish was sparked by her passion for shoes as an avid shoe collector. Meyer used an identification system of taping photos of shoes to the outside of shoe boxes. However, due to the frustration of sloppy mismatched and hard-to-stack boxes; Meyer’s business project was to design and promote standardized shoe boxes for closet organization. Although the project was only supposed to be on paper, she decided to follow through with the idea and ordered three sample boxes from China. Closet Fetish boxes are constructed from sturdy, bookbinding cardboard and feature a four-by-six-inch frame on the outside where a photo or list of the contents can be inserted. The boxes come in six colors. Stiletto Red and Ballerina Slipper Pink are new additions to the original colors of lavender, baby blue, chocolate brown, and beige. Closet Fetish expanded by including matching wooden hangers and added Baby Fetish–packs of five mini-hangers tied with pink or blue ribbons. Meyer’s plans are to keep expanding the product line based on the concept of closet organization, and there are future plans for bigger boxes to hold larger items such as hats, handbags, belts, boots, games, and more. James (Jim) Piccillo, small business consultant and real estate negotiator, ran for Congress as the 2010 Democratic candidate for Florida’s 5th district election. Piccillo entered the spotlight in October 2008 after being featured prominently in a New York Times article for his political shift from a registered Republican to an Obama volunteer. As a former financial auditor for a Fortune 500 company who also served six years James (Jim) Piccillo on active duty in the United States Army, Picillo sympathized with military veterans and others facing unemployment. The basis of Piccillo’s campaign platform focused on helping the unemployed and creating jobs for the district; however, the U.S. House of Representatives seat was won by his opponent, Republican Richard Nugent. Piccillo earned his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Studies from Hawai‘i Pacific University and a Masters of Business Administration from Canisius College.

HPU Alumni on the Atherton YMCA Board of Directors Last fall, the YMCA of Honolulu Atherton Branch welcomed several HPU students onto its board of directors. Donna Prather, executive director of the Atherton YMCA, was introduced to HPU instructor Bob Sigall’s students who worked on a business project for the non-profit organization in a previous semester. Impressed with the students’ work, Atherton YMCA asked Sigall to assist in recruiting students from the Marketing 6500 course who would be interested in serving on its board of directors. The candidates participated in meetings at the branch with College

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Prather and the program director, and had their resumes reviewed by the board and Association board before a selection was made. Prather and her team were pleased with the students’ talent and enthusiasm, and welcomed several students onto the board. Presently, Kawika Villa and Diamond Giacomelli, both MBA alums ’10, continue to serve on the board of managers. Kawika Villa, earned his MBA in Justice Administration and Business Management and was the former Graduate Assistant, Men’s Basketball at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Villa is currently the president of Starting 5 Basketball, LLC., a sports industry organization that aims to prepares basketball players for the next level of competition by eliminating the boundaries of players’ development and reinforcing the power of basketball fundamentals. Diamond Giacomelli is a loan officer at Honolulu Home Loans. His previous work experience includes starting his own business in high school, extensive sales experience selling Infrared Thermography equipment for industrial and medical uses, and working as a business analysis for an IT consulting company in the pharmaceutical industry.

HPU Honor Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni

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Stephane Castonguay

Hawai‘i Pacific University recognized three exceptional alumni for their accomplishments at the 11th annual Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet held April 29, 2011 at The Pacific Club. The Paul C.T. Loo Distinguished Alumni Awards were named in honor of one of Hawai‘i Pacific University’s founders and are given to alumni for career excellence. Young Alumni Award for serving as an outstanding role model for future alumni Professional Achievement Award for distinguished career accomplishments Alumni Service Award for outstanding service to HPU and the community. Stephane Castonguay, Master of Arts in Communication 2007, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science 2004, received the Young Alumni Award. Castonguay joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a new American diplomat after obtaining his master’s degree. From 2007-2009, he served as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. He was special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010.

HPU Alumni Active in Chapter Programs In 2011, Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Alumni Chapter programs welcomed new Alumni Chapter coordinators: Nick Jonow (BSBA ’98), Alumni Chapter Coordinator for Hong Kong; Matthias Braun (MBA ’08), Alumni Chapter Coordinator for Munich, Germany; and Fredrik Myhre (MBA ’10) Assistant Alumni Chapter Coordinator for Oslo, Norway. HPU has more than 30,000 alumni who have received degrees from HPU over the University’s 45 years. The Alumni Chapters aim at cultivating volunteer support for alumni leadership. Alumni Chapters facilitate opportunities for alumni to meet, share common experiences, and network. It is a great way for alumni to reconnect with and give back to the HPU community. Recently, chapter events were held in areas including Oslo, Norway; Singapore; and the San Francisco Bay and D.C. Metro areas in the United States. It all starts with alumni who are willing to step up, provide leadership, and establish a local chapter. Chapter events are designed by alumni for alumni and are up to each chapter leadership team. Working closely with HPU Alumni Relations staff, volunteer chapter coordinators and assistants receive support, such as lists of last-known alumni in their areas, event invitations on eventbrite.com, and HPU logo items for chapter events. To date, there are 18 active alumni chapters. If interested in joining or forming an Alumni Chapter in your region, we encourage you to contact the Alumni Relations team at 808-544-0840 or alumni@hpu.edu 10

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Keiichi Ogawa, Ph.D.

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 eiichi Ogawa, Ph.D., Bachelor of Arts K in Teaching English as a Second Language 1991, received the Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Ogawa is a professor in the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) at Kobe University, Japan, where he teaches human capital development and development management. He is also chair of the department of Regional Cooperation Policy Studies at GSCIS. His research interests are in economics of education, education finance, and education policy and planning. Ralph Gallogly, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management 1998, and Bachelor of Arts in History 1994, received the Alumni Service Award. Gallogly, assistant dean of HPU’s Military Campus Programs Student Affairs, feels his responsibility is to serve the military-affiliated HPU students “every minute of every day.” He dedicates both work and personal time to counsel students while overseeing a student affairs organization comprised of more than 40 staff members.


Alumni/Student News Alumni Spotlight from Undergraduate to Graduate: Jason Sahara

Jason Sahara graduated from Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

In a Q&A interview, Jason Sahara shared his educational journey so that it may inform and inspire current and future undergraduate and graduate students. Sahara is the operations manager for Oahu Termite & Pest Control, Inc.; staff sergeant for the United States Air Force, Hawai‘i Air National Guard, 154th Wing HARM (Host Aviation Resource Management); and chief operations officer (COO) of Paradise Events. As an adult/non-traditional undergraduate at HPU, Sahara took advantage of HPU’s concurrent program to enroll in graduate courses leading to a master’s degree. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in December 2006, he earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, in August 2009. Q: Why did you return to school? Returning to school was really a “no-brainer.” From early on, my family stressed the importance of education, always letting me know that I could do whatever made me happy, but that education was something no one could take away. A simple internet search will find countless articles and studies comparing income for high school dropouts to high school graduates and college graduates. The statistics themselves are staggering and not everyone is cut out for higher education, but if the desire to learn and improve yourself exists, pursue the education. It may not necessarily translate to a “better” job or a higher income, although statistics do support education, but it allows an individual to network and meet people who have similar goals. Education allows a person to have options. And knowledge in and of itself has the potential to be very powerful, but if not utilized properly, it remains only potential. It may not be the key to success, but it will certainly open doors. It opens doors

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to opportunities, business contacts, networks, and a spirit of entrepreneurship and management. My days at HPU bring to mind classmates that I still remain close to. One is an American Savings Bank VP, helpful when I am in need of a banker. Another close friend owns an English school in Vietnam, providing a wonderful vacation spot. Yet another classmate teaches economics in Sweden. Another classmate is a world champion body boarder and markets his own magazine and product line. The list goes on and on. And many of my classmates utilize the services of my company; some of them are partners in business ventures I am currently a part of. Q: What were you doing then as far as work and what are you doing now? During my school days at HPU, I managed a small company while also serving in the Hawaii Air National Guard. I still manage the same company and have completed all of my certifications to be able to start my own venture, should I choose to do so. My employer has promised the company to me, so I am weighing my options in that arena. I have started a new venture with a classmate and another is in the works. I have also been recently promoted to the NCO ranks in the US Air Force. I have received many compliments and support from senior NCOs and officers about my professionalism and organizational knowledge and skills. Q: How did the classes and the degrees (BSBA in Management, then the Concurrent Program/MBA and later, the MBA degree in Human Resource Management) benefit you? While some say the MBA program is designed to foster and enhance managers for oligopolistic companies, small business success can be traced to my education at HPU. Since graduating with my MBA, the firm I work for has seen a reduction of expenses by 10 percent while boasting a 19 percent increase in revenue; all this during a “down” economy. The MBA program taught me to think critically about any and all business decisions, not just the financial ramifications for the company, but the human cost as well. The MBA teaches you how to look at financial statements and get a picture of how the firm is today; learn from past numbers; the ability to forecast future revenues; and consider the most important factor…the human cost. It’s easy to cut expense by downsizing, but how does that affect your company in the long-run? What happens to employees that have been loyal for many years? The MBA program teaches you to see the big picture, not just the short-term effects. You learn to conceptualize downsizing, retrenchment, or growth as viable strategies for your firm/company. Q: What is the added value of earning a degree at HPU? HPU, with its diverse student body, really makes you think on a global scale, whether you are conscious of it or not. You learn to interact with a plethora of cultures and beliefs. It forced me out of my comfort zone, and made me appreciate the diverse ideas shared during classroom discussions. After all, education and learning are about expanding your knowledge and horizon. College

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The diversity at HPU allows you see and respect other points-ofview, whether you agree with them or not. And even if a person continues to live in Hawai‘i, there is still a diversity of cultures that exist here. I also believe there is an added confidence factor. Going through a degree program takes effort, persistence, dedication, and sacrifice. At the end of the journey, you come away with a degree knowing you can “keep on keeping on,” and see the program though to the end. As [with] anything in life, you get out of things what you put into them. You can’t go through the MBA program going through the motions. The MBA forces you to think critically, facilitates your involvement, and definitely earn the degree. It’s not just classes with theoretical concepts, you must show an understanding of how the concepts are applied in the real world. Q: Any advice to the adult undergraduate? Any advice to those contemplating a master’s degree at HPU? Stay the course and get your education. No one can take away your education and degree. And while I believe the degree/major you seek is not important, a college degree shows prospective employers that you were willing to pay the price and follow a degree program and all the sacrifices involved in going to school. I read somewhere that over 65 to 70 percent of college graduates work in fields that are different from their major. So the point here is to get the degree, and with it the ability to utilize what you learned conceptually in school to real-world

situations. Again, it is important to stress that college graduates, on average, out-earn those with high school diplomas (see box below). Factor that in annually and compound that number (something which you will learn in a business program), and it is easy to see why for many people, the sacrifices made during college are indeed worth it. And as I plan to have children someday, I have the luxury of guiding my children to follow in my footsteps, and that college wouldn’t be one of those instances of “do as I say, not as I do.” I’ve done it. And I’m a better person for it. And at the root of my reasons, I reminded myself daily during my college years of why I was there. If life was so great, why I did I feel the need to go to school? I learned long ago that if you continue to do in six months what you do today, can you realistically expect life to be better? How about five years from now? Ten years? We all make choices in life. Going back to school for an undergraduate or even graduate degree is worth it. It has enabled me to make better business decisions, it allowed me to network with people that have aspirations of business ownership, and it has allowed to me to be critical and analytical in my decision-making thought process. Not to mention that my income has increased 20 percent in this “down” economy. For more information on graduate programs at HPU, contact the Center for Graduate and Adult Services at (808) 543-8034 or email start@hpu.edu for adult undergraduates and graduate@ hpu.edu for graduate students.

1990 salary multiplied over 18 years at a constant rate 1990 2008

High School Male 36,300 653,400

Bachelor’s Degree Female 26,400 475,200

Difference: Male 52,300 914,400

Female 42,800 770,400

Male 16,000 261,000

Female 16,400 295,200

Female 45,000 810,000

Male 23,000 414,000

Female 20,000 360,000

2008 salary multiplied over (projected) 18 years at a constant rate 2008 2026

High School Male 32,000 576,000

Bachelor’s Degree Female 25,000 450,000

Difference: Male 55,000 90,000

High School yearly wage fell each year while Bachelor’s Degree yearly wage increased. Information from: http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

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Alumni/Student News HPU Executive MBA Wins Best in Business Award

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Business Hawaii’s (SBH) Networking Breakfast’s final meeting for the SBH Sunrise Speaker 2010 series. In April, she gave two one-hour presentations at ‘Iolani School about entrepreneurship and running a business to students. As member of HPU’s Executive MBA program, Dedrick is also active in the HPU community. In December 2010, HPU’s Board of Trustees welcomed Dedrick as one of the three new board members along with Vicky Caytano, president and chief executive officer of United Laundry Services, Inc. and managing director of United Laundry Kona, LLC; and Carleton Ching, vice president of Community and Government Relations at Castle & Cooke. Other boards that Dedrick serves on include the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i, Small Business Hawai‘i, Marble Institute of America, American Institute of Architects, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i, the Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i and Baha’i Faith.

HPU Graduate Recognized as “Outstanding Young Person” Andrew and Layla Dedrick, Bella Pietra and Geobunga (Natural Stone LLC), Pacific Business News BLH Best in Business II Winner

This year, HPU Executive MBA Layla Dedrick, owner of natural stone supplier Bella Pietra and Geobunga Natural Stone LLC, was selected as Pacific Business News 2010 Best in Business II award winner. At PBN’s Business Leadership Hawai‘i ninth annual event honoring excellence in Hawaii’s businesses, Bella Pietra and Geobunga won the award in the category for companies with fewer than 60 employees. Dedrick was recognized by PBN among others due to her dedication to sound business principles and her ability to steer Bella Pietra through tough economic times. Despite the odds, she was able to realign the business to fit market trends and expand its customer base with the launch of Geobunga, which sells outdoor landscaping products. Due to her success, Dedrick was also re-featured in an article in the January-March 2011 issue of Pacific Edge Magazine where she detailed the adaptations Bella Pietra underwent in the rough economy and the expansion of Geobunga. With more than 10 years of experience in the building industry, Dedrick and her employees have built up a strong business reputation for their integrity, customer service and their commitment to giving back to the local community. In the past they have sponsored Oahu’s Na Kama Kai, an organization formed to empower youth through ocean-based programs. They have also donated materials to KUPU, a non-profit that oversees a training program dedicated to Hawaii’s green future; the Contemporary Museum to extend outdoor patio space; and the Three Ring Ranch in Kailua-Kona for a new science center. Dedrick, who was also American Savings Bank’s Native Hawaiian Business of the Year Award in 2010 and PBN’s Forty Under 40 Young Business Leader of the Year for 2009, frequently participates as a guest speaker in the community. Known to be among the top 10 Women-Owned Businesses in Hawai‘i for multiple years, she was invited to speak on the growing impact of women in Hawaii’s small businesses at the monthly Smart

The 39th annual Hawai‘i Junior Chamber of Commerce Three Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards recognized HPU graduate student Tofi Mika, Jr., as one of the three individuals to have gone to extraordinary means to better themselves and the community. The TOYP awardees are selected by Hawai‘i Junior Chamber or Jaycees, a leadership development organization that uses community service projects as Tofi Mika, Jr. the training ground for applying leadership principles and skills learned in individual development and training sessions. Hawai‘i Jaycees belong to a vast network of Junior Chamber organizations in all 50 states and 80 foreign countries. For more than 30 years, the Hawai‘i Jaycees have honored three individuals that have exemplified the Jaycee Creed that states, “Service to humanity is the best work of life.” Mika, previously selected by the Pacific Business News as one of the Forty Under 40 in 2010 and as one of Ten Who Made a Difference in Hawai‘i in 2009, by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, has tirelessly dedicated himself to humanitarian efforts. He cofounded the Hope Through Music program, teaching music to at-risk youth in Kuhio Park Terrace and Kalihi Valley Housing; helped the Honolulu Rotary Club construct a vocational training facility and a hospital for deaf children in the Philippines; organized fundraising efforts for the victims of the Samoa tsunamis; and organized a Cambodian Marathon for Orphaned Children, traveling twice to Cambodia to work with orphans. Mika also organized Walk Across Oahu, a fundraising event that raised awareness for disabled war veterans in need of assistance. Mika’s fellow award winners for 2010 included Galileo Tan, Central Pacific Bank Business Banking Officer and president of Central Pacific’s Employee Club, whose community outreach includes being a designated panelist for Adopt-a-School Day; and Shane Victorino, Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies outCollege

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Student News & Accolades fielder and co-founder with his wife Melissa of the Shane Victorino Foundation, which provides opportunities for underprivileged children. The three individuals were recognized at the annual TOYP awards banquet for their efforts to challenge, motivate and inspire Hawaii’s youth. Mika, Tan, and Victorino’s names will be submitted to the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce as possible candidates for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA). Some past TOYA honorees have included John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, and Christopher Reeve, among others.

Hawaii Business Magazine MBA Hosts Student Forum Hawaii Business magazine invited two students from HPU’s MBA Club to participate in the Hawaii Business forum for graduating MBA students. Hawaii Business’s MBA student forum held on Feb. 23, 2010 invited intelligent, articulate and honest MBA students in Hawai‘i. Six representatives from the class of 2011 graduating in May were selected to be questioned on the most important things they learned, career plans and their goals for the future. MBA Club president, Emre Tuncbilek and the club’s marketing and public relations (PR) director, Anthia Chen joined four students from Shidler College of Business at UH. The forum was moderated by Steve Petranik, editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business. Petranik asked them about their hopes, fears and plans for the future; what they are aiming for in a career; whether they plan to stay in Hawai‘i or leave and why; Tevfik “Emre” Tuncbilek how they hope to balance work and life; and other important subjects. The forum details including the students’ discussions were featured in the “Hopes & Dreams” article of Hawaii Business magazine’s May 2011 issue. Anthia Chen recieved her Bachelor’s degree in finance from Providence University in Taiwan. She moved to Hawai‘i to pursue a master’s degree in Business Administration at HPU. Anthia has been an active member of the community as a member of the MBA Club, serving as its marketing and PR director. She also takes part in the YWCA Wahine in Business Network. Anthia recently graduated from Hawai‘i Pacific University in May 2011 with an MBA concentration in Marketing Management and International Business. She has aspirations to work in Hawai‘i, Mainland US, and Asia in the field of international marketing, international business, public relations, investor relations or brand management. More specifically, her plans after graduation are to start her career in Hawaii and then return to Taiwan to help her father’s business.

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Tuncbilek has an IT background and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2008. As the MBA Club Hawai‘i President, he leads and takes part in various consulting projects. Tuncbilek has a diverse work experience including IT consulting, sales force coordination and analytical/predictive reporting. Currently he is working at HPU Institutional Advancement Center as web metrics analyst and social media coordinator. He also voluntarily assists graduate level Integrated Marketing and Small Business Consulting courses at HPU. Tuncbilek obtained his MBA degree focusing on analytical marketing in May 2011 and plans to join Hawaii’s business community after graduation.

HPU Students Attend the Alpha Chi National Convention HPU students Chih-Wei Chang, Sarah Foronda, and Dena Perdue represented the Hawai‘i Beta Chapter at the 2011 Alpha Chi’s “Go West, Alpha Chi!” convention in San Diego. This year was the first time that the Alpha Chi’s national meeting was held in the West, with the largest attendance in years—470 delegates from 87 chapters. Some of the highlights of the convention include the HPU’s Hawaii Beta chapter named a Star Chapter and Foronda named as an alternate for the H.Y. Benedict Fellowship ($2,500) offered by Alpha Chi to graduating seniors. Chang, a senior majoring in biochemistry and biology from Taiwan, presented his research: “Plastic Particle Ingestion by Black-footed Albatross and Laysan Albatross from Kure Atoll and Tern Islands, N.W. Hawaiian Islands.” Foronda, a senior majoring in justice administration and finance from Maui, presented: “United States Immigration: Current Issues.” Perdue, a senior psychology major from Texas, presented: “The Eustress of Laughter: A Humorous Study.” The three HPU students were selected to represent HPU based on academic papers presented at a showcase held at HPU earlier in the spring. They were then given the opportunity to make presentations at the national convention due to generous travel subsidies and compete for scholarships made available by the honor society. Alpha Chi is a national college honor society for the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from all academic disciplines, and has 300 chapters in 45 states. Alpha Chi members who have been “making scholarship effective for good” since 1922, are involved in all aspects of the honor society’s operation including: chapter officer leadership, student representation on the National Council, local chapter event planning, and presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions. Invitation for membership comes only through an institutional chapter. This past spring, HPU’s Hawai‘i Beta Chapter inducted 31 new members.


Student News & Accolades Delta Mu Delta IOTA Hawaii Chapter Members Are For 2011 Inducted

Left-right: Jeannie Manzano (Co-Advisor), Michelle Alarcon (DMD Faculty Advisor), Jonas Vibell (business guest from Archinonetics, Lauren Michelle Williams (student inductee), Sidney Higa (business guest from SPAE International), Yoshimi Akazawa (student inductee), Jeffrey Boromisa (Keynote Speaker), AJ Woodward (student inductee), Savannah Paras (DMD President), Brandon Goode (DMD Sec/treasurer), Michiko Sawai (DMD VP), and Mr. Ernesto Catacutan (guest).

On April 9, 2011, HPU’s Delta Mu Delta Induction ceremony took place at the Plaza Club in the Downtown Business District. Delta Mu Delta’s IOTA Hawai‘i Chapter welcomed 114 new members consisting of both undergraduates and graduates at Hawai‘i Pacific University. The Delta Mu Delta Honor Society is an international honor society that encourages higher education and recognizes scholastic achievement in business programs. Mr. Jeffery M. Boromisa, Executive in Residence in the College of Business Administration at Hawai‘i Pacific University, was the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. His inspirational speech to the inductees highlighted the important characteristic of “leadership” for the potential future business leaders. At the end of his speech, Boromisa held a Q&A session. The inductees also had the opportunity to interact with HPU faculty and staff and several business guests, including Mr. Brad Harrison of First Hawaiian Bank, Mr. Sidney Higa of Spae International, Ms. Michele Matsuda of Bank of Hawai‘i, and Dr. Jonas Vibell of Archinoetics during a round-table mixer. Inductees were recognized for their superior academic achievements and were given their lifetime membership certificates. The honor society’s new executive committee for 2011 was also announced: Savannah Paras, President, Michiko Sawai, Vice President, and Brandon Goode, Secretary /Treasurer. The induction ceremony was a great success thanks to the efforts of the new officers, Ms. Michelle Alarcon, faculty advisor, and Ms. Jeannie Manzano, co-faculty advisor. Delta Mu Delta IOTA Hawai‘i Chapter Honor Society to encourages its members to actively participate in future events and network with the external business community by leading and supporting them for future success. Congratulations to the inductees!

Student Leaders “Light Up the Night” The Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs (SLFYP) recognized students across HPU who have demonstrated excellent leadership throughout the academic year. The “Light Up the Night” third annual reception was held at the Hawai‘i Loa campus to celebrate HPU student leaders from several HPU departments, programs, and student-run organizations. Among the honorees were many students from the College of Business Administration including Joanne Badua, president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), who was among several named as RSO Member of the Year. Badua was also awarded as the RSO President of the Year, which goes to the one RSO President who has gone above and beyond for his or her RSO and has made a considerable contribution to the RSO and HPU community as the most outstanding of all RSO Presidents. In honor of their hard work and dedication to the community, the students were presented with a “Light Up the Night” t-shirt. The community leaders were thanked for making HPU a “brighter place” and asked to wear it on campus the following day, not only to identify the proud leaders, but to also inspire their fellow classmates. Interested in how you can contribute to HPU and the surrounding community? Check out the Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs, at www.hpu.edu/Studentlife and get involved.

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Student News & Accolades UPE Induction Ceremony The Hawai‘i Pacific University Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Chapter held its Spring 2011 Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The UPE honor society recognized the academic excellence of undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems, and graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Inductees received their honor cords and certificate at the ceremony, where they were sworn into the honor society by chapter advisor Dr. Cathrine Linnes. The ceremony concluded with a lunch at Indigo Restaurant. Upsilon Pi Epsilon was first organized at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 1967. The international organization now consists of chapters in various colleges and universities in North America and overseas. The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the computing and information disciplines. The HPU chapter was established in 2007. UPE is the only internationally recognized honor society for the computing and information disciplines and has received endorsements from the two largest computer organizations in the world, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS). UPE is also a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), which is the most respected association for honor societies. UPE is also a charter member of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES). Congratulations to the UPE inductees and thank you to the Department of Financial Economics & Information Systems faculty and staff, and HPU’s UPE chapter advisor Dr. Cathrine Linnes for organizing the event. TIM Scholarships The TIM program would like to recognize the following exceptional students who received scholarships to assist their pursuit of a degree in travel management. Congratulations! Georgina Langley Pacific Island Institute and Diana W. Lockwood Memorial Scholarship Georgina Langley

Erica Best CMAA Scholarship, Club Managers Association of America, Paradise of the

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Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) First Runner-ups in Regionals

SIFE team picture left to right (bottom row): Ken Schoolland (Advisor), Lora Burbage (BAB-Business Advisory Board), Genelle Sorian, Joanne Badua (HPU SIFE, President), Yee Lee, Craig Ursuy and Oswald Bumanglag. (Top row): Paul Harleman, Michael Bennett, Dick Rowland (BAB), Leo Von Wendorff, Ingrid Johnson, Lauren Engel, Ellyse Mazzi, Mario Arguello and Jinny Lee. Not pictured: Allen Hopson, SIFE member and competition presenter.

On March 16, 2011, HPU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed in the annual Honolulu Regional Competition held by the SIFE USA Program for Hawai‘i at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. Competition participants of student teams from the different university campuses in the state presented how they applied business concepts to develop outreach projects that improved the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. After months of hard work and preparation, HPU’s SIFE team came in as first runner-ups at the Pacific Regional Competition. The SIFE competition judged the students on their presentation skills, and the impact of their outreach projects which are designed to create economic opportunities in the communities. Emphasis is placed on themes that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal finance skills, and business ethics. SIFE HPU presented their collective projects based on the theme of “Following a legacy of light.” Projects conducted over the year by the SIFE team included: organizing KiDEAS, a program to teach fifth-graders about entrepreneurship; hosting the Pappas Entrepreneurial Series, where local business owners provide insight and guidance to HPU students and others interested in starting their own business ventures; and building a learning lab for the CEO of Shirt Sleeve Greetings, whose HPU branded products are at the HPU Bookstore. SIFE is an international nonprofit organization designed to inform and empower individuals to reach their full potential through educating them about the principles of free enterprise, and to improve the quality of life for members of the community. SIFE works in partnership with businesses to provide college students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. SIFE is active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries.


Events Student Clubs Working Together The MBA Club Hawai‘i, Project Management Club, and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) kick-started the academic year by hosting their first meeting with a beach clean-up event at Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island. After the beach clean-up, a warm-up mixer and potluck was held to welcome club members. The three clubs got together again in the spring semester and co-hosted a clothing drive event. On March 15 and 16, the clubs collected clothing on Fort Street Mall outside the Center for Student Life. They asked members of the HPU community to contribute gently used and clean clothes to help families in need of generosity during this tough economy. The clothing collected by the club members was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, an organization that which helps children realize their potential and build their futures.

TIMSO: Whale Watching

Travel Industry Management Student Organization hosted its first whale watching event in the spring on Feb. 26, 2011. Participating TIMSO mem bers met at the Aloha Tower Marketplace to check in for the twohour tour with the Star of Honolulu.

New Waikiki Edition Hotel Tour By Matt Robertson

LinkedIn and Resume Workshop In November, MBA Club Hawai‘i, Polyglot Toastmasters Club, America Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter (AMA), and TIMSO teamed up with HPU’s Career Services Center for a workshop about how to get the most out of LinkedIn. The workshop was hosted by Career Services for the special club meeting and aimed to teach members and attendees how to take advantage of the largest social career network in the world. The session encouraged the students to create a professional resume with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet. LinkedIn represents a valuable demographic for marketers with an affluent and influential membership with a new member joining approximately every second. More than 2 million companies have LinkedIn company pages and LinkedIn has more than 80 million members in more than 200 countries, including executives from all Fortune 500 companies.

Travel Industry Management Program and Student Club Events TIMSO: SKAL Scholarship Golf Tournament The Travel Industry Management Student Organization (TIMSO) participated in a community service event with the SKAL Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Prince Golf Club last fall. Club volunteers assisted the organization’s 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the registration tables and with the pitch and putt contest. As in years past, proceeds from the tournament help fund scholarships for students pursuing a travel industry degree. SKAL (which gets its name from the Scandinavian toast) is the only international organization that brings together all branches of the travel industry. Comprised of industry managers and executives, SKAL now has more than 25,000 members in more than 525 clubs spread throughout 80 countries. SKAL Hawai‘i has more than 100 members representing hotels, airlines, car rental companies, activities and other organizations.

Members of the HPU TIMSO toured the brand new Waikiki Edition Hotel. The tour was one of many events sponsored by the organization to help students in the TIM program gain insight into various career paths and network with industry professionals. Three members of Waikiki Edition’s top management, including General Manager Michael Rock, took the HPU students on a behind the scenes look at the hotel. The students got to see the new upscale Morimoto restaurant by “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto and the hotel’s “Private Sunset Beach” which features one of the property’s two exclusive pools, with its own bar and sand flown in from Maui. Other popular stops on the private tour included hotel guest rooms; meeting and event rooms; and even the 1,500-sq.-ft penthouse suite that features an additional 1,400-sq.-ft landscaped terrace that costs $9,995 per night. After the tour, Rock and other management personnel stuck around to answer questions and chat with the HPU students. All of the students on the tour were amazed that the top executives at a brand new hotel would take the time to give them an exclusive tour and answer all their questions. “They really care about helping us students and we appreciate them taking the time out of their busy schedules,” one student said. About Edition Hotels The Waikiki Edition is the first Marriott-owned “Edition” hotel to open in the world. The hotel is a project of Ian Schrager, who is well known for creating the famed New York City nightclub Studio 54. The Waikiki Edition hotel features Schrager’s first nightclub project since Studio 54 with the launch of (Crazybox.) The hotel will also have a deeply discounted kama‘aina rate for locals. Morimoto restaurant and the bars on property are open to the public. In addition, the private sunset beach is open to everyone after 6 p.m. and even features special outdoor movie showings on Thursday nights. This new boutique hotel brand is planning to open The Istanbul Edition and The Barcelona Edition among other locations. However, these won’t duplicate The Waikiki Edition. The Edition Hotels brand strives for a unique ambience. Each new hotel has its own distinct fragrance that fills the air at these properties and is also available for guest purchase. College

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Events SIFE Hosts Entrepreneurial Leadership Series

HPU SIFE members and SIFE advisor Ken Schoolland.

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Students in Free Enterprise and the College of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Center hosted the 2010-11 Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series. Marilyn and Jim Pappas made the series possible with their generous sponsorship. Their contribution enabled students and the local community to meet entrepreneurs and gain insights for developing entrepreneurial skills and mindset that are essential for success. Entrepreneurs who presented were Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel, James Kerr of SuperGeeks, and Cliff Slater of Maui Divers of Hawai‘i. “Preparing and Implementing a Business Model for Success.” Kelly King, vice president, Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. Kelly King, Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, Inc. was the first Pappas event speaker for the series. Kelly spoke about Pacific Biodiesel’s business model and how they built the first commercial biodiesel pump in America into the family of businesses they run today. The renewable energy company was cofounded with her husband Robert King in 1996. Well known as an industry pioneer, Pacific Biodiesel was created to alleviate the disposal of waste cooking oil at Maui’s landfill and became the first commercial biodiesel company in the U.S. As director of marketing, Kelly helped sell and/or develop 12 biodiesel plants built by Pacific Biodiesel in the U.S. and Japan. Since then, the company’s community-based biodiesel model has become a standard for the sustainable renewable fuel industry. Due to Kelly’s efforts, Pacific Biodiesel was named one of the Top Ten Global Renewable Energy Investment Scenarios by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s 2005 BlueSky Awards. In 2006, together with Daryl Hannah and Willie and Annie Nelson, Kelly co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that is developing a certification process for sustainable biodiesel practices. Kelly has also been active as a board member for numerous local nonprofits and most notably served as the Maui County elected member to the Hawai‘i State Board of Education from 1994-98. She currently serves as the biofuels expert on the board of the Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum. In 2010, Kelly was named a top ten finalist for the 2010 Pacific Business News Businesswoman of the Year Award. Pacific Biodiesel often demonstrates its leadership in advanc18

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ing the cause of biodiesel by participating in discussions within the global environmental community, educating the public about biodiesel, and pursuing the highest standards of corporate citizenship in the biodiesel industry. The Kings were recently featured in Pacific Business News’ Small Business Strategies article titled, “Defying the Odds by Finding Local Investors.” The article discussed how Pacific Biodiesel dealt with the small business issue of attracting investment capital and how it tied in to the company’s environmental and business philosophy. “Hawaii’s High Tech Entrepreneurs.” James Kerr, founder and owner of SuperGeeks On Dec. 1, 2010 James Kerr, founder and Chief Geek at SuperGeeks, spoke at the second Pappas event. Kerr earned a mechanical engineering degree from University of California, San Diego and has worked for Sony in Tokyo, Japan. His responsibilities at Sony included R&D planning, corporate strategy and new business development for digital still imaging. His passion for computers brought forth SuperGeeks. Kerr shared with the audience SuperGeeks’ business foundations and the importance of committed customer service and connecting with the community in the technology business. SuperGeeks was founded in Honolulu in 1998 with the purpose to be the superheroes, the ultimate IT department to help make everything work. In the early days, Kerr made a very conscious decision to focus on quality –– not price. He discovered that it was infinitely more rewarding to do excellent work and charge a fair price for it, rather than cut corners and try to be the cheapest. The company also benefited from its partnership with KHON2 News. Kerr geek appeared on an informal computer segment Wednesday mornings discussing common computerrelated problems and sharing new technology and ideas in a way that the average viewer could understand. The media exposure helped emphasize SuperGeek’s user-friendly approach and the value of technology for businesses. SuperGeeks has done well in what they do best – provide friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive service. In fact, SuperGeeks was voted “Best Emergency PC Repair” by Honolulu magazine.

The Pappas Entrepreneurial Leadership Series, held at the Pacific Club, were well-attended by HPU students, faculty and local community members.


Events “The Accidental Entrepreneur: Seizing the Opportunities that Cross One’s Path.” Cliff Slater, Maui Divers of Hawai‘i The final talk held on Feb. 16, 2011 featured Cliff Slater. Slater, chairman and founder of world renowned Maui Divers Jewelry, shared his life story as an entrepreneur who has seized opportunity and explored many fields. Maui Divers of Hawai‘i started in 1958 as an undersea touring company in Lahaina, Maui which was once a bustling whalers port. Experienced local guides escorted adventurous visitors on diving excursions to experience the astonishing beauty of the island’s exotic ocean environment. In 1962, the company ex-

panded operations and relocated to Honolulu. Over the decades since, Maui Divers Jewelry has grown to become the largest manufacturer of precious coral jewelry in the world, as well as the largest jewelry manufacturer in the state of Hawai‘i. Slater is currently an adjunct fellow at the Reason Foundation and continues to be a leader and advocate in the local business community. The Reason Foundation is a nonpartisan public policy research organization which promotes choice, competition, and a dynamic market economy as the foundation for human dignity and progress.

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Events MBA Club Hawai‘i Brings in Field Experts as Guest Speakers MBA Club Hawai‘i brought in two distinguished guest speakers to address their club members. Milton Kawasaki, the Vice President of Merrill Lynch was the first speaker invited. Kawasaki, who has been with Merrill Lynch since 1983, was selected as one of Hawaii’s Top Rated Advisors by Research Magazine. As a Wealth Management Advisor, he specializes in delivering institutional investment consulting services to Milton Kawasaki wealthy individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, he has taught more than 400 CPAs through continuing education seminars. Kawasaki’s professional designations include: Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), a Certified Financial Manager (CFM) and a Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMC). For the second guest, the MBA Club was delighted to host Hawaii’s top corporate trainer, Pam Chambers. As a personal trainer, Chambers shared her invaluable experience in promoting one’s personal brand. Chambers is known as Hawaii’s Presentation Coach and was named by Honolulu magazine as one of Hawai‘i’s 10 Most Admired Women. Since 1985, she has helped thousands of people become better communicators — whether they Pam Chambers speak to one person, to small groups, or to large audiences. Chambers is also an accomplished author having written “Speak for Yourself, Stand & Deliver, and Life is a Presentation. ‘Her latest book’, Public Speaking Made Easy,” made the bestseller list in Hawai‘i.

MBA Club Hawai‘i Consults for Local Event Organizations This year, MBA club members worked on two consulting projects. Along with organizing guest speakers, workshops, and other events, MBA Club Hawai‘i members have the opportunity to work with real-life case studies in the form of consulting projects with companies in Hawai‘i where students can add Consulting Project Managers to their resumes. The MBA Club consulted for the Louis Vuitton Hawai‘i International Film Danielle Scherman Festival (HIFF) and Social Wahines, a social and business network for Hawai‘i. MBA Club Hawai‘i, who consulted for the Louis Vuitton Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) in the previous 20

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year, was once again selected to be a part of HIFF 2010. HIFF organizers wanted to learn more about their customers and how to improve on the largest “East Meets West” film festival in the nation. The most prestigious festival in the Pacific, known for its dedication to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and North America through the medium of film, was established in 1981. MBA Club president Emre Tuncbilek headed a team of club members for the consulting project. MBA Club Hawai‘i helped HIFF gather and analyze qualitative feedback from visitor surveys. The consulting team then input the data into spreadsheets and performed an analysis of HIFF’s consumer base. After learning more about the customers who attend the film festival they were able to develop a strategic plan to help HIFF. The second project that MBA Club worked on was with Danielle Scherman, an event planner and president of Social Wahines. Scherman founded the social network specifically geared toward women interested in meeting new people, making new business contacts, and most of all, having fun. The MBA Club assisted Social Wahines with its marketing and business strategy plans. Originally from Kailua (Oahu), Scherman moved to New York City in 2003 where she founded and managed several businesses: Soiree Events (www.SoireeEventsUsa.com), Event Headquarters (www.EventHeadquarters.com) and Hamptons Undercover (www.HamptonsUndercover.com). After having been a member of many social networking groups in Manhattan, she felt Hawai‘i was lacking in that avenue and decided to make a change. In October 2006, Social Wahines, the social and business network for professional women living and working in Hawai‘i, was created. In addition to monthly networking events, Social Wahines offers an online resource including: member-generated message directory, online discussion boards, career board, a marketplace, discounts from community partners and members, and much more. To assist the MBA Club members to learn more about her business, Scherman came in as a guest speaker to one of the club’s meetings. Scherman also shared with the MBA candidates how networking is one of the most effective ways to build your career and covered best networking tips. She also invited members of the MBA Club to one of the “Business of Networking” events, which are co-hosted with Pacific Edge Magazine and held every other month for members and subscribers. MBA Club president Emre Tuncbilek, and the vice president Savannah Savati Paras attended the Social Wahines’ networking event which generally attracts 100-150 attendees. Scherman also offered the club a free one-year membership account for HPU on the Social Wahines site. MBA Club Hawai‘i at Hawai‘i Pacific University is a studentrun organization, providing students with the opportunity to acquire additional skills and know-how for a successful future career. The club organizes events on subjects of interest and strives to connect HPU graduate students with the local business community in Honolulu. Students pursuing their MBA degree and other students at Hawai‘i Pacific University with an interest


Events in business are encouraged to join MBA Club Hawai‘i to meet other students with similar interests, extend their network and expand their business knowledge and experience.

Team Building Workshop and Project Initiation Workshop

Project Management Club: Workshops, Workshops, Workshops The Project Management (PM) Club at HPU was busy this past academic year holding several workshops with industry professionals. Topics covered by guest speakers on project management included: Service Management (IBM), Team Building, 2011 CAPM/PMP Pre-Exam Review, Project Initiation, and Agile Project Management in Software Development. The purpose of these workshops falls in line with the PM Club’s mission: • First, to study and learn the many principles, techniques and methodologies of project management. • Second, to then become practitioners of project management principles, techniques and methodologies. • Third, to then promote and share the project management body of knowledge to absolutely everyone. To learn more about the Project Management Club, you can visit its website at www.pmclub.org or email info.pmclub@ gmail.com IBM Service Management Workshop To kick off the start of the fall semester, the Project Management Club and Computer Club at Hawai‘i Pacific University co-sponsored a free Service Management Workshop. Attendees included HPU students in the MSIS and CSCI programs, faculty, and staff. IBM representatives Donna Bolen and James Pierce and HPU facilitated the workshop and held a discussion examining how businesses can improve service and reduce costs through visibility, control, and automation. The seminar was designed to provide individuals with valuable information related to the field of Service Management and how to align an organization’s information technology (IT) services with its business needs. Bolen and Pierce covered several topics including: an overview of service management, an executive’s view of service management, and the importance of project management. Participants also learned about the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and how ITIL best practices can facilitate service management from ITIL Master Certified Bolen. The speakers also invited everyone to register and access their Service Management Resource Center, a no-charge resource center to best practices, white papers and collaborative materials; and encouraged students to try out their online IBM Service Management Stimulator. After the workshop, everyone gathered for refreshments at a networking event held at the College of Business Administration. The session gave attendees the opportunity to speak with Bolen and Pierce more about IT Service Management and for members of the two closely-related student clubs to network.

Glenn Hamamura, PMP, with PM Clubs workshop attendees.

The PM Club was fortunate to have Glenn Hamamura, PMP, principal of Systems Excellence LLC., speak at two separate events. Hamamura, who has been involved in project management in the IT industry for many years, presented a Team Building Workshop on the value and importance of teamwork in November. Another workshop on Project Initiation was held in February. Both workshops were open to HPU students, faculty and alumni. Team building is an important part of project management especially since most projects involve working with and leading others. Hamamura’s Team Building presentation covered three main topics. He went over how to build a high performance project team, how to manage meetings to make them more efficient and effective, and how to appreciate inquiry to improve team dynamics and get better results. The Project Initiation Workshop helped participants learn about preparing critical activities to establish the basis for project success. Hamamura discussed how having integral discussions within the project initiation process determined the initial understanding of the business need, the boundaries of the project, and the documentation of the project’s purpose. He stressed how these essential activities for project success should be planted at the very beginning of the project life cycle. The workshop also covered the project chartering process and stakeholder analysis.

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Program News Glenn Hamamura is the principal of Systems Excellence LLC, a Hawai‘i based consulting firm. Hamamura obtained his Master of Science degree from Stanford University and has extensive experience in the field of IT-related Project Management. He is a graduate of the IBM Systems Research Institute and a PMI Registered Educational Provider. Hamamura is also a Stanford Certified Project Manager, a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and an ASQ (American Society for Quality) Certified Manager of Organizational Excellence. 2011 CAPM/PMP Pre-Exam Workshop The Project Management Club at Hawai‘i Pacific University conducted Certified Associate in Project Management and Project Management Professional (CAPM/PMP) Pre-Exam Workshops from Feb. 11, 2011 to April 15, 2011. The CAPM/PMP Pre-Exam workshop were available to HPU students and staff ($50) and non-HPU Students ($100). The sessions aimed to provide individuals with an understanding of the internationally recognized Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) interpretation and application of its processes preferred by the Project Management Institute. Lecturing for the pre-exam workshops was Dr. Larry Rowland, PMP who has been teaching project management at HPU since 1998. Rowland is also the chair of the Financial Economics and Information Systems Department and the co-founder and College Relations Director of the PMI Honolulu Chapter and adviser to HPU’s Project Management Club. Agile Project Management in Software Development The Project Management Club at HPU hosted CEO of Ikayzo, Daniel Leuck, who gave a lecture on Agile Project Management in Software Development Project. The workshop provided valuable insight from Leuck’s unique perspective on overcoming physical boundaries in a technology-oriented world by managing globally distributed teams in a virtual environment. In the audience were Computer Science and Information Systems students, as well as others who were interested in managing and overseeing software development projects. Leuck provides web, mobile and desktop design and development services for customers ranging from the software giant Oracle, to multinational banks such as Bank of America and Nomura Securities, and even fashion designer Amanda Pearl. “The logistics that plague Hawaiian businesses aren’t at play on the web,” he said, as Ikayzo uses a business model where software can be developed in Hawai‘i and deployed into the cloud. He had previously served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Tokyo-based Value Commerce, Asia’s largest online marketing company, Global Head of Development for London-based LastMinute.com, Europe’s largest B2C website, and President of the U.S. division of DML. He has extensive experience managing teams of 200+ developers in five countries. He has also served on numerous advisory boards and panels for companies such as Macromedia and Sun Microsystems, among others. In 2009, Leuck was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Hawai‘i Venture Capital Association. 22

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Hawai‘i Pacific University Executive MBA Program Distinguished Speaker Series HPU’s spring 2011 Executive MBA Distinguished Speaker Series featured Melvin M. Horikami on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at Indigo. Horikami, owner and president of Optimum Business Consulting, LCC, spoke to an audience which consisted of the two current Executive MBA cohorts, HPU faculty and staff. Horikami’s discussion was an engaging and practical topic for the students and professors alike. Horikami’s talk on “Education at Work,” was relevant for many of the cohorts due to their current status as executives in their fields and returning to school through the Executive MBA program. Horikami’s presentation helped make sense of why they were enrolled in the program and how to make the most of the education experience. Horikami’s presentation also included how he built his career, and how he applied learning to his advantage. He built his management consulting practice upon his professional experience which included operations management, quality/process management, business analysis, customer relations, systems and technology implementation, project management, sales, billing and staff support. Horikami, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i West Oahu and an MBA from Texas Christian University, used the knowledge learned through education. Horikami explained how his education helped influence and develop some of his business concepts and practices, for example, involving people, processes and technological optimization. Afterwards a Q&A session was held and guests were available for networking. Distinguished Speaker and Guests Share Stories Melvin M. Horikami, was previously the VP of Commercial Services at Oceanic Time Warner Cable and a retired senior executive with 29 years of experience with Verizon Communications. While at Verizon Communications, he served as President of Verizon Hawai‘i, VP of provisioning & maintenance support, Executive Director of the FiOS program management, and Assistant Vice President of repair call centers and General Manager of customer operations. Also in attendance were Horikami’s colleagues, and guests who had an interest in attending Horikami’s talk and learning about his business model, Dennis Teranishi and Dr. Sheryl E. Nojima. Both guests were also available for networking with the EMBA cohorts after the discussions. Dennis Teranishi, president and CEO of Hawaiian Host, Inc. is also a highly regarded operations expert. Hawaiian Host was the original macadamia nut chocolates manufacturer. Teranishi was responsible for re-branding and marketing the product to ensure its survival among the now numerous competitors that sell similar products. Dr. Sheryl Nojima, president of the civil engineering firm Gray, Hong, Nojima and Associates Inc., is Horikami’s sister-inlaw. She recently developed a professional interest in his consulting work and attended the event. Dr. Nojima had previously served as assistant dean of the College of Engineering at the Uni-


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MBA Speaker Series Features Mark Little, Principal, Eight Inc.

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Dr. Warren Wee, interim dean; Dr. Bill Sodeman, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing (MM); Mel Horikami; and Dr. Brian Kulik, assistant professor of management.

About the Executive MBA Program Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Executive MBA Program provides an exceptional blend of innovative instruction and professional experience focused on contemporary, real-world business problems and issues. The primary goal of the program is for students to become effective managers and leaders in a global economy marked by uncertainty and change. As an Executive MBA candidate, you will explore a dynamic educational context that incorporates technology and modern systems. Classes are taught on our Downtown Campus, assuring a learning experience that is enriched by opportunities and relationships fostered by faculty, student colleagues, and the nearby business community. Because of its convenient location in downtown Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pacific University attracts prominent business and government leaders to speak at forums and lectures. The Executive MBA program will often invite special guests to share their expertise and insights with the class. Topics for the Distinguished Speaker Series will normally include innovation, government policy, leadership, and technology. Site visits to companies and government facilities may also be scheduled in conjunction with guest speakers. If interested in learning more about the Executive MBA program and the application process, EMBA Information Receptions will be held an Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Please visit us online http://www.hpu.edu/EMBA for more information and to register for an event.

The HPU MBA program hosted Mark Little, principal of Eight Inc. as the keynote speaker for the MBA Speaker Series. The event was held in conjunction with the MBA Club Hawai‘i for MBA students and alumni at the HPU’s Warmer Auditorium by the College of Business Administration. In his talk, Little discussed how leading brands find their competitive advantage through the practice of service design—bringing the value of design thinking to human engagement, and how it is vital to the

growth of any business. Architecture and design firm, Eight Inc. designs for some of the most successful and best loved brands in the world. The company works with global brand giants defining strategies, innovating and designing branded experiences that engage the consumer in relevant, dynamic and meaningful ways. Eight Inc.’s works cross traditional disciplines and include environments, products and communications. These consistently result in award-winning projects and long-term client relationships such as Apple, Nokia, Citibank and Virgin Atlantic Airways. eight Inc. has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, Honolulu, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore. Little joined the San Francisco office of Eight Inc. in 1997 as a senior designer. In 2006, he relocated to Eight Inc. Honolulu to act as principal. He has worked on projects that have included branding, products and environments for Citibank, Nokia, Apple and Coach, single-family and multi-family residential buildings and various exhibition designs. He is an active member of the Hawaii Developer’s Council, NAIOP, the Waikiki Improvement Association and the Urban Land Institute. Eight Inc.’s Hawaiian portfolio includes retail centers in Ko Olina and the Malama Learning Center in Kapolei, but they are best known in Honolulu for its work along Kalakaua Avenue that has contributed to the revitalization of Waikiki. Eight Inc. was presented a Grand Award by the Building Industry Association, Hawai‘i 2010 Awards for its work on 280 Beach Walk in Waikiki. The building won in the New Commercial projects over 15,001 square feet category. 280 Beach Walk has also officially received LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and is the first retail complex in Waikiki to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council under the Core and Shell rating system.

Professional Development for Master of Science in Information Systems Students On April 13, 2011, Hawai‘i Pacific University held a Professional Development workshop for Master of Science in Informa-

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Program News tion Systems (MSIS) Students. The event geared towards professional development included networking, job search strategies, alumni tips and insights. A guest panel included many alumni of HPU’s undergraduate and graduate programs who were looking for potential interns and future hires. The program was sponsored by HPU’s Career Services Center, the College of Business Administration, and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society. Recent Hawai‘i Pacific University MSIS graduates have been hired for positions in information systems by companies such as: Alu Like Inc., Bank of Hawai‘i, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Chase, City Bank, Federal Counter Narcotics Organization, Finance Factors Ltd., First Hawaiian Bank, Hawai‘i National Bank, Hawai‘i Army Reserves, Hawaiian Electric Co. Ltd., Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Hawaiian Telecom, Hewlett Packard, HMSA, Honeywell Industries, IBM Janus Funds, KPMG Peat Marwick, LA Cellular, MPSI Systems PTE Ltd., Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Motorola, Oceanic Cable, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Phase Metrics Pacific Pte, Ltd. Revacom, Samsung Electronics, State of Hawai‘i Department of Acounting, State of Hawai‘i Department of Taxation, Time Warner Inc., Uni Mic, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Verizon, Volt Computer, Westinghouse Hanford Corporation. Alumni/Guests Kerime Ataker (Executive MBA 2011, BSBACIS 2009) is currently the CRM and Customer Care/Tech Support Supervisor at Superb Internet Corp. (Web Hosting Provider - www.superb. net). With a 16-year history of excellence, Superb Internet offers web hosting and domain registration including dedicated and custom-built dedicated servers, scalable and full-rack collocation, and custom shared hosting solutions. In addition, Kerime has experience in the textile industry where she worked for Happy Fabrics Inc. (a family-owned business) as vendor manager. She also successfully created business plan for Happy Fabrics Inc.’s horizontal growth during her EMBA program. Shannon Covington (BSBACIS 2005, MSIS 2008) is currently an IT specialist at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF). PHNSY&IMF is a U.S. Navy government maintenance facility and is Hawaii’s largest industrial employer, with approximately 5,000 workers. Shannon has been with the agency for six years and provides services in web application development and program management of new technologies. Douglas Cox (BABA, 2010) is currently a technical recruiter with TEKsystems in Honolulu. Doug started working with TEKsystems in 2010 in Seattle, WA, and has since moved out to Hawai‘i to continue his endeavors with the company. Doug’s focus as a recruiter is to work and network with IT professionals within the local Hawai‘i market. Mieko Miyazaki (MSIS, 2010) is a programmer for HTH Corporation dba Pacific Beach Hotel. She has been managing and developing software development projects for the company 24

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for the past two years. She was originally employed as an IT coordinator through HPU Career Services Center in July 2008, and one year later, she was promoted as a programmer. Mieko emphasizes web programming using PHP, MySQL, JavaScript and Flash. However, she also works as a system engineer in order to help the director of IT for servers (Windows 2000, Windows 2003 and VmWare), desktops and workstations as well as network operations. Recently, she was given responsibility as a project manager to develop several web projects. Mark Anthony Racimo (MSIS, 2009) is employed by Dell Perot Systems as a network engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard Electronic Support Detachment Honolulu. He diagnoses system failure to isolate the source of problems between equipment, network, system software, and application programs. Additional duties include installing system upgrades upon receipt, setting up and using disaster recovery procedures, monitoring system performance and providing network development, administration, and support for TCP/IP local area networks. Karl “Kaleo” Taft (MS, MBA) is currently chief strategy officer and cofounder of Savingspoint. Savingspoint is a startup company focused on launching a social savings site (expected launch this year). Prior to Savingspoint, Kaleo was cofounder and chief technology officer of Hoku Corporation, a clean energy company focused on the solar and polysilicon markets. While at Hoku, Kaleo formulated the original fuel cell technologies that enabled the company to go public, transitioned Hoku’s technical direction from fuel cells to solar, and sourced and built the polysilicon production facility in Pocatello, ID that produced its first product in April 2010. Kaleo was also an adjunct professor at Portland State University. Darwin Uesato (BSME, 1987) is currently a supervisory IT specialist at PHNSY&IMF. He has been with the shipyard for 23 years, starting his career as a mechanical engineer working on U.S. Navy submarines and surface ships. In 1997, he was assigned to the shipyard IT department, with the past eight years managing the Business Solutions/Helpdesk branch, responsible for providing technical and non-technical solutions that increase the shipyard’s capability to keep U.S. Navy ships fit to fight. His direct area of responsibility also includes customer support for shipyard IT services. Jesse Whittemore (BSBA, 2003) is currently an account manager with TEKsystems in Honolulu, HI. TEKsystems is an IT staffing and services company, that specializes in applications, infrastructure, and telecommunications. Previously, Jesse worked at Roberts Hawai‘i Inc, as a product marketing and sales Manager for over six years. Rosemary Yap (MSIS 2001, BSCS 1992) is currently a chief IT architect at Kamehameha Schools, where the school is undertaking the huge challenge to update and revitalize all of its core technologies. This includes setting up IT Governance, establishing data governance and stewardship, ensuring IT Security and


Program News focusing on increasing process rigor while developing customer service. Rosemary has been involved in Information Technology for more than 20 years, of which many have been spent working closely with both USA and international organizations. Experiences have ranged from a wide area of technology systems that started initially from operations and technical roots that eventually graduated into consulting and management. Areas of expertise have involved multiple industries, including Agriculture, healthcare, multimedia/advertising, retail, manufacturing, food services, entertainment, and now education and commercial real estate. Rosemary’s diverse experiences includes working for Fortune 500 organizations like PepsiCo, Yum Brands, and Blockbuster. It is a part of that experience and educational basis from HPU that has her constantly looking for new ways to introduce innovation and standards that will improve and provide an overall greater value to the organizations she serves.

HPU MSIS Students Develop Software Program for Hawai‘i Department of Health

Dr. Cathrine Linnes and Master of Science in Information System students Arthur Louie, Anze Znidarsic, Randell Conely, Alan Abe,James Green, Priyanka Soni, Manali Gupta, Thomas Prest, Sachin Agrawal and David Tveraas had a unique opportunity to provide a software solution for the State Lab Division.

The Hawai‘i Department of Health, State Lab Division (SLD) conducts laboratory testing of various environmental samples that support public health programs statewide and provides valuable data on environmental health and communicable diseases. The State Laboratory Division also conducts research, and plays an important role in emergency response efforts to threats such as bioterrorism preparedness and monitoring air quality effects of volcanic activity. Dr. A. Christian Whelen, chief of Hawai‘i Department of Health State Labs, has been seeking assistance to improve the influenza reporting system for the State Laboratories Division,

and has in turn provided Hawai‘i Pacific University. The Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) was developed to allow the clients of the Hawai‘i State Laboratories Division to specify and extract only the data fields they require. In addition, LIMS was developed to provide added security by moving the login process from the web configuration file to the server and creating client specific views, which limit client access to only authorized client specific data. For the system administrator, LIMS was developed to provide a unique interface for managing the users of the system to include adding and modifying user profiles. The software delivered by Hawai‘i Pacific University MSIS students was written using Zend Framework with PHP5, which improves the ease of maintenance for the client. It’s a very systematic modular structure that allows easy updating if changes need to be made in the future. The PHP code is embedded in the HMTL source code and it contains many special features and functions needed to create dynamic web pages. It runs on almost every operating system. In Zend Framework, there is a focus on the most commonly used functionalities, which enables simplicity in PHP programming and lowering of the learning curve. In addition, Zend Framework has been characterized as having an extensible and well-tested code base, flexible architecture, and no requirement for file configuration. On the database side, the team chose to go with MS SQL, as the client is currently familiar with this tool. MS SQL is a proprietary relational database management system that offers Sybase-derived engine. This database is known for its stored procedures, scalability, transaction logs, and automatic backup. An important feature of MS SQL is the ability to correctly execute SQL statements and return the requested data. Other features important for the SLD influenza reporting system are the stored procedures and triggers needed to build secure and highly functional data environments. In MS SQL, the user access feature allows the database or system administrator to specify database and data table access levels and permissions. The university rented a test server through FDCservers.com to build and test the software. To communicate, the team used Flowr, an online collaboration tool for the new Enterprises. It allows for email integration, sharing information with the ability to create different team groups to share specific information. The company was so generous to give HPU a 1-year free premium subscription. The system will be used by 19 local hospitals and state and federal organizations in the Pacific including, American Samoa, Clinical Laboratories Hawai‘i, Commonwealth of Saipan, the Disease Investigation Branch, the Diagnostic Laboratory, Marshall Islands, Federal States of Micronesia (in Chuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap), Guam, Kaiser, Majuro, the Medical Examiner, Pacific Island Jurisdiction, Palau, the State Laboratories Division, Tripler, and others. HPU’s MSIS program would like to thank Dr. Whelen and everyone at the state lab for the great learning and practical opportunity they have provided our students and program.

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Program News CFA Institute Visits HPU

Michael K. Hirai (president of CFA Hawai‘i), Charles W. L. Deale, CAE and Raymond J. DeAngelo, representing the CFA Institute.

In February, a number of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute leaders were in town for the regional CFA Institute Society Leadership Conference hosted by CFA Hawai‘i. CFA officials who attended the conference included John Rogers, president/ CEO; Ray DeAngelo, managing director of Marketing & Communications, Chip Deale, VP of Society Relations, and members of the CFA Board of Governors. Hawai‘i Pacific University was honored to host Deale and DeAngelo who visited the downtown campus to speak to HPU business students. The CFA presentation attracted both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in finance, investments, and economics. Students learned from Deale and DeAngelo about the globally recognized professional association with 100,000 members in 134 countries, and 135 affiliated professional societies in 58 countries and territories. They were informed that the CFA Institute administers the Chartered Financial Analyst® curriculum and the CFA examination program worldwide as well as sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performancereporting standards for the investment industry. The presenters were asked many questions and gave insightful answers pertaining to how students could benefit from the program. While many of the students questioned how the program would fit their future goals and plans for a career in finance, accounting or other business-related fields and how it compared to a graduate program, one student in the audience indicated that she was already enrolled in the CFA program. President of CFA Hawai‘i, Michael K. Hirai, was also in attendance and was available to speak with the students and answer questions after the presentation. CFA and CPA certified Hirai, who currently serves as president and chief investment officer of Bishop Street Capital Management, Inc., was able to give the students more details about becoming a CFA and the association. He also extended an invitation to have interested students join in upcoming exclusive CFA events in Hawai‘i.

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Charles W. L. Deale, CAE. “Chip” Deale, head of Society Relations at CFA Institute, is an association executive with 34 years of senior-level nonprofit organization experience. Deale joined the staff of CFA Institute in July 1999, after having spent the first two decades of his career in the Washington, D.C. area. Prior to affiliating with CFA Institute, Deale served in various executive staff capacities for the national industry associations representing manufacturers of concrete masonry products; owner-operators of truck stops and travel plazas; independent chain retailers of petroleum products; wholesale-distributors of wine and distilled spirits; and owners of temporary staffing companies. Deale received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in August 1982 at age 28. In so doing, he became one of the youngest individuals to be bestowed with this recognition of professional excellence. He has since been recertified multiple times, and currently holds the designation until 2013. Raymond J. DeAngelo. Managing director and head of the Stakeholder Services, Marketing and Communications Division of CFA Institute. Ray has principal responsibility for managing relationships with the 135 affiliated Member Societies of CFA Institute worldwide. His duties include public relations, global advertising, communications (internal and external), marketing, creative services, corporate sales, industry relations and university relations, and for representing CFA Institute as a liaison for cooperative ventures with professional organizations around the globe. In 2004, Ray also fundamentally reshaped and relaunched the standard setting and policy arm of CFA Institute, with the aim to develop timely, practical solutions to global capital market issues.

HPU Attends Economics Lecture Hosted by Iolani HPU students, faculty, and friends attended a lecture by author Dr. Charles Wheelan at Iolani School on March 15, 2011. Dr. Wheelan, a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School at the University of Chicago, authored “Naked Economics,” a book used in the ECON 1000 course of the same name. The lecture recounted key topics from his book, as well as Dr. Wheelan’s recent unsuccessful run for a seat in Congress representing a district in Chicago. The HPU contingent was very active during the Q&A. Iolani School’s economics instructor Dick Rankin coordinated the event and encouraged more student and faculty involvement between HPU and Iolani. Dr. Wheelan teaches several courses on understanding the policy process for master’s students. He was voted the Professor of the Year for 2004-5 by the Harris School student body. The Chicago Tribune described “Naked Economics” as “clear, concise, informative, and witty.” It was selected by 360 Degrees of Reading as one of the 360 books that every college-bound student should read, and was also selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ.


Program News HPU Students Strategically Audit Local Companies

The students had just finished doing strategic audits of major global corporations in class, and wanted to try out their strategic audit skills on local, entrepreneurial companies. Consequently, the class was divided into three separate groups, each visiting and talking to the respective owner on site. The owners were subsequently invited to the classroom to hear students’ reports regarding their solutions. Written reports were also provided to the owners, with student contact information for follow-up on interesting ideas. Students focused mainly on solutions related to targeting and attracting local business from Honolulu businesspeople and HPU students.

MGMT 4001 students take notes during a presentation by Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry owner Patrick Breeden.

Near the end of the spring 2011 semester, an MGMT 4001 students in Business Policy, taught by Dr. Susan Fox-Wolfgramm, professor of management took advantage of opportunity to gain exposure and experience in working with downtown Honolulu businesses. The owners of two new businesses, within one block of the HPU Downtown Campus (Good To Grill Express, owned by Mr. Jason Kim, and Beachbum Café, owned by Mr. Dennis McQuiod, offered to “candidly” reveal their challenges in growing their businesses to students, in exchange for receiving students’ feedback on how to improve their businesses. Similarly, Mr. Patrick Breeden, owner of an existing downtown Honolulu business, Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry, also revealed his challenges in sustaining and growing his business to the management students.

Beach Bum Café, owned by Dennis McQuiod, recently opened on 1088 Bishop Street. It is a coffee house that uses a microbrew method to produce the finest quality of coffee.

It turned out to be a win-win situation, as students increased their business knowledge, and gained exposure to the special challenges associated with starting and sustaining local businesses. Furthermore local businesses became more familiar with HPU students and received “out-of-the-box” ideas on how to improve their competitive advantages in downtown Honolulu.

MGMT 4001 students at Good To Grill Express on Union Mall, co-founded by Jason Kim, who is also the co-owner of the original Good To Grill restaurant located in the Kapahulu Safeway complex.

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Faculty, students, and staff at HPU are frequently called upon by news media to serve as experts and to provide insight on current issues. The following is a list of print, broadcast, and online media featuring our HPU community. MauiNow.com Sept. 3, 2010 “Economic Recovery on Maui Underway, Marked by Tourism Rebound” Summary and video clip of Dr. Leroy Laney, professor of Finance and Economics and the 36th Annual First Hawaiian Bank Economic Outlook Forum, featuring Laney’s economic forecast for the island of Maui presentation, held at the Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului. MauiWeekly.com Sept. 9, 2010 “Economic Recovery is Underway” Article report on Dr. Leroy Laney’s economy presentation at the annual Maui County Business Outlook Forum. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sept. 22, 2010 “Pasha Gets Green Light” Article quoted Dr. Leroy Laney’s comments on the new entrant to Hawaii’s interisland shipping and its effect on the economy. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Sept. 23, 2010 “Recovery Seen For Kauai Tourism” Article on Dr. Leroy Laney’s research on the island of Kauai’s economic outlook. MauiNow.com Sept. 23, 2010 “Group seeks to pare down Mardi Gras of the Pacific” Article on Lahaina new community group’s efforts in the recent years to restore event permits for the historic town’s Halloween activities quoted Dr. Jerome Agrusa, professor of Travel Industry Management, on Halloween festivities’ effects on Lahaina’s businesses. Pacific Business News Sept. 23, 2010 “Laney Gives Kauai Reasons for Optimism” Article based on Dr. Leroy Laney’s research on the island of Kauai presented at the 36th annual First Hawaiian Bank Economic Outlook Forum at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort. HawaiiNewsNow Nov. 4, 2010 “There is, in fact, life after layoffs” Story on non traditional students includes interview with HPU adult student Lisa Ann Katagiri and quote from Scott Stensrud, vice president of Enrollment Management at HPU, on returning adults in higher education. 28

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KITV.com Nov. 4, 2010 “Economist: Hawaii Economy to Stabilize in 2011” Story on Dr. Leroy Laney’s forecast for the Hawaiian Islands based on his research. KITV.com Dec. 8, 2010 “Honolulu Marathon Officially Opens” Story and video clip on the Honolulu Marathon and Dr. Jerome Agrusa on tourist spending predicted to increase despite a slight drop in number of registrants. Pacific Edge Magazine Jan. 1, 2011 “Management as a Science” Article authored by Dr. U. Aytun Ozturk, associate professor of Management Science, on the HPU MBA program detailing why an MBA matters and the important role of management science in success. Pacific Business News Jan. 14, 2011 “Sporting Events Worth $224M to the State’s Visitor Industry” Article featured Dr. Jerome Agrusa’s study on the Honolulu Marathon and its economic contribution to the state along with other popular sporting events hosted on the islands. MidWeek Jan. 19, 2011 Cover story: “Taking the Helm at HPU” Article interviewed HPU President Chatt Wright and successor Dr. Geoffrey Bannister. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Jan. 28, 2011 “Military Projects Reboot Building” Article quoted a Dr. Leroy Laney discussion on the positive impact of the boost in the construction sectors to the economy. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Feb. 2, 2011 “Honolulu Marathon Spending at $106 Million, Up $6 Million from Last Year” Article featured the findings for Dr. Jerome Agrusa’s annual study on the Honolulu Marathon. Pacific Business News Feb. 11, 2011 “First Impressions Will Be Important as Hawaii Hosts Chinese Visitors” Article quoted Dr. Jerome Agrusa’s recent study of Chinese visitors to Hawaii and their tourism characteristics.


HPU New York Times Feb. 16, 2011 “Mainland Shivers, and Hawaii Basks in Tourism” Article quoted Dr. Jerome Agrusa on tourists’ outlook on the economy and their attitudes on traveling. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Feb. 25, 2011 “Geoffrey Bannister: Hawai‘i Pacific University’s new president will expand on Chatt Wright’s vision” Article interviewed Dr. Geoffrey Bannister. Pacific Business News Feb. 25, 2011 “HTA’s Marketing Contracts Won’t be Bid Before April 1” Article quoted Dr. Jerome Agrusa on the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the importance of promoting Hawaii. HawaiiNewsNow March 14, 2011 “Japanese ex-pats get, give help in Hawaii” Story covered HPU students’ relief fund for Japan organized by HPU’s Japanese Students Association and interviewed the RIO president, Songfee Choa. The reporter also interviewed Debbie Nakashima, HPU’s Executive Director of Student Academic Services, on the concern for Japan and the availability of counselors for students enrolled at HPU. Pacific Business News March 25, 2011 “New president thinks globally as he considers HPU’s future” Article interviewed incoming president Dr. Geoffrey Bannister and his plans for developing a shared vision for HPU.

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KGU 760 AM radio show “Asia in Review” April 2, 2011 “Japan in Crisis” Instructor of Management David Day hosted a live radio show on KGU 760 AM with live streaming at: http://www.moneyra dio760.biz/ that featured one of our MBA candidates as one of the experts and guest, Ms. Tomomi Matsukawa. The program took an in-depth look into the crisis that Japan faced and how those events had an impact on Hawaii and global business. Hawaii Business Magazine May 2011 “Hopes & Dreams” Article on the Hawaii Business MBA Student Forum which interviewed two of our 2011 graduating MBA students: Emre Tuncbilek, MBA Club president, and Anthia Chen, MBA Club marketing and PR director. Hawaii Business Magazine May 2011 “Talk Story with Geoffrey Bannister” Article interviewed Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, incoming president of HPU, who talked about his future growth plans for the private university. Pacific Business News May 6, 2011 Master Your Future: MBA Programs and Continuing Education Special feature on MBA programs at Hawai‘i Pacific University.

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Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, spoke on “Gandhian Peace: The Way to Non-Violence and Acceptance in a Turbulent World,” at HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

Jalee Fuselier, Miss Hawai‘i 2010, (center) with HPU students and Dr. Jerome Agrusa professor of ttavel industry management (far right) at a volunteer event.

The Japanese Association at Hawai‘i Pacific University held an emergency fundraiser on Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu March 14 - 18, 2011. The association raised more than $5,700 which was donated to the Japanese Red Cross for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Dr. Warren Wee and Dr. Leinaala Ahu Isa, with House of Representatives Speaker Calvin Say and Representative Corrine Ching, at the SisterCity Dinner with the tourist and industrial city of northeastern China, Qinhuangdao.

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HPU President Chatt Wright is covered in lei as he is congratulated by 2010/11 International Student Senator Yasemin Karabudak, Student Government Association President Saige Martin, and Dr. John Kearns, vice president of Academic Affairs, during a downtown pep rally honoring him for his long service to HPU.

Retiring HPU President Chatt Wright’s friends, family members, and HPU supporters attended a dinner in his honor at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in June. President Wright served nearly 40 years at HPU.

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Dr. Warren Wee, CBA Interim Dean; Naomi Hazelton-Giambrone (Pacific Edge Magazine co-founder and HPU alum), Ben Ancheta, ProService COO; Aubrey Hawk, ProService PR Consultant; and Jamie Giambrone (Pacific Edge Magazine co-founder) at the First Annual Pacific Edge Magazine Business Achievement Awards Gala on May 12 at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace. Photo: Jeannemarie Photography.

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s large and small co-ed cheer teams took first place in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) Championships in Daytona, Fla. on April 8. The HPU Large Co-Ed Cheer Team (pictured) won its ninth straight national title (20032011). The HPU Small Co-Ed Cheer Team won its fifth national title (2005-2008, 2011).

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