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Fall 2012, Issue 12

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U.S. Diplomat speaks at New Student Orientation

Patrick Branco
Patrick Branco (BA International Relations 2010) in front of the White House

At the New Student Orientation Candle Lighting Ceremony in August, former student government president and new U.S. Diplomat Patrick Branco (BA International Relations 2010) encouraged incoming freshmen to become involved and make the most of their college experience:

“As you begin your college careers, be brave, try new things, meet new people, and experience life…College is a time to discover your passions and develop a discerning palette. The only way to do that is not to be cautious but to be brave. My biggest recommendation to you is to intern, to volunteer, and to get involved.”

As alumni, you understand how Patrick’s engagement outside of the classroom is a fundamental part of the college experience. Alumni participation through HPU’s Annual Giving program sends a message of belief in the university’s mission.

Your gift further advances HPU’s academic culture and student experience today, providing students with the foundation needed to become the global leaders of tomorrow. Click here for more information or contact the Annual Giving Office.

Mahalo nui to everyone who has already participated!

Tulsi Gabbard joins House of Representatives

Tulsi Gabbard

Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard (BSBA International Business 2009) was one of the women chosen to speak in a special segment called “Woman of the House” on the first day of the Democratic Convention in September.

Read more about how Tulsi is the first Hindu member and one of the first female combat veterans of the United States Congress in an article published in the Asian Tribune.

Marshall Islands president visits HPU

Geoffrey Bannister and Marshall Islands President

President Bannister greets Republic of the Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak (BA 1979) during a visit to HPU September 21. Christopher was in Honolulu on his way to New York to take part in the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, where President Obama and Mitt Romney are both scheduled to speak. Read more
Student News

HPU student selected as one of the "Top 15 Social Media Personalities in Hawaii"

Thomas Obungen

Hawai‘i Pacific University student Thomas Obungen receives his award as one of the "Top 15 Social Media Personalities in Hawaii." Read more

Psychology Students Meet Philip Zimbardo at HPA Convention

HPA Convention with Philip Zimbardo

Internationally renowned psychologist, Philip Zimbardo was in town October 19-20 for speaking engagements at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, held at the Ko'olau Ballrooms & Convention Center across the street from the Hawai‘i Loa Campus.

Considered by many to be the most influential and famous living psychologist, Zimbardo is best known for the 1971 “Stanford Prison Experiment,” demonstrating how the power of an awful situation can cause otherwise healthy and normal people to perform in evil ways.

8th Annual ARDA Golf Tournament

8th Annual Golf Tournament

American Resort Development Association of Hawaii (ARDA) held its eight annual golf tournament on September 28th. The tournament raises money for the Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarship fund, which supports outstanding HPU Travel Industry Management (TIM) students.
On Campus

HPU scientists pioneer research on rare whale

Rare Whale Research

HPU scientists pioneer research on rare New research from Hawai‘i Pacific University on a rarely documented whale has central Pacific scientists on alert for a disease which may affect the mortality rate of dolphins and other marine mammal species. Read More

USS Missouri Overnight Encampment

USS Missouri

President Bannister and his wife, Jerri Ross, and about 80 HPU students, faculty, and friends took part in an encampment aboard the historic USS Missouri battleship.

On November 10 and 11, Association of Diplomacy & Military Studies organized an experience that included tours areas normally closed to the public, sleeping in the Enlisted quarters, eating in the Mess Hall, and tours around Ford Island to view the USS Utah and outlying memorials.

Check out additional pictures from recent HPU events like the USS Missouri overnight encampment on HPU’s main Facebook page.

HPU’s Sustainability Initiatives

HPU takes on energy challenge with Kukui Cup

Kukui Cup Energy Challenge

Residents at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Hawai‘i Loa Campus kicked off the inaugural HPU Kukui Cup challenge September 17. The energy and sustainability competition was developed in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Read more.
HPU GreenRide aims to increase carpools, lower emissions


Hawai‘i Pacific University is committed to creating a culture of sustainability, not only on campus but also in the state. As part of continuing efforts to use resources wisely and efficiently — among the principles guiding HPU’s sustainability initiatives — the university has rolled out the new HPU GreenRide program. Read more.

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