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Winners of Hogan / American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition Announced

April 24, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information, News & Press Releases, Notables

2014 First Place Hogan Entrepreneurs / American Savings Bank Non-profit Business Plan Competition Winner was Waimanalo Aquaponics Project, submitted by Ho'oulu Pacific. From left to right are Richard Wacker (CEO & president of American Savings Bank), David Walfish (Ho'oulu Pacific), Ed Hogan (Hogan Entrepreneurs), Ilima Ho-Lastimosa (Ho'oulu Pacific), Keith Sakuda (Ho'oulu Pacific) and Eric Martinson (Ho'oulu Pacific).

2014 First Place Hogan Entrepreneurs / American Savings Bank Non-profit Business Plan Competition Winner was Waimanalo Aquaponics Project, submitted by Ho’oulu Pacific. From left to right are Richard Wacker (CEO & president of American Savings Bank), David Walfish (Ho’oulu Pacific), Ed Hogan (Hogan Entrepreneurs), Ilima Ho-Lastimosa (Ho’oulu Pacific), Keith Sakuda (Ho’oulu Pacific) and Eric Martinson (Ho’oulu Pacific).

The organization Ho’oulu Pacific took first place honors for its Waimanalo Aquaponics Project today, April 23, in Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs/ American Savings Bank Non-profit Business Plan CompetitionThis was the sixth competition held at Chaminade University.  More than $30,000 in prizes was awarded to the winners of the competition.  The winners and their prizes were:
1st place – $12,000: Ho’oulu Pacific: Waimanalo Aquaponics Project;
2nd Place – $8,000: Big Island Substance Abuse Council: Food Truck Training Initiative;
3rd place – $4,000: Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island: Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM);
4th place – $2,000:Blue Planet Foundation: WEfficiency;
Finalists – $1,000 each:  The Food Basket, Inc.: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);  Imua Family Services: Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP);  Pacific Gateway Center: Culinary Business Incubator; PTSD Health & Research Center: Non-Resident Pilot

Chaminade’s Hogan Entrepreneurs also combined the event with its annual graduation and induction of students during the event at Mystical Rose Oratory.  This marks the 12th graduation for a unique program that encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as means to contribute to their communities.

Featured speakers included Richard Wacker, president & CEO of American Savings Bank, Ed Hogan, chair and CEO of The Hogan Family Foundation, and David Cohen, former president of Common Cause and renowned public interest lobbyist.  Cohen also received the program’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, and Ed Hogan recognize David Cohen (middle) with the Hogan Entrepreneurs program's highest award--the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, and Ed Hogan recognize David Cohen (middle) with the Hogan Entrepreneurs program’s highest award–the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Students who received this year’s Hogan Awards included:

1.       Outstanding Hogan EntrepreneurAlexandra Copney, senior majoring in          History/Political Science, from Honolulu;

 

Ed and son Glenn Hogan congratulate Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, Alexandra Copney, while John Webster and fellow Hogan Entrepreneurs cheer her on.

Ed and son Glenn Hogan congratulate Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, Alexandra Copney, while John Webster and fellow Hogan Entrepreneurs cheer her on.

 

2.Outstanding SeniorBernardo Equila III, Accounting, from Honolulu;
3.Outstanding JuniorsPeter Cheng, Accounting, from Honolulu, andRebekah Schlessman, International Business-Trade, from Portland, Oregon;
4.Outstanding Graduate StudentSpiros Yiannis Halkiopoulos, MBA-Finance, Athens, Greece;
5.Aloha Spirit Awards: Melyn Yamaguchi, Senior-Accounting, from Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia;Fabian Lewis, MBA, San Antonio, Texas; Jon Ilao, Junior-Business Administration, from Barrigada, Guam;and Kaelani Demapan, Junior-Psychology, from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

Congratulations to all of our Hogan Entrepreneurs program graduates and new inductees at Chaminade University.

Kumu Sean Craig escorts the Hogan Entrepreneurs forward into the future with an 'oli followed by Trey Roy, Alexandra Copney and Bernard Equila III.  Roy was also recognized for his three year commitment to the program and for his start-up Hawaiian soda line.

Kumu Sean Craig escorts the Hogan Entrepreneurs forward into the future with an ‘oli followed by Trey Roy, Alexandra Copney and Bernard Equila III. Roy was also recognized for his three year commitment to the program and for his start-up Hawaiian soda line.

Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students (not just business majors), Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

2014 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION AWARDS

Waimanalo Aquaponics Project- Ho’oulu Pacific–A lack of agricultural resources results in dependence on costly imported food.  Aquaponics is six times more productive than soil-based agriculture with the capability of growing many different types of vegetables, fruit and fish.  Aquaponics has not been scaled to industrial or large-commercial sizes due to complexities of maintaining a balanced ecosystem.  The alternative is multiple “backyard” aquaponics systems throughout the community, which are projected to result in a social benefit of more than $13 million within ten years of operation throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. 1st place – $12,000

Food Truck Training Initiative- Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC)– Employment is vitally important in substance abuse recovery and is the primary vehicle for reintegrating the client into the community as a productive and contributing member and as a result making him/her feel worthwhile and self-confident.  A market and training opportunity exists for a food truck in the East Hawai’i area.  This program will fill this opportunity, lower crime rates and bring dignity back to the lives of those who have lost it by offering gainful employment as a necessary step to getting back on track. 2nd Place – $8,000

Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM) – Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island–Few programs exist that engage youth in Hilo.  This lack of opportunity means youth have little room to grow or find constructive interests.  RYM wants that to change by getting young people interested in helping their community.  They will teach youth how to live off the land and have compassion for each other while getting work experience before they join the workforce.  RYM members grow food with a focus on organic and sustainable processes, develop leadership skills and collect and redistribute produce that would otherwise go to waste.  RYM will also help other parts of the community, including families with lower incomes not able to afford healthy and natural foods. 3rd place – $4,000

WEfficiency- Blue Planet Foundation–WEfficiency allows nonprofits to broadcast their energy efficiency needs (high efficiency lighting, AC retrofits and energy star office appliances) and secure zero-interest loans (ranging from $10s to $1000s) from an online crowd of supporters.  The loans are paid off using monthly energy savings.  This modern form of philanthropy will allow nonprofits to continue at less cost, the necessary and worthy work they provide for our communities.4th place – $2,000

Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP) – Imua Family Services–This program serves children age three to six living with developmental delays who fall into the gap in services offered by the State Department of Education.  It offers a curriculum based preschool program for up to 24 students, bringing 18-20 typical preschoolers together with 4-6 preschoolers who have special needs.  Inclusion programs like this improve social skills and learning in children with special needs while helping children without such needs to understand and appreciate individuals with disabilities.
Finalist – $1,000

Non-Resident Pilot Program- PTSD Health & Research Center–30% of veterans will develop serious mental health problems within 3-4 months of returning home and wait as long as 3 months for a 15 minute counseling session with a VA psychiatrist.  The PTSD Health & Research Center intends to improve both accessibility to care and quality of care for veterans by offering complementary alternative medicines in conjunction with traditional medical treatments. Finalist – $1,000

PGC Bottling- Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator–The objective of Pacific Gateway Center Bottling is to provide a local quality bottling service, complementing Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator operations, to meet the needs of new-start-up businesses or existing food manufactures (sauces, drinks and syrups) looking to increase the scale of their operations.  This program will decrease the numerous significant financial barriers that small scale food manufactures face due to the high cost of labor. Finalist – $1,000

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- The Food Basket, Inc.–The Island of Hawaii has a 24% adult obesity rate.  Residents have twice as much difficulty accessing healthy foods as the rest of the state because of distance and availability.  The Food Basket intends to use government funding (food stamps) in conjunction with its existing infrastructure to deliver a weekly supply of fresh, locally-grown produce below market value to easily-accessible sites near the consumer.  Finalist – $1,000 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kapono Ryan 
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Hogan Entrepreneurs/American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition Winners To Be Announced at Hogan Entrepreneurs Induction/Graduation Ceremony: April 23

April 21, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information, News & Press Releases, Notables

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs will announce the winners of its Hogan/American Savings Bank Non-Profit Business Plan Competition and celebrate the program’s 12th graduating class on Wednesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Mystical Rose Oratory, at Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816.

This is the sixth competition held at Chaminade University.  More than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners of the competition.  The prizes being offered are as follows:

  • First place – $12,000
  • Second place – $8,000
  • Third place – $4,000
  • Fourth place – $2,000
  • Remaining Finalists – $1,000

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs will also celebrate the graduation and induction of its students.  This marks the 12th graduation for a unique program that encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as means to contribute to their communities.  The program’s motto is “doing business things that make social sense: doing social things that make business sense.”

Featured speakers include Richard Wacker, president & CEO of American Savings Bank, Ed Hogan, chair and CEO of The Hogan Family Foundation, and David Cohen, former president of Common Cause and renowned public interest lobbyist.  David Cohen will also be present with the program’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chaminade University is opening its doors to the public for this free event.  Please contact Valery Baranets at jackeline.sanqui@chaminade.edu or (808) 440-4280 to RSVP as well as for event information.

Members of the media are welcome to attend.  Media may contact Kapono Ryan at kryan@chaminade.edu or (808) 735-4797 or cell 429-2972.

Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students (not just business majors), Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.

[A list of finalists in alphabetical order follows] 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      HONOLULU—April21, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Kapono Ryan
Kryan@chaminade.edu
Office (808) 735-4797

2014 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION FINALISTS (alphabetically listed)

Food Truck Training Initiative- Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC)–Employment is vitally important in substance abuse recovery and is the primary vehicle for reintegrating the client into the community as a productive and contributing member and as a result making him/her feel worthwhile and self-confident.  A market and training opportunity exists for a food truck in the East Hawai’i area.  This program will fill this opportunity, lower crime rates and bring dignity back to the lives of those who have lost it by offering gainful employment as a necessary step to getting back on track.

Inclusion Preschool (IFSIP)- Imua Family Services–This program serves children age three to six living with developmental delays who fall into the gap in services offered by the State Department of Education.  It offers a curriculum based preschool program for up to 24 students, bringing 18-20 typical preschoolers together with 4-6 preschoolers who have special needs.  Inclusion programs like this improve social skills and learning in children with special needs while helping children without such needs to understand and appreciate individuals with disabilities.   

Non-Resident Pilot Program- PTSD Health & Research Center–30% of veterans will develop serious mental health problems within 3-4 months of returning home and wait as long as 3 months for a 15 minute counseling session with a VA psychiatrist.  The PTSD Health & Research Center intends to improve both accessibility to care and quality of care for veterans by offering complementary alternative medicines in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.

PGC Bottling- Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator–The objective of Pacific Gateway Center Bottling is to provide a local quality bottling service, complementing Pacific Gateway Center’s Culinary Business Incubator operations, to meet the needs of new-start-up businesses or existing food manufactures (sauces, drinks and syrups) looking to increase the scale of their operations.  This program will decrease the numerous significant financial barriers that small scale food manufactures face due to the high cost of labor.

Revolutionary Youth Market (RYM)- Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island–Few programs exist that engage youth in Hilo.  This lack of opportunity means youth have little room to grow or find constructive interests.  RYM wants that to change by getting young people interested in helping their community.  They will teach youth how to live off the land and have compassion for each other while getting work experience before they join the workforce.  RYM members grow food with a focus on organic and sustainable processes, develop leadership skills and collect and redistribute produce that would otherwise go to waste.  RYM will also help other parts of the community, including families with lower incomes not able to afford healthy and natural foods.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)- The Food Basket, Inc.–The Island of Hawaii has a 24% adult obesity rate.  Residents have twice as much difficulty accessing healthy foods as the rest of the state because of distance and availability.  The Food Basket intends to use government funding (food stamps) in conjunction with its existing infrastructure to deliver a weekly supply of fresh, locally-grown produce below market value to easily-accessible sites near the consumer.

Waimanalo Aquaponics Project- Ho’oulu Pacific–A lack of agricultural resources results in dependence on costly imported food.  Aquaponics is six times more productive than soil-based agriculture with the capability of growing many different types of vegetables, fruit and fish.  Aquaponics has not been scaled to industrial or large-commercial sizes due to complexities of maintaining a balanced ecosystem.  The alternative is multiple “backyard” aquaponics systems throughout the community, which are projected to result in a social benefit of more than $13 million within ten years of operation throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

WEfficiency- Blue Planet Foundation–WEfficiency allows nonprofits to broadcast their energy efficiency needs (high efficiency lighting, AC retrofits and energy star office appliances) and secure zero-interest loans (ranging from $10s to $1000s) from an online crowd of supporters.  The loans are paid off using monthly energy savings.  This modern form of philanthropy will allow nonprofits to continue at less cost, the necessary and worthy work they provide for our communities.

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Chaminade’s Hogan Entrepreneurs Will Honor Former President Of Common Cause With Lifetime Achievement Award At Its Graduation/Induction Ceremony April 23

April 21, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information, News & Press Releases, Notables

David Cohen, former president of Common Cause, co-founder of The Advocacy Institute and considered by many as the preeminent voice of public advocacy, will be the keynote speaker at Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs graduation and induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Mystical Rose Oratory, at Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816. The Hogan Entrepreneurs program will recognize Cohen with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Since the early 1960s, Cohen has fought for (and against) trade unionism, civil rights, campaign reform, Vietnam, and the wars against poverty and hunger.  Today he is a consultant to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the senior congressional fellow for the Council for a Livable World and a senior adviser at Encore.org, which helps boomers find socially useful second careers.

In addition, the winners of the Hogan/American Savings Bank Non-Profit Business Plan Competition will be announced.  More than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners of the competition.

The event is free and open to the public.  Please contact Valery Baranets at jackeline.sanqui@chaminade.edu or (808) 440-4280 to RSVP and for event information.

Members of the media are welcome to attend.  Media may contact Kapono Ryan at kryan@chaminade.edu or (808) 735-4797 or cell 429-2972.

Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students (not just business majors), Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.  ###

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      HONOLULU—April21, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Kapono Ryan
Kryan@chaminade.edu
Office (808) 735-4797

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Chaminade Ceramics Students & Instructor Hold Semester Sale of Work

April 16, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information

Spring Sale

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Environmental and Interior Design Program 2014 Senior Portfolio Exhibit — 5/9

April 15, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information, Notables

Please come to Environmental and Interior Design (E+I D) program's senior portfolio exhibit Friday, May 9. Click on the flyer for details.

Please come to Environmental and Interior Design (E+I D) program’s senior portfolio exhibit Friday, May 9. Click on the flyer for details.

To RSVP, contact Anja at anja.mitobe@chaminade.edu

Or call 808-739-4680

 

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Chaminade Celebrates $100,000 Gift for Athletics Facilities – New Coaches’ Conference Room to be Named for Schantz `Ohana–

April 15, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases, Notables

(From left to right) Sara Platte, Wes Balam Aviles-Schantz, Lucia Aviles-Schantz, Eric Schantz, Chaminade President Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Merriam Schantz, Melvin Schantz Sr., Melvin Schantz Jr., Chaminade Board Chair Kitty Wo.

(From left to right) Sara Platte, Wes Balam Aviles-Schantz,Lucia Aviles-Schantz, Eric Schantz, Chaminade President Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Merriam Schantz, Melvin Schantz Sr., Melvin Schantz Jr., Chaminade Board Chair Kitty Wo.

HONOLULU, HI (January 16, 2014) — Chaminade University announces a $100,000 gift that will be used towards a new Coaches’ Office Complex as part of the University’s forthcoming development of comprehensive Intercollegiate Athletics Facilities. Mrs. Sara Platte, and her brothers, Mr. Melvin Schantz Jr. and Mr. Eric Schantz, made the gift in honor of their parents who are longtime supporters of the University. Construction on the complex that will house the Melvin and Merriam Schantz Coaches’ Conference and Recruitment Room is expected to start later this year.

 “Our family has been a part of the Chaminade ‘ohana for many years and our parents are strong advocates of Chaminade’s dedication to supporting student athletes,” said Platte. “We felt this was a perfect opportunity to support Silversword athletics while also honoring our parents who served as our ‘life coaches.’ We learned many life lessons through the sports we played and know first-hand that good coaches can have a huge impact on a young person’s life!”

The collective gift is among the largest received so far for the athletics facilities. The overall project will include a 2,400 square foot coaches’ offices complex and a 3,450 square foot training center. The new amenities will help provide a richer campus life for student athletes, coaches and staff who are currently confined to meager facilities located in separate areas throughout the Kalaepohaku property.

Chaminade University President Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, SM, Ph.D., said, “We are so grateful to the Schantz and Platte families for their continued partnership and support over the years. This gift in particular will help bolster our Silversword pride, increase visibility for Chaminade athletics, and set a positive example of philanthropy among our leadership and community.”

An original member of the PacWest Conference and founders of the annual Maui Invitational Tournament, Chaminade serves as home to 10 men’s and women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Teams, with one in ten students participating in Silversword athletics.  

Educating students for life, service and successful careers since 1955, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. For more information, visit www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

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First Quarter Grants to Chaminade Top $360,000

April 15, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation recently awarded Chaminade University  $75,000 to help build its new athletics support facilities.  Pictured in the photo (left to right): Alvin K. T. Goo (FHB Vice President & Branch Manager, Hawaii Kai Branch), Victor Corpuz (FHB Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, Kaimuki Branch), Bro. Bernard Ploeger (CUH President), Aulani Kaanoi (CUH Vice President, Finance and Facilities), Gregory Sitar (FHB Senior Vice President & Area Manager, Kahala Branch

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation recently awarded Chaminade University $75,000 to help build its new athletics support facilities.
Pictured in the photo (left to right): Alvin K. T. Goo (FHB Vice President & Branch Manager, Hawaii Kai Branch), Victor Corpuz (FHB Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, Kaimuki Branch), Bro. Bernard Ploeger (CUH President), Aulani Kaanoi (CUH Vice President, Finance and Facilities), Gregory Sitar (FHB Senior Vice President & Area Manager, Kahala Branch

HONOLULU—April 14, 2014—Chaminade University received grants totaling more than $364,000 in the first three months of 2014. Awards ranged from several thousand dollars for student scholarships to $150,000 for campus renovations, and include the following:

  • An anonymous California-based foundation awarded $150,000 for renovations to create new nursing classrooms.
  • First Hawaiian Bank Foundation awarded $75,000 to build new athletics support facilities.
  • HMSA Foundation awarded $75,000 for a biomedical pipeline partnership project between Chaminade and JABSOM.
  • American Savings Bank (through Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation) awarded $30,000 to support the 2014 Hogan Entrepreneurs/American Savings Bank Non-Profit Business Plan Competition.
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs awarded $30,000 for Native Hawaiian nursing scholarships.
  • The Vincent & Katherine Neal Memorial Fund administered by Hawaii Community Foundation awarded $4,286 for scholarships for education majors.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.

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Chemistry Professor Receives 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award — Joel Kawakami, PhD Known to Spark Student Passion in Cancer Research

April 11, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information, News & Press Releases, Notables

 

Helen Whippy, provost, Joel Kawakami, Chemistry professor & 2014 Outstanding Mentor, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Chaminade president, seen with portrait with Sue Wesselkamper, former Chaminade president.

Helen Whippy, provost, Joel Kawakami, Chemistry professor & 2014 Outstanding Mentor, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, Chaminade president, seen with portrait with Sue Wesselkamper, former Chaminade president.

Chaminade University honored Chemistry professor, Joel Kawakami, with its 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award at Na Liko today.  Kawakami, who has a PhD in Organic Synthetic Chemistry, was nominated by students for the award.  In order for nominated faculty members to be considered, they must display:

• A history of undergraduate student project mentoring that surpasses normal expectations;

• An ongoing commitment to providing students with research and/or creative experiences that go above and beyond the classroom experience;

• The promotion of the value of active student involvement in research or the creative process;

• Support of faculty-student and/or faculty-student-community collaborations;

•A contribution to the professional development of students.

In nominating Kawakami, Kenneth Huang, a senior majoring in Biology, wrote:
“Dr. Kawakami is a professional of the highest caliber who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry prior to his professorship at Chaminade University. His real world experiences and insights have been invaluable to his students’ professional development. His sense of humor is uplifting at the most unexpected of circumstances. His down-to-earth attitude allows for easy discussions on complicated to simple topics on class material or current events. He has been my mentor on numerous occasions outside of research, such as providing advice on how ‘best to train’ for the Honolulu Marathon.” Huang added that he considered Professor Kawakami responsible for sparking his passion in cancer biology and cancer research.

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, said, “At this Na Liko Na’auao event, you will see amazing displays of student work, none of which would be possible without the support and guidance of faculty members who act as mentors to our students. We are privileged to be able to honor the commitment to excellence and the ability to inspire our students in our faculty that can be readily seen in Dr. Kawakami.”

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Sue Wesselkamper Prize Winner Announced at Na Liko Ceremony–Kanya Gagarin Recognized

April 11, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, News & Press Releases, Notables

Kanya Gagarin awarded the 2014 Sue Wesselkamper Prize, endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark.

Kanya Gagarin awarded the 2014 Sue Wesselkamper Prize, endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark.

Chaminade University announced that this year’s Sue Wesselkamper Prize, endowed by Henry and Charlotte Clark, has been awarded to Kanya Gagarin, a third-year student at Chaminade’s School of Nursing. Nominated by her professor, Edna Magpantay-Monroe, Gagarin hopes to become a medical/surgical Registered Nurse. After gaining experience as an RN, she plans to achieve a master’s degree to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

A member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, Gagarin will soon be inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.  She has demonstrated leadership as an active member in Chaminade’s Student Nurses Association, serving this school year as its secretary and president-elect. Gagarin comes from a Filipino immigrant family who has always motivated her to achieve academic success. Her family emphasizes diligence, determination, and compassion to others. Particularly interested in promoting health and good nutrition for the people of Hawaii, Gagarin is very active in community service. She participated in the annual Pu’ukohola Heiau cultural event last summer and helped run its health fair educating Native Hawaiians about their health disparities and lifestyle changes. She also participated in organizations such as Give It Fresh Today, where she helps gather fresh produce for homeless shelters and educates others about the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Aside from extracurricular activities, she finds great interest attending professional and educational in-services, especially those that affect the health of Hawaii’s people.

Gagarin could not be at the Na Liko ceremony today because she is in Nashville, Tennessee, representing the Chaminade School of Nursing at the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention.

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Holy Week Schedule at Chaminade

April 10, 2014 · No Comments · Campus News, Event Information

For an easier read, click on flyer for larger resolution.

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