Suse Sampaio Simoes Fulfills Dreams, Finds Adventure at Chaminade

The beauty of traveling is in understanding that no matter what you do, something amazing will happen, and no matter where you go, you will end up somewhere unforgettable. – Suse Sampaio Simões

Suse Simões, a Communication major from Brazil, is a self-described “dream chaser.” At Chaminade, Suse has been  involved in the Spanish Club, Zumba, social media, and service-learning but is especially addicted to travel. She has been able to fulfill her dream of studying while traveling through Semester at Sea, and will pursue a career as a diplomat. Suse’s adventure blog is: SuseTraveler/Wordpress.com

An interview with Suse:

You describe yourself as a “dream chaser.” What dreams have you  fulfilled since you have attended Chaminade?

Getting a degree from Chaminade has fulfilled several dreams. Just coming to Hawaii was a dream. [As I was growing up] it didn’t seem possible, financially and emotionally, to move to a distant place, where I would most likely struggle far from family and friends. But Hawaii seemed to be such a magical place that for me it was worth it. Today, I call paradise my home.

Attending Chaminade University was also another dream come true. I found the opportunity to grow academically and professionally, pursuing a degree that had seemed out of my reach. Now, I will be the first person in my family to graduate from an American institution.

I always knew traveling was one of my greatest passions, but I never knew how to make it happen. Semester at Sea, the study abroad program that takes students around the world on a ship, had at first seemed financially out of my league. Nevertheless, with scholarships and the support of my family and Chaminade faculty, it became a reality.

Now, I am leaving Chaminade with not just simply new dreams, but also with the passion and faith that I can accomplish them.

What was the most inspirational or meaningful event or moment that has happened to you on your travels?

The beauty of traveling is in understanding that no matter what you do, something amazing will happen, and no matter where you go, you will end up somewhere unforgettable.

I traveled to Morocco to volunteer last winter break by myself. People thought I was crazy — really, crazy. I went anyway, and volunteered at a humble day care for a whole month. When I got there, I thought I would meet some amazing little kids and that I was going to learn so much about them. I did; but it was so much more than that. I never expected to get so close to the children’s teacher, who invited me to her home to meet her family. The moment when I was sitting at the table with all of them, sharing a huge plate of Moroccan food, surrounded by Moroccans that cared so much about me, and did not care about our differences, reminded me that there are so many good people in the world just willing to help without anything in return. It touched me to do the same.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or thought?
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it,” by Hardy D. Jackson. All of us, at some point in life, feel unhappy about something we are doing, making our lives and those next to us miserable. Life is meant for us to do things that we love and are passionate about. The more passion we have for our life, the more beautiful it will be, in our eyes and others’. Being true to ourselves, and respecting others the way they are, makes the world more pleasant. It does not hurt to inspire others and motivate those that have lost their passion along the way.

What’s next? If you could go anywhere, in any role, where would you go, what would you do?
My plans are to go back home and pursue a career in diplomacy, where I hope to keep traveling the world for the benefit of my country and others. However, there are many places I would still like to visit and discover. If I could go anywhere right now, it would be Cuba. I love history, which makes Cuba a winner, since it seems to have been “stopped” in time. I am also a dancer, and the Salsa Cubana is my favorite music style. Despite the struggles, Cuba still manages to be alive in such a beautiful way. I will make it there someday.

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Sam Galloway Recognized as Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur & Student Athlete

Everyone is motivated by personal reasons that the leader cannot control, but by giving everyone a platform to achieve the results THEY want – that is how leaders operate. - Sam Galloway Junior Samuel Galloway, a Business Administration major from Copley, … Continue reading

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Chaminade Business Team Places First in National IACBE Case Study Competition

Photo: Accounting majors Justin Tuiasosopo, Tami Konishi, Caitlyn Miyamoto, Bernardo Equila, Querida Dydasco, Rachael Rickard, Ayessa Ardiente, Rhys Murphy

A team from Chaminade University placed first in the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education – Student Case Study Competition in Orlando Florida in April. Vying against teams from all over the nation, the students were coached by Professors Richard Kido and Wayne Tanna and advised by Professor Carolyn Kuriyama.

Both graduate and undergraduate business students were eligible to compete. The Chaminade contingent was comprised of two teams of accounting majors. The first place team included graduate student Justin Tuiasosopo, senior Ayessa Ardiente, senior Rachael Rickard, and senior Tami Konishi. Also competing was a team including senior Querida Dydasco, junior Bernardo Equila, junior Caitlyn Miyamoto, and junior Rhys Murphy.

Chaminade’s business curriculum emphasizes ethics, so this year’s competition topic, business ethics, was a good fit for the Chaminade teams.

“We liked the topic for this year’s competition. We had the opportunity to take what we’ve learned and actually apply it to a scenario. One of the issues was regarding cultural preservation versus business progress,” said Ardiente. “We had to create an entire case study relating to ethics and ethics theories in order to present the best possible recommendation when facing an ethical situation.”

What was her favorite part of the experience?

“I would have to say that the highlight of the experience was when Chaminade’s name was called to be one of the three teams in the final round, and then announced as the first place winner. It was an amazing feeling,” says Ardiente.

The students and advisors spent long hours preparing. Dydasco remarked, “We spent all semester preparing, more than 60 hours, and at one point, we spent 12 hours in a room. Our advisors were great. They put in a lot of time helping us.”

Accounting professor Kido said, “I’m very proud of our students! They worked really hard on this project and they deserved to win. We were also very proud of the way our students carried themselves both in the competition and throughout their entire stay in Orlando. They were extremely professional yet were considered to be the friendliest group.”

First place team and advisors: Professor Richard Kido, Rachael Rickard, Tami Konishi, Ayessa Ardiente, Justin Tuiasosopo, and Professor Wayne Tanna

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Devan Rostorfer is the Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur of the Year

 

I’ve changed from being a curious young woman to maturing into an individual driven with a passion to make a difference in this world. Devan Rostorfer

Senior Devan Rostorfer, a Biology major, was awarded the “Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur of the Year” award for 2013. Devan’s experiences in the Hogan program helped her define a passionate direction for her life.

The Hogan Entrepreneurs program is a certificate program in very practical business studies. Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors), the program recognizes 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. The Hogan motto is Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense.”

This spring, Devan will graduate with a  degree in Biology and will receive an entrepreneurial studies certificate from the Hogan Program. At Chaminade, she has worked in the lab of Dr. Helen Turner, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, studying immunology, and also conducted pharmaceutical research with Dr. Joel Kawakami, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Devan has been involved in numerous service projects.

Devan says the Immersion Program in India with the Hogan Program was a life changing experience. In all, she was in India over two months, spending her first five weeks working with the poor and another two weeks experiencing the various cultural and historical sites. The two-week Hogan Program followed afterward and saw her delve into the business side of India and look into how the country was coming along economically.

Devan in India

Devan in India

 

“Traveling to India had a huge impact on my studies, direction, and perspective,” she noted. “I know now I want to do something in water sanitation, waste management, and food security, which are desperate areas of need for parts of India and other developing countries.”

Devan’s immediate plan after graduation is to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has been accepted into a master’s program to study Environmental Planning and Policy, with a unique emphasis on resource management, industrial ecology, water sanitation and urban development.

Her dream is to create an environmentally-sound community development plan, which can be tailored and used in countries everywhere, starting with India. The essence of this plan would be to use local residents to clean up their own communities, which she feels would generate jobs, improve public health, and enhance social development and education.

Lofty goals for sure, but Rostorfer believes her Hogan Program studies have begun to prepare her for success. “I’ve changed from being a curious young woman to maturing into an individual driven with a passion to make a difference in this world,” she said. “The Hogan Program allowed me to blossom and grow, changing my life and making me a better person.”

Devan and classmates at Chaminade clubfest

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8 Student-Entrepreneurs Receive Awards at Hogan Program Ceremonies

 

Left to right: MKruse, Devan Rostorfer, Dominique Bocanegra, Lianne McComie, Claudia Chan, Manceras, Cassin Muramoto, Sam Galloway

Thirty-three student-entrepreneurs graduated today from Chaminade University’s prestigious Hogan Entrepreneurs program. Eight outstanding students received awards in ceremonies held at the Mystical Rose Oratory.

The eight Chaminade student-entrepreneurs receiving 2013 Hogan Student Awards included: Outstanding Hogan Entrepreneur – Devan Rostorfer from Eaton Rapids, Michigan (majoring Biology); Outstanding Senior – Matilda Kruse from Leone, American Samoa (majoring International Trade); Outstanding Junior Co-Awardees Cassin Muramoto from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (majoring Business Administration) and Samuel Galloway from Copley, Ohio (majoring Business Administration); Community Service -Dominique Bocanegra from San Francisco, California (majoring Criminal Justice); and three Aloha Awards given to Liana McComie from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (majoring Forensic Science), Kristeme Manceras from Honolulu (majoring International Trade) and Claudia Chan from Hong Kong (majoring Communication-Marketing).

Bill Spencer, president of Hawaii Venture Capital Association and co-founder and CEO of Hawaii Oceanic Technology, Inc, was also honored by the program with its Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement Award. This is only the third time that this prestigious award has been given out in 12 years. The event held in the Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University was also  an opportunity to welcome 23 new Hogan inductees. Dr. Hank Wuh, CEO of Skai Ventures, was keynote speaker.

Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade, with new skills, extensive connections, and the mind set to start new things wherever their careers may lead them. Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors), the Hogan Entrepreneurs program recognizes 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. The unique entrepreneurial program encourages students to use their entrepreneurial passion and academic achievements as a means to contribute to their communities and has been in existence for 12 years, thanks to the generous support of the Hogan Family Foundation. The entrepreneurial spirit cultivated in the program is captured in its motto of “Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense.”

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Sophina Taitano Receives Academic Prize, Accepted to Doctoral Program in Immunology

Senior Sophina Taitano, a Forensic Sciences Major with minors in Chemistry and Biology, was recently awarded Chaminade’s highest academic honor, the President Sue Wesselkamper Prize. She was one of two recipients in 2013.

Sophina will graduate Magna Cum Laude this May. A native Chamoritta from Guam, Sophina has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan and will study immunology.

In 2011 she was accepted into the Endocrine Society’s Minority Access Program. This gave her the opportunity to complete two summers of research at mainland universities. Sophina gives a short description of the her areas of research in this clip:

Sophina has worked with mentors on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus researching cancer cell biology, and the University of California, San Diego researching hormones & the pituitary gland. Sophina has presented her work from both summers at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in 2011 and 2012.  She received the Presentation Award in the Cancer Biology category for an exemplary poster presentation at the 2011 conference.  She has also presented at the Endocrine Society’s meeting in 2012 and will present her latest research work there this June.

Sophina and other students in the life sciences receive assistance with research internships from professor Jolene Cogbill, Coordinator, Academic Enrichment and Outreach Programs in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

After completing her Ph.D., Sophina plans to eventually return to Guam to enrich the science programs at the University of Guam to give the students greater opportunities for expanding their horizons.

Sophina is the daughter of Elizabeth Horne and Joseph Taitano and the youngest of six siblings.

The Sue Wesselkamper prize is made possible by the generous support of Henry and Charlotte Clark and is given annually to recognize and encourage student scholarship and build the tradition of the annual Na Liko Na’auao student scholarship day.

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Brian Walsh Receives Academic Prize, Recognition for Research in Criminal Justice

Junior Brian Walsh, a Criminal Justice and Criminology Major, was recently awarded Chaminade’s highest academic honor, the President Sue Wesselkamper Prize, one of two recipients in 2013.

Last summer, Brian participated in a ten-week internship with mentors at Harvard University. His research involved reviewing the effectiveness of educational programs in state prisons. The project was presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in Hartford, Connecticut and was well received by fellow scholars.

This spring he will present the results of his research in a poster displayed in Washington, D.C. at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” event. Presenters are selected in a nationwide competition.

Brian presented his research at the Na Liko student scholarship showcase at Chaminade recently. This short clip from his presentation gives an idea of his study:

This semester, Brian has been active as a teaching assistant for Professor Christopher McNally (International Studies) and as an intern at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Advocacy Division. He is involved in the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society where he holds the position of treasurer. During days off from school, Brian enjoys volunteering in the outreach ministry at his local church parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, Hawaii.

This summer, he will again take part in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, this time at Yale University.
His mentor at Chaminade, Professor Janet Davidson (Criminal Justice and Criminology), was instrumental in assisting Brian to apply to the Summer Research Early Identification Program which led to his acceptance to summer internships at Harvard and Yale. Brian recommends fellow students ask their faculty about internship ideas. “Go talk to them! They are connected,” says Brian.

Brian is the son of John and Theresa Walsh and the oldest of three siblings.

The Sue Wesselkamper prize is made possible by the generous support of Henry and Charlotte Clark and is given annually to recognize and encourage student scholarship and build the tradition of the annual Na Liko Na’auao student scholarship day.

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Co-Curricular Awards Recognize Outstanding Students, Faculty, Campus Organizations

 

Twenty students, two faculty members, and three student organizations honored at Chaminade’s 2013 Co-Curricular Award event

Chaminade University celebrated student leadership and involvement, as well as individual and organizational accomplishments, during its annual 2013 Co-curricular Awards Recognition Dinner on April 17,2013. Twenty students, two faculty members, and three student organizations were honored as recipients of co-curricular awards that night at the event, which was held in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center.

Learning, leadership and service are core parts of Chaminade University, a Catholic and Marianist institution. Chaminade offers a diversity of opportunities that will furthers holistic development. By seeking out leadership experiences, student gain valuable knowledge and skills that will prepare them for post-college life and professional careers. Moreover, students make a positive impact and provide beneficial contributions to Chaminade University and the greater community. The co-curricular awards highlight accomplishments with these leadership and service focuses.

Awards:

Yun Gervin Academic Achievement Program Award of Excellence
Alexandra Davis Academic Achievement Program Tutor of the Year
Dominique Cooks Silversword Award (Athletics)
Rayna Strom-Okimoto Female Athlete of the Year
De’Andre Haskins Male Athlete of the Year
Chardonnay Pao Service Award (Campus Ministry)
Dominique Bocanegra Campus Ministry Award
Anthony Selvanathan Liturgy Award
Jordan Zizzi Retreat Leader of the Year
Johnell Mitsunaga Student Employee of the Year
Genevieve Krier Outstanding Orientation Leader
Christina Carson Outstanding Peer Mentor
Martin Moore Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence – Freshman
Nadia Fale Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence – Sophomore
Kaipo Leopoldino Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence – Junior
Dominique Bocanegra Bro. Joseph Becker Award of Excellence – Senior
Edna Magpantay-Monroe Rev. David Schuyler Advisor of the Year
Patricia Kiladis Rev. David Schuyler Advisor of the Year
Gamer’s Guild Bro. Elmer Dunsky Outstanding Student Organization Award
Nursing Club Bro. Elmer Dunsky Outstanding Student Organization Award
CSGA Fr. Stephen Tutas Program Award for Excellence
Floresa Santos Frederick K.K. Kauhane, Sr. Aloha Spirit Award
Mosana Evagelia Resident Assistant Award of Excellence
Brittany Torres Dean’s Special Recognition
Kaipo Leopoldino Henry Halenani Gomes Alaka’i Award
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Ashley Baldauf ’12 Accepted to Innovative Medical School Program

Ashley Baldauf graduated with a degree in Forensic Sciences last fall and will begin an innovative medical school education this July at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.

The AT Still program begins on the Arizona campus for the first year, and then students move to one of 11 special community health center-based campuses across the country to finish their training with CHC faculty.

Students learn in small group settings, learning clinical presentations, observing patient care, and gaining an understanding of the local health system and community health practices. Later, students complete their clinical rotations at their community health center, in associated hospitals, as well as with affiliated healthcare providers at select healthcare institutions.

The centers are a boon to the communities they serve and help students develop a focus on patient care in underserved communities. Ashley will graduate as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ashley was thrilled to discover that one of the 11 centers is Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, where she will spend years 2,3, and 4 of her training. She will be in a class of only 10 students at Waianae. She is looking forward to staying close to home and family, but also says, “I want to make a difference in the community”.

People have fears of not succeeding. I tell them, you CAN do it, have faith in yourself, don’t let anyone downgrade you or tell you who you are. Don’t tell yourself that you won’t do well because you can do well.

Ashley herself is a graduate of Waipahu High School, and is hoping to be an inspiration to her relatives and friends from her hometown to dream big and make a difference too.

“I really encourage people from my high school to go to Chaminade; I talk to my brothers too.
People have fears of not succeeding. I tell them, you CAN do it, have faith in yourself, don’t let anyone downgrade you or tell you who you are. Don’t tell yourself that you won’t do well because you can do well.”

“I want to have a future, for my family. I am the first one to get a college degree in my family.”

Ashley worked with Chaminade’s Office of Health Professions Advising and Undergraduate Research to plan for a career in medicine. It was through the office that she learned about the opportunity with AT Still University. Ashley firmly believes that the close relationship with instructors and the extra attention she was able to receive at Chaminade have helped her succeed:

“I wasn’t a chemistry fan until I took chemistry. It opened my eyes to what is possible. Joel Kawakami is a great teacher, a great advisor; he encouraged me. At Chaminade, there are a lot of partnerships with institutions on the mainland, and a lot of research going on here too. There is always the opportunity to do something. Going to the conferences, such as ABRCMS, helped to build my confidence. You can’t be shy about presenting your research!”

“The special thing here is that the faculty at Chaminade wants you to succeed. There is always help.“

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DeAndre Haskins Named Pac West Player of the Year

Chaminade guard DeAndre Haskins was named the Pac West Player of the Year today, in a vote tallied from coaches across the league. Fellow Silverswords Bennie Murray (Fairfield, Calif./Will C. Wood) was named to the second team, while Lee Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Country Day) received third team honors.

The Long Beach, Calif. native and Communication major finished the regular season second in the league in scoring (19.1 points per game) and fifth in rebounds (7.4 rpg). He was also second in free throw percentage at 84 percent, was sixth in steals at 1.6 per game. His career high 32 points earlier this season sparked an upset over Division I Texas in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

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