HPU Alumni in the News
Pamela Michael earns prestigious NOAA marine policy fellowship
A scientist who earned her masters degree in marine science last year from Hawai‘i Pacific University has been awarded a year-long Washington, D.C., fellowship through which she is working with federal government leaders on key marine policy issues affecting the entire nation.
The highly competitive Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships pair top graduate students with hosts in the executive and legislative branches of government, according to the website for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which sponsors the program. HPU graduate Pamela Michael began her fellowship in February and will continue through January 2013, working with NOAA’s Marine Data Stewardship Division, under the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, Read more.
Brandon Laan Creates Elite Race Event
After acquiring his Masters in Communication in 2008 from HPU, Brandon Laan has run on to accomplishment more goals in his life.
Laan's professional running journey began at HPU after receiving a track scholarship, and gaining coaching experience at Punahou School. In 2009, he ran his first marathon in Honolulu. In 2010, he won the 2010 GoodLife Toronto Marathon in 2:23 and then ran The NYC Half Marathon in 1:06.
The Canadian Olympic hopeful is now in the midst of creating an elite 10K race event in his hometown of Masonville, London (Canada)—the winner receiving a $3,500 purse. He also serves as an assistant coach for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs running team.
Nikki Venzara Wins the 2011 National Physique Committee Jr. National Fitness Championships
Venzara graduated from Hawai'i Pacific University with a B.S. in Nursing in 2011. Shortly after her graduation, Venzara won the 2011 National Physique Committee Jr. National Fitness Championships. The competition was held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel.
Venzara defeated 17 other competitors, and received her pro card. Now she plans to compete in the Olympia, the competition with fitness superstars.
In 2010, Venzara won the overall championships in her first two shows that include the Florida State Championships.
Andrew Kekoa Abordonado Receives the 2011 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Abordonado graduated from HPU in 2009 Summa Cum Laude, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. His accolades led to him being awarded as an HPU Presidential Scholar, an opportunity to study at Hakodate University in Japan in the 2007-2008 academic year, and the Fulbright Scholarship in 2009. With the Fulbright scholarship, Abordonado traveled to Japan to research the Ainu minority community. He is the first HPU student to receive a prestigious Fulbright Award.
In 2011, Abordonado was named as a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellow as he prepared to enter the United States Foreign Service.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs fellowship is awarded to people that have dedication, initiative, integrity, cultural adaptability, ability to communicate well, and a thorough intellectual background. The 40 new Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows named during the 2011 summer have demonstrated promise across this range of areas crucial to United States Foreign Service Officers.
Jim von Rinteln Awarded the 2011 Leadership Collier Foundation Fellowship
Von Rinteln received an M.A. in Human Resource Management from Hawai'i Pacific University. He also holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland.
The fellowship acknowledges outstanding leadership in public service and contributions to the Collier County community.
The annual award is intended to underscore Mudd’s legacy of stewardship, to enhance and support existing Leadership Collier initiatives, and provide scholarships and recognition to leadership program participants.
Jalee Fuselier Wins the 2010 Miss Hawaii and 2010 Miss America Second Runner Up Title
Fuselier graduated from Hawai'i Pacific University with a B.A. in International Relations in 2010. In that same year she won the title of Miss Hawaii, and in 2011 became the second runner up in the Miss America pageant.
Fuselier is a former Miss North Shore.
At HPU, her academic success earned her a spot on the Dean’s List and the university’s Presidential Scholarship Award.
In 2007, Up with People named Fuselier a global education scholar .For more information about her Miss America campaign, click here.
To read more about Fuselier please click here.
Student Academic Services
A previous awardee of the Alumni Paul Loo Award "Professional Achievement Award"
Dr. Chrisanne Christensen, associate professor of psychology at Southern Arkansas University, has been named a founding member of Heifer International’s College and University Program Advisory Council. The council is made up of only seven faculty members from across the nation. Dr. Christensen received her B.A. in 1983 at Hawai'i Pacific University.
The "Professional Achievement Award" of the Paul C.T. Loo Alumni Awards was previously called the "Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award" from 2001-2003.
Remarkable Relations Specialist Has The Vision For Stanford Who's Who
Robert M. Tomas has been accepted among the prestigious ranks of Stanford Who's Who as a result of his exceptional effort in the Healthcare Industry.