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HPU Alumni in the News
Now, more than ever, the success of the Hawai‘i Pacific University’s alumni ‘ohana has made headlines. Thank you for representing your alma mater with pride and distinction.
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Marine Science Alumnus Thesis Selected as ‘Top’ Article
The thesis of Daniel Luck (MSMS ’13), “Polyphyly and hidden species among Hawai’i’s dominant mesophotic coral genera, Leptoseris and Pavona (Scleractinia: Agariciidae),” was selected by PeerJ as one of the “Top Marine Biology Papers – September 2015“ collection. More...
Alumna and Congresswomen Promoted in National Guard
HPU U.S. Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard (BSBA International Business ’09) was promoted from Captain to Major by the Hawaii Army National Guard in a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Oct. 12.More...
HPU Alumna Starts New Company
Lauren Victoria (BA '13) is one of the founders of the recently launched subscription snack box service Aloha Crate. Aloha Crate provides a rotating set of popular island treats from a range of vendors in a monthly delivery, designed primarily for people who are away from the Islands.
HPU Alumnus Named President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank
Bill Carnegie (BSBA '86) has been named the President and CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California. Bill was most recently the President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
HPU Alumnus Makes Cover of Hawaii Business Magazine
Joy Barua (MBA '02) made the March cover of Hawaii Business magazine featuring “20 for the Next 20 – People to Watch.”
HPU Alumna Appointed to Project Developer
Nicole Lemas (BA '11) was appointed as Oahu Project Developer for RevoluSun, a leading company in Hawai‘i that provides residential and commercial solar systems. Nicole will be in charge of developing solar projects on Oahu and will also be involved with RevoluSun’s Project Empower outreach program. She is also involved with Social Wahines, Rotary of Honolulu, HPUKaholoku’I and Honolulu Academy of Arts.
HPU Alumna Publishes First Book
Sophia Rose Arjana (BA '93) has published her first book entitled Muslims in the Western Imagination. The book explores the understudied topic of imaginary Muslim monsters and explains how these creatures aid in the dehumanization of the Muslim Other.
HPU Alumnus Appointed as Portland Communications' Associate Director
Scott Nolan Smith (BA Political Science '07) was recently appointed to Portland Communications’ Associate Director. He is in charge of advising clients on media and digital engagement strategy, international affairs, diplomatic communications and digital transformation.
HPU Alumnus and Team to Host Conference Entitled “TravelFutureLab”
Young Travel Professional co-founder Wahza Dube (BSBA Travel Industry Management ‘08) and his team are hosting a conference entitled “TravelFutureLab” in New York City. The conference will be an interactive discussion focusing on the next generation of travel professionals and travelers. Young Travel Professionals is also featured once again in the Travel Agent Central Magazine which can be viewed here.
HPU Alumnus Selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” List
Edward J. Calvo (MA Financing and Marketing '01) was selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. Edward has produced more than 10 major music concerts and fairs, more than 30 sporting events, and eight successful comedy shows. Edward also serves as chairman of the board for the Guam Economic Development Authority.
HPU Alumna Selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” List
Michelle Kramer (BA Business Administration '05) was selected for Guam Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. Michelle has effectively grown her family’s Marshall Islands–based wholesale and shipping business in Guam and also manages the company’s Guam and NMI real estate holdings including Nimitz Towers, Apusento Apartments and Saipan Laolao Bay. She was accepted into the first Marianas Pacific Century Fellowship program, based on a prestigious leadership and public service initiative started by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
HPU Alumna Achieves Her Life-Long Dream despite Adversities
Shaholly Ayers (BA ’02) was recently selected by Nordstrom for their National Anniversary Catalog that was shot in New York City. Despite being born with a partial right arm, Shaholly has not let her disability stop her from reaching her dreams. More…
HPU Alumna Named Director of In-Flight Initiatives for Hawaiian Airlines
Cheryl Price (MBA International Business ’04) was promoted by Hawaiian Airlines to Director of In-Flight Initiatives. Cheryl now develops and implements strategic initiatives that will elevate Hawaiian Airlines’ in-flight service. More...
HPU Alumna Named Neighbor Island Community Administrator
Charlene Robles (MBA ’02) was just named Neighbor Island Community Administrator at Catholic Charities Hawaii. She is responsible for working with the organization’s Neighbor Island Community Directors to increase Catholic Charities Hawai‘i’s presence and impact statewide. More…
Ryozo Ariyoshi (BSBA Business ’86), son of the third governor of Hawaii George Ariyoshi, has joined real estate firm NAI ChaneyBrooks as an international real estate investment adviser. He will help to further expand the sixth-largest commercial real estate firm in Hawaii into Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian markets. More…
HPU Alumnus Elected to Virginia Legislature
Salam “Sam” Rasoul (MBA International Business ’13) recently won special election and is now a member of the Virginia General Assembly in the House of Delegates. Along with being a delegate, he also runs Envigor, a healthcare consulting firm, previously served as CFO and COO of Kissito Healthcare International, and serves on the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia. More...
HPU Alumnus Gives TEDx Talk in Tokyo
Hiro Fujita (BSBA International Business ’02), who is currently living in Japan, recently did a TEDxTokyo talk presentation concerning amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As a person living with ALS, Hiro founded the END ALS Association in 2012. Through this movement, he hopes to help establish a cure for ALS by supporting researches that center on providing a cure for the disease. He also wants to challenge insurance coverage policies to provide a provision of comfort for ALS patients. More…
HPU alumnus named Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Hendrickson (MA Global Leadership and Sustainable Development '11) has recently moved to Nairobi, Kenya to become Communications Coordinator for the Kenya Lutheran Church. She will help improve communications between the church and local and international partners as well as help the Kenya community with development programs and educational outreach.
HPU alumnus on tour and releasing new album (Musicalplayphilippines.com, others)
Award-winning musician Jeff James (BA Communication ’10) and his band TTYM is on tour in the Philippines this month and is also scheduled to release its latest album, “Just Be Yourself.” Among the band’s awards is the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano received in 2011 for its single “Hawaiian Girls.” More…
HPU alumnus opens Honolulu tea cafe (Pacific Business News, Honolulu)
“Yen Chang Su (BSBA Finance ’12) identified a niche business opportunity and has opened Taste Tea, offering bubble tea like it’s made in his native Taiwan. “Without holding a grand opening or spending money on traditional advertising, Su said word-of-mouth and use of social media have attracted more customers than he initially expected.” (Subscription required; see the April 19 issue available on Campus Pipeline HPU Libraries tab, Databases.) More…