2017 News Articles

2017 News Articles


Korean Nursing Students
July 31, 2017

HPU ‘English for Nurses’ Program Held July 3-28

When it comes to helping others and possibly saving lives, some human qualities appear to be universal: empathy, compassion, willingness to assist, and the ability to respond in a medical emergency with appropriate skills and knowledge. But could you do this in a language other than your own?!


BIlly Mayer Headshot
December 11, 2017

Valedictory Speakers Named for Fall 2017 Commencement

William "Billy" Mayer and Mariko Westbrook will represent the class of fall 2017.

December 10, 2017

Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2017 Commencement

Join HPU faculty, staff, family and friends to honor this year’s Fall Class of 2017 on December 14, 2017

2017 HPU ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest Team
December 07, 2017

HPU Team Wins Prestigious Computer Programming Contest

Teams from Hawai‘i Pacific University recently won the Hawai’i site in Division 1 and Division 2 of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), Pacific Northwest region, on November 11.

esports, e-sports, E Sports
December 07, 2017

Esports Arena at Aloha Tower Marketplace | HPU

HPU announced the opening of the state's first collegiate Esports arena at Aloha Tower Marketplace and introduced the HPU Esports Scholarship for prospective students.

Model UN Club at Nov 2017 Banff Conference
December 04, 2017

HPU United Nations Club Attends Model United Nations Conference in Canada

On Friday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, HPU United Nations (UN) Club members participated in the 2017 National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in Banff, Canada.


HPU ohana at 11-9-17 Malama HPU service event-FS Mall
November 13, 2017

HPU 'Ohana Takes Part in Second Fort Street Beautification Project

About 30 members of the HPU ‘ohana gathered on Thursday, Nov. 9, to participate in the second Malama HPU Fort Street Beautification Project.

Brenda Jensen
November 06, 2017

Q&A with the Dean of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Human Resources turned the spotlight on Brenda Jensen, Ph.D., the Dean of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences (CNCS). Dr. Jensen joined HPU in 2005 as an assistant professor of biology and progressed to associate professor. In 2008, she was appointed the associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences, and in 2016 she was named the dean of CNCS.

John Heackathorn photo
November 02, 2017

The John Heckathorn, Ph.D., Internship Award

The John Heckathorn, Ph.D., Internship Award provides awards for the Hawai‘i Pacific University College of Liberal Arts, Department of Communication students.

Mariah Castro photo
November 01, 2017

HPU Senior Is One of the American Advertising Federation's 2018 Most Promising Multicultural Students

Mass Communication major and senior Mariah Castro is one of only 50 named by the American Advertising Federation as a 2018 Most Promising Multicultural Student.


vanessa morrison
October 27, 2017

Student Profile: Vanessa Morrison

Vanessa Morrison, who has lived in several countries, chose to study at HPU, one of the most diverse universities in the U.S. A Marine Biology major, Morrison was also drawn to the eco-consciousness of Hawai‘i.

yashira crespo
October 27, 2017

Alumni Profile: Yashira Crespo

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Yashira Crespo (BA Justice Administration ‘17) pursued her undergraduate degree at Hawai‘i Pacific University through courses on the military installations and online. She selected HPU for its military-friendly commitment.

han nee chong
October 27, 2017

Faculty Profile: Han Nee Chong

2017 Blackboard, Inc., Catalyst Award winner, Han Nee Chong, Ed.D., understands the importance of incorporating technology into the classroom. With her online course customization, she is changing the way students learn.

Amanda Logsdon headshot
October 27, 2017

Pilot Student Nurses Association Career Readiness Workshop Series

Collaborative and Innovative efforts of the Career Development Center + president Amanda Logsdon of the SNA A Q&A with Logsdon as told to Amanda Austin, Career Development Advisor

Red Cross Hawaii HPU group
October 09, 2017

HPU Partners with American Red Cross of Hawai‘i

Approximately a dozen HPU employees and students stepped forward to volunteer on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7 for the American Red Cross of Hawai‘i “Sound the Alarm: Save a Life Campaign” service work days.


CHS Overdose Awareness Group
September 25, 2017

Social Work ‘Ohana Participates in Overdose Awareness Event

HPU Social Work faculty, students, and alumni participated with the Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS (CHOW) Project for their Overdose Awareness Day Teach-In and Memorial, which was held on August 31 at Harris United Methodist Church.

OI Scientists
September 18, 2017

Oceanic Institute Scientists Publish Research Results in Industry Magazine

Fabio Soller, Ph.D., Oceanic Institute of HPU’s Director of the Aquatic Feeds and Nutrition Department, and OI research colleagues, Spencer Davis, Kathleen Ramm, and Zhi Young Ju, Ph.D., published their paper, “Insects As a Feed Ingredient in Aquafeeds” in the Sept. 2017 issue of World Aquaculture.

Heeia Fishpond
September 11, 2017

Transitioning Traditional Hawaiian Fishponds Into Aquaculture Enterprises

Oceanic Institute of HPU in partnership with Conservation International was recently awarded a NOAA Saltonsall-Kennedy grant for $284,000 to help revitalize Hawaiian Fishponds.

honokaa students
September 08, 2017

HPU and Honoka‘a High Launch Virtual Classroom

Hawai‘i Pacific University and Honoka‘a High School today kicked off their new partnership that gives Honoka‘a students access to HPU’s new, virtual college-credit program.

September 04, 2017

HPU College of Business Names Executive in Residence

Mr. Akemi Kurokawa will serve as College of Business Executive in Residence beginning fall 2017.

Akemi Kurokawa
September 04, 2017

HPU College of Business Names Executive in Residence

Mr. Akemi Kurokawa will serve as College of Business Executive in Residence beginning fall 2017.


maryknoll students
August 31, 2017

Hawai‘i Pacific University and Maryknoll School Offer Associate of Arts Degree with High School Diploma

Beginning this fall, Maryknoll School is the first independent private K-12 school to partner with HPU to offer high school students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts in General Studies when they graduate.

DNP inagural class
August 21, 2017

HPU Welcomes Its First Doctor of Nursing Practice Class

This month, five nursing professionals embarked on their educational journey as HPU’s inaugural Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) class.

Profile on Corrie Wong
August 10, 2017

Profile on Corrie Wong

Corrie Wong is an Oceanic Institute of HPU research technician with an M.S. in Marine Biology from HPU. Her HPU story starts at the age of 10, when she met Shaun Moss, OI executive director, for a school project.

Profile on Catherine Ghourani
August 10, 2017

Profile on Catherine Ghourani

Catherine Ghourani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering and Engineering Program Coordinator, is at the helm of HPU’s new Engineering program launching fall 2018. The addition of this program equips students to be leaders in today’s global society.

August 10, 2017

Profile on Abigail

“I want to make a difference, and HPU gives me the opportunity to learn about marine biology and help the community in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

August 10, 2017


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Hawai‘i Pacific University has named Brooke Carroll as Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer (CDO) following a nationwide search.


Dr. Yongli Chen
June 18, 2017

Associate Professor of Chemistry Receives Research Grant

Associate Professor of Chemistry Yongli Chen, Ph.D., was awarded a nearly $50,000 grant from the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation.

Opelu Project
June 12, 2017

Oceanic Institute of HPU Receives Hawaii Community Foundation Grant

Oceanic Institute of Hawai‘i Pacific University (OI) announces a $25,000 grant award from the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Hawaii STEM Learning Partnership for a one year program.

Dell EMC Gift Group Photo
June 09, 2017

Dell EMC Gift Advances Technology at HPU

Hawai‘i Pacific University gratefully acknowledged a major gift of Dell EMC

Richard Hunter
June 07, 2017

Hawaiʻi Pacific University Board of Trustees Announces Chairman of the Board and New Board Member

Richard Hunter Named Board Chair and Gov. Linda Lingle Announced as New Trustee


Dr. Horgen
May 12, 2017

Professor Horgen Named Teacher of the Year

Annually in the spring, HPU graduating students are asked to nominate candidates for the Teacher of the Year award. Professor of Chemistry David Horgen, Ph.D., was named the 2017 HPU Teacher of the Year.

Wesley Chai
May 08, 2017

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for May Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate Valedictory Speaker Named for May Commencement Ceremony

Ray Vara
May 08, 2017

President and CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health to Deliver Commencement Address

President and CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health to Deliver Commencement Address


Nathanael Howard
February 24, 2017

Alumni Perspective: Professional Readiness through Internships

Q&A with Nathanael Howard (BSBA ’16), who interned at the State Capitol.


January 23, 2017

College of Business Students Present at Hawaii International Conference on Education

At the Hawaii International Conference on Education held on Friday, Jan. 7, four HPU COB graduate students, Anna Campmany Rosello (MBA) and Idilia Alves Seixas (MBA with IS concentration), Vahojeh Brooks (MSIS) and Brian Lee (MSIS), presented two papers.

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