Joshua Sheetz, Senior Student

Student Joshua Sheetz

As a non-traditional student, Joshua Sheetz has had an unlikely academic path. After serving in the U.S. Army as an infantry team leader, an honorable discharge due to a debilitating injury led Sheetz to become the first person in his family to set foot in a college classroom.

New to the university experience, Sheetz wasn’t sure how to tap into the opportunities presented at HPU, but the personalized attention from professors quickly helped him realize his full potential. He has participated in a four-day industry immersion program in New York City with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) that included professional development workshops, agency visits, and a recruiter’s expo. 

Sheetz is the ad sales director for the student newspaper Kalamalama and president of Akamai Advertising, the HPU student chapter of AAF. He was recognized as a 2016 AAF Most Promising Multicultural Student and awarded the 2016 AAF Hawaii Shining Star Scholarship. Sheetz was also recently accepted into the MAIP program hosted by the 4A’s in New York, where he will be interning over the summer as an art director with McCann Erickson.

With the skills developed during his military career and natural creative ability paired with hands-on learning and professional development opportunities at HPU, Sheetz has and will continue to achieve success academically and professionally.

Student Joshua Sheetz