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Annual Alumni Awards


February, 2003

During the annual Homecoming 2003 Honored Alumni banquet on February 12, the BYU-Hawaii/CCH Alumni Association presented its Community Service Award to Theresa Kalama Bigbie ('58, Music); the Distinguished Alumni Award to Frank Kumukoa Kalama ('64, Accounting; '66, Business Education); and for the first-time ever, the Service to Family Award to Charles K.C. and Mildred Chun Goo.

The following alumni were also recognized by their respective Schools or Divisions (please note that neither the association nor each division presents all possible awards each year):Bill Shiu-Foo Hsu ('79, Travel Industry Management), School of Business; Robert J. Mills ('94, Accounting), School of Business and School of Computing; and Melila Purcell Jr. ('78, Physical Education), Exercise & Sports Science.

The divisions also recognized the following student honorees: Namealoha Curtis, Exercise & Sports Science; Chantel Sloan, Biology; Stanislav Florian, Psychology; Nicolle Sellers, Elementary Education; William Lee, Computer Science; Michael Heinze, Information Systems; Munro Murdock, International Business Management; and Rex Webb, Political Science.

Alumni Community Service Award:

 
Bigbie

Theresa Bigbie, Dean of the BYU-Hawaii Division of Continuing Education, guided the Laie Community Association through some of its greatest modern challenges when she served as president from 1991-2001. These included joining legal and civic battles over wastewater, development and cultural preservation issues, and organizing community testimony before the Honolulu City Council on water, housing and other long-range planning issues.

Under Bigbie's direction, LCA members spent hours in community and civic meetings, fighting for the future of Laie. She described those early LCA efforts as taking place in a time of turmoil, but also as "an awakening. We began to realize we had a responsibility to take charge of our own destiny in the community. It also taught us the processes that are expected when we relate to government agencies and leaders," she said.

"One of the most wonderful things that came out of this: In the beginning, we were not united with the surrounding communities, but today we are. Changing that around was a huge endeavor."

Fortunately for Laie, Bigbie is accustomed to big endeavors. She and her first husband [the late Bruce Meyers ('57)] took their growing family to Provo where they both earned their bachelor's degrees in 1965. The family then returned to Molokai where they taught school until he passed away in 1976. Bigbie and her children soon returned to Provo where she earned an educational administration master's degree in 1981, started to work in Continuing Education, and married Fred Bigbie.

When her sister, Napua Kalama Baker ('61 and '72), was promoted to the President's Council, Bigbie took her place in the same department here. She also got involved in Hawaiian and community affairs, and soon joined the LCA board.

"My love for LCA, its goals and objectives, are still a priority for my life," says Bigbie, who now serves as the president of the recently founded Laie Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization she organized "for the purpose of supporting the community with outside funding in three areas: cultural and historical preservation, community development, and community education."

Distinguished Alumni Service Award:

 
Kalama

Frank Kumukoa Kalama probably became a BYU-Hawaii Seasider for life when his mother, Lilly Wilson Lindsey, moved to Laie in 1955 to accept a position as executive secretary with the new Church College of Hawaii.

After graduating from Kahuku High in 1957, he enrolled at CCH but interrupted his studies to serve a mission in New Zealand where he's still fondly remembered. Upon returning he helped establish the early versions of the Hawaiian and Maori clubs on campus.

Before graduating, Kalama married CCH classmate Gladys Miulan Chu ('61, Elementary Education) from Hilo. The couple has four children — Clair Leimomi Cummings ('86, Computer Information), Roxane Latu ('89, Business Management), Frank Kalama Jr. ('97, Information Systems) and Keawe Kalama ('97, Psychology) —  and at present 15 grandchildren.

Kalama earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from CCH in 1964, and went to work for a CPA firm in Honolulu; but soon began thinking of education as a career.

He earned another CCH degree in business education in 1966, and started teaching fifth grade at Kahuku Elementary the following year. He soon moved up to Kahuku High and for the next 18 years served successively as a business teacher, school registrar, substitute vice principal, football coach, class advisor for the top three grades, yearbook advisor and department chairman. He earned a master's degree in educational administration and educational psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1969, worked for one school year on the CCH Dean of Students staff, and earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction, and educational psychology from BYU in 1981.

The Department of Education promoted Dr. Kalama to vice principal at Kailua High School in 1985-86. He held the same position for two years at Kalaheo High, and then transferred to Kahuku Elementary as principal in 1988, the same year the school opened its new campus. He retired at the end of 2002 as principal of Kahuku Elementary.

Dr. Kalama is a former BYU-Hawaii/CCH Alumni Association president, and faithfully attends alumni functions. He has also served the community on the Koolauloa Neighborhood Board, the Kahuku Hospital board, and the nonprofit Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corporation board. He has also been active on the Windward District Teachers Association board and the Hawaii State Teachers Association board of directors.

In addition, he has actively served in various LDS Church callings — some of them as many as three times — over the past 45 years, including Young Men's president and advisor, stake mission president, Seventies president, stake Young Men's president, Laie Hawaii Stake high councilor, ward executive secretary, bishop's counselor, bishop of BYU-Hawaii 12th Ward, BYU-Hawaii 2nd Stake counselor and stake president. He is currently a Laie Hawaii Temple Ordinance Worker and Sealer.

Service to Family Award:

 
The extended Goo family

Patterned after a similar alumni award at BYU, the BYU Hawaii/CCH Alumni Association presented its first Service to Family Award to Charles Kan Chiu Goo, 87, and Mildred York Kwai Chun Goo, 84. President Edward Clissold asked the Goos to move to Laie in 1955 to open a store and soda fountain on the corner of Naniloa Loop and Lanihuli Street, across from the temporary campus of the new Church College of Hawaii. The Old Plantation Store, which more commonly became known as Goo's Store, served the community and as the training grounds for the five Goo children for the next 25 years.

The parents of both Charles and Mildred came to Hawaii about 100 years ago from nearby villages in southern China's Kwantung Province. The Goo family settled in Kailua where the father worked in the rice fields and operated a small store. When Charles was 9, his father passed away, and as the oldest of five children, he started to help support the family. Conscientious hard work and responsibility have been his hallmarks ever since.

The Chuns settled in Honolulu, where the father worked as a butcher to support their family of eight. Mildred graduated from McKinley High and then attended business college. She met Charles when they were both working for the Kress store in Honolulu, and married at St. Clements Church in September 1943. They became the parents of Geralyn "Gerry" Sau Hee Nihipali, Charles Wai Hing Goo, Cynthia Sau Mei Fong, JoAnn Sau Lung Lau, and Eloise Sau Chen Tyau. The Goos also have 20 grandchildren, and currently seven great-grandchildren. Charles joined the Church in 1947 and baptized his wife a year later. They were sealed in the Hawaii Temple in 1950. Four of the five children served missions, and Charles "junior" also served as mission president in Hong Kong. All were married in the temple to returned missionaries, and most of the grandchildren have also served missions.

While Mildred went to work in the CCH business office in 1955, Charles and the children ran the store. As each was old enough to see over the counter, he or she was expected to dust, give change and restock the shelves. As they grew, they kept inventory, did the books and charge accounts, and dealt with vendors and problems, while balancing schedules from early morning to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

None was paid, but the store took care of each one's college education in turn. Perhaps not surprisingly, all of the Goo children graduated with honors from Kahuku High and then went away to school and graduated either from BYU or the University of Hawaii. "If we stayed home, we had to work in the store," recalled young Charles, whose home now stands on the Goo's Store site. The senior Goos have also helped each of the children build a home. Gerry, Charles and Eloise still live in Laie, and often get together with their mother and father.

Mildred retired as BYU-Hawaii business office manager in 1983, and recently suffered a stroke, which has slowed her down. Charles senior retired from the store in 1980, however retirement is not a word in his vocabulary. He still enjoys gardening and playing golf, and always advocates healthy eating and lifestyles.  He says that now it's his turn to take care of Mildred.

Over the years the couple has been involved in many community and Church activities. For example, every Saturday at the old Laie Hukilau, they made the trays of haupia and prepared the turkey for the imu to feed the workers. They played leadership roles in the Laie Community Association, and have frequently hosted Chinese students at BYU-Hawaii in their home. Charles served as one of the first married student branch presidents at BYU-Hawaii, and as a Laie Hawaii and Laie Hawaii North Stake high councilman for 20 years. He was the physical facilities representative and always included that topic in his speaking assignments.

The couple served two fulltime missions: The first to Melbourne, Australia, from which they were transferred to work in the Taiwan Temple, from 1984-86; and the second from 1996-97 in the Hong Kong Temple.  Today, Charles is a sealer and temple ordinance worker in the Laie Hawaii Temple.  So far, he has been the sealer for the seven of his grandchildren who have married in the temple.

Charles' favorite scripture from D&C 82:10 says, "I, the Lord am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."  As the first recipients of this award, Charles and Mildred have set a high standard of service to their family, the Church and community of Laie through their hard work and obedience.

 
Hsu

William (Bill) Shiu-Foo Hsu is now an associate professor in the School of Business, Department of Hotel & Tourism Management. After graduating from BYU-Hawaii, he earned a master's degree in 1983 from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Western Sydney.

Hsu has held a variety of management positions in the U.S., Canada, Japan and China with Pannell Kerr Forster, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Trammell Crow Hotels, GGS Hotel Holdings, and Regal Hotels. He has also taught in the U.S., India and China, and holds professional qualifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the International Association of Hospitality Accountants.

 
Mills

Robert J. Mills is an assistant professor in the business and information systems department at Utah State University where he recently received the Ben Bauman Award for Excellence from the International Association for Computer Information. The award recognizes junior faculty who show outstanding scholarship, service and great promise.

The year before, USU presented Mills with his department's Teacher of the Year Award, in part for his work with an introductory class in training and development that helps the Utah Jazz professional basketball team with its guest and food services.

After graduating from BYU-Hawaii, Mills completed his masters and doctorate degrees at USU. He has since authored 10 refereed publications, 13 refereed presentations, and successfully written seven funded grants.

 
Purcell

Melila Purcell Jr. moved to Hawaii from American Samoa when he was 3 and grew up in Hauula and graduated from Kahuku High. While a BYU-Hawaii student, Purcell served in the Southwest Indian Mission, was an All American volleyball player, received honorable mention as a member of the Seasider's basketball team, and was student body president. He has since earned a master's degree from the University of Hawaii in curriculum and instruction.

After moving back to American Samoa, Purcell coached sports at Samoana High School for one year, and then worked as a health and physical education curriculum specialist for the American Samoa Department of Education for the following eight years. He also participated and helped manage teams in the South Pacific Games, and he served for 15 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Purcell joined StarKist Samoa in 1988 and is currently the human resources manager. He has also filled many Church callings over the years, including serving as bishop of Leone Ward and a member of the Pago Pago West Stake presidency.

BYU, BYUH and 21 chapters represented at conference:

 
Wallace extends a Hawaiian greeting

To kick off the largest-ever chapter chair conference, "Uncle" Bill Wallace ('72, History) welcomed the BYU-Hawaii alumni board, 21 BYU-Hawaii chapter chairs or their representatives, and the executive council of the BYU Alumni Association on February 13 with a Hawaiian oli or chant beneath the mosaic mural of the David O. McKay Building.

As the delegates got down to business, they discussed the roles chapters play in the lives of alumni and fundraising; also legal issues, changes in admissions policies, placement, future directions, the International Work Experience Study (IWES) program, upcoming developments in web-based information and other topics.

For example, the leaders heard that chapters should hold two or three functions a year, with a wide range of possible activities that respond to local needs of alumni and friends. It was also stressed that alumni can play an important role in helping find jobs for new graduates.

President Shumway shared a presentation he made to the BYU Board of Trustees about a year ago that traced the prophetic legacy of Laie and the Church institutions in the community. "What a powerful force this school has been, and yet must be," he said.

More specifically, President Shumway outlined that in the next several years the University will explore initiating master's programs in business administration and TESOL. "We'll also open up more opportunities for international students. Right now, we have more international students than ever before."

He stressed, however, that international students must also meet higher expectations to return to their homelands after graduation. "In the next few weeks, we'll completely modify how we deal with international students," President Shumway said, explaining that "both students and parents will be required to sign an agreement to return. Right now, the return rate in sheer numbers is quite low. Our highest rate comes from Kiribati — nearly 80%. Our lowest is The Philippines."

Consequently, he said the number of applicants accepted from The Philippines will be drastically reduced until a better system is put into place.

President Shumway emphasized that the system will also include better recruitment and placement programs. "In terms of recruitment, it's very important for you to help us identify young people who fit our profile. In terms of helping graduates get back into country and find jobs, that's where we really need your help," he said, pointing out that pilot placement advisory councils are being started in Korea and Japan, while "we have placement ambassadors in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji."

Asked about future development on campus, President Shumway pointed out BYU-Hawaii is currently building additional married student housing, "along with renovations to the ceramics studio and the Social Sciences building. We'll probably re-do the foyer in a way that will enhance the receivability of the place, and accentuate the two murals. We're also looking at a new front entrance that will match the patterns approved for the Temple boulevard, and the Aloha Center will be remodeled by 2005."

 

News-Bytes

 
Easter Island carvers place the eyes in the PCC's new stone moai.

PCC gives "sight" to new Easter Island moai:

Four Rapa Nui carvers and PCC President Von Orgill placed coral-and-scoria stone eyes on five new stone statues or moai that form the backdrop for the Center's new Easter Island exhibit.

"In a few minutes, these moai will no longer be blind," carver Arturo Tuki explained through a translator. Tuki and the other carvers also gave theahu or ceremonial platform where the moai stand the name Tukoihu, after the ancient ariki [high chief] from Rapa Nui who initiated the art of carving stone statues which are recognized the world over as icons of Polynesia.

The Cultural Center also held a Valentine's Day dinner-dance as its first function in the Hale Aloha, which is being remodeled into a 900-seat venue for the PCC's Alii Luau.

Both the Easter Island exhibit and the new Hale Aloha are part of the PCC's 40th anniversary celebration this year. The Center is inviting PCC "alumni" to participate in a week-long celebration in October, which may include a special program with President Gordon B. Hinckley who has indicated he would like to attend.

President Hinckley is also planning to speak during the June 2003 commencement.

BYU-Hawaii basketball team gets national ranking:

The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball jumped six spots to 13th, in the NABC/Division II Bulletin national rankings released Feb. 18. The Seasiders, 13-2 on the season and 7-1 in the Pacific West Conference, defeated Hawaii Pacific 70-61 in overtime last week while several teams that had been ranked ahead of them were losing during the week.

The Seasiders moved into the national rankings two weeks ago for the first-time since becoming a Division II school. In the Pacific West, BYU-Hawaii ranks third behind Cal State-San Bernardino and Humboldt State.

BYUH women's softball team in California play

The BYU-Hawaii women's softball team will play a series of games in the Orange County area of California in March, including: March 25, Elmhurst (IL) at 10:45 a.m., and Linfield (OR) at 3:30 p.m., at Orange; March 26, Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1 and 3 p.m., in Carson; March 27, Concordia (CA), 1 and 3 p.m., in Irvine; and St. Thomas (MN) at 1 p.m. and Williams (MA) at 8 p.m. in Orange.

What is Jeopardy?

Three BYU-Hawaii professors and five students were selected as possible contestants for the upcoming season of the TV quiz show, Jeopardy, during auditions in the Polynesian Cultural Center's Pacific Theater on Jan. 17.

Profs. Randal Allred, English; David Kammerer, Music; and James Tueller, History, outscored all the other hopefuls and will join a pool of possible contestants. If selected, they must pay their own way to Culver City, California, where the show is filmed.

The students — Ryan Alexander (a recent grad), Daniel Chase, Mitchell Colver, Stephanie Johannessen and Luke Mease — join a pool of other audition winners from across the country who will vie for 15 spots on Jeopardy's annual $50,000 College Championship match.

In addition to the talent search, PCC Director of Marketing Raymond Magalei ('96, International Business Management) said the quiz show's "Clue Crew" also filmed several spots around the Center's villages.

 

Chapter Updates

Arizona:
Chapter chair Kepi Foliaki ('95, Accounting/Information Systems) said the Arizona potluck luau is still on for March 14, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Mesa West Stake Center at 2300 W. Javalina in Mesa (call 480-357-5722 for more info). "Our goal right now is to find every alumnus living in the Phoenix metro area," he added.

Alaska:
Ula Suapaia ('91) and her sister, Carolyn Scanlan Fautanu ('89) are the new chapter chairs for Alaska. Ula reported the chapter chair conference fired her up. She works for the University of Anchorage.

American Samoa:
After holding recent roadshow, plate lunch and dinner sales, Brent Schwenke ('81, Travel Industry Management; '82, Accounting) reports their chapter committee will move to a one-on-one approach to all its members to replenish the book scholarship award. If you haven't checked lately, college texts often cost more than $50 each now days, and several chapters have started giving book scholarships.

 
Petero

Australia:
New chapter chair Ilaisaane Petero ('81), who works for IBM in Sydney, inspired fellow chapter chair leaders and current BYU-Hawaii students during the alumni fireside on Feb. 16 with her powerful testimony on returnability. "There was no consideration about the lack of jobs or meager wages. The decision to go home — wherever you come from — is a spiritual decision, not an economic decision. When you do what the Lord wants you to do to fulfill the prophecy [of President David O. McKay], He will pick you out of obscurity and help you," she told the large fireside audience, recounting how she and her husband returned to Fiji without any job prospects after graduating from BYU-Hawaii.

During the next 11 years she worked as a school teacher and had the opportunity to serve as stake Relief Society president while husband and chapter co-chair Atonio Petero ('80, Accounting)became a government accountant and served in the stake presidency. Then they decided to move to Australia for the sake of their children's education, "but not for good," Petero stressed.

She eventually found her position with IBM, which included an Olympics assignment, and he is an accountant with the regional Presiding Bishopric's Office. "Choose the more excellent way," she said. "It is easy to see right from wrong, but sometimes a more difficult choice is between two honorable decisions. If you choose the more excellent way, the Lord will keep you strong."

 
The Guinns

Idaho:
Boise, Idaho, is at the center of our newest alumni chapter, with Grant ('93, Travel Industry Management) and Stephanie Guinn ('93) as co-chairs. Grant is director of sales and marketing for Doubletree Hotels. The couple, who have been in Boise for about a year, previously lived in Spokane, Washington, for six years. They are still organizing the new chapter.

Japan:
Robyn Sonomura Chadderton ('94), who filled in as a last-minute representative to the chapter chair conference, said the Japan alumni are anxious to revitalize the chapter. Though raised in Honolulu, she added she loves living in Japan.

Ko'olauloa:
Chapter chairs Mark ('79, English/TESL) and Choon James ('79, English) are forging ahead with plans to award two book scholarships to the children of alumni who will graduate from Kahuku High this year. 
The chapter also did some fundraising on Feb. 1 when they helped usher in the Chinese Year of the Ram with home visits by lion dancers...who looked a lot like Charlie Goo, Bill Hsu, Mark James and Alumni Association president-elect Les Steward ('72, Accounting).

Korea:
Alumni board member P.J. Rogers ('94, International Business Management), who lives in Korea, said the chapter has lately been meeting about every two months, and most recently went skiing together.

Las Vegas:
Chapter representative Tema Hunkin ('98, English) said they hope to get Gladys Knight and her choir to perform at their fireside in May. Tema said she and about 20 other Polynesians are members of Sister Knight's group. They are also planning a barbecue this summer and a luau in the fall.

Los Angeles:
Cynthia ('81) and Dean Schwenke ('83, Construction Supervision) reported they are planning a leadership workshop in October.

Oregon:
Chapter representative Suliana Hingano ('89) said the Oregon chapter is planning a June activity.

The Philippines:
New chair Benson Misalucha is excited about reorganizing The Philippines chapter. Misalucha is a BYU graduate, but all international chapters represent alumni of both campuses. Most chapters also coordinate their activities with the the BYU law, management and other alumni-oriented organizations.

San Diego:
Chapter chair Adolf Singh ['81, Business Management] is planning their annual July 4th activity, with details to come.

Singapore:
Chapter chair Stephen Chee Kong Lai ('80) reports they have recently hosted visits from the Young Ambassadors and the BYU Choir. The Singapore chapter is planning a major activity in May to include a fun walkathon and a swimathon.

Taiwan:
Chapter representative Phiona Fen-Fang Chen ('91) reported new chair Alex Kuo is enthusiastic about reorganizing the chapter. He asked Phione to fill in for him at the conference because his wife was expecting.

Tonga:
Chapter representative Halahuni Langi ('73, Business Management) reported the Tonga chapter has over 100 members and probably one of the largest donation funds on account. "Two alumni currently serve as members of parliament. It is a credit to the Church in Tonga," Langi said, adding that at one time 13 of the 16 stake presidents there were also alumni.

Utah:
The Utah chapter is working hard on its two major events: the March 22nd fireside at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, preceded by an open house reception at The Inn on Temple Square from 2-3 p.m; and the Holoku Ball on April 26 in Provo. Seating for the fireside is limited, so please contact fireside committee chairpersons Ken and Delma Baldridge by e-mail or at 801-785-0599.

Washington:
The Washington state chapter, headed by Ben ('89, Information Systems) and Cathy Hosack Lim ('84), is planning a banquet for Oct. 11, and thinking of inviting the Portland chapter to join them.

 

Personal Updates

1950s & 60s

Marilyn Haycock Morrison ('58, Elementary Education), who was freshman class secretary in 1957, is a retired schoolteacher living in Provo, Utah.

1970s

Andy Oshita ('72, Physical Education) and his wife, Marcia Ellen Grant Oshita ('73, Business) now live in Santa Paula, California, where he's a parks manager for Ventura County. "I attended CCH as a non-member with plans to join my brother at UH after one year. I wanted nothing to do with the Church and went out of my way to keep far from its teachings. But the unconditional love that I received from my classmates and teachers made me want to be a part of a religion that practices good values and produces happy people. I got baptized one week before I graduated and have never regretted my decision. I met my future wife there, and we were married in the Laie Temple 15 months later. We have been blessed with three wonderful daughters, with our eldest, Kristen Kennerley, presently attending BYUH, and our youngest serving in the Bolivia La Paz Mission. I would like to thank all of my fellow students and teachers who in one way or another are responsible for my conversion, because their examples helped convert me. I liked what they represented. I know I will never be able to thank all of you in person, but please accept my sincere mahalo from my heart for bringing me to the Restored Gospel and making it possible to obtain eternal life. We thank you for being there at CCH when I was there because you were there for a special mission. Consider your mission accomplished."

Patrick Wong ('76, Business Management) has served as an Area Authority Seventy for seven years in China, traveling throughout the country on Church assignments. He currently works out of Beijing but has human resources responsibilities for his company throughout China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

1980s

"The best thing about going to BYU-Hawaii was the friendships I gained. The friends I made there are still my closest friends today," writes Tamara Bailie ('83, Travel Industry Management), who lives in Sacramento and manages a craft and fabric store in Carmichael, CA.

Sumiko Nixon Scott ('88) and her husband, Stephen Scott ('88, International Business) now live in Cedar City, Utah.

1990s

Hilea ('91, English) and Jenny Groesbeck ('94, Psychology) now live in Davis, California. He writes that one of his favorite teachers "was the best bishop, friend and example any student could ever hope for"; and how another's "love and knowledge of literature marked me and my life." He adds, "If I had it to do over, I would have attended all of my classes, taken advantage of the fact that all of my professors knew me by name, would meet with me any time I asked and would have given me ten times the personal attention I was regularly given."

Joanne Hall Bentley ('94, Organizational Development) went on to earn a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology & Technology in 2000 from BYU and is now an assistant professor at Utah State U. "I feel greatly blessed to have been able to attend BYU-Hawaii. Thanks to all who continue to make it such a wonderful place to learn about the world and the gospel."

"I loved everything about BYU-Hawaii and its atmosphere. It gave me the opportunity to grow academically, and especially spiritually," writes Faite Niutupuivaha Uata ('94, Social Work), who now lives in Whittier, California where she's a user support specialist for the school district.

Raquel Romarate Ho ('95, English) worked for a year in California before returning to the Philippines where she's now an instructor at Western Mindanao State University. "Many of my friends urged me not to go home, but I thought of the promise I made. I believe I am making a difference in people's lives because of the things I learned and gained from BYU-Hawaii. I have many students from underprivileged homes and different ethnic backgrounds. My experience at BYU has helped me to be appreciative of cultural and individual differences and has helped me to be more understanding and compassionate as a teacher."

Kevin Earlywine ('96, Biology) is now a physician assistant with his own practice in Lakeside, Arizona. "I loved the diversity of students and the family atmosphere that the university provided. I owe much to BYUH and those who gave me the education and skills to provide back to the community."

Atetha Suguturaga ('97, Accounting), an accountant for Hawaii Reserves, Inc. in Laie, says "there is no place like BYU-Hawaii and I would do it all over again, only better. Who can forget those days when you had to crawl under the table in the library to grab a nap just to get that extra boost for the next two hours...or watch the sunrise on Temple Beach, and in the evening count the stars from Brother Wrathall's huge telescope. The BYUH 'ohana is one big happy family."

Debbie Lawton ('97, Accounting and Business Management) is an associate CPA in Missoula, Montana: "I loved being at a school with a large cultural diversity. I'm grateful for the professors of the classes I attended because they were always available to help the students." She adds being a tour guide at the PCC also "helped me in my current profession."

2000s

Beata Golembiecka ('00, Mathematics) is back home in Warsaw, Poland, and would like to hear from her BYU-Hawaii friends.

Dan Damitz ('00, Information Systems) and his wife, Christine, live in Los Angeles where he works as a technology consultant for Accenture LLP, the largest consulting firm in the world. "The world is a huge place but I still meet people from BYUH every place that I go."

Alissa Bates ('00, International Business) lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and works for Hewlett-Packard. She writes, "I remember the wonderful people. Everyone was so kind. It didn't matter where you came from, you were accepted. Because of the great diversity, I was always learning new things about different cultures and nations that spanned the globe. BYU-Hawaii was wonderful, and definitely one of the best experiences of my life."

Fa'aola Nana Tuffin Sharma ('01, Political Science) and her husband, Richard Sharma('00, Accounting) live in Beaverton, Oregon. She works for the state judicial system. "BYU-Hawaii was and is a spectacular world all its own. Rather than being sheltered, I felt that I was immersed in unique cultures, valuable teachings, and the beauty of unity. To be surrounded by the intellect of brothers and sisters from all corners of the earth was truly a humbling experience for me. What I remember and cherish the most was the strong presence of the Holy Spirit throughout the campus. It was evident to me that BYU-Hawaii was not only a place to prepare a pathway for the 'real world'...it was a place to prepare a pathway to our Maker."

"I gained many valuable experiences in my four years and four months at BYU-Hawaii. I widened my horizon academically and grew spiritually. My family grew closer while staying in TVA and the Temple always strengthened our relationship," writes Poh Heng 'Anthony' Tan ('01, Information Systems), who lives in Singapore. "Besides education, I have brought back the aloha spirit to share with my fellow men in Singapore."

June '02 graduates Nani Kahananui Ward (Accounting) and her husband, Leonard Ward (Information Systems), now live in San Diego. "The experience at BYUH was more than an education," she writes. "It is a place of learning that teaches character, brotherly kindness, service, academics, spirituality, and most importantly, God."

 

Editor's Note:
This issue marks the completion of our first year of e-mailing out our monthly BYU-Hawaii Alumni Newsletter. Have you enjoyed it so far? Is there anything else you think we should include? Or leave out?

During our recent chapter chair conference, we stressed the need to stay in touch with each other. We see the Internet as one of the better ways of doing that; but that means we need to expand our e-mail address database. Please help us make sure every BYU-Hawaii alumnus you know is getting a copy...and let me hear from you. OK? A hui hou,

— Mike Foley ('70, TESL)
Editor and Alumni Association President