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August, 2002

Summer term people are pau with classes, and excitement for the new school year is building as we publish this month's BYU-Hawaii Alumni e-Newsletter on the web. So, we thought this would be a good time to give a status report on our alumni association. Did you know, for example, there are approximately 46,000 CCH/BYU-Hawaii alumni and friends? Staying in touch, including increasingly important e-touch, is mutually valuable… but sometimes challenging.

President Eric B. Shumway has already kicked off the new school year with his annual "University family" address to the faculty and staff. A significant portion of his remarks focused on BYU-Hawaii's prophetic legacy.

In other campus news, the Athletics program plans to launch a new hall of fame in spring 2003, and is seeking nominations; departments are shifting locations, and contractors and workers are rushing to finish a number of projects. Read about them…and more in our regular News-bytes section.

Also in this issue, we have a link to President Shumway's keynote address on The Abundant Life, delivered during the BYU-Hawaii Conference for Daily Living. The Laie-based "education week," by the way, was fantastic.

Finally, as usual, we share alumni chapter news and individual feedback from our classmates in the Alumni Updates section. Their messages are inspiring, and bring back special memories. Read and enjoy,

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


Alumni Association status report

 
Alumni Association staff (l-r): Phyllis Peters, Rowena Reid and Landy Manutai. BYU-Hawaii recently presented Reid with an Outstanding Service award.

The Church College of Hawaii/Brigham Young University Hawaii Alumni Association has approximately 46,000 members. Association director Rowena Pili Reid ('76, Social Work) is very familiar with that number, since she and her staff have converted the majority of those records into an electronic database over the past two years.

When Reid left her job in 1996 as manager of Total Quality Management at the Star Kist tuna factory in American Samoa to accept the alumni position, she explained she soon discovered somewhat of a surprise: "There were about 35,000 old alumni records catalogued on microfiche, microfilm and other media that were — to put it mildly — tedious to retrieve," she said. "Without accurate records, we don't have an association."

"At one point President Shumway needed a report, and it occurred to me we didn't have a true count," Reid continued. "The whole system got computerized around 1978, but for previous years, it was just very good guess work."

Reid soon got authorization to hire Phyllis Ah Ching Peters ('77) and Yolanda Lueder Manutai (‘75) to work part time on converting the old hard copies to electronic files. "We've processed about 6,000 names since the beginning of the year," Reid said, explaining that her staff is working closely with the Registrar's office.

"We've gone through every single one of the old records, and we're now double checking," she continued, pointing out the staff is making sure we have correct birth dates and trying to update contact information. She shared some of the data (all numbers are rounded):

Category

Number

Graduate alumni

8,100

Non-graduating alumni

31,700

Friends

6,200

Total

46,000

"We have good addresses for about 62% of our 46,000 alumni, which includes anyone who ever went to school here and ‘friends,' such as parents of some students, donors, and others," Reid said, adding that over 90% of our alumni are still living. "We also have about 3,200 current e-mail addresses, but there are certainly a lot more alumni out there who use e-mail. We would really like to have their contact information."

"I give credit to my staff — Phyllis and Landy, and several others," Reid said, adding that our new electronic alumni newsletter has also spurred corrections to the e-mail address database.

Taking a proactive stance, the Alumni office is also trying to work more closely with current students to ensure that their contact information is captured before they graduate. For example, the office is now responsible for selling graduation caps and gowns, but the staff makes sure they audit contact information during each transaction. Of course, there's still a lot of moving around after graduation. In fact, the U.S. Postal Service estimates that 20% of all Americans move at least once a year. That's one of the reasons BYU is pushing its e-mail for life program.

Reid said the database will eventually become available not only to BYU-Hawaii divisions, but also other alumni.

In addition to record keeping, the Alumni office works with 43 regional chapters: 7 in Hawaii14 on the mainland10 in Asia, and 12 Pacific island groups.

Among the U.S. states, Hawaii — as might be expected — has the highest number of alumni with approximately 7,500. Utah follows with 6,200, then California with 3,600 and Washington with 1,050. Canada and New Zealand lead all other international countries with over 200 alumni each.

Reid explained that BYU-Hawaii and BYU share international Asia and Pacific chapters. "Technically, in fact, we're one alumni association; and BYU-Hawaii alumni enjoy every benefit our Provo brothers and sisters have. We work very closely with Provo," Reid continued, "and they have been extremely helpful to us."

Still, there's something special about being a BYU-Hawaii alum. "Everywhere I go, there's not been a place where I didn't recognize someone," Reid said. "They can be doing whatever they're doing, but when we start talking about BYU-Hawaii or the Polynesian Cultural Center, we can't help starting to laugh and remember the special times in Laie."

Reid explained her office provides the chapters with current alumni lists for the respective chapter members, helps with mailings and labels, coordinates activities and provides training. "Ideally, I really want the alumni chapters to also work with our BYU-Hawaii recruitment, admissions and placement people, to help students come to school here, and then to help them get jobs after they graduate."

Reid especially expressed appreciation "for those who serve as chapter chairs. I enjoy working with them. There's so much more to be done, and I really appreciate their efforts."

She stressed that "the purpose of the Alumni Association is not just to raise funds. We need to build a bond with each other. Of course, we also hope to instill the desire to help others enjoy the BYU-Hawaii experience. That includes sharing your own BYU-Hawaii stories and testimonies with your own children and others who would benefit from attending, as well as fund raising. As alumni, we're so fortunate we can leverage our contributions through the Keith & Carol Jenkins Matching Fund program."

The Jenkins Fund has "really helped jump-start alumni efforts to show their love and support for the University," Reid added.

"I never thought I would come and do this kind of job. Every time I visit alumni groups, I can't help but feel so much pride. This job has been very rewarding," Reid said, adding that another highlight occurred when her husband, Ernie Reid, graduated last year in accounting.

Reid said that one of her favorite sayings, which she has included at several alumni functions, sums up her feelings about working with BYU-Hawaii alumni:

We have all drunk from wells we have not dug and warmed ourselves from fires we have not kindled.

"I have so much aloha for this school, and all of you," she said. "It's such a privilege to work with you. Please don't hesitate to write, e-mail, or call us if we can help."


BYU-Hawaii's prophetic legacy

President Eric B. Shumway eloquently traced the clear prophetic legacy of the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus during his annual address to the faculty and staff members of the "University family" on August 21, 2002.

 
BYU-Hawaii President Eric B. Shumway

"When David O. McKay dedicated the ground on which this University stands, he prophesied that students from this campus would be men and women of integrity and skill. They would be leaders that all the world is hungering for, leaders that would carry the message of the Restoration by word and by example to the nations of the Pacific and Asia," President Shumway said.

"President McKay's emphasis was not only on Church leadership but leadership all the world is hungering for, in families, government, communities, etc. He mentioned specifically Japan, China, India, and many other nations were implied. In that same address President McKay made it very clear that the ultimate purpose of this campus was to build character and testimony in these future leaders. The result of their preparation and their performance would ‘be felt for good toward the establishment of peace internationally.'"

"Later President Harold B. Lee declared that this campus would be a ‘beacon light of truth to Asia,'" President Shumway said, pointing out that when he was inaugurated in 1994, Elder Neal A. Maxwell also used this quotation, and complimented BYU-Hawaii as an institution that "has an extra edge enabling it to contribute to the world in holistic ways, including the outward leaven of righteousness."

Elder Maxwell went on to say that "because of the shared vision of the administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, higher levels of accomplishment will occur on this campus. The best lies ahead! There will be even wider radiating effects which pulsate outward from this place as the Lord makes his facilitating moves on the checkerboard of the nations… [Indeed] tens of thousands in the world who will never set foot on this campus will be blessed and served by the thousands who have been blessed to be here." 

President Shumway credited BYU President Rex Lee with articulating the ultimate fact about this campus, "that it is an integral part of the restored kingdom of Jesus Christ, and there are things that a really good university can do to carry out the objective of kingdom building and the perfecting of the saints in unique and more affective ways than can be accomplished by any other component of the Church."

 
President
Howard W. Hunter

Finally, President Shumway cited Church President Howard W. Hunter who affirmed that "this triad of learning established by the Church in Laie, namely the BYU-Hawaii Campus, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the [Hawaii Laie] Temple, has a significant place in the plan of the Lord to further the work of His kingdom."

To further encourage the faculty and staff to remember "everything we do this year to fulfill the University's mission and what the Lord intends us to do," President Shumway quoted seven important points from President Howard W. Hunter's 1994 inaugural charge to him:

1. You must "build on that great heritage" [of this campus] and you will come to appreciate it even more than [you do now].

2.   You must "find better ways to help students learn…to focus the curriculum on those essentials which are valuable both now and in the future, allowing students to continue learning in a rapidly changing world."

3.   You must "maintain and enhance the atmosphere of learning which gives confidence to those who struggle as well as challenge those who are quick to learn."

4.   You must "help every student, faculty member, and employee become part of a loving, productive, and honest community [learning the] lessons of respect and tolerance, of hard work, and of integrity, which will make them leaders in a world that will come to value those qualities more as they become more rare."

5.   You must "keep the building of character a central educational purpose of this institution."
6.   You will "find ever better ways to allow the diversity of cultures from which students come, and to which they will go, to be an effective and an important part of the educational resources of this campus."
7.   You must "build faith in God the Eternal Father, in his beloved son, Jesus Christ, and in the great principles which lead to eternal life…we charge you to do that as a central part of your educational purpose, not as an addendum to it."

President Shumway said that in his concluding remarks eight years ago, President Hunter promised that "it is the light from heaven which will make students better learners. That same light from heaven will make them better leaders."

"I charge you on behalf of the Board of Trustees and all those who love this institution to dedicate your service to enlarging the capacity of those who study and work in this blessed place to learn over a lifetime, to live productively in association with others, and to grow in faith in God and in truth," President Hunter told President Shumway.

"The need to constantly revisit the historical and spiritual foundations of this campus by all of those who work here is self-evident," President Shumway continued.

"President McKay declared in the beginning that ‘no man or woman should teach [work] at this college who doesn't have in his or her heart an assurance, not a mere belief, but an assurance that God has had his hand over this entire valley and that that dedication offered years ago was inspired.'

"Every student and every employee who comes to this place becomes part of that prophetic legacy."


News-bytes

Athletic Hall of Fame:
BYU-Hawaii will institute an athletic hall of fame this year to honor athletes, coaches and other contributors to the Seasiders' success in sports over the years. The first class — consisting of five people elected by the BYU-Hawaii Hall of Fame Committee, chaired by Athletic Director Dr. Randy Day — will be formally inducted in spring 2003 during the University's annual athletic banquet. The committee will induct a maximum of three people annually in subsequent years.

Nominations may be made by anyone interested in the BYU-Hawaii athletic program or by committee members. To make a nomination, contact Dr. Day, Faculty Athletic Representative Ron Jackson, or Scott Lowe, BYU-Hawaii Sports Information Director. To be considered, an athlete must have completed his or her collegiate eligibility at least five years prior to induction.

BYU-Hawaii will display a permanent plaque of the inductees in the Cannon Activities Center. They will also be asked to attend the athletic banquet where the formal induction will take place.

 

Domino effect on campus:
By the time the new fall semester starts, there will be several location changes on campus. For example, Social Work is moving into the TVA Multi-Purpose Building, the Religion Department has already moved into the new BYU-Hawaii Stake Center, and after some renovations, the Hawaiian Studies program will move into the former Religion offices next to the Little Theater.

Also, Food Services kitchen renovations will be complete, the School of Educationis getting a larger parking lot, carved out of a grassy area in front of TVA building C, and the enlarged BYU-Hawaii swimming pool is slated for completion by mid-September.

Far East Russian connection:
Know anyone in Vladivostok? How about Nakhodka, Ussurisk, Khabarovsk, Sakhalin or Magadan? Those are Far East Russian cities where the Church has organized branches, and from which BYU-Hawaii hopes to attract a few more students among the approximately 650 Saints in those places. Jeff Bunker, Dean of Admissions, recently announced that BYU-Hawaii will include Far East Russian students in its International Work Experience Scholarship (IWES) program this year for the first time. Under the IWES program, families must provide a minimum of $400 support, while students agree to work, usually at thePolynesian Cultural Center.

‘Abundant' Daily Living:
The BYU-Hawaii Daily Living Conference from August 8-10th — the Laie version of Education Week at BYU —was phenomenal, featuring outstanding classes, inspiring devotionals, a real Hawaiian food luau, and an unforgettable Passover seder (meal) in the Samoan fale at PCC.

President Shumway's keynote devotional address on the conference theme, "The Abundant Life," was exceptional; and visiting BYU Professor Victor Ludlow's special Passover seder in the Samoan fale had to be one of his most unique presentations ever.

The BYU-Hawaii Division of Continuing Education plans to put on a Daily Living Conference every other year, alternating with a women's conference.

 

In memoriam:
We're sorry to announce that former BYU-Hawaii counselors Larry andMidge Oler passed away within weeks of each other this summer. They had been serving as the first Kona Temple president and matron.

CCH history book available:
The Pacific Institute is offering copies of The Founding and Early Development of The Church College of Hawaiifor $15 each, including shipping. Reuben D. Law, the first president of CCH, published the book in 1972. To purchase or order it, contact Jane HoChing Toluono ('88, Business Information Management) at 293-3665 (or fax 293-3664).


Alumni Updates

Chapter Info:

Tokyo Expatriate Chapter Chairman L. Todd Budge and Japan Chapter ChairmanKoichi James Hayase ('89, Accounting) let us know their scholarship committee has granted current student Yasuhiro Suzuki a full tuition replenishment grant for the Fall Semester at BYU Hawaii. "The committee selects those few individuals each year that it considers to have the potential to be future leaders in the church and community in Japan," they said in notifying Suzuki.

 
BYU and BYU-Hawaii Kauai Chapter alumni recently toured the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

The Koolauloa Chapter, headed by Choon ('79, English) and Mark James ('79, English/TESL), is planning a "Friday the 13th" potluck party on Sept. 13th in the new BYU-Hawaii Stake Center cultural hall from 6-8 p.m.

Kauai Chapter chair and Provo alum Dr. Gaugau Tavana recently led fellow alumni on a tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, where he works with former BYU professor Dr. Paul Cox. In addition to enjoying each other's company, an umu and barbecue, the Garden Isle alumni also kicked off their scholarship fund drive.

The Los Angeles chapter, headed by Cynthia Betia (‘81) and Dean Schwenke ('82, Construction Supervision), will hold a luau featuring the Polynesian Cultural Center promo team on Sept. 28, 2002, at the Westwood Chapel park area. The LDS Foundation and LDS Public Affairs will also host the foreign diplomatic corps in the Los Angeles area at the event. The park is located behind the Los Angeles Temple. For more info, call the Schwenkes at 310-373-1262.

The Washington Chapter, headed by Ben ('89, Business Information) and Cathryn Hosack Lim (‘74), is seeking nominations for its scholarship awards.

Approximately 60 alumni and family members attended the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter summer potluck activity on July 20th, where Burke Holbrook ('99, Psychology) took first place in the lei contest.

Personal updates:

1960s

Bill Gudgeon ('61) was recently elected a member of the New Zealand Parliament for the Hamilton-Waikato area. Following his CCH experience, Gudgeon joined the military, served in Southeast Asia and was selected for the elite SAS in 1966. Since 1987, Gudgeon has lectured at the Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton in physical education, tourism, Treaty of Waitangi issues and social sciences.

"One of the happiest times in my life was the year I spent at CCH," wrote Linda Jensen Gregson. "In the spring and fall of 1962 I went to school in Laie and fell in love with Hawaii and with the Polynesian people. Living in the girls' dorm with 7 other girls, most of whom were from the islands, was a rich cultural experience for me. Whenever I hear Polynesian music, my thoughts drift back to CCH. I think of the loving leaders and teachers like Bishop [Nephi] Georgi, and Brother Kay Anderson who is in my ward in Provo. I think of beautiful Laie Bay, the luaus, Tongan music, and most of all I think of the spirit of aloha. I will always remember the feeling of love and acceptance that I felt at CCH. What a wonderful place!"

1970s

Hideki Itotani first came to CCH in 1972 and played on the men's volleyball team before being called back to Japan on a mission. After his mission, one of his companions eventually convinced him to transfer to Snow College where he graduated and got married. Hideki and his wife eventually returned to Japan where he earned a master's degree in oriental medicine and a doctor's degree in sports science. Itotani and his wife now live in Whidbey Island, WA, with their two daughters and three sons.

After spending 20 years in Alaska where Sione Ake Mokofisi (‘75, Electronics Technology) and his wife, Sherri Kelsey Mokofisi ('75), raised four boys, they now live in Utah where he works in airline management. "After editing Ke Alaka'i at BYUH, writing remains a passion with me and I currently write for Tonga Star as a U.S. correspondent, am a columnist for Officiating.com, and a freelance contributor to Rugby Magazine. I still wish to be a fulltime writer some day soon," Sione wrote. This former Seasider soccer and rugby player, is alsopresident of the Utah Rugby Union, is very involved in western regional rugby affairs, and is a certified referee and coach.

"I loved my time as a BYUH student and worked as an usher at the PCC night show," wroteSheryl "Shari" Grace Sears Dodson ('75). "I felt more at home in my first week on campus than I'd felt in my previous 18 years growing up near Washington, DC. I remember so clearly and fondly my branch presidents and teachers and my Tongan home teachers, and the love Stake President Shumway had for us. I especially loved and valued the lessons that came through the cultural diversity. I miss so many things: eating poi (with or without the kalua pig), and watching friends scale palm trees, playing in the rain in the middle of the night and Security who pretended not to see us, mud sliding, and listening to Tongans harmonizing the hymns, to name a few, and the deep friendships. Looking back, I've come to believe that the combination of the Polynesian aloha spirit and the true gospel of Christ triggered memories of another home. My time there was the closest I've ever been to heaven (even with the cockroaches, geckos and mosquitoes). I left to go on a mission to Bolivia, met my future husband in the Washington Temple and my ‘mission call' was changed. We're halfway through raising our nine children (five born to us, four born in our hearts and brought to us through foster care and adoption) and currently live on a small farm about 20 minutes south of Provo [Mapleton]. Twenty-five years later, I've yet to be able to return to my beloved, adopted home, and each day my heart cries out for it. The longings give me greater focus and help me remember my goal to return to the other home that I don't remember, but feel the whisperings of — the birthplace of true aloha."

1980s

Thomas S. Monson ('84, Accounting) and his wife, Sumiko Tsuji Monson ('83, Travel Management) now live in St. George, UT, where he runs his own CPA firm.

 
The 1984 Japanese Club wins
Culture Night top honors twice in a row.

Krissy Ayon ('86, Information Systems/Office Management), who now works as the entertainment manager for Sam's Town in Las Vegas, wrote: "Laie is a most special and sacred place in my life. I gained my testimony there, I prepared for a mission there, I went to the temple there for the first time, I gained an education there, I learned about the world there, I had my first fulltime job there, and I had a lot of fun. My best friends for life are friends I made while living in Laie. There is just a special bond we all share that has never diminished. There's not a day that goes by that something doesn't remind me of something in Laie or my mission (Puerto Rico). The international aspect of BYUH greatly prepared me for my later job with the international organization, ‘Up With People,' and my studies at the American Graduate School of International Management. Working in the entertainment industry in Las Vegas can be a rough challenge, and without my strong foundation of my testimony of the gospel that I gained and developed in Laie, I would be able to do my job without letting the world get to me. I also love returning now and again for a fresh breath of ‘Laie' back into my soul."

Liwiana Ramon-Ioanis ('88, Government/History) and her husband, Ioanis Adam Ioanis (‘85) live in Palikir, Pohnpei, where she is chief clerk of the Federated States of Micronesia Congress. "There is no substitute for the spiritual experience and education I obtained from BYUH," she recently wrote. "My BYUH experience was positively great, and I sincerely believe it contributed much to what kind of person I am today. I am proud to be a BYUH graduate and will continue to hold that torch high — to be an example unto others as to what an LDS BYUH graduate should be on our small island of Pohnpei."

1990s

Rob Donigan, who attended BYU-Hawaii in 1990-91 before serving a Vietnamese-speaking mission in Oakland, CA, went on to graduate from Utah State U. in landscape architecture. He now works in Denver, and lives in nearby Aurora, CO. Rob was a member of the PCC brass band and the BYU-Hawaii jazz band.

"Thanks for the wonderful newsletter. Because of it, I have reconnected with one of my closest friends from BYUH that I had lost contact with for the last two years," wrote Ken Quinn ('93, English Education). Ken and his wife, Beverly Hall Quinn ('85) recently surprised their five kids with a two-week trip to Oahu. "Our two oldest lived there with us in TVA as young children, and our third child was born in Honolulu just 10 days before we left in '93, so we were very excited to take them back. I used to work at the PCC and in President Shumway's office (when he was the Vice President for Academics)."

José dos Santos ('95, English) is now a professor at Faculdades Santa Cruz in Curitiba Paraná, Brazil. "I really cherish all the memories I have from the time I spent at BYU-Hawaii. Besides the classes and the campus diversity, what I remember most were the talent shows… [where] we had the opportunity to see so many cultures come together and present us with the best from their countries. I thought these cultural encounters were such a nice complement to what I learned in class."

Clark Tuitele (‘98, Elementary Education), who had been teaching at Laie Elementary School, has accepted a similar position with Kamehameha Schools on Maui, where Mitch Kalauli (‘62) is an administrator.

2000s

Christina Manning Narayan ('00, Elementary and Special Education) and her husband,Arvin Narayan ('00, Social Work) now live in Littleton, CO: "Going to BYUH was like having a one-way ticket around the world. My BYUH experiences have changed every part of my life. As my eyes were opened to the many rich cultures of the world, I now center my themes as a teacher around multiculturalism. I draw from the spiritual experiences I had in Laie when teaching the youth in my ward. The friends I made, professors I learned from, and employers I worked under have strengthened me as a person, a wife, and now a mother. Attending BYUH has shaped my life in amazing ways — with roti on the stove, kimchee in the fridge, and my slippers outside the front door."

Stephanie Brazier Christensen ('01, Special Education) and her husband, Kevin Christensen ('01, Exercise Science/Psychology), now live in Rio Rancho, NM, where she's a fulltime mother to her two young children and he works for a Utah-based nonprofit organization. "We recently traveled back to the ‘Gathering Place' to visit close friends and partake of the spirit of aloha that continues to surround everyone there. BYUH and Laie will always have a special place in our hearts and hold special meaning with our family."

And new graduate Lynnea Christensen ('02, Special Education), who now lives in Kent, WA, wrote that she will "always have fond memories of the friendly aloha spirit that permeates throughout the entire campus. It is easily found in the staff and students and in the overall beauty of such a choice land that our Heavenly Father has given us. We truly are blessed to have BYUH, and I have been blessed as an individual to have been part of such an inspired institution. The memories I've experienced have clearly made their mark on my spirit and in my heart forever."