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President Samuelson greets BYU-Hawaii 'ohana


May, 2003

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The May 2003 BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association e-mail newsletter contains:


President Samuelson greets BYU-Hawaii 'ohana

The BYU-Hawaii 'ohana of faculty, staff, some alumni and even community members filled the Auditorium on May 12 to meet Elder Cecil Samuelson, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the newly named president of Brigham Young University.

In introducing recently released President Merrill Bateman's replacement, President Shumway explained that Elder Samuelson "is in his 13th day of his new assignment. If you think about that and his willingness to come over here, that should indicate his great desire and love to be helpful, and provide leadership, friendship and support. He has had a full and continuous 'baptism by immersion' for the past 24 hours on campus, and I am amazed at how much he has to offer," he said.

Then, following the opening prayer, BYUH Hawaiian Studies director "Uncle" Bill Wallace('72, History), his staff and a number of students welcomed President Samuelson with chanting and a hookupu gift of a large paddle created by master carver Tuione Pulotu('68) from the same wood used to carve the BYU-Hawaii sailing canoe, Iosepa.

"As you begin your journey as president of BYU, we thought a very appropriate gift would be a paddle that could help you in several ways. You can use your imagination," Uncle Bill said. "The designs on the paddle symbolize strength and courage, and the desire to proceed forth."

ASBYUH President Jan Lesuma and other student representatives also gave the new president gifts of hula, stories of the students and the Savior, and two crimson-and-gold BYU-Hawaii sweatshirts, which President Shumway noted are a little closer to his University of Utah alma mater colors.

 
BYU President Samuelson
— photos by Elder Warren Bybee

"It's great to be part of the great Brigham Young University family. I've been very pleased to learn how closely aligned the Laie and Provo campuses are. I have to tell you how impressed I am to be here," President Samuelson responded. "You know you're in a very special place, and I know you also know that."

Elder Samuelson, a graduate, former professor and Dean of Medicine at the University of Utah, shared some insights into his call as the twelfth president of BYU: "When you get a note handed to you in a meeting that President Hinckley would like to meet you right away, if it's convenient, it's convenient," he said, recalling that President Hinckley only asked him one question: "How would you like a little change of scenery?"

President Samuelson said that, and his sustaining a few weeks later at a BYU devotional, "tell us a great deal how our trustees feel about these institutions: They believe that the universities are integral to the mission of the Church. I have the greatest respect for the trustees and the mission of the University. I [also] have great, great respect for the prophecies of David O. McKay."

"David O. McKay was the prophet of my youth, just as President Hinckley is the prophet of our current students," he continued. "What President McKay said about Brigham Young University Hawaii was prophetic. It is an institution that was established by God, through his servants. Our prophets do not make trivial statements, nor do they make outlandish claims. Many would consider the beginnings of this institution as something unusual."

"I have seen things on this campus and around this community that give me great comfort, and know that all the promises President McKay made will be fulfilled. The question really is, do we want to be part of it?" President Samuelson stressed.

"That doesn't mean we won't have challenges. We'll never have all of the money, all of the space, or all of the equipment we need; but I have heard the other General Authorities say we will always have enough."

"This institution will lift other nations. I suspect that our primary focus will always be the Pacific and Asia. The gospel is true, and this institution is part of it; and it is viewed so by the prophets."

Following his remarks, Elder Samuelson invited the BYU-Hawaii ohana to ask him or President Shumway questions. Math professor Dr. Gary Frederick, for example, asked why the "one university" concept doesn't always work smoothly. "Finances don't flow back and forth easily," he said in reference to paying transfer and exchange faculty salaries.

 
BYUH Hawaiian Studies Director 'Uncle' Bill Wallace (right) presents a hand-carved paddle to BYU President Samuelson.

"The one university concept is different, even in this institution," President Samuelson replied, joking that he was "shocked that there were differences of opinion, even among the colleges at this University. Being one university does not necessarily mean we are all the same; but I would hope in our government structures that we will work together."

President Shumway added that the two campuses have had "quite a bit of flexibility over the years. We've had faculty exchanges for many years. Many times they keep their salary paid from there, and our people keep their salary paid from here.  The principle is shared services and cooperation."

"Everybody on the Provo campus is eager and willing to arrange one-time opportunities for exchanges. We can do it easier now than we've ever been able to do it. We can arrange anything, so long as it feasible and mutually beneficial," he said.

David Lucero, BYU-Hawaii Director of Student Activities, asked if the University's athletic program might increase, to which President Samuelson responded, "We ought to celebrate the two national [tennis] championships we've earned today."

He added that BYU-Hawaii faces the challenges of higher travel costs because of our geography, "but I think you've managed that very well."

President Shumway said that when BYU-Hawaii went from the NAIA to the NCAA Division II several years ago, "the Brethren asked us to look at that very carefully...and have a decent competitive program that was affordable."

"We made the case at the time that we would have a modest program, but a highly competitive one," he continued, recalling that Elder Henry Eyring, one of the trustees, suggested if the Church were ever to build another university, they would probably not have intercollegiate athletics; and Elder Perry told him, "If you're going to have an athletic program, then win. We have taken that as our motto," President Shumway said.

"Last year we won three national championships, out of eight sports. This year we'll have three national championships out of eight sports. We, as a conference of six schools, are very competitive nationally."

President Samuelson added, "One of the things we have to keep in mind, in everything we do, is the pressures of the world to have us comply with their standards, such as playing on Sunday. We need to be very clear that circumstances with society could change where it would be inappropriate [for our sports programs] to do so."

Biochemistry professor Dr. Daren Heaton asked what role President Samuelson sees faculty research playing.

"I'm a big believer in research, which I view as the generating of new knowledge," the new BYU president answered. He added he feels teachers are the best people to do that, but suggested "research is not the primary thing we do. I think the measure we should apply is what does research contribute to the undergraduate educational experience. I believe some of the best lessons occur when we're working on real problems."

"For us, the primary purpose will always be to focus on preparing the students. All kinds of creative work are important. We're going to be a first-class teaching institution, and push back the frontiers of knowledge," President Samuelson said.

Several others asked about increased resources for growing programs.

President Samuelson said this is a challenge almost all universities face. "We have to deal with our own institution to decide where the key priorities are. Everybody wants more and needs more, and most of us believe our departments are special."

"These are the important issues we have to wrestle with: How do we maximize our impact? How do we decide what it is that gives us the biggest bang for our buck? The Prophet is very concerned, given the world's circumstances, about spending the widow's mite, or extending ourselves beyond our capacity," he continued, adding that he didn't feel now is a particularly good time to come in with large capital requests.

"In the meantime, we are all required to participate in the tough dialogue to take the university to the next step. It will come," he said, noting he doesn't have much control, "but I will be a cheerleader."

"The Brethren have been very generous over the years with this campus," said President Shumway, citing the recent examples of the new BYU-Hawaii Stake Center and Auditorium renovations. "If you come in with a proposal for a new building, you must also come in with donations to build and maintain it. Right now we're still under a moratorium on academic square footage."

"We will have to make the case. We will also have to fully utilize what we already have," President Shumway continued, suggesting BYU-Hawaii could have access to other facilities that might eventually be built in the community."

 

 

 
The BYU-Hawaii men and women's tennis teams: Consecutive NCAA II national champions.

Both the BYU-Hawaii men's and women's tennis teams, under head coach Dr. David Porter, won their second consecutive NCAA Division II national tennis team titles at Altamonte Springs, Florida, on May 12. BYU-Hawaii is the only Division II school to ever win back-to-back men's and women's national tennis championships.

The second-ranked BYUH men went all the way there to defeat Hawaii Pacific University, 5-4, for their back-to-back national title, while the number-one-ranked Lady Seasiders knocked off Barry University of FLorida for their sixth national championship in the past seven years. In addition to last year, they also won Division II titles in 1999 and 2000, and NAIA titles in 1997 and '98.

BYU-Hawaii sophomore Jan Krejci, the top-ranked player in the country, defeated Mikael Maatta to edge out HPU. The Seasider men finished their 2003 season with a 30-1 record, losing only to West Florida on March 31.

BYU-Hawaii women's team member Adrienn Hegedus is also the top-ranked player in the country. The Lady 'Siders finished their season with a perfect 37-0 record, that beyond the current year includes a run of 66 straight wins, and 169 victories out of their last 170 matches. Their last loss was to Lynn, Florida, for the 2001 title.

Read more about the latest Seasider national championship wins.

 

 

 
Ilima, Ke'ilani and Joenee Briones photos by Monique Saenz

Couple designs business
to help alumni in The Philippines

A young BYU-Hawaii alumnus married to a Laie girl recently returned to his home in The Philippines where the couple has set up a retail Internet business designed to help other economically challenged alumni in the area.

Joenee Briones ('01, Information Systems) came to BYU-Hawaii in 1995 from his home in San Fernando, Pampanga, north of Manila. After one semester, he was called to serve in the Philippines-Naga mission in southern Luzon. When he returned to school, Briones worked in Polynesian Cultural Center retail sales and was vice president of clubs and organizations his senior year.

Ke'ilani Navalta is a Laie girl of Hawaiian-Filipina-Caucasian heritage who graduated from Kahuku High in '95, and attended BYU-Hawaii. Her father, S. Wilfred Navalta ('66) is the women's volleyball coach. After serving in the Portugal-Lisbon South Mission from 1998-00, she returned and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Health & Wellness.

Discover how they're helping.

 

News-Bytes

Original CCH chemistry professor to retire
Dr. Dale Hammond, who originated the Church College of Hawaii's chemistry program in 1959, will retire at the end of Spring Term after teaching at BYU-Hawaii for a total of 36 years. The lean teacher, who has consistently worn his trademark crew cut all those years, will afterward continue to help maintain some of the chemistry lab equipment, engage in private research, and serve a part-time mission with his wife, Carol Hammond ('89), at the Laie Temple Family History Center where they are currently the co-directors. Read more details on Dr. Hammond's retirement.

Other BYU-Hawaii 'ohana members who also recently announced their retirement include Anita Henry, Norman Thompson and Lui Tuitavuki.

 
The totally renovated Hale Aloha is now home
for the PCC's Alii Luau. 
 folifoto

PCC opens new Alii Luau venue,
welcomes 30-millionth visitor

The Polynesian Cultural Centerrecently opened its Alii Luau in the completely renovated Hale Aloha theater. Alumni who haven't seen the Hale Aloha recently may be surprised to learn service missionaries and contractors removed all the former seating and extended the roof so the venue now comfortably accommodates 700 luau guests under cover. "The Alii Luau is now our most popular dining option," said PCC Vice President of Sales & Marketing Alfred Grace ('88, Travel Industry Management). He added that the former Alii Luau facility behind the IMAX™ theater will be used for overflow luau customers and private group functions.

While oldtime alumni will still recognize the "volcano" backdrop which was part of the PCC's original evening show theater that seated 600 and featured a then-innovative water curtain, they'll be surprised to learn another taller "mountain" is being built backstage which will house dressing rooms, offices and a practice area for the student performers. Starting in the middle-1980s the PCC took out the Hale Aloha's sand-covered stage, extended the lagoon into that area, and performed the Pageant of the Long Canoes there for a number of years.

On April 25 Grace welcomed Dianna Hill, a rural postal carrier from Woodland, California, as the Center's 30-millionth visitor. In addition to traditional gifts and honors from the villagers, Grace invited Hill and a guest to return to Hawaii later this year for the Center's actual 40th anniversary celebration. Since October 12, 1963, over 13,000 BYU-Hawaii students have helped finance their educations by working at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

National 'Mother of Year'
The Association of American Mothers, Inc. has named Mervlyn Swain Kitashima — wife of alumnus Daniel Kitashima ('75, Mathematics) — as its national "Mother of the Year 2003."

Our last issue reported she had received the Hawaii state designation, along with Lanett Harmon Ho Ching ('86) receiving the "Hawaii Young Mother of the Year 2003" title.Though not an alumna, Kitashima supported her husband while he was in school. She is the parent coordinator for Kamehameha Schools.

Other Sports Reports
BYU-Hawaii recently named senior center basketball player Scott Salisbury, junior women's tennis player Amy Sun and junior outside hitter Ashley Moea'i as Seasider Athletes of the Year.

Salisbury led the Seasiders to the Pac West championship this past season with an average of 15.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.31 steals per game. He also tallied a team-high 22 blocks, despite having to sit out after 16 games due to injuries.

Sun, who previously accumulated a 59-1 singles and 55-3 doubles record in her first two seasons with the women's tennis team, added another 30-1 singles and 31-2 doubles wins this year.

Moea'i, whose family comes from Laie, averaged 3.43 kills, 35 service aces and an average of .89 blocks per game during the women's volleyball team run for the national championship.

Also this year, for the first time, BYU-Hawaii named Hauula resident Harold Palimo'o Jr. as the Seasider Outstanding Fan for attending almost every athletic event on campus and others on the island.

For more BYU-Hawaii sports news.

 

Chapter Updates

American Samoa and Samoa:
A joint BYU-Hawaii/Polynesian Cultural Center recruitment team recently held a series of alumni meetings, firesides and interviews in American and [Western] Samoa. "We interviewed at least 50 potential students in each area," said Alumni Association President-Elect Les Steward ('72, Business). "The alumni there are all enthusiastic and desire to be supportive of the University." Steward added that Placement Ambassadors Tevaseu George Hunt ('70, TESL) of Samoa, Pita Vamanrav ('71, Electronics) from Tonga, and Peter Lee from Fiji attended the meetings.

Fiji:
The Fiji chapter, chaired by Maggie Qovu-Tokailagi ('95, Business Management), recently reorganized, naming Ernest ('01) and Tima Vavaloa Vitinavulagi ('01, TESOL) as co-chairs; Brijma Charan ('98, Business Education), secretary; Lily Qadriu ('96, Business Management), treasurer; and Peter Lee — the father of Adeline Lee Erasito('99, International Business Management), Patricia Lee Pukahi ('96, Business Management) and Maraia Lee Cava ('93) — as placement coordinator. They will meet again on May 24th in the Suva Institute of Religion office to discuss fundraising.

Honolulu and Koolauloa:
The Honolulu Chapter, headed by Rob ('77, Accounting) and Mary Lou Hardisty ('89, Physical Education), will hold its first semi-annual family activity day at Kualoa Park pavilion area on May 24, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The chapter will provide the main ingredients but will assign other potluck items. Please RSVP to Carol Jaros for an assignment at 277-6510. All Koolauloa Chapter members are invited.

Meanwhile, Koolauloa chapter chairs Mark ('79, English and TESL) and Choon James('79, English) are holding discussions with the Honolulu chapter about a better way to serve all BYU-Hawaii alumni on Oahu: Perhaps, for example, they might redivide the island into Windward and Leeward chapters, similar to how the Big Island is divided into the Hilo and Kona chapters, following the boundaries of the two stakes there. More to come.

ldaho:
Co-chairs Grant ('93, Travel Industry Management) and Stephanie Guinn ('93) report the Idaho Chapter recently named Heather Bitsch ('01, ICS: Humanities) as vice-chair and Cheryl Allen Smith ('78) as secretary/treasurer. The new chapter officers have started to plan a luau, with details to come as the plans firm up.

Korea:
Alumni Association Director Rowena Reid as well as BYU-Hawaii Director of Communications Rob Wakefield and his assistant, Joel Kongaika ('02, ICS: Communications) — who are both returned missionaries from Japan — will travel to Japan and Korea this month to conduct meetings. They will have reports to share in the next issue of the BYU-Hawaii Alumni Newsletter.

Minnesota:
New chapter chairs Hector ('87) and Allison Amezcua ('87) report the Minnesota Chapter is planning to hold a volleyball activity in June and a luau in September. E-mail or call them at 651-731-1084 for further details.

Tokyo:
The BYU-Hawaii Alumni Chapter in Tokyo, Japan, will hold a spring gathering on Saturday, May 24 at the Shibuya Ward Building, 28-8, Sakuragaoka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (via the JR train to Shibuya plus a five-minute walk, or park at the Cerulean Tower, not reimbursed), from 1:00-3:00 p.m. There is a cost of ¥1,500 per person, which includes lunch. As indicated above, Rowena Reid, Rob Wakefield and Joel Kongaika will also be at the Tokyo alumni meeting.

Washington:
Chair Ben Lim '89, Information Systems) and Cathy Hosack Lim ('84) report they were recently in Europe where they had lunch with Yutaka Kamegawa ('97, International Business) at the Louvre in Paris and also met Allison Wilson, who is studying in London. "It was a magnificent experience to meet these alumni. As we visited and talked, we could feel an instant bond. Truly, once you've felt the spirit of aloha, it is within you no matter where you're at. Both Yutaka and Allison truly have that spirit...but they miss the aloha that can never found anywhere else in the world except Hawaii."

 

Personal Updates

 

1950s & 60s

The picture at right shows Church College of Hawaii Seasiders in the early 1960s helping paint the large letter-C which used to be on the hill mauka of campus, similar to the large letter-Y above BYU in Provo (and other school letters throughout the Intermountain West). Note the sugar cane fields in the background which used to surround the back of the campus. Is that a rather slim Ned Aikau in the middle?

1970s

Poao Ah Hoy ('74, Industrial Education) recently recalled that when he and his wife, Atalina, and their little boy, Irwin Ah Hoy ('88) came to Laie in 1970, it was their first time to leave Samoa and ride on an airplane. After clearing immigration, they waited all day long in Honolulu before a CCH bus took them to campus, where a friend finally picked them up and gave them something to eat. The young family spent their first month living with another friend in a tiny studio in Hauula, and the second month with relatives in Laie before being among the first studio tenants in the new Temple View Apartments. "We only had $30 that we brought from Samoa to start our education in Hawaii. It was quite hard, but we managed to survive and I completed my degree in 1974. I was among the last to bear the name of Church College of Hawaii on my diploma."

Art 'Afa' Tonga ('76, Electronic Technology) is now working as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his family live in nearby Euless. He said his job has allowed him "to express my imagination and ideas learned at BYU-Hawaii" as well as "witness some of those ideas being utilized in the space program in Europe and the US military. The essence of my learning at BYUH was given in my Book of Mormon class about Alma when he testified to the people of Zarahemla: I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit."

1980s

Jamie Beutler Schulz ('81), who is a preschool teacher in Park City, Utah, recently wrote she "can't believe how long it has actually been. It seems like just yesterday I was enjoying campus life at BYU-Hawaii. Now I'm looking for colleges for my own daughter. My most wonderful memories were of Showcase Hawaii. I met many special friends and had a terrific experience with the wonderful, talented director, [the late] Greg Tata ('75, Music). I would love to hear from some of the ol' 'Mule Lip Gang.' Much Love and Aloha."

Catch up on what happened to New Zealand alumni Steve Keung ('82, Accounting) and his wife, Cindy ('79), who decided to return to campus recently for their 25th wedding anniversary.

"Could you please add me to the newsletter e-mail list?" writes Daren Kingi ('83, Art), who now oversees sales, marketing, PR and advertising for the 10 Marriott hotels in New York City.

John Cornillez ('85, Business Management) and his family live in Kapa'au on the Big Island, where he runs his own consulting business. "My memories of BYUH and PCC are still fresh in my mind. It doesn't require much for me to relive those experiences, or remember the people I knew. I enjoy relating my stories to friends and family. I'm grateful for my education. It has helped me tremendously in my business ventures. You never stop learning. You are constantly reading and studying to keep up with our ever changing economy and technology."

Rick Barker ('87, Business Management) and his wife, Deborah Hansen Barker ('88, History) live in Corona, California. Rick, a project manager for Boeing in Long Beach, writes: "We love to hear from all of our old BYUH friends. I met my wife at school and our oldest daughter, who is now 16, was born in Kahuku. This school had a lifelong impact for us, both academically as well as spiritually. We often look back on our time there and miss the spirit of 'ohana that is part of the school. We have made a couple of trips back — the last time was in November 2000 when we brought our four children with us. It was great to share with them all of our wonderful times at BYUH."

 
Juco (left) and Pinpin
— photo by Elder Warren Bybee

Two former roommates from The Philippines —Louisito Pinpin ('88, Business Information Management) and Romeo Juco ('88, Information Systems and Business Management) — recently held a mini-reunion in Laie, even staying with their old landlord. Pinpin, who now lives in Tukwila, Washington, where he works for Airborne Express as a claims adjustor, has been back to campus before; but it was the first trip back for Juco, who runs a computer school and several other of his own businesses in his native town of Guagua, Pampanga.

"My BYU-Hawaii experience and working in the Polynesian Cultural Center concessions department have helped me a lot with business management and dealing with people to this very day," Pinpin said. He added that their landlord, Juanita Felix, "was just like our mother when we were here. All the people we met here have helped me a lot, and have been friends for life. We're thankful for the opportunity to come. BYU-Hawaii helped shape our lives."

Juco, who worked on the mainland for five years before going back to The Philippines, said he came to know that "sending money home wasn't as good as being there and building a future. I went home to see what I could do for my family. What I'm doing there now I probably couldn't have done in the United States."

1990s

Allan Langdon ('90, English Education), an aircraft electrician for the Air National Guard in Helena, Montana, writes, "My time at BYU-Hawaii was one of extreme growth, both academically and spiritually. I will always consider Hawaii my second home. I never miss an opportunity to brag about how great BYU-Hawaii was, and is."

 
Matt Wade (left) and E.J. Ozu
at their 'local grinds' restaurant
in American Samoa.
— photo by Les Steward ('72)

The joint BYU-Hawaii/PCC recruitment team recently ran into Matt Wade ('97, Information Systems) and E.J. Ozu ('95), who are business partners with their wives,Lisa Tuinei Wade ('96, Biological Sciences) and Melvaleen Magalei Ozu ('98, Business Management) in a local-style restaurant in Malaeimi, American Samoa. Matt wrote that they're "we've been in Samoa for almost two years now and loving it." He also recently told one of his employees who will enroll this fall "the best things about attending BYU-Hawaii are that you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, be in an LDS environment and have educators who actually know you by name and not by a number. For me that made a difference."

April Ross Watkins ('96, Elementary Education), who now lives in Issaquah, Washington, said she "would love to hear from all the wonderful people I met while attending BYU-Hawaii."

Jamieson Kaku ('96, International Business Management) his wife, Rie Nakajima ('96, TESOL) and their two boys live in Matsudo, Japan, where he works as a credit manager.

Carlos ('98, International Business Management) and Ana Alves ('98, International Business Management), joined a bank executive training program after returning to their native Brazil, and after three years were transferred to the bank's London, England, headquarters where he works on integrated marketing programs for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He hopes to soon enroll in a graduate program at the London School of Economics.

"My BYU-Hawaii experience was such an awesome one in that I came to have a deeper understanding of the gospel, and a chance to grow more as a person in that understanding. I so loved the atmosphere. There's definitely a serene feel to it, and I am so grateful that I was able to experience it," writes Julia Maeva Patane ('99, Information Systems). "And of course, I can't end without saying that BYUH gave me the opportunity to meet wonderful people from all over the world. In fact, that's where I met my husband of three years," Barry Patane ('97). Julia works as a computer specialist for an aerospace firm in Chula Vista, California, and lives in nearby San Diego.

2000s

Mindy Jasperson ('00, Information Systems) is the assistant director of Information Technology at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. A departmental listing acknowledges that her "sense of calm" and "her skill in programming is legend."

Rebekah Tano Palmer ('00, English) and her husband, Jesse Palmer ('02, ICS and English), are now living in Irvine, California. She writes: "We love BYUH and miss it everyday. I was given so many opportunities to work and serve. I also met Jesse in ward choir. We became reacquainted after our missions and married two years later. Now we have a beautiful daughter and are working towards his Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Literature at UC Irvine. None of this would be possible without the help from great faculty and Bishop [ViliamiToluta'u ('80, Art) who encouraged all the guys to go to ward choir."

Daniel Skaf ('01, ICS: Communications), who's studying film and video production in California, writes that his video, The Birthing of Iosepa, recently showed in the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Kyle Mauldin ('02, Information Systems) and his wife, Amanda Kay Blackwelder ('02) recently moved from San Diego to Lindon, Utah. "Neither of us are from Utah, so this is a BIG change. I am continuing to work in the IT field, which has been greatly rewarding, thanks to my education at the School of Computing. We recently had a little baby girl, and are enjoying our new and busy lives as parents."

'02 grads David Fisher (International Business Management) and his wife, Elenoa Naeata (Information Systems) live in (oh-oh!) Boring, Oregon, where he works for a financial institution. "I can't believe how much I miss BYU-Hawaii. It was truly a spiritual and wonderful experience," he said.

 

Editor's Note:
The excitement's mounting over the anticipated visit of President Gordon B. Hinckley during June commencement, which we'll report in a future issue of our BYU-Hawaii Alumni Newsletter. In the meantime, mahalo nui for the feedback that just keeps coming. So many of you tell me you especially love to read the updates from your classmates. For those of you who haven't shared your mana'o yet, don't be shy. SOIFUA.

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