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April, 2002
Papa Hö'ike (Index)

Our April 2002 Alumni Newsletter contains:

Aloha summer conference
This year's bi-annual Daily Living Conference
will also include an
Alumni Reunion


Mahalo for your heart-warming feedback:

 

President Shumway

Once again, aloha nui to all of our dear Brigham Young University-Hawaii alumni and friends. Last month, March 2002, we sent our first-ever e-mail Alumni Newsletter to the approximately 3,000 Internet addresses we have on file. Your response to that initial effort was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and strongly verified that you want to stay in closer touch with us. That's exactly why we've launched this newsletter, and why we're so delighted to hear from you.

As some of you know, I keep a file of letters from students and alumni that I occasionally share on special occasions. I would like to make this one of those occasions, and share several examples of the most recent feedback some of our alumni took the time to return through this medium:

Georgia L. Evans HamblinI enjoyed the newsletter…and will look forward to it in the future... I attended CCH in 59-60…a lifetime impact experience! My memories are precious and friendships were dear and need to be restored in some instances if I could locate them, or know something about them.

Bonnie Ball Gokey ['91, AA, Commercial Art; '91, BA, Art]: Wow, this newsletter blew me away! Thank you so much for reaching out to me so far away from my alma mater and making me feel a part of the BYUH ohana again. I eagerly await your next issue and would like to offer my services if there is anything I can do to help this worthy cause.

Thank you, Georgia. Several others also wrote that they would like to be able to use ourBYU-Hawaii alumni website to stay in touch with former classmates, so I've asked ourAlumni Affairs office to follow through on setting up an online alumni directory. They will let us know when it's active. And Bonnie: our Alumni Affairs Executive Secretary, Rowena Reid ['76, BS, Social Work], tells me we are contemplating setting up a new chapter for Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee alumni. Now, several more responses:

Delbert Kim ['83, BS, Travel, Hotel, Restaurant] and Claire Septon Kim ['82, B.S., Secretarial Science]: Great job on the newsletter! Claire and I will look forward to the next issue. Just think, when we first attended BYU-Hawaii in '77 and '78, we only had four Apple computers for student use in the Science Learning Center. Now, 25 years later, we are sending newsletters via the Internet…

Erin Burch Campbell ['00, B.S., Special Education]: …I greatly enjoyed reading about changes in the campus and about other alumni. I sorely miss Hawaii and being part of BYUH. Thank you for providing a small link so that I can still feel a part of what I consider to be the most influential years of my life.

Nance McDonald: …I attended BYU-Hawaii during a Study Abroad program out of BYU during the spring of 1977. Though that was many years ago, the warm memories I have of that time still make it feel like yesterday. I am so very thankful for my time there and all that I learned.

Help us update our e-mail list: These are just a few of many similar responses, and several other excellent suggestions we received. For example, we had quite a few requests to post the Alumni Newsletter on the BYU-Hawaii website, which we've done. We also collected approximately 200 new e-mail addresses; but, we had to delete approximately 400 addresses that were no longer current. Please help us update our e-mail list: Send us your new address, or the addresses of other alumni who would like to receive the newsletter.

You're invited: Expand your spirit of BYU-Hawaii. Contribute to the university, either through your area alumni chapter, or by donating directly. We need you. As we face the challenge of directly raising $24 million by our Golden Jubilee in 2005, we are so blessed that the Keith & Carol Jenkins Matching Fund will generously match contributions from our alumni at a four-to-one ratio, up to a maximum of $4,000 per alumnus: For each $100 an alumnus donates to BYU-Hawaii — up to a cumulative total of $4,000, the Jenkins Matching Fund will contribute an additional $400.

I know many of you face economic challenges; but when I hear of the impact BYU-Hawaii has made on your lives, I encourage you to make a contribution of any amount to this great university so that others may share the experience.

I also know some alumni feel they already contribute to BYU-Hawaii because they faithfully pay tithing. Yes, Church tithing and other funds heavily subsidize each student here; but for every dollar we can offset that subsidy through contributions, the sacred tithing funds can be further extended toward the worldwide growth and operation of the Church.

As the number and success of our alumni grow and you spread your influence throughout the world, just as President David O. McKay foretold, it becomes part of your ongoing responsibility to share the blessings we enjoyed here through your donations. We still need your additional support.

The Church and both developed and undeveloped countries of the South Pacific and Asia also desperately need more of our graduates whose education at BYU-Hawaii is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Our teachers have mentored and modeled the lessons and behavior we want our students to emulate. Last year, as I reviewed over 300 evaluation feedback responses from recent graduates, it was clear that they consistently feel we have some of the greatest teachers in the Church Education System on this campus. They were eloquent in their praise and gratitude.

Brothers and sisters, BYU-Hawaii is an institution that must specialize in teaching and learning. That is our central mission. We need your help to expand it.

I am a witness that the Lord still has a mighty purpose for BYU-Hawaii in the unfolding of the restoration throughout the nations of this planet. It is still the ideal training site for students who will play a major role in spreading the gospel of peace and the cause of Zion internationally.

I know without any doubt or equivocation that BYU-Hawaii was founded because of direct revelation to a Prophet at a time the Church was preparing for the internationalization of its organizations throughout the world.

This is truer today than it was 47 years ago, when this university began. We are grateful for the strength and vitality you contributed when you were a student on campus; and now we ask again for your continued support. As President McKay promised, the Lord will continue to bless you as you go forth throughout the world from this institution. Mahalo for all that you have done, and for what you will yet do.

May you always remember the warmth of our mutual aloha,

President Eric B. Shumway


Aloha summer conference at BYU-Hawaii:

Here's an excellent reason to come back to Laie this summer. Combine a vacation and a spiritual feast: The BYU-Hawaii Division of Continuing Education will hold its bi-annualEducation for Daily Living Conference on campus from August 8-10, 2002.

This year's conference theme is:

I am come that they might have life
and that they might have it abundantly.
John 10:10

"You will find that the more you reflect upon what must be done to have a richer and more abundant life, the more you will be led back to central considerations that are contained in the messages of the Master," President Spencer W. Kimball taught us. "If we follow in His footsteps, we can live by faith rather than by fear. If we can share His perspective about people, we can love them, serve them, and reach out to them — rather than feeling anxious and threatened by others.

"Thanks to Jesus of Nazareth and His atonement, we will all receive the gift of immortality — endless individual existence — but only if we follow His teachings will we be able to live abundantly in this world and even more abundantly in the world to come."

Conference presenters: Continuing Education Dean Theresa [Kalama Meyers] Bigbie [attended '58] listed the following guest speakers at this year's conference:

Joseph F. McConkie will present Understand the Scriptures: The How of Scripture StudySome Basic Rules of Scriptural InterpretationThey Witness Each OtherUnderstanding Personal Revelation: A Personal Urim and ThummimConstancy in SpiritualityIn Defense of Faith: Where the Strength in OppositionShadows of the Past: What if Christ Came Today, and The Bible: All the Answers?

Victor and V-Ann Ludlow will again conduct their popular Passover Celebration Dinner as well as teach several classes.

David Ridges, returning for the third time, will teach The Plan of Salvation,Isaiah Made EasierIssues, Answers and Major Messages in the Old TestamentThe Power of the Atonement to Cleanse and to Heal; and The Book of Revelations.

JoAnn Hibbert Hamilton will teach How to Protect Your Family Against PornographyLearning to Love the Lord's WayLearning to Recognize Promptings of the Spirit and Answers to PrayersFast Forward into the Future with FaithBeing Happy and Teaching Others to be HappyCome Unto Christ,Want to Feel Good About Yourself? Try This.; and Prayers: Does God Really Hear Me?

Douglas Brinley will teach Marital Intimacy Over the Life CycleEnriching MarriageHow the Lord Would Like Us to Govern Our FamiliesAvoiding and Overcoming Marital DifficultiesWhy Marry in the TempleSingles or Unusually Yoked Marrieds: Never Lose Faith in Marriage and the Doctrine of Being Single — What happens to Me?; and Better Fathering.

Geri Brinley, Doug's wife, will teach Mom, Could You Use a Little Help?Life in the TrenchesHow a Knowledge of the Book of Mormon Helps Us Make Parenting DecisionsPrinciples of Effective Parenting, Part I, II, and IIIHow to Parent as Partners Parenting the Lord's WayHow to Make Time Work for You and Your Children, and Be Your Ally.

Youth speaker Jack Rose will present Living After the Manner of Happiness,Holiness to the LordGuidelines for the Strength of YouStand Alone If You Must — But Above All Else Stand!The Worthless, Old, No Good Beat Up Car;Helping the NeedingDating: How and When We Follow the Lord's PlanWe have Safe and Long-lasting Friendships; and Being There for Our Brothers and Sisters.

Other special features of the Daily Living Conference include:

A three-track program for Youth, Single Adults, and the General LDS public. "We welcome the large audience of single adults who are a growing population in the Church with unique needs and challenges," Bigbie said.

The Iosepa canoe luau: In addition to some great luau fare, meet William K. Wallace III ['72, B.A., History], director of the BYUH Hawaiian studies program; as well as master carvers Tuione Pulotu and Kawika Eskaran ['84, BA, Art] who created the beautiful 57-foot twin-hulled sailing canoe which bears the Hawaiian name Iosepa in honor of Joseph F. Smith and the Polynesian colony in Skull Valley, Utah. The luau will also serve as a BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association reunion event. Join old friends for a special evening in the great Hawaiian tradition of our school and community. (There will be a separate rate for alumni who wish to attend the luau without registering for the conference.)

Passover Celebration Dinner: The traditional meat, unleavened bread, drink, bitter herbs and other items will be added to a delicious, full-course meal, just as is celebrated by many Jews today.

An instant choir, for those interested in forming a temporary choral singing group; and a Youth Dance (ages 14-18, Church dress standards observed).

Devotionals every day, featuring a guest speaker (TBA) on the conference theme on Thursday; Chieko Okazaki, former General Relief Society Counselor, speaks on Friday; and BYU-Hawaii faculty member Dr. James Smith will speak Saturday on Using the Hymns in Our Lives.

General Information:

Registration fees are $35 for a single adult, full conference; $30 for a single youth, full conference; $17 for a single, one day.

Campus housing will be available on a first-come basis, with a three-night package for $60, check-in on Wednesday, August 7, and check-out Saturday, August 10; Seven-night package for $140, check-in Aug. 6 and out Aug. 13; and Ten-night package for $200, check in Aug. 6 and out Aug. 16.

Nearby off-campus housing is also available from BYU-Hawaii Alumni board member Craig Huish [attended '68] at the Laie Inn, 800-526-4562; Turtle Bay Resort, 800-445-8667; Kuilima Estates East, 808-293-9974; Kuilima Estates/Turtle Bay Condos, 808-293-3800; or Kuilima Estates West, 808-293-8217.

The BYU-Hawaii cafeteria and snack bar will be open to accommodate conference participants on an ala carte basis. A three-day cafeteria meal package is also available for $60.

The BYU-Hawaii Travel Department can book your travel arrangements. Contact Lurline Nunu ['01, B.A., Travel Industry Management] at 808-293-3395

To register, contact the BYU-Hawaii Division of Continuing Education at 1-800-217-0656 from the mainland or neighbor islands; 293-3780 or 293-3788 locally; BYUH Box 1963, Laie, HI 96762; fax: 808-293-3789; or register online.


 

 

Porter

Tennis Success for BYU-Hawaii

BYU-Hawaii tennis coach, David T. Porter, has accumulated an impressive record of championship teams and wins over his past 20 years in Laie, while touching the lives of his players.

Dr. Porter, 50, is tall, lean, and tanned. He wears a big puka-shell necklace, and always seems busy. On a recent day in his office in the Old Gym, before sharing his thoughts with the Alumni Newsletter, Porter was on the phone, talking tennis camp personnel issues long-distance. Juggling the handset, he looks up tennis records on the Internet. Moments later, another long-distance call comes in and the conversation shifts to possible scholarship students.

Old wooden tennis rackets hang from the sidewall. His bookcase overflows with tennis references and memorabilia. A large filing cabinet lines the other sidewall: dozens — perhaps hundreds — of zany figurines, each one with a tennis theme or motif, cover the top. "My family, students and friends started bringing them to me years ago," Porter said.

His BYU-Hawaii men and women's team just had a big match the day before. "We're playing the number-three team in the country next," he said, admitting he was a little nervous because one of his players was not available due to a personal emergency.

"I'm really hands on, and I drive my guys really hard," he tells the person on the other end of the phone, leaning toward me and explaining, "It's a guy from New York."

Eventually, Porter leans back, arms behind his head, and shares some personal history: He was born in Des Moines when his father was teaching at Iowa State. He started high school in England before the family moved back to Provo, Utah, where he attended the old B.Y. High. It closed down two years later, so Porter graduated from Provo High in 1969, and attended Brigham Young University on a basketball scholarship. After serving in the New England mission, he returned to the Y, playing both basketball and tennis. "The first year, I tried to do both, but after that I decided to concentrate on tennis," he said.

While at the Y, Porter met and married his wife, Lorrie Parker [attended '83], who is originally from Boulder, Colorado. The couple now have four children: Tara [attended '98], who recently returned from a mission to Leeds, England, and is finishing at BYU; Lincoln [attended '00], currently serving in the Nebraska-Omaha mission; Dillon, a junior atKahuku High; and Taylor, who's in the 8th grade at Kahuku.

Coach Porter earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education from BYU in 1975, and added an M.S. in Exercise Physiology in 1977. He also earned his Ed.D. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1993. Until he was hired at BYU-Hawaii as a faculty member and assistant basketball coach in 1982, he ran the exercise program at the Missionary Training Center in Provo for six years.

After settling into BYU-Hawaii, Porter took over the men's tennis team in 1984; and when former tennis coach Donna Chun [attended '79] took a sabbatical to work on her doctorate in 1993, he also took over the women's team. The rest is rather remarkable tennis history:

An impressive record

 

The 2002 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis team

As of April 10, 2002, both the BYU-Hawaii men and women's teams own the top spot in the nation for NCAA II tennis, according to the latest Omni Hotels/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings. It is the first time in the university's history that both teams top the charts at the same time.

The Seasiders received unanimous support in both polls after defeating their main challengers the previous week in Florida: The men defended their first-place position by knocking off then second-ranked Valdosta State, and the women climbed to the top by downing previous number-one, Armstrong Atlantic State.

Coach Porter said the ranking was "a reflection of a successful trip to Florida, but what is important is what's coming up."

Porter referred to the PacWest Championships on May 3-4 and the NCAA II Championships on May 9-12 in Kansas City. The BYU-Hawaii women have won two NCAA II national titles and two NAIA titles, while the men are seeking their first national championship. No school has ever won both Division II championships in the same year, although Stanford accomplished the feat five times in Division I (most recently in 1997) while Trinity (Texas) and Williams (Massachusetts) turned the trick each of the last two years in Division III. Of that group, only Trinity had the same coach for both men and women's teams.

The men's record this season, as of April 10th, stands at 21-0, and the women are 20-0 for the year. Prior to their loss in last year's national title match, the women had a 103-game winning streak.

 
The 2002 championship BYU-Hawaii men's tennis team

Since Coach Porter took over, the BYU-Hawaii women's team has accumulated a 273-12 win-loss record — for a whopping 96% win ratio. The men's record stands at 435-92, or 83%. Combining the two totals gives the coach an overall record of 708-104 losses, or 87% wins. Impressive, indeed.

"The girls' record is pretty amazing, but the guys have lost their share," Porter acknowledges. "The women have won four national championships; and since I've been coaching, have never finished lower than 5th. The men have never won a national championship, but they finished 2nd twice, 3rd twice, and 4th four times."

The coach explained that BYU-Hawaii used to play in the NAIA [National Athletic Intercollegiate Association], and now plays in the NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association] Division II; but "we play whoever comes over here. When we travel, we generally only play [NCAA] Division I or II teams. We average about 30 matches a season, with the playoffs."

Porter recalled that one year the girls won the national championship, and the men finished third. "I only had five players, and you normally have six. We went at a real disadvantage, but they fought so hard. That was in '98."

 

The players clearly respond to their coach, and Coach Porter responds to them and BYU-Hawaii. "I love it here," he said. "I'm very happy with the university's support of the program. I think we meet the needs of the university and the Church by demonstrating our excellence in Division II and being recognized as one of the top overall teams in the nation, even though we're not competing in Division I. I think we're probably strong enough to play in Division I, but I don't believe that serves the purposes of athletics at this university. Of course, it would be nice for the coach's ego," he said, with a wide grin.

Though expecting near perfection from the players, Coach Porter has also accumulated an impressive record of fellowshipping some of them into Church membership.

"I don't know that it's anything that I've done, but people are prepared when they come here; and the Lord's brought them here for a reason," Porter said. "I've been blessed to be sensitive to know which of these people may have been prepared to come here. The spirit on our campus, among our faculty and students, is what converts them. I'm fortunate to be a part of it."

Asked his advice for tennis players, and others who might consider applying to BYU-Hawaii, Porter responded: "From the tennis side, the most important thing is footwork and learning how to compete. But those are only a part of it.

"Equally important is academics and preparing yourself to be the kind of person that would be happy and grow in a BYU-Hawaii environment."


News-bytes of BYU-Hawaii and Alumni

In other news of BYU-Hawaii and our fellow alumni:

The new BYU-Hawaii multi-stake center is nearly complete. Dedication has tentatively been set near June commencement when a General Authority will most likely be on campus.

The BYU-Hawaii Bookstore recently and seamlessly became a branch of the BYU Bookstore, with Kenway Kua ['81, BS, Mathematics] still the onsite manager. Kua said the change provides the bookstore with a new computerized POS-IM (point-of-sale inventory-management) system and greater buying power.

Kahana Valley service project: On March 9, 2002, over 500 students from the BYU-Hawaii 1st Stake joined community volunteers and residents in the fifth annual Kahana Valley service project. As with similar service projects, this year students and stake leaders helped clear trails and portions of the ancient 'auwai or irrigation system which runs approximately two miles throughout the valley, prepared and planted taro patches, cleaned around the old LDS chapel, and collected stones from a nearby streambed that will be used to rebuild the historic Huilua fishpond at Kahana Bay. Read a more complete description of the service project in the Ke Alaka'i article, or in the Kaleo o Koolauloacommunity newspaper.

More alumni news: Additional information from the alumni quoted by President Shumway above includes: Bonnie Ball Gokey is a marketing specialist in Duluth, Georgia;Delbert Kim — a former Alumni Association president, still lives in Wahiawa and runs a successful family business: XTreme Fun RentalsErin Burch Campbell attended from 1996-00; and Nance McDonald returned to BYU after her semester in Hawaii, earned a degree in journalism, and now works for the Wall Street Journal in Florida.

 

Apelu

BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association President Logo Apelu  ['73, BA, Business Education], who completes his term of office in June, recently traveled to the South Pacific on Polynesian Cultural Centerbusiness. While in [former Western] Samoa, he reports the alumni chapter there — now under the direction of Daniel ['82, BS, Social Management] and Gwen Meredith ['83, BS, Office Management]— is planning a combined activity with the American Samoa chapter. Logo also thanked outgoing chapter chairs George['70, BA, TESL] and Beth McKinnon Hunt [attended '68].

In Tonga, Apelu continued, the alumni chapter chair is Suliasi Kaufusi ['79, BS, Biological Science], who works for the Presiding Bishopric's Office and is also a stake president. He and his wife, Peggy Similai Kaufusi [attended '79], have a daughter, who's currently a BYU-Hawaii student.

In Fiji, chapter chair Maggie Tocailagi ['95, BS, Business Management] and their alumni association recently hosted the visiting PCC and BYU-Hawaii officials, and learned more about the Keith & Carol Jenkins Matching Fund.

A committee of Hong Kong alumni chapter members — including Bill Shum ['95, BS, Information Systems], Bill Hsu ['78, BA, Business Management], Jack Lau ['81, BS, Accounting], Caroline Ming Kwok ['86, BS, Travel Management] and others —is finalizing the selection of their new chairperson.

In Oregon, Kathleen Snyder Taukolo ['98, BSW, Social Work] and her alumni committee joined with BYU Alumni Association officer Richard Vial and his wife, Paula — whose daughter Alicia attends BYU-Hawaii, to host President and Sister Shumway.

Folototo Aiolupotea ['99, BA, Political Science] and his wife, Noelle Mortensen Aiolupotea [attended '99], chapter chairs in the Washington, DC area, also recently spent an evening with President and Sister Shumway, and about 50 other alumni and friends of BYU-Hawaii, at the home of Keith and Carol Jenkins.

Sue Logan Mueller [attended '82] wrote to say she "still looks back with fond memories of my semester" at BYU-Hawaii. After leaving, Mueller went to BYU, got married in 1984, and graduated in '87 with an elementary education degree. "We have four children who look forward to spending time at BYUH as part of their education. I am a stay at home mom except for the times I am a substitute teacher at their schools only. One teacher at BYUH was a great influence on me: Sister Donna Chun was my tennis coach whose quiet testimony, patient example and soft-spoken personality will remain forever etched in my mind. For her example, I thank her."

Loretta Jorgensen Smith, who attended BYU-Hawaii in the early '80s, wrote to say she visited the campus last year enroute to Tahiti and would love to get in touch with long-lost friends from school days.

Suzanne Pauga ['98, BSW, Social Work] is working as a Multiculture Services Officer for Centrelink (Government social security) in Australia, and studying part-time for an MSW degree at the University of Queensland. She said she hopes to be in Hawaii in July and is interested in revitalizing the Australia alumni chapter.

Luana Atoa Best [attended '84] wrote to point out that her brother, Sam Atoa [attended '83] recently carried the Winter Olympics flame through downtown Ephraim, Utah. Sam is the women's volleyball coach at Utah Valley State College in Orem; and Luana is an Account Representative for Modus Media International in Lindon, Utah.

Kenneth G. Aitken [attended '73] sent his greetings "from the refrigerator of Canada." He has been the Prairie History librarian at the Regina, Saskatchewan, public library for the past 18 years. Before attending BYU-Hawaii, Ken served a mission in the Cook Islands — "when Jon Jonassen ['80, BA, Governmental Behavior; '81, BS, Business Management] (who now teaches in the Social Sciences division) was a 14-year-old drummer with his family's dance troupe." After graduating, Ken and his wife, Christine Mei Chiang Chung Aitken [attended '73], took their two toddlers to Saudi Arabia for two years. He later did graduate study at the University of British Columbia, and eventually earned a master's of library science degree. "We do miss the islands," he said. "We were back four years ago for our 25th anniversary… My wife served with Charles Goo and Noa Au in Hong Kong."

Sean Ransom ['99, BA, Psychology] wrote to say he enjoyed the first newsletter, and asked, because "BYUH has such a spiritual influence on people," if future issues could also provide a spiritual boost. "…Alumni are sometimes in a world that actively attacks our values and beliefs (and believe me, I have been on the receiving end of that lately), and even a small spiritual boost like that would be like refreshing water to our spirits. How happy I was to see the profile of Percy Te Hira, a Christ-like man if I've ever known one."


Editor's Mahalo:

I want to add my mahalo to President Shumway's for all of the positive feedback we received from our first issue of the BYU-Hawaii Alumni Newsletter. While I personally believed this idea would work, your response far exceeded all of our expectations. It is most fulfilling to work on this project. Please feel free to send me your feedback, so we may share it with all our alumni. By the way, if you're interested in more news of campus, read Ke Alaka'ionline; and if you're interested in news of Laie and the surrounding communities, check out Kaleo o Koolauloa.

Between now and the next issue of this newsletter, approximately 50 members of theMormon Pacific Historical Society will tour the North Island of New Zealand, gathering information and renewing acquaintances. I hope to meet a number of our Kiwi alumni while there, and will share some of their stories with you in a future issue. Until next time, Aloha nui,

—   Mike Foley ['70, BA, TESL]
Alumni Association President-Elect