Aloha, 2003

January, 2003

As we start our second year of publication, the January newsletter contains:

...and if you missed any E-Newsletters from last year, they're still posted on our BYU-Hawaii Alumni website.



 Alumni fireside set for Salt Lake City

The CCH/BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association will hold a special fireside meeting for Utah chapter members on March 22, 2003, in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, starting at 4:30 p.m.

BYU-Hawaii President Eric B. Shumway, PCC President Von Orgill and others will address the group and preview clips from new LDS Foundation media currently under development to help with Light of Hope fundraising efforts. They will also hold a reception in the Joseph Smith Building from 2:00-3:30 p.m. before the fireside.

Seating in the Assembly Hall is limited. Utah chapter chairs David Settle ('76, Accounting) and his wife Susanne McDonald Settle ('92) will start distributing tickets on February 1. They can also be reached at 801-377-7783.


BYU-Hawaii enrollment cap raised, mix to change

BYU-Hawaii Dean of Admissions & Records Jeffrey N. Bunker reported that Winter Semester's total of about 2,400 students is in line with the University's recently increased enrollment ceiling of 2,350 — up from last semester's 2,200-student level.


"We're pleased to have the new enrollment cap. It's going to be positive for the University and the students," Dean Bunker said. "Right now, the majority of registration is done, and we anticipate we'll end up with around 2,400 students enrolled."

Bunker explained that the difference between the total registration and the enrollment cap limit is due to the number of non-degree-seeking students (for example, those taking Continuing Education classes) who are traditionally not counted against the limit; and "for a variety of reasons, a number of students will discontinue every semester."

Bunker, who came to BYU-Hawaii a year-and-a-half ago from a similar position at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, said he is also pleased with a new enrollment dynamic that started Fall Semester: "We've seen a large increase in our continuing students, which is an indication that we're retaining more of them."

"For example, we have more than 150 students continuing over from Fall to Winter than we did last year. That's significant, because the impact of 150 more continuing students means we can be more purposeful in our recruiting efforts."

Bunker explained he and his BYU-Hawaii recruiting team are responsible for implementing relatively new recruiting objectives that call for maintaining the number of students from Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, increasing the number from Asia, and decreasing the number of students from the mainland U.S.

Expanding on this, President Eric B. Shumway pointed out when BYU-Hawaii reaches its enrollment objectives, the majority of the students will be from outside the United States. "Approximately 60% of the student body will be international, and 40% will be U.S. I'm grateful that President McKay laid out this international emphasis for us in the beginning."

The other BYU-Hawaii recruiting team members include Associate Dean Arapata Meha('83, Music), who focuses on the Pacific Islands, including Australia and New Zealand;Mike Sudlow ('71), Director of International Recruitment, who works mainly with students in the developed nations of Asia; and Asai Gilman, Director of Hawaii, Mainland and International Recruitment in the Pacific Islands where English is widely spoken.

Bunker noted that the number of Hawaii students currently comprises about 20% of the student body, while Pacific islanders are about 15% of the mix. "I feel very good that in many respects we've achieved our goal for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands," he said. "We created 60 new scholarships last year only for Hawaii students, and 50 of those are not tied to grade point academics. We're just starting to see students receive these scholarships, but it's making a difference."

Bunker also said reducing the percentage of mainland students from their current level of approximately 40% to 25% will be a challenge. "One might think this would be easy: Just stop admitting them; but in reality, we want to reduce them in such a way that we don't create an academic void. For example, there has to be enough mainland students for the other students to interact with, for language skills and diversity purposes."

"There also are more and more mainland students who genuinely want to contribute internationally, and we need to give them the opportunity to prepare to do that."

"The CES common application form gives us an idea of where a student ranks his or her interest in BYUH. They must list their preference," Bunker said. Admissions will then look to see "if they have any alumni ties, or if they have served a mission in any of the target areas in Asia or the Pacific.  We also look at what they write in their essays, as it's related to the mission of the University."


He emphasized that Admissions will handle the reduction with sensitivity. "We have a plan that will really get going beginning Fall Semester 2003: Our focus will be to reduce the number of new freshmen, who have the highest attrition rate; and continue to focus on mainland transfer students, who are most likely to remain here to graduate. They're also much more likely to have experience on missions. They're more mature, and more apt to have some sense of the mission of the University, in terms of its international objectives."

Bunker said Admissions has divided the objective to "significantly increase the number of Asian students" into two geographical components: an increase from the current 12% level to 20% from the developed nations of Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan [Asia-1 in the accompanying chart]; and an increase from the present 9% level to 15% from the other developing nations of Asia [Asia-2 in the chart].

"The challenge in Asia is being addressed with increased recruiting trips. We're developing a marketing plan that uses the CES leaders in ways they've never been used before. We're also developing new scholarships. One challenge is the language requirement, but we've developed admission standards for students from Asia: If they meet standards in academic skills, language and spiritual development, they will be admitted."

Bunker added that, unlike Asian universities where a student cannot leave to serve a mission without losing his place, "we guarantee if they go to Seminary, or if they leave to go on a mission, we will save their place. It takes that risk out."

He said it's still "too early" to tell how well this is working, "but the response we've received from Church leaders has been very positive."

"We've been working on this for the past year. We are making progress toward the objectives we have laid out for us. In that same light, I feel good about seeing where our students are coming from in terms of filling the vision of David O. McKay."


Golden Jubilee Committee

As mentioned in the October '02 Alumni Newsletter, and with less than two years to go, BYU-Hawaii Golden Jubilee Steering Committee co-chairs Vernice Wineera ('77, English) and Rex Frandsen ('68, Business Management) are meeting regularly with committee members to plan the University's fiftieth anniversary celebrations in 2005. Other members of the committee, many of whom are alumni, include:

Arlene AndersonArt McKinlayBill HsuBill NealBobby AkoiBret EllisBruce SnowCarol JenkinsCelva To'a, David and Laurie PreeceDavid LuceroDelsa Moe, Dick Clissold,Steve HoagGlenn McMurtreyJudd WhettenLance PagadorLes StewardMax Purcell,Mike FoleyNorm EvansPreston LarsonRob WakefieldRowena ReidSanoma Goodwill, Shauna Smith, Spencer KamauohaTheone TaalaTheresa BigbieWally Thimm andWayne Yoshimura.

The Steering Committee is presently organizing sub-committees for communications, Laie community, historical, marketing, local arrangements, hosting and government relations, special events, student activities, academic and leadership conferences, luau/island banquet, design and productions, former faculty, PCC events and activities, musical productions and sports and recreational activities.

Please contact the co-chairs if you would like to share your mana'o [thoughts].


Sports reports:

Men's basketball:
The BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team, which defeated Hawaii Pacific University in the Cannon Activity Center on January 11th and is favored to win the Pacific West Conference, was recently ranked sixth in the NCAA Division West Region.

The PacWest Champion gets an automatic bid to the NCAA II regional tournament, along with the champions of the Great Northwest Conference and the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The remaining five berths in the tournament are determined by the regional rankings. BYU-Hawaii tied for the conference title last season with Montana State-Billings and received an at-large bid to the NCAA II tournament.

Women's volleyball:
The American Volleyball Coaches Association recently named BYU-Hawaii outside hitter Yu Chuan Weng from Taiwan as its AVCA Freshman of the Year. Weng —   who along with teammate Chun Yi Lin received NCAA II First Team All-American honors —   helped lead the lady Seasiders to the 2002 national title last month with a BYU-Hawaii record of 1,150 attacks this past season.

Men's water polo: Vanja Kalabic, a sophomore from Yugoslavia, also recently earned a spot on the NCAA II All-American First Team. He again led the Seasiders in scoring during only its second season of competition and helped the team to its first-ever top-20 ranking and a spot in the Western Water Polo Association playoffs. Kalabic scored three or more goals 20 times, and averaged 3.65 goals per game.

Teammates Jordan Brink and Alexsander Stankovic received All Conference Honorable Mention.


Dates, anyone?

Mark down these dates on your calendar:

February 11-16, 2003: CCH/BYU-Hawaii Homecoming, including the Alumni Awards Banquet on the 12th and the Chapter Chair conference on Feb. 13-14.

March 1-2, 2003: The BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir will sing during the Kauai Stake Conference.

March 14-15, 2003: The BYU-Hawaii Jazz & Steel Band will be on Maui.

April 26, 2003: The Utah Chapter will hold a Holoku Ball in Provo.



BYU-Hawaii choirs,
PCC promo team perform
for the opening of the
Hawaii State Senate

...on January 15.

— photo by Elder Warren Bybee


Chapter News

Record-breaking Chapter Chair Conference set:
Over 25 chapter leaders have indicated they will attend our annual Chapter Chair Conference, to be held February 13-14 during Homecoming week. The February Newsletter will feature a lot of alumni feedback gathered during the event.

American Samoa:
Chairman Brent Schwenke ('81, Travel Industry Management; '82, Accounting) recently stopped by the Alumni Office on the second floor of the Admin Building to update chapter records.

Chair Kepiloni Foliaki ('95, Accounting/IS) and his wife, Shauna Gooch Foliaki ('93), have set March 14 as the date for the chapter's potluck luau, which will feature Utah chapter co-chair Sue Settle's ('92) visiting Maori group for entertainment. "We hope within the next week or so we'll confirm the place and time for the event, but for sure we'll have it on March 14th. We're hoping all alumni who are planning to attend will send us an e-mail to RSVP."

Co-chairs Laurai and James Dumaguin ('68, Physical Education) report 25 members of the chapter held a potluck organizational dinner meeting on December 28th at the Kona Stake Center. Earl Veloria ('69, Physical Education) volunteered to focus on membership, while other committee members will be named at another meeting on January 29th.

San Francisco Bay Area:
Chairman Raymond Jou ('90, Computer Science) has asked the SFBA leadership to meet later this month at his house in San Jose to plan the chapter's Pacific Cultural Event in May.

The Utah Chapter, under co-chairs David ('76, Accounting) and Sue Settle ('92) will be very busy this Spring with:

  • the special March 22nd alumni fireside in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, as mentioned above;and...
  • a Holoku Ball on April 26th in Provo.

E-mail, or call them at 801-377-7783 for more information.


Personal Updates

1950s & 60s

IN MEMORIAM: Former dorm "mom" Anne Brighouse Rivers passed away January 5, 2003, in St. George, Utah. She and her husband, Charles Rivers, who preceded her in death by several years, came to Church College of Hawaii from Samoa in 1962 as dorm parents. The next year they opened the first gift shop at the Polynesian Cultural Center, and later managed the new Laniloa Lodge and Restaurant [now the Laie Inn and McDonald's Laie, respectively] for 11 years. Their daughter, Eileen Harding ('72), is an alumna who worked in the President's office.

Retired journalism professor, Dr. Ralph Barney, kindly wrote to tell us that the children of Dr. David and Mary Miles — who taught at CCH/BYU-Hawaii from 1962 until their retirement — honored their parents' 50th wedding anniversary and return from their latest mission in the Dominican Republic with a surprise luau on December 20th in Provo, Utah. Many old friends from CCH days attended, including Ralph and Delsa Olsen, who now live in Logan, UT; Ken and Delma BaldridgeO. Pat and Betty Barney, who also live in Logan; Kay and Lina AndersenJerry Roundy, who's retired and lives in Escalante, UT;Dean and Elizabeth Anderson; the Craig Mayfields; Gilbert Haggen; the Lynn Tylers; Marilyn FonoimoanaLavina HarperDwayne Anderson and others. Dr. Barney reported that Sweet's — a Polynesian eatery in Provo — catered the luau with "nearly forgotten favorites such as poi, palusami, long rice and kalua pig. It was a great time for the ancient group to gather."

Family and friends attended the December 28th retirement party for Dr. Frank Kalama('64, Accounting), who retired at year's end after working the past 35 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Windward District — all but three of them at either Kahuku High or Kahuku Elementary School. All the children — Frank Jr. ('97, Information Science), Lei Cummings ('86, Computer Information), Roxanne Latu ('89, Business Management) and Keawe ('97, Psychology) — spouses and grandchildren joined Frank's wife, Gladys Chu Kalama ('61, Elementary Education) for the event. Gladys retired from Laie Elementary School a few years earlier. Among the CCH alumni well-wishers: Frank's cousin Harry Murray ('58, Biological Sciences) and his wife, Patricia Lei Andersen Murray ('60); Gladys' brother, Wayne Chu ('74, Accounting); and Charles Toguchi ('64, Mathematics), who has followed up his public service career with government affairs consulting in the private sector. Toguchi still lives in Kahuluu.

Tui Hunkin Vanisi ('68, History Education) also retired as a Kahuku High teacher about the same time. In addition to her husband, Similati Vanisi ('70, History), her brother,Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin ('64), who's vying to represent American Samoa again in the U.S. Congress, and sisters Salu Hunkin ('68) and Sape Hunkin Magalei ('71, English Education) helped celebrate the occasion.

Freelance photographer and artist Gig Greenwood ('68) said he's finishing a new home studio where he plans to get back into painting and sculpting. He and his wife, Suzanne Arthur Greenwood, live in Makakilo.

Luseane Faaumu Philip ('69, Business Education), e-mailed that she previously lived in the Bay Area for about 20 years but now lives in Roseville, California, with her three sons, and works for the Intel Corporation. She added that her sister, Ana Faaumu Cropper('69, Child Development & Family Relations) and husband Earl Cropper ('69, Business Management), who worked as a PCC manager, have been living in Orem for the past 30 years. Ana previously worked as a teacher and is now an R.N., while Earl runs his own roofing company.


David Hancock ('72), who lives in Sunset Beach, jokes he "majored in surfing" at CCH, and still likes to get out there two-to-three times a week, when he's not running his successful electrical contracting business or helping his wife, Peggy, with their seven children.


IN MEMORIAM: Lani Moe, who traveled and performed throughout Europe and Asia for the first 50 years of his life with his mother and father, Tau and the late Rose Moe, and sister Dorian Moe Vineula, who now works at PCC, passed away in early December. After the family returned to Laie in 1982, Lani served as a dance instructor at BYU-Hawaii and worked with various campus performing groups over the past 20 years.

Kent Kaahanui ('88, Construction Management) recently became the Church's Oahu-Hawaii Facilities Manager, taking care of Church and other ecclesiastical buildings on the two islands. He previously worked as a materials manager with Church purchasing, assigned to BYU-Hawaii. He now works out of the Church offices next to the Honolulu Tabernacle.


"The experience and knowledge gained at BYUH has been instrumental in all my endeavors over the past several years," writes former ASBYUH President Tony Herrera ('91, Organizational Development). Tony, a senior training and development manager for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, recently transferred from New York to San Diego, where he's serving in a bishopric "and reflects often upon the example of my BYUH church and academic leaders."

Mabel T. Reid-Maua'i ('95), now an instructor at American Samoa Community College, fondly recalls the "great times," including "any activity in the Little Circle that involved food and music was always great, not to mention the programs and concerts in the CAC."

Stephen A. Smith ('97, TESOL) has fond memories of working at the Polynesian Cultural Center as a Japanese guide, "using my Japanese language from serving in the Japan Fukuoka Mission" from 1977-79, and "making friends with many people while working as a custodian in the School of Education building." He and his wife, Bokryun Choi ('96, TESOL) now live in Denver, Colorado.

The 'Ohana Korea group

In-fook Antonio To ('99, International Business) is now selling commercial and residential real estate in Beijing, China. Since that's the site of the 2008 Olympics, he said "it's truly an exciting time to be in China." He's also helping a number of people apply to BYU-Hawaii and said his company has a strong relocation program for those who are moving from overseas to work in Beijing.

Pertti Reijonen ('99, History) and his wife, Hyosook Kim ('99, TESOL) live in Helsinki, Finland. His brother, Lauri Reijonen ('98, English/History) and wife,Myounghee Choi Reijonen ('99, English) are also BYU-Hawaii alumni.

Hashick Hong ('99, Information Systems), who's Nokia's business infrastructure manager in Korea, e-mailed that he enjoyed their recent 'Ohana Korea social group meeting in December with Alumni Board member P. J. Rogers ('94, International Business Management). "Many of us felt how much we were blessed to go to this special school in Hawaii," he added. Hashick got married last March: They're expecting their first child in April.


Maeva Anderson ('00, Accounting) e-mailed that her friend, Jeannot Tchan ('98, Accounting), was recently called as President of the Paea-Tahiti Stake, "just to let you know that BYU-Hawaii trains good leaders."

Jodee Lathen ('00, Elementary Education) and Scott Crowley ('01, International Business) were married in the Medford-Oregon Temple last October.

Baterdene Khaisanbuu ('02, Information Systems) who had been living temporarily in Seattle, has moved home to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Rachel Buck ('02, ICS: Anthropology), who now lives in Ventura, California, writes: "I will never forget my life there and hope to keep it with me always. It was great to learn in that atmosphere with so many different cultures. I loved it. What a great way to see the whole world in just one place."


Editor's Note:
We're off to another great year. The BYU-Hawaii Campus is busy, again, after the semester break and Christmas. For those of you who live in really cold places, remember, it's all relative: We were shivering over here, too, when nighttime temperatures recently dropped into the chilly 60s, plus big winter surf already did some damage up on the North Shore; otherwise, "lucky when you live Hawaii," especially in the winter. Look for lots of news in the next issue, following our Alumni Awards Banquet and Chapter Chair Conference during Homecoming in February. Until then, aloha nui.

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