Alumni Newsletter

December, 2010

Alumni eNewsletter

December 2010
Laie Hawaii Temple rededicated by President Monson
The Laie Hawaii Temple has been the centerpiece of Latter-day Saint faith in the Hawaiian Islands since its initial dedication in 1919. "The beautiful Laie Hawaii Temple ... is the reason for this great celebration," said President Monson at a cultural celebration held Saturday inside the Cannon Activities Center on the campus of Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Read more, See BYU-Hawaii's photography of the events
Cultural Celebration: A night youth will 'never forget'
Performers from every stake on Oahu, and some from Kauai, gathered with friends and family in the Cannon Activities Center. Read more, watch the Cultural Celebration finale
PCC invited campus to night show with President Monson
“In honor of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and to celebrate his visit, the PCC is inviting the BYU–Hawaii Ohana to the night show...Read more, PCC cast sings to Pres. Monson
Richard T. Wootton, 2nd president of CCH, passes away
The second president of the Church College of Hawaii, President Richard T. Wooten,92, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on November 2, 2010.  President Wooten spent most of his professional life in the education field, teaching at Arizona State University, Presiding over CCH and founding Upward Bound at ASU. He was also an LDS Church leader, WWII veteran and oil company executive.  Read More
Of one heart: The gift of aloha
When Sita Jasper, nee Ah Ching, was a student at the Church College of Hawaii, she remembers being hungry after finishing the evening shift at the Polynesian Cultural Center and her roommates and her being fed by neighbors in Laie, Hawaii. "A lot of them we didn't know that well, but they would bring us inside and give us anything they had," she says. Read more
Big fish, big hearts: Student spends summer on Tongan fishing island
“Matuku is a small island,” said Powell. “You can walk around it in about 30 minutes. There is no electricity, no running water, and none of the modern-day comforts we have, but the hearts of the people are big, and the fishing is good.” Powell is a senior studying anthropology in the international cultural studies major. In the future he hopes to be a professor of anthropology and stay in the islands... Read more
Students share thoughts, gain insight at Great Ideas Exchange
The Great Ideas Exchange began Wednesday, November 3, as 500 students filled the basketball court in the Cannon Activities Center to share their great ideas. Most took seats at round tables arranged on the court and, when those were full, in the bleachers. “What’s your idea?” they asked each other over the piped-in music. Read More
Students, alumni encouraged to 'be the change'
"Talking about peace is not enough. Writing about peace is not enough. We have to go out and do peace," urges Chad Ford, the director of the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding. The idea of the McKay Center originated from former BYU–Hawaii President Eric Shumway who felt that peace was something that was frequently discussed on campus, but students lacked the tools to actually make peace a reality. Read more

Alumni Spotlight- Roger Shinkle
For Roger Shinkle, the positive effects of his experience and education at BYU–Hawaii are still referenced in his work and life. Born in California, Roger moved with his family to Oregon where he grew up and it was there that he accepted his call to serve in the Hong Kong Mission from 1986–1988. Shortly thereafter, he began attending BYU–Hawaii. Read more

New Chapter Chairs
  • Nic Vial, Oregon
  • Joseph Sybrowsky, Idaho (ID,MT,WY)
  • Juri & Vaitiare Widiger, Europe
  • Jaynas & Subhashni Prasad - Canada
  • Willie Kwansing - Fiji

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