September, 2002

The Newbytes section of the September 2002 Alumni Newsletter notes that U.S. News and World Report Magazine has ranked BYU-Hawaii in its top-tier of Western universities for the fourth consecutive year. The section also contains a list of faculty and staff members who were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements and service, introduces a new University vice president and several new faculty and staff members, and highlights national recognition for BYU-Hawaii female athletes.

Next, a BYU-Hawaii professor takes a serious look at World Cup soccer as a way to research nationalism, and draws several applications for the University.

And, of course, we continue to share alumni chapter news and personal feedback from classmates over the past 47 years.


Top tier:
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report Magazine's annual survey has ranked BYU-Hawaii in the top tier of Western U.S. universities offering bachelor's degrees.

BYU-Hawaii placed fifth in the magazine's "Best Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor's" category that compares universities which exclusively emphasize undergraduate programs. The other top-five universities in the category are Linfield College in Oregon, number one, followed by Okalahoma Baptist University, Texas Lutheran, and Carroll College of Montana. Last year, BYU-Hawaii tied with Carroll College.

In addition to its overall ranking, the survey also showed BYU-Hawaii rated first among all U.S. colleges in the "acceptance rate" category, with 10%: This means only one of every 10 students who applied to the University last school year was accepted, compared with 75% among the other 85 top-tier universities.

BYU-Hawaii also ranked third in the Western region and ninth in the United States in the survey's "peer assessment" category, which was previously called "academic reputation." In this category, university vice presidents and provosts rank their peer institutions on a scale of 1 to 5. BYU-Hawaii scored 3.6 on the scale.

"It means a lot to us to receive a consistently high assessment from a reputable third party like U.S. News," said Academic Vice President Keith Roberts. "It shows that year in and year out, we're doing many things well."


Teacher of the Year:
The BYU-Hawaii President's Council recently presented its annual Teacher of the Year Award for full-service activities that advance the University to Dr. Marcus Martins, chair of the Department of Religious Education. As part of the recognition the Polynesian Cultural Center gave him a $1,000 check.

Dr. Martins, who is originally from Brazil, has taught at all three BYU campuses. More recently, he produced a series of lectures on BYU-TV that has "brought our campus to a broad audience that has reinforced BYU-Hawaii as a source of knowledge for the members of the Church throughout the world," said University Vice President of Academics, Keith Roberts.

Annual Service awards:
At the start of the Fall Semester the Administration also recognized 10 staff members — nine of whom are alumni — for their outstanding service during the 2001-02 school year. They are:

Our own Rowena Reid ('76, Social Work), Director of Alumni Affairs; Bob Owan ('72, Physical Education), group manager for purchasing/travel services — Administrative Services; Karen Sue Jones Harper ('73, Information Systems), Physical Plant; Jolene Kanahele ('88), Human Resources; Lurline Nunu ('01, Travel Management), Travel Services; Jerome Toluono ('93, Mathematics), Federal Programs Coordinator; Margie Sonoda Tuttle ('75, Elementary Education), Library Technical Services; Kelly Merrill, School of Business; and Christine Victorie Kahuena ('92, Business Management), Athletics Department.

New faculty and staff:
Michael Bliss has replaced Kirk Evans as BYU-Hawaii Vice President of Administrative Services. Evans has accepted a position with BYU.


Bliss, who graduated from BYU in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in business management and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama in '73, joined BYU's management staff in 1999 as a managing director in auxiliary services. Prior to that, he implemented a $2 billion relocation to Utah project for Micron Construction, and has worked for other firms in Utah, North Carolina and Texas. Bliss also served as a business manager at Duke University.

Other new staff and faculty members this school year include the following alumni:

Administrative Services: S. Fonua Lauaki ('76, Industrial Arts), assistant physical plant director-custodial; Siu Moala ('83), Hale 5 custodian; and Ngatamaine Vainerere ('02), groundskeeper.

College of Arts and Sciences: Ned Williams, English Department Chair who returned from a two-year leave in Europe; and his wife,Robyn Sellers Williams ('84), EIL instructor;

Library and Information Services: Melina Jonassen Tuiravakai ('97, Pacific Island Studies), ITS Call Center manager.

School of Business: Bill Hsu ('79, Travel Industry Management); Jonathan Miller ('96, Accounting), Accounting instructor;

Student Life: Leilani Dumaguin Auna ('85, Social Work), Student Advisement Center counselor.

Other staff: Stephen Crowell ('90, Vocational Management), McKay Auditorium manager;

Women reach highest ranks:
The BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team recently climbed from number-three into the number-two national ranking, behind Cal State-San Bernardino, in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Earlier in the season the lady Seasiders, under head coach S. Wilfred Navalta ('66), brought home the gold from the Barry Invitational in Miami, Florida, after defeating the tournament's host and namesake for the championship.

And four-time First-Team All American, senior women's tennis ace, Petra Gaspar, who we mentioned in the last newsletter, has added even more accolades to her sterling BYU-Hawaii tennis career: Gaspar was recently named the 2002 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Hawaii.


Serious about soccer

A BYU-Hawaii history professor literally used the arenas of the 2002 World Cup soccer matches in Korea and Japan to further his research on nationalism and sports as an idea as well as a mode of behavior.


Associate Professor J. Michael Allen, who is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, explained he found the idea of using the World Cup matches in Korea and Japan irresistible for several reasons: The World Cup, which is usually held in Latin America or Europe, was co-hosted, for the first time ever, by two countries with a "very rocky history over the last 125 years."

"I was interested to see what would happen when an event that is watched by the world — hundreds of millions watching every day — is hosted by two countries that are not particularly friendly with each other. The World Cup, more than the Olympics, is a place where nationalism is on display," Allen said.

"The World Cup, like the Olympics, is also an event full of contradictions and tensions," he continued, pointing out that international competition ideally transcends national boundaries and brings countries together. "On the other hand, the event itself is based on the most ruthless competition."

Allen, who served a mission in Korea in the 70s and still speaks the language fluently as well as some Japanese, explained that neither Korea nor Japan wanted to co-host the World Cup. "There was the question of what the event would be called, and who gets to host the final match."

In the end, he said, "Korea got top billing: It was the Korea-Japan World Cup; and Japan got the finals. The Koreans were very careful to make sure they let people know this was the Korea-Japan World Cup."

During the competition, Allen said, "You could sense it was important for both countries to do well, but it was especially important to do better than each other."

Both teams went through to the second round, when Japan dropped out, but Korea eventually came in 4th place, "which was way beyond anyone's expectations," Allen said. "This was the first time a Korean team had gone beyond the first round. After Korea made it into the second round, there were huge celebrations. After that, every victory was like icing on the cake, but it also fueled expectations. The World Cup for that month of June, became the 'national religion.'

"After the Korean team finally lost, newspapers reported that people were saying, 'I don't know what to do now. I have to go to work. I'm so depressed.'"

Allen said one of the most valuable — but unexpected — observations he made during the games was the power of the nonpolitical event to unify the people of Korea, at least for a month. "I have lived in Korea for four years, and I have never seen the country as united as I did during the World Cup. The stadiums and the streets were flooded with countless thousands of people wearing the Korean fan club tee shirt," Allen said. "There was a sense that we're all in this together.

Over a million Korean fans took to the
streets after each victory. 
© 2002 FIFA

"After every victory, the streets turned into huge parties, all night. You might find that in Brazil, or Mexico, but contemporary Korean nationalism always has to be seen in the context of the division between North and South," Allen continued, pointing out that the games "suggested an opening for a common dialog."

Allen observed what he called a "most interesting example" of this: "I saw a large advertising poster for a telecommunications company that showed a soldier at the Demilitarized Zone. You couldn't see his head. Instead of holding a weapon, he was holding a soccer ball. The caption said, in Korean, 'Next time, without fail, we play together' ...suggesting that sports have a way of accomplishing what politics has a hard time doing."

Citing another example, Allen explained that before Korea defeated Italy, which was initially favored to take the 2002 World Cup, local newspapers carried numerous articles reminding people that Italy lost to Korea in the 1966 matches. "But that was the North Korean team," Allen said, adding that the South Koreans had adopted that team as their own, and wondering if the North Koreans — who received broadcasts of the matches — felt the same way 36 years later.

Asked what other applications might be drawn from the games, Allen said the World Cup reminded him "national differences and rivalries are very real, and shouldn't be minimized. For every country, this is a time when animosities are on sharp display. When countries like Argentina and England play each other, it's a replay of all their past tensions, but it's also a replay of the Falklands War. It's better to play it out on the soccer field, than it is on the battle field."

Allen also drew comparisons between the games and BYU-Hawaii. "We're kind of the world in microcosm here," he said. "The World Cup teaches us that national differences, which often lead us to isolate or hate each other, can be channeled. Nationalism can be a positive force. It can give meaning to lives and give people direction toward a positive goal.

"The challenge for all of us at BYU-Hawaii is to transcend, not to forget, our national identities. All of us come from nations with histories rich in positive values and experiences that can give strength and hope. While retaining those values, our challenge is to transcend and reach across those boundaries," Allen said.

In addition to his teaching at BYU-Hawaii and research on nationalism, Allen has nearly completed a book on Korean intellectual history ("the history of ideas") centering on the writings of Korean historian Sin Ch'aeho (1880-1936).

Allen joined the BYU-Hawaii faculty two years ago. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Auckland. His wife, Kelli Ann West Allen, is a 1980 alumna.


Alumni Updates

Chapter Info

A small group of Koolauloa Chapter alums held a potluck dinner in the new BYU-Hawaii stake center cultural hall on September 13th in competition with a Kahuku High football game and a BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball game in the Cannon Activities Center the same evening: It was fun to see Vatau Galeai Neria ('74, Child Development and Family), who was visiting from American Samoa; Marge Butler Stanton ('65), who was wearing Max Stanton's ('65) old CCH letter sweater; and former CCH Religion instructor, Larry Rast, who's now 83 years old and lives with his daughter, Michelle Rast LeMone ('69, Art Education) and her husband, Larry LeMone ('70, Electronics Technology) in Laie.

Chairs Mark ('79, English/TESL) and Choon James ('79, English), announced that the Koolauloa Chapter has started a textbook scholarship for the children of chapter members, which everybody agreed was a good idea, since books now often cost several hundred dollars or more per person, per semester.

Reporting on the progress of the University, President Eric Shumway recalled first how he and his family have been associated with BYU-Hawaii for 36 years, then said, "I have never been so stoked. I have never been so excited. I have never seen so many things coming together that define the future of this community." President Shumway also delivered a strong plea about leveraging alumni contributions through the Keith & Carol Jenkins Matching Fund. He stressed that, more than the amount of the contributions, it was important that a greater percentage of alumni make a contribution of any amount.

The Lims

Washington Chapter chairs Ben Lim ('89, Information Systems) and Catherine Hosack Lim ('84) held an alumni committee meeting on Sept. 10th with Uilani Chung ('93) Kelly Molinari ('88) and Ferdinand Pinpin ('01) to discuss upcoming fundraising events and to coordinate efforts with the local BYU chapter.Ben also recently suggested that our BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association consider setting up a network site where "chapter chairs can collaborate, network, share experiences, and discussions. Since our alumni association is becoming global, I think we need to use the technology to keep in touch and get closer to each other." The also suggested setting up a video-conference link for those chairs who can't attend the annual chapter conference training session held during BYU-Hawaii homecoming in February.

The Hamilton, New Zealand Chapter is looking for new leaders: Kenra Muir Tarawhiti ('90, Accounting) wrote that her husband, Wayne Tarawhiti ('92, Organizational Development) was recently promoted to national/international operations manager for a computer training company and has been transferred to Auckland. She added: "We've just received the latest BYU-Hawaii Magazine, and what a great issue. It has awakened all the joyous, educational and spiritual experiences in me that have been dormant for a while. Thank you for the great job you and your staff continue to do at BYU-Hawaii."

Hong Kong: Cora Wong ('94) and Bill Shum ('95) are spearheading efforts to select a new BYU-Hawaii chapter chair.

Dave ('76, Accounting) and Sue Settle ('92) are planning a Holoku Ball for the Provo Chapter in April 2003.

Tonga Chapter chairs Suliasi ('79) and Peggy Kaufusi ('79), who recently returned from a family reunion in Utah, are reviewing their BYU-Hawaii scholarship fund and finalizing criteria for awarding book scholarships to eligible Tongan students.

Los Angeles: Don't forget, if you read this message in time and you haven't called in for a ticket to the Sept. 28th alumni luau, to do so immediately. Space is limited at the the Westwood Ball Field (behind the L.A. Temple), and the committee is expecting over 500 people there. Tickets cost $15 each, and the Polynesian Cultural Center will provide the entertainment. Call Dean '('83, Construction Supervision) or Cynthia Schwenke at 310-373-1262, Doree Victorino at 310-838-6846, or Alofa and Felila Tanuvasa at 562-803-3979.


Personal Updates


"One of the greatest influences on my life was a professor named Nephi Georgi," wroteDixie Dorius Bond Evans ('60, Business). "I became an English teacher because of him, and had a wonderful teaching career. When I retired, I created and opened the Northridge Learning Center in Layton, UT, an accredited school where 15 teachers now tutor one-on-one students of all ages, and where I am able to continue my activities in education."

Now a professor at Green River Community College in Auburn, WA, Ani Clipper Watene Maxfield ('62, Education and Science) said her years at CCH from 1959-62 "will always be treasured. They set the stage for my desire to excel and achieve as I moved through the education process. It is amazing how easily it is to remember one's roommates and classmates. Not to be forgotten are my CCH professors who challenged and mentored me well. CCH will always be special in my life."

Lynda Godfrey Bailey ('64), who runs her own stained glass business in Ridgway, CO, recently returned to campus for the August 2002 "A New You" program and while here, stayed in the same dorm she did back then. "I loved CCH," she wrote. She and her husband, Steve, are co-owners of the Powderhorn Ski Resort.

BYU-Hawaii mathematics adjunct faculty member Elissa Leong Oleole ('68, Mathematics) recently shared the following list of things she remembers about her own student days at CCH: "Dorm assemblies; ballroom dancing at all formal school dances; 'Mom" Enos and delicious cafeteria food; dorm mates; 'white glove' inspections in the dorms; Brother Coburn (mathematics); Brother Thomas (English); and Sister Swapp (Health)."

Tekehu Munanui ('69, Mathematics) and his wife, Henriette Yim Yui Cheung Munanui('62) were recently named as President and Matron of the Papeete Tahiti Temple. Tekehu, who worked in the Church Translation Department, previously served as president of the French Polynesia mission.


According to the records, we have one alumnus — Chuck McCutcheon ('74, Social Work) — living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: "My years at CCH/BYUH are the foundation from which I have progressed to what I am today! I will never forget Laie and BYU-Hawaii." McCutcheon works as director of health and safety education for an international business consulting firm.


"What meant most to me at BYU-HC was the Aloha…the people, the differences in culture…the fun," wrote Ardy Sego Herbert ('81) who runs her own child care center in Turlock, CA. "I worked at the PCC and loved working in an environment that truly was away from the commercial parts of Hawaii, involved with the Pacific islands, where the aloha spirit and love of Christ really was. The friendships I made were incredible, and that will never be made anywhere else in my life."

Lynn M. Cleveland Navares ('82), who operates her own design firm in Olympia, WA, wrote: "My time at BYUH will always be remembered and shared with others. I loved the closeness of a smaller campus and the ability to get to know the instructors individually. I felt like I was part of a family at BYUH."

Jex Varner attended BYU-Hawaii for only one semester in 1983. "That one semester, however, has had a profound effect on my entire life. At a significant crossroad in my life I chose to apply to BYU-Hawaii. I was accepted but failed to notify anyone that I was coming. I didn't make the decision to go until the last moment. When I arrived on campus I had not registered, had no place to live, and only $80 in my pocket. What happened after that can only be attributed as a miracle. Within a few hours, through the patient and loving attention of BYUH staff, I was able to secure a loan for tuition, books and housing, register for my classes, and find a roommate on campus. My life has been blessed ever since. In that one short semester, not only was I taught by very talented professors, but I met and became engaged to my wife of 18 years, Leslie Susan Bradford ('83). We now have six beautiful children. P.S. My wife and I met another student at BYUH that semester, Glenn Hileman ('84). Based on our close association with Glenn at BYUH, we later introduced him to my wife's sister, Michelle. They have now been married for 16 years and have four wonderful children of their own."

Sorry to hear that Hiroshi Tsunoda ('82) recently passed away in Paris, TN; and Harry Kerr Sr. ('85, Automotive Technology Education) recentlypassed away in Hilo.

Maria Ethel Bettridge Shircel, DTM ('83, Office Management) was recently appointed as spokesperson for The Philippines Children's Fund of America.

Yuri Tijerino ('87, Computer Information), the chief technology officer for a company in El Dorado Hills, CA, wrote, "In the first two weeks in Hawaii I made more friends than the whole three years I spent in Arizona. BYUH provided the academic foundations that led me to seek a graduate education in Osaka, Japan, where I obtained my master's and doctorate degrees in 1990 and 1993, respectively. It also provided the spiritual basis for becoming a good member of society and obtaining the eternal family status I currently enjoy."

Tauariki Numanga Kalama ('88, Accounting), who previously served with her husband,Frank Kalama Jr. ('97, Computer Science) as Cook Islands Chapter chairs, wrote that they now live on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where she works in finance, and Frank's a computer consultant a major accounting firm. The couple maintains a postal address on nearby St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, because the mail's faster and they can get fast food there.

The Polynesian Cultural Center recently promoted Alfred Grace ('88, Travel Industry Management) to vice president of sales and marketing. He previously served as vice president of sales.


Shari Lunt Kay ('91), who played on the BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team, is now head coach of that sport at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, AZ.

"Would I do it again? Absolutely! Laie is an oasis in a tumultuous world, and BYUH offers the willing, unparalleled opportunities to learn," wrote Eric Workman ('92, Organization Development/Business Management), who now works for The Dow Chemical Company. He and his wife, Anne Chase Workman ('92, English) live in Midland, MI.

Joel Chibota ('92, Computer Science) wrote from Harare, Zimbabwe, that he has been working there as a Church Education System coordinator since '94. "I cherish my BYU-Hawaii experience. Nothing can compare."

Sophia "Keri" Gunter ('99, IDS: English and Theater), who now lives in Charleston, SC, wrote: "I still cannot imagine a more perfect place to have spent my college years. I loved the feeling of family shared with people from all over the world. The experiences I had at BYU-Hawaii gave me the confidence to be the person I am today."


Mandi Lynne Pearce/Fobert ('98-'00) and her husband, Thomas Fobert ('00, International Business), said they "feel that some of our very best memories were made while attending BYUH. That's where our lives came to a crossroad, and what better place to meet and live our first year of married life than paradise. We miss it every day, and are so glad that we had that unforgettable experience." The Foberts live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Jackie Chu Shing ('01, Information Systems), who lives in Bluffdale, UT, said she "would attend BYU-Hawaii again in a heartbeat. I not only gained an education in IS, but I also gained a cultural education that I will never forget. I met so many people from around the world and [learned] a lot about their cultures. I feel lucky to have learned so much about other people and the way they live. I feel that I am a better person after attending BYU-H. I will never regret the time that I spent at BYU-Hawaii."

Jamie Lynn Johnston Price ('01, Exercise and Sports Science), now lives in Escondido, CA, but said, "I loved my experience at BYU-Hawaii. Being there taught me so much about the gospel, myself, and others. Not only did I further my education, but I also learned how to be a better person. My testimony grew and I gained many lifelong friends while a student. I wouldn't trade my 2 and a 1/2 years there for anything!"

Ashley-Anne Furner ('02, Special Education) wrote to say she recently started working with local English teachers in Hong Kong, after a surprise birthday visit to Bangkok with her brother.

Well, that's it for another issue. If these newsletters are helping you remember what makes BYU-Hawaii such a special place, let us know what and/or who you remember best. Knowing what you know now, would you do it again? There's absolutely no question for me. Until next time, MANUIA & ALOHA NUI.

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