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Michael & Roth Hamberg


Michael originally had no intentions of attending BYU–Hawaii. He had been offered basketball scholarships to some of the local colleges, but his mother encouraged him to apply to the LDS schools as a backup plan. After receiving an acceptance letter from BYU–Hawaii, he weighed the options of playing college basketball in Washington or living in Hawaii; he chose Hawaii and never looked back. On campus, Michael served as the Cambodian Student Council President, editor for the Kula Manu, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta as well as Sigma Tau Delta. During his first semester on campus he met Roth, his future wife. After working together at PCC and attending the same ward for two years, they were married in 2010. Then in 2012, Michael graduated double majoring in English and History with a minor in Education and Roth graduated with a BS in Social Work.

A year after graduating, Michael and Roth went to Roth’s home country, Cambodia, for her internship. Roth worked with Women Peacemakers Cambodia, an NGO that educates people on women and children’s rights and looks to curb domestic violence in Cambodia. She also attended regional meetings with representatives from other NGO’s in Cambodia. Michael also volunteered at Women Peacemakers. They also helped by translating their policies and materials from Khmer to English. This was huge for them because they did not have the money to have them translated prior to this opportunity.

After they finished up in Cambodia, they returned to Washington. Michael now is currently working towards his master’s degree and is set to graduate in Winter 2017. From there he plans to do one of two things: Either continue on to a PhD program and become a history professor with the end goal to return and teach at BYU–Hawaii, or he will take his master’s degree and work in the government documents library in the department of the interior or National Parks Service at historical sites and museums. Roth has shifted her focuses from social work to her children and loves caring for them. However she is also working towards earning her interpretation license so that she can work some from home.

Both Michael and Roth served as Primary teachers for two years in their ward, and now Michael serves in the Elder’s Quorum leadership. They hope to one day serve as senior missionaries as well. They feel extremely grateful for the friends and the great memories that they made while living in Laie. “It was a special blessing to attend, and I encourage all students to make the most of their time there.”

Bryce Marvin
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016