Author: University Communications and Marketing

A World of Opportunity

Nerisa Taua doesn’t believe in waiting for opportunity to come knocking, it’s time wasted. Instead, she hunts it down. Taua – who will graduate from Chaminade University in May with a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies – has knocked on a few of opportunity’s doors during the past four years. On the academic front, she found her true passion through Chaminade’s Summer Research Program. While other students soaked up the sun, Taua spend her summer at Purdue University collaborating with experts in the university’s bat lab. Alongside Associate Professor of Wildlife Science Patrick Zollner – who became one of her...

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Athletics Gala Celebrates its 10th Year

Chaminade University’s Annual Intercollegiate Athletics Gala hit its decade year on March 15 and was a night 600 attendees won’t soon forget. Family, friends, colleagues, student-athletes and university supporters gathered at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel to honor the 2018 Silversword Hall of Fame inductees – Dr. Edison H. Miyawaki and Bill Villa. In the hotel’s Hawaii Ballroom, guests could be heard chatting with enthusiasm before the program started. Emcee Felipe Ojastro welcomed guests and started the high-spirited program by introducing the honorees. The crowd gave a standing ovation as each made his way to the stage. Following the initial...

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Service-learning in the Spotlight

Service-learning is woven into the student experience at Chaminade University. The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse defines service-learning as a “teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Each year, the Service-Learning Day celebration showcases the meaningful work of students and community organizations during the past year. The event serves as an opportunity for students and community partners to present their projects to the Chaminade community. Students, faculty and staff came together at the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center on March 9 for Service-Learning Day....

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Finding Your Passion in Business

It was a great pleasure to hear from Dr. Jeffrey Yu, President and CEO of KinetiCor, an early stage medical device company currently focused on motion-correction technologies for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Its technology is useful for patients who are unable to control their movements during a scan. Required by his parents to attend medical school, Dr. Yu discovered the need to follow his true passion. Interested in technology, Dr. Yu was highly encouraged by one of his close mentors to enroll at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, a top research and academic center. There, he succeeded finding his passion...

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From Scraping By to Attending Med School, Hyo Park Makes it Happen

As a high school student in Pennsylvania, Hyo Park dreamed of going to college. But come graduation day, he found himself stuck. While his friends went off to seek four-year degrees, Park took several part-time jobs to make ends meet — at a deli and a bank, in retail and telemarketing. When times were really tough, he’d donate plasma twice a week for $50. “I dreamed of a college education,” Park said. “It was luxury I couldn’t afford.” That didn’t stop him from keeping hold of that goal. And before long, despite his mother’s reservations, he joined the Navy...

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