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Spring 2009 Highlights

CUH Awards and Presentations

This March, students Rachel San Agustin, Cedric Panganiban, and Kuldip Shergill, along with Professor Richard Kido and Candice Sakuda (Director of Service-Learning) gave a presentation on Chaminade's "best practices" in service-learning at the 7th Annual Statewide Service-Learning Conference. Representing the Professional Studies Division (Business and Accounting), the students shared the experiences and leadership lessons they have gained from service through the FAFSA Project, Financial Literacy promotion, VITA, and more.

Also at the Statewide Conference, Project SHINE tutor Vivian Leung won the Community Impact Student Award from the Hawaii and Pacific Islands' Campus Compact. She has set a stellar example for her peers as a student leader and community servant.

On March 21, Chaminade's Service-Learning program was recognized at the Governor's Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner. For all of our hours of service, and for our commitment to Palolo Valley, we were awarded a Finalist's Certificate from the Lingle administration and from the Hawai‘i Commission for National and Community Service.

With mentorship from Professor Wayne Tanna, Chaminade students competed in the annual Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Competition at the Hyatt Regency Ballrooms this March. After hours of preparation, they delivered a professional presentation about the social and community endeavors that promote business skills and economic opportunities. Their vast experience in service-learning at Chaminade was the centerpiece of their message.

In mid-April, Professor Peter Steiger and student Johanna Kuwazaki presented their service-learning project at the Continuums of Service Conference in Seattle, Washington. The team's proposal about its work at St. Francis Hospice, through philosophy courses at Chaminade, was chosen from a large pool of applicants.

After graduation, Chris Tavares will be taking a leap in service - to Africa. Through the Marianist Volunteer Program (MVP), students can travel abroad or serve their communities in the US. They are supported by the Marianist family and live in community with other volunteers in this life-changing year of service