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Chaminade University Business Students (Chelsea Taketa and Eugenia Lutali) win PRSA Hawai`i's Public Relations First Proposal-Writing Competition

The following is from a Press Release by  McNeil Wilson Communications, Inc. on June 6, 2011:

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – The Hawai‘i Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) <> announced the winners of its first proposal-writing competition. Chaminade University business students Chelsea Taketa and Eugenia Lutali took top honors in the contest that gave Hawai‘i college students an opportunity to hone their skills on preparing a formal response to a public relations Request for Proposal (RFP).

“We congratulate Chelsea and Eugenia for submitting a proposal that was clearly outstanding in every category,” said Ruth Limtiaco, CEO of The Limtiaco Company, who spearheaded the contest. “Their entry exhibited strategic thinking, a consistent theme and a practical budget, elements that are all essential to any comprehensive public relations plan.”

Open to teams of students from any Hawai‘i college or university, the RFP asked for a written public relations plan to position Iolani Palace as a premier cultural and historical treasure, worthy of high recognition and regard in the visitor and resident market sectors, and as an institution deserving of philanthropic support.

“Iolani Palace was pleased to play a role in this excellent exercise to provide students with a learning experience,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director of Iolani Palace. “The winning proposal was well thought out and the team obviously put considerable effort into a very creative plan.”

de Alba Chu joined four premier PR professionals on the judging panel, including Limtiaco, Nancy Daniels, APR, of Outrigger Enterprises, Amy Hennessey, APR, of Hawaii Pacific Health and Nathan Kam of McNeil Wilson Communications. On a scale of 1 to 10, they judged each submission based on how well the proposal was written, research, strategy, budget and if it would be competitive in the real world.

Taketa and Lutali scored the most points out of 10 teams. The Chaminade students, who both recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, each received a $100 cash prize and will have a chance to network with Hawai‘i PR professionals at the 2011 Koa Anvil Awards, held on July 28 at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikiki.

“This contest was a way to provide aspiring PR professionals with a ‘real world’ scenario that they will face one day,” said Moani Wright-Van Alst, PRSA Hawai‘i president. “We’d like to thank Ruth Limtiaco for leading our first student competition and we hope to continue it next year.”
PRSA Hawai‘i, chartered in 1947, was one of six founding chapters of PRSA. The society is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals, with nearly 20,000 members representing business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, and not-for-profit organizations.

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Presenting at the Statewide S-L Conference: The FAFSA Project

Service Learning Award

Janina Smalls, Carole Kongprachith, and Maya Stanic presented at the Statewide Service-Learning Conference: The FAFSA Project: A Case Study Illustrating the use of Service-Learning to Facilitate Students’ Comprehension of Business Concepts. A month later, all three students and Candice Sakuda flew to San Jose to present The Real World Needs More than One Discipline: “Student Experts” Collaborate for Real Community Impact, at the Tenth Annual Continuums of Service Conference.


Community Impact Student Awards

Community Impact Student Award 2010

Tanya Alvino: HIPICC Award 2010 PictureOn Saturday, March 13th, at the closing session of the Statewide Service-Learning Conference, Chaminade’s Tanya Alvino was announced as a recipient of the 2010 Community Impact Student Award.  Professor Richard Kido nominated Tanya for the honor. The Community Impact Student Award is the only one of its kind, with an international eligibility that spans the entire Pacific region. It is fittingly bestowed upon Tanya, because she most definitely makes a unique and sustainable impact on the more

Community Impact Student Award 2008

Community Impact Award

CIS Award 2008

Rachel San Agustin

Chaminade Online News - April 4, 2008

The Hawaii and Pacific Islands' Campus Compact has named Rachel San Agustin as one of two awardees for the Community Impact Student Award. The Award presentation will took place at the Statewide Conference on Service-Learning at Kamehameha Schools' Kapalama Campus. Two other students, Joseph Schriml and Carole Kongprachith, will also be doing a presentation with Rachel that day.

Winning this award also makes Agustin eligible for two prestigious national awards:
The 2008 Howard R. Swearer, Student Humanitarian Award, and the The Frank Newman Leadership Award.


Students Honored for Service Leadership

Story submitted by Kapono Ryan

Chaminade University students Chelcy Reyes and Crystal Weseman were recognized by the Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact (HIPICC) for their inspiration in service to the community at the Fifth Annual Statewide Service-Learning Conference on March 10. HIPICC presented each student with its Community Impact Student Award. In its inaugural year, the award begins a tradition of recognizing students in HIPICC member institutions who exhibit outstanding leadership and innovative approaches in their community service or service-learning endeavors both on their campus and within their community.

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Chelcy Reyes

Reyes was also chosen to go to Philadelphia, PA for the 2007 Education Leadership Colloquium. She and Leanne Nakamura from the University of Hawaii-Manoa will serve as members of the Hawaii Leadership Team. Reyes will compete with other winners from across the nation for Campus Compact's Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award.

Born and raised on Guam, Chelcy Reyes is currently a Chaminade junior majoring in sociology. She has participated in service-learning at Chaminade for three semesters with Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), a citizenship tutorial program for elder immigrants and refugees. According to Reyes, Project SHINE has helped her to realize not only the difficulty in learning a new language and gaining citizenship in the United States, but also the need for such service programs in ethnically diverse communities. Chaminade University service-learning director Candice Sakuda said Reyes had progressed naturally from tutor to coordinator. "As a coordinator, Chelcy has demonstrated effective leadership and organizational skills," said Sakuda. Helping to train and mentor her peers, Reyes also manages the placement of the elder learners according to their English language ability levels and decides on individual tutoring sessions for those whose citizenship test is near.

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Crystal Weseman

Crystal Weseman began her service-learning work at Palolo Elementary School as part of a class in education. Weseman is currently a Chaminade sophomore and a second year outfielder for Chaminade's softball team. Sakuda said, Weseman wanted to try something new and fun for the kids, so she decided to put on a softball camp for the Palolo Valley girls' team. As last spring's season ended she had discussions with her coach, who wanted to help. The young woman organized the First Annual Chaminade Softball Camp, which was a huge success with 28 girls from Palolo Valley participating. She is already planning the second annual Chaminade Softball Camp. "I believe that Crystal embodies the goal of service-learning," Sakuda said. "She gives our community her time and talents in ways that apply and also enrich academic learning,"

The Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact (HIPICC), administered by the University of Hawaii-Manoa Service-Learning Program was awarded a three-year education grant totaling $1.2 million by the Corporation for National and Community Service's Learn and Serve America program.

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Service Learning Award
Trysten Coffey

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