Elder Neil L. Andersen Speaks at Fall Commencement

With almost 300 graduates, along with family, friends, and professors of BYUH, in attendance the Cannon Activities Center was full in attendance to listen to Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed graduates, their families, and the BYUH campus at the Fall Commencement at BYU-Hawaii 20016 in the Cannon Activities Center. 

New Dean of Students

BYU-Hawaii is proud to announce that Melba Latu will join the university as the Dean of Students.  This position is newly formed as it has been before a role connected to the Vice President of Student Development & Services, currently Dr. Debbie Hippolite Wright. Now being its own unique position, the Dean of Students plays an important role in assessing, maintaining, and enriching a sense of campus community. As such, Sis. Latu will coordinate efforts of the offices that provide services to support the success of students.

Willes Center Holds 3rd Annual Great Ideas Video Competition

 The Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship in partnership with Brigham Young University Hawaii has opened applications for its third-annual Great Ideas Video Competition recognizing student entrepreneurs.

The Great Ideas Video Competition is one of two campus-wide business plan events sponsored every year at BYU-Hawaii.

BYUH Brings in New Director

BYU-Hawaii proudly announces Laura Moana Tevaga as the new head of the University Communications & Relations Department. Laura succeeds Michael A. Johanson as Director of Communications and Marketing.  Michael had been serving in this capacity since January 2009 until the beginning of this fall, upon transferring to Brigham Young University in Provo as Director of Alumni Outreach & Communications. 

Roles Are Reversed for The Real Inspector Hound Play

BYU-Hawaii began their Fall theater production season with the play “The Real Inspector Hound.”  Written by British playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard, the play tells of two theatre critics who find themselves in the middle of the plot’s action.  As a satire on the classic murder mystery, some of the events in the play-within-the-play start to parallel events in the lives of the critics. This featured production had a four night showing schedule from Wednesday, September 29, through Saturday, October 1.

Entrepreneurial BYU-Hawaii alum making a “sweet” difference in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY—Fredo Solar, a BYU-Hawaii graduate of accounting, has started a chocolate factory in Mexico City.  Solar is proud of making one of the best chocolate products in Mexico, but even more important for him is how Bucareli Chocolate helps those who can’t help themselves – something that is embodied in the company’s slogan: “changing lives has never been sweeter.”

Fredo Solar, BYU-H Alum, Chocolate Entrepreneur

BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir Gives Historic Performance at Meiji Shrine

On June 27, as part of their “Many Nations, One Family” tour through Japan, the BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir received the high honor of performing at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, a major site for Japan’s native Shinto religion. This is the second time the choir has performed there, the first being on their last tour to Japan in 2004. They remain the only Christian group ever permitted to do so.

Zhang Named PACWest Female Athlete of the Year

BYU-Hawaii women’s tennis player Nannan (Dallas) Zhang was selected by the PacWest sports information directors as the 2015-16 PacWest Female Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

This is the third consecutive year a player from BYU-Hawaii has won the award after Shi Ting (Stella) Chen won the past two years. Zhang ended the year as the No. 1 singles player as ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and was also No. 1 in doubles with Xin (Summer) Wen.