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The University of Hawaiʻi honored the 2017 Regents and Presidential Scholars (RAPS) on July 20 at the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom. These scholarships recognize and support Hawaiʻi students with a record of outstanding academic achievement. Many RAPS alumni are now serving communities across the globe and here at home as the program marks its 30th anniversary.

Presidential scholarships

Presidential scholarships are awarded to 10 college juniors, with preference for UH community college students transferring to a UH university, who have a high GPA for all college level work, a record of sustained progress in academic courses and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.

“These scholars have already demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement during their first two years at UH,” said UH President David Lassner. “It is an honor to support their paths to college completion on their journey to a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.”

Link to full article: http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/07/20/hawaiis-best-and-brightest-awarded-uh-scholarships/


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Jacqueline Makena Kapu named a New Century Scholar

From Maui News:

Jacqueline Makena Kapu, a student at University of Hawaii Maui College, has been named a 2016 New Century Scholar, by achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Kapu is currently majoring in administration of justice with a 4.0 grade-point average.

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa. The American Association of Community Colleges and the All-USA Community College Academic Team Program share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. The All-USA Program is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group and presented by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa. More than 1,900 students were nominated from more than 1,000 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

Each New Century Scholar received a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized in Chicago on Tuesday during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.


From Maui Now:

Jacqueline “Jackie” Makena Kapu of Maui has been named a 2016 New Century Scholar after achieving the state’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition.

The national recognition program and the All-USA Community College Academic Team Programs together recognize outstanding community college students for their exceptional grades, leadership, activities, and most importantly, how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

As a New Century Scholar, Kapu received a $2,000 scholarship and certificate, and will be recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges Convention in Chicago, IL on April 12, 2016.

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From The Washington Times:

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) – As Maui Police Department evidence specialist Anthony Earles poured a forensic casting mixture into a shoe print in the dirt, he stressed the importance of starting his work outside to preserve evidence at some crime scenes.

“Remember, footwear impressions, tire impressions, they’re transient types of impressions,” Earles told high school students participating in the weeklong CSI Camp at the MPD Forensic Facility. “I want to do it as quick as I can. If I have a body in the house, I’m not going to worry about the body first.”

“I want to make sure I capture that first — everything that could blow away or get knocked out by something.”

After watching Earles demonstrate the technique Wednesday, the students got a chance to do footwear casting on their own, using a spoon to smooth out the poured mixture and to leave their initials in the castings that would be retrieved once set, The Maui News reported (http://bit.ly/1eY2Hyj).

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A Day in the Life of A UHMC Security Guard

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UHMC Ho’oulu reporters were taken on a ride-along with campus security on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 to get the latest inside scoop on what exactly a security guard’s job really is.

By: Jacqueline Makena Kapu and Tyler Turley

Some may think that the career of a security guard is easier than any other position in the field of administration of justice. Along with maintaining the peace on campus, the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) security guards have many other daily duties to ensure a safe learning environment. Ho’oulu reporters went on a ride-along with security guard Brandon Kalehuawene, who was able to give the inside scoop of what being a security guard on campus is all about.
UHMC has 24-hour surveillance and security on campus to ensure safety and security to all those present. There are also emergency towers on campus that will allow a person to call security if assistance is needed. The typical daily routine for a UHMC security guard is to come to work and gather necessary equipment needed for the day, as well as get an update of the incidents that happened in the shift prior to theirs. Next, security guards continue their day by patrolling a different building each hour, reporting back to the security office to ensure each location that is patrolled is safe and to responding to those in need. “Our main duties are to keep the homeless off campus, keep the school grounds safe for students and faculty and keep the peace,” Kalehuawene explained to Ho’oulu. A “guard card” certification is needed if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a security guard at the UHMC campus.
When asked if the UHMC campus was safe, Kalehuawene replied “Yes, there are fewer incidents now a days than when I started here two years ago.” He continued to explain that there are fewer incidents because of their known presence and kind attitude that is presented while on the job. Incidents that these security guards have to encounter while on the job can range from managing people on campus, disrespectful students to faculty members, as well as break-ins. Approximately six out of 10 people get caught doing things they have no business doing whether it’s drinking, consuming drugs on campus or stealing something that doesn’t belong to them” said Kalehuawene. He couldn’t stress more to Ho’oulu that it is important for students to know the rules and laws about applying force to anyone, “We’re not police officers, I try to stay away from physical force.”
The security office on campus is located in the Laulima building on the right side, if one were coming from the main parking lot. If you or someone you know on campus ever has an emergency or needs to get in touch with UHMC security, the phone number is (808) 984-3255. There are also several emergency towers located around campus that are easily accessible for anyone.