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President's Council Announces 2024 Service and Leadership Awards

February 16, 2024 09:28 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the V. Napua Baker Award, the Sione Feinga Award, the President's Appreciation Awards, and the Exemplary Employee Awards. These awards acknowledge exceptional employees who have demonstrated a strong commitment and dedication to their roles within the university.
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Brandyn Akana Named Director of Campus Life

January 08, 2024 08:00 AM
Student Life Vice President Jonathan Kala Kau announced the appointment of Brandyn Akana as the new director of campus life. In this role, Akana will oversee the Ho’okahua department, which includes Residential Life, Seasider Sports & Activities, and Student Leadership & Service.
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Devotional Speakers for Winter 2024 Semester

January 04, 2024 11:28 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii announced its winter 2024 devotional speakers. This semester, speakers include members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU–Hawaii employees, and other invited guests. Weekly campus devotionals are an important part of the BYU–Hawaii experience. The purpose of campus devotionals is to gather as a campus community for a regular opportunity to experience the influence of the Holy Ghost through student-focused messages centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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VP Steve Tueller Prepares to Serve as Mission President

December 08, 2023 09:00 AM
Steven W. Tueller has announced his intention to step down from his position as administrative vice president in May of next year. This decision is in anticipation of him and his wife, Laurie, preparing to preside over a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The location of their assignment has yet to be determined and will be announced by the Church next spring. Steve has worked at Brigham Young University–Hawaii for 17 years. 
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BYU–Hawaii to Generate 100% of Power from Solar

October 25, 2023 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii will expand its solar energy collection and storage with a second phase of its renewable energy system project. After completion, BYU–Hawaii will have more than enough energy collection to serve the entire university's needs. The renewable system will also be able to provide electricity to its neighboring sister institutions, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Laie Hawaii Temple.
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New McKay Complex Renderings Released

August 28, 2023 02:50 PM
As previously announced, the BYU–Hawaii Board of Trustees has committed to making an unprecedented investment in the future of BYU–Hawaii. This investment will renew the university’s buildings and infrastructure for the next 50 years. The BYU–Hawaii President’s Council is grateful to be entrusted with this stewardship and committed to fulfilling it righteously. “Planning for and building the university of the future is an exciting and complex endeavor," said Kevin Schlag, operations vice president. "We are blessed to have the Board of Trustees fully engaged in discussions and decision-making at every stage of this process.”
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Updated CES Standards Help Students Grow Closer to Christ

August 24, 2023 10:00 AM
Principle-based changes to Student Ecclesiastical Endorsements, the Honor Code, and Dress and Grooming Standards provide consistency across the Church Educational System
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BYUH Increases the Number of Counselors in Counseling Services

August 21, 2023 09:00 AM
Two new employees, psychologist Mich Suyama, and clinical counselor Kaeokalei Alo, have joined BYU–Hawaii's Counseling Services to start the new school year.
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Devotional Speakers for Fall 2023 Semester

August 21, 2023 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii announced its fall 2023 devotional speakers. This semester, speakers include members of the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU–Hawaii employees, and other invited guests. Weekly campus devotionals are an important part of the BYU–Hawaii experience. The purpose of campus devotionals is to gather as a campus community for a regular opportunity to experience the influence of the Holy Ghost through student-focused messages centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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International Processing Fee Requirement Discontinued

August 10, 2023 10:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii will no longer collect an international processing fee from incoming international students effective Monday, August 14. Currently, international students must pay an international processing fee before starting their visa application process. This change will help incoming students by eliminating a step in their application process and will greatly reduce unnecessary administrative overhead at the university.
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Kathy Pulotu Named Senior Manager of Institutional Research

August 10, 2023 08:00 AM
BYU–Hawaii Advancement Vice President Laura Tevaga announced the hire of Kathy Pulotu as the new senior manager of institutional research.
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Preserving the McKay Mosaic

July 03, 2023 09:01 AM
With approval from the BYU–Hawaii Board of Trustees, BYU–Hawaii is delighted to unveil proposed plans for the new campus welcome center, which includes the preservation and display of significant portions of the McKay mosaic.
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Leialoha Benson Hired to New Position in Office of Honor

June 30, 2023 08:00 AM
Leialoha Benson has been hired as an advisor in the Office of Honor. This is a new full-time position recently created for the department.
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BYU–Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Center Announce Plans to Sail Iosepa

June 29, 2023 10:39 AM
Plans are underway for Iosepa, a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe, to return to the sea. BYU–Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) are partnering together to sail the 57-foot waʻa kaulua once again.
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Bruce Duerden to be Visiting Professor for the Theatre Program

June 27, 2023 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii Academic Vice President Isaiah Walker announced hiring Bruce Duerden as a visiting professor in the Theatre Program for the 2023-2024 academic year.
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Sam Merrick Named Director of Facilities Management

June 26, 2023 08:00 AM
BYU–Hawaii Operations Vice President Kevin Schlag announced the hire of Sam Merrick as the new director of Facilities Management. In this role, Merrick will oversee Grounds, Property Services, Maintenance, and other areas in FM.
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Mark Fitzgerald Named Chief Compliance Officer

June 14, 2023 08:00 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii Administrative Vice President Steve Tueller has named Mark Fitzgerald as the new chief compliance officer in the Office of Compliance & Ethics. In this position, Fitzgerald will manage and oversee programs and activities for establishing standards and implementing procedures to help leaders and managers ensure the university’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
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BYU–Hawaii Hires New Faculty to Grow Construction Management Program

June 09, 2023 09:04 AM
Brigham Young University–Hawaii is excited to introduce two faculty members to the BYUH ohana for the Fall 2023 Semester. Brian Stone and Paula Nonu are the new professors set to teach courses in the construction and facilities management minor. The minor currently falls under the Faculty of Math & Computing and is overseen by Dean Aaron Curtis. Anticipating the number of students enrolled in the minor to increase, the board has already approved the request to expand it into a new major, with Dr. Stone and Dr. Nonu assisting in its development.
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