ʻOhana: News from UHAA chapters old and new

July 19th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in UHAA News

UHAA welcomes Letterwinners as its newest chapter

The UH Letterwinners Club is now an officially-recognized chapter of the UH Alumni Association. A distinguished organization of former Mānoa athletes, the club was unanimously voted into chapter status by the Board of Directors on May 26, 2010.

“We are thrilled to have the Letterwinners aboard, and we look forward to a great partnership between our organizations,” says Janet Bullard, UHAA executive director.

Since 1997, the club has promoted fellowship among the UH letter winners; encouraged loyalty, service and pride in alma mater; and assisted former and current student-athletes. Today, Letterwinners is more than 300 members strong and has 30 directors on its board.

“On behalf of the members of the Letterwinners Club I would like to thank the UHAA Board of Directors for voting us into their ʻohana,” says club President Riley Mende. “We look forward to contributing to the growth and prosperity of both organizations.”

Travel alumni head to North Shore farm for general meeting

Group of people with buy fresh shopping bags

UH Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management alumni convened at Kahuku Farms on May 23, 2010, for the annual TIM International, Inc., general membership meeting.

Members enjoyed a lunch of fresh ingredients hand-picked right from the farm, which is co-owned by TIM alumna Kylie Matsuda’s family. A fourth-generation farmer, Matsuda (BA ’02 Mānoa) is managing director and also serves on the TIMI board of directors.

Shidler association hosts Dine Around, Business Night

Nearly a hundred food and wine lovers gathered at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center for the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association’s Dine Around on May 19, 2010.

Alumni spent the evening restaurant hopping between three of the center’s top eateries—Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Beijing Chinese Seafood and Restaurant Suntory.

The night ended on the center’s outdoor lānai, where everyone reunited for gourmet coffee and desserts by Panya, Chip and Cookie and Island Vintage Coffee.

View photos from the event.

Shidler students were paired with mentors from the Hawaiʻi business community at the 49th annual Business Night Awards, on May 5 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, for an evening of conversation, networking and learning.

The 2010 event, First Steps to Success, was sponsored for the fourth consecutive year by First Insurance Company of Hawaiʻi. McDonald’s Victor Lim (BBA ’73, MBA ’75) shared heartfelt advice as keynote speaker, and 25 outstanding business students were recognized with awards sponsored by local companies.

View photos from the event.

Thompson named outstanding architecture alumnus

Arthur Kimbal Thompson (BFA ’72 Mānoa) has been named Outstanding Alumnus of 2010 by the UH Mānoa School of Architecture Alumni Association. The presentation was made at the group’s annual meeting at the Outrigger Canoe Club on June 19.

Before receiving his UH degree in 1972, Thompson served on the ASUH Senate and several UH boards; was an intern to the governor; worked in the local offices of Vladimir Ossipoff, Haver Nunn and NBBJ; participated in the research and writing of A Plan for Planning Windward Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi; and was the initial American Institute of Architects student chapter president.

Thompson also was a student at the Frank Lloyd School of Architecture and Chapman College Division of International Education. He served as president of the UH School of Architecture Alumni Association and as national president of the Taliesin Fellows.

Thompson is president of AKTA LTD., an award-winning Hawaiʻi-based architectural firm, and has been in practice locally since 1978.

Pacific Northwest chapter supports students headed to UH

The UHAA–Pacific Northwest chapter is holding a fundraising raffle to support area UH-bound students with a starter gift pack and financial support.

Prizes include a round-trip air fare for two to Maui ($500 limit per ticket) with a two-night stay at Maui Hyatt Regency, three days at any Wyndham WorldMark Resort facility, eight personal training sessions at Hard Core Fitness Studio and 10 Applebee’s Restaurant $25 discount coupons.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $10 for three. All donations are gratefully accepted. Call (206) 304-4944 or go to the chapter website for more information.

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