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Posted on | April 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Student Kudos

UH West Oʻahu SIFE team wins regionals for second consecutive year and Mānoa’s civil engineering students excel at 2011 Pacific Southwest Conference.

West Oʻahu

A team of students from West Oʻahu will represent the university at the Students in Free Enterprise national event in May. The West Oʻahu team, comprised of business and finance students, competed against other area colleges before being selected as the 2011 USA SIFE Hawaiʻi Regional Champions.
The West Oʻahu team’s projects focused on introducing economic concepts to elementary school students through a mock auction and a presentation on environmental sustainability and recycling, conducting a seminar on financial literacy for residents of the Onemalu Homeless Shelter, and presenting a workshop on business ethnics for local high school students.
“I was pleasantly surprised by our UH West Oʻahu SIFE team again this year,” says Eun Ahn, associate professor of economics and finance and SIFE team faculty advisor. “The students worked very hard to integrate what they have learned in the classroom to better their community. I believe our projects and presentation skills are only getting stronger with experience.” Read more.


A contingent of 32 students from Mānoa’s Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers traveled to Los Angeles to compete in the organization’s 2011 Pacific Southwest Conference from March 24&#8211 at California State University. They were among 1,100 students from 19 universities in the region.

The conference usually includes a business meeting, professional and technical presentations, competitions (technical paper presentations, concrete canoe, steel bridge, surveying), social activities and an awards banquet. The Mānoa team placed second in the steel bridge competition, won third place in four of five concrete canoe race events and delivered an individual student technical paper that placed fifth.
“These competitions give our students first-hand exposure to the practical aspects of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom,” says Constantinos S. Papacostas, civil engineering chair at Mānoa. “They also hone their teamwork and management skills. I congratulate our students and their faculty advisor, Roger Babcock, for their dedication to the professional development of Hawaiʻi’s future engineers.” Read more.