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News from Chaminade University of Honolulu:


By Kapono Ryan, MEA, University Communications and Marketing  

Chaminade University Celebrates Founders Week (Jan. 23-28)
Founders Week was an opportunity for the University to celebrate its Marianist heritage. Monday’s activities included a lei-making station and a prayer during a lei draping ceremony at the Chaminade statue on the oval. Tuesday combined education and application, with Campus Ministry presenting an exhibit of global works of the Marianists and the Chaminade community preparing food to serve to the homeless.

Wednesday Mass was followed by the Heritage Awards, given annually to members of the faculty, staff and student body who embody the Marianist spirit. This year’s awardees were Joan Riggs (MEA), associate professor and director of the Environmental and Interior Design program, Elaine Oishi, director of Administrative Services and Jerri Gisela Francisco, vice president of Chaminade Student Government Association Programing and Campus Ministry volunteer.

On Thursday, students were reminded of social justice issues with the film, Hidden Figures. An Ice Cream social on Friday highlighted activities of involvement and civic engagement available to students.

On Saturday, Founders’ Week culminated in service, from sorting out clothes and household items at the Institute for Human Services to refurbishing furniture at Habitat for Humanity. From cleaning up the campus to cleaning out an ancient fishpond in He’eia, the Chaminade volunteers poured their energy into doing good works across the island.

Top Picture: Founders Week lei draping ceremony, January 2017
Bottom Picture: Founders Week Service Day, January 2017