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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, August 9, 2001

Education briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Maui boy helps U.S. win geography title

A Maui youth and his U.S. teammates are the top geography students in the world.

Nicholas Jachowski and his teammates placed first in the Fifth International Geographic Olympiad in Vancouver, British Columbia, defeating teams from 11 other countries.

The 14-year-old Pukalani boy said all the team members usually knew the answers to questions, but there was one answer he knew that made a difference and came as a result of living in Hawai'i. The question asked what country used the glass ball as a fishing float, and he said he knew it was Japan.

Jachowski, who will be in the ninth grade at Maui High, said he and his teammates from across the nation each received a gold medal "the size of a big cookie."

He won the Hawai'i State Geography Bee and finished second in the U.S. national contest. He also placed third in the Hawai'i State Spelling Bee and 10th in the state Math Counts competition.

HPU graduation slated for Aug. 16

Hawai'i Pacific University will confer associate, bachelor's or master's degrees on nearly 400 students at its commencement ceremony Aug. 16 at the Waikiki Shell.

Paul C.T. Loo, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and one of the founders of HPU, will deliver the commencement address. He also will receive HPU's highest accolade, the "Fellow of the Pacific Award," in recognition of his contribution to Hawai'i and to higher education.

Also among the evening's events will be a hula performance from Miss Hawai'i USA Juliet Lighter, an HPU student.

Ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Graduating nursing students will be honored with a pinning ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at HPU's Kane'ohe campus.

UH seeks students for RN program

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene is recruiting students for the RN to bachelor of science program on all Neighbor Islands.

The nursing program begins in fall 2002 and ends the summer of 2004. The distance-education bachelor's program is a part-time program with generally two courses scheduled per semester.

This option allows the registered nurses to work as well as continue work toward a degree. Courses are offered using the Hawai'i Interactive Television system and the Web.

Some of the admission requirements include acceptance to the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better, completion of a Department of Nursing application, and various prerequisite general education and natural science courses.

Resident tuition is $126 per credit; nonresident tuition is $396 per credit. There is also a $500 per semester professional fee for all undergraduate nursing programs.

Academic adviser Kate Thompson will visit Kaua'i Community College tomorrow.

Call 245-8226 for more information. Thompson will be at Hawai'i Community College in West Hawai'i on Monday; call 322-4856.

586 to get degrees from UH on Sunday

The University of Hawai'i-Manoa will confer degrees on 586 students at its summer commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The keynote speaker will be David McClain, dean of the College of Business Administration and First Hawaiian Bank Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Management.

McClain joined UH-Manoa in 1991. He holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at MIT's Sloan School of Management and at Boston University.

UH Manoa offers music doctorate

The University of Hawai'i has been granted approval for a doctoral degree in music.

The university's Manoa campus now offers a Ph.D. program in music with an emphasis on composition, music education, ethnomusicology or musicology.

The program recently gained approval from the National Association of Schools of Music. The program becomes officially recognized when it graduates two students.

"This has been in the works for 12 years," said Thomas Bingham, acting chairman of the music department.