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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 10, 2002

Education briefs

Advertiser Staff

New official for teachers' union

Rochelle Lee Gregson is the new deputy executive director of the Hawai'i State Teachers Association, the union announced this week.

Gregson will direct all field operations for the 13,000-member union and will manage the department that organizes teacher activities. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Roosevelt High School.

Before joining HSTA, she was director of programs for the Hawai'i Community Foundation and spent 16 years as a vice president at Aloha United Way. She also has worked with the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees Union, Local 5, and has been on the staff at the state Legislature.

Help wanted: Your used computers

A Kahuku High School social studies teacher is hoping that a few members of the community could donate their old computers to her classroom.

"I don't care if it's an old computer," said Dali Sullivan, an eighth-grade teacher. "I just want the students to have more variety in their classwork." Sullivan already has encyclopedia software students can use for research, and some SAT practice software.

Sullivan said that as long as the computers are able to run Windows 95 or 98, it doesn't matter if they are Macs or PCs.

To contact Sullivan, call 638-1193 or 293-8950.

Essay contest for high school writers

Hawai'i Pacific University is looking for entries for its 14th annual Hawai'i High School Writing Awards Competition. The competition is open to high school juniors and seniors. The first-place winner will receive a $500 cash award; second-place winner, $300; and third-place winner, $200.

The theme for the competition is a political, economic or social event that has had a significant impact on the history of Hawai'i and its relevance for understanding the complexity of life in our state today.

Essays must be typed and be no more than five pages long, double-spaced. They will be judged on originality, analysis, vocabulary and syntax, expressiveness and the student's ability to defend his or her thesis. The essays should be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, and mailed to: Office of Scholarships and Honors Programs, Hawai'i Pacific University, 1164 Bishop St., Ste. 201A, Honolulu, HI 96813, along with a completed writing awards nomination form.

The winners will be invited along with their families to attend an awards ceremony April 7. For more information or to request a nomination form, call 566-2430 or toll-free at (866) CALLHPU.